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#567 of 600 2010 Tacoma. Manual transmission Problems since new.
Jul 31, 2010 (6:04 am)
Bought a new 2010 Tacoma, manual transmission, 4 cyl.
Transmission is very hard to shift. 1st gear can only be engaged if truck comes to complete stop. It takes a lot of pressure to get it into first, it almost feels like breaking a chicken bone. I do press clutch all the way in and had driven many cars with manual trannys with no issues. It's hard to drive this truck in a stop and go trafic where the speeds are too slow to engage the 2nd gear and the 1st gear can not be engaged. I have to shift into second and burn the clutch to accelerate the truck to above 15 MPH.
Shift pattern from first to second is very notchy, sometimes with a loud clunk. 2nd to 3rd is better but sometime I hear a clunk too.
Reverse is another problem. Shifting into reverse is very hard. One morning I could not get it into reverse at all. I had to move the truck forward slightly and then use a lot of force to shift into reverse. I wonder if braking the shift lever is covered under Toyota warranty?
Does anyone have similar problems? The dealer said everything is normal (like everything else with Toyota vehicles warranty claims. It sure seems like it).
I'm very dissappointed with the quality. Especially with the fact that rear differential had hardly any oil in it since new. I described this problem in a defferent post under the OIL thread.
#568 of 600 Re: 2010 Tacoma. Manual transmission Problems since new. [gyprat]
Aug 14, 2010 (8:47 am)
I think toyota is going down . Their quality and problems just wont stop. We should have never bought a toyota tacoma or any toyota and dont think we ever will again , and dont think anyone should . They are risking peoples lives with their product and dont even care. We bought a 2010 tacoma. Its been in the shop twice and its going back again with under 450 miles . The first time they said they didn't find anything and sent us on our way like we were crazy. The second time we brought it back they kept it for 5 days and couldn't find the problem so they replaced everything to the # 6 cylinder. I think its still doing it. Its a safety issue. When its starts mifireing it wont even excelerate. It happens on the freeway also. Plus what damages are happening inside the engine. They just want us to be the test pilots of there product. dont even want to drive it or take my family in it . Its unsafe.
They kept the gas pedal thing under wraps till a family died .Kept saying its the floor mats. Toyota needs to get it together . I would buy a frontier or titan if I could do it again.
#569 of 600 Re: 2010 Tacoma. Manual transmission Problems since new. [nasincali]
Aug 15, 2010 (5:52 am)
I agree that the quality is not there any more. My 2009 Tacoma had to have a "fix" downloaded to the computer to address the auto transmission that constantly slipped, which did fix the problem. However, the transmission is still not smooth like it should be for a new truck. The engine is noisy and rattles, and very noticeable when sitting at a bank drive through. I have noticed blue smoke come out of the exhaust a few times over the last month when I first start the truck in the morning, and I only have 32k miles on it. The radio has freaked out on me a few times. The air conditioning fan has made noise a few times, as if it was losing power. My dash board lights dim when I turn on my headlights. The body is soft and dents very easily. Not too worried about all of these items, except the blue smoke which I will have checked out on my next service.
#570 of 600 Re: 2010 Tacoma. Manual transmission Problems since new. [tacomashane]
Aug 15, 2010 (6:59 am)
I too agree with this statement. I wish I could say that other manufacturers were better but over the years I've learned otherwise. It's a shame. The articles we read that rate the vehicles and tell us of the best ones lose credibility as well; as we can't trust what they say. So guess what? We are still guinea pigs and we pays our money and takes our chances. Nothing has changed. It's just life.
#571 of 600 3rd & Overdrive Automatic Transmission Issue
Aug 30, 2010 (12:51 pm)
Hello, I am brand new to this message board stuff, so please bear with me. I have an 08 Tacoma which I believe has an issue with not shifting back into overdrive from 3rd (Drive). When I go up a steep hill, the truck automatically shifts into a lower gear, even without me touching the shifter. However, when I crest the top of the hill and either go down hill or go on a flat road, the transmission does not go back into overdrive. I can even try lifting my foot up and down on the gas, but it stays in the lower gear. The only way for me to get it into OD, is to move the shifter over to 3rd and back over to overdrive. Does anyone have a clue? Is it me? Thanks!
#572 of 600 Re: 3rd & Overdrive Automatic Transmission Issue [ryoung08]
Aug 30, 2010 (4:20 pm)
Yaw sensor senses whether traveling up hill down hill and around corners. Could be a learned attribute of the computer. Is this a new symptom or has it always done it. Shifting to a lower gear going down hill might be part of the engine braking. Hoped that helped
Make sure the brake pedal is not engaged at all. Pull up on it with your foot will driving and see if the tranny does anything.
#573 of 600 Re: 3rd & Overdrive Automatic Transmission Issue [ianc435]
Aug 30, 2010 (5:02 pm)
Up until 4 months ago I really never drove my Tacoma very far, just around town, but now that I am driving long distances and over some steep hills I am noticing the issue. I can't say if this issue has been here since I bought the truck or if it only showed up in the past 4 months.
It does not shift into drive (3rd) on its own except when going up hill. I just don't understand why it won't go back into OD after I crest the hill on to a flat surface or going down hill.
I will try the brake pedal tomorrow when I am on the road. Thanks!
#574 of 600 2002 tacoma auto trans slipping??
Sep 21, 2010 (10:32 pm)
I recently bought a 2002 tacoma dbl cab, have not had any problems with it until now. Sometimes when I am driving down the road, or backing up, the engine revs up as if I am in neutral. The truck is still in gear and moving. It has happened 3 times now. I don't feel it shift out of gear or anything it will all of a sudden lose power and the motor revs up. Tranny problems??? I have an automatic and the engine is the 3.4 V6
#575 of 600 Re: Toyota Tacoma transmission problems [befuddled2]
Sep 24, 2010 (10:35 am)
Please send me a copy of the TSB0703-09. My '09 Prerunner is experiancing the hunting after decelerating.
#576 of 600 Re: 07 Tacoma Transmission Issue [0tacoma7]
Nov 29, 2010 (6:03 pm)
I just bought an '07 Tacoma 4-dr. Pre-Runner 6 mos. ago from CarMax in Arlington, TX that does the same thing. I had 30 days to report any problems and get them fixed for free. Their tech gave me the same response everyone else has gotten from Toyota: "That's just how it's designed." He said the same thing about the automatic 'downshift' around 30 mph. The first time I experienced it, I thought I'd been rear-ended. Fortunately, I'm not experiencing the delay in acceleration like the guys driving the '09.
Reading through the posts, it doesn't sound like there is a solution. However, I have discovered that if I drop the gearshift lever into neutral as I approach a stop, it doesn't do the 'clunk and jerk.' I usually shift back into drive after I've been sitting still for a few seconds.
My first 4 cars were Toyotas: '74 Corolla, '85 Celica coupe, '79 Supra, and '85 Celica GT-S. Those were some sweet rides - the body went bad before the drivetrain wore out. I spent the next 18 years with Ford products - not a lemon in the bunch.
This is my first experience with the new Toyota, and I'm greatly disappointed. I can't believe Toyota would design an automatic transmission that has to be shifted manually to maintain a smooth ride.
For an extra $400 I could have gotten a brand new Ford Ranger loaded. I opted for the Tacoma with 44,000 miles. Wish I'd bought the Ranger.