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Frame Rust Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1



Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 292 problems related to frame rust (under the structure category).

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1998 Toyota Tacoma 1
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 2
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 3
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?.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 4
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 5
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.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 6
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.


car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 7
Failure Date: 03/31/2016

I'm trying to sell my Tacoma. The frame is rusted. I took it to a Toyota dealer when the frame recall was sent to me. They sprayed the frame with a corrosion resistant treatment. Obviously, this hasn't solved the problem and I want a new frame. I have 134,000 miles on this truck. It's in great shape except for the frame. My mechanic said it's a safety factor because the spare tire brace is rusted; there are holes in the frame now. According to a letter from Toyota USA president, they are allowing replacement frames up to 15 years.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 8
Failure Date: 03/21/2016

Extensive frame rust through.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 9
Failure Date: 03/21/2016

A limited service campaign notified me of possible frame rust problem. Received crc coating 9/10/2014. Noticed rust had advanced through the frame and notified dealer. Dealer checked damage 3/21/16 and gave me a Toyota customer service number. Toyota said they couldn't do anything about it since I received the crc coating, which was poorly applied. (see pictures of overspray on bed, indicating it had not been removed to spray the whole frame) punished for being proactive. Stuck with a rusty frame.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 10
Failure Date: 03/21/2016

Rusting frame. I brought my 2002 Toyota Tacoma truck to dealer for the corrosion resistant spraying to prevent further rusting of frame. Spraying completed on 03/25/03. Rust on frame continues. Spraying did not work. Toyota said they only spray truck once. Rust warranty extended for 15 years expiring on 10/01/16. Toyota should extend rust warranty with no expiration date as truck will have to be sprayed every two years. Earlier years rust warranty covered replacing frame or vehicle buyback. Toyota should cover same warranty for later year Tacomas as rust problem persists in every year. Leaf springs and hardware are rusted as are muffler brackets leading to potentional safety hazard if items fail while driving. Toyota admitted rust proofing not done properly by subcontractor. Please hold Toyota accountable for their negligence in properly protecting frames,springs. And suspension systems with corrosion resistant materials. Toyota is just buying time until warranties expire. After that time the owners will have no recourse with Toyota.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 11
Failure Date: 03/09/2016

I took my truck to malloy Toyota for frame inspection regarding the limited service campaign eod- frame rust recall. Dealer informed me there was rust, but no perforations. They recommended coating the frame with compounds. I feel that my truck may not have perforations, but it is just a matter of time before the frame becomes perforated, resulting in a dangerous / unsafe vehicle. Putting the compunds on the frame is a quick band-aid and does not fix the problem. This frame will become unsafe, it is just a matter of time. This will not only potentially jeopardize the safety of my family / occupants in the vehicle, but also the others that share the road with my truck.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 12
Failure Date: 03/03/2016

The frame is rusting out on my Tacoma that I purchased and Toyota says since they inspected it 9 month ago it no longer qualifies for frame replacement program. It had not been driven under any negative road corrosive conditions in this time, and this frame was I believe rusted when inspected and not discovered because it has rusted from the inside out. Now the power steering has gone out and I have been experiencing acceleration problems with it since purchasing it. I contacted Toyota about the frame rust and was told basically too bad so sad. They have told me they filed my complaint under file #1603091915 at their national headquarters. The frame metal is defective. The power steering has quit working at approximately 75000 miles, and the truck accelerates under its own power when shifting into 5th gear.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 13
Failure Date: 03/03/2016

Inspection noticed underframe is badly rusted (penetration not surface rust) and is in danger of failing.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 14
Failure Date: 02/29/2016

Frame rust. My vehicle exhibited perforated rust on the structural parts of the frame. I took the truck to Toyota on 29 February 2016 for repair under their service campaign that was not to end until 31 March 2016. The technicians could not find the holes of rust until I showed them and then I was informed that Toyota would no longer remedy the rotting frame because it had been previously coated by Toyota while the vehicle was owned by a different owner. I pointed out to them that the remedy that Toyota had employed was obviously ineffective and since the service campaign was still in force, a proper remedy should be employed. The dealership refused and referred me to Toyota national for USA. They also refused to assist and sent a letter to me to that effect. Toyota launched this service campaign but are not ensuring that their repairs are effectively fixing the issue which involves the undermining of the structural integrity of their vehicle frames. It is unacceptable that the frame recall is not working and that Toyota is not willing to stand behind their product, leaving the customer with an unsafe vehicle due to the compromised structural integrity of the frame itself.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 1996 Toyota Tacoma 15
Failure Date: 02/24/2016

I stopped at a gas station to investigate a vibration my truck had just started giving off. Found out that the frame has rusted completely through and has an inch of steel left holding it together. I called Toyota and they will not accept any responsibility for the faulty steel. I bought this vehicle from a used car dealer who said the vehicle passed a missouri state inspection and am currently having to make payments on it and it can not be driven.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 16
Failure Date: 02/15/2016

Frame rust - 2006 Toyota Tacoma - 21k miles - significant rust of frame. Spray-on rust inhibitor fix completed approx. Two years ago but rust remains and is increasing.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 17
Failure Date: 02/06/2016

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer after identifying the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 12v542000 (structure). Upon inspection, the contact was informed that the remedy could not be performed due to extremely severe rusting of the subframe. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 18
Failure Date: 02/05/2016

The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was inspected under Toyota's service campaign due to rusting frames. The technician found no rust present and sprayed an undercoating to the vehicle. Approximately fourteen months later, while the vehicle was being serviced at the dealer, rust and a golf ball sized hole on the front driver side. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 74,143.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 19
Failure Date: 02/04/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v602000 (suspension) as well as a recall pertaining to the frame. The contact felt unsafe driving the vehicle. Due to the frame being rusted, the tires had to be replaced ten times. The contact felt that the leaf springs could snap, puncture the fuel tank, and possibly cause a fire. The dealer diagnosed the vehicle and the frame was ordered, but had not yet arrived. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 118,000.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 20
Failure Date: 01/20/2016

Frame rust. I was just informed that my 2003 Tacoma has a serious frame rust problem and is now unsafe to drive. I contacted a Toyota dealership and they stated that this case was closed and there was nothing they could do to help. My biggest concern was I had this same truck in the same dealership for a recall on the spare tire holder (rust problem) and they did not mention or check the frame to see if it was safe. My son was in a small front end collision and the entire frame bent and buckled. How could this vehcile be allowed on the roads.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 21
Failure Date: 01/14/2016

Bought vehicle, did a more thorough inspection and found frame rot, (rust holes in frame) which has basically rendered the truck unsafe to drive!!!! was told by Toyota dealer that recall was over for replacing the frame and now I have a truck that I will not let my son drive. I also understand this is a problem with Toyota, the frame rust.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 22
Failure Date: 01/08/2016

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. When the vehicle was taken for routine maintenance, the technician informed the contact that the frame of the vehicle was rusted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the frame was rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 131,000.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 23
Failure Date: 01/04/2016

I recently purchased a used 2001 Toyota Tacoma and noticed it needed to go in for a recall for the spare tire being in need of remounting. I noticed the frame rust was bad. As in fist size holes all down the frame. I contacted the dealership about the recall and mentioned the frame rust and the recall on the frames. I was informed that they wouldnt do anything about the rust. Im now stuck with a very unsafe truck for me and my children to be in and a company that flat out made a mistake and wont own up to it. I will upload detailed photos of the damage later on.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 24
Failure Date: 01/04/2016

Frame rust issues. Holes in frame from rust. Inspection by the dealer on 1/4/16 determined there to be holes in frame. Vehicle had to left at the dealers until the frame could be replaced. The dealer has no idea when there will be a frame available for replacement. It has now been 3 months and there is still no idea when the repair may be made.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 25
Failure Date: 01/01/2016

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 35 mph, the contact heard a noise emerging from the front end of the vehicle. The vehicle was driven to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the frame was severely rusted and needed replacement. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

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