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I have an '11 with the harsh downshifting problem. Dealer would not apply the TSB because they said it did not apply and said it was a bad deceleration sensor and it would be $1150! No check engine light is on.
I have a 2011 Camry Le I purchased used in December with 24,000 miles. I drive about 500 miles a week and the only issue i have noticed is the transmission shifting up and down hard at times. While braking I noticed it because I had to adjust how I was braking to accommodate for the awkward downshift. I took it to the dealership because it has a 1 year bumper to bumper warranty. They test drove it and then performed a transmission fluid flush and fill to check for metallic pieces. The results were they detected no problems. I had a dashcam in the car for the entire service and the car did not actually act up while they test drove it. Since then I have further diagnosed the car myself and I think I located the issue. Around 1,000 to 1,200 rpm, if the car does not detect your foot on the pedal it will disengage what I think is the connection from the engine/transmission with the differential? Ive noticed when this happens the car freely drifts as if it was in neutral so it saves on gas during driving. How ever when it reconnects by accelerating (such as city traffic when I notice it the most) it will connect hard and accelerate hard causing the computer to seem confused and shift the gears hard or fumble the gears. I will be taking it to the dealer again next week for an oil change and tell them what ive noticed and maybe this could be a problem that could fix many camrys nationwide with the same issue.
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