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Frame Rust Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1



Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 200 problems related to frame rust (under the structure category).

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma 1
Failure Date: 09/14/2014

When truck was on lift at meineke, they discovered the frame near the back wheels was rusted through so that it was unsafe to drive it. Immediately, I took it to the Toyota dealership where they confirmed that it was unsafe to drive for the same reason. There had been a recall on Toyota body frames when I had taken it to the Toyota dealership two different times in two different years and was told the body was fine. One year and 2 or 3 months after the recall was over, I am told that my truck's frame rust makes it unsafe to drive. I only have 123,595 miles on it and expected to drive it for at least 2-400,000 more. Every auto service personnel that has ever looked under the hood has told me I have kept it in very good shape. Shouldn't Toyota extend the recall in my particular case? I have all the service records from the time I bought it in 2006 when it had 64004 miles.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 2
Failure Date: 08/13/2014

The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while having the vehicle inspected, the technician made him aware that the frame had completed rusted and cracked. The independent mechanic diagnosed that the frame needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 168,000.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 3
Failure Date: 07/18/2014

Excessive frame rust. I brought it into a Toyota dealer for an inspection for rust to the spare tire carrier. The dealer refused to perform the inspection because they said the frame was too rusty for them to safely perform the inspection.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 4
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.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma 5
Failure Date: 07/07/2014

1998 Toyota Tacoma with significant frame rust. Vehicle falls within the "frame rust corrosion perforation warranty extension" program offered by Toyota. The program offers to buy back Toyota Tacomas that fail their "inspection" dealer actually dented the frame during inspection due to weak frame secondary to rust. They did not put a hole in it therefore returning it to me, saying the vehicle is safe. Contacted corporate Toyota and basically got blown off as they stated the dealer did not put a hole in it during inspection. Personally, any vehicle which you can dent the frame in critical areas with a 12 oz hammer with "light to moderate" swings is unsafe. At this point I can only hope I do not get into a crash with this vehicle. I am filing this complaint as I believe they are overlooking a potentially serious problem with the structural integrity of this vehicle.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 6
Failure Date: 06/18/2014

Holes are rusting in the frame.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 7
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 image   Frame Rust problem of the 1996 Toyota Tacoma 8
Failure Date: 06/05/2014

The contact owns a 1996 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the rear of the frame folded in half and the steering became difficult. In addition, the rear end of the vehicle swayed from side to side. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the entire frame was rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there was a manufacturer recall related to the failure but it was expired. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 200,000.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 9
Failure Date: 05/27/2014

The frame is rapidly rusting through. This vehicle: a) was purchase new by me in 2006, b) is stored in a fully enclosed garage, c) is not used for commercial purposes, d) my home is in westchester county, NY (immediately north of new york city and not a hostile vehicle environment) and e) the truck has very low mileage - 31,000 mi. The frame has rusted entirely through in two places and shows extensive rust throughout, including at points joining the frame to the chassis.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 10
Failure Date: 05/26/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that he was made aware that the frame had rusted out and that there was a hole on the front passenger's side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the frame needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,983.


 
car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma 11
Failure Date: 05/20/2014

The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that during a routine maintenance, the dealer advised that the bracket to the frame had rusted. The manufacturer was notified of this failure. The approximate failure mileage was 299,000. Updated 8/27/cn the consumer stated the dealer advised there had been a recall issued 3 years prior that the consumer was never made aware of. Updated 08/29/2014.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 12
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 image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 13
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 image   Frame Rust problem of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma 14
Failure Date: 04/25/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 1998 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving the vehicle became very unstable. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the frame has rusted near the rear driver side spring shackle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect but no solution was offered. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 287,000. Jft.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 15
Failure Date: 04/23/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for an unrelated repair and they noticed that the entire frame was rusted. There was a voluntary recall issued by the manufacturer, however the recall expired. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000. The VIN was unavailable. Js.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 16
Failure Date: 04/23/2014

I bought this vehicle used in 2011 and was notified of a recall for frame rust. By the time I got around to scheduling an appt, I was informed the recall had ended. Now, however, the frame is severely corroded and is starting to give way at the rear shackle. I feel this vehicle has become a serious hazard to drive due to the frame buckling. If the recall was put into effect, Toyota is aware of the problem, and now it has become a serious liability and safety issue. I would like to get this vehicle repaired to the point of making it safe, but feel that I was not given ample opportunity to have this done under the limited time left on the recall when I bought it. The fact that there is a serious issue with the frame construction is evident by the fact that the body has almost no corrosion present. There appears to be a manufacturing issue with the heavy frame steel that should not be corroding like this. There is currently also an active recall for the rear tire carrier - which is related to the same issue. Again, this is a serious safety and liablility issue that I think Toyota is obligated to address before someone is hurt or killed by this problem. Contacting Toyota does no good, as they refuse to take responsibility to fix the problem. They say this was not a recall but a warranty extension that has now run out. However, there is a severe defect present in the frame that they acknowledged and now refuse to stand behind even though it is a dangerous liability for any vehicles on the road.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 17
Failure Date: 04/22/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that upon inspection, it was found that frame was rusted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 18
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 image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 19
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 image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 20
Failure Date: 03/24/2014

I have noticed excessive rust on the frame of my 2005 Toyota Tacoma and also rust hole through the frame/leaf spring mount on the right side. I did contact and send pictures to Toyota customer experience center file# stating that the vehicle is out of warranty and they wont repair this unsafe condition that so many Tacoma's are having. When one of these Tacoma's gets into an accident with the frames compromised by the rust it will cause severe injury or death to the occupants and this has to be fixed now.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2000 Toyota Tacoma 21
Failure Date: 03/11/2014

The frame has excessive rust. The current recall on Toyota frames for the 2001 models needs to be extended to 2000.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 22
Failure Date: 03/04/2014

My 2007 Tacoma has serious frame rust. I have read about earlier Tacoma's with frame rust, one would of thought Toyota would have fixed this problem. I would like to see Toyota step up and admit they have a serious problem with their truck frames.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 23
Failure Date: 02/17/2014

The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving in reverse, he noticed the frame under the motor mount was deteriorated. The vehicle was taken to a certified mechanic, who diagnosed that the frame was rusted, deteriorated, and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000. Updated 04/17/lj.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 24
Failure Date: 02/01/2014

The frame is rusted and the vehicle will not pass inspection.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1996 Toyota Tacoma 25
Failure Date: 01/17/2014

Truck is still in good running condition but the body is rusting off the frame. Is there anything I can do. . . Please help me find a solution.

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