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#3584 of 3593 Re: . [fintail]
Jul 12, 2012 (8:13 pm)
An 80 year old guy hit the gas on his new SL63 AMG and ended up in the bank manager's office of my local Chase bank. Not a word in the paper. Does MB keep a tighter rein on the news than Toyota? Though this guy did not try to lie his way out of responsibility. He was apologetic to the manager for making a huge mess of his office Friday just before closing time.
#3585 of 3593 Re: . [gagrice]
Jul 12, 2012 (8:30 pm)
Exactly. MB had no news to suppress. Pedal misapplication is not news, unless it's a Toyota and the oblivious driver doesn't want to admit a mistake.
And that 80 year old is doing it right - not only by admitting simple error and moving on, but by daring to live it up in a car like that at his age to begin with. Excellent
#3586 of 3593 Re: . [fintail]
Jul 12, 2012 (9:45 pm)
It was a pretty little car. The girls in the bank all felt so sorry for him. At least no one was hurt the boss had stepped out of his office. Mercedes built to break the bank.
#3588 of 3593 and a quietly made change
by steve_ HOST
Jan 09, 2013 (1:38 pm)
"Toyota has modified the start-stop buttons in most of its models so that they shut the engine off after three quick pushes, or after being continuously pushed for two seconds. That's two big changes from the old policy that required a continuous three-second push in order to shut down the power."
Toyota modifies start-stop buttons in case of panic (Detroit Free Press)
#3589 of 3593 Re: Question... [gagrice]
Jan 20, 2013 (11:43 am)
gagrice, you stated that both shuttle losses were due to design failures, yet the first one was not: the designers warned in advance not to launch because the temperatures were well below design goals & tests.
we'd all do well to [re-]read the Feynman addendum to the report on the Challenger.
#3590 of 3593 Re: Question... [elias]
Jan 20, 2013 (4:22 pm)
I was responding to a poster that acted like I should trust NASA on the Toyota failures.
Even NASA tried to find any faults in Toyotas but came up empty handed.
My response was:
NASA had two unintended shuttle crashes. Both design failures, So nothing is perfect.
I should have said NASA is not infallible, read reports on the two shuttle crashes.
#3591 of 3593 toyota tundra flex fuel
Apr 01, 2013 (10:11 am)
buyer beware of Toyota's next new problems. The Toyota Tundra apparently has a problem with the flex fuel vehicles. The ignition sticks in the vehicle will not start then the vehicle run rough until it is serviced. This happens after 7 or 8 Phillips.the only way to avoid the problem is don't run less than a quarter tank of gas, don't run the car for less than 5 minutes, only use flex fuel only if you can find it.
the vehicle will run rough and hesitate when accelerating and even in passing gear. Watch out for that 1.there is a little low Realty from Toyota even if you are a repeat customer.regardless how much you spend on that vehicle there is No quick resolve.you will need to refer to the lemon law.Toyota will have to pay legal fees using the lemon law.
#3592 of 3593 experience the accelerator problem but...
Apr 14, 2013 (5:51 am)
Yesterday, I experienced the accelerator problem, but was resolved. I put no blame on anyone (but myself) but just wanted to share what I found.
Basically the gas pedal got stuck when I pressed down and when I lifted off it stayed down. The car kept on accelerating so I stayed on the brakes to keep the speed down a bit. Shifted it to Neutral and it just bounced off the rev limiter. Then I remembered folks had problems with it getting stuck with 3rd party floor mats and I use one. I reached down pulled the mat back and then the gas pedal snapped back up. Thankfully the road was empty at the time.
I pulled over, took the 3rd party floor mat out and went back to running my errands. The mat probably got put back wrong from a car wash attendent. I get it washed quite a bit. Usually the mat never moves but sometimes they pull it out to vacuum it. In all my years of driving a car (27 years), I would have never imagined the gas pedal getting stuck against a raised rubber mat.
Anways, if you experience this, pull the mats back towards your seat.
All that said, I still enjoy driving the car.
Note: I didn't get the recall work done but I suppose it's a good safety precaution.
#3593 of 3593 Re: experience the accelerator problem but... [l943973]
Apr 14, 2013 (5:57 pm)
I had this happen over 2 decades ago in a Ford and a Mazda. After that, I always used the floor mat clips you can buy in just about any store. I used them until the automakers started putting in the floor mat clips in and corresponding holes in the mats. Since then, I always use the clips, and I only buy Weathertech floor mats, which are engineered to fit your specific car AND they have the holes so you can use the car's mat holder.