Toyota Kluger Gearbox & Transmission Problems

Why did my 2018 Toyota Kluger jump from drive into neutral?

Answered by CarsGuide 8 Feb 2021

We haven’t heard of the Kluger jumping out of gear as a common problem, but it’s definitely one you need a mechanic to look at as there’s an obvious safety implication if you lose drive at a critical moment. The 'flaring' could simply be the behaviour that’s been programmed into the vehicle at the factory. The idea is that when you start to use large throttle inputs (say, when overtaking) the vehicle interprets that as you driving on a winding, uphill road. So, to keep the engine making lots of power, it holds on to a lower gear than seems normal. And that’s what you’re feeling when the revs stay high beyond your overtaking move. Try adjusting the car’s mode from Sport to Normal or even Economy, at which point the transmission should become a little less frenetic.

The good news is that, if there’s something wrong, your car should still be covered by Toyota’s factory warranty (which was three-years/100,000km when your car was bought new) so make it Toyota’s problem. If you’re not happy with your dealer, talk to Toyota Australia’s customer service department.

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Toyota Kluger 2012: Is the intermediate driving shaft covered under warranty?

Answered by CarsGuide 29 Jun 2018

Talk directly to Toyota’s customer assistance service (1800 869 682) and clarify what part was replaced, and why they say it isn’t covered by the warranty.

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Toyota Kluger 2013: FWD vibration when accelerating

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Feb 2014

It's interesting that the dealer has told you there is a problem, but Toyota denied it. I reckon I would believe the dealer in this instance, and suggest that Toyota is fobbing you off while they scratch their collective heads and try to work out what's wrong. I reckon it's an issue with the lock-up torque converter. Press for a solution.

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Toyota Kluger 2009: Whining sound from transmission?

Answered by CarsGuide 13 Dec 2013

Take it to another mechanic who knows Toyotas and have it assessed. I have seen reports of a whining noise coming from the front differential and transfer case. I doubt that it is the automatic transmission itself.

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Toyota Kluger 2008: Should the transmission be serviced?

Answered by CarsGuide 17 Nov 2011

Generally today carmakers do not recommend servicing automatic transmissions, the transmissions are "filled for life" in the factory and according to the carmakers don't need any servicing. Auto transmission experts would disagree and say that you should change the oil every 25,000 km or so, and carry out a major service every 100,000 km or so. On that basis you could have the oil changed as a precaution, but if you're not towing with your vehicle you could safely let it go for a few more kays.

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Toyota Kluger 2005: Flexplate failure

Answered by CarsGuide 6 May 2010

We haven't had any other reports of this failure on the Kluger, but cracked flexplates are not uncommon and I have seen many of different makes and models. I would certainly have a crack at Toyota, particularly if you have your car's full service records and the cracked flexplate to show them.

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Toyota Kluger 2005: What does snow mode do?

Answered by CarsGuide 23 Aug 2007

IT'S a little-used function in Australia where we seldom have to drive in snowy or icy conditions. But in other countries where snow and ice are common it's very useful. Most often it switches the gearbox over so it starts off in second gear. It's harder to spin the wheels when you start in a higher gear.

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