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I drive a lexus rx 300 1999 SUV with 160000 miles..when it was purchased there was always a transmission sensor problem but it has driven well until recently. Last December it started to buck while in drive and this week it happened again after driving for 20 minutes. It felt so bad on the car I had it towed to the mechanic.  The tow guy put the car in neutral and I picked the car back up the following day.  I was told the reverse was gone but I  would be able to use other gears. The mechanic also drained fuilds out and refilled. The engine runs good and I checked the transmission fluid level before pulling off.  It indicated a pink color and on the cool line.  When I pulled off the tires did seem to rub a little.  I reached 3 blocks with no bucking before the car just stop moving.  None of the gears responded. I remember hearing crackle and loose sounds on and off while driving the 3 blocks.  I called for a tow truck and when he tried putting the car in neutral it did not respond. He tried going forward and the car drove backwards as well.  He said my transmission locked and it will not be possible to tow. With effort we were able to tow home.  

Is this common?????? 

Did my transmission just randomly fail??

What are the indication of a failing transmission ?

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