pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,586 miles

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2010 Toyota Tacoma transmission problems

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2010 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 132011


  • 20,000 miles


My 2010 Tacoma, while sitting at a stop light, suddenly surges as if somebody hit the gas or slammed me in the rear. It hasn't pushed me beyond my brakes but it is very disturbing. I reported this to the Toyota dealer and they said they couldn't reproduce it. It doesn't happen with any regularity, it just happens out of the blue. Additionally, when you go to very low speeds and make a sharp turn the rpms jump to about 3,000 and then it feels like the transmission kicks in. This was also reported to the dealer who said it was by design but if it is it is poor design.

- St. John's, 00, USA

problem #8

Dec 022010


  • 18,000 miles
2010 Tacoma crew cab with 18,000 miles, automatic transmission. When the vehicle is cold or warm it seems to slip out of gear going around corners or accelerating from a stop in a straight line. This does not occur everytime but at unexpected times. Also after I have slowed down to round a corner or cross an intersection the truck feels as if it shifts to neutral gear and when the gas pedal is depressed no forward movement occurs. It acts like it has no throttle response. After anywhere from 2 to 6 seconds it starts moving forward again and starts moving as if nothing ever happened. This problem does not occur at every corner, stop or light but does happen in the middle of intersections and changing lanes. So far I have had 5 near collisions in less than one week. Vehicle was taken to Toyota dealership to take care of the issue and the dealership said they found no issues with their first test drive, have never seen this problem and are trying to find the problem.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #7

Apr 222010


  • 10,000 miles
2010 Tacoma crew cab with 10,000 miles, automatic transmission. When the vehicle is warm (driven) and stopped (at a light or stop sign), when the accelerator is pressed to begin driving again the transmission will not always engage immediately. There are times it takes two to three seconds for the transmission to ¿catch¿ and the truck to begin moving. You can hear the engine rev up but the truck will not move. Pressing harder on the accelerator to get the truck to move does nothing but rev the engine, and when the transmission does catch the vehicle can lurch forward rapidly accelerating. This situation can be very dangerous if you are not ¿ready¿ for it.

- Endicott, NY, USA

problem #6

Jan 152010


  • 100 miles


My Tacoma 2010 seems to slip out of gear going around corners -- after I've slowed down to round the corner the truck revs high when the gas pedal is depressed again. After a few seconds it lurches forward when it finally gets into gear. This problem occurs at almost all corners, but not from a stopped position. I do no think the corner causes the problem, it's just that the truck is downshifting, then up-shifting again. I noticed this behavior within the first week I had the truck, and it has been getting worse ever since. I took it into a Toyota dealership who said they applied a software patch and that it is now "fixed." The dealership says the truck's computer does not show any problem "codes" that would indicate a problem. I will pick up the truck tomorrow, so I don't know at this time if it indeed has been fixed.

- Mt. Holly, NC, USA

problem #5

Feb 262010


  • 1,800 miles
2010 Toyota Tacoma double cab pre-runner, I have experience a sudden jerk (like other car has hit me on the rear) while I was stopped and the brake was pressed while waiting at the traffic light. It happened to me three time for five days after I brought my truck to the dealership to repair this problem, which they said that there is no problem and it is just because the Tacoma has a sequential type of transmission..

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 152010


  • 100 miles
The vehicle surges unexpectedly. One or more times a day, depending on travel needs, I experience surges both at complete stops and when accelerating. Depressing the accelerator pedal from a stop or roll includes a "delay" in response from the vehicle, then the unexpected surge is noticed. Generally, a small amount of pressure on the pedal does not yield a desired acceleration effect, instead a "wait and go" effect is experienced. Several times, this delay has caused near misses in terms of accidents. Expecting the vehicle to respond to accelerator pressure but not getting acceleration is considered hazardous. Surging forward violently when at a complete stop is another concern. With the brakes completely depressed, the vehicle will surge forward at most traffic lights or during stop and go traffic. This vehicle was brought to the dealer a week after purchase with my concerning of shifting and sometime erratic behavior. The dealership did little more than take a short test drive with me (no diagnostics, no formal or mechanical evaluation), and tell me nothing was wrong with the truck. The truck had less than 1000 miles on it, now with 2600 miles, the problems persist.

- Mount Juliet, TN, USA

problem #3

Oct 152009


  • 50 miles


L have a 2010 Tacoma the transmission was slipping took it in at 500 miles and they said it would work in, it didn't at 1100 miles L took it back and then they said L should make an appointment at 1700 miles L made an appointment, they reset the computer and it still slipped and they flush the system and now it's worse, they contacted Toyota and they said the engineers were working on the problem and they'll get back with me when they fix it, in the mean time drive the truck, which, is getting worse.

- Conowingo, MD, USA

problem #2

Nov 122009


  • 75 miles
While slowing and making right or left turns, my 2010 Tacoma V-6 4X2 automatic transmission will slip into either neutral or first gear for several seconds (typically 2 or 3). Engine RPM increase and then transmission shifts into the correct gear with a lurch. This defect makes left turns, across traffic, especially difficult and dangerous, since you never know if it will happen and how long it will take to hunt for and find the "right" gear. I first notice the issue after driving about 75 miles (have a little over 800 miles now). Been to dealer twice. Demonstrated problem with service manager in the truck. He had no solution for the problem. He "hopes" Toyota will come out with a fix. Toyota has a similar defect with the 2009 Tacoma and issued on November 3, 2009 technical service bulletin T-sb-0373-09. But tsb only eliminated the defect in the 2009 model. Does not address 2010 trucks. This defect needs to be resolved quickly before someone get injured.

- Aiken, SC, USA

problem #1

Oct 062009

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 150 miles
While slowing to 10-12 mph my 2010 Tacoma V-6 4X4 's automatic transmission will slip into what seems to be neutral for about 2-3 seconds. Engine RPM's will rise to about 2500-3000 RPM's before transmission re-engages. This situation has nearly gotten me involved in 5 accidents. I first noticed the problem when the vehicle had about 150 miles on it. The problem seems to occur when you slow for either a left or right turn or when you slow to 10-12 mph and then try to resume power. Vehicle has been to selling dealer 3 times to have this issue resolved but has not been fixed. Dealers transmission mechanic went for a test drive with me and this condition was duplicated within 5 minutes. Toyota customer service has been notified and so far no fix has been forthcoming. This is a very dangerous condition and could cause a very serious accident.

- Flagstaff, AZ, USA

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