Toyota believes the problems are caused by stuck gas pedals or misplaced floor mats that trapped the gas pedals. Independent testing by NASA and other outside laboratories agreed with Toyota and concluded driver error was also a contributin…Continue reading article "Unintended Acceleration"
Toyota Excessive Oil Consumption
An increasing number of Toyota vehicles are experiencing excessive oil consumption which may be the result of defective piston rings. Toyota, in all their 'deny-til-we-die' splendor, is reportedly denying warranty coverage on many oil consu…Continue reading article "Toyota Excessive Oil Consumption"
One of the automotive world's worst science projects is coming to an end. Toyota dashboards have long been known to melt under the heat of the sun. The melted dashes warp and extrude a strange, goo-like substance that is oddly shiny and sti…Continue reading article "Melting Dashboards"
What Owners Complain About
Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.
- excessive oil consumption in the 2007 Camry Hybrid
- brake actuator failure in the 2007 Camry Hybrid
- excessive oil consumption in the 2009 Camry Hybrid
- excessive oil consumption in the 2008 Camry Hybrid
- dashboard is melting in the 2007 Camry Hybrid
What Breaks the Most
1st Generation (2007–2011) Camry Hybrid Key Numbers
It's been a while since Toyota announced their extended warranty program for melting dashbord in 3.5 million vehicles.
So, how are things going?
According to [a] lawsuit, when Toyota first announced the warranty program the automaker notified customers and said it could take months to gather the replacement parts. However, Toyota then sent a second notice that removed the information about a timeline for repairs.
Oh, well it can't be too long before everyone gets their replacement dash, right?…keep reading article "Owners Are Still Waiting For Replacement Dashboards"
Toyota doesn't exactly have a sterling reputation when it comes to unintended acceleration.
And so, when Corolla owner Robert Ruginis petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to investigate low-speed surging in the 2006-2010 Corolla, it seemed like a slam dunk, home run or <insert sports cliché here>. Go sports team! But instead NHTSA said no to the investigation. The agency said they analyzed data from an event recorder cited by Ruginis in his petition and came up with a completely different conclusion. Ruginis said his Corolla moved forward with the brake pedal pressed, NHTSA said it didn't. Ruginis said Corollas can move forward even with the brake pressed to the floor, NHTSA said they can't.
Instead, NHTSA placed the blame on Corolla drivers in most cases. They also said an investigation wasn't worth their time:…keep reading article "NHTSA Says No to Unintended Acceleration Investigation"
One of the automotive world's worst science projects is coming to an end. Toyota dashboards have [long been known to melt and warp] under the heat of the sun.
The deformed dashes have also been known to extrude a strange, goo-like substance that is oddly shiny and sticky; like something you'd find in a toddler's coat pocket. This led to some understandably upset owners and a couple of lawsuits. Feeling the heat of pending litigation, Toyota announced they will extend warranty coverage on the dashboards in 3.5 million vehicles rather than go to court. I guess they wanted to avoid a sticky situation (I never promised that the jokes would be good, folks).…keep reading article "Toyota Tries to Get Out of Sticky Dashboard Situation with Warranty Extension"
Toyota thought the scourge of unintended acceleration was finally behind them.
They had, after all, recalled millions of cars, paid hefty fines to the government, entered talks to settle hundreds of class-action lawsuits and even paid out $1.6 billion to owners because the trade-in value of their vehicles had diminished. Besides, the world's attention had turned to GM's ignition switch fiasco. So are Toyota's problems with unintended acceleration in the rearview mirror? Not so fast, or in this case ... slow.…keep reading article "New Unintended Acceleration Petition Filed"