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Posted by on February 23, 2006, 7:35 pm

You know, I didn't know this about the newer models.  The mornings are dark
and cold here and I prefer to use my key to roll down the window, reach
inside, fumble for the ignition (steering wheel kinda blocks the view) and
start the car instead of getting inside and doing it.
Thanks for your suggestion and I'll just have to wait a bit for the next
shop visit.


Posted by Michael Pardee on February 24, 2006, 1:44 am

Our '02 also does it. "Park" seems to have a fair amount of lash, allowing
the car to move a couple inches. Since I don't make a point of putting my
foot on the brake when I start the car - usually do, but not always - I
notice the lurch from the engine cranking.

Apparently the current model won't even start if the brake isn't on.


Posted by B. Peg on February 24, 2006, 2:48 am
Must be something Toyota corrected or added with the '04-'05 models?  It
does slow me down a bit starting once I got used to the car.  At first, I
was slower than the car in the starting operation; now the opposite.  I just
can't get used to mashing the brake peddle down hard enough or long enough
while punching the BIG button and moving the stick.


Posted by Bill on February 24, 2006, 4:27 am

Same here.  What was cumbersome at first is now automatic.

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