• Apr 26, 2006


Toyota is recalling one half of one percent of the new 2007 Camry sedans it started building this year for a problem with their six-speed automatic transmissions. Affected vehicles may lose second and sixth gear while the vehicle is on the move within the first 500 miles of use, but the automaker says that the problem won't halt operation of the car.

We wonder if this is the same issue we've been reading about on the Cheers & Gears forum? Maybe even-numbered trannys aren't Toyota's thing -- we'll have to wait and see what happens with the eight-speed auto in the new Lexus LS sedan!



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      • 8 Years Ago
      #44 Now that's a good one! Could you imagine the letter.

      Dear Valued Toyota Customer,

      "It's come to our attention that after many of our customers and viewers of our newest Camry product have suffered severe stomach cramps and then threw up, we are offering you a free front fascia replacement, giving your new car a much better look.

      Please call your dealer for an appointment to have this work completed. It will be performed free of charge, to you, our Valued Customer"

      The terminal boredom built into our designs cannot be changed, that is something as a Valued Customer we are sure you understand, once again thank you for purchasing a Toyota product.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The old axle ratio was 3.291:1, the new axle ratio is 3.685:1
      The tire sizes have not changed (except the base moving from 205/65 15 to 215/60 16)
      So the new camry is ~3000rpm@100mph,(33.5mph/1K)
      The old 3.3 is ~3300rpm@100

      The RAV4 is ~35mph/1000, and weights more and has more drag. So the camry could have been 40mph/1K with the wider gearset, and would have had minimal reductions in off the line power.
      +the camry could use 235/50 17 Goodyear Eagle GS-D3 tire so the power of the 2gr-fe can be exploited (smoking impala SSs)

      The old camry 3.3 went to only 30mph in 1st, 55mph in 2nd, ~85 in 3rd, could have pulled 130 in 4th, and 135 in 5th. Quick, yes.
      The current 07 V6 can go to 35 in 1st, 65 in 2nd, 90 in 3rd, 130 in 4th, 150 in 5th, 135 in 6th.
      I would have preferred (with the wider ratios)
      40 in 1st, 70 in 2nd, 110 in 3rd, 150~6300 in 4th, 150~4700 in 5th, 130 in 6th (good for crossing Montana)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Import lovers refuse to admit when they are wrong. Toyota has had over 1 million recalls in 2006, have dull at best stying, and take the money right of our pockets. I just don't get the obsession.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Philbert,

      VW's poor reliability of late is well documented, but what are your sources for stating that Hyundai's vehicles are "terribly unreliable and poorly built"?
      • 8 Years Ago
      And a hundred GM loyalists cheer!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't know about reliability, but with that new Camry they've gone from bland to ugly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I sit on the domestic side of the fence.
      Reading these post is a tell tail of the double standard when comparing foriegn to domestic makes.
      Toyota makes a good product. Even if you hate Toyota you must admit they are good.
      My bias against Toyota is the result of the popular bias against GM.
      I didn`t feel thit way before I discovered Autoblog.
      Excuses for Toyota flames for GM, same circumstances.
      GM is a great company with good product but it could be better like back in the sixties. Yes GM needs a must have small economy car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #21, You're right and wrong, VW sales dropped yes, but even at the lowest with some known quality issues, their sales were up from the previous 10 years, and slaes have rebounded with the new models in spite of the quality problems.

      I might point out that a majority of those VW issues were not all that huge, the biggest issue by far was the coil issue, that really hurt them due to their ability to get the parts.

      The other thing is this, a maker has a problem, OK, it's recalled, pain in the behind, but OK. If the problem gets taken care of the first time and the car is fine for another 100,000 miles that recall will be long forgotten.

      The domestics have never done a great job at that, some of it's changed, but the bad taste does linger.

      I could care less if a car gets recalled, it's a fact of life with almost any manufactured product. The bad part is when you do little or nothing.

      What a lot of companies (not just car companies)forget is that it takes alot more effort and money to gain a new customer than it takes to retain a customer. It also takes a lot more to rebuild a reputation than to keep it.

      Toyota is going to have problems, GM is going to have problems, For, Chrysler, VW you name it, it all depends on how it gets handled.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Toyota is recalling one half of one percent of the new 2007 Camry sedans it started building this year for a problem with their six-speed automatic transmissions. Affected vehicles may lose second and sixth gear while the vehicle is on the move within the first 500 miles of use, but the automaker says that the problem won't halt operation of the car. It will continue to function like the millions of GM vehicles that have only a four speed transmission said a Toyota spokesman."
      • 8 Years Ago
      Obligatory lame GM joke:

      So it's a 4 speed now, just like a GM!

      But kidding aside, one half of one percent means it's most likely not a design problem but an assembly problem or a bad batch of parts supplied by an outside source.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is not the first transmission problem Toyota has had. I had problems with my 2000 Camry's transmission as long as I owned the car. Each time it went to the shop it was "fixed" according to the dealer. Well guess what, it wasn't fixed and that the reason I eventually traded the car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think they should recall the new Camry for appearance issues. The car needs a nose job.
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