Toyota Tacoma - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Toyota Tacoma owners have reported a total of 7,143 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 (813 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 (1,393 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's suspension (1,149 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Toyota Tacoma

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Structure
1,393
  Suspension
1,149
  Vehicle Speed Control
667
  Power Train
627
  Equipment
526
  Air Bag
415
  Service Brakes
370
  Engine And Engine Cooling
368
  Steering
330
  Electrical System
234
   
  Tire
204
  Exterior Lighting
194
  Other Fuel System
121
  Wheel
119
  Seat Belt
111
  Visibility
82
  Unknown Or Other
66
  Gasoline Fuel System
57
  Electronic Stability Control
36
  Seats
28
  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
  2017 9287,7861    
1.05
  2016 208175,7202    
0.59
  2015 59187,0183    
0.11
  2014 63139,8284    
0.11
  2013 99202,6925    
0.10
  2012 288127,8036    
0.38
  2011 140122,5207    
0.16
  2010 263111,6818    
0.29
  2009 511116,0599    
0.49
  2008 417146,31110    
0.29
  2007 529165,84511    
0.29
  2006 813195,70912    
0.35
  2005 773151,77613    
0.39
  2004 409159,34814    
0.18
  2003 360130,88515    
0.18
  2002 357162,32216    
0.14
  2001 421160,29417    
0.15
  2000 237142,51818    
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
2
  2017 Tacoma
58
  2016 Tacoma
79
  2015 Tacoma
32
  2014 Tacoma
21
  2013 Tacoma
36
  2012 Tacoma
26
  2011 Tacoma
18
  2010 Tacoma
49
  2009 Tacoma
100
  2008 Tacoma
57
  2007 Tacoma
77
  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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