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Old May 30th, 2004, 10:12 PM   #1
 
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Camry SE V6 (3MZ-FE) Tranny Issues?

has anyone else noticed that their tranny kinda "lags"? meaning that whenever it should shift, it takes about a second or two to actually shift (downshift, upshift, the works). for example, im taking a turn and when i get back on the gas after the "apex", the engine revs a little but doesnt go any faster, like its in neutral or something. when it finally shifts, its really jerky. another example: accelerating from a stop. when i give the car some gas, the car creeps ahead, engine revs to about 2k-3k rpm and then starts accelerating like a normal car would.

has 3500 miles after some Moderate-Aggressive driving, but this has been going on since Day 1.
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Old May 31st, 2004, 12:45 AM   #2
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It sounds like your transmission is slipping. A little bit of slippage off the line by the torque converter is normal but slipping during shifts isn't. Our RX330 doesn't have that problem (yet, knock on wood really fast), but I've read that many low-mileage RX330's have had to have their trannies replaced. Since the new Camry SE shares the same drivetrain as the RX, it's safe to assume that it has a similar chance of developing tranny issues.

Take your car to the dealer ASAP because there's no excuse for a new car to shift like that. Good luck!
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Old May 31st, 2004, 09:38 AM   #3
 
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ECT-i... electronically control throttle blows... it feel as if you're lagging when you floor it... the response is bad, but after the "lag" it's a good thing.
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Go to page 2, its been discussed under 3.3 tranny lag or something like that!!!
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Old May 31st, 2004, 07:07 PM   #5
 
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Re: Camry SE V6 (3MZ-FE) Tranny Issues?

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like its in neutral or something. when it finally shifts, its really jerky.
Is the shifting jerky or just the way it accelerates? If it's the shifting then you might be having tranny problems. The rest sounds like what xravexboix said, the ECT-i.



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Old May 31st, 2004, 07:17 PM   #6
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Heh, I got the electro throttle in my Solara SE...It's even worse when you only have 163 lb-ft to play with in the first place
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Heh, I got the electro throttle in my Solara SE...It's even worse when you only have 163 lb-ft to play with in the first place
hahaha it's so true!!! At least my Solara weighs like 2 lbs less =P
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Heh, I got the electro throttle in my Solara SE...It's even worse when you only have 163 lb-ft to play with in the first place
True, but I bet it still pulls harder in the low-end than your AV6
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True, but I bet it still pulls harder in the low-end than your AV6
SO TRUE !! !! !! LOL
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True, but I bet it still pulls harder in the low-end than your AV6
You know whats sad, is how anything under 4000, the Solara dominates my AV6
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Old June 1st, 2004, 02:16 PM   #11
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That is sad I was pretty sure that was the case based on my CarTest simulations. Unlike the J30A1 or any other Honda SOHC VTEC-E engine for that matter, VVT-i engines have most of their torque available just off-idle. The 3MZ-FE is a good example because that sucker pulls hard all over the power band, even below 2k rpm in our 3900lb RX
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Same thing with the 1MZ-FE with the five speed, It is probably caused by the drive-by-wire design, the five speed does not seems to help either.
This design may benefit things like VSC and cruise control etc., but the trade-off far out weights the benefit.
Not sure if a fix is on the way any time soon, the dealer is still calling this phenomenon "normal".
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The throttle lag is the main reason I don't really like driving my mom's RX330. Having to wait for the car to respond to throttle input gets old really fast. The ETC spends too much time trying to figure out what you want it to do instead of actually doing it. I'm sure people get used to it (my mom hasn't complained about it but that's probably because her old car, a 2000 Passat, also had ETC) but on the rare occasion that I drive the RX330, it requires a bit of adjustment not to mention patience .
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I've noticed if I used 93 octane and drive w/ a lead foot, the lag disappears for the most part. Then the pedal is really sensitive and there is no more lag. I guess the ecu learned my driving style

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Is the shifting jerky or just the way it accelerates? If it's the shifting then you might be having tranny problems. The rest sounds like what xravexboix said, the ECT-i.
yeah its jerky only when downshifting.
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After reading many related complaint from various sites, it appears that the delay is caused by the drive-by-wire design and the new five speed tranny does shift roughly some times.
Many Gen-5 owners did not notice it, probably because Camry is still a better car by comparison, but owners of previous generation Camry will notice it from day one.
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I've had my 03 SE V6 since may 2003, so its the mid year change one with a 5 speed overdrive auto tranny with 210 hp and 220 tq. and I have almost 40,000 miles on my car and my tranny does not slip, I drive it hard everyday, and I've been manually shifting it even before I broke it in, heh. starting at like 700 miles. I abuse my auto tranny like no other. it doesn't slip but it does lag a little
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I've had my 03 SE V6 since may 2003, so its the mid year change one with a 5 speed overdrive auto tranny with 210 hp and 220 tq. and I have almost 40,000 miles on my car and my tranny does not slip, I drive it hard everyday, and I've been manually shifting it even before I broke it in, heh. starting at like 700 miles. I abuse my auto tranny like no other. it doesn't slip but it does lag a little

40k; dang that's quite a bit of miles there buddy
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lots o miles
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Old October 18th, 2004, 05:48 AM   #20
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yea I know, my family puts miles on cars like crazy
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wow, i don't know toyota's tranny slips too??
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Old October 25th, 2004, 06:15 AM   #22
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shiiiiet , i dont even know where my older sister drives , got her Camry last year and it has just about 20,000 miles on it . 20,000 in a year? .. isnt an average number like 12k a year?
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shiiiiet , i dont even know where my older sister drives , got her Camry last year and it has just about 20,000 miles on it . 20,000 in a year? .. isnt an average number like 12k a year?
Just depends I guess... I've had my Camry for over a year, bought it in CA and drove it to ut, now it's 20+ miles already. however, my uncle that purchased the camry the day before me has over 26-28k+ and he commutes a lot back and forth for his work, errands, go out to eat etc etc... As for me, driving to school and home is around 55-65 miles round trip.
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