On vehicles with a manual transmission, worn shift bushings can cause the transmission to pop out of gear, especially when coasting down in 1st or 2nd gear. Replacing all the shift linkage bushings is pretty straight forward and not expensive and will commonly correct this concern.
Worn Shift Bushings Will Cause Manual Transmission to Pop Out of Gear on Toyota Paseo
Average mileage: 120,000 (120,000–120,000)
Drive Train affected: Manual Transmission
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I am SURE this is what's causing my transmission to fall out of gear. Mostly happens as I'm decelerating in 1st and 2nd. Also, it feels like it takes longer and longer for me to pass through the neutral area as I'm shifting between gears. These problems escalated and escalated until I had to hold in in gear and then several gears in the transmission locked up or fell out of place or something. I bought a new transmission, but the mechanic must have not replaced these bushings because it's starting to happen again after only 2 months.