1989 Toyota Corolla 5th gear slipping into neutral increasi

Tiny
JUDYMILLER
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  • 1989 TOYOTA COROLLA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 150,000 MILES
My 1989 Corolla started occasionally slipping from 5th gear into neutral this July, and it has started doing this with increasing frequency in the last few weeks. It occurs generally when I'm forced to slow, sometimes just a very few mph, and yesterday it did it three times back to back as I climbed a nearby ridge. The auto parts guy said he'd had a similar problem, and it was unfixable, or perhaps just too expensive for a car I paid $1800 for 7-8 years ago! Am I stuck without a car or just paying 4 times its Bluebook value to get it repaired?
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Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 AT 5:22 PM

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Tiny
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Start by checking the motor mounts and shift/select cables, then check shift mechanisim in console. Look for binding cables, loose brackets/bolts.

If trans is problem, you could always replace it with a used trans from junkyard.
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Thursday, December 10th, 2009 AT 8:43 AM

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