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    Re: Toyota Suspends Sales of 8 Models After Accelerator Pedals Keep Sticking

    Quote Originally Posted by Skateguy View Post
    I think people panic when they are confronted with a unexpected full acceleration, with no warning. I can see that getting my attention for sure.
    Not how it happens, they press down on the pedal and it sticks, the pedal does not go down on its own. There seems to be 2 issues, with floor mats being only one part of the problem..
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    Re: Toyota Suspends Sales of 8 Models After Accelerator Pedals Keep Sticking

    Quote Originally Posted by Glinda View Post
    Once upon a time, I drove a Toyota. It was the crappiest piece of crap vehicle I ever owned. You couldn't pay me enough to own another.

    This little escapade merely solidifies my feelings. Floor mats, my ass.
    Did you buy it new or used? I imagine that whoever got my old 94 thought it was crappy, too, but it got me to work every morning for 14 years. It earned its right to be crappy with as much as I drove it.
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    Re: Toyota Suspends Sales of 8 Models After Accelerator Pedals Keep Sticking

    Odd that this is not a problem in Europe or elsewhere.
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    Re: Toyota Suspends Sales of 8 Models After Accelerator Pedals Keep Sticking

    Quote Originally Posted by USA-1 View Post
    I have never had any problems with American Cars since I started driving in 1969. Never been stranded and never been towed. My brother who owns a Toyota can not make that claim.
    Fords quality and technology have surpassed Toyotas.
    My father could claim that as well, since he normally traded in his vehicles after 8 years. Now, I kept my first Toyota for 8 years. The fuel pump went out after 40,000 miles, but that was my fault. I discovered how many mpg I got during the week, and how many gallons I needed to fill it up. With that in mind, I never worried about the tank being on empty because I could drive it another week. The only problem is that the fuel pump, like most modern vehicles today, is inside the gas tank, and the only means of cooling that pump is the gas it is submerged in. The fuel pump burned up. It was only after reading a page in "Click and Clack" that I discovered who was at fault.

    I kept my next Toyota for 14 years. After 12 years of owning it, my head gasket blew, which is fairly normal depending on the miles I put on it. I normally averaged 20,000 miles per year. Proper maintenance is also important on all vehicles, no matter the make and model. I made regular oil changes, changed the air filter every year and tuned it up using Japanese gold-tipped spark plugs.

    I am happy with Toyotas, but in light of this most recent occurrence, I hope my present vehicle is not the last Toyota. I would be hard-pressed to replace it. There is nothing out there of comparable quality. I have only owned one Ford, a Ranger, and that was truly a piece of crap.

    The one thing I have going for me now, is that my dealership gives me lifetime free oil changes and free inspections. All I have to do is show up so that's one less vehicle I have to maintain. Another thing is that my 4 cylinder engine is guaranteed for the life of the vehicle. If it dies, it is replaced free of charge. Does Ford and GMC guarantee their engines?
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    Re: Toyota Suspends Sales of 8 Models After Accelerator Pedals Keep Sticking

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Odd that this is not a problem in Europe or elsewhere.
    You guys probably don't drive as much as we Americans do, either, since fuel is much more expensive in Europe. American are constantly on the go.

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    Re: Toyota Suspends Sales of 8 Models After Accelerator Pedals Keep Sticking

    Quote Originally Posted by bicycleman View Post
    You guys probably don't drive as much as we Americans do, either, since fuel is much more expensive in Europe. American are constantly on the go.
    best ignorant joke of the day.
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    Re: Toyota Suspends Sales of 8 Models After Accelerator Pedals Keep Sticking

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    Not how it happens, they press down on the pedal and it sticks, the pedal does not go down on its own. There seems to be 2 issues, with floor mats being only one part of the problem..
    I don't know that the floor mats were ever a problem. That may have been Toyota grabbing at straws. It sounded too far fetched to me. The carpeted mats that came with my vehicle were secured via snaps, which made it impossible for them to move. I just removed them because I would have trashed them soon since I live in a rural area and track in lots of mud. My present rubber mats move around all the time, but even if they got caught under the accelerator, they wouldn't cause it to stick.

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    Re: Toyota Suspends Sales of 8 Models After Accelerator Pedals Keep Sticking

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    best ignorant joke of the day.
    So why don't you Europeans have the same problem? Enlighten me.

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    Re: Toyota Suspends Sales of 8 Models After Accelerator Pedals Keep Sticking

    Quote Originally Posted by bicycleman View Post
    I don't know that the floor mats were ever a problem. That may have been Toyota grabbing at straws. It sounded too far fetched to me. The carpeted mats that came with my vehicle were secured via snaps, which made it impossible for them to move. I just removed them because I would have trashed them soon since I live in a rural area and track in lots of mud. My present rubber mats move around all the time, but even if they got caught under the accelerator, they wouldn't cause it to stick.
    My neighbors Toyota had the floor mat issue, and the oversized mat did actually make contact with the oversized gas pedal, which is hinged at the top, so it was possible for the bottom of the pedal to get hung up under the front of the mat. He took it it for a recall on that issue.
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    Re: Toyota Suspends Sales of 8 Models After Accelerator Pedals Keep Sticking

    Quote Originally Posted by AgentM View Post
    Well people expect them to have been rigorously tested and such by the relevant authorities. Vehicles are supposed to be safe to drive.
    That's very true, but there is the common sense factor in that equation, something that seems to be lacking in young people, today. In 1985, when I purchased my first and only 4 wheel drive Toyota, warning signs were placed on the sun visors, cautioning the driver to avoid making sudden sharp turns because the vehicle would become unstable and possibly flip over. Why do you think fast cars are built close to the ground? That's not just for aerodynamics, but for safety and handling purposes as well to take tight corners if need be. All three of my vehicles are trucks, and I know that I just can't drive fast in a pickup truck built for hauling heavy loads. My 09 Tacoma is much lower on the ground, and I know that I can take turns faster, but still within reason. My other 2 pickups, both 3/4 ton Dodges are hauling trucks, and they don't corner well. You drive according to their limits, and you stay alive.
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