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#213 of 294 Re: Tranny fluid in radiator [zaskroniec]
Aug 15, 2010 (7:58 am)
I have the same problem with my 2000 4Runner. In fact, my previous "00" 4runner had this issue. I had the dealer flush the trans and replace the radiator. After driving it a few hundred more miles I had the trans flushed again due to milky looking fluid still on the dipstick. I sold that unit for fear the trans would be dead soon. Bought another "00" model because I loved the style and was satified with the reliability. Have been driving it for 4 yrs now with hardly any maintenance except for a leaky differential cover. Liked it so much, I bought a third "00" model that was wrecked and rebuilt the whole thing. Just yesterday my wife said she broke down and car was overheating. Checked it out and sure enough, The same thing happened...."strawberry milkshake syndrome" pulled the dipstick and it was covered with antifreeze/trans fluid combo. I think toyota knows their radiators are faulty and just figure they'll ignore any TSB's or recalls. Kinda shady when you promote your company with ads of this one and that one getting 400K+ miles on their cars and then have an issue like this and just ignore it. This is an extremely costly fix if it's not caught soon!
#214 of 294 94 4runner tranny/clutch problem?
Aug 28, 2010 (3:40 pm)
Got a 94 4runner...was driving fine then i got in it one day and it acted like it didn't want to go...it was like the front tires were locked and the back ones would just spin. Eventually it started going i had to make it to work so i drove it anyways. eventually it wouldn't let me go any furthur. i could smell what i thought was the clutch so we replaced it and its still doin the same thing. now when i drive it, the rpms increase very fast and force me to shift...eventually i'll be driving in 5th gear and only going 20 mph or so....can anybody help me here?????
Sep 16, 2010 (11:51 am)
What the Heck
My 2010 Toyota 4runner has been to two different dealerships a total of 4b times and I am getting the same bullshit from them.
Toyota has to know there is a major problem and is covering it up.
I am about to go to a third party and sue them.
I even gave them the TSB # to correct the problem and they ignored it.
They have been told to hide the problem.
A 32,000 vehicle should not shift like a tractor
#216 of 294 Re: 09 4Runner Trans Problem [edpol]
Sep 16, 2010 (2:04 pm)
I have an 09 4Runner. The dealership kept the vehicle overnight to check the transmission fluid. They said it was low and topped it off. The hesitation in shifting diminished significantly but has not gone away entirely.
#217 of 294 Re: Same Story Again [sawmecoming]
Sep 16, 2010 (3:35 pm)
I agree 100%!! Mine is a May, 2009 4Runner and had what feels like trans problem since day-one! I have been in close contact with my dealership service manager and e-mail her all of the comments I read so she can keep record. I have file a complaint with the national highway assn and Toyota and sent the TSB# also. I got some form letter from Toyota thanking me for my concern. Something has to be done. I was told at one point that, with time, the problem will get better, but that isn't what happened. If anything, it's getting worse. Now it bogs down when I have to accellerate quickly not just when turning a corner, and I can't get out of the way fast enough. This happened to me in heavy Houston traffic the other day, and scared me to death. I guess an accident has to happen before they take serious notice. Please continue to comment on this site about any results you get. I refuse to give up! Like you said, a $32,000 vehicle should run perfectly, period. For them to keep telling me that's just the way they are made, is insulting.
#218 of 294 4 Runner transmission problem
Sep 17, 2010 (4:46 pm)
I have a toyota 4runner 2001, however it has as I have been told 2000 trans. less than 3 years ago the trans went out. It made a noise as if something was broke lose inside. As the cost of a new was not economically possible, found a used one. Thats when we found out it was 2000 transmission. The mechanics we talked to including dealer specialist said " you don't rebuild, you buy used or new". Two weeks ago, the same thing happened again, it just stopped moving and had a sound as if something was free floating inside.
There was no concern from the company rep about my issue even after i said I have owned Toyotas for over 30 years. I told her about my reactions from different mechanics including Toyota Dealers she did confirm the dealer answer. I was told "you don't rebuild These transmissions you buy new or used. They just trash them and this
is something understood. I was a major Toyota fan until this.
How many people here have had a similar problem with this model and year? Please contact me here or at timminnettegmail.com.
#219 of 294 Re: 4 Runner transmission problem [timlee]
Sep 17, 2010 (11:23 pm)
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#220 of 294 Re: 09 4Runner Trans Problems [sherid590]
Sep 18, 2010 (5:33 am)
Update on my 2010 4Runner transmission lag - After looking through this forum and provided links, I scheduled appointment with my dealership in NJ and insisted (first, my dealer was trying to give me a hard time telling that they can't replicate the problem) on applying TSB # 0166-10 (my VIN met the criteria). The issue with transmission lag is now completely gone and car drives perfectly normal. Thanks a lot everyone.
#221 of 294 Re: 09 4Runner Trans Problems [ik123]
Sep 18, 2010 (8:09 am)
Based on the Vin #'s that were put out on this forum, my 2009 doesn't match for the TSB #0166-10. Not sure what I should do now. Any suggestions??
#222 of 294 Re: I think its tranny time.... [cdelappe]
Sep 19, 2010 (10:27 pm)
Yes, I did get the transmission problem fixed. I believe it came down my battery. When I replaced the battery and made sure the fluid was topped off then I have not had any further problems. I dot think there is something though to what one person mention this forum regarding corosion build up some where maybe on the solenoids then the electricity will have a hard time getting through. So with replacing the battery there could still the same problem lying in wait to happen again.