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#3229 of 5646 Re: 1999 Camry Engine Failure [user777]
Mar 01, 2007 (5:57 am)
bear in mind that problems like this are NOT unique to Toyota, many of these newer higher tech multiple speeds trannies can operate strangley. Whether this be a function of FWD safety related issues as wwest contends, meaning 'computer' elimination of engine braking or possibly even torque steer issues with these high HP engines OR simply a method to control gearing in such a way to 'ace' a silly EPA mileage test, it almost doesn't matter because the net effect on how the car drives is the same.
DBW is not likely going anywhere simply because it is necessary to facilitate those other federally mandated systems (eg VSC etc.)that everybody seems to want. Unless we all decide that driving older cars is preferable, don't know that we are going to have any choice in the matter.
#3230 of 5646 Re: TMSUSA -- still with us? [nissanron]
Mar 01, 2007 (8:15 am)
TMSUSA has not been around since the early snapring problem.
Personally, as a new Toyota owner, I was very enlightened to find him/her on the board providing a direct unfiltered (by the dealer) conduit into Toyota to identify and resolve any new model year problems.
(S)he was around for the snapring, then dissolved. Too Bad......lost opportunities for Toyota to remove purchaser frustrations with getting the problems resolved.
My company spends tens of thousands of dollars for surveys, research, and purchaser feedback on our products and services to identify and resolve issues. Here is a free forum to them, and it's ignored. Oh well.
#3234 of 5646 Re: 1999 Camry Engine Failure [djm2]
Mar 01, 2007 (4:15 pm)
Around Thirteen thousand miles it started. On small inclines, sometimes not all the time, my tach would fly up, you can hear the engine rev and then the car would kick into gear hard. Passengers would ask me what was that. Also it felt on downhill the car would have trouble downshifting and it would feel like the car was pushing you forward. The dealership attitude as far as service was it seemed like they knew what the issue was because they didn't ask me many questions. Later that day they told me I needed a new transmission and they would provide me a rental. They could not give me an ETA not even a guess. Its not like they were rude but they didn't do anything to make me feel secure. Never mention of known issues, I just knew of issues becasue of my research. I'd have to look at my receipt to get the correct diagnosis but it was a TSB and it mentioned something like the transmission fluid pressures were inadequate and had a bunch of recorded readings. The transmission is in my vehicle. The process took about a week including a weekend. No charge but I still feel they could have been better at customer service for such a huge issue on a new car. One day in it seems to be shifting okay. It or something they did does seem noisy. Hard to describe but it almost sounds as if you can hear the gears turning. I'd take it back but I don't want to give my car up for another week:) I'm hoping it goes away. If not I guess I'll relent and take it back. Maybe to a different dealership to see if I get better improved treatment...
#3235 of 5646 Re: 1999 Camry Engine Failure [troj128]
Mar 02, 2007 (5:20 am)
Thank you for this VERY important information. You state that the replacement transmission is noisy, (like you hear the gears turning). Are you describing a "GEAR WHINE" like your would hear is a "stick shift" transmission? Did you get a NEW transmission or did you get a remanufactured transmission from Toyota? You could be hearing a gear noise or a bearing noise in the unit. My 2003 4 cylinder Honda Accord had a "gear whine" in reverse.
If the NEW transmission has an operating noise that the original unit did not have, I would document that issue with the dealer who performed the service. This could be done with a "repair order," (an additional visit to the dealer), or a professionally written objective certified / return receipt letter that describes the service performed on the vehicle, and the results of that service. Creating a paper trail is very important when dealing with the original and extended warranties! You might want to consider sending a second copy of the letter to Toyota Customer Relations. Let them open a "file" on this vehicle. If something happens down the road with this transmission, you have documented an issue! This could save you a ton of money on repairs. QUESTION: ----- Have you considered purchasing an Extended Toyota Warranty? My 2007 V6 Camry is covered by a 6 year / 100,000 mile Toyota warranty. I think this is a good investment considering the trans issue with this vehicle. Even though I DO NOT have this issue at the present time with my Camry at 3200 + miles, I am NOT very happey with my purchase, when I see others going through this very annoying issue. If I had to make this purchase again, I would have purchase a loaded Chevrolet Impala. I think I made a BIG ERROR making this purchase. I have lost confidence in this vehicle! This is the first Toyota that I have owned, but based on this issue, and the performance of the company dealing with this issue, I think that it will be the last Toyota for me! When you consider the cost of this vehicle, this transmission problem is NOT acceptable. Toyota needs to focus on this problem, and come up with an acceptable fix ASAP in order to save its customer base!
Please keep us informed. Thank you for taking the time to share this VERY important information with the group on this site. The more information we have as consumers, the more power we have at the arbitration table!
Best regards. ----- Dwayne
#3236 of 5646 Re: 1999 Camry Engine Failure [djm2]
Mar 02, 2007 (6:12 am)
I don't understand ("BIG ERROR")-- your car is fine and you have an extended warranty. Maybe you ought to rent a Chevy Impala over the weekend and see what you think. My guess is you'll be glad you chose a Camry.
Again this is a "problems" board, so generally only those with problems will be posting. The Edmunds hosts themselves have repeatedly said that these forums cannot be used as a statistical indicator of the extent of any car problems.
Enjoy your car!
#3238 of 5646 Re: 1999 Camry Engine Failure [210delray]
Mar 02, 2007 (10:55 pm)
Its funny that you say "test drive" an Impala.....I actually was given one while my car was in the shop for an oil change, tire rotation, and to fix a rattle in the back dash (due to the awesome JBL stereo).
I couldn't wait to get my '07 Camry back. My back actually started to hurt after driving the '07 Impala for about 15 minutes. Adjusting the seat didn't help. The interior looked and felt cheap (it was) and the ride was not as good as the Camry. It was a V6 and I couldn't tell any different from my I-4. The Impala only had 1,300 miles on it........My Camry is a much better car.