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I have had this Prius for less than 30 days. Monday I get in the car put it into reverse and it goes into neutral. I had to keep the gear shift pushed up to make it go in reverse. Then I tried to put it into drive and same thing I had to keep the gear shift pushed into drive to make it go forward.
I then parked it and called the dealership. They had never heard of such a thing.
Made arrangements to to have it towed the next day. Of course that evening I started the car again and it did not do it again. I took it in anyway and they could not duplicate the problem.
It has not happened again.
Anyone else had this problem? Any ideas?
 

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Since this past Sunday have been experiencing some really strange behavior from my ‘07 Prius as well.

Afternoons when temps in West Texas have been staying around 99+ and the battery status indicator on the center console display registers 1 purple bar, moving car drops out of gear, goes to neutral. Makes no difference where I am and how fast I am going, happened in parking lots and has happened as I’ve climbed and descended San Augustine or Transmountain Passes in Texas and New Mexico. Little discomforting… Have not been idling or letting it sit without moving for any period with other systems on.

After the gear drop, have been able to get it back in Drive and stays after load shedding, i.e. AC, lights and radio off. No other power draws that I’m aware of that I can impact. What I mean by that is after the incident, I load shed, sit for couple of minutes, restart with those systems off, shift to Drive and either drive slowly or coast enough to regenerate and stores power in hybrid batteries and then it stays in gear. Another indicator something is amiss is that the letter B in the shift pattern to the left of the speed display disappears when the gear.

Common thread has been high use of AC and low battery. AC performance has not appeared to degrade, no means for me to check other than “feel”. Moving around parking lot is not much stress and usually ICE comes on when AC is on and car moves more than 8-10 mph. Dealer maintenance at turn in desk says that there may be something generating a high current draw that contributes to issue.

I'm not sure that this is a mechanical or switch problem, seems like logic of low power, a fail safe kicks in. It's in the shop, will see what is diagnosed.
 

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It's cold in Arizona (was in the 30s overnight) and I had the same problem driving my 2005 Prius this morning. Have had no problems with this car except the 12 volt battery replacement last month (no warning on the battery level). When shifted into reverse, it slipped into neutral within 5 seconds. Same thing trying for drive. Tried turning off and restarting. No luck. I'll try again later. I would love to hear whether others have had solutions or sold their Prius. I'm looking for the dealership to solve this and am not encouraged by what I'm reading online.
 

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Did you see any error codes or any displays on the screen? Also, are you in snow country? Did any of this happen while driving on snow and ice?

Before you take it to the dealer, you might try disconnecting the 12v battery for a few minutes to reset all systems.
 

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Later the problem did not happen (temperature was increased by then), but this morning getting ready to take it to dealer, it happened again. No snow involved, just temperatures around freezing. No warning light. I'll be trying it every 1/2 hour to see if I can get it to stay in gear.
 

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I have the same problem with my 2005 Prius currently in the shop. I am in northern Arizona, and on supercold days (7F to -21F) the car shifts back to neutral (N) and can only be driven if I hold the shifter in place. I also noticed that in colder weather, when shifting it sounds like I am breaking cheap plastic. My car is currently in the shop.
 

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Hi Elenah,

Are you still having this issue. I have a 2008P and its having the same issue as you described. Just wondering if you got a tech diagnosis or just living with the problem. I have an appt with my mechanic next week.
 

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I was hoping there would be an answer to this bizarre issue but I don't see any. 2005 Prius bought last summer. this morning very cold (15) and I didn't first start it and let it run. I tried to drive it after it had been on about 2 minutes and it kept putting itself back into neutral. Grabbed the code scanner thing and scanned all systems (no error lights on car at all) and it said all was fine. After about 5 more minutes of warming up it stayed in gear and drove. Is this some type of weird safety feature does anyone know?
 

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Same problem with 2014 Prius w/ 125K miles. This has happened 3 or 4 times over the years. If I hold it in gear (D or R) for a few seconds while moving it stays in gear. Am I overriding a safety feature?
 

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I have a 2004 prius , in icy conditions , the selector won't stay engaged. The on line solutions are both difficult and expensive , or driving whilst holding it in position until it all warms up .
My solution cost about $0.2 and took me about 5 mins maximum .
I measured to surround , cleaned the surround with methylated spirits on a clean cloth ,
Cut a circle of 1/8 rubber sheet to the size of the selector surround . Cut the rubber circle in to a segment that when glued in place , covers approximately one third of the slot . Job done .
The knob moves freely to where I want it to be , the friction between the rubber segment and the selector shaft holds it in place , the car drives perfectly in forward or reverse . When everything warms up , I return the selector to its normal position , this works perfectly every time , without fail .
I am in my 80s , I am not sure of the technology to send a photo , I will try . Hope this is of some use to someone
 

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2010 Prius, Went to back in to a driveway today and as I put the car into R and slid back into N. Did it several times. Couldn’t even put the car into P. Turned it off, waited a few seconds, started it up and worked properly. Did they same thing earlier in the day trying to go from P to D, the car kept popping back in to N. Planning to call the dealership tomorrow.
 

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2010 Prius, Went to back in to a driveway today and as I put the car into R and slid back into N. Did it several times. Couldn’t even put the car into P. Turned it off, waited a few seconds, started it up and worked properly. Did they same thing earlier in the day trying to go from P to D, the car kept popping back in to N. Planning to call the dealership tomorrow.
Cost of dealership repairs will exceed $1000 usd
If that expens is within your budget , that's great. .
If not , I solved that problem and detailed it to this sute . It cost about $ 0 .20 and takes 5 mins , and has never failed to function properly since I carried it out .
No skills required. I am in my 80,s but I cant afford the $ 1000 plus . Give it a try. You only risk 5 mins time and 20 cents
 

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Cost of dealership repairs will exceed $1000 usd
If that expens is within your budget , that's great. .
If not , I solved that problem and detailed it to this sute . It cost about $ 0 .20 and takes 5 mins , and has never failed to function properly since I carried it out .
No skills required. I am in my 80,s but I cant afford the $ 1000 plus . Give it a try. You only risk 5 mins time and 20 cents
Well I’ll certainly give that a shot thank you. Are you able to send me a photo of exactly your prices and final result?
 
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