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Frame Rust Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1



Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 322 problems related to frame rust (under the structure category).

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 1
Failure Date: 08/05/2016

The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. A year after the vehicle was repaired per an unknown recall, the subframe was rusted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the cause of the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 41,000.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 2
Failure Date: 08/05/2016

My 2002 Tacoma frame is simply rusting away and Toyota refuses to get engaged to resolve what is clearly a manufacturing issue. The frame is getting to the point of collapse and unsafe to drive. This is frankly a crime. Myself and many other Tacoma owners have this exact issue and it would be great if the NHTSA steps up and prevents frame rot highway accidents due to poor manufacturing.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 3
Failure Date: 07/28/2016

2001 Toyota Tacoma has severe rust all over the frame of truck. Holes so larger that you can pass a hand through. Toyota had a voluntary program but did not get literature etc. To the owners of the vehicles. They stated program was a 15 year warranty enhancement program and it was supposed to last from the original date of service on the vehicle for 15 years. They claim to have closed the program, but this was open to Tacomas all the way through 2004. 15 years after 2004 is 2019. Why they would close the program before the stated 15 years was up is beyond me. I own 3 Tacomas. The 1997 model is fine, but one 2001 model's frame looks like swiss cheese and is not drivable. The other 2001 model is very close to being not drivable. We are at a loss as to what to do and Toyota isn't backing their word or product.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 4
Failure Date: 07/20/2016

The frame of the Tacoma is severely rusted. Rust easily falls off the frame of the truck. Tacoma models after 2005 received recall notifications and fixes from Toyota, but the 2004 models have not received any notice even though they exhibit more frame rot and rusting.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 5
Failure Date: 07/18/2016

I was just informed by my mechanic that my 1001 Toyota Tacoma was unsafe to drive. The frame at the point where the rear springs attach is completely rusted through and that the rear spring is likely to detach at any time. My Toyota Tacoma is ready to fold in half due to the extent of frame rust. The mechanic went on to say that the frame rusted from the inside out due to inadequate drain holes.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 6
Failure Date: 07/11/2016

The frame has rusted and the dealership is unwilling to replace even though there continues to be recalls on more modern vehicles and another will be beginning soon for newer models. No notice was received by me about this problem. Not sure if this was a technical service bulletin or a full recall, but I cannot understand how a major problem with the frame would not qualify for a full recall. The truck was sold by Toyota suggesting 300,000 miles easily. I have less than half of that and the truck will soon be unsafe to drive because of a faulty frame.


car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2000 Toyota Tacoma 7
Failure Date: 07/01/2016

I took my vehicle in for a recall concerning the frame rusting through and breaking in 2011. The dealership decided to spray the frame with undercoating rather than fix the problem or reimburse me for my vehicle. Know the frame has completely broken on the drivers side and is no longer safe to drive. After looking at the damage it is clear that the dealer simply sprayed over the rusting frame to cover up the damage rather than fix it. I drove this vehicle for several years not knowing the danger that I was putting myself and family in. Know my vehicle is unsafe to drive and Toyota is offering to give me a meager $1,000 towards a new vehicle. This is nonsense considering they knew the issues with this vehicle and did not fix it properly when they should have. I don't have several thousand dollars to put into a new vehicle when this vehicle should have lasted several more years. I have pictures that show I take great care of my vehicles (outside/inside look new) and the only issue is due to the manufacturers negligence. I feel that Toyota should take responsibility for their fault and fix my vehicle. I'm not looking for a handout but want them to do the right thing. Toyota should fix this issue as it is no fault of my own.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1999 Toyota Tacoma 8
Failure Date: 07/01/2016

Toyota Tacomas of this year are a safety hazard due to frames that rust through and become weak to the point of failure. Toyota has not done enough with its voluntary service repair leaving thousands of these trucks on the road and putting all drivers at risk of death or serious injury from frame breakage. Toyota should recall any and all remaining trucks and provide frame repair suitable for safe on-road operation. My vehicle frame is nearly entirely rusted through. It was inspected during Toyotas service campaign and found not to be bad enough for repair, now it is too late and no longer qualifies for repair. The picture provided shows my driver side frame rail bottom. The top of this frame rail is so soft I can push through it with my fingers. The passenger side frame rail has marginally less rust through but is still in an unsafe condition. These vehicles are dangerous and someone will be injured, if someone already hasnt, as a result of these poor quality frames.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 9
Failure Date: 06/29/2016

2006 Tacoma has major frame rust. Toyota approved rustproofing was applied in may 2015 by the original Toyota dealer. One year later, the rustproofing is falling off in sheets, showing the separating layers of frame steel. I contacted Toyota (case 1060290111) and was told there was nothing Toyota would do. I had wanted the frame and rustproofing to be inspected by Toyota. They would do neither. They called the dealer that applied the coating and suggested I take it to them, for inspection, but they are 300 mile away. I asked if a local dealer could perform the task, but was told Toyota would not authorize that. The truck has 165000 miles and is otherwise in very good condition. My fear is that the frame will fail while driving on the road.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 10
Failure Date: 06/16/2016

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. While the vehicle was being serviced for scheduled maintenance, the mechanic found severe rust on the frame and other components of the undercarriage. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 130,616.


 
car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 11
Failure Date: 06/15/2016

Independent mechanic informed me that frame had excessive rust/corrosion and to take to dealership. Called dealer service (Toyota of danville, IL) and was told there was nothing they could do as they quit repairing these in March of 2016. No notice or recall was ever sent to me and I was unaware there was any problem until I got truck back from mechanic. I am now stuck with a vehicle Toyota knew to have a defective frame, did not notify me to rectify or advise of the issue, and will not effect any repairs.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 12
Failure Date: 06/09/2016

The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. While the vehicle was undergoing maintenance, the contact was informed that there was severe rust to the subframe of the vehicle. The manufacturer was informed of the severe corrosion; however, the contact was informed that the warranty period had expired. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 163,086.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 13
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.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 14
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 image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 15
Failure Date: 05/13/2016

I was unaware of any issue with rust problems in the frame when I bought the truck used in March 2014, nor did I ever receive any letters from Toyota regarding problems with rusting frames. During a regular maintenance tune-up at a Toyota dealer 05/13/2016 (160,000 miles), they reported to me 2 holes in the frame resulting from rust and that the vehicle will not pass inspection. They also reported that the manufacture had extended some kind of ¿recall¿ to deal with the problem had expired March 31, 2016 and there was nothing the dealership could do. The dealer gave me a referral to a specialist that specialize in repairing rusted frames. Went to another mechanic to see if it was worth the expense to invest in the truck, they then brought it to the local Toyota dealership, which reported that the truck had the Toyota¿s attempt fix undercoating done and that nothing else would be done by the manufacture. Called the Toyota corporation customer service and reported the problem. They called back to say nothing would be done.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 16
Failure Date: 05/03/2016

The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for a recall regarding the leaf springs on both sides of the vehicle. The mechanic noticed two holes on the frame and severe rust. The contact was informed that the recall was expired and the vehicle would not be repaired under the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 198,158.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 17
Failure Date: 05/02/2016

The frame has rusted so bad that you can poke your fingers through it. Also the frame is rusted around where rear shocks mount causing the passenger rear shock to come apart. Vehicle is not safe to drive. Contacted Toyota about the problem and they refuse to do anything even though this vehicle was part of a recall due to rust issues.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 18
Failure Date: 05/02/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. While inspecting under the vehicle, the contact noticed severe rust on the frame. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that they will order the frame and contact the owner to repair the vehicle under the recall. The contact also stated that the vehicle was inspected by the same dealer in March of 2015 and the diagnosis was that the frame was fine. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired because it was not supposed to be inspected a second time. The approximate failure mileage was 58,500.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 19
Failure Date: 04/25/2016

The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for an unrelated repair when it was advised by the mechanic the frame was severely rusted and had fractures in the center. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 158,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma 20
Failure Date: 04/19/2016

The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Tacoma. The contact heard a noise from the rear of the vehicle. Upon inspection, the contact noticed that the entire frame was rusted. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 312,000.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 21
Failure Date: 04/18/2016

I purchased a 2005 Toyota Tacoma in August of 2015. I took my vehicle to a Toyota dealer to remove a wheel lug nut in September of 2015. I was advised by a Toyota service representative that there was a recall on the frame of my truck but when the service records were checked, the service representative advised that the recall service had been performed on my truck by treating the frame. On March 17 2016 my son took the truck to our local Toyota dealer in reference to the leaf spring recall. The service representative advised the same information to my son in reference to the frame recall and that the service treatment had been performed. My vehicle was never inspected on these two occasions at the Toyota dealer for possible frame damage. My son and I inspected the vehicle and located what appeared to be rust near the leaf spring hangers which was coming under the protective coating that had been applied by Toyota. I scheduled an appointment with my local Toyota dealer to inspect the frame. On April 15 2016 the service representative advised me that the frame had a hole in the frame on the drivers side near the part of the frame where it starts to go towards the motor. The service representative advised that in his opinion the hole had been there for awhile and that the hole could not have gotten that large in a year since being treated. I contacted Toyota and was advised this was not a recall but a service campaign and that it expired on March 31 2016 and that they could not give any assistance with the rusted frame. I advised the Toyota case manager that I could understand if it had never been inspected or treated but that's not the case with my vehicle. I also advised the case manager that it was apparent that the frame treatment did not stop the problem with rust in the frame. She just kept advising that Toyota could not assist me with this matter.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 22
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 image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 23
Failure Date: 04/04/2016

10 - 12 inch long vertical rust and cracks in the frame. Located on both sides of the frames interior. Locations are both opposite of the catalytic converters. I was told by a friend there was an issue and Toyota was replacing the frames due to inferior quality of production causing a safety issue in which the frames were rusting from the inside out. I made an appointment with the local dealer on 4/4/2016, I had to wait until 4/13/2016 for the first available appointment. Upon arriving at the dealer I was informed the "recall" expired March 31st and they can do nothing for me. They refused to even look at the issue. I called Toyota to ask if there was any recourse as I had never received notification of this issue let alone a deadline. I was told this was not a recall and the time had expired and there was nothing they would do for me. I am afraid the truck is not safe to drive.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 24
Failure Date: 04/02/2016

Frame rust. The frame is almost completely rusted in half. The leaf springs where they connect to the frame has sunk into the frame from the rotting of the frame. The truck was going 75 mph down the highway when it happened. A loud bang and terrible jerk back.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 25
Failure Date: 04/01/2016

2005 Toyota Tacoma frame rust recall. Toyota rep inspected the frame and stated it has failed due to rust and corrosion. Toyota refuses to offer any remedy for this problem. Frame could break and cause personal or vehicle damage.

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