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Transmission. The 2nd to 3rd shift is very sluggish when "cold" with the automatic/V6. It has not gotten any worse over the several months, but it seems strange for a car of this reputation.

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It's not out of the ordinary,Toyota's break too,and the car is 10 years old now.Have the car scanned for diagnostic trouble codes,as it could possibly be a shift solenoid fault.The solenoids can also be ohms and amps checked to see if in specification.electrically.You might opt to have the solenoids replaced anyways,as that's standard procedure as part of a rebuild.If the solenoids do not fix it,it will likely need a rebuild as the rubber lip seals inside transmissions become hard and brittle with age and hot/cold cycles,and simply do not seal as well as they did 10 years ago when new.So,if in the end run,.it does require a rebuild,at least the solenoids will already be new as like i said,replacing the solenoids is standard procedure as part of a rebuild.Or you could just opt to trade the car in,or sell it.Good luck.

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