Toyota can't fix the transmission problem for hundreds if not thousands of cars and said it's a normal feature for Camry and Lexus since 2002. Well, it's not normal, it's dangerous and it's not right. Go search in google, it's all over the net that their transmission is horrible for new Camry and some Lexus. File your complaint on government web site http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/ so that your problem is not ignored. It's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Their mission is to save lives, prevent injuries, reduce vehicle related crashes. When there is enough complaint, they will force a recall!
The online complaint form has some problem processing when you are in one of the page. It doesn't allow to proceed, you have hit back button and couple times and make sure even the not required text boxes have something or click on the box at least a few times to proceed to the next page. If you do not know how to play around it (can be very annoying), I suggest you call them to file the complaint:
NHTSA Headquarters 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE West Building Washington, DC 20590 Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236. Hearing Impaired (TTY): 1-800-424-9153. Mailing will take 6 weeks to process and you have to add Attn: Associate Administrator for Safety Assurance.
CALIFORNIA -- Toyota will come in the middle of the night and steal your car. Had this happen to my daughter on Jan 25th who is 23 years old with two small children. She paid CASH for the car and has the title (Pink Slip) from the DMV with no liens. Toyota refuses to let her have her personnel items or car seats for the kids. She is not on gov't assistance but soon will be with no way to work. Beware this car was stolen and if you buy a Toyota yours may be next.
DENVER, COLORADO -- I am glad Karma has come back to haunt Toyota. We had issues at a dealership when we bought a new Camry. We contacted customer service and of course they said "We're sorry. We can't help you." (Larry Miller dealership Colorado). I will never buy another Toyota product again with that kind of customer service. We paid cash for the car. (Over $25,000.) I am glad Toyota is getting some karma back. End of story.
I leased a Camry last October and am still waiting to get close to the 31 mpg highway you advertise. Please tell me the test conditions that enabled you to achieve this. Someone told me that you run the car in a wind tunnel at 50 mph, no stop and go's. However you achieve that, it is your obligation to reveal that data to the public, otherwise you have no credibility and I will never buy another Toyota again.
CALIFORNIA -- Came into a situation where a family member's car was going to be repossessed. Called Toyota Financial and they were extremely rude and not sensitive to anything that was going on. The collections representative read from a script the whole time and could not answer any questions because she didn't know a thing. I spoke with a "supervisor" who appeared to be nicer and empathetic, but that changed once we asked for payment arrangements. Don't finance through these people.
FAIRFIELD, PENNSYLVANIA -- I bought a 2004 Camry LE in October of 2003. I had all of the recommended services done at the dealership, including rotating the tires. When I went to have my car inspected in November 2004, my car had 26,000 miles on it and it wouldn't pass because the tires were worn out. I contacted Toyota and they told me it was a Firestone problem. They said they warranty the entire car, except for the tires.
So, I went to Firestone and discovered that the tires I had were only expected to last 30,000 to 40,000 miles. I ended up having to buy new tires, not Firestone. I called Toyota to complain. They couldn't care less. I told them that this is my 3rd Camry and I expected a quality car. I asked why they would put inferior tires on a good, quality car and they couldn't answer. It doesn't make sense. I also have a Honda Civic with 86,000 miles on it and I haven't needed new tires yet. I haven't decided whether I will ever buy a Toyota again, but if I do, I will be sure to check the tire warranty first.
I was in an accident in my 2004 Toyota Camry on July 21, 2004. As of today, August 30, 2004, Toyota is still unable to provide me with a driver's side seat and airbag. The estimated date the part will be available is September 13, 2004. I called Toyota Customer Service and was basically told "Tough Luck" September 13 is the earliest date that the part will be available anywhere in the United States. I asked to speak to their supervisor and was told NO. Meanwhile, I am paying for a rental car. This is the 3rd Toyota I have owned... it will be the last. They would not provide an email address either.