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Frame Rust Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1



Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 311 problems related to frame rust (under the structure category).

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 1
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 2
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.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 3
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 1999 Toyota Tacoma 4
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 5
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.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 6
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 7
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.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 8
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 9
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.

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car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 10
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 11
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 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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 16
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 17
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 18
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 19
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 20
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 2007 Toyota Tacoma 21
Failure Date: 03/29/2016

I purchased a 2007 Toyota Tacoma from bernardi Toyota in framingham, MA in December of 2008. Toyota motor sales, USA, inc. Issued a service campaign to inspect and repair the frames of 2007 Toyota Tacomas due to a manufacturer defect which resulted in corrosion to the vehicles frame. I brought my Toyota Tacoma in for inspection at bernardi Toyota and the frame did not have a hole in it. Therefore, the frame was not eligible for replacement, rather it was only eligible to be sprayed with a coating that was supposed to prevent corrosion. In March of 2016, I received a recall notice for a defect in the manufacturing of the vehicles leaf springs (also corrosion related). I brought the vehicle in for the recall and bernardi Toyota noticed a hole in the frame. Bernardi contacted Toyota corporate to replace the frame; however, was refused. I contacted Toyota as well and they also refused to replace the frame with a known manufacturer defect, despite replacing frames for other customers. It is obvious that the spray applied to the frame did not work to prevent further corrosion. Toyota replaced the frame on trucks with holes in the frame similar to mine, but refuses to replace the frame on my truck even though the problem is directly corrosion related and the spray they applied did not prevent the frame from rusting through. This is a known defect which was not sufficiently addressed by Toyota. Toyota should provide me with an equal remedy that they provided to other Toyota Tacoma owners and that is a frame replacement.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 22
Failure Date: 03/21/2016

Extensive frame rust through.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 23
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 24
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.

car image   Frame Rust problem of the 2006 Toyota Tacoma 25
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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