Lexus GS300 Transmission Problems & Cost | A650E

The Lexus GS300 was equipped with the A650E transmission in most models. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Lexus GS300 transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

Lexus GS300 Transmission Models

Lexus GS300: A650E Transmission

Lexus GS300 Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.

What are the DTC codes related to Lexus GS300 transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
P0711Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0714Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715
P0715Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit
P0750Shift Solenoid 'A'
P0753Shift Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0755Shift Solenoid 'B'
P0758Shift Solenoid 'B' Electrical
P0760Shift Solenoid 'C'
P0763Shift Solenoid 'C' Electrical
P0768Shift Solenoid 'D' Electrical
P0770Shift Solenoid 'E'

Lexus GS300 Transmission Recalls

None Found

Lexus GS300 Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

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Common Lexus GS300 Transmission Problems

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Lexus GS300 can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.

How often does a Lexus GS300 transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Lexus GS300 transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation, along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Lexus GS300 transmission last for between 130,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.

How are Lexus GS300 transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Lexus GS300 transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Lexus GS300 transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Lexus GS300 transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed.

Recommendations for Lexus GS300 transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit truck VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Lexus GS300 transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Lexus GS300 Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Lexus GS300 Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Lexus GS300 Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Lexus GS300 Transmission

Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

What Problem Does Your Lexus GS300 Have?

Let us know the year, mileage and problem you’re having as well as any trouble (OBD) codes you’ve found. If you’ve been given a quote or paid for a repair, we’d like to hear about that too!

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1 year ago

I have an 02 lexus gs300 with the auto I have a rattle noise that sent it into limp mode and caused it to start overheating with a fuel loop error p0125

Paul Rowlands
1 year ago

Gears not shifting past 3 rd

Frantz Clermont
2 years ago

I have a 2006 Lexus GS 300 all-wheel-drive….When I come to a complete stop, the vehicle give the extra “thump”

Jeremy Terrell
3 years ago

1995 Lexus vs 300

Jeremy Terrell
3 years ago

No reverse

Jeremy Terrell
3 years ago

No reverse

Johnny Long
3 years ago

Seems to slip when I put in reverse when engine is cold.

4 years ago

My GS 300 won’t go into 4th 5th or 6th gear

5 years ago

My 06 Lexus GS300 has the p2757 code comes up. It has 116,000 miles on it n I was told to start with a drain n fill of tranny fluid. Has anyone else had this problem? What fluid do you recommend using?

Linh le
5 years ago
Reply to  Kelly

Using tranmmision call ws you can tell when unbolt on the left side tyranny it has a label. On the bolt what ever when you drain the fluid you have measure and fill the same amount because it not has dipstick

Big Steve
4 years ago
Reply to  Kelly

Hey did you ever fix that code, if so how?

5 years ago

2008 model – mileage is 209 100 approximately

5 years ago

the problem is – it only takes 1-3 gears(auto) and not 4-6. suspect the might be defective internal components. need advice on best option to take : * repair ; get reconditioned ; buy second-hand

4 years ago
Reply to  Colin

I got that same problem….DAMN

3 years ago
Reply to  Mickey

Did use ever get the problem sorted at all dor years lexus if yes how what where

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