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Frame Rust problems of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma - part 1

36 problems related to frame rust have been reported for the 2003 Toyota Tacoma.

car   Frame Rust problem 1
Failure Date: 04/02/2017

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while working underneath the vehicle, the contact noticed that the frame was rusted. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000.

car   Frame Rust problem 2
Failure Date: 02/12/2017

Extensive frame rust and rot has rendered the vehicle unsafe to operate. Vehicle has only 90k miles on it.

car   Frame Rust problem 3
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the frame prematurely rusted with extensive corrosion to the point that the spare tire carrier fractured. The dealer was notified of the failure. It was diagnosed that the entire frame of the vehicle needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no solution. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

car   Frame Rust problem 4
Failure Date: 05/17/2016

Went to have my truck inspected and was told the frame has rust pretty much along the whole drivers side and it can't be inspected.

car   Frame Rust problem 5
Failure Date: 04/14/2016

This morning I took my low mileage (58,926) 2003 Toyota Tacoma to my mechanic for a couple of simple repairs. When road testing, he discovered extensive rust on the drivers side frame. During the spare tire carrier recall two years ago the Toyota dealer slapped undercoating on it and said nothing. This dangerously extensive frame rust seems to be a widespread problem. Why hasn't there been a recall? what does it take?.

car   Frame Rust problem 6
Failure Date: 03/31/2016

I'm trying to sell my Tacoma. The frame is rusted. I took it to a Toyota dealer when the frame recall was sent to me. They sprayed the frame with a corrosion resistant treatment. Obviously, this hasn't solved the problem and I want a new frame. I have 134,000 miles on this truck. It's in great shape except for the frame. My mechanic said it's a safety factor because the spare tire brace is rusted; there are holes in the frame now. According to a letter from Toyota USA president, they are allowing replacement frames up to 15 years.

car   Frame Rust problem 7
Failure Date: 03/21/2016

Extensive frame rust through.

car   Frame Rust problem 8
Failure Date: 01/20/2016

Frame rust. I was just informed that my 2003 Tacoma has a serious frame rust problem and is now unsafe to drive. I contacted a Toyota dealership and they stated that this case was closed and there was nothing they could do to help. My biggest concern was I had this same truck in the same dealership for a recall on the spare tire holder (rust problem) and they did not mention or check the frame to see if it was safe. My son was in a small front end collision and the entire frame bent and buckled. How could this vehcile be allowed on the roads.

car   Frame Rust problem 9
Failure Date: 01/08/2016

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. When the vehicle was taken for routine maintenance, the technician informed the contact that the frame of the vehicle was rusted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the frame was rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 131,000.

car   Frame Rust problem 10
Failure Date: 12/15/2015

Frame has rusted thru by the leaf spring and other places. Toyota has a recall/campaing that covers the frame thru 2018. But they will not replaced frame because they said it was not undercoated during a specific time. . . . They want $10,000 for new frame. . This is a known problem that should be fully recall.


 
car   Frame Rust problem 11
Failure Date: 11/17/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that when the vehicle was taken to be serviced under NHTSA campaign number:12v542000 (tires), the technician informed the contact that the frame was rusted and the recall repair was unable to be performed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 204,000. Ss.

car   Frame Rust problem 12
Failure Date: 10/09/2015

Both sides of my frame are rusted in front of the rear wheels . The left side has a large rusted crack where the leaf springs connect to the frame. The right side has a roasted whole large enough that I can put my hand inside. I contacted Toyota corporate and they told me they were very sorry but all their campaigns were expired and they had to tell thousands of other people the same thing. Vehicle is unsafe to drive and could cause me or someone else harm at any time. If Toyota has talked to thousands of other people about the same problem, it seems to me they should be responsible for their faulty equipment .

car   Frame Rust problem 13
Failure Date: 10/08/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while the vehicle was being serviced by an independent mechanic, he observed that the frame was rusted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unknown. Sh.

car   Frame Rust problem 14
Failure Date: 09/14/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while trying to rotate the tires, noticed that the frame was severely rusted in the rear of the both sides of the vehicle. The rust was so severe that it had holes in both rear sides. The vehicle was driven to the dealer and the diagnosis was the frame needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 220,000. Bp.

car   Frame Rust problem 15
Failure Date: 04/01/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while having routine diagnostics ran on the vehicle it was brought to the attention of the contact that the vehicles frame was rusted and the diagnostics could not be ran. The vehicle taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the frame of the vehicle was rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000. The VIN was not available. Wh.

car   Frame Rust problem 16
Failure Date: 07/14/2014

This truck is only 11 years old and the frame is rusted out. There is a hole about 12 inches long in the frame rail, on the right side, which caused my shock mount to break in the rear of the truck. I called Toyota and they won't do anything about it. I told them I would never buy another Toyota. This frame should last longer than 11 years.

car   Frame Rust problem 17
Failure Date: 06/11/2014

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that upon inspection, it was discovered that the frame was rusted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who confirmed that the frame had rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage and the current mileage was 40,000.

car   Frame Rust problem 18
Failure Date: 05/10/2014

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 05v225000 (suspension) and stated that an independent mechanic before the notification of the recall sprayed the undercarriage. The dealer informed the contact that the recall repair would not be honored due to the coating of the undercarriage. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the entire frame was rusted and corroded and may fracture. A lift plate inspection was performed and it was diagnosed that the frame was covered with undercoating and the lift plate was unable to be repaired due to the rust. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,880.

car   Frame Rust problem 19
Failure Date: 04/25/2014

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that upon inspection, it was found that the frame was rusted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure was confirmed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 94,650. The VIN was not available.

car   Frame Rust problem 20
Failure Date: 04/14/2014

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while the vehicle was being inspected by a private mechanic, it was found that the frame was rusted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who confirmed the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000.

car   Frame Rust problem 21
Failure Date: 03/31/2014

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while the vehicle was being taken to a dealer for an oil change, the mechanic noticed that there was a rust hole that had rusted through the frame near the right rear passenger's side. The diagnosis was that the frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 118,500. The VIN was unavailable.

car   Frame Rust problem 22
Failure Date: 09/10/2013

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for service under a NHTSA campaign I. D. 12v542000 (tires) however, the dealer could not remedy the recall due to excessive rust on the frame. The dealer advised that there was a previous recall for an undercoating spray to prevent frame rust. The contact stated that the vehicle received the treatment but it still did not prevent the frame rust, which the dealer stated would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 106,000.

car   Frame Rust problem 23
Failure Date: 07/03/2013

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the frame was rusted and dropped five inches. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where they deemed the vehicle unsafe to drive. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

car   Frame Rust problem 24
Failure Date: 02/01/2013

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while having the vehicle inspected, the mechanic stated the frame was severely rusted and was perforated. The mechanic advised that the frame needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage and current mileage was 96,000.

car   Frame Rust problem 25
Failure Date: 12/27/2012

Toyota has recalled my truck due to a rusted out frame. The Toyota dealership has elected to replace my frame with a new frame. This large procedure has left me insecure about the outcome. This truck is now 10 years old and as soon as the start wrenching on all the system components to disassemble and re assemble my truck I am afraid that they shorten the life of existing components due to added wear and tear. The dealer will need to remove and reinstall brake lines and gas lines that have been set in place and have extensive corrosion this will lead to premature failure and unsafe operation. Most mechanic know that a rusted and set bolt that has not been moved for 10 years has a 50% chance of removal. In order to remove such a "stuck" bolt they will need to apply heat and impact and may weaken the existing parts, steel, and bolts to lower levels out of tolerance that the vehicle as designed originally. Additionally, this service is completed in a location with out the controls, quality assurance and testing that is in place in a factory where new vehicles are built. There is uncertainty that this vehicle will be assembled, tested, and inspected according the the manufacturer's guidelines for a factory produced vehicle. This leads to uncertainty that the vehicle will not operate within the intended manufactures guidelines for safety, roll over protection, and crash performance. I propose that a total frame recall and replacement (or any large integral part that will impacted the vehicle operation) on any vehicle shall not be allowed given the uncertainty described.

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