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Toyota Tacoma Transmission Problems



  • Wow. I have a 2009 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner Double Cab. I have been visiting the forum for a awhile now I actually want to thank you guys for that TSB update. That actually fixed my shifting problem etc....But I have a worst situation I notice the transmission was leaking from the rear seal where the trans.. meets the driveshaft I took it in and they refuse to fix the problem they told me that there was no leaks. So I Ieft out of there furious found me another dealer near my house took it in the same day and they acknowledge the leak so they told me that it was the rear seal so they kept it until they fixed it. Let me make this short they replaced the rear seal twice, the driveshaft was also replaced, and the latest was the rear housing on the trans was also replaced. The truck is back to the dealer as we speak because it is leaking again, the truck has about 9000 miles the problem started around 7000 miles... you tell me if Toyota is not having a problem with this transmission.....?????
  • I purchased my new 2009 PreRunner in Jackson Tennessee (Northwest Tennessee) in May of this year. The label inside the driver's side door frame says the truck was manufactured in Baja California. It is a two wheel drive, four door, six cylinder. I was the first person on the site (post # 279 and 282) to get the reprogramming "fix" a few weeks ago and mine is still "okay". Its still not perfect, but its much better. I had always wanted a Toyota truck and this is my first, and will probably be my last. I have had many new vehicles over the years and I have never had such a significant problem with Ford, Chevrolet, or Dodge. And, Toyota has done nothing to communicate with their customers, or even their dealers. It has been weeks since my dealer fixed my truck and there are still posts here explaining that some dealerships are still not aware of the "fix". Its a pretty shoddy way of running a company. I'm assuming that someone from Toyota, as well as other manufacturers, monitors this site. If I worked for Toyota, and read these posts, I would be embarrassed.
  • same vehicle, 160,000 thousand miles, same problem. Did you ever get it figured out?
  • You are not alone with the problems on the 2009 double cab. I bought my truck in June 09 and within a week it was getting a new engine. Two weeks after the new engine installed. I was told it had a leak in the cooling system and had to have a hose replaced. Today, I have a leak in the transmission. Back to the shop again. I think I've had enough and will take Toyota to arbitration to replace the truck.

    For those who need to fill out the survey from the dealer, don't wait too long. I waited and now the survey is no longer available.

    Has anyone ever tried to get their truck replaced?
  • I am actually waiting for the Lemon Law lawyer to contact me this week to see what the outcome is I let you know what happen..... to be honest I rather have my money back and go buy something else this is my first Toyota and the last one to....
  • Well Mr. djjrivas, I share your frustrations and anger but in the end I think you'll spend a lot of money on Mr. Lemon Law lawyer than you'll get back. History shows us that only rarely do we win in these types of circumstances. Shame on toyota for sure but as we live and learn from these experiences that becomes our best defense. We are so easy to take advantage of it's pathetic. It's not just you or me but thousands of people. Keep your wits about you and assess your options as they come up. Good luck and if you get somewhere don't forget to post it to help someone else.
  • In Pennsylvania we don't have to pay for Lemon Law lawyers. If I win the case the manufacturer must pay the lawyer costs and if I lose the case I still don't pay anything. So I really have nothing to lose.
    Hopefully something positive will come out of this...I will keep you posted.
  • How interesting. Hope your link provides others with ideas and options. That's nice to know. We in Washington have lemon laws but not to that extent. Only one thing makes me skeptical of this. When you click on the web site its says "All fees are paid by the manufacturer, and you pay nothing." That's kind of like Toyota telling me that since I didn't like their answer to me I could send it to arbitration. Who is arbiter you ask? It is Toyota. That's a disinterested third party? I wish you well.
  • I heard back from the Service and Parts Director this afternoon (as he promised). He stated that Toyota was aware of the defect with the 2010 transmission and were working on a solution. Also, as promised, he opened a technical case file on my issue with Toyota. The TSB for the 2009 model does not address the defect with the 2010 model and he could not provide a timetable for when a solution will be available (surprise!). I am going to file my complaint with the NHTSA and send the certified letter to Toyota as part of initiating my claim under Georgia's Lemon Law. I will update as new information becomes available. I guess its time to complete the Purchase/Lease Survey...
  • Thanks from many others I'm sure for the update. Good luck with the result and keep us posted.
  • Thanks for the update! I too have purchased a 2010 Tacoma and within 3 weeks took it back to the dealer only to be told that "it is suppose to be that way, that is how they are made and several others have brought them in as well". I have filed my complaints and made my phone calls, but I haven't got a phone call or email or even a blink of an eye to my issue. And I too have already had a close call while crossing a lane of oncoming traffic. Apparently they aren't going to be too concerned until someone is really hurt, and that is very unfortunate. Best of luck to you and please keep us posted, as it might be able to be used at my dealership too, or against them.
  • David, I have read a few other posts regarding the radio issues, but never saw any solutions. I had a weird thing happen last week. While driving, with both hands on the wheel, my hazard lights starting blinking. I did not hit the hazard light button. Within about 5 seconds it shut off on it's own. Also had the air conditioning make a strange buzzing sound once that lasted for about 20 seconds. My fog light button is always on, so it is hard to tell if my fog lights are on or off.
  • I just bought a 2010 access cab with the same problem. Noticed it a week after I bought it. I googled "2010 tacoma transmission problems" the day I started to notice the problem and found this blog. I wish i had found it sooner. I hope they come out with this TSB for the 2010s soon. Those who have had their 09's fixed, did Toyota perform the fix free of charge?
  • Yes sir they did. As a matter of fact I had to inform them of the TSB and they were grateful. I think they started calling their customers to let them know of the fix.
  • 09taco09taco Posts: 33
    Yes! They fixed my truck at no charge and now it seems to work as it should. Its a easy fix for the dealer just a simple down load into the trucks onboard computer for a update, now the tranny shifts correctly, I still get a annoy.down shift at times, however that is correct because of the down hill assist control.(any way good luck)
    its a good truck!
  • Does the inside of your door also say product of Mexico?
  • You mean Si Señor I believe Baja California is in Mexico. I have heard that Toyota is moving Tacoma production to Texas. I wonder if they are stopping the Tacoma production in Mexico?
  • Thank you for the correction. But I Si Senor that you got the pun. Thanks for the laugh. I have not heard that so I couldn't tell you.
  • How long could it take them to develope a program to fix the problem for the 2010s? They already know the problem and how to fix it becasue they've done so for the 2009s. Does anyone know when the TSB was released for the 09s?
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