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Toyota 4Runner, Transmission, SUV
#178 of 302 Re: 98 4runner LTD trans bump [mitch903]
Feb 10, 2010 (5:44 pm)
I was calling the customer help number (800-331-4331) for days and each time was put on hold for 20-30 minutes and had to hang up in frustration. Finally, went to Toyota.com under contact us and e-mailed them with my story. Monday, I actually got a reply from Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., Toyota Customer Experience. It was a lengthy e-mail in which he apologized and stated that he has contacted our Toyota hometown dealership manager about my problem (don't know how he knew since we never put the dealership's name in the e-mail??) . He suggested we also contact the manager because he feels that a "two-pronged" approach would get better results from the dealership. Anyway, he went on to say the manager would contact me by the end of the business day on Feb. 11, 2010 which is tomorrow. They assigned a File# in the e-mail to reference when I contact them if I don't have a response from my dealership by Feb. 11. Will keep you updated when and if anything actually materializes! I agree with you that the more people that contact Toyota, the better chance we will be heard.
#179 of 302 transmission slipping problem
Feb 13, 2010 (7:58 am)
Today I contacted NHTSA via computer and filed a claim. After reading the site I believe that someone just might pay attention. I felt it was well worth my time to contact them and hope that those of you with transmission slipping problems will do the same. There is strength in numbers and what have you got to loose?
#180 of 302 Re: transmission slipping problem [mitch903]
Feb 13, 2010 (9:35 am)
My dealership manager didn't contact me on Feb 11 like the representative from Toyota said he would. I'm contacting Toyota again to let them know. Don't know what good it will do. Thanks to Mitch for your message. I went to the NHTSA site and filed a complaint today. Like you said, it's worth a try.
#181 of 302 Re: transmission slipping problem [mitch903]
Feb 13, 2010 (12:10 pm)
I just got my 4Runner fixed at my local Toyota dealer. Since I still have it covered I got it fixed for 50 Bucks. (Deductible) They said they did feel the slipping (around the 30-35 mph range) and said it was the Torque converter that was failing. The converter sits between the transmission and engine and does the gear changing between the two. It rides SO smooth now. Like brand new again. I hope this helps anyone.
#182 of 302 Re: transmission slipping problem [mitch903]
Feb 14, 2010 (9:15 pm)
Thanks for the info. I still haven't heard from the Toyota district manager. Big surprise. I'll file a complainy after this post. Thanks again Becky
Feb 15, 2010 (3:38 am)
Hey guys, would like your imput on something. My wife and I are "thinking" about buying a new vehicle. I have an 07 Avalon XLS and love it but since her vehicle is paid for, she wants to get something else, but it has to be able to pull a pontoon boat. Anyway she narrowed it down to two choices, The GMC Acadia and the Toyota 4-Runner ( SR5 Version ) between the two what do you guys think is the 'better" vehicle. As far as asthetics go, I think the acadia is easier on the eye, especially inside, but I test drove one this past weekend and while it seemed to have plenty of get up and go, the inside components seemed to be made of cheap material. also, when you lay the third row of seats down flat, the cargo area also has a cheap look to it. Have not driven the 4-runner yet, plan to do that next weekend but wanted to know how you all felt about both vehicles before I go to the dealership. Thanks in advance for your help. Oh by the way, I'm one of those guys that believes the color can make or break the look of a vehicle.. with the 4 runner, I think thier two "strongest" colors are black and salsa red. alright what do you all think? thanks again.
#184 of 302 Re: 2009 Toyota 4 Runner transmission problem [edpol]
Feb 15, 2010 (4:47 pm)
OMG - I have the same problem "When I slow down (but don't stop completely) to turn a corner, either right or left turn, and then accelerate, the transmission doesn't respond, engine revs a few seconds, then the transmission catches up to the engine." And ALL the things you guys have said - I've experienced, heard, been told, etc. I bought my 2009 4Runner in October. Last on the lot. Bought it because of my concern for other brands and thought Toyota was worth it. Beginning to regret my decision now. Who knew?!?
#185 of 302 Re: 07 4Runner V8 banging noise [dummydriver]
Mar 04, 2010 (6:56 am)
It is an anti-lock brake problem.
Scared the heck out of me when it happened to me.
Every once in a while when you are on a hill with your foot on the brakes, the anti-lock starts to bang. Turn off the engine - get on the flat ground and re-start.
Had it happen twice, then sr5 was totalled by 10 ton truck. Bought another one and it appears to have the transmission slip problem.
Service rider at dealer thought I was from Mars when I asked about the problem.
Hey, he's on commission for work done, not answers given.
I think that one is a software problem of sensors getting out of sync and the computer not knowing what to do, so it failsafes to pump the brakes. I suspect the trans slip problem is the same. Don't have much respect for the software people or managers comming out of school for the last 20 years.
The only way we will ever solve this is to force manufacturers to publish honest component failure rates. For 8 million cars, a failure rate of 0.1% is 8000. How much do you want to pay for a 0.001% ( NASA rate) failure rate of a car?
#186 of 302 I think its tranny time....
Mar 19, 2010 (10:27 am)
I have a 92 4/runner with about 145k on it. The new motor has about 35k now but the problem is that now if the truck sits for about 8 hrs when i go to drive it , it wont shift into 3rd gear or overdrive for at least 2 miles.It is an automatic, and the other problem is that when im sitting at a light at idle it starts to run a little rough aand when i go to accelerate from the light it feels like im trying to take off from overdrive. the only way to get momentum is to push the gas pedal to the floor and then it feels like just kicked in the turbo boosters on and the the tranny downshifts to 1st geat like it should. Once it accelerates it starts to go through all the gears right away causing me to loose power right away.. can anyone answer this puzzle for me cause its really got me completely puzzled..
#187 of 302 '03 4Runner Trans Slipping & Dealer Diagnostics
Mar 20, 2010 (5:09 am)
Never had a problem til now. Transmission started to hang up in 1st gear when starting out, lights came on and went straight to the local dealer. Dealer 1st said they couldn't figure out what was wrong because they had never seen the codes that were coming up. They are giving me 2 options, replacing the transmission for about $3,800, plus an additional $1,200 for a pipe that runs along the bottom, if it breaks when they try to remove it. (Apparently the bolts holding it on are rusted and he doesn't know if they can get it off w/o breaking it.) 2nd option is to have the "brain" replaced (I believe he is talking about a solenoid) at a cost of $2,000, plus that $1,200 pipe-if it breaks. Then he admitted that if they did open up the transmission there is a chance they could actually identify the problem and it could cost a lot less. (Somehow I don't see that happening.) Shouldn't they be able to identify the problem from the codes? There are two codes on the handwritten estimate. "P0771-shift solenoid "E" performance or" (can't read the rest) and P0776-pressure control solenoid "B" performance or . . . stuck off."
Are the quoted costs reasonable, especially for this pipe they may or may not break? Somehow I am not getting a cozy feeling about this dealer.
Any info or suggestions are welcome.