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Toyota Tacoma Transmission Problems



  • Remember, you're on a thread for problems. There's not a "2009 Toyota Transmission Everything's Fine forum" so that all you read here makes it look worse than it really is. Enjoy your truck. You got a good one! :)
  • I'm confused. Just what does that comment mean? I'm very much aware of how frustrating problems can be when you buy a new vehicle and it doesn't work right and the dealer and manufacturer just pass you off. If you're a dealer trying to pass yourself off as a victim shame on you. This truck is no better than the previous truck (Ranger) that I had. May you never have a problem with any of your vehicles.
  • Tacomarye, I just read you are having radio issues too. I wanted to get my 2009 transmission fixed first then address it but now is as good a time as any. My problems have been it, changes channels on it own or the station tune drifts to an odd setting, will not change channels when the buttons are pushed on the dash, will not increase or decrease volume using the dash knob or the control on the steering wheel. Will not turn on when the dash knob is pushed. I think it is possessed.
  • I wish I could help. Electronics are funny things. Even tech's scratch their heads trying to figure them out. All I can suggest is having the dealer change the radio out for a new one if they will. Save you a lot of aggravation, not to mention the dealer.
  • I took my '09 tacoma in for service yesterday, gave them the TSB, they reprogrammed it and it seems to be better. I suggest you take the TSB # with you when you take for service because the service tech did not seem to know about it even though I had talked to someone higher up at least twice about it.
  • jmiglia, I am currently on my second radio and am awaiting a third which is supposedly on back order. Toyota claims they know they are having issues with their supplier and are working out the details. Your radio seems to display the same characteristics as mine. My advice is to take it in and get them to replace it. At first they did not believe me. So I took the tech for a ride and the radio began acting up infront of him. Now they dont even question me when I complain about it.

    Although the radios are supposedly on 'back order', make sure you get the issue logged under warranty.
  • Having cursed my '09 Tacoma crew cab 4x4 truck from Jan 10th to Nov 25th it seems the TSB has finally fixed the engine reving- shifting problems. I wish I could say I am happy with it now, but after having 2 Toyota dealers tell me for 11 months that there is "nothing wrong" with the transmission I think we'll just trade this pig when Nissan gets inventory levels back to normal. It still has a very weird drive train -like it's jumping around down there when you accelerate ... got to say I love the off-road suspension though - that's the one thing they got right. It's a sham they screwed up the rest of the build..the suspension is the great!
  • I'm curious, is it the JBL system or another brand of radio.
  • Reading all posts here and good to know that T-SB-0373-09 fixes the '09 transmission problem. I'm driving a 4x2 PreRunner Dbl Cab Long Bed 4.0L V6 5-Speed Auto for exactly 6-weeks now with same transmission problem. I sent an email to my dealer and cut&paste befuddled2 post #313. The Manager replied letting me know that they're going to look at the TSB then get back to me. That's 2-weeks ago and no updates from them yet.

    Does anyone know if same TSB applies to 2010 or if there is already a new TSB avail for 2010 model?
  • The link to the TSB is posted on here look back a little and you can bring it up on the internet. Print it out and bring it to your dealer.
  • Found it and forwarded the link to my dealer. ml

    Hopefully, he'll reply otherwise, I'll take your advice -- print the four pages and give them a visit.

  • I would like to know if that fixes the 2010 also. I just got mine about month & a half ago and took it back to my dealership, they tell me it is suppose to do that and have had a lot of people come back to them with this issue. They are playing dumb. If I could find out if that TSB fixes the 2010, I would print it off and take it to them also.
  • I can't answer that for sure but I suspect that it will. It is a programming change and I don't think there are any changes between the 2009 and 10. Go to post #319 and make the changes I suggest and print it out. Good luck.
  • This is an update to my first posting #191. I did get a response from the Department of Consumer affairs. However they said after a short investigation that they could not do anything but write Toyota a letter with my concerns. I have taken the truck to another dealer who did take it for a road test and put it onto the diagnostic computer check. I was told they could not find anything wrong. I have spoken to several techs from the Toyota 1-800 number and they all have never heard of this problem and when I ask them to check out this website they refuse. This total denial from Toyota I also have another problem. The day after I bought the truck I took it back for two reasons. One the transmission and second was the radio had a mind of it's own, turning on and off, unable to adjust the volume, The dealer said they would order a new one. That was in July. Now going on six months and still no raido. I have owned three other Toyota pickups and never did I have any problems like I am having now. Even worse of all is the attitudes of the dealer personnel I am dealing with. Their attitudes stink. What ever happened to Toyota?
  • I don't know who the Dept. of Consumer Affairs is and what they can do but I've never heard back from the NHTSA either. Toyota's attitude has been terrible and very tough S@#t that's for sure. Again, go to post #319 change the link as stated and print it out and take it to the dealer. If that doesn't work make a sign 2' x 3' and park across the street from the dealer saying "Go Ahead and Ask Me" how I like my Toyota. It has been for decades and will continue to be in the future "Buyer Beware". There is no one who is going to look out for your interest but you. You're just seeing the ugly side of capitalism. There are good sides to it as well. Persistence my friend. I wish you the best.
  • I have owned my 2010 Tacoma Prerunner for 3 weeks and am also having similar problems with the transmission. However, I have not completed the Toyota Purchase/Lease Survey and the dealer is VERY interested in making me least until I complete the Survey. I provided a copy of the technical bulletin from post 309 to the Service and Parts Director at the dealership this afternoon and he agreed to have me an answer by close of business 11/30/2009 as to whether the bulletin applies to the 2010 Tacoma and whether it will or will not resolve the transmission issue. I will post the answer Monday evening. Also, if you visit (NHTSA Office of Defect Investigation), there is already one formal complaint filed against Toyota for the 2010 Tacoma Automatic transmission (OID # 10293032 on October 6, 2009). The issues discussed in that complaint are very similar to mine.
  • melb4melb4 Posts: 2
    This question is for anyone that has experienced transmission problems. What year is the vehicle involved with the transmission problems?
    Are these problems in a 2 Wheel drive or only in 4x4s?
    I was getting ready to buy a 2010 Tacoma with the Off Road package and 4x4 when I read these posts. Now I will check out the Honda Ridgeline. I still would rather the Tacoma but don't want the headaches. Has anyone narrowed this down to which trucks or trucks coming out of certain states etc.? Thank you. Mel
  • melb4melb4 Posts: 2
    Does anyone know of someone that has bought a 2009-2010 Tacoma that is NOT having problems? Also it would be interesting to know what state people are in that are having these problems. I guess I am still trying to narrow this down to see if I can buy one of these without all these problems. Thanks to all of you that take the time to post and help the rest of us.
  • I'm driving a 2010 4x2 PreRunner Dbl Cab Short Bed 4.0L V6 5-Speed Auto purchased in Georgia. On my paperwork it list the Port/Plant as Nummi - Fremont, CA. My troubles started early, after about 75 miles, and has continued to get worst. The transmission hunts for the proper gear when I make a turn at low speeds - taking a few seconds to figure out what it wants to do. A real problem when making a left turn in front of traffic. Most pronounced when going down hill and turning at a low speed. Dealer checked the transmission fluid and "topped it off" but no change. Service Manager drove it and experienced the problem first hand. Will give him a lot of credit, he did not deny it was a problem. In fact he noted several Tacoma's had been in the shop within the last few weeks with the same issue (he did not state whether they were 2009 or 2010). He also stated Toyota currently has no fix for the 2010 but I am questioning that as noted in my earlier posting. Will not keep the Tacoma if this is deemed "normal by Toyota." I am waiting until Monday to decide whether to file a complaint with NHTSA. This is my first Toyota and now likely to be my last.
  • Oh I think I would complete the survey but not the way they want it filled out. Be kind but firm with them because like politicians they are very good at putting you off. don't buy the crap of driving it for a couple of months so the computer learns your driving habits. That's a bunch of dung. Be very firm. When they don't react when they say they will or offer another excuse be just that much tougher. Get commitments and hold them to it. In other words be a pain in the pants.
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