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Toyota Camry, Sedan
Oct 18, 2011 (3:59 pm)
Yes, I find the tranny a little odd and sometimes annoying (only driven 1000miles), but if this car gets 100-200K miles out of it, which C'mon all you Camry owners, it will, it was worth the purchase. I traded in a 2010 Nissan Altima 4cyl CVT, and have NO regrets, the CVT was way worse than the 6spd camry, I am more comfortable knowing I have a quiet, smooth, vanilla toyota.
#244 of 303 Re: odd tanny [onyx2005]
Oct 18, 2011 (4:21 pm)
#245 of 303 Re: My email to Ed Morse Toyota [flgator1989]
Nov 09, 2011 (12:24 pm)
My family has owned 5 Camry's, a '92, '93, '97, '05, and my '10. Only my '10 suffers from the jerky transmission issue described throughout this thread. It is so bad that I am seriously considering taking the huge hit to trade it in and get a real car. I live and work downtown, so all of my driving is city, and this constant shifting <10 mph is making me incredibly frustrated. Has anyone made progress with lawyers/getting Toyota to actually care about this yet? I see posts back over a year, someone must have heard something meaningful back. The dealers here in CO "haven't heard" of this issue and want $100 each time I bring it in to tell me that I'm crazy.
#246 of 303 Re: My email to Ed Morse Toyota [guptron]
Nov 09, 2011 (12:43 pm)
Mine does the same thing on occasion. VERY annoying.
During your next trip, move the transmission "+" "-" selector to where a "3" appears near the odometer while in stop and go traffic below 35mph. Selecting 3rd gear will keep the transmission from going to too high of gear.
When traffic speeds up go back to "D" or normal. I did this and it really helped with the transmission jerking. The same thing might re-train yours to start behaving correctly.
#247 of 303 MPG Disappointing
Nov 09, 2011 (1:56 pm)
Drove to NYC, and back, tankful of gas, 30mpg, very disappointing. Comfortable. My transmission acts the same. I guess Toyota has seen its day, and its sun is setting, as is Honda's. They were always the best cars for me, growing up. Many people my parent's age contiued driving American cars, even when their sun had set. I guess things change, and, unless we change with them, we get this these types of frustrations. I've heard Hyundias, and Kias are good.
#248 of 303 Re: My email to Ed Morse Toyota [guptron]
Nov 09, 2011 (6:24 pm)
You say the dealers want $100 to check your 2010? It is under warranty for 5 years, or 60,000 miles (powertrain warranty). There should be no charge.
There are some people that complain of the extra and/or jerky shifting. I think most have said that it is that way to get more mpg, by design. Most people are very happy with the car, and it is working fine, so you won't get far at all with a lawsuit. I have heard same complaint with other makes of cars, due to getting more mpg with the new 6 speed auto trannies.
My 2010 is great, but it is a 6 speed manual transmission!
Getting 31.5 mpg on my commute to work, which is great! I can get 33 mpg on the highway (as the EPA says), but NOT going over 65 mpg and NOT with a strong head wind.
#249 of 303 Re: 2011 transmission etc [wwest]
Nov 18, 2011 (11:54 am)
I am having similar problems with my new 2011 Camry. Soon after I bought this brand new 2011 Camry the car started acting weird. A constant problem that appear a lot of time when I am driving concerns the transmission. At low speeds, mostly city driving, the car jerks with abrupt shiftings, and sometimes harsh shifting. Also it feels like the car pauses a little when shifting at low speeds.
The thing that concerns me and my wife the most is that the car takes off like it rushes rather than a smooth acceleration, although we both press the gas pedal really gently. This mostly happens at low speeds when we are driving in the city where heavy traffic might be present. This is making both of us very concerned about our safety. We are concerned to the point that we both stopped driving the car unless we really have to, we rely on our second car which is a BMW. One other issue is that the car feels like it is going to stall when I release my foot from the acceleration. This happens at both slow speeds and high speeds. I have taken the car to the dealer three times and they said they could not reproduce the problems I am describing, although on the second visit the dealer's mechanic did feel the harsh shifting and only then did he offer to take it for a check up which he did but said he could not reproduce it.
But now to the real question is what can we do? There seems a lot of people on this forum that are complaining about very similar issues, so Toyota can't just tell us there is nothing wrong with all of these cars. Can we take legal action? What are our options? I did file a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (http://www.nhtsa.gov/) which only took a minute. I was surprised however to see that I am the only one who filed a complaint on the 2011. So I encourage every one with a problem to report it at the site I listed here, it literally takes a minute.
#250 of 303 Re: 2011 transmission etc [aaa76]
Nov 18, 2011 (8:35 pm)
"..feels like it is going to stall..."
It is "stalling".
When you release the gas pedal at almost any speed the engine will go into coastdown mode with FULL fuel cut and sequential downshifting to prevent the engine from stalling fully. Once a speed is reached that is too low to sustain enoght engine RPM then fuel flow will be restored while at the same time the transaxle is upshifted. The car will then not downshift in 1st gear until you reach a full stop.
Note that if you by happenstance reapply pressure on the gas pedal just as that final upshift is commanded you will get a bit of hesitation in response. A little later, before the fully stopped downshift occurs, and you get the jerk, lurch.
#251 of 303 Re: 2011 Camry automatic LE Noises [kcalriver]
Nov 27, 2011 (9:00 pm)
Service manager took test drive with me. Says it is ABS pump kicking in at 10 MPH when starting to drive. Says the ABS solenoid makes the noise. Also says it is "normal" which I cannot accept. I have a case number with Toyota Corp and will follow up tomorrow. Service manager said another customer with same complaint traded for a 2012 Camry. But, he could not assure me that 2012 would not have same noise and problem. Svc manager said he has not heard of complaint from other customer with new 2012 Camry. If I trade to get rid of this irritable noise, it will NOT be another Camry.
#252 of 303 Trade for manual
Nov 28, 2011 (12:17 am)
I'm thinking about seeing if I can trade this car for a manual transmission Camry. I wonder how they are to shift?