2008 Toyota Camry Solara Consumer Review: Auto Trans lags badly

2008 Toyota Camry Solara - Consumer Review

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SE Coupe (2.4L 4-cyl. 5-speed Automatic)

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Auto Trans lags badly
By Torx55 on


2008 Toyota Camry Solara SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A)


The auto trans is very very slow to downshift, in fact, there is at least a 2-3 second lag when you push the accelerator, to the power getting to the wheels. The motors revs then trans engages. Dealer loaded the new ECM software, but it made little if any difference. Dealer said he did all he could and the trans is considered fixed and normal by Toyota. Sure shocks me if Toyota engineers consider this normal. If you get one, be careful when pulling into traffic or when quick acceleration is necessary. The trans will scare you. I won't keep this Toyota for 150K miles as I did with the car I sold to get this 08. Very disappointing.

Best Features

Exterior, quiet ride, looks.

Worst Features

Badly needs a redesigned auto trans. Radio dial hard to see during the day.
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By eddennis
on 01/24/13 14:06 PM (PST)

You might try reeducation. Many of the control units learn based upon driving habits. Try unhooking the battery for an hour or so. Then hook up the battery and take the car out and drive it aggressively. Hold the car in first and second with the throttle (this means floor it and hold it there). Bring the car to a stop and do the same thing again. Now drive it aggressively for about 20 miles (interstate and in the country), stop and start as many times as practical. Use the accelerator to kick it into passing gear 4 or 5 times. If your problem is a computer learned problem, this may cure it. Be sure to check your transmission fluid before doing this as you don't want to stress your transmission with a lowfluid level. Good Luck

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