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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,850 miles

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2009 Toyota Tacoma transmission problems

transmission problem

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2009 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #2

May 312009

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,000 miles


2009 Tacoma 4 cyl. 5 speed manual trans 4 X4. Clutch started slipping at 5000 miles, at 15,000 slipping badly. Brought to dealer who refused to recognize the problem as a warranty issue. Dealer wanted authorization for repair costs of $480 -$1000 before they would disassemble and inspect the vehicle to determine if a defect is looking for a blank check, only to call the defect a wear issue and charge customer for repair rather than accept a lower warranty reimbursement from Toyota. Driver has had 4 previous Toyota and all had manual transmissions. Vehicles logged between 161,000 and 191,000 miles and never needed a clutch replacement.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 122009


  • 6,700 miles
In December of 2008, I purchased a brand new 2009 Toyota Tacoma from harr Toyota for about $30,000. This truck was a 4X4 off road, and came with all of the extra options that could be offered. The truck included a 36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty and a lifetime power train warranty. Since I travel often for work, the truck would remain garaged for the next few months, away from the elements of the winter. In July, after returning from a business trip, I started to notice that on the highway, the truck had an unusual odor, and when the gas pedal was applied, the smell would get worse. I brought the truck in to be looked at by harr Toyota service department, where the transmission was immediately refused to be covered under warranty due to ┐corrosion.┐ historically, Toyota has had many issues with corrosion and the immediate refusal for coverage shocked me. They claimed that the truck appeared to ┐have been driven through a body of salt water┐ ┐ coincidentally on the transmission only. After repeated attempts to get Toyota corporate to review my case, they claimed that they came to see the truck, and denied coverage. As my research showed, they had not actually come down, and had just spoken to the dealership on the phone. On the next attempt at a Toyota inspection for coverage, it was determined that I had to pay $441 for them to take the transmission down, and then coverage was once again denied.. after numerous calls, and insulting conversations with demeaning and sarcastic customer care representatives, I have given up and feel that Toyota may have gotten the best of me.

- Worcester, MA, USA

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