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#266 of 601 Re: tacoma trans problem [maybetacoma]
Oct 30, 2009 (8:39 am)
I own a 2009 Toyota Tacoma Double cab off road TRD. 4x4 V-6 (Auto.- 5A)
from what i have read, the high rev. hunting for the right gear at low speeds and hard down shifting has been the same in the 2009 and newer trucks. I still blame the down hill assist control.
I haven't heard any problems with the trucks that Don't have this option, but I could be wrong.? Keep us posted
#267 of 601 Re: tacoma trans problem [nick224]
Oct 30, 2009 (8:43 am)
Did you report the problem to toyota? I have and they gave me a confirmation number regarding the complaint. and I also had it back to the dealer, They said thats the way it is. No problems found.
#268 of 601 Re: tacoma trans problem [09taco]
Oct 30, 2009 (2:49 pm)
I've been suspecting that this is 5A automatic problem and not a 4A / 4 cyl model issue.
#269 of 601 Re: tacoma trans problem [maybetacoma]
Oct 30, 2009 (7:12 pm)
i have a 6 cyl, 5A tran, 2WD, TRD. if you're thinking about a tacoma, ask if you can demo the vehicle for a few days. not certain what they'll say seeing as how there appears to be such a demand for them. but if you take the vehicle just for a test drive, you may not be able to fully appreciate how annoying this problem can be. maybe i'll start calling my tacoma "The Gearhunter"
#270 of 601 Re: tacoma trans problem [09taco]
Oct 30, 2009 (7:17 pm)
no, didn't report the problem. i guess that couldn't hurt. do you have a number or address?
#271 of 601 Re: 2009 tacoma transmission [rjsvette]
Oct 30, 2009 (7:21 pm)
it sounds like being able to voice your issue with the field tech rep is a good idea. i may try that. and boy that sure would be nice if there is a fix for this shifting (and gearhunting) issue.
#272 of 601 Re: tacoma trans problem [nick224]
Oct 31, 2009 (3:56 am)
Your problem is exactly the same as with my '09. They have told me that the next time I bring it in for service they will try to "reprogram" the computer that controls the shifting but don't think it will help. The only answer is to continue to complain on here, to the dealer, and to the company. Eventually they will have to face up to it. They are getting a real black eye on this and their failure to try and fix it has made me rethink my whole opinion of Toyota as a company.
#273 of 601 Re: tacoma trans problem [maybetacoma]
Oct 31, 2009 (7:28 pm)
I have a 2009 2.7 4 speed auto & mine certainly has the same problems described and from what I read, so do all the other 4 speed autos. I posted on this forum a while back & Toyota issued a TSB (#0096-09) back in May/June 2009. They 'reprogrammed' my ECU but this did nothing to remedy the problems & I believe made it worse.
I'm surprised that there isn't an acknowledgment of this TSB by Toyota when folks complain & are given the party line that this is 'normal'. My guess is there has to be something really wrong with the design. The transmissions aren't this way at delivery (at least mine wasn't) and seem to start developing after 300-400 miles in my case. I used to do some programming (not transmissions) and it wouldn't seem hard to do a software patch that endlessly passed the original factory parameters back to the ECU w/ every new start rather than the idiotic 'learning' profile. Must be some underlying firmware/hardware issue that would be horrendously expensive for them to address. Another possibility is all their emissions certifications were done w/ the current configuration and they can't/won't do all that over again.
I seriously doubt Toyota is ever going to address this issue & am planning on dumping my 2009 (now w/ 2,500 mi) as soon as I have a convenient opportunity to do so. I will never, never, never, never...(see a pattern here) buy another Toyota product. Not a smart way to keep moving forward.
#274 of 601 Re: tacoma trans problem [nick224]
Nov 02, 2009 (6:44 pm)
I just got my 2010 TRD 4WD a couple of weeks ago. I began to notice the same problem you are having with the engine high reviving, and "hunting" for the correct gear at around 10 - 15 miles per hour. It does it mostly when you are turning.
I've now got approx. 900 miles on the vehicle, and it seems the problem is getting worse.
I was hoping that it was just something having to do with the fact it was new, and would get better. Not going to happen.
I'm really disappointed after reading that so many other people are having the same problem.
#275 of 601 Re: tacoma trans problem [09taco]
Nov 02, 2009 (8:06 pm)
i don't have the DAC on my 2010 TRD Off Road. or at least, i don't have the actual button on the side. maybe it's a built in feature, don't know.