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#233 of 599 Re: 2009 Tacoma Transmission problems [gsprick]
Oct 01, 2009 (4:58 pm)
You'll notice there are 232 postings here concerning the Toyota products. Who knows how many there are who aren't aware of this site to post on. Tell everyone. I've talked to people in multiple states personally who suffer the same problems. I notice you've had a judge from Missouri respond. I agree with him about what it'll take and the real outcome tragic as it may be. However, things are what they are. This is probably the best method we have to attack (as it were) Toyota. Good luck and keep the spirits high. By the all, when you look at this page scroll down and you'll see the window entitled Learn More? Take the time to write a review under Do More. I didn't see much mention of this in there. Maybe we need to put our complaints in there as well.
#234 of 599 Tacoma transmission problems
Oct 10, 2009 (6:44 am)
An update on my situation. I first called Toyota and talked to two different people who got back with me and said there was no problem with the vehicle and nothing could be done. I then wrote to Toyota customer relations and included a copy of the complaints from this site and sent a copy to the president of my own dealer. I got a nice telephone response from someone at the dealership. He said that this was the first complaint that they had received about the Tacoma but that several years ago Toyota had a similar problem with the Camry and Avalon. They finally fixed those although it took them almost two years to do it.
He believes that it is not a mechanical problem but is instead a software problem with one of the computers that relays instructions to the transmission. For some reason it is "confused" and not properly relaying those instructions thereby causing the transmission to hesitate and jerk. He thinks that it will require a software patch to fix if Toyota does ultimately acknowledge the problem.
He did say that they could try to "wipe it clean and reset it"(I am paraphrasing) the next time I brought it in for service to see if that might help but truthfully was dubious that it would. You might want to ask your dealer to do the same.
The bottom line here is that everyone who has this problem should document it in writing with Toyota and send a copy to your dealer. Only by creating pressure on Toyota will the problem be solved.
I do want to say that I received a prompt and I believe honest response from my dealer which I appreciated and it made me feel better about the situation.
#235 of 599 Re: Tacoma transmission problems [gsprick]
Oct 10, 2009 (9:14 am)
Well Gary? I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings as I started out just like you. I was told the same story and took it in and it resolved nothing. Believe me it was a lie when they said they'd never heard of it. I copied all the complaints and brought them into the dealer. They know of the problem, believe me. Had the rep from Toyota come up to test drive it and the dealer was sympathetic with me until it came time to take a stand with Toyota. You'll be left in the cold my friend. Again, I tell anyone to write a review that you see on this web site under "Learn More" as the postings you see here are not on the reviews. Do have a good day.
#236 of 599 It was my 'kick-down' cable that broke/2004 Tacoma
Oct 12, 2009 (8:58 am)
I was searching desperately for any info on my suddenly lurching/out-of-sync/tranny and accelerator and found your forum. I have a 2004 Tacoma that I'd taken very good care of and the next thing I know it's not shifting into 3rd until about 50mph. It was scary to begin with then I figured I'd just run it into the ground or hope it got stolen because any transmission problems are going to cost a fortume. Hardly worth putting $3-4k into a base model 4-cyl Tacoma that's 5 years old. Anyway, I bit the bullet and had it estimated at the dealer--I trust them, Piercey Toyota in Milpitas, CA--and it was about $500-600 to have the cable replaced (it was broken, so they couldn't adjust it). From what I understand a kick-down cable goes from the tranny to the accelerator and that what it felt like, things were out of sync and it wasn't shifting when it was supposed to. The check engine light never even came on. Hope this helps some folks out there! This was my third Toyota pick-up and I agree, they ain't what they used to be though I've had no other problems with the '04 Tacoma.
#237 of 599 Wow never thought I would be here AGAIN
Oct 12, 2009 (5:05 pm)
I bought a 2010 Tacoma last week. First off I cannot believe I am here reading this, I should have done my homework so shame on me this is my second go around with Toyota. I bought a 1986 MR2 they removed and rebuilt the transmission when the car had 800 miles. the misery finally ended a year later when I sold it So I have 251 miles on my truck and I am having the SAME problem as the rest of you. I spoke to my local dealer I had to go out of town really search HARD for this truck and the service guy told me he feels my pain he owns a 2009 Tacoma and has the SAME issue. I am going to take it there tomorrow for my first service again it has 251 miles on it. They want to check it out and make sure nothing is wrong. he did tell me it is a learning process, it is designed that way everything I have read here. I will give them this they have their story down now. This leads me to think maybe they know they have an issue. So I will keep you posted. Too BAD I forgot I had been screwed by Toyota in the 80's..........
#238 of 599 Re: Wow never thought I would be here AGAIN [jimmora]
Oct 12, 2009 (7:15 pm)
Well don't be shamed of yourself about not doing your homework when looking for the right truck. Let me tell you, I did my homework for about 8 to 10 months before I bought my 09 double cab off road tacoma. I do believe its good truck I like it, I like the looks and the drive, But HATE the trans. Under the reviews at the time i was doing my homework, the 09s have not been reviewed. I was reading about the 06,07,& 08s. It seems like this is the one.....??
I found out Toyota did some big changes to the drive-train for 2009, they added the downhill assist control and computer changes that leads to shifting problems, High revs at low speeds, downshifting hard and not shifting at times.
My truck now has only 5800 easy miles NO off road miles. I had my truck into the dealer for service and questioned the dealer, They said no one else complained about this, which is bull S***. My truck checked out fine per the dealer. It works as intended by the manufactor.....I'm going to try to get in touch with an engineer from Toyota...not sure how..??? Keep us posted with your 2010...
#239 of 599 Re: Toyota e-mail [tennesseeman1]
Oct 12, 2009 (7:20 pm)
what is the email address to the Customer Service at Toyota, I'll send an email also. I would like to hear what the fix will be, My truck is 2009 Double cab off road, with trans problems like everyone else.
#240 of 599 Re: 2008 TRD Double cab 4x2 4.0 V6 236HP [hackattack5]
Oct 12, 2009 (7:44 pm)
2009 Was a big change for the tacomas, They added the downhill assist control and computer changes to the trans.(different shift points) 2008 would be the truck to have not the 2009 or new. When they change something, the screw it up. Never had problems before, so why the hell change it. Downhill assist control get rid of it Toyota, I don't need it.
#241 of 599 tacoma 09 standard trans
Oct 13, 2009 (7:30 pm)
I purchased an 09 Tacoma standard 5spd one month ago and I am in shock after reading these posts! I own an 89 toyota pick-up standard trans and it still runs
perfectly. Does anyone know if there are any problems with the standard transmissions? It seems most of these posts have to do with automatics. I should
have done more research, but the toyota trucks I've owned have been outstanding.
I really love the truck features even though it's just the basic model 4x4. I'm really worried now. Please let me know what I should be looking for in the way of problems.
#242 of 599 Re: tacoma 09 standard trans [markreg4]
Oct 14, 2009 (8:31 am)
Well my friend this particular issue does deal with automatic transmissions. There are however other issues with the standard transmisions. Take some time and stroll thru them. It is a problem that Toyota doesn't want to deal with for what ever reason. Again, the issue will not get resolved until enough people complain about it that it becomes worth while, due to money loss from Toyota. It is about money right?