Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Toyota Tacoma Transmission Problems



  • I think toyota is going down . Their quality and problems just wont stop. We should have never bought a toyota tacoma or any toyota and dont think we ever will again , and dont think anyone should . They are risking peoples lives with their product and dont even care. We bought a 2010 tacoma. Its been in the shop twice and its going back again with under 450 miles . The first time they said they didn't find anything and sent us on our way like we were crazy. The second time we brought it back they kept it for 5 days and couldn't find the problem so they replaced everything to the # 6 cylinder. I think its still doing it. Its a safety issue. When its starts mifireing it wont even excelerate. It happens on the freeway also. Plus what damages are happening inside the engine. They just want us to be the test pilots of there product. dont even want to drive it or take my family in it . Its unsafe.
    They kept the gas pedal thing under wraps till a family died .Kept saying its the floor mats. Toyota needs to get it together . I would buy a frontier or titan if I could do it again.
  • I agree that the quality is not there any more. My 2009 Tacoma had to have a "fix" downloaded to the computer to address the auto transmission that constantly slipped, which did fix the problem. However, the transmission is still not smooth like it should be for a new truck. The engine is noisy and rattles, and very noticeable when sitting at a bank drive through. I have noticed blue smoke come out of the exhaust a few times over the last month when I first start the truck in the morning, and I only have 32k miles on it. The radio has freaked out on me a few times. The air conditioning fan has made noise a few times, as if it was losing power. My dash board lights dim when I turn on my headlights. The body is soft and dents very easily. Not too worried about all of these items, except the blue smoke which I will have checked out on my next service.
  • befuddled2befuddled2 Posts: 111
    I too agree with this statement. I wish I could say that other manufacturers were better but over the years I've learned otherwise. It's a shame. The articles we read that rate the vehicles and tell us of the best ones lose credibility as well; as we can't trust what they say. So guess what? We are still guinea pigs and we pays our money and takes our chances. Nothing has changed. It's just life.
  • Hello, I am brand new to this message board stuff, so please bear with me. I have an 08 Tacoma which I believe has an issue with not shifting back into overdrive from 3rd (Drive). When I go up a steep hill, the truck automatically shifts into a lower gear, even without me touching the shifter. However, when I crest the top of the hill and either go down hill or go on a flat road, the transmission does not go back into overdrive. I can even try lifting my foot up and down on the gas, but it stays in the lower gear. The only way for me to get it into OD, is to move the shifter over to 3rd and back over to overdrive. Does anyone have a clue? Is it me? Thanks!
  • ianc435ianc435 Posts: 10
    edited August 2010
    Yaw sensor senses whether traveling up hill down hill and around corners. Could be a learned attribute of the computer. Is this a new symptom or has it always done it. Shifting to a lower gear going down hill might be part of the engine braking. Hoped that helped

    Make sure the brake pedal is not engaged at all. Pull up on it with your foot will driving and see if the tranny does anything.
  • Up until 4 months ago I really never drove my Tacoma very far, just around town, but now that I am driving long distances and over some steep hills I am noticing the issue. I can't say if this issue has been here since I bought the truck or if it only showed up in the past 4 months.
    It does not shift into drive (3rd) on its own except when going up hill. I just don't understand why it won't go back into OD after I crest the hill on to a flat surface or going down hill.
    I will try the brake pedal tomorrow when I am on the road. Thanks!
  • I recently bought a 2002 tacoma dbl cab, have not had any problems with it until now. Sometimes when I am driving down the road, or backing up, the engine revs up as if I am in neutral. The truck is still in gear and moving. It has happened 3 times now. I don't feel it shift out of gear or anything it will all of a sudden lose power and the motor revs up. Tranny problems??? I have an automatic and the engine is the 3.4 V6
  • Please send me a copy of the TSB0703-09. My '09 Prerunner is experiancing the hunting after decelerating.

    Thank You!
  • I just bought an '07 Tacoma 4-dr. Pre-Runner 6 mos. ago from CarMax in Arlington, TX that does the same thing. I had 30 days to report any problems and get them fixed for free. Their tech gave me the same response everyone else has gotten from Toyota: "That's just how it's designed." He said the same thing about the automatic 'downshift' around 30 mph. The first time I experienced it, I thought I'd been rear-ended. Fortunately, I'm not experiencing the delay in acceleration like the guys driving the '09.

    Reading through the posts, it doesn't sound like there is a solution. However, I have discovered that if I drop the gearshift lever into neutral as I approach a stop, it doesn't do the 'clunk and jerk.' I usually shift back into drive after I've been sitting still for a few seconds.

    My first 4 cars were Toyotas: '74 Corolla, '85 Celica coupe, '79 Supra, and '85 Celica GT-S. Those were some sweet rides - the body went bad before the drivetrain wore out. I spent the next 18 years with Ford products - not a lemon in the bunch.

    This is my first experience with the new Toyota, and I'm greatly disappointed. I can't believe Toyota would design an automatic transmission that has to be shifted manually to maintain a smooth ride.

    For an extra $400 I could have gotten a brand new Ford Ranger loaded. I opted for the Tacoma with 44,000 miles. Wish I'd bought the Ranger.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    edited December 2010
    These "problems", symptoms, are now industry wide.

    Most manufacturers have now adopted the new coastdown fuel cut technique, the "abolition" of the ATF line pressure accumulator, and the "dithering", continuous up/down shifting, to use the most optimal gear ratio for conditions, all to conserve fuel.

    Our only "escape" is the stick shift.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Are you sure that what you're experiencing is not the new "hill start/hill hold" feature..?

    Since the torque converters are not so robust as yesteryear the vehicle will often creep on an incline. To prevent this many manufacturers are including the hill-start feature, automaticlaly apply the brakes until pressure is applied to the gas pedal. In the meantime DBW is used to delay the onset of engine rising RPM until the brakes are released fully.
  • I have a 05 tacoma pre runner with the same issues. It doesnt want to shift into top gear, especially when cold. It isn't as bad when its warmed up. I bought the truck with 15K miles and it now has 60k and i think the problem may be a little worse now, but its always been this way. I will shift down to 4th and then into Drive to get it to shift.

    Let me know if anyone figures out whats wrong and how to fix it!
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706

    The engine/transmission ECU control firmware is designed to not allow top gear, OD, use until the transmission fluid and the catalyst have had time to heat up to operational temperature.
  • I purchased a 2005 Toyota Tacoma in 2008 with 15k and the transmission needed to be replaced at 22k because synchros went in third gear, which was covered under warranty. After 23k more miles with the new transmission there is the same issue again. I had the dealership that installed the transmission run a road test and they found that there was grinding between 2nd and 3rd gears and that the transmission needs to be replaced AGAIN. The warranty on the transmission has run out and the dealership is not willing to replace it under warranty. I called the Toyota customer experience hot line and filed a claim. I spoke to a representative and my claim was denied because the transmission is not under warranty. I should not have to replace the transmission after every 23000 miles and would like Toyota to stand by their product and help in some way, since the issue I am having seems to be a factory/installation issue.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    edited February 2011
    If your Tacoma is 4WD then Toyota has no reason to trust that it has not been run with 4WD engaged, inadvertently even, in non-slippery conditions.
  • Yes my truck is 4wd, but the issue has nothing to do with 4wd, but thanks for your thought!
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Why do you think/say that..?

    If your truck was run in 4WD on a non-slippery roadbed for as little as 30 miles, inadvertently or not, many of the driveline components, transfer case and transmission, gears, gearing would have been subject to an extraordinary level of overheating.
  • graydonfgraydonf Posts: 1
    I recently got an '04 Toyota Tacoma that was said to have hauled a camper beyond the recommended weight and whenever I stop it feels like there is slack in the chain thoughts?
  • carolinabobcarolinabob Posts: 495
    Just made a deal on a new Tacoma 4 cyl. manual after lots of research. Hope the problems you have experienced don't occur. I have driven manual transmission vehicles all my life, to include a few real sports cars. I have never shifted a moving vehicle into first gear and very, very seldom into second.
    As for competitors - there aren't any. Frontier is closest, but costs more and not as well equipped and generally lower rated.
    Have a '97 Ranger and after 50,000 miles, it's been one $300-500 problem after another and three tows to the garage. In fact for last 5 years, we haven't driven it more than 1,000 per mile due to fear it would break down.
  • 09taco09taco Posts: 33
    I have a 2009 Toyota Tacoma, TRD 4x4 Double cab V-6 Auto. I've been checking my gas mileage and notice I'm only getting around 12 MPG. This is a stock truck, no mods. with only about 25,000 miles on it. I do mostly city driving. before I would get around 15-16 in town. and around 20 on the hywy. Anything I can do or change.?... Can the dealer check anything, when I don't have a check engine light on.>
Sign In or Register to comment.