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Frame Rust Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1

Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 422 problems related to frame rust (under the structure category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota Tacoma based on all problems reported for the Tacoma.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 1
Failure Date: 03/03/2018

Shock rusted away from frame, mechanic tried to put on lift to fix and the frame started to pop and crack at the rear wheel area, it is rusted through. The frame was coated during the recall period in 2011 and they told me it was ok. I very much doubt that it was.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1995 Toyota Tacoma 2
Failure Date: 03/01/2018

Toyota Tacoma 1995 body is rusting away, frame is rusting away. Everything on the bottom of the truck has rust on it there is a hole in the floor on the passenger side. Muffler had to get replaced. Break lines had to get replaced due to rusting.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 3
Failure Date: 02/12/2018

The frame is totally rusted out, and the vehicle is unsafe to drive. I knew it had some rust issues before I purchased the truck, but I contacted Toyota corporate to see if this VIN was part of the recall in which Toyota replaces the frame or buys back the truck. The rep I spoke to said that it was indeed in the recall and that, after I purchase I should take to local Toyota dealership and if the frame has perforation then they would replace the frame. So in good faith I flew to NJ, bought the truck, which only had 60k miles on it at the time, and drove it back to nc and immediately took to our local Toyota dealership. They said the frame indeed had perforation and was eligible for frame replacement. I left the truck there, but they called me the next day and said they were sorry but upon further investigation, they had discovered that the 2003 Tacoma was a "northern truck" and had not been properly "undercoated" and was therefore exempt from the recall that would fix the frame. I called Toyota corporate and upon further checking, they said that if the 2003 Tacoma had been undercoated by the original owner (at no cost to owner--a service Toyota provided for free once they discovered that they had used bad steel for the frames of these trucks) then it would be covered in recall. I explained that I would not have bought the truck is their rep hadn't told me that the frame would replaced. They said the rep had not looked far enough into the matter and had told me wrong and that I was basically stuck with a truck I could not drive. I paid $6500 for this truck and I cannot put $12,000 into it to fix the frame. And I should not have to! Toyota needs to be held responsible for using bad steel for these trucks. So do I keep driving it until the frame breaks and injures my, my family, or other drivers? then I will sue Toyota! please help me get this resolved!.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2000 Toyota Tacoma 4
Failure Date: 12/21/2017

My Toyota Tacoma was on a lift, and extensive rusting of the frame was noticed, including two holes (one passenger side, one driver side) anterior to the rear wheels. I stopped by the Toyota dealership and they gave me the number of Toyota customer care. Toyota customer care told me their was a recall that ended in 2011. When I told them I never received a recall notice and that I was the original owner living at the same address for almost 30 years, I was told the sometimes they notify the department of motor vehicles! to me at least, this is "passing the buck," shirking their responsibility. I was given a case number, and I emailed the ceo of Toyota north America. I have not as yet heard a response, as it is the christmas and new year holidays. I plan to pursue this with my attorney. There should be not "statute of limitations" on safety.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 5
Failure Date: 11/22/2017

My Toyota Tacoma frame broke due to rust. The leaf spring mounting bracket broke loose from the frame and he frame itself broke due to severe rust. The truck is now inoperable. There as a recall on some Toyota frames, but apparently the recall only applies to "cold" states, not hawaii. Many of my friends have Tacomas and they all have rust issues. I also have a 2010 Tacoma with less than 6000 miles and I have already noticed that the frame is rusting by the leaf spring mounts.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 6
Failure Date: 11/04/2017

Frame is severely rusted (just noticed), spare tire can't be removed, and the hand brake cable from center cab to rear wheels is frozen.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 7
Failure Date: 11/01/2017

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the frame was rusted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer (joseph airport Toyota in vandalia, ohio, 937-898-8060) where the technician offered to spraypaint over the rust, but the contact declined the offer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact to do what the dealer recommended, stating that if the failure continued, the frame would be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1999 Toyota Tacoma 8
Failure Date: 10/26/2017

Frame rusted out, causing the body to drop and a bolt to settle on my gas tank, resulting in a fuel leak. Needs a new frame to fix.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 9
Failure Date: 10/01/2017

Tacoma frame recall: good day, I was doing some research online with my matter and people were saying to contact the national highway safety administration. I have a 2002 single cab Toyota Tacoma which frame has totally rusted out now with a hole rite through the frame. I provided Toyota with my VIN number yet they say I am not eligible for a frame replacement yet this is a factory default on Toyotas fault. My truck is currently extremely dangerous to be on the road and I use it every day for work where my line of work involves driving from house to house everyday all day and I was wandering if you could help with filing a claim against Toyota? I have attached a picture of the frame which is above the rear passenger wheel. I look forward to your response. Nicholas ritchie 415 996 6872.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 10
Failure Date: 10/01/2017

My trucks frame rusted to where the cab is in grave danger of separating from the bed of the truck. We didn't get a recall on the frame and had no idea this was happening. The truck was bought new and we do live where they put salt on the roads. Now, Toyota said they will not help remedy this at all because the truck wasn't taken into a Toyota dealership in approx. 6 mths or however long they had known about this. How were we to know it should have been taken in? we had no prior notice until we saw it ourselves and a mechanic noticed it and wouldn't jack the truck up to repair a brake line. He said it would separate the truck from the cab part.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 11
Failure Date: 09/27/2017

I called the Toyota customer experience hotline to inquire if my truck qualified for a frame rust protection coating or replacement under their 15 year extended warranty that was offered for 2001-2004 Tacomas. I was told that my truck was "potentially eligible for frame repair" valid under the warranty until the end of 2017 and a case was opened. I was told I needed to take the truck into an authorized dealership for a frame inspection, and then regional office would make the decision to cover it. I was also informed of a recall on the spare tire carrier that was prone to rust and potential failure. I brought my truck in to the Toyota of portland to replace the spare tire carrier and inspect the frame. When I picked up my truck they said it failed the frame inspection due to excessive corrosion and that they never replaced the spare tire carrier because they were worried once they removed the spare tire carrier to replace it would further compromise the integrity of the surrounding area of the rusted frame. Finally the dealership told me that the regional office denied my frame replacement based on the photos they received. Supposedly the regional office said that the rust is only bad on the cross section and that is a removable section of the frame that can be replaced so the frame itself is not did not fail. My complaint is that I have authorized Toyota service center paperwork saying my vehicle failed the frame inspection, and based solely on photos, and with one month left of my warranty, the regional office decided to override the diagnosis and denied my warranty claim. The recalled spare tire carrier has still not been replaced, and im worried that once it is it will uncover more corrosion, but by that time my warranty for frame replacement will have expired. I want Toyota to honor my warranty and replace the frame on my truck like they are obligated to do.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 12
Failure Date: 09/08/2017

9/8/2017, while working on my 2004 Tacoma I found a 3 inch and a 1 inch rust holes in the frame near the left rear wheel. Near the right wheel I found a 1 inch hole. All it took was a tap with a hammer. How safe is that?.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 13
Failure Date: 09/01/2017

The frame is rotting out. Toyota had the vehicle frame coated with some kind of tar substance because the frame was suspect to heavy corrosion. The coating which was done around 2010 did not work and the vehicle now has holes in the frame due to heavy rust. This is a known issue with these vehicles. Toyota offered a non-working solution that did not fix the problem. The coating was just a gimmick and not a solution to the frame rot.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 14
Failure Date: 09/01/2017

Driving truck, only 86617 miles, heard drive train noise, pulled over, noticed frame rust through and truck bending down in middle beside the gas tank. Felt unsafe to drive, had vehicle towed to Toyota dealership. Arapahoe Toyota.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 15
Failure Date: 08/24/2017

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the frame was rusted on the driver side. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The local dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was notified of the issue, but did not assist. The failure mileage was 108,094.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma 16
Failure Date: 08/24/2017

I recently bought my 98 Toyota Tacoma extended cab 4�4. I knew nothing of any frame rust problems or any other problems that Toyota's had. Now I am the proud owner of a good looking truck that I just found out is not only unsafe to drive off road but on road also. Yesterday I found that the rear shock,where it mounts on top,had broke throw the frame and after inspecting and doing a quick welding repair just to make it home,that the frame had previously been repaired in other places but only welded new metal over the existing rusting frame. No one has made any attemy to inform me of any problems and from what I'm seeing now it's past the 15 yr deadline. I bought a Toyota because of its dependability but what good is it to have a dependable engine when the frame wasn't prepared to hold up to normal conditions without rusting into.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 17
Failure Date: 08/21/2017

I took my 2004 Tacoma with <92,500 miles into the mechanic to get serviced yesterday. I asked him to check it over for a road trip we were planning this weekend. He called back and said it was unfit to drive because there was about 1 and 1/2 feet and 4 inches wide part of the frame is rusted out above the rear axle. I am trying to consult my case manager at Toyota, but he conveniently called the wrong number this morning and has not returned my call yet.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2000 Toyota Tacoma 18
Failure Date: 08/09/2017

The frame is rusted to the point it is unsafe to drive 140,000 miles on vehicle.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 19
Failure Date: 08/02/2017

The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v604000 (suspension); however, the contact stated that the frame was rusted. The vehicle was taken to jim barkley Toyota (located at 777 brevard rd asheville, nc 28806 828-667-8888) who stated that the leaf spring would not be replaced due to the frame being rusted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and opened case number: 1704112480. The failure mileage was 70,000.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1996 Toyota Tacoma 20
Failure Date: 08/01/2017

Only 114,000 miles, frame rusted through. Unsafe.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2000 Toyota Tacoma 21
Failure Date: 07/28/2017

My frame is rusted really bad and my front motor mont is rusted away.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 22
Failure Date: 07/17/2017

Vehicles frame is rusting through. I have never seen a frame rust through to the point where you can poke holes through it with a finger, this is happening with my Tacoma and is very dangerous. I purchased this last April, and did not know about the frame issues Toyota's have until they recalled the 05-15 models for the same exact issue, I heard they are also in the process of recalling 95-00. Toyota will not assist me because their customer frame assistance program ended last month. Even though I just purchased 3 months ago and this is not an issue a vehicle should have, Toyota is going to get someone killed. The numerous Toyota representatives I talked to told me they know their frames are faulty and that this was Toyota's fault, yet he could not assist me due to company policy of their frame replacement program ending a month prior, even though almost all the years around my 02 Tacoma have been recalled. Toyota needs to be held accountable to an actual recall, not just a customer satisfaction program that they conveniently wont assist me with, before someone gets killed. I cant afford to get rid of this Tacoma nightmare. There isnt even a speck of rust on the body, look underneath however and the frame is rusted out.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2000 Toyota Tacoma 23
Failure Date: 07/02/2017

This truck was check out at a Toyota dealer in 2014 or 2013 I do not recall the date but they said the frame and suspension is ok but as of 6-2017. They frame is very rusted and I am afraid to drive this vehicle any more . And I am afraid to sell this to any body for safety issues ,.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 24
Failure Date: 06/12/2017

'04 Toyota Tacoma. Frame recall did not apply, but was inspected for issue in 2010 and given a clean bill. Hear a rattle under my truck and have a look. Shock mount broken, frame rusted through and nearly cracked in half. Undriveable-safely. If the frame was good, and was inspected 7 years ago, the frame was obviously not good. More importantly, the inspection (in this case) was insufficient to determine an adequate service life on the frame. The inspections should be performed again and the procedure modified to reflect the goal of the inspection, which this inspection did not.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 25
Failure Date: 06/03/2017

With 115,000 mikes the frame is rusted through in several spots. This is a problem with the model for many years and Toyota refuses to fix it. My mechanic has advised me that it is unsafe to drive.

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