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My 2007, Automatic, FJ Cruiser has done about 300,000 KM – in Dubai, UAE. FJ has been on an annual maintenance contract with the dealer since it left the showroom, it has been regularly serviced @ 5000 KM (or 6 months, whichever comes first) interval which include engine flushing every 60,000 KM and all major services which are recommended every 100,000 KM.

Recently I have been facing issues with the Gearbox/Transmission:

During cold start (early mornings), the car doesn’t move forward when shifted to D.
Even after warming the car for 2-3 mins, it moves very slow even on high RPM.
After a big jerk (bump from behind), it normalizes.
The car doesn’t get into 5th gear, it stays at 4th even at high speeds/RPM.

Questions:
I have been told by my workshop I have to replace the Gearbox/Transmission.
I am reaching out to find if anyone has done this before.
Should I go for new or use Gearbox/Transmission, what are the price ranges.
Also, more interested to know if there is an aftermarket upgrade, which improves overall performance.
Is there any other Gearbox/Transmission related upgrade/replacement I should be looking at to save future labour cost?

Thank you
 

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My FJ 2007 with 96K miles was doing the same thing. My local transmission shop diagnosed it as low fluid, down 2 quarts. All is well now. No bump from behind sensations or gears not going into 5th. Thanks
 

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FJ has been on an annual maintenance contract with the dealer since it left the showroom, it has been regularly serviced @ 5000 KM (or 6 months, whichever comes first) interval which include engine flushing every 60,000 KM and all major services which are recommended every 100,000 KM.

Hence, the fluid levels are perfect.
 

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FJ has been on an annual maintenance contract with the dealer since it left the showroom, it has been regularly serviced @ 5000 KM (or 6 months, whichever comes first) interval which include engine flushing every 60,000 KM and all major services which are recommended every 100,000 KM.

Hence, the fluid levels are perfect.
HI - AlFuttaim don't flush the auto transmission...
I'd suggest that you do a full drain & flush of the transmission and see where it gets you. That's a MUCH cheaper option than swapping the transmission out.
If you haven't already got one - a transmission cooler will help extend the life of the transmission and oil, especially if you're using it offroad or in Dubai traffic.
Transmission coolers are cheap.

The service department at AF SZR are less than honest in my experience. Take it to an independent offroad specialist garage like DAW or TORC.
 

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Also - you can remap your ECU & shift points pretty easily:


The remap is temporarily unavailable, but it'll be back early in the new year.
In the meantime, flush & top up your ATF - Make sure that you use Toyota WS rated ATF only.
 

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@amaclach Spoke to Chipcentric Dubai - their tune adds 40 hp and 55 nm more torque. In addition they increase the throttle response rate and rpm limiters, delete the top speed limiter, make ac compressor shut down at full throttle and speed up the coolant fan speed above 97c temp. They can touch also shift torque and quickness. Takes 3 days for AED 1700.

Worth it?

 

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Honestly - for the Trans problem - It sounds like a low ATF situation - Plenty of members here have experienced it, and it's relatively easy to fix I'd stongly recommend you try that before you do any hardware repair or replacement...
For the tuning - sounds similar to what Raptor SC are doing. You do that yourself (takes maybe 10 mins total, no tools. It just plugs in, you follow the instructions, then unplug it) after you buy the tune and the flash unit from them. http://raptorsc.com.au/toyota/toyota-remapping/ Best thing with Raptor, you can have multiple tunes (stock, "All Fuels", 98 Only) and to switch between them takes 5-10 mins.
I have the Raptor tune & love it. There's at least another couple in the UAE with Raptor, and a bunch in the US and Australia.
 

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Hello All – Posting this update, in hope it will help someone, someday.

Below are the options you have if you;
a) Are in the UAE,
b) Have ruled out transmission oil issues,
c) Now need to repair or replace transmission.


Option one: Recommended, 2-4 days AED 4500 to AED 7000.
• Dexol UAE - https://www.dexoluae.com/transmission-repair
• Call Dexol Service Advisor Dennis on +971 50 102 6791,
• They are 20+ years old in UAE, transmission specialist,
• They will do a complete transmission overhaul (also known as rebuilding a transmission)
o Removal and disassembly of the transmission in its entirety.
o Every part of the transmission is inspected for wear and damage,
o Then it is cleaned in a special cleaning solution,
o Or replaced with Dexol parts.
• They will provide 6 months warranty.

Option Two: 50-60 Days, AED 20,000.
• Contact Majelan, they are authorised Toyota Spare Parts dealers in UAE,
• Call (+971 50 177 1941) with your FJ Eng. Number,
• Tell him you are part of UAE FJ Club (you will get upto 10% discount),
• New OEM transmission in DEC 2019 was AED 18,000/- will take 50 days to arrive in the UAE,
• Once you have the engine, contact Dynatrade workshop,
• They are as good as Al Futtaim, and normally 20-40% cheaper,
• This should cost you around AED 2-3K in labour.

Option Three: I would not recommend this.
• Refurbished OEM Transmissions from china,
• Naseeb (+971 55 243 8033),
• AED 4800, 10 days guarantee.

Best of luck.
 

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and speed up the coolant fan speed above 97c temp.
Wait, what? Toyota finally went from a clutch driven to electric fan on an FJ?
 

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Wait, what? Toyota finally went from a clutch driven to electric fan on an FJ?
No.
I think that is generic / wrong info from the tuner.
I'm sticking with the mechanical fan. In hot environments, reliability of the cooling system is king.
 

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FJ has been on an annual maintenance contract with the dealer since it left the showroom, it has been regularly serviced @ 5000 KM (or 6 months, whichever comes first) interval which include engine flushing every 60,000 KM and all major services which are recommended every 100,000 KM.

Hence, the fluid levels are perfect.
“The vehicle has been on a service contract, hence the fluid levels are perfect” is an absurd statement.

what you mean is that the fluid levels SHOULD be correct, but the only way to actually confirm this, given the lack of a fluid level dipstick, is to perform the somewhat laborious level-checking procedure via bringing the transmission fluid up to a specified temperature, then crawling under the vehicle and verifying that fluid is present when the level-check plug is removed.
The symptoms you describe are EXACTLY what occurs when the transmission fluid level is more than 1 or 2 liters below the correct level.

unfortunately, if you have been driving the vehicle in this condition (“ ... high engine RPM but the vehicle moves very slowly ...” you may have destroyed the clutches through excessive slipping.

If ANY automatic transmission EVER “slips”, stop driving the vehicle IMMEDIATELY and correct the root cause of the problem!!!
 
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