Gear shifter goes from park to drive with no effect. Won't engage the transmission. on Oldsmobile Silhouette

Problem Data
Average mileage: 186,333 (140,286–288,000)
4 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000
7 people reported this problem
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Called a tow truck to tow me home because I was stranded at a bank. Engine would start but transmission would not engage into any gear and the shifter lever could be moved from park to low drive with no effect.
Solution : Remove the air filter assy and you will see the linkage loose on top of transmission.
Reach way in there and push linkage back on to transmission arm . YOU WILL HAVE TO PLACE SHIFTER INSIDE TO THE RIGHT POSITION TO GET IT TO LINE UP. Push it back on and you can drive now !
Happened two times to me in 6 months so far. I assume the linkage end is worn out causing it to pop off transmission.
I baby it now and no problems. Happens only when shifting from reverse to drive too fast.
AS mentioned. Removed the air intake and found the linkage and snapped it in place. I will look for a new one soon.