2006 Toyota Camry Transmission Leak @ 5,000 miles

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Old 02 Apr 2006, 02:19 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2006 Toyota Camry Transmission Leak @ 5,000 miles

Hi,

I got my brand new Camry 4 months ago and just yesterday, the
Maintenance Required light came on. Judging by the fact that the 5,000
miles just rolled over on the ODO and that my owner's manual said that
that light, on the Camry, indicates that I need an oil change; I took
it to Valvoline today for an oil change.

During my oil change the guy that was changing it said he found that my
car has a transmission leak, he even took me down to the pit to see
where it was leaking.

Needless to say I'm pretty bummed out about it... my car has exactly
5,029 miles on it and already there's an issue.

I'm going to take it over to the Toyota dealership in the morning.
But, I'm just curious if this has been experienced by anyone else. Is
there any thing in particular I should tell the Toyota maintenance
guys?

Also, I made sure that they used the exact type of oil, at Valvoline
that is recommended in my manual (as well as that it's a synthetic
blend).

Bummed out,
Jason

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Old 02 Apr 2006, 04:14 pm   #2 (permalink)
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As long as you have the receipts for oil changes it should be fine.

Toyota will replace the pan gasket (was this the place?) or hoses under
warranty, no problem. The bummer is that JD Powers surveys and the
postings here suggest Camry quality isn't what it used to be as Toyota
pushed for the volume. But at least the car's street price has remained
flat over a decade.

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Old 02 Apr 2006, 04:40 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2006 Toyota Camry Transmission Leak @ 5,000 miles

I've seen about 1/3 of the newer camrys leak at the rear right corner of
the transmission pan gasket. It's a very easy fix, takes 20 - 30 minutes.

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Old 02 Apr 2006, 05:51 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2006 Toyota Camry Transmission Leak @ 5,000 miles

Thanks guys, I'm a little more at ease about this now. I knew
everything was covered under warranty but still, I was just a little
rattled because the car is new.

I'm going in to Toyota first thing in the A.M.

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Old 02 Apr 2006, 06:54 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2006 Toyota Camry Transmission Leak @ 5,000 miles

It seems like Toyota is learning a lot from GM.


"qslim" <Suckers@suckersdotcom> wrote in message
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> I've seen about 1/3 of the newer camrys leak at the rear right corner of
> the transmission pan gasket. It's a very easy fix, takes 20 - 30 minutes.
>



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Old 03 Apr 2006, 05:55 am   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2006 Toyota Camry Transmission Leak @ 5,000 miles

No, not even close. I continue to be amazed every time a do work to GMs.
Take for example this trans pan gasket I'm talking about. If you are to
see any leak at all on the new Camry with the 3MZ-FE, then I guarantee
that it will be a leak from the rear corner of the transmission pan
gasket, and nowhere else. On the previous gen corolla, it will be the
timing chain tensioner gasket, and if there is a rattle in an 01-04
Tacoma, it will be in the dash pad at the top near the windshield.
Seems like even though we are seeing more problems on these newer
Toyotas, they are not major and their ability to consistently produce good
cars shows in the fact that these problems are isolated to one very
specific area.
GMs, by contrast, offer a world of different problems. When I'm
standing there putting one on my lift, I have to go from "Toyota" mode to
"GM" mode. This means that absolutely anything could be wrong with this
vehicle, regardless of age & mileage. Locked up calipers, leaking
accumulator seal, crossthreaded sub-frame bolts, blown shocks, bad
bearings, poor grounds, you name it, and its a possibility on these cars.
Got a new Malibu with a rattle from the engine? Who the hell knows, could
be anything.
Anyhow, my point is that Toyota has a LONG way to go (down) yet before
they begin to match GM in quality.

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Old 03 Apr 2006, 03:37 pm   #7 (permalink)
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qslim wrote:
> I've seen about 1/3 of the newer camrys leak at the rear right corner of
> the transmission pan gasket. It's a very easy fix, takes 20 - 30 minutes.


What's the problem exactly? Improperly torqued tranny pan bolts?
Defective gasket? Improperly installed gasket?

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Old 04 Apr 2006, 04:00 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2006 Toyota Camry Transmission Leak @ 5,000 miles

like someone in a previous post said earlier, Toyota is focusing more now
on quantity instead of quality. Not to say that toyota vehicles are way
better then most cause they are.

Thats been GM's problem all along. They pump out cars in great numbers
and ignore minor details and quality issues. Thats why they make junk and
will continue to make junk.

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