the shifter seat and bushing may need to be replaced. these are located at the bottom of the shifter and are in stock at Toyota dealers, very common item look at the haynes or chiltons manual very easy to fix
You have a clutch problem The clutch is not releasing correctly and the the car will not go into gear This is probably a problem with the hydraulic clutch system.
Your clutch needs adjusting. The pressure plate is not fully releasing the clutch.
The most probable cause is that the clutch is either not releasing; master/slave cylinder not working, or the clutch itself is damaged.
If It Is A Standard Shift, It Sounds Like You Clutch Is Not Releasing. From The Information You Have Stated.
I'd bet that the clutch is dragging, not releasing fully.
5th gear synro is inside the trans... the clutch has nothing to do with it.
Your clutch isn't releasing entirely.
gear and clutch relation _ when clutch is disconnect this time gear shifting thats relation
If your car is in any gear 1+ releasing the clutch takes load off of the engine. Causing it to idle higher, where it normally would. So if you think its odd, its normal for a manual to do that.
a) Check gear oil level/condition. b) or you have a worn synchronizer. Verify that your clutch linkage is adjusted, if this is a cable linkage vehicle. Hydraulic units are not suppose to be adjustable. Your difficulty with getting the vehicle into first gear could be a result of the throw-out fork not fully releasing the clutch disk; hence the above suggestion to verify that the clutch mechanism is adjusted properly for full travel of the throw-out fork.
Of course you are coasting. The clutch has disengaged the transmission (no matter what gear) from the engine.
a possibility would be the clutch is going out.