This One You Oughta Tow Away! (TOYOTA)

Business is far from usual at Toyota dealership
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"Now, the staff has found itself the butt of jokes. Instead of cracks about General Motors' government bailout or Chrysler's collapse, friends now sent mocking text messages about sticky pedals and crashing cars. People at a grocery store snickered that Toyota stood for "This One You Oughta Tow Away.""
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-dealership1-2010feb01,0,4783152,fu...

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I used to love what people said PONTIAC stood for, and Fix Or Repair Daily is still a classic.

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But unlike Toyota, Ford didn't receive a government bailout last year. Instead, Ford made a profit and gained market share.

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

I agree just like that evil Italian company Chrysler!

MikeyA

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/brian-ross/story?id=127548
This problem is a lot bigger than what they are saying and goes back a lot longer to.Its not a gas peddle problem. its an airflow mech problem. Everyone is calling my because the same freaky acceleration happened to me and they know its not the gas peddle either. I was a flag waving, card carring member of the I LOVE MY TOYOTA CLUB untiI my 1996 Camery, one day in 08, it just accelerated on its own. I was at a stop light with my foot on the brake ( thank God) and the engine just started to run faster and faster and it was pulling away. It was like somone just stepped on the gas and pinned the peddle to the floor. THere was nothing I could do. I had both feet pressing on the brake peddle as hard as I could. I was literally standing on it and my butt was off the front seat trying to controll this car. My wheels were smoking, my brakes were smoking, it was a nightmare. I slammed it in into neutral then into park and shut the car off. Waited a while and started the car again leaving it in park. It seemed fine. no reving, not sense that it was accelerating on its own. I was about a mile from my house and wanted to get it into the drive way and off the road. I put it into park and let it roll a bit on its own. Seemed ok. So I put my foot lightly on the gas, still ok. About a half a mile of driving very gingerly- its starts to take off again, exact same thing and I was hardly touching the gas. If my 69 year old mother was driving she never would have been able to handle or control that car the way it was behaving. So I called Toyota- they said they never heard of that before- but funny how my mechanic did. He thought he fixed it once- then on the way home from the mechincs it took off again. Then he got in it and it took off on him. After he began doing some research and knowing a few long time mechanics for toyota- it was acknowledge that this was a problem they had seen before. about $1000 later it seemed fixed. I drove it for a month to make sure- but I wasn't comfortable driving it anymore even though i LOVED THAT CAR and took great care of it- I sold it. I now drive a Honda Accord. Not nearly as smooth a ride as my Camery, but so far it hasn't launched me down the street. Keep digging there is more to this story and it goes back a lot longer than the last few years. PS- do you find it odd they haven't added their two biggest sellers to the recall, Camry and Corolla? I will be willing to help if needed. It was a horrific experience and if it happened to an older or younger person the results could have been very deadly.
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Aquanet2 Jan-29

Hi Brian, I am an owner of a 2005 Toyota Avalon and I bought my car pre-owned in May of 2006. Since I've had the car I've had a few problems. In Dec 06 the check engine light came on, I took the car to a Toyota dealership for service the conclusion was the car needed to have the "02 Sensor"replaced. Then, Fast Forward to Nov 09 there was an Open recall to replace the Oil Cooler Hose Line. I only found this out because I took my car in for it regular oil change. Now mind you, last summer (09) I had started noticing the car would jerk and then take off when I would accelerate. This went on throughout the summer into the fall. When I took it in for service that November nothing came up on the computer, but the recalled Oil Cooler Hose. Well, I continued driving the car up until Jan 2010 when I took it in again for it's standard oil change. I got it back with no other reports. I drove the car one day after the oil change and the check engine light come on. I drove the car back to the Toyota dealer and explained what had happened. The service gentleman looked under the hook and wigged a few things and the engine light went off. He did suggested I come back on that Monday for them to look at the car more closely. I did just that. It turned out to be a bigger problem than I thought and that 's why I writing to you Mr. Ross. The problem turned out to be a "SPEED SENSOR MALFUNCTION" on the car. That's why everytime I would accelerate the car would hesitate and jerk, then take off suddenly. I think this problem is related to the pedal problem. I think it's a computer glich in the Toyota's. I wanted to see if you can find if any other owners had this same problem. The problem with my car is not totally fixed by the way. To solve the problem Toyota wiped the computer clean, which took 2 1/2 hours and the car is still driving funny after 2 weeks. Supposely, the computer has to re-learn how I drive so it still jerks and hesitates. Not sure this is completely solved. California
LeishaSmithTownsend 12:13 AM

Brian, Toyota's problem could be caused by electronic fields interfering with the electronically controlled throttle. Look at high tension power lines and cell phones for causing acceleration problems.
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swinefest 9:57 AM

Brian, working in the car business for over 30 years I have to say I think your on to something when you question the computer system that now controls the throttle (gas pedal). I think this simplistic "fix" is just a media stunt that is masking the true expensive fix which is the whole electronic computer throttle control. Watch for a silent recall and/or major changes to the system in next years model. If I were looking to buy a Toyota I would first look at the competition or if I was hell bent on Toyota at least wait for a next year model that makes a real fix on the problem. This recall is a media event to calm the nerves of the public.
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swinefest 9:31 AM

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