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#5285 of 5646 2007 Camry LE Transmission breakdown
Jan 25, 2011 (3:26 pm)
I purchased the brand new 2007 Camry in 2006 and now have 80K miles on it, mostly hwy. The transmission recently broke down, and I ended up having to replace it, as Toyota will not take any responsibilities since I have over 60K miles on the vehicle. I'm extremely disappointed in Toyota's quality and lack of responsiveness to the issue that apparently, a few other Camry owners have experienced. I have been a loyal Toyota customer, driven Toyota's over ten years. With this experience, they've lost a customer, Toyota and Lexus.
#5286 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry LE Transmission breakdown [carownermn]
Jan 25, 2011 (3:36 pm)
What happened to the transmission? Was it slipping? Shifting problems? Did they tell you what's wrong? Our 2007 camry has 91k miles already and I wonder if I should be worried that the same thing might happen.
#5287 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry LE Transmission breakdown [carownermn]
Jan 25, 2011 (3:51 pm)
I understand your frustration, and I would be the last guy to defend Toyota. My question is this. Have you ever had the transmission serviced? and more importantly, how long should a manufacturer be liable for a vehicles dependability before the consumer is expected to assume responsability?
#5288 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry LE Transmission breakdown [dwb2]
Jan 25, 2011 (4:08 pm)
"how long should a manufacturer be liable for a vehicles dependability before the consumer is expected to assume responsibility?"
Assuming the tranny has been serviced according to schedule, or sooner even, then IMO, a LOT longer than 80k. 80 k is only 4 or 5 years of use. Now if we were talking 180k well that is a different story, altho I would still not be too thrilled to have to do a tranny even then.
Some newer auto trannys have a (stated) (Subaru) life expectancy of 180k so why should a Camry auto not at least match the competition? I think it is fairly obvious by now that the 6 speed used in 07 and newer Camry's have issues that, IMO, Toyota should take responsibility for.
#5289 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry LE Transmission breakdown [carownermn]
Jan 25, 2011 (5:48 pm)
Sorry to hear about your trans. I have had numerous issues with mine.
I was wondering did you have problems before the trans went out?
Also what size is your engine?
#5290 of 5646 Re: Stuck in Park [zaken1]
Jan 26, 2011 (12:19 pm)
In modern day engines knock/ping is corrected for via SFI A/F mixture.
Other than knock due to engine lugging if the knock sensor detects knock/ping PRIOR to spark ignition it simply enriches the mixture to compensate regardless of fuel grade.
#5291 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry LE Transmission breakdown [dwb2]
Jan 26, 2011 (12:26 pm)
There is NO modern day automatic transmission that requires, or even suggests, any scheduled service or maintenance for the life of the vehicle, says so right in the owners manual.
Most modern day automatics come from the factory SEALED in order to help prevent dealer or customer "servicing" that more often than otherwise leads to damage.
#5292 of 5646 Re: 2007 Camry LE Transmission breakdown [wwest]
Jan 26, 2011 (1:37 pm)
Nissan seals all of their CVT transmissions for just that reason. Toyota does not and the trans. pans all have drain plugs in them. My tranny is the 5 spd auto and it has worked flawlessly since the update was performed on it in early 2007. I am sorry to hear of the trans problems of the other person.
#5293 of 5646 Re: Stuck in Park [wwest]
Jan 26, 2011 (2:41 pm)
Since a rich mixture burns faster than a lean mixture; your theory that pinging is compensated for by enriching the mixture does not make sense. Enriching the mixture will make pinging WORSE. There are many other factors which create pinging; such as excessive coolant temperature, incorrect spark plug selection, and excessively low fuel octane; that lead to conditions which are severe enough that they cannot be compensated for by any degree of mixture adjustment. The only way richening the mixture could reduce pinging would be if it was richened way beyond the point of efficient combustion, in order to reduce the peak combustion temperature; but that would increase CO and HC emissions to unacceptable levels. That is why knock sensors function by retarding the ignition timing.
#5294 of 5646 Re: Stuck in Park [zaken1]
Jan 26, 2011 (9:10 pm)
Hi Zaken, I really apreciate your wisdom. As far as my Torque converter problems ( severe slow down when coasting) I am wondering what is your opinion on the post by WWest when he says this is engine braking and normal. Though I respect what he has to say it seems he is always on the defense for Toyota?
Would you say the Torque converter is defective and could you give me any advice how to deal with the dealership to get them to verify the problem. The dealership has kept telling me the car is operating normal which I strongly diagree.
Thanks again for your advice, chuck