Toyota Tacoma - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Toyota Tacoma owners have reported a total of 7,453 problems for their cars built in the 23 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Toyota Tacoma. The 2006 Toyota Tacoma cars have the most problems reported (831 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Toyota Tacoma

  Common problems of Toyota Tacoma

The following chart shows the 27 most common problems for Toyota Tacoma cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's structure (1,442 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's suspension (1,197 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Toyota Tacoma

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Structure
1,442
  Suspension
1,197
  Vehicle Speed Control
680
  Power Train
651
  Equipment
564
  Air Bag
429
  Engine And Engine Cooling
393
  Service Brakes
387
  Steering
353
  Electrical System
252
   
  Tire
205
  Exterior Lighting
203
  Wheel
123
  Other Fuel System
123
  Seat Belt
115
  Visibility
91
  Unknown Or Other
66
  Gasoline Fuel System
57
  Electronic Stability Control
42
  Seats
34
  Parking Brake
20
  Latches/locks/linkage
12
  Child Seat
4
  Traction Control System
4
  Air Brake
4
  Interior Lighting
1
  Back Over Prevention
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Toyota Tacoma of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Tacoma model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Toyota Tacoma model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Tacoma Model Years

Tacoma
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 3528,0461    
1.25
  2017 127276,2492    
0.23
  2016 240175,7203    
0.46
  2015 64187,0184    
0.09
  2014 65139,8285    
0.09
  2013 108202,6926    
0.09
  2012 304127,8037    
0.34
  2011 155122,5208    
0.16
  2010 273111,6819    
0.27
  2009 524116,05910    
0.45
  2008 432146,31111    
0.27
  2007 542165,84512    
0.27
  2006 831195,70913    
0.33
  2005 783151,77614    
0.37
  2004 424159,34815    
0.18
  2003 378130,88516    
0.18
  2002 372162,32217    
0.13
  2001 434160,29418    
0.15
  2000 244142,51819    
0.09

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Toyota Tacoma is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2018 Tacoma
35
  2017 Tacoma
60
  2016 Tacoma
82
  2015 Tacoma
32
  2014 Tacoma
21
  2013 Tacoma
36
  2012 Tacoma
26
  2011 Tacoma
18
  2010 Tacoma
50
  2009 Tacoma
102
  2008 Tacoma
58
  2007 Tacoma
79
  2006 Tacoma
86
  2005 Tacoma
87
  2004 Tacoma
23
  2003 Tacoma
23
  2002 Tacoma
14
  2001 Tacoma
25
  2000 Tacoma
34
  1999 Tacoma
36
  1998 Tacoma
59
  1997 Tacoma
7
  1996 Tacoma
39


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