Frame Rust problems of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma
11 problems linked to frame rust have been reported for the 2003 Toyota Tacoma.
Frame Rust problem #1
The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 5TEPM62N53_. Consumer 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. It was 07/03/2013 when this frame rust issue occurred.
Frame Rust problem #2
Vehicle identification number (VIN): 5TEWN72N53_. Tl- the vehicle was a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the entire frame rusted. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer issued a voluntary recall related to the structure; however, the recall expired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000. Mah. This problem occurred on Jun. 8, 2011.
Frame Rust problem #3
The VIN of this vehicle is 5TEWN72N83_. Tl-the owner has a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that he looked at the vehicle and noticed that the sub frame had rusted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 60,000. Ap. The failure date was Tuesday, May 5, 2009.
Frame Rust problem #4
The VIN of the problem Tacoma is 5TEHN72N83_. The vehicle was a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the frame was severely rusted, exhibiting aa large hole. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where they advised him that the frame needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000. The current mileage was approximately 84,000. This problem occurred on Sunday, Jul. 1, 2012.
Frame Rust problem #5
The car involved was a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 5TEWN72N33_. 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. It was Thursday, December 27, 2012 when this frame rust issue occurred.
Frame Rust problem #6
The VIN of the problem Tacoma is 5TEWM72N63_. Rust perferation on 1998 to 2004 Toyota Tacoma frames and undercarages, the dealer stated was due to improperly manufactured frames. Toyoa customer care told me that the voulntery frame recall on my 2003 Tacoma for frame rust expired in March of 2011 and they would not do anything to correct the problem. The frames of certain year Toyota Tacoma are defective and were not propery made and are subject to rapid rust perforation. Toyota should be required to correct the problem. Their voluntary prograam should be made mandatory. This problem occurred on July 20, 2011.
Frame Rust problem #7
Excessive frame rust on 2003 Toyota Tacoma. It was Sunday, June 1, 2008 when this frame rust issue happened.
Frame Rust problem #8
The car involved was a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. VIN of the vehicle was 5TEWM72N23_. Synopsis of problem: the frame of the Tacoma was fabricated with insufficient corrosion protection, particularly inside the boxed section of frame under the midsection of the truck. The frame is literally rusting from the inside out. What happens is, as the frame rusts on the inside of the boxed section, the rust flakes drop onto the bottom of the boxed section. These rust flakes then plug the weep holes in the frame so that moisture is not allowed to drain out the interior of the boxed section, thereby exacerbating the potential for corrosion. So what is happening is the bottom of the boxed section of frame is rusting out due to the build-up of moisture and the accumulation of rust flakes plugging off the weep holes. The rust flakes are 1/8? deep on the bottom of my boxed section of frame. Basically the bottom 20% of Tacoma frames are rusting out. What is particularly dangerous about the bottom of the boxed section of frame becoming compromised by corrosion, is the bottom of the boxed section is where the bracket for the rear leaf spring is attached. As the boxed section corrodes, there is less and less material supporting this major suspension bracket. The design of this bracket must be analyzed by your NHTSA independent engineer. I strongly believe that it doesn?t take much frame corrosion to severely compromise the integrity of this welded leaf spring bracket. If this bracket fails, then the front of the leaf spring comes free, the rear axle comes out of alignment, which could cause the operator to lose control. This is a major safety issue! I also can't help but wonder that since the frame is an integral part of the vehicle's safety system, what does a severely corroded and weakened frame do to the level of crash protection offered by the vehicle? if NHTSA?s independent engineer finds that the frame does play a major role in the crash protection offered by the vehicle, then the NHTSA will have no choice but to force Toyota to do a recall. This frame rust problem happened on Tuesday, January 13, 2009.
Frame Rust problem #9
The VIN of this vehicle was 5TEWN72N93_. Consumer has a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. When entering the vehicle, the contact noticed rust on the frame. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they predicted that the frame would fail within the year. The contact received a recall notice from the manufacturer regarding the frame failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they conducted a test by taking a hammer and striking the rust spots to see if the hammer would go completely through. The failure could not be duplicated, which meant that the vehicle was not completely failing. The contact was informed to bring the vehicle back for inspection by a regional inspector. The contact feels that the issue needs to be remedied before a crash occurs. He called the manufacturer and was informed that a regional inspector would call him to schedule an appointment for further inspection. The failure mileage was 45,000 and current mileage was 61,200. This frame rust issue occurred Tue., Jun. 26, 2007.
Frame Rust problem #10
The reporting person owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. While the contact was having his vehicle serviced, he was informed that the frame was rusting. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 53,000. This frame rust problem happened on Aug. 10, 2009.
Frame Rust problem #11
I am the owner of a 2003 Toyota Tacoma with approximately 29,000 miles, living in the northeast. The frame and the undercarriage of the vehicle have extensive rust from front to rear. I believe the frame is rusting from the inside out and will continue to do so. At this point, the transmission shield and the fuel tank shield are in danger of falling off of the vehicle. The leaf springs are so corroded that they no longer function properly. The exhaust system and muffler are completely rusted out. This frame rust problem happened on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008.
Other Structure related problems of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Frame Rust problems||11|
|Frame And Members problems||5|
|Underbody Shield problems||2|