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#3982 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry V6 Up-Date! [210delray]
Sep 06, 2007 (2:10 pm)
Lets look at the "sludge issue" of Toyota! ----- This issue was related to the 3.0 V6 engine from 1996 to 2001. The 2007 Toyota Camry now has a 3.5 V6. The "track record" of the 3.5 engine has yet to be determined! So, I want to protect the engine from the possibility of forming sludge. Should the 3.5 develop sludge, I am in the "drivers seat"! Toyota cannot say that I did not maintain the vehicle. The Toyota dealer recommended this additive, so It's not my problem. Let Toyota Corporate deal with the dealer. It is not my problem. That is why I use a Toyota dealer for my service. ------ Best Regards. -----Dwayne
#3983 of 5646 Re: Flickering radio lights [user777]
Sep 06, 2007 (7:59 pm)
Yes and the main instrument panel responds to that OK - just the audio bezel snd knobs portion went dead - but the radio works OK and the radio LCD window remains illuminated.
#3985 of 5646 Re: V4 Transmission Updates? [camryowner1]
Sep 07, 2007 (3:43 am)
I have had my 07 Camry 4cy/automatic since March 07 and have been through the mill with Toyota. I had the TSB done on my car the day after it came out. It seemed to correct the problem a little but still have the going around the corner delay and the 40 mile an hour drop out. I experienced two flairs when trying to pass at low speed( 35 to 40mph). Also have the usual delays when entering onto a turnpike.
Toyota did admit to the problem by accident back in Sept.07 when they sent an email to a person on this forum. I copied it from the forum. It has their return address also. The original may be found back in Sept.07 I would think that their admittance to the problem would help you in your arbitration.
The following is an E-Mail from Toyota Customer Experience.
"The poor response you described typically surfaces either when the accelerator is depressed fully to the floor or when depressed in an aggressive manner. The newer version of the Camry has transitioned from a manual throttle linkage to an electronic throttle control system. The electronic throttle control monitors the everyday driving habits of the operator and then tailors itself to make the most efficient gearshifts. On rare occasions when the operator fully depresses the pedal or depresses the pedal in an aggressive manner, the system may experience a delay in determining how to make the optimal gearshift.
At this time Toyota has no plans to make changes to the shift characteristics of the transmission. To minimize this condition, we recommend trying a firm yet gradual application of the accelerator.
Your feedback is appreciated; it is through communications such as yours that we become aware of our customers' expectations and reactions. It also provides us with valuable insight when planning and developing future products and services to increase our customers' satisfaction.
Your email has been documented at our National Headquarters under file #XXXXXXXXX. If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us.
Toyota Customer Experience "
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#3986 of 5646 Re: V4 Transmission Updates? [camryowner1]
Sep 07, 2007 (7:59 am)
Yes I got your service reports and thank you for sending them. I'm still in arbitration with mine and waiting to see what the outcome is on that. As far as Toyota being interested in other peoples service orders..they are NOT interested. The arbitrator was interested and a few of the local news stations I've spoken with are VERy interested but they asked that I get a lot more people to send them and then they will consider a full story on this problem. So far I've only recieved service reports from 10 people. My best advice to you is video your problems with your car..even though Toyota wont be interesed in viewing them at your arbitration hearing..the arbitrator will be interested. I've also sent out to date 45 copies of my video of the problems with my car to potential Toyota buyers. I placed an ad in the paper saying if you are interested in buying a toyota see this video first. All have responded back to me that they are no longer considering a Toyota.
#3987 of 5646 Re: V4 Transmission Updates? [bohica223]
Sep 07, 2007 (8:01 am)
is your video posted somewhere on Edmunds or YouTube or other?
#3988 of 5646 Re: V4 Transmission Updates? [bohica223]
Sep 07, 2007 (9:08 am)
Glad to hear you received my service reports. Would like very much for you to send me copies of service reports that you receive from other 07 Camry 4cy/5spd automatic owners. We both know that Toyota is going to say that no problems exists, but I hope the arbitrator (hearing on 9/17) will be interested to see that other owners are having same transmission problems. Thanks, and you can count on me for any support I can render on this issue. Have heard from owner whose 07 camry was assembled in Japan and is not experiencing flareup/downshifting problems.
#3989 of 5646 Re: V4 Transmission Updates? [bohica223]
Sep 07, 2007 (9:24 am)
If you would like to put the most interested radio/TV persons in touch with me I think I could give them a very good, SOLID foundation for an extensive news story about this issue.
But that will NOT solve anyone's problem.
In order to improve FE, save space, and at the same time seriously reduce the HEAT load within the transaxle dramatically Toyota reduced the pump FIXED capacity of the transaxle's gear type ATF pump.
It appears, my guess is, that this all started with the initial RX production. And I still tend to think this issue is more prevalent with FWD and F/AWD Toyota/Lexus vehicles.
Here's the foundation for my thinking.
During the design phase of the RX series it was known that the "Camry" transaxle would need to be "beefed up" for use in the heavier RX, not to mention the AWD aspects.
A sideways 3.0L V6, a BEEFY transaxle/torque converter, front AND center diff'ls AND a PTO.
Tall order, huh..??
One of the compromises made, or such is my belief today, was to reduce the pumping capacity, PHYSICAL SIZE, of the gear type ATF pump.
So, until Toyota adopts the Ford approach, a variable capacity/displacement ATF pump, there will be no permanent fix for these transaxle shift delay/hesitation/flare problems. An alternative might be to add an accumulator to hold pressurized ATF fluid in reserve but that would likely take more space than a variable displacement ATF pump
And now we've moved on, "forward" to 5 and 6 speed transaxles....even less room.
#3990 of 5646 Re: V4 Transmission Updates? [camryowner1]
Sep 07, 2007 (10:52 am)
I will look through them and send them to you tonight when I get home. I'm not sure how many involve the 4cyl Camry..I think I only received one or two about the 4 cyl. Most are about the 6cyl. But I'll check tonight. I'm also going to check the Vin#s on the service orders and see if they are Japanese or American made