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#631 of 2067 2003 Tacoma Exterior Paint Finish
Nov 13, 2002 (5:55 pm)
Took delivery of a 2003 Tacoma SR5 Xtra Cab October 25, 2002 with exterior paint color metallic Imperial Jade Mica. The bottom of both door panels/door frames have a light "orange peel" texture. Looks like a defective factory paint job to me. Has anyone else had this experience? First e-mails to Toyota National Assistance Center have not been answered. My 1990 SR5 Truck did not have this defect. Is this Toyota Quality?
#632 of 2067 skiwarrior...
Nov 13, 2002 (8:26 pm)
all new tacomas come with this to serve as a barrier to rock chips. My 2001 came the same way.
#633 of 2067 "orange peel paint"
Nov 14, 2002 (4:43 pm)
The paint on the bottom of the doors and body panels is actually supposed to be sort of orange-peely. This is because they use a special type of paint that is softer than the rest that is designed not to be as prone to chipping in areas that are likely to see stones and debris kicked up. Look at any toyota and you'll see the same thing. They also use a special primer on the front of the hood and the whole underside of the doors and body panels for the same reason, although it isn't nearly as effective as the soft paint compound.
#634 of 2067 water leak
Nov 15, 2002 (2:57 pm)
I have had my 2002 Tacoma 4x4 for 3 months and it has been in the shop 3 times for the same problem.
I keep having water pooling up on the passenger side floor board everytime it rains. The first time the dealer ship replaced a gasket behind the firewall but the problem still exsits. does anybody have any suggestions
#635 of 2067 Aiming headlights
Nov 15, 2002 (9:09 pm)
I bought my DC 2002 Tacoma in late July. I noticed on my last two extended trips which involved night driving, that the headlights must be set too high. Oncoming traffic continually pops their highbeams. Brought the truck into the local dealer and was told it would cost inexcess of 80 bucks to have them dropped down. Is it this complicated to set these somewhat lower?? They quoted 2 hours to do the job. Thanks for and assistance. Mike (Idaho)
#636 of 2067 water leak
Nov 16, 2002 (9:04 am)
I had that problem on my ranger and it took a few times before they found the problem. The rear window needed its seal replaced.
#637 of 2067 humeston
Nov 18, 2002 (6:05 am)
Wow! I don't know what headlights are like now, but years ago I lived in a state that had safety inspections. One of the things they would check was the angle of the headlights. Once mine were off and the guy doing the inspection (local gas station) adjusted them in a second - it was one or 2 screws. Have they changed that much over the years?
Nov 20, 2002 (6:58 am)
Just look at the corner near the air box down low and you will see a screw with a hex tip on it, I think it is 5/32 socket and the other side low on the battery side, same screw.
Adjusting that screw will do vertical adjustment.
#639 of 2067 New Tacoma V6 Hot Temperature Gauge?
Nov 24, 2002 (11:57 pm)
Need help / advise: I live in Hawaii, got a brand new Tacoma Prerunner, V6, 29 miles, love the truck. Temperature gauge is at about 2/3 of way toward H, in 80 degree weather. Is that normal? Coolant level OK, rises when hot, when cool contracts back to correct level (middle of bottle). I think it has 195f thermostat. Oil ok, belts ok. I turned on heater full blast to ensure no air, etc.
How much heat does a new engine generate? break in period? Would this be the cause? Should I put in a 180F thermostat? What is the range of the temperature gauge corresponding to temperature in degrees? (ie middle is 180, 3/4 is 220, H is 240?)
I am concerned. thanks
#640 of 2067 alans1476
Nov 25, 2002 (5:51 am)
I had a wierd problem with my 2000 Taco last spring. It started overheating when I was going up any type of grade - worse in hot weather. Replaced thermostat but didn't make a difference. They ended up finding a solid blockage in the radiator and replaced it under warranty (though they had said when I took it in that it was a wear part, like a clutch and wouldn't be covered). The dealer thought it might have been a manufacturing defect or something.