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Frame Rust Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1



Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 368 problems related to frame rust (under the structure category).

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 1
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.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 2
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.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 3
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.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma 4
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 5
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.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2000 Toyota Tacoma 6
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 7
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 8
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.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 9
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.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 10
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 11
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).

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 12
Failure Date: 11/07/2016

Last year, 2015, I received a recall notice from Toyota concerning an issue with the spare tire hanger. I went to the Toyota recall web page and typed in my VIN, two recalls were outstanding, the spare tire and the frame. I contacted Toyota concerning the frame recall and was told that the frame recall had been closed. I informed the Toyota rep that I never received a recall notice for a frame issue. She stated that the noticed had been sent and returned due to incorrect address. Toyota than resent the notice to the correct address based on 911 changing my address from 132 center st, to 338 center st. I than told the rep. That I do not understand how Toyota could close out a recall which is a major safety issue and asked to speak to someone else. Long story short I was told the recall had ended and there was nothing Toyota would do to correct the issue. Afterwards I crawled under my truck and looked at the frame and did not notice any rusted out areas. On Monday November 7, 2016 as I was driving to work I lost the brakes. I was able to return home as the brake failure occurred at the end of the street I live on. I crawled under the truck to see if I could locate the damaged brake line. I found an area covered with brake fluid and determined the line had failed. While I was under the truck, I noticed the frame had rusted through just in front of the passenger side rear leaf spring. This is a definite safety issue which in my opinion could be a matter of life and death. I also noticed on the news this morning that Toyota once again has made a multi billion settlement due to frame rust issues on their 2005 to 2010 Toyota. I want Toyota held responsible for not repairing and of replacing the damage they know exists on my truck!!.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 13
Failure Date: 11/01/2016

Possible rust corrosion on frame of vehicle. I had the same problem in a Tacoma truck, 2000 model year. I want to make certain that this issue does not affect the 2008 Tacoma I purchased to replace the older vehicle. I still own the 2008 Tacoma. I am noticing a hum in the front end of this vehicle.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 14
Failure Date: 10/22/2016

My son purchased this vehicle from a private sale. There was a recall on the vehicle for the frames. Frame was inspected in 2010 and an undercoating was applied-sealing in the existing rust on the frame. This existing rust has since gotten worse to the point where it is now unsafe and starting to break. We have contacted Toyota but they refuse to do anything because the 15 year extension was up in July. We were unaware of this and now the truck my son has only driven for 7 months is now worthless and unsafe. Toyota did not properly address the safety issue of this frame back in 2010 and now refuses to fix their mistake. They feel that just because the 15 years is up that they are no longer responsible for the safety of the vehicles they put on the road. Please help me tell them that they are still responsible.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma 15
Failure Date: 10/12/2016

"1995 through 2000 model year Tacoma frame rust corrosion warranty extension" received a letter from Toyota attached. Requested frame inspection attached. Requested another frame inspection attached. My vehicle case was not handled consistent with the intent of Toyota's program nor was I contacted by their impartial services group (isg). As a result the safety of me and my passengers has been neglected be not allowing me the safety benefits of their warranty offerings.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 16
Failure Date: 10/03/2016

I purchased a used 2006 Toyota Tacoma several years ago. My mechanic recently noticed severe rust damage to my frame when performing an oil change. They mentioned to me about a campaign that Toyota was doing where they were replacing frames or coating them. When I inquired about this I learned that the campaign had expired on 3/31/16. I spoke with an executive with Toyota several times only to be told that they would not do anything further since it is after the expiration date. They said they mailed out 3 notices in regards to the campaign in which I did not receive a one. I obviously would have taken care of such a safety issue had I known. I am very surprised that Toyota would not extend this campaign or that it would not be deemed as a full blown recall with no expiration! how can such a serious safety issue have an expiration date! I now have a vehicle that I am nervous to be driving let alone have a member of my family drive. This is very upsetting especially since I never received a notice.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2000 Toyota Tacoma 17
Failure Date: 10/01/2016

I when for oil change on my truck, upon lifting the car I was told by the mechanic that the frame is very rusted and has wholes on it and it will be a safety hazard to drive it like that and that there is a potential that the frame could break while driving.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 18
Failure Date: 09/29/2016

Excessive rust on frame of truck. Frame coating/ protection insufficient. Toyota re-coated the frame on February 7th 2015 however the frame has continued to rust unabated as coating is flaking off.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 19
Failure Date: 09/24/2016

Frame rusted.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 20
Failure Date: 09/19/2016

Was rear-ended yesterday. Upon inspection by insurance inspector, the inspector stated the frame failed, cross-member broke off frame due to excessive rust and rear of frame was rotted. This vehicle had received frame recall, but was only offered undercoating, which was done, but was obviously not done on rear of frame. Insurance inspector knew of this recall and stated Toyota should not be allowed to get away with this. The truck was in excellent condition before accident (other than frame). Due to frame rot, instead of being fixable, it was deemed total loss and will now cost significant financial burden. Called local Toyota dealer I have dealt with before and their customer relations director went to inspect and noted rear part of frame rusted out, but that's where all damage occurred due to being rear-ended, so didn't offer much other than it was an "interesting situation". Then had the nerve to ask if one of his sales people could call me to buy another Toyota.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 21
Failure Date: 09/16/2016

The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the frame was rusted through and the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The contact stated that the manufacturer's repair initiative from approximately 2012 was completed on the vehicle, but has now failed and rusted through. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 270,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 22
Failure Date: 09/15/2016

Body frame is rusted to a point where the vehicle is unsafe to drive.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 23
Failure Date: 09/10/2016

I too am a victim of the defective Toyota Tacoma frame. The frame of my vehicle rusted through to the point of breaking, rendering my vehicle completely unsafe to drive. The vehicle only has 78,000 miles, and is now utterly worthless. I was driving the vehicle at highway speeds when I felt the frame give way, immediately changing the entire dynamic of performance. I was able to get the vehicle to my home when I discovered the frame had rusted through completely, dropping the vehicle between the cab and the bed. Only luck and my own driving experience kept me from crashing when the defective frame failed. I contacted Toyota, thinking that this issue would be handled because of the obvious manufacturer defect in the frame of the vehicle. I was wrong about this, and was met with complete disregard and a smug assurance that Toyota would never make any amends for this defective product. I was told that a notice was mailed to the previous owner of the vehicle, and that this met their obligation and that nothing further would be done concerning the matter. To say that the american consumer has been taken advantage of in this situation is a gross understatement. From the number of complaints concerning this exact situation, it is clear that there is a systemic defect in the frame used by Toyota in these vehicles. The manufacturer knows this, but instead of making efforts to correct the problem, they are expending their resources to defend not addressing the issue. Just because the company set an arbitrary date when they would no longer address the issue does not make the issue go away. They knowingly installed defective components in these vehicles and are now engaged in a deceptive and manipulative campaign to shirk their responsibility to the american consumer. I implore the nhsta to be the voice of the individual in this matter, as alone, we have no recourse.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 24
Failure Date: 09/04/2016

This is what I wrote to Toyota "hello there, I already called Toyota customer care number and even got a case number for my problem and the answer I got was we can not help you with your problem because there is no warranty after the recall period is over. I will start from the beginning. My truck is 2006 Toyota Tacoma . I got a letter in mail about the recall for the frame and it stated that if my truck has excessive rust or a hole in it they will replace the frame, if not they will coat the frame to slow down the rust on the frame. I took to my dealer, they inspected it and found no holes in my frame. They will apply the coating and sent me on my marry way. This was back in 1/20/2015. Now fast forward to 9/6/2016 and now I have a big hole in my frame and a lot more rust then before. I don't take to beach. I take very good care of the truck but it's that defective frame that is on the truck. I know 95-00 Tacoma's did a buy back program a few years ago. The 2001-2004 if the frame got coated you gave the a 15 year warranty on the frame. 2005-2008 Tacoma's in canada got the same 15 year warranty if the frame got coated. So why not 2005-2008 Tacoma"s in the USA don't have that warranty? my point is you kinda need to work with me and others with this problem. This will be an safety issue at some point. The safety of myself, my family and other drivers. Please help me out now before it's too late. ".

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 25
Failure Date: 09/04/2016

While underneath truck investigating noise from vibrating metal I noticed the frame badly rusted near the catalytic converter to the point where a large hole formed. Rusted pieces of the frame fall off when lightly tapped with a hammer. A quick internet search made it apparent this is a very common problem. Truck was bought and always registered in a southern state but was driven in illinois for 3 years while on military orders. There is surface rust everywhere but I haven't done a complete inspection yet to find other holes.

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