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#232 of 305 Re: My email to Ed Morse Toyota [flgator1989]
Jul 26, 2011 (8:58 am)
2010 Camry (same as 2011) at 95F and very humid day here (80%) has no problem keeping us cool, back or front.
and the Corolla being a 6 speed as well.
Corolla has a 4 speed automatic (older design, probably at least 10-15 years old). Corolla still has great efficiency though, and turns low rpms at highway speeds. Don't know about Tacoma.
Some people complain about the Camry 6 Auto Transmission, but most don't . I have seen some others complain about the shifting of the automatic, but most think it is fine. I have driven a Camry 6 Speed auto for a few days, and found it to be fine - before I drove it, I knew about some complaints about it, but I honestly had no complaints with it. Also, very quiet at speed, just like most professional reviewers say.
I'd take back to dealer and have them check it out, maybe drive another Camry to compare.
#233 of 305 Re: My email to Ed Morse Toyota [flgator1989]
Jul 26, 2011 (10:39 am)
I first encountered one of these new 6(10) speed transaxles, Chrysler Sebring Conv rental, while on vacation a number of years ago. Reasonably flat terrain yet the tranny just simply could not find, settle into a gear. I found it best to drive it in CC.
I'm hoping that by the time I need to buy my next daily driver that actual CVT's will be available.
I suspect the hard shifting is the result of the shiftiness. If so much shifting is expected throughout the vehicle's useful life then the shifting must be quick, solid, and firm, no slippage, frictional surface wear, allowed to "ease" into the next gear.
In my experience even an LS400's climate control system, even with dark window tint, cannot provide a good level of cooling for rear seat passengers on a HOT day in Tucson.
The ducting to the rear simply does not have enough volume, CSA, to move enough moderately cooled airflow. But there are a couple of things that will be helpful...
To cool, COOLDOWN, the entire cabin most quickly:
First and foremost, DO NOT allow the system to go into recirculate initially. It is best to leave the system in "fresh" mode initially thereby FORCING the SUPERHEATED atmosphere out of the cabin. As most owner manuals suggest it also helps to lower the rear windows for a few miles to help with this matter.
Now, after the cabin's HOT atmosphere is purged, move the mode to recirculate, bypass the system's MODERATED cooling mode via using MAX cooling, manually close the front outside, nearest the side windows, airflow ducts ("force" more cooling airflow to the rear seats), and now use the blower speed to optimize the overall cooling level.
In my '92 LS400 I find that if I use the above procedure for quick cabin cooldown on a HOT day then within 10 or 15 minutes (interior surfaces also cooled) I can put the air temperature control aspect back to auto and basically ignore the system operation thereafter.
Oh, one nice aspect of the LS400 is that I can open the engine hood, disconnect the servomotor drive from the heater core engine coolant/water flow control valve, and then tie the water valve full closed. Basically making the reheat/remix blend door movement, system airflow temperature moderation control, non-functional.
I have no idea, other than the total idiocy of NipponDenso, Denso US, engineering team, why the design of these automatic climate control systems has gone so far awry from reasonable, sensible.
#235 of 305 Re: Toyota Camry 2011 rolling back on incline [galina]
Jul 28, 2011 (11:39 am)
Use your brake to hold car, DO NOT hold it with trans, or you will overheat it.
You can use left foot on steep incline to hold brake and right to accelerate.
#236 of 305 Re: Oh, well [buttons973]
Aug 02, 2011 (11:47 am)
I'm having same issues with my 2011 Camry. I'm in with you guys. Let me know when you are ready.
#237 of 305 Re: Toyota Camry 2011 rolling back on incline [galina]
Aug 03, 2011 (8:59 am)
If you don't know the procedure for engaging, activating the "hill-hold" feature you may be intermittently engaging it, or not, resulting in the roll-back randomness.
Best to reseach this in your owners manual but I beleive it needs a sharp "stab" of the brake pedal, and then release. "Stab": higher momentary brake pressure beyond just the level needed to hold the car on the incline.
#238 of 305 Re: Toyota Camry 2011 rolling back on incline [wwest]
Aug 03, 2011 (11:35 am)
Interesting. I didn't know the car had this function. I'll have to try that. Thanks.
#239 of 305 Manual Shifting
Aug 07, 2011 (9:08 pm)
I am considering the 2011 SE and am pretty dismayed to hear about these issues with the 6 speed auto. Does anyone think that shifting manually in slower speed around town traffic will alleviate some of the problems or symptom related to this transmission?
#240 of 305 Re: Manual Shifting [miko638]
Aug 08, 2011 (2:18 am)
Manual shifting helps a little but overall it's just a weak transmission system. It feels as if they got the gear ratios in the transaxle wrong and the engine is pulling too high a gear.
Whatever the case, for a high percentage of drivers it's bad enough for them to wish they bought something else. After six months and 15,000 miles I'm one of the people who wishes I'd bought something else.
#241 of 305 Re: Manual Shifting [miko638]
Aug 08, 2011 (2:42 am)
I also read these stories before I bought my Camry, and I am not sorry I bought it. I have used the S shift option on the AT, and I found it fun to rip around curvy back roads, but I'm happy with the AT. It knows what to do to keep the power band where it should, and I have fun just letting it do its own thing when I'm flying around the back roads. I thought maybe having bought a manual transmission would have avoided this sometimes rough shifting AT issue, but I'm ok with it the way it is. I don't think something has to be perfect to be "good enough". I got a great deal on my Camry, and expect it to last, so I'm happy. I still look forward to driving it, after 5,000 miles. Was not able to say that for my 2010 Prius III after 4,000 miles. I had to drive to an airport two hours away, in the early morning, in the dark, in the cold, and I dreaded it! The thing was so light, and hollow feeling. I didn't feel secure in it. The Camry is much more solid, and stable feeling. And the motor is more powerful. I guess it's just a matter of finding what you like. I'm happy with my Camry. I feel very safe, and secure, and comfortable driving it on a long trip. My Camry seems to like being driven a little bit harder. The AT seems to like that better than being babied; it'll lug the engine if I do that. Also, I got 32mpg the first tankful of gas, 30mpg second tank, and 26-27 thereafter, although I have been using the AC since then. I did take it to the dealer for the 5,000 mile service, and got 30 mpg after that. Now down to 26. I wonder if they put something in the gas tank to make it get better milage? I'm alright with 26-27, but would like 30-32 better.