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Frame Rust Problems of Toyota Tacoma



Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 196 problems related to frame rust (under the structure category).

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 1
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.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 2
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 3
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.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 4
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 5
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 6
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 7
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 8
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 9
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 10
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 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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 16
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 17
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 18
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 19
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 20
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 21
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 22
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 23
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.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1995 Toyota Tacoma 24
Failure Date: 01/15/2014

The contact owns a 1995 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the frame was severely rusted. The dealer stated that the frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 60,000.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 25
Failure Date: 01/15/2014

Informed by dealer that frame is rusted through and truck is unsafe to drive. Also informed that there had been a service bulletin for this problem. But my truck is no longer eligible for repair under the voluntary service recall (of which I was never notified), as it had expired. I think Toyota should be responsible. They recognized their defective product; however my truck is ineligible for repair because they get to limit their responsibility because their remedy is not technically a "recall". I, and I'm sure many others, are by necessity, driving unsafe vehicles.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 26
Failure Date: 01/14/2014

The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that there was excessive rust on the frame. The contact called the manufacturer, who stated there was nothing they could do to assist. The failure mileage was 63,000. Updated 02/19/lj the consumer stated as of Feb 10, 2014, he was still waiting on the district rep to inspect the vehicle. Updated 02/24/14.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 27
Failure Date: 01/09/2014

I noticed severe rust with holes rusting through the frame of my 2006 Toyota Tacoma. When I took it to Toyota dealer to have it checked the employees there would just shake their heads in disbelief. They told me that they took pictures, and they would send them to corporate. They also told me that it was still safe to drive but they wouldn't give me anything in writing. I am concerned about safety, frame is an important part of a vehicle, and with rust 1/4 of an inch thick flaking off allover the frame with holes rusting through I think I have a good reason. I have never seen such rust even on trucks 10 years older then this one. I did not get any response from Toyota corp. , and it has been over two months since Toyota mechanics looked at it. When you pay over $32, 000 for a truck, the frame should last bit longer before it turns into mud. I was not aware of their previous frame problems with earlier models at the time of purchase. However isn't it negligence when you recall a certain model years, and continue making newer models with the same problem. Doesn't anyone control these people. Especially when they put so many people in danger. This should give you general idea, because the more I think about it the more I get upset. Thank you.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 28
Failure Date: 01/08/2014

The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the frame was rusted. Also, the contact mentioned that the motor mounts and the brackets were corroded. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 192,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 29
Failure Date: 12/31/2013

My 2006 Toyota Tacoma has developed a significant amount of rust on the frame. I have documented the rust with pictures (can be provided). The rust is beyond normal vehicle wear, which is in fantastic condition otherwise. I contacted my local Toyota dealer to schedule an appointment for them to quickly look at it and determine if the rust is a manufacturer issue, since previous Tacomas up to 2004 were recalled or bought back due to frame rust. They stated the only way they would look at it would be if I paid a $115 diagnostic fee, and that since it isn't covered under a recall they wouldn't be able to do anything. They didn't offer any other options for me to consider. The Toyota frame rust program was identified in 2008, after my vehicle was purchased but not including 2006 Tacomas. The frame rust I have is clearly related to the same frame issues from previous years' Tacomas. Based on extensive online research, 2005-06 Tacoma (as well as tundra) owners are complaining at volume about rust issues as well, including their frames breaking in half, significant holes developing, spare tires falling off, and other related safety hazards. I do feel that this is a major safety issue for myself, my family, and others that are driving behind me on the highway. I wash my vehicle every so often and do not drive in adverse conditions. I have my vehicle regularly maintained at the local Toyota dealer, who have never said anything about my frame rust being abnormal after their inspections. I am willing to go to great lengths to protect my vehicle investment, my and my family's safety, and ensure the right thing is done. This includes public disclosure on Toyota's facebook page, repeated contact with the dealership, and exploring larger profile complaints and petitions. I would like my frame rust fixed (frame repaired, frame replaced, or bought back) by Toyota immediately.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 30
Failure Date: 12/19/2013

During a repair visit to Toyota service center I was informed that my frame was rusting in several places. I was told that at the present time the vehicle was safe to drive but that the rust would continue and lead to an unsafe condition. Toyota is aware of rusting problems with previous model years. I see that the 2004 and earlier model years were recalled for rusting frames. Dealerships was also aware of an increase in frame rusting cases in 2005 Tacoma trucks as well. Truck only has 66,000 miles and was not used for heavy hauling. Repair or reinforcement is not an option. Only remedy offered by Toyota was for me to replace the frame at a cost of $13,000. I feel this is an unsafe design flaw that needs to be addressed.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma 31
Failure Date: 12/16/2013

The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while servicing the vehicle, he discovered that the entire frame was rusted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the entire frame needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 32
Failure Date: 11/24/2013

Purchased my truck from the dealership and have always taken it in for the oil change with the dealer inspection tickets since it was purchased. In the last inspection I was informed that the brakes needed to be replaced. Took it to another shop where the lead mechanic informed me that my car was "unsafe" due to significant rust on the leaf springs and frame area bolts near the leaf springs. I called the dealership to ask how my car had gone through all of these inspections and I had never heard that my vehicle had "unsafe" levels of rust on the undercarriage. I was informed that they do not inspect the undercarriage ( !? ). When I asked for the best course of action, I was informed that a car with rust on the frame should be junked. I cannot believe I spent all that money for what I thought was a quality truck that is unsafe to drive.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 33
Failure Date: 11/16/2013

There was no incident, but there is extensive rust on the frame of my truck. Pieces of rust regularly fall off while I'm parked in the driveway. I feel the amount of rust is excessive for the age of the car and is probably a danger.


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