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Old 09-05-2012, 02:37 PM   #1
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Clunky transmission?

Dunno if I should put this in 2nd gen or 4 cyl? I have a 2011 automatic 4 cyl double cab prerunner, and the transmission seems really "clunky". Like when I start from a stop and push the gas, the transmission seems to kick in really hard, When I come to an absolute stop, I can feel a hit in my transmission right as I stop. This is my first toyota and I was pretty disappointed in it. MY wife drives a 2010 xterra and that thing feels so smooth from starts and especially on stops. Anyone else feel this with their transmissions?
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all too common with the new yotas. there are endless posts on this regarding both 5 and 6 speeds
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:46 PM   #3
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all too common with the new yotas. there are endless posts on this regarding both 5 and 6 speeds

he said his is auto... i dunno but the 5 speeds are clunky too, it will outlast any nissan tho! Anyways How many miles on it?
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But the O.P. has an auto...
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:00 PM   #5
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Most pickup trannies are like this. You sacrifice a lot of smoothness for the ruggedness of a pickup. I am sure things will get better with more miles. My 5 speed manual was pretty clunky at first but seems to get smoother the more miles I put on it. Up to about 30k on my 11 now.
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my most sincere apologies. its an auto. wheres the smiley with the woosh over its head lol.
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:51 PM   #7
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haha thanks guys. its got 12k miles only. hopefully it gets better with time
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That's how the automatic 4 cyl I test drove felt too .
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:29 AM   #9
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ok. good to know. well not good to know that it's gonna be clunky, but its good to know that my truck is not alone and not a single problem that i need to get checked. thanks all! i still love my taco!
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That's how the automatic 4 cyl I drive felt too .
"felt"? so yours got better?
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Sorry meant to say test drove. Mine is a 5 spd . The 4 cyl auto was clunky . It seemed if you babied it it clunked more .
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Sorry meant to say test drove mine is 5 spd
ahhh, gotcha boss. btw your truck looks great!
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Truck transmissions are typically set to shift more harshly than car transmissions. This ensures that they don't sit in a transitory position generating a lot of heat when you're under load, or worse, begin, but be unable to complete an upshift due to the added load. After all, a truck is intended for doing work.

A couple of suggestions;
1) When the transmission gets properly warmed up, it should shift a bit more smoothly than when cold.
2) When you are pulling a trailer, say 2000-2500 pounds, it will feel "car smooth".
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