2009 Toyota Tacoma Consumer Review: Almost perfect, but the tranny

2009 Toyota Tacoma - Consumer Review

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V6 Double Cab (4.0L V6 4x4 6-speed Manual 5.0 ft. Bed)

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Almost perfect, but the tranny!
By Mike on


2009 Toyota Tacoma V6 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 6M)


Only had the Taco for about 2 days when I noticed the transmission responds poorly. Usually when making a left or right turn, as you slow the motor revs. If you're still rolling (less than 10mph) then accelerate, even gently, the engine revs up to 2K before clunking into second. So I've been left essentially stopping mid turn before pulling away. IMO, a dangerous design flaw that's going to get someone T-boned or killed some day. Otherwise, a pretty decent truck. Some of the interior plastic is a little cheap, but it's a truck, so no big deal.

Best Features

Pretty good MPG, truck bed is long enough for me, looks good, GREAT turn radius for a truck.

Worst Features

Acknowledge that the tranny is a major risk factor for a collision, and then find a fix. What's with this "drive by wire" garbage? You push the gas, the engine should go, the transmission should turn the wheels. Not rev but still slow down.
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