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Frame Rust Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1



Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 386 problems related to frame rust (under the structure category).

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 1
Failure Date: 04/19/2017

Frame is completely rusted, Toyota has replaced frames on thousands of these vehicles but wont replace mine because my VIN is not in their "program" because it was originally sold in hawaii. Yet dealer tells me car is unsafe to drive.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 2
Failure Date: 04/14/2017

The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. While the vehicle was stationary, the contact noticed that the frame was rusted and severely corroded. The contact stated that there were holes in the frame of the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 230,000. The VIN was not available.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 3
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.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 4
Failure Date: 04/02/2017

The frame is rusting and has perforations which could lead to frame failure. The vehicle has been kept in immaculate condition over its life. The level of corrosion on this vehicle did not happen in two years. Toyota needs to notify their customers that these vehicles are corroding faster (because they fought the same issue in court and won). They need to point that they are not legal to drive despite the inspections approved.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 5
Failure Date: 03/15/2017

My chasys frame have rust and look like my motor going to fell to the floor I call Toyota but the say no open recall to replace my frame, also my car have a lot vibration on rear went aceleration. But Toyota dont wante help.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2000 Toyota Tacoma 6
Failure Date: 03/14/2017

Frame is rusting through. Despite Toyota deeming it unaffected, and applying a coat of undercoating to it for free, it is now rusted through.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 7
Failure Date: 03/13/2017

Went to get my car inspected and it failed for a rusted frame. Did some research and found out it's under recall.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 8
Failure Date: 03/01/2017

I took my Tacoma to be serviced and when the technician started to lift it into the air, loud creaking was heard and movement of truck bed from truck cab. Technician immediately lowered vehicle and I was told the frame was rusted and truck may not be safe to drive. Had truck inspected at an auto body shop and was told frame was a complete loss due to rust and would need to be replaced. This year Tacoma was not in the massive recall of rusted frames, but seems like with the number of complaints online, it should be. I'm just thankful that it was found before anything serious had occurred while driving.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 9
Failure Date: 02/15/2017

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. While making left and right turns, the vehicle made an abnormal noise. The origin of the noise could not be determined. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the frame was rusted, and the stabilizer bar, passenger side steering rod, struts, and shocks needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 141,678.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 10
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 image   Frame Rust problem of the 1999 Toyota Tacoma 11
Failure Date: 02/01/2017

Holes rusted through on frame. Believe it's called lift spring bracket broke because of rust. Mechanic informed me a couple of days ago when I wanted to know if rusted out hole in frame could be repaired.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1999 Toyota Tacoma 12
Failure Date: 02/01/2017

Frame rusted so bad there are holes, and a bracket has broken lose causing the wheel to move. Was told too dangerous to drive by mechanic a couple of days ago.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1996 Toyota Tacoma 13
Failure Date: 01/29/2017

The frame is rusted, in some areas, clear through. The brackets that hold suspension have rusted through. Everything that touches the frame has an excess amount of rust. The truck is parked because I'm afraid it will cause great bodily harm if the truck falls apart while driving.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 14
Failure Date: 01/20/2017

The vehicle frame is so rusty everywhere including visible cracks that I do not know if it is safe to drive anymore. I am sure it will not be safe to tow anything for sure or the thing will break in half.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 15
Failure Date: 01/04/2017

Frame rusted through. Took it to dealer in 2010 for inspection. Dealer reported no issues. Took it to dealer in 2017. Dealer would not put it on the lift for fear that it would break in half. Toyota assuming no responsibility inspire of the fact of the class action lawsuit for same. They indicated it was past the settlement date. I did bring in in within the deadline in 2010 and they claimed no problem. 7years later the truck has been rendered useless. I should mention that the after market trailer hitch has not rusted through and is in good working order. Hmmm? I think Toyota is not being honest with their customers.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 16
Failure Date: 12/26/2016

The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. When the vehicle was taken to be serviced for NHTSA campaign number: 12v542000 (tires), the technician discovered that the passenger side frame was rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 212,632.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 17
Failure Date: 12/20/2016

I purchased my 2005 Toyota Tacoma used with 108,000 miles on it on 12/8/2016. It failed virginia inspection on 12/20/2016 due to rust in the frame. The truck is not safe or legal to drive. Toyota will not cover the damage under lsc e0d, which expired in March 2016, despite that the vehicle was in a Toyota dealer twice during the service campaign.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma 18
Failure Date: 12/09/2016

My vehicle has been inspected each year and properly maintained. Inspections and other maintenance have frequently occurred at Toyota dealers by Toyota technicians. My vehicle was undergoing annual inspection December 2016 at a non-Toyota garage and I was advised of a failed inspection due to structural integrity issues caused by severe rusting on the frame of the truck. I was also advised to cease driving the truck as it is now considered a danger to myself and, I assume, to other motorists. The technician suggested that there may have been a recall for this problem. I called Toyota several times and was ultimately told I had run out of time. I pleaded that I have owned the vehicle for over ten years and would have taken advantage of any recalls had I received any information of one, but no one is able to explain to me why I was not notified of the problem. A problem like this does not crop up within a year and have the ability to hide from honest technicians concerned with the integrity of their inspections/maintenance and the safety of motorists. This vehicle is frequently used for travel over distances greater than 50 miles, one way, and to find out that I have been operating such a dangerous vehicle over such long distances and posing such a danger to myself and countless other motorists because of the silence and/or negligence of Toyota technicians is unacceptable and reprehensible. My vehicle is otherwise in great running condition with many new parts that show pride of ownership. I must demand that Toyota replace the defective frame on my vehicle to restore the safety and peace of mind that motorists have a right to expect when they get behind the wheel of a car.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2000 Toyota Tacoma 19
Failure Date: 12/07/2016

The contact owns a 2000 Toyota Tacoma. The contact observed a brown piece of metal hanging underneath the vehicle. When the contact looked under the vehicle, he noticed that the entire frame bed was rusted out without warning. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the recall had expired. The contact stated that he did not receive a recall notice. The manufacturer did not offer any assistance. The failure mileage was 175,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2000 Toyota Tacoma 20
Failure Date: 12/05/2016

On 12/05 I noticed something hanging from underneath my 2000 Toyota Tacoma pick up truck. When I got down to pull it out, I realized it was rust from my frame, that has completely rusted through. I called Toyota consumer services, spoke to a gentleman who was very rude, telling me that I had missed the warranty extension time limit and because I didn't register my new address with them, they wouldn't do anything. First, the truck was paid for when I moved. Second, it is up to them to notify me and this can be done via the registry of motor vehicles, as has been done in the past with another of our paid for vehicles. Third, I never received a notice that stated my warranty was extended do to rusted frames for 1995-2004 Tacoma's. Toyota recalled over 700,000 trucks, so clearly they are aware of the issue. There are hundreds of complaints on line and videos on youtube about this. This truck in in great shape and I planned on using it for at least another 100k miles. It has been maintained well and rides great. This is the 11th and last Toyota, I have owned. I am appalled and amazed that Toyota will not take care of this safety issue because of the age of a vehicle.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 21
Failure Date: 11/28/2016

The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. While driving approximately 35 mph, the spare tire fell from under the vehicle. The contact stated that the frame was rusted badly. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 22
Failure Date: 11/28/2016

I took my Toyota Tacoma 2006 in for service at pauly Toyota 1035 s. Route 31, crystal lake, IL 60014 last night and they found several cracks in the frame, the area were the springs are mounting to, is really rusted and in really bad condition. The cracks don¿t seem to be new, and there is even paint in between the crack so they knew the crack was there in February 2015 when I took my truck to be painted, this was part of the frame rust recall by Toyota. The frame was not wire brush at least to get some of the rust off for the paint to attach to it, within 2 months big pieces of metal and paint were falling from the frame. On September of 2015 I took my truck to pauly Toyota to be inspected for hole or problems in the frame, because of the big pieces of metal falling from the frame and they said everything was ok. Now a year later the frame has several cracks.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 23
Failure Date: 11/16/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The contact noticed that the fuel tank was leaking. Once the fuel tank was removed, the contact noticed that the subframe was rusted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 137,000. The VIN was not provided.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 24
Failure Date: 11/15/2016

Toyota truck recall on frame rust and corrosion. I brought truck to prime Toyota lancaster MA the frame was coated with an undercoat paint. The truck went in for repairs when it was on the lift the mechanic said there were holes and corrosion in the frame and it was a safety issue to drive. I asked the dealer about having it fixed I was told to contact corporate. Corporate told me the recall has been closed out and that did what was necessary to fix it. They just covered up the rust and corrosion. I'm afraid to drive my truck for fear I might get seriously injured. I need help thank you!.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 25
Failure Date: 11/11/2016

Frame defect with rust and corrosion. Not sure when the corrosion started, but I discovered Nov 11, 2016 - while doing a transmission fluid change. The major rust and corrosion appear to be concentrated near the catalytic converters on both sides of the vehicle affecting the integrity of the frame. See attached photos for left side (driver side) and right side (passenger side).

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