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New Tacoma, crap transmission, sorry dealer. Shoot me now.

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Dogtown Darren, Sep 11, 2019 at 11:57 AM.

  1. Sep 11, 2019 at 3:41 PM
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    velogeek

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    It's 2wd so my honest suggestion on a budget is to find a totaled 6MT truck, rip the rear third member out, and swap that into your truck. Swapping to 4.30 gears does miracles for the AT and it was much less likely to hunt.

    IMO 4.56 is the sweet spot on the AT for the larger OR/Pro tires so with what you have, 4.30 is probably pretty damn close.
     
  2. Sep 11, 2019 at 3:51 PM
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    That's how I drive my Outback 2010 2.5 and the "shift points" on that cvt are weird as well. Honestlt test driving two 19 Tacos, SR5 and OR I didn't find them really any different than my Outback and both were V6 Tacos. Granted I didn't feel like the 19 4R I took out was any different so I feel like I'd probably not notice anything with the power train if I get a new Taco.
     
  3. Sep 11, 2019 at 3:55 PM
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    Forget the tune people! That is just a bandaid. Install 4.88 gears and it will totally transform your AT Taco.

    I was in the same boat. Had a 2017 TRD Pro manual that I sold and got a TRD Off Road AT. I hated it as it constantly searched for gears and would hardly ever go into 6th on the highway unless I was babying it and had nothing on the rack or in the bed of the truck. Was about to sell the truck and get another manual. But now with the 4.88 gears I can now be going as slow as about 35 or so and it will be in 6th and I can give it gas and it will stay in 6th and speed up to whatever speed I want without shifting. Can now cruise at 70+ and actually use 6th gear and not downshift unless I really get into it or am going up a good incline. I’m enjoying my AT more than my manual now. And I’m 48 and this is my first auto as I love manuals.

    Would HIGHLY recommend anyone with an AT to invest in 4.88 BEFORE spending money on wheels, tires, suspension, bumpers, etc. I had over $11,000 invested in my Pro and probably close to $8 or $9K now in my Off Road and I can honestly say this is the best investment I have made in either truck. And add an ARB front locker at the same time as there isn’t much labor charge as they are already there.
     
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  4. Sep 11, 2019 at 3:55 PM
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  5. Sep 11, 2019 at 4:00 PM
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    Luckily, you bought pretty much the highest resaling vehicle there is... If there is one thing you can turn around and sell without losing too much of your ass on it's the Tacoma.

    The solution is simple... get the manual. If you need to regear, buy monster truck tires, tune the shit out of it, etc. just to get it to behave like u want that's a little ridiculous and you'll spend the difference in what you'd lose selling it anyways. Plus all those Mods lower said awesome resale value of your truck which is silly IMO.

    If you need an auto, buy a Ranger. My dad has one and it's a blast to drive. The 10 speed + Ecoboost is much peppier than the Taco's archaic auto setup.
     
  6. Sep 11, 2019 at 4:03 PM
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    melikeymy beer

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    Or not.
     
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  7. Sep 11, 2019 at 4:08 PM
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  8. Sep 11, 2019 at 4:14 PM
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    Ha! You very well could be right.
     
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  9. Sep 11, 2019 at 4:42 PM
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    Sorry to hear about your issues.

    My situation is somewhat similar: test drove it; didn’t seem that bad. But day-in and day-out it truly sucks. My bad for buying it.

    Unlike you, I haven’t taken it to the dealership. I don’t want to be told “That’s how it is. Deal with it.”. I’m not going to spend $800 on a OVTune, either. In fact I'm not going to sink another dime on it.

    Thankfully I’m not stuck on Toyota. This is my first and most likely my last Toyota vehicle. I’m planning to drive the Tacoma for a year and trade it in. I don’t know for what yet. Still have a few months to figure it out.

    Good luck in whatever you decide to do.
     
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    The tune is $700. How much to re-gear?
    I think you're putting the cart b4 the horse IMO. I'm not going to talk about the effectiveness of a re-gear on these trucks because I haven't done that and therefore have zero experience with it.
    Are you tuned?
     
  11. Sep 11, 2019 at 5:09 PM
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    No problem, glad I could help.

    Have a blessed day.
     
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    The more/longer I drive it , the better it gets . That is a fact . I would highly suggest giving it a few thousand miles .
     
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    Give the truck a few thousand miles. Toyota made the tranny shift like crap to maximize mpg. They made the fuel maps to minimize emissions. Sure OV tune improves them, but you may find the truck settles in just fine for you. If not, then you have an option at least without selling it.

    I find my trans is fine, but I don’t drive mine hard at all.
     
  16. Sep 11, 2019 at 5:39 PM
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    Ridiculous someone that just bought a brand new truck is faced with this...damn engineers o_O
     
  17. Sep 11, 2019 at 5:41 PM
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    I agree with this statement...except that this site makes me want one :D
     
  18. Sep 11, 2019 at 5:46 PM
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    I got used to my truck, I thought of it as the the engineers designed the shift points to maximize fuel economy. Press ECT and pretend it drove like that from the factory then your're going to have people complaining about horrible gas mileage and the Colorado or Ranger is more fuel efficient. I love my truck, its a midsize truck with a v6. If i wanted power i'd get a full size truck with a v8. When I want speed I ride my R6, or drive my Charger R/T.
     
  19. Sep 11, 2019 at 5:53 PM
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    If your around Atlanta, go to the dealer in Kennesaw..Cobb County Toyota I think it is, they did all TSB's no questions asked..
     
  20. Sep 11, 2019 at 6:01 PM
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    Gets better after about 7000 miles
     
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