April 12, 2010

Toyota Shmoyota.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 4:44 pm

Guess whose second car is a 2006 Toyota Avalon Limited.

Guess who, within the last two weeks, spent four hours at the dealership having three, yes, three recalls done.

Guess whose second car now has three separate idiot lights burning brightly on the dashboard.

Guess who’s not buying another Toyota.

I’m pretty sure you’ve figured out the answers.


  1. Damn Jimbo…my friend and his woman both drive a Toyota. They got the recall notices, and took ’em to the dealership to be repaired. After the dealership supposedly fixed ’em, he said he is seeing dashboard lights he didn’t know he had. Guess who else is done with ’em. I bought my first new Toyota in the mid-seventies, and have owned several over the years…never had a problem. Same goes for my friend.

    Times change.

    Toyota might be in some deep weeds with this one.

    Comment by Yabu — April 12, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

  2. Big. Fat. Black. Capitalist. Car.


    Comment by sheri — April 12, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

  3. Took my Tundra in for recall care and was in and out in 45 minutes. Coffee barely got passed. No lights., No problems. You just need to move up to a larger vehicle, dude. Or a better dealership.

    Comment by joated — April 12, 2010 @ 9:36 pm

  4. I have a Sienna, no recalls, I won’t be buying another Toyota. I don’t like how they’ve handled this entire situation and I don’t think this mini-van is of the quality of the last one. I’m done with Toyota as well.

    Comment by Bou — April 12, 2010 @ 10:57 pm

  5. Driving a Nissan as my second car. I have had several,never a problem.

    Comment by James Old Guy — April 13, 2010 @ 5:56 am

  6. Jim, sounds like you need a real Retiree Boat instead of that girlie sled you’re driving now.

    I picture you in a powder blue 1986 Chrysler New Yorker.

    Comment by Mr. Bingley — April 13, 2010 @ 7:26 am

  7. Well….you cant blame me , I just bought my wife a new 2011 Kia Sedona with every bell & whistle they offer for far less then a Toyota.So far it is a great car to drive & ride in. As for me my primary vehicle is still a Ford F-250 SuperDuty. Big,Fat Ride,Almost Black & for sure Capitalistic.

    Comment by dudley1 — April 13, 2010 @ 8:22 pm

  8. We’ve owned several Toyotas over the years and were always happy with ’em… but several years ago I had a RAV4 that was coming off lease and in the course of arranging to drop it off, I nearly got into a fistfight with the sales manager at the local Toyota shoppe, who was being an asshole for no reason other than he felt like being an asshole. I said then that I would never buy or lease another Toyota. Snotty fucks, all of ’em.

    I’m very happy with our Hondas now, thankyouverymuch.

    Comment by Elisson — April 13, 2010 @ 8:46 pm

  9. Yikes! My wife and I have driven Toyotas for years. I don’t like the outcomes of these experiences. Maybe the next car will be a Honda or a Nissan. Never buying a ford ever again! Maybe a Corvette 🙂

    Comment by Lee — April 14, 2010 @ 12:11 am

  10. I’m guessing that two of the three “recalls” didn’t need doing unless you plan to sell the car. The “sudden unintended acceleration” problem appears to be a combination of driver error, dumbassed dealers installing the wrong floormats, and hype. I’d buy a Toyota with no worries.

    Remember the Audi 5000? Ugly car, mechanically sound, and off the market because of SUA baloney (and yellow journalism, too, bless CBS’s slimy hearts).

    Not that there’s any excuse for screwing up a car in a recall. My guess: They flashed the computer to add a brake-accelerator interlock, but didn’t test it.

    Comment by Mike — April 14, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

  11. I have a 2007 Toyota Camry and I recently got a recall notice from Toyota. I called the Toyota Service Department at my local Toyota dealer and asked them what they would be doing to correct problem of acceleration. The man said he would change the floor mat under the accelerator. I explained that I did not have a problem with the mat. I asked what else they would do for this acceleration problem. He said they would “flash” the ECU (computer). I told him I will think about it. So now I drive happily along getting 33 MPG highway and not showing any sign of acceleration problems. Oh, and also, I don’t have any idiot lights burning brightly on the dashboard.

    Sometimes it’s better just to leave things alone.

    Comment by Little Willie — April 16, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

  12. I was just forwarded an email saying my Sienna is going to have a recall. Evidently the spare tire contraption located under the vehicle is high risk for corrosion and the spare tire can just let loose. Road salt is the cause. I don’t have road salt here… but I’ll have them take a look.

    As for what Mike says… I disagree. I think there is a logic escape in their fly by wire programming. I think it’s intermittent and can’t be reproduced. This is very common in our kind of industries… one of the reasons I don’t fly Airbus.

    Comment by Bou — April 18, 2010 @ 10:28 am


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