shifting issues


Asked by Jan 08, 2014 at 09:44 PM about the 1995 Lexus ES 300 Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I bought a 95 Lexus ES300 a month ago with shifting issues. Now that I have been
driving it more often now and farther distances I have noticed a few things and I am
wanting to know what is causing the issue. There is no check engine light on. When I
put my car in drive after backing out of my driveway my car won't shift into 2nd gear
unless I take my foot completely off the gas (not brake) and reapply my foot and it
shifts hard.  Only after I just started my car.
2nd My car will not go into overdrive so when I am going 55 MPH my RPMs sit at 3k.
3rd I drove it pure HWY yesterday 20 miles each way and never died on me. So today I
decided to take my lexus since my heater is not working in my other car and on my
way to work my car kept dying in the city traffic. It'd die just before I made it to a
complete stop for a stop light. It did that 3 times in my 30 mile drive to work. Some
lights it stayed running other lights it did not. I had to wait at least 2 min before I can
get it to recrank.We just changed the trasmission fluid and the oil.the car only has
105K on it. after the first drive after leaving the house or what not it shifts smooth and
nicely into 2nd and 3rd but will not shift into Over drive.

5 Answers


Assuming you don't have an overdrive off button, sounds like you have a couple of problems, the tranny problem sounds like a failure in either the selector switch or the transmission computer control module, your problem staying running could be a sensor for the ECM, a power or ground pathway overheating, or an ECM getting ready to go bye bye, depending on when the car was built it could be Toyota ODB1 system so a shop will need to look at it for any driveablity codes, if you are fortunate enough to get one built late in the year it could have OBD2 and if so most parts stores can pull the codes for you for free saving you some bucks for diagnosis.

7 out of 7 people think this is helpful.
Tonya Gamble

What will cause my 2000 Lexus es300 to putting

5 out of 5 people think this is helpful.
Brooke Harris

question drove it got in four hours later put into drive and it wont move what could be the problem??

5 out of 5 people think this is helpful.

The overdrive off button would reset after the engine is turned off so I don't think that would be the issue.


My 99 es300 shift in 123 but it wnt go I to 4 an overdrive old it be a sensor it just did it

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • My son's '99 ES300 started missing so we replaced ignition coil in cyl #6. It was previously replaced in Aug 2011. Now the car isn't shifting into overdrive. What could be the possible problems? 11 answers

    Car startd missing and running roughly but still shifted into O/D (note: shifter button is not turned. He drove the 30 miles home and it quit shifting. replaced the faulty ign coil and it is runni...

    1999 Lexus ES 300 Base


    Maintenance & Repair

  • 1998 11 answers

    1998 Lexus es300 Owning this car for over a year with no problems. On a cold night I sat in the car while it was started and running The heat and radio was on and everything was find. I turned off the...

    1998 Lexus ES 300 Base


    Maintenance & Repair

  • No overdrive n tempature barely moves off cool 2 answers

    The car won't go into overdrive at all n the tempature guage always shows cool, n barely atmoves from the cold position, I am at my wits end,,,PLEASE HELP, any info that u can give me to help me f...

    1999 Lexus ES 300


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Start up issues!!! 2 answers

    I have a 1997 Lexus es300 It takes multiple times to start my vehicle when i turn the key. I hear a click like its trying to but doesnt start until about 4 or 5 times.. Any Suggestions?

    1997 Lexus ES 300 Base


    Maintenance & Repair

  • suddenly not responsive and shifting is off 6 answers

    My Lexus LS400 stuttered for a few seconds when pulling into a parking lot. After a meal the car started fine but didn't respond well when I went to pull out onto the road. The car was very sluggi...

    1993 Lexus LS 400 Base


    Maintenance & Repair

ES 300

Looking for a Used ES 300 in your area?

CarGurus has 1,177 nationwide ES 300 listings starting at $1,500.


Search Lexus ES 300 Questions

Lexus ES 300 Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,030
#2 Scott Vetter
Scott Vetter
Reputation 390
#3 rockajean
Reputation 380
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Lexus GS 300"
27 Great Deals out of 1,000 listings starting at $3,200
Used Toyota Camry"
1,584 Great Deals out of 98,335 listings starting at $895
Used Honda Accord"
1,266 Great Deals out of 77,938 listings starting at $1,395
Used Lexus LS 400"
3 Great Deals out of 282 listings starting at $2,995
Used Toyota Avalon"
371 Great Deals out of 17,372 listings starting at $1,195
Used Acura TL"
286 Great Deals out of 6,955 listings starting at $2,395
Used BMW 3 Series"
1,624 Great Deals out of 39,577 listings starting at $888

Used Cars For Sale

2003 Lexus ES 300 Base For Sale
8 Great Deals out of 297 listings starting at $2,499
2002 Lexus ES 300 Base For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 312 listings starting at $1,500