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Toyota Tacoma Transmission Problems

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    tacoma1958tacoma1958 Member Posts: 21
    New member, same problem: As far as I know, no one has successfully fixed the problem, because there is no fix. The trucks were designed and/or produced that way. I took my case as far as arbitration and my claim was denied. I have since traded my truck to a Nissan dealer for a Frontier (and I love it).
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    0tacoma70tacoma7 Member Posts: 1
    My 2 wd Prerunner has about 20k miles on it and I am experiencing this this "drive line wrap" problem where at a stoplight while the brake is applied the vehicle clunks and jerks a little. This only happens while it is stopped. The transmission seems fine otherwise. My truck is still under warranty. Has anybody had success in solving this problem?
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    09taco09taco Member Posts: 33
    My 09 double cab TRD does the same exact thing, a delay in the acceleration when starting out from a stop. Along with the tranny problems everyone else has described.
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    tacomashanetacomashane Member Posts: 27
    Update on my 09 double cab Tacoma. I have 13,500 miles on it and the transmission is still acting the same! This after two different mechanics told me it would learn my driving habits (one said after 1,000 miles and the other said after 5,000 miles). I have also noticed that there now seems to be more shaking at certain speeds, almost like a tire is not balanced. But then at other times, at the same speeds, there is no shaking. It seems to be correlated to when I am pressing on the accelerator. The downshifting when slowing down is still very annoying. The lurch after a stop is still very annoying.

    I still have a window control panel that vibrates on the passenger side door and a very annoying buzzing sound coming from underneath the glove compartment. I tried adhesive on the control panel and it is still vibrating. CHEAP PLASTIC. I still feel like I got ROBBED by Toyota. I have told numerous people about the issues, and have emailed numerous people. Many have thanked me for alerting them to this junk of a truck. Again, should have bought another Nissan.

    I am thinking I might picket outside of the dealerships here in Tampa. It may be one way to get Toyota to pay attention and do something about this crappy transmission.
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    mdinanamdinana Member Posts: 2
    Seems like my truck isn't alone. It's a 2009 DC 4x4TRD that I bought with 5 miles on it. Definetely hesitates from a stop, the engine reving up to 2000rpm and slowly accelerating before it kicks in and goes. So, yeah, def a concern, especially on those left turns. So far I have about 900 miles on it, about 50/50 city/highway.

    For some of those that ask about driving habits, I'm not really a lead-foot. I gradually start and usually am not too heavy on brakes either. I drove an ambulance for 10 years, so I got used to making the ride as smooth as possible for patients (granted, not all that smooth to begin with). In fact, the tranny seems to work better if I just slam it down instead of being smooth.

    Given the number of complaints I'll be filing with NHTSA as well, just to add to their stats. I don't expect a quick fix, if any, but after a few folks get T-boned maybe it'll come out.

    As for a class-action, good luck. These complaints seem too disorganized. if anything, does anyone have ties with the media or some sort of public representative could speak up, show them the numerous online discussions, and have that person do "investigative reporting" to bring some real publicity to the issue? Seems that media investigation causes action, as does state rep's, senators, etc. Plus, with the NHTSA complaints, there's going to be some sort of federal documentation as well.

    Frustratingly, I looked at the Dakota and Frontier first. Neither qualified at the time for the Cash 4 Clunkers. Hopefully that extra cash savings doesn't get lost in the next few years on repairs.
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    cgrecocgreco Member Posts: 1
    I have owned my X Runner for about two months. Love most of the truck. From day one I have experienced a vibration in the clutch pedal.when shifting the vehicle. Doesnt happen all the time. Usually at higher gears and higher rpms. First visit to the dealer a day after I got it, they said run the vehicle for a 1000 miles to see if it goes away. If not bring it back. Well last week was second visit. Vehicle has 2800 miles on it. Dealer stated they test drove another X Runner with the same issue and basically told me to "live with it" Well thats not going to happen. Anyone with a similar problem? What if any was the outcome?
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    tacomashanetacomashane Member Posts: 27
    The media will be my next move. I also sent emails to my dealer that sold me the truck and provided a link to this blog asking them to be honest and alert their customers to the issues with the transmission. Of course, no response from them.

    Yesterday, I had a sign made that alerts potential customers to the problem I am having with my transmission (very carefully worded of course). I have secured it to my tail gate and provide my phone number. As I drive a lot, this will be good exposure and sure enough, I received my first phone call this morning from a man looking to buy a new Tacoma. After telling him about my issues and telling him to check this website, he called back a few minutes ago to thank me and told me he will definitely not be buying a Toyota.

    Why did I do this? Because Toyota is ignoring the issue!!!! So I am going to take it to them as hard as I can. And the media will be next and if that does not work, I will be picketing local dealers. I am dead serious about this as I feel I have been screwed out of $27K. If this transmission goes after my 36k warranty........... I have already complained to three dealers, Southeast Toyota and filed my complaint with the NHTSA.
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    tennesseeman1tennesseeman1 Member Posts: 11
    Received an official notice recently from Toyota that said, in part, they were "dedicated to providing vehicles of outstanding quality and value". so, they were informing me that the load carrying capacity of my Tacoma truck had been reduced by 4lbs. I called the phone number listed and talked with the Toyota Customer Experience Center. I assured the very nice lady that I could care less that my truck could carry 4 lbs less. I told her that I really wanted Toyota to fix the transmission in my Tacoma so that I would not get killed because the transmission slipped when I was turning in front of incoming traffic. She was very nice and said she would pass my concern along. We all need to call Toyota at 1-888-270-9371 and voice our complaints. I love the idea someone else suggested of putting a sticker on our trucks complaining about the transmission. I am seriously thinking of buying an ad in our local paper.
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    hackattack5hackattack5 Member Posts: 315
    I have been following this thread for a long time and I am wondering if all the complaints are for 2009 Tacoma's? I have a 2008 Tacoma that was built in 10/2007 and have had no problems. I made sure I got a Tacoma that was built at the California plant and made sure I did not get one from Mexico. As far as I know I have the same transmission as the new Tacoma's (5 speed electronic) so when Toyota says there is no fix I don't understand because they were good before. If you have a Tacoma that was built between 2005 and 2007 and you have these problems please reply and let us know where it was built.
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    frogdaddy1frogdaddy1 Member Posts: 1
    I was really pumped about buying one of these after owning a Dodge Ram a couple years back. I read so many good things about the vehicle and was ready to pull the trigger on an 09' to get a good deal this month with cash back and all. Well after reading about Toyota's inability to address customer safety concerns regarding transmission latency/surging, I'm not gonna do it. Perhaps when they recognize they're going to lose sales they will take care of their existing customers problems.
    I hope this helps those who thought they were getting a decent vehicle and aren't getting satisfaction from Toyota. Good luck guys. Back to searching for a vehicle from a company that doesn't ignore its customers. :lemon:
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    blacktactacoblacktactaco Member Posts: 5
    Hello all,

    Just traded my 09 double cab 4X4 Sport back in after only 6700 miles and took a loss of approx $7,000 because I felt that after two near accidents with my family in the car it wasn't worth it.

    There is a trans problem with these and it is only a matter of time till something BAD happens.

    It was a great finical cost that I traded it back in for my family's safety and I just hope that those that are stuck with them stay safe and those that are considering buying one DON'T until the problem is resolved.

    I took about 45 minutes and called Toyota at 1-888-270-9371 and explained what happened, provided my info and Vin. You all need to call also, sooner or later someone will listen and especially when you mention SAFETY of your family !!

    PS, I am a long term Toyota owner and memebr of Toyota Nation and Edmunds Forums, don't forget to mention the hundreds of post on these sights when you call!!

    Have a great day all !
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    zook3zook3 Member Posts: 2
    I checked with 3 different dealers about trading mine in and got pretty much the same offers 6-7k off what i paid for it two months ago. Did you try selling it as a private party? Does anyone know from a legal standpoint what the liability is on the seller? If Toyota doesn't view it as a problem should I as a private seller?
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    blacktactacoblacktactaco Member Posts: 5
    Didn't even think of selling it privately as I didn't have the time. Traded the POS back to Toyota for another FJ. You bring up a good point, now we know there is a problem, what is our exposure for liability ??? We I am not a Lawyer or even want to give advice, but as long as we have done our due diligence with Toyota and they say nothing is wrong, then --who knows.

    I would not feel good about pawing the POS off to anyone but Toyota as the ultimate reason I got rid of it was safety.

    Again,,bottom line, everyone needs to call Toyota and express concerns of safety. They will give you a reference number of your complaint. I suggest you keep it in a safe place so when the class action law suit goes through, you have proof you registered your complaint. :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
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    tacomashanetacomashane Member Posts: 27
    Found this 2006 post at Tundrasolutions.com. Apparently, the transmissions have been a problem for a while now and yet Toyota has done nothing to address it.

    Toyota addresses Tacoma transmission

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    Took my 06 TRD Sport DC in on 7-01-06 for the notorious transmission shudder and the ever-present vibration at speeds from 50-70 mph.
    Service mgr. advised that RF & LR wheels were out of balance, causing the vibration. Drove the truck home...vibration still there as before. Back to the drawing board.
    BUT....the service mgr. advised when I got there, that the "shudder" in the transmission was "torque converter lock-up" and that it was "normal" (I was afraid he would say that). But after having the truck on the rack for 2 hours, he returned and said that Toyota had been investigating the shudder and abnormal shift patterns of the Tacomas, and were coming out with a "fix" in the next week or two. I was then asked to come into the service area and school 2 of the techs on the air intake fix that causes a loud vibration when backing up on a cold start, that I had fixed on my truck.
    As I spoke with the older tech, he said that he personally owned an 06 Tacoma with the same problematic transmission, and he had just returned from a school by Toyota, and at present, they are looking at issuing a TSB regarding the transmissions. The planned fix will possibly include installing a new (different?) torque converter, flushing the transmission fluid, and possibly a re-flash to adjust the shift points of the transmission. Toyota will reportedly advise dealers of the procedures by the 14th of July.
    So...for those "naysayers" that choose to criticize folks that claim to have problems with this truck, understand that there ARE some problems inherent to many of the new Tacomas, and Toyota is beginning to acknowledge such.
    Now....will Toyota make things right? Time will tell.
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    tennesseeman1tennesseeman1 Member Posts: 11
    Earlier this week I e-mailed customer service at Toyota. I received an automated e-mail saying that I would be contacted as soon as possible concerning my complaint with the transmission on my 2009 Tacoma. The e-mail address is . I suggest we all write. It will be interesting to find out if Toyota really does "care".
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    tazzy2000tazzy2000 Member Posts: 2
    I just placed a call to the "Turko" files here at KUSI news, in San Diego. This is an investigative segment on the news at KUSI and usually gets good results. I hope he investigates this transmission issue. I asked him to look at the Edumdson.com complaints. Please call 858-571-3453 to leave a message for the "Turko" files. The more complaints left, the better the chance of investigation, and, perhaps, some sort of good result.
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    homcyhomcy Member Posts: 3
    Ive just read a number of the comments posted and had the same speech given to me this morning about the smart computer. Im call BS first of all you have to drive the car mellow for the first 1K miles then you drive like you drive so how does it know when to switch . Then say two different people are sharing the car like its gonna know whos in the seat what does it do weigh you and give you a retinal scan. Im expecting them to tell me there is nothing wrong when i pick it up but somehow we all need to keep this up and ride them until its fixed or get new trucks. How can a company do this. I have a feeling things are going to get ugly on my end because i have the time to hassle them. This is meant to be the best truck on the road not the best suck on the road.
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    homcyhomcy Member Posts: 3
    Im ready to put Giant lemons all over my car lets get this ball rolling we can not let this corporation get the best of us. How can they be allowed to keep selling cars.
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    homcyhomcy Member Posts: 3
    At least you got 100,00 miles out of yours mine only has 1000 and they are trying to say nothing is wrong. Toyota needs to be served on a plastic platter for their antics right now
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    befuddled2befuddled2 Member Posts: 111
    Well Mr. Unhappy Tacoma Owner. If I may inject a little humor. You tell em! I like your description. You're absolutely right about everyone continuing to complain. I'd sure like to see this fixed. Might I also say that I got a letter from the salesman whom I bought the truck from at the dealer the other day. 6 month check up don't you know. Well, I pleaded with them to forewarn future customers as to the transmission problem. What a shock it was to them. They claimed no knowledge of the problem. Yea, right! I told them that I hope they sleep well at night knowing and obviously lying about the problem. Obviously, nothing has changed over the decades. I feel bad that I wasn't able to recognize it in them. With the decades of experience I've had I'm disgusted that they got by me. Regardless, if we get enough people doing this, Toyota's reputation will suffer markedly. To bad, as we probably won't benefit from it. One more thing. I've talked to people from my state and California and Hawaii and Alaska whom I've seen and asked whether they have the problem as well. I haven't run into one yet that doesn't have the problem. I know there are some out there who don't but I haven't talked to one personally yet who doesn't. Good luck.
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    mdinanamdinana Member Posts: 2
    You should write him back and mention it's not just this website:

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/41084-transmission-lag-09-updat- e.html

    http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=131500

    Seriously, I wonder if all of us should start sending emails to the local equivalen of "Turko" in our respective geographic locations? A lot of bad PR all at once CAN'T be good for a company.
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    blacktactacoblacktactaco Member Posts: 5
    Hello all,

    Check post #214

    EVERYONE call 1-888-270-9371, it will take a few minutes, but advise Toyota of the problem, have your Vin# and ask for a conformation number of your complaint.

    Read my post about trading in a 3 month old vehicle and taking a 6-7k loss because I felt the safety of my family justified it.

    I told them the main reason I was confirming it with them was so I could be a part of the eventual class action when it happens and that I was just lucky enough to get rid of it before I had a accident after two close calls coming into a intersection and then having the trans delay.

    It will make a difference, make the call!! :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
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    blacktactacoblacktactaco Member Posts: 5
    Just one more thing, when you call 1-888-270-9371 and confirm you have a confirmation number for you concern, you have put them on notice through their system.

    Its important you save confirmation that you have put them on notice and you expect a resolution to the problem or something from them acknowledging the issue or stating it is not a issue.

    Sadly someone is most likely going to be in a accident before they pull their heads out, I just hope it isn't a bad one. ;) :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
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    tige77tige77 Member Posts: 2
    My husband and I bought a 2009 Tacoma in May of this year. I was told to run it easy for about 1000 miles until the truck got used to my driving. I am having the same problems everyone else is having. When I go into turns or decelerating it downshifts and then when I press the accelerator the transmission lags the RPM increases and then it lurches forward. The first time I took it to the dealer I was told that there was nothing wrong with my truck. They told me it was new technology and I would get used to it. I am taking it back this Thursday. I have owned many toyota trucks/vehicles, but if they refuse to acknowledge this design flaw it will be my last.
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    tacomashanetacomashane Member Posts: 27
    Amazing that Toyota is conducting their biggest recall ever for floor mats that may cause an accelerator to get stuck, yet they are ignoring the Tacoma transmission issues. What is that commerical they have right now, that 80% of Toyota's on the road today will be on the road in 20 years? I bet 80% of the Tacomas on the road today won't be on the road in 20 years, if not 10 years!!

    By the way, I have had three more phone calls in regard to my sign on my tailgate warning potential buyers of transmission issues with the Tacoma. So far, that is four people who have thanked me for the information and stated they probably would not buy the truck now. Take that Toyota!
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    gsprickgsprick Member Posts: 6
    I bought my Tacoma in May as well. I hardly had it home when I noticed the same thing as you. When you slow down to make a turn without making a complete stop and then press on the accelerator there is a hesitation and then the truck lurches forward. It is not a smooth shift.
    I bought a Toyota because I was sold on their quality and reputation. I am very disappointed and let down. Like you, I complained to my dealer when I took it in for the 5,000 mile service and was told there was nothing wrong.
    Have you had any satisfaction to this point? I called Toyota yesterday and they are supposed to get back with me but I am expecting the same old brushoff.
    I live near Columbia, Mo. and would appreciate keeping in touch. If you want to e-mail directly mine is gsprick@centurytel.net. Thanks.
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    casteebcasteeb Member Posts: 13
    Welcome to the club son.
    The only resolution I can see it trading the stupid truck on a Nissan, but as it works out Nissan has no LE inventory in the SouthEast region to trade it on. I have been waiting since March and I am still waiting to replace the POS with a Frontier LE.
    After 3 trips to the dealer, talking with the Toyota rep.. and many emails - it's clear we have no other resolution. Sorry - I feel your pain brother.
    Ben
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    gsprickgsprick Member Posts: 6
    I am going to write to Toyota and to my dealer to make the complaint formally in writing. That address is: Toyota Motor Sales, USA
    National Customer Relations
    19001 Southwestern Avenue
    Dept. W C 11
    Torrance, Ca. 90509

    I am a state court judge in Missouri and am familiar with a lot of plaintiffs law firms. I realize that class action lawsuits generally do little or nothing for the customer but it might be the only thing Toyota understands. Unfortunately, the plaintiff attys are generally not interested unless somebody actually gets hurt due to the condition.If anyone has knowledge of anyone who has sustained some type of monetary damage due to this they should post the info.
    Gary
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    tige77tige77 Member Posts: 2
    Well, I took my Tacoma back to the dealer today. They drove it 12 miles and I was told the same thing today that I was told the last time, there is nothing wrong. Then I had the customer service representative behind the counter tried to explain to me that I just needed to get used to the new technology and that it would learn my driving habits. I asked her how does this truck differentiate between drivers? She didn't have an answer. I told her I was not alone with having a truck with a transmission problem. I told her that I had owned Toyotas since 1980 and this would be my last. Strange enough the Service Manager was no where insight. :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
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    befuddled2befuddled2 Member Posts: 111
    You'll notice there are 232 postings here concerning the Toyota products. Who knows how many there are who aren't aware of this site to post on. Tell everyone. I've talked to people in multiple states personally who suffer the same problems. I notice you've had a judge from Missouri respond. I agree with him about what it'll take and the real outcome tragic as it may be. However, things are what they are. This is probably the best method we have to attack (as it were) Toyota. Good luck and keep the spirits high. By the all, when you look at this page scroll down and you'll see the window entitled Learn More? Take the time to write a review under Do More. I didn't see much mention of this in there. Maybe we need to put our complaints in there as well.
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    gsprickgsprick Member Posts: 6
    An update on my situation. I first called Toyota and talked to two different people who got back with me and said there was no problem with the vehicle and nothing could be done. I then wrote to Toyota customer relations and included a copy of the complaints from this site and sent a copy to the president of my own dealer. I got a nice telephone response from someone at the dealership. He said that this was the first complaint that they had received about the Tacoma but that several years ago Toyota had a similar problem with the Camry and Avalon. They finally fixed those although it took them almost two years to do it.
    He believes that it is not a mechanical problem but is instead a software problem with one of the computers that relays instructions to the transmission. For some reason it is "confused" and not properly relaying those instructions thereby causing the transmission to hesitate and jerk. He thinks that it will require a software patch to fix if Toyota does ultimately acknowledge the problem.
    He did say that they could try to "wipe it clean and reset it"(I am paraphrasing) the next time I brought it in for service to see if that might help but truthfully was dubious that it would. You might want to ask your dealer to do the same.
    The bottom line here is that everyone who has this problem should document it in writing with Toyota and send a copy to your dealer. Only by creating pressure on Toyota will the problem be solved.
    I do want to say that I received a prompt and I believe honest response from my dealer which I appreciated and it made me feel better about the situation.
    Gary Sprick
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    befuddled2befuddled2 Member Posts: 111
    Well Gary? I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings as I started out just like you. I was told the same story and took it in and it resolved nothing. Believe me it was a lie when they said they'd never heard of it. I copied all the complaints and brought them into the dealer. They know of the problem, believe me. Had the rep from Toyota come up to test drive it and the dealer was sympathetic with me until it came time to take a stand with Toyota. You'll be left in the cold my friend. Again, I tell anyone to write a review that you see on this web site under "Learn More" as the postings you see here are not on the reviews. Do have a good day.
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    carolyn20carolyn20 Member Posts: 5
    I was searching desperately for any info on my suddenly lurching/out-of-sync/tranny and accelerator and found your forum. I have a 2004 Tacoma that I'd taken very good care of and the next thing I know it's not shifting into 3rd until about 50mph. It was scary to begin with then I figured I'd just run it into the ground or hope it got stolen because any transmission problems are going to cost a fortume. Hardly worth putting $3-4k into a base model 4-cyl Tacoma that's 5 years old. Anyway, I bit the bullet and had it estimated at the dealer--I trust them, Piercey Toyota in Milpitas, CA--and it was about $500-600 to have the cable replaced (it was broken, so they couldn't adjust it). From what I understand a kick-down cable goes from the tranny to the accelerator and that what it felt like, things were out of sync and it wasn't shifting when it was supposed to. The check engine light never even came on. Hope this helps some folks out there! This was my third Toyota pick-up and I agree, they ain't what they used to be though I've had no other problems with the '04 Tacoma.
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    jimmorajimmora Member Posts: 8
    I bought a 2010 Tacoma last week. First off I cannot believe I am here reading this, I should have done my homework so shame on me this is my second go around with Toyota. I bought a 1986 MR2 they removed and rebuilt the transmission when the car had 800 miles. the misery finally ended a year later when I sold it So I have 251 miles on my truck and I am having the SAME problem as the rest of you. I spoke to my local dealer I had to go out of town really search HARD for this truck and the service guy told me he feels my pain he owns a 2009 Tacoma and has the SAME issue. I am going to take it there tomorrow for my first service again it has 251 miles on it. They want to check it out and make sure nothing is wrong. he did tell me it is a learning process, it is designed that way everything I have read here. I will give them this they have their story down now. This leads me to think maybe they know they have an issue. So I will keep you posted. Too BAD I forgot I had been screwed by Toyota in the 80's..........
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    09taco09taco Member Posts: 33
    Well don't be shamed of yourself about not doing your homework when looking for the right truck. Let me tell you, I did my homework for about 8 to 10 months before I bought my 09 double cab off road tacoma. I do believe its good truck I like it, I like the looks and the drive, But HATE the trans. Under the reviews at the time i was doing my homework, the 09s have not been reviewed. I was reading about the 06,07,& 08s. It seems like this is the one.....??
    I found out Toyota did some big changes to the drive-train for 2009, they added the downhill assist control and computer changes that leads to shifting problems, High revs at low speeds, downshifting hard and not shifting at times.
    My truck now has only 5800 easy miles NO off road miles. I had my truck into the dealer for service and questioned the dealer, They said no one else complained about this, which is bull S***. My truck checked out fine per the dealer. It works as intended by the manufactor.....I'm going to try to get in touch with an engineer from Toyota...not sure how..??? Keep us posted with your 2010...
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    09taco09taco Member Posts: 33
    what is the email address to the Customer Service at Toyota, I'll send an email also. I would like to hear what the fix will be, My truck is 2009 Double cab off road, with trans problems like everyone else.
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    09taco09taco Member Posts: 33
    2009 Was a big change for the tacomas, They added the downhill assist control and computer changes to the trans.(different shift points) 2008 would be the truck to have not the 2009 or new. When they change something, the screw it up. Never had problems before, so why the hell change it. Downhill assist control get rid of it Toyota, I don't need it.
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    markreg4markreg4 Member Posts: 1
    I purchased an 09 Tacoma standard 5spd one month ago and I am in shock after reading these posts! I own an 89 toyota pick-up standard trans and it still runs
    perfectly. Does anyone know if there are any problems with the standard transmissions? It seems most of these posts have to do with automatics. I should
    have done more research, but the toyota trucks I've owned have been outstanding.
    I really love the truck features even though it's just the basic model 4x4. I'm really worried now. Please let me know what I should be looking for in the way of problems.
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    befuddled2befuddled2 Member Posts: 111
    Well my friend this particular issue does deal with automatic transmissions. There are however other issues with the standard transmisions. Take some time and stroll thru them. It is a problem that Toyota doesn't want to deal with for what ever reason. Again, the issue will not get resolved until enough people complain about it that it becomes worth while, due to money loss from Toyota. It is about money right?
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    kevin144kevin144 Member Posts: 8
    Some people have this problem some people don't. I can say that Longo toyota in El Monte are sold out of 09 v6 double cab tacomas :lemon: . Those truck do sell quickly.
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    kevin144kevin144 Member Posts: 8
    Some people have this problem some people don't. I can say that Longo toyota in El Monte are sold out of 09 v6 double cab tacomas :lemon: . Those trucks do sell quickly.
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    maybetacomamaybetacoma Member Posts: 4
    Posts have not been specific as to which transmission. Has anyone had described symptoms with the 2009 2.7 TWD with 4A? How about the 2010 with similar equipment?
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    truck14truck14 Member Posts: 1
    I was dismayed that I couldnt get a 2010 tacoma prerunner crew cab in a manual transmission. Ohwell, i guess the transmissions are better these days?

    Have had my 95 tacoma 4x4 manual for 15 years and almost 200k miles. Shes been good, but now im about to get the 2010. Love driving a manual though.

    Dont really need the 4x4, so hearing all this problematic transmission stuff is freakin me out, since thats my only option.

    Come on Toyota Reps, you should be reading this and stepping up. Had leaf springs (squeaking) issues with my 95, but they kept on it and fessed up eventually by fixing it. This happened rather quick. So whats the deal, we are almost a year out?
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    carolyn20carolyn20 Member Posts: 5
    Dear Truck14, I was told way back in '04 that by this time manual transmissions would not be standard equipment on most vehicles sold anymore, but the automatic would. I don't know if that ended up being true, but it looks pretty close from what I can see here. I don't think they're better, I just got tired of shifting after 38 years, and I would definitely think several times before buying a Toyota truck nowadays--but maybe you could look into a used truck from the early 2000's with low mileage? Or get the extended warranty or a Ford instead. I think I'll head that direction should my '04 Tacoma keep having problems. Definitely do your research on the 2010. Good Luck.
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    befuddled2befuddled2 Member Posts: 111
    I too got tired of shifting and wanted to become shiftless. Prior to getting my 09 Tacoma automatic I had a Ranger (automatic). Which in all honesty I wanted to buy again. Ford apparently has decided not to make them anymore after 2010 and I had been hearing for years how good Toyota was, so because I couldn't get the 4-dr Ranger I bought a Toyota Tacoma. I now say what was everyone so excited about the Tacoma for? My Ranger was every bit as good as this Tacoma. I totally agree to do your research before buying Toyota.
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    carolyn20carolyn20 Member Posts: 5
    Dear befuddled and shiftless...just kiddin'...but Tacoma owners are (were) all excited about their trucks because up until the last 4-5 years the little 'no name' Toyota pick-ups were so reliable and easy to maintain you could do just about anything to them. I had two of them and never had one single problem. Now I paid off my '04 in August and, wham, I had to replace something in the tranny within 2 months. I was stunned! I've been lucky so far compared to most folks in this forum, so I'll keep my fingers crossed. But things can't always stay the way they were so perhaps American vehicles will come to the forefront again. I know I won't be buying a Toyota pick-up again. I just wish Honda made one.
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    befuddled2befuddled2 Member Posts: 111
    No offense taken. I'm glad you saw the humor. Invariably when you pay something off something goes wrong and it costs you money. Typical no matter who the manufacturer. I agree with your next statement about American vehicles coming to the forefront again. I sure hope so, as that's where they belong. When ever purchasing anything it's a gamble. It is only irritating when you believe all the hype and propaganda and get bit. Best of luck to you my friend.
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    rjsvetterjsvette Member Posts: 3
    Been reading complaints on tacoma trans problems and had my truck at a dealer in Cleveland ohio . Mechanic road tested it and said nothing was wrong but then the sevice manager tested it and saw what I was talking about and then called the field tech rep and said they know about it and will have the TSB to fix shiffting paterns by December or January . He said for me to call him 1st week of December that they were working on it presently.
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    tacomashanetacomashane Member Posts: 27
    Toyota is actually going to issue a TSB and fix this problem? I can't believe it, but hope you are right and that they are not just blowing smoke on this. Let's hope they fix the issue, as I hate driving my truck. As an update for everyone, I have had approximately 14 phone calls since I put a sign on the tail gate of my 2009 Tacoma warning people that MY truck has transmission issues. Nearly every caller has been a prospective buyer of the Tacoma and were very appreciative to hear what I had to say. I tell every caller to check this website for more information. A few other people were current owners and have the same issues. Two callers I believe were employees of Toyota, as they were very defensive of the truck. Why else would you waste your time calling to berate me for posting a sign on my own truck? Hope you two are reading the comments on this website.
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    gsprickgsprick Member Posts: 6
    What is a TSB?
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