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Hello, my name is Bobby. Thank you for the question. There are several things that can cause this but most of the time it is not a sudden transmission failure. The most common cause of this is a transmission position sensor. That is usually only a few hundred dollars to replace. If the car is drive-able you can take it to one of your local auto parts stores and have then read the codes. Most will do this for free. If you have this done bring me the codes and I can tell you with more certainty what to expect.
It is not common at all, but I have seen it. If you have taken care of it and are not hard on it then it should not be something too serious. I have also seen a failing battery cause similar symptoms on this car.