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Still having auto trans issues or was this overblown? I am looking at one with the V-6, auto and two wheel drive.

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i've had a 16 tacoma since new and i've not had a single problem with it; you'll find problems that come up on internet forums are not nearly as widespread a problem as the posters might have you believe.  i have two other friends with 16 or 17's and no issues to speak of.   of course there are always exceptions, and it's easy to find people complaining online, but i have not seen or had any issues.  good luck.

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:thumbsup: Looked at some today and if a salesman had the intelligence to come out of his AC office and engage me he probably would have made a sale. Is evidence of being a loser required when interviewing to be a car salesman?

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3 hours ago, Piney Woods said:

:thumbsup: Looked at some today and if a salesman had the intelligence to come out of his AC office and engage me he probably would have made a sale. Is evidence of being a loser required when interviewing to be a car salesman?

i've purchased 3 new toyotas since 2013, the 3rd most recently just 2 weeks ago; you will find toyota salespersons are far less aggressive towards lot lurkers than other brands you may have purchased in the past. in all 3 purchases i was able to walk the lot unaccosted until i found a vehicle i wanted to buy, when i knew what i wanted i simply walked into the showroom and asked for help with a purchase, walked out an hour or two later with the car i went in to buy.  if you are waiting for someone to chase you around the lot before you buy a car then you likely don't want to buy as much as you claim; i tell someone what i want, and then i get it.  do the same and you'll have your new car soon enough...  *shrug*

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17 hours ago, Piney Woods said:

:thumbsup: Looked at some today and if a salesman had the intelligence to come out of his AC office and engage me he probably would have made a sale. Is evidence of being a loser required when interviewing to be a car salesman?

It is.  I've found Toyota salesmen to be on a whole different level too, with pure arrogance towards anything and everything Toyota.

Although I like when I can browse a lot and not be bothered.  I don't have a problem walking inside when I need someone to help me, I actually prefer it over being hovered over by the vultures.

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7 hours ago, bassjam said:

It is.  I've found Toyota salesmen to be on a whole different level too, with pure arrogance towards anything and everything Toyota.

Although I like when I can browse a lot and not be bothered.  I don't have a problem walking inside when I need someone to help me, I actually prefer it over being hovered over by the vultures.

Understood. But it was 100+ and I was just expecting a slight interest from a competent salesman wanting to make his/her living. I pay cash for everything I own and do appreciate professionalism, it is how I got in my position with a career in sales. Expected and got that when we purchased my wife's latest Tahoe last year and  still do.

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On 2018-06-11 at 7:24 PM, DRS said:

i've had a 16 tacoma since new and i've not had a single problem with it; you'll find problems that come up on internet forums are not nearly as widespread a problem as the posters might have you believe.  i have two other friends with 16 or 17's and no issues to speak of.   of course there are always exceptions, and it's easy to find people complaining online, but i have not seen or had any issues.  good luck.

+1 I also have a 2016 since new and it has been flawless. My good friend has a 2017 and it’s the same thing. 

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On 6/11/2018 at 4:16 PM, Piney Woods said:

Still having auto trans issues or was this overblown? I am looking at one with the V-6, auto and two wheel drive.

I haven't been following it since I've decided my 16 Tacoma is the last one I'll ever own and will be trading it in for a different truck eventually. My truck has had a laundry list of issues including underfilled transmission. Those issues on My seemed to happen on the ones with a tow package. 

 

Other issues I've had is the hood skin being improperly bonded to the frame. The hood still flexes at highway speed which makes for an irritating shimmer when driving on freeways into the sun. The truck vibrates coming to a stop and they refuse to fix that even though there's a TSB for my exact issue. They keep trying to bull shit me that its normal for cars to vibrate coming to stop. I'm sick of Toyota and you couldn't pay me to own another one.

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Thanks bones, several have told me about the vibration thing but I forgot about that. After looking at mileage, comfort, towing and room I have decided to stick with full size Chevy. I really like the 5.3 V-8, on our third one now. Thanks to all.

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Picked up my '18 Tacoma last week.  Double cab short bed 4x4.   Yes, the trans shifts up early and downshifts often in D.  In ECT mode it runs great and only looses .5mpg average, so WTF with the "D" shifting algorithm?  There is a new TSB (firmware reflash ECU) just out that is supposed to address this and by all accounts it does, why I bought the truck.  My truck was built in July, probably just before the TSB release.  Taking it in Sat. so all should be good.  Other than that no initial issues as expected.  Coming from a Tundra Crewmax with 231K that I just don't need anymore, sold camper, kids older now.  New Taco is a much better daily driver and suits my current needs fine. 

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Just do yourself a solid all you newer Toyota owners and read your maintenance schedule.  Toyota dealers are wayyyy over servicing vehicles.  Toyota's worldstandard transmissions state clearly that they don't need to be serviced and yet toyota dealers are pushing $200 trans services every 20-30k.   As the operator of an independent auto repair shop it drives me nuts when my customers buy new cars and go to the dealer for the first little while before they come back to me and I get to hear about how the dealerships aren't even pretending to follow toyota's prescribed maintenance schedule. 

Theres no loyalty in a dealer's service center.  You came in. They doubt you'll ever come back.  So they hit you as hard as they can while they've got ya.

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No surprise there, I do all my own work.  This is my 5th Toyota truck, plus a Supra and Celica back in the '80s.  All sold running well, least milage was 195K. 

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Look at the Orange Virus tune. Reviews I've read are that it transforms the truck.


I have, but $770 ? The TSB is supposed to do similar, and honestly the ECT power mode is pretty good. It's the ridiculous shift map in D that's screwed up, the motor itself is nice and makes good power when not bogged down by too high a gear.

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I have a '17 Manual transmission.  Great truck,  but the manual has some pretty stupid ratios. 

Reverse is so tall you can't back up with the clutch all the way out. Good luck trying to push a trailer up a hill backwards without really slipping the clutch.  Why is it geared to 60 mph in reverse?  I'm guessing it was a compromise so reverse in 4WD low wouldn't be so short.

The gap between first and second is huge too.  Unless you redline it, you drop all the way down to where there is no power.  All the gears a little too high and there are SIX of them.  Why not give me a granny first and a much lower second?  Having to switch between 1st and second a bunch in a parking lot is kinda stupid.  You are either making all kinds of engine noise in first, or second is lugging so hard you have to slip the clutch. 

I'm bitching, but these really aren't that big of a deal day to day.  If I could get 2WD low so I can back up a trailer I'd be completely satisfied. 

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9 hours ago, GP said:

 


I have, but $770 ? The TSB is supposed to do similar, and honestly the ECT power mode is pretty good. It's the ridiculous shift map in D that's screwed up, the motor itself is nice and makes good power when not bogged down by too high a gear.

 

Yeah, it's not cheap. But, it's both an engine and tranny tune. I believe it also includes updates as they continue to improve the tune. The combo of the two is suppose really make the truck a lot more fun to drive. Just the stock gas pedal response it sucky. Push, push, push, push, oh, there it is! If you look at the graph of the OV gas pedal tune, far more linear vs. nothing, nothing, then most of it. I'm looking at this truck and I'll likely bite the bullet on the OV tune. I'll skip the leather, JBL, and sunroom for a more fun truck to drive any day.

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19 hours ago, Piney Woods said:

Why would anyone change the auto tranny oil? Ever.

 

That stuff can eventually break down.  Even my wife's Sienna which has supposedly "lifetime" tranny oil recommends changing it if you tow.  Ford (not the Ford dealership) recommends I change my F150's transmission fluid at 150k miles.  And these are newer vehicles, older transmissions using older fluid types have more frequent recommend service intervals.

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1 hour ago, bassjam said:

 

That stuff can eventually break down.  Even my wife's Sienna which has supposedly "lifetime" tranny oil recommends changing it if you tow.  Ford (not the Ford dealership) recommends I change my F150's transmission fluid at 150k miles.  And these are newer vehicles, older transmissions using older fluid types have more frequent recommend service intervals.

I don't do any real heavy towing and have never had an issue. Several vehicles at 150K + and going to keep ignoring the service recommendations. Only issue I have ever had was mechanic induced, learned my lesson. And after reading this thread will put the Tacoma on the "nope" list. Staying Murican!

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17 minutes ago, Piney Woods said:

And after reading this thread will put the Tacoma on the "nope" list. Staying Murican!

 

For example:

 

2016 Toyota Tacoma

The first of two Toyota trucks in the top 10 is the Tacoma with 71% of total domestic content. It's the most popular midsize truck on the market. Source: 2016 Kogod Made in America Auto Index

 

2016 GMC Sierra

Like Chevy's Silverado, the GMC Sierra contains 72.5% of total domestic content, making it that much more difficult to choose between the two if you are in the market for a truck. Source: 2016 Kogod Made in America Auto Index

1.5% more Murican! That's commitment brother! ;)

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