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#1006 of 2067 2003 Tacoma 2d 2wd standard cab COMPLAINTS
Aug 09, 2004 (8:46 am)
(this is a re-post from another list on Edmunds)
Been a multiple Toyota owner for 20yrs and
2003 Tacoma 2dr 2wd stnd cab is the First
Real Complaint I've had with Toyota Quality.
Bought it NEW Oct 2003, here's my complaints:
1) Dash creaking sound
2) leaf springs sqeek
3) bed liner coming away from tail gate (glue?)
4) windows loose/rattle 2 in. play (regulators?)
5) paint bubbled up along both side doors along
the whole length of the door about when the door
curves with the rest of the body (6 in from btm)
(noticed this is the first one I've bought that
was built in TENN not in Japan and imported)
SO, being under warranty, took back to dealer
for issues 1-4 and didnt get resolved.
issue #5 goes back to dealer mngr next week.
#1007 of 2067 Re: 2003 Tacoma 2d 2wd standard cab COMPLAINTS [fixandrepair]
Aug 09, 2004 (2:10 pm)
I believe all the Tacomas in the US are built in Northern California.
Your truck sounds like it's still under warranty so your dealer should fix everything you listed. If they don't, a simple telephone call and written letter to Toyota should help.
I wouldn't mind rattles and squeaks if my gas mileage was anything close to what's quoted on the window sticker! I was planning on keeping my tacoma for a long time, however I'm seriously considering a trade for a full size Ford (which gets 1 MPG less than my Tacoma is currently getting but has a whole lot more room and power).
#1008 of 2067 Re: 2003 Tacoma 2d 2wd standard cab COMPLAINTS [spyd3rm4n]
Aug 10, 2004 (7:13 am)
SPYD3RM4n Thank you for your reply. For some
reason I thought I saw in the paperwork Tennesee.
Oh well, my point is I love and rave about Toyotas;
I've always had 2 in my driveway. 4rnr, P/U, Camry,Corolla, Celica....
currently a '94 4Rnr
and the '03 Tacoma, just a little disappointed,
and frustrated. Yes, the BIG GUY at my dealer is
on vacation this week, so my appointment is next
week to see him on my complaints.
I also noticed others complained of the Dash
and leaf springs "squeeks" -H.
PS: I agree about the MPG, I have a 5-sp stick
and nothing fancy, and still the Gas Mileage is "bad"
#1009 of 2067 fixandrepair
Aug 10, 2004 (7:53 am)
Most of these aren't big problems.
1. Dash creaking can be fixed manually by using some foam/ruber tape, just slide it between the dash and windshield. Dealer will NOT fix this problem. For more detailed solution, look here or on www.tacomaterritory.com forums, I know this has been discussed multiple times.
2. I guess I did have this problem as well before I lifted (with an AAL) my truck. AAL came with plastic inserts on teh ends of the leaf, right where the squeak comes from. Since you don't want to lift to solve this, I suggest taking a crowbar, gently separating the leafs and spraying some WD40 there. It'll solve the squeak for a while. You could also try to put some plastic inserts between leafs, although I don't know how it'll hold up, I don't think there are any holes in the leafs for them.
3. Ditch the plastic bedliner alltogether. If you don't want to scratch teh bed, get it spray-lined.
4. I had a problem just like this, there was a bolt loose inside my door that was holding the window mechanism in place. Easily fixed by the dealer.
5. Paint bubbleup is NOT a problem. The paint is not bubbling up and coming off of your truck. It's painted that way for a reason, to help prevent chipping.
#1010 of 2067 Re: fixandrepair [sc0rpi0]
Aug 11, 2004 (5:48 am)
Don't be so adamant that the dealer will NOT fix the dash rattle/squeak. The dealer fixed mine. One hour at the dealer and no more noise whatsoever and that was a year and a half ago. There is a Toyota TSB on this problem so I'm not sure why you may have had trouble with it.
#1011 of 2067 I guess you got lucky.
Aug 11, 2004 (1:25 pm)
We've had plenty of people who were turned down by the dealer. I was lucky enough not to ever have the dash squeak, I do, however, have the infamous pilot bearing squeak.
#1012 of 2067 Tacoma- 4cyl -poor gas mileage
Aug 17, 2004 (3:36 pm)
I bought a 2002 2WD 4 cyl auto Pre-Runner reason being that I thought I would be better gas mileage with the 4 cyl. Ever since I bought it in overdrive and out, I get 13/14 mpg. I could not believe it! I have taken it to two dealers and they check and said everything was normal and that on the open road I would get 26mpg! Computer checked out ok. I went to the Regional Toyota office and filed a complaint and they sent me to a regional tech support guy that was at one of the dealers I went to and basically he said he could do nothing. Very disgusted....
Does any one else have a similar prolbem with the Tacoma? I also don't drive it in overdrive because there is a jerking motion like it is not getting enough gas. My recourse is to write a letter to Toyota higher ups and trade it in for something else. If someone has a better idea, I am really open to it. Thanks for the advice in advance.
#1013 of 2067 Re: Tacoma- 4cyl -poor gas mileage [lbow55]
Aug 17, 2004 (3:55 pm)
JUst a note.. I had a 1985 Toyota before and sold it with 185,000 miles on it.Was still getting 29 mpg, thats the reason I bought another Toyota, plus I liked the looks of the Tacoma. Really liked my other one but this one sure does give me mileage problems...
#1014 of 2067 Re: Tacoma- 4cyl -poor gas mileage [lbow55]
Aug 18, 2004 (6:44 am)
You didn't mention if you had std cab, xtnded cab, or double cab. Big differences in weight, and therefore mileage. (You use a lot of energy to get the mass up to speed, then you throw it all away as heat when you apply the brakes.)
FWIW, I've not been pleased w/ my mileage, but with my double cab 2.7l 4cyl, I've been getting around 16mpg in town (started at 15mpg until the 2.5k mile mark), and about 16mpg when towing my 1500 sailboat and trailer on the interstate at up to 65mph. If you're only getting 13 or 14 with a std cab, you're either driving in some real bad city driving, are an agressive driver, or there's something seriously wrong. The overdrive thing may be a hint. Mine works fine, though I usually turn it off when towing on the highway, because it'll cycle on and off on each overpass, and sometimes with windgusts, etc. while towing that big billboard of a sailboat.
Aug 19, 2004 (2:53 pm)
Your truck may need to break in. I have a 4cyl, 4wd, 5speed std cab, and at 30k I get average of 25mpg. When I first got it I was getting only 16-17. The engine does take time to break in.