2009 Toyota Corolla transmission problems: hesitates to shift

Hesitates To Shift

2009 Toyota Corolla

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Toyota dealer.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
23,370 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2009 Toyota Corolla transmission problems

transmission problem

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2009 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 112015

Corolla LE 1.8L Vvti

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,739 miles


The car was warmed up and has about 50 miles on it already. Temp in the 50s, nice dry day. I was driving on a local road and turned onto the ramp to the Turnpike. I had slowed down to approx. 20-25 miles an hour. As I merged into traffic before the toll booth I put my foot on the accelerator to maintain speed, estimate I was traveling at roughly 25 miles per hour. The engine seems to labor for a second and the transmission just disengaged for a couple of seconds. I released the pedal and gave it gas again and the car accelerated. I'm guessing but I think the car was attempting to down shift from 3rd gear to 2nd gear at the time of the issue.

- , Marlborough, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 122009

Corolla S 1.6L

  • CVT transmission
  • 10,000 miles

Transmission feels like it hangs during the transition from acceleration to cruising speed. RPMs remain in the 3k range for awhile during transition speeds, really eats up gas mileage. Recent problem at @ 10k Miles. Dealer said they can reset/reprogram the shift points, seems like he's familiar with the complaint. This car is loaded with little bothersome deficiencies. Rattles, Steering, A/C Odors... see other complaints.

- , Kingsville, TX, USA

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