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Toyota Truck Owners: Problems & Solutions

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  • I have a 2006 Tundra DC AWD. I have experienced similar problems. My will downshift going up or down hill. When it first started it would shift at 3800 rpms or if I applied the brakes slowed to 35 mph and accelerated again. Now when it does this I must pul off road and stop and turn off engine. Since this only happens after driving freeway speeds for over 1 hour, the dealer says they have no way of duplicating problem. Transmission test is normal. This truck can not haul or tow as much as my old 2002 Chevy 1/2 ton. Toyota claims in commercials it can. Dealer will not address this problem, only saying a Toyota is different than a truck from a US manufacturer.

    This is the most disappointing truck I have ever owned. I have owned trucks for over 40 years. It is SUV in truck body.
  • just got my truck this week. I am making a punch list of little things for when i go back to dealer next week. wanted to see if any one eles experienced the same things. so when i go back i can be at least some what familiar as to the problem solutions etc.. here is the one i am concerned the most with. When i put the truck in reverse and with light pressure on the brake peddle, the transmission or possibly the brake makes a grinding or rattling noise.
  • Did you ever find a solution to this problem? I went to inspection today, and all of a sudden all I have is the top brake light. Any info would be appreciated.

    Tim
  • hprjrhprjr Posts: 24
    I own a 2001 Tundra and when I have the ac or heater working, I hear a clicking noise coming from the blower motor area like the blades are hitting a little debris as it is spinning. Has anyone experienced this problem? Thanks for your help.
  • New '06 Tundra with less than 400 miles (this is not a typo only four hundred miles!) is already having transmission problems. It doesn't have reverse and will not go into 3rd gear. The overdrive is engaged. Any like stories? :mad:
  • wjfosswjfoss Posts: 3
    Rob,
    I took my truck to the dealership a month after I posted my original message. They claim the belt was stretched and replaced it. Free of charge, I might add.
    So far so good. Hope this helps.
  • wjfosswjfoss Posts: 3
    I took my truck to the dealership a month after I posted my original message. They claim the belt was stretched and replaced it. Free of charge, I might add.
    So far so good. Hope this helps.
  • woofwoof Posts: 27
    From what I've been reading, it seems that Toyota has problems with some of the automatic transmissions. I'm not pleased with my '06 Tacoma's 5-speed automatic transmission. Seems that it is slow to react and often doesn't know what gear it should be in. This hurts performance and gas mileage, not to mention frustrating the driver. Yet, others have had much worse problems with vibration, etc. See www.tundrasolutions.com. I spoke with my dealer who told me that Toyota does not currently have new software for mine, but noted that other models have new improved software available. Frankly, it amazes me that Toyota can't seem to make a good automatic transmission. If anything, my "old" 2005 Silverado had a superb automatic transmission and a strong V8 that got nearly as good MPG as my V6 Tacoma weighing 1000 lbs. less. This is my third Toyota Truck and I generally am pleased. But it may be my last.
  • Hey prerunner:

    I just bought a 2007 prerunner and I have the same noise problem in reverse. Did you ever get a solution?

    John11017@yahoo.com

    Thanks,

    John
  • The new 05 or newer tacoma front suspension knuckles are so close to the tire sidewall it prevents snow chains of any type from being used on the front tires. This was not a limitation on my 95 & 98 tacoma. The distance is appx half inch or less. This is a huge limitation for backcountry off roaders in snow and mud and for hunters. It could be dangerous also if front tire pressure are lower for off roading and the flex of sidewall could cut tire against suspension knuckle. This was a huge oversite by the design team at Toyota. I filed a complaint in Fall 2006 when some local 4X4 shops mentioned the complaint from some new tacoma owners and not sure if they tried to fix it yet.
  • The new 05 or newer tacoma front suspension knuckles are so close to the tire sidewall it prevents snow chains of any type from being used on the front tires. This was not a limitation on my 95 & 98 tacoma. The distance is appx half inch or less. This is a huge limitation for backcountry off roaders in snow and mud and for hunters. It could be dangerous also if front tire pressure are lower for off roading and the flex of sidewall could cut tire against suspension knuckle. This was a huge oversite by the design team at Toyota. I filed a complaint in Fall 2006 when some local 4X4 shops mentioned the complaint from some new tacoma owners and not sure if they tried to fix it yet. I urge off roaders to call Toyota and complain about this.
  • My recommendation is get rid of the truck ASAP if you haven't already. It's nothing but trouble waiting to happen. My 2001 Tundra is currently at the dealer replacing the transmission. (87000 miles - cost $3500.00) I
    I was away for the weekend, and the transmission acted like yours. On the way home, it failed; I had no gears - forward or reverse. Had to get it towed about 80 miles.
    I asked the service manager to call Toyota service rep to see if they would do anything for a vehicle that they tout as going 100,000 or more miles in their advertisements. He indicated I am on my own. I called the 800 number since you cannot have a one on one with the regional rep - against Toyota policy. National rep indicated that she would take down my complaint, but it would not result in any change - the regional rep's decision will stand - once again Toyota policy.
    I have owned Toyota trucks for about ten years; I maintain the transmission according to Toyota's maintenance schedule. I am quite disappointed that they won't stand behind the vehicle for a major drivetrain component like a transmission. These vehicles that were so well touted early on are now getting to the miles that will identify the true ability to make it to the Toyota talisman of 100k and beyond. The rest of the comments concerning transmissions on this site indicate that it's likely to happen only in the advertisements. As I told the national rep: if I knew five years ago what I know today about Toyota longevity, Toyota's interest in standing behind their product, and Toyota customer care, I would have not bought my second Toyota truck. :lemon:
    My advice: if you have a Toyota Tundra, get rid of it quickly after the 60k drivetrain warranty runs out since Toyota national will not stand behind it after that.
  • Winter is a comming and it"s time for some new Booties on the Tundra.I would like to size bigger than the standard O.E.M suggests.Does Anyone have some info regarding how big a tire size I can go on a 16 inch Rim for my 2004 Tundra Access Cab? Any comments welcomed. Considering Tire comparisions between BFGoodrich, TOYO, Goodyear, Michelin,
  • I had the same problem after I had the cabin air filter replaced in my '05 Camry. It turned out that when they put the new filter in, it was crooked in its housing and the fan was rubbing against it. This only happened at medium fan speed or above, when the airflow through the filter was enough to pull it into contact with the fan.
  • The winter snow and cold up here in CANADA has the heaters up on bust. Now I smell a need to replace or clean the cabin air filters on my 04 Tundra and my wifes 2000 4Runner
    Does anyone know where the filters are located so I can access them or is this a Dealer Prep work order?
    Haven't bought my tires for the Tundra yet, still shopping around.
    My wife gave me a knudge and a wink,wink, Christmas is around the corner and a set of new Tires for her 4Runner would look great under the Christmas Tree.
    What All Seasonal tire also has good mileage rating I can run on the 4Runner?
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    Maybe like on the RAV4, cabin filter is located behind the glove box - just open box all the way, then press in the sides to have it open farther, spilling contents on floor of vehicle.

    -ss4
  • i recently broke my rear passenger leaf spring on my 98 tacoma, and only can find replacement springs at a reasonable price that go to a 1997, does anyone know if these will work or a good website where i can find some at a reasonable price?
  • My advice, don't remove the door panel, the replacement parts will break just as fast as the old ones.

    Make new links out of metal. I made mine out of Aluminum and they will last forever, and cost much less than $35 per side.

    Anamouse@earthlink.net
  • I get most of my parts from Wheeler's: http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/tacoleafs.htm
    Their prices are pretty decent.

    --
    Marcus
    http://www.TacomaWorld.com/
  • apbstyle -I am curious - was your transmission serviced during this 87,000 miles by you or by your dealer? I have a 2000 4X4 Tundra Access cab V6 Automatic w/ 75K. These trans problem posts concern me - I know the trans is VERY expensive to repair.

    If it was serviced, how many times in that mileage? Did you tow anything over the years? Thanks, Steve
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