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On the way to work this morning I was shifting from second to third, I couldn't find third and while fishing around for it noticed I couldn't find any gears. I finally got it in third, and now it's stuck there and the shifter feels really sloppy. I took the top plate and the shifter off and everything is in order there, no loose bolts, nothing binding. The only warning was that it made a grinding noise if you shifted fast into fifth, but it's done that since it was new. I tried to take it to the dealer before and got the "they all do that" spiel.

26,000 miles, 05 TRD 6 speed manual
 

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tacosupreme said:
On the way to work this morning I was shifting from second to third, I couldn't find third and while fishing around for it noticed I couldn't find any gears. I finally got it in third, and now it's stuck there and the shifter feels really sloppy. I took the top plate and the shifter off and everything is in order there, no loose bolts, nothing binding. The only warning was that it made a grinding noise if you shifted fast into fifth, but it's done that since it was new. I tried to take it to the dealer before and got the "they all do that" spiel.

26,000 miles, 05 TRD 6 speed manual
At 26K you are still in warranty.

Why did you take it apart?
 

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Urd short shifter. I figured it could have came apart, it didn't. Plus I am overseas and trying to get toyota USA to cover something in Germany takes a lot of work, and my truck will be down for months. If it was something easy to replace I would just do it myself.
 

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sure its not a clutch issue?
 

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what have you done to check/confirm this? the being stuck in gear could be due to several things, the tranny could be shot, you could have lost a hydraulic issue with the clutch activation, the pilot bearing could have siezed to the shaft, the shift fork could be not allowing the clutch to engage disengage, there could be an issue with the pedal adjustment/freeplay/master or slave cylinders....

could be any number of things.....
 

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You're right, it could be those things, but because the shifter is floppy left to right and won't move out of third I think it's either a bent shift fork, or maybe the shift and select lever shaft is broken. I'm really hard on it while shifting, so that's why I think it's internal. Plus I drove a couple miles to work after it broke, and had to stop twice and park in a tight spot while stuck in third, and the clutch worked great, although I'm sure I burned a couple thousand miles of life off of it.



 

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Did you buy it over seas or bring it with you? Im in england and i havent had any issues gettin mine worked on, but i ordered it here. It was shipped from germany b/c thats where the main office for the guys i got it from.
 

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Did you buy it over seas or bring it with you? Im in england and i havent had any issues gettin mine worked on, but i ordered it here. It was shipped from germany b/c thats where the main office for the guys i got it from.
Bought it here. Nobody wants to cover it. Toyota USA says because it's in Germany they won't cover it, and it falls under the European warranty. Germany won't cover it because it's American. I'm getting double possum fucked. I can't afford to buy a new tranny, so I may end up having to do the rebuild myself which will also be a pain because I can't find a rebuild kit for it, let alone whatever parts are munched inside. I guess that makes it a triple possum fuck.
 

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That is such crap.

These transmissions are known to be problematic and Toyota should do the right thing and replace it without all the BS.

You can get a new one for about $1800 if you shop around. You may have to buy one and have it shipped to you and at the same time keep pressing your complaint against Toyota for reimbersment.

If I can do anything from here to help you out please email me.

Do check one thing though. The shifter is two parts bonded together with a rubber bushing. Sometimes that bushing fails and the two parts don't work together well. See if your upper part is loose from the bottom part. Maybe all you need is a new shifter.
 

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Thanks for the advice, it's not the shifter though. I pulled the top plate and the shift and select lever flops around, like the detent spring is broken or the shaft itself. And the cheapest I could find a replacement was $2300, plus fedexing the heavy bastard overseas would be around $500. If I could find a rebuild kit I would just tear it down, but it's too new and even the dealer said the don't have it in the parts book. Maybe they are just being lazy-
 

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Check with the good people at www.Partznet.com and tell them I sent you. See if they can sweaten up that price a little bit.

The problem is there were some real problems with the earlier 6 speeds. I know they have been updated a good bit, but I do not know what they did. Rebuilding it might get you back on the road but the older problems might still be there.
 

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Take it back to the guys you got it from and make them go with you to the dealer. They gave me hassle at first till i showed them the euro - warranty paperwork. Once they see that they should take it like a champ. When they fixed my idler pulley - they told me it shipped from your neck of the woods.
If you give me the company info that you got the truck from - i can stop by my guys and see if they know anything, anyone, or can help in anyway. I have a good feeling its the same guys i got mine from.
 

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Take it back to the guys you got it from and make them go with you to the dealer. They gave me hassle at first till i showed them the euro - warranty paperwork. Once they see that they should take it like a champ. When they fixed my idler pulley - they told me it shipped from your neck of the woods.
If you give me the company info that you got the truck from - i can stop by my guys and see if they know anything, anyone, or can help in anyway. I have a good feeling its the same guys i got mine from.
I bought mine from Rick Jackson at the Mainz-Kastel auto exchange. He's a gutless prick and always refers me to his supervisor, some batty german broad that never answers the phone, and her boss is a perpetually drunk Irish bastard that also never answers his phone and seems to be "sick" a lot. It seems like this would be a relatively easy thing to get done. The mechanics at the dealership (not where I bought it on post, but the local German joint) aren't familiar with American rigs at all. They thought a Tacoma was a tractor and tried to shoo me off to the industrial section. Once I explained that I have the American version of the Hilux they got it, but cried about who foots the bill. You're right, it should be covered under the Euro warranty, but they claim because they have to order from the states that they don't pay..blah blah they don't give a shit. They said they will have it figured out in 2-3 weeks and to check back then. Fuck that. Riding my bike to work blows. I'll either find a used one or rebuild the one I have. If I can't do that I'll do as gadget suggested and buy a new one. The only other thing I can think to do is put on a helmet and my bullet proof vest and roll the fucker off the side of a mountain and hope my insurance company buys me a new one.
 

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Hey man I have a question to you. I just moved to my home country Latvia(EU) from California, and I really want to bring my 06 TRD Taco with me. So my question is, did you had any problems with registration of your truck in Germany? I noticed you have a lift, mine is 6 inch Pro comp. I just wondering if I will have any problems with registering my truck in EU with all my upgrades?
 

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Hey man I have a question to you. I just moved to my home country Latvia(EU) from California, and I really want to bring my 06 TRD Taco with me. So my question is, did you had any problems with registration of your truck in Germany? I noticed you have a lift, mine is 6 inch Pro comp. I just wondering if I will have any problems with registering my truck in EU with all my upgrades?
The only problem I had was the tires, but I just had my stock ones on for the inspection and it's good to go. Other than that, american specs exceed all euro specs, so it was a breeze. I've been to Latvia, nice country and good 4- wheelin-
 

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Thanks for your response..Can't wait to bring mine here, so I can try it on my home lend..Latvia is small country, not too many people familiar with its geografical location, glad you know it. Did you get any good news about your tranny?
As for inspection, I have a 35's on my truck so I defenetelly will have to put stock rims and tyres for a moment. How high is your lift? Did they ask you any special paper work for that? The good thing I still have a set of stock rims..
 

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After 18 days of breakin period (1000 miles of mild and easy driving), I was getting ready for a weekend offroad adventure when friday at 3:30 pm all of a sudden the clutch wouldn't work.
It turned out to be a defective pressure plate and since all Tacos here are auto, it took them 21 days to replace the succker that they knew from day 1.

After that, I have mildly wheeled the sucker and has given it a hard time towing and driving hard, now clocks 15800 miles and seems to be OK.

The only time I smell clutch is when wheeling or backing up with a 23ft boat up a mild incline.

If the clutch wears out before warranty, I may replace it under warranty, but if it happens after warranty, I may get a centerforce.
 

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Thanks for your response..Can't wait to bring mine here, so I can try it on my home lend..Latvia is small country, not too many people familiar with its geografical location, glad you know it. Did you get any good news about your tranny?
As for inspection, I have a 35's on my truck so I defenetelly will have to put stock rims and tyres for a moment. How high is your lift? Did they ask you any special paper work for that? The good thing I still have a set of stock rims..
I only have a 3" lift, and they have no idea how high Tacoma's sit stock, so no special paperwork. (Tuv certification)
 
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