"Clunk" in auto 100 series.

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 11:59
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My good friend has a 3 yr old Toyota 100 series Diesel auto, which has quite an uncomfortable "clunk" when it changes down at low speeds, say 20km/h. (The car has only 60,000 klms on the odo.) Typically when one slows for a tight corner, then accelerates it drops a gear and the change is anything but smooth.

It is quite unpleasant, but the dealer is telling him it's normal for that gearbox and not a problem (probably trying to avoid spending money on warranty, which expires in 90 days).
Does anybody have a similar model and if so does it have a similar clunk? Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Leroy - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 12:23

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 12:23
Well if your friend extends the warranty it would have to be fixed regardless!! I'd go to another dealer and maybe test drive another to compare.

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Follow Up By: Flash - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 15:28

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 15:28
I believe he can't extend the warranty..
However I might go and "test" drive a few myself to compare. I drove my friend's cruiser about sixty kays yesterday and I know why he's unhappy....
If it's "normal", it sure aint "nice". Makes driving it a little disappointing, to put it mildly.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 12:44

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 12:44
Go back to the dealer, and tell the dealer to take your mate out in 3 different autos, and see for yourself.

remember the gearbox is still new, so the changes should be quick.
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 22:34

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 22:34
HI Flash ,

I hate to tell you this but I think it is normal . I have a 2001 TD Cruiser auto and it clunks like hell on low speed kick downs .

The dealer and other people have said they are all the same - old fashioned clunkers .

Cheers ,

Willie .
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Reply By: vuduguru - Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 04:44

Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 04:44
Had a similar problem with my V8 auto. Similar response rom Toyota. Found the gearbox oil levels low. Topping up fixed the problem to a certain degree but I would imagine a service by a reputable shop would be the answer.
Good luck
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