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#715 of 2067 Bad Gas Mileage 95 Tacoma, Please help
Mar 15, 2003 (6:01 am)
I have a 1995 Toyota Tacoma 4 cyl 2.7L 4X4 Automatic with 120,000m. I have only been getting anywhere from 14-19 MPG and the engine idles rough between 650-750 RPMs. I used to get 17-21 when I bought it last year. Seems wrong. Got the truck in April/2002 with 112,000 miles and have done the following:
1. New front rotors for brakes
2. New PCV valve
3. New distibutor rotor
4. New Spark Plugs
5. New Fuel Filter
6. New rear brake drums, shoes, springs and wheel cylinders
7. Four new tires 235/75/15
8. balanced tires
9. has alignment done
10. replaced both Oxygen Sensors before and after Catalyctic Converter
11. new Catalytic Converter installed when truck was purchased in 4/2002
12. New air filter
13. Fuel Injection/Throttle body cleaning
The great Toyota dealershipS in my area say that they can't do anything because it's not throwing an error code. They said wait until something breaks or becomes more pronounced, otherwise it could take up to 10 hrs of diagnostics at $70/hr. Another mechanic says it's the PCM main computer (PCM/ECM?). A friend is telling me to replace the fuel pressure regulator. Articles on the net say a Mass airflow sensor. I can't afford to shotgun anymore.
I would think that gas mileage could be better and the idle could be a little smoother? Anyone have any ideas?
#716 of 2067 2000 Tacoma Problem Still!
Apr 01, 2003 (6:03 am)
I've got this problem with my Tacoma where it cuts out under hard acceleration. Its a 4 wheel drive 3.4 liter six with 5 speed, 57K miles and extra-cab. I've cleaned the throttle body and replaced the air cleaner. One local dealership says they can't fix it because there isn't any error code and their guys can't troubleshoot economically.
The dealership where it is now wants to shot gun the problem with no guarantee the problem will go away. They say since there is no error code that it is MY call! They'll keep guessing and changing parts at my expense and it may or may not fix the problem. This is the dealership that I purchased the vehicle from. They want to change the fuel filter next, I'm supposed to call them back this morning and give them the okay. At this point I want to send it down the road since no one seems to know how to fix these unless a computer points the way! I can't take any chances passing anyone and have to feather the gas. If I put the pedal to the floor it cuts out and starts herky jerken my transmission and drive train all over the place. The second I let off the gas its okay except for the on coming car in my lane heading for me. Yikes! What to do?
#717 of 2067 cutting out under hard accell
Apr 01, 2003 (9:23 am)
The fuel filter seems like a logical, and relatively inexpensive place to start. If it hasn't been changed for a long time, or if you got a tank of particularly bad gas, it could be obstructed.
Apr 02, 2003 (3:41 pm)
I have an '86 toyota 2 wheel drive pickup that has lasted me all through high school and college. I've had minimal problems with it, replacing the clutch a few times, one thermostat and after 217,000 miles the starter finally got bad enough that I replaced it. Currently it has an oil leak and the synchronizers have been going bad for the last 50,000 miles. This truck has even been totaled and I brought it back to life. I ought to make a commercial!
Now that I've graduated and working, I'm thinking about getting a new tacoma 4x4 limited TRD. From all the postings here, I'm starting to worry. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad to just suck it up and keep mine.
One question I have about all these problems is the quality of the work. I've done all the work on my truck, because I don't trust anyone else to do it. I'm also a firm believer in regular maintenance and quality oil and gas. I use Delo 400 in my 4 banger and Chevron products exclusively. Do most people not do the proper maintenance, or just have worthless people doing it?
The one thing I've liked the most about my truck is the dependability. I know it's not going to leave me anywhere, so I was going to go with Toyota again. These postings are scaring me.
Does anyone know the percentage of trucks that are having these problems, or are they just isolated cases for the most part. Any opinions would be appreciated.
Apr 03, 2003 (6:53 am)
If only more people were thinking rationally like you.
Yes, all trucks have problems. Yes, some Tacomas have problems. Yes, there are idiots who take those problems and blow them out of proportions.
There are currently no significant problems with the current gen of Tacomas. I4 has been around for more than 10 years, V6 has been around for 8, they are still running. THere were problems in first 2 years, but nothing ever since. Yes, some people will try to tell you that "Toyota engines are sludging up". Yes, but it's 3.0L from Camry/Sienna. There are occurences of the 3.4L V6 sludging up, but in almost 2 years I've been around the boards here and TTORA, I've heard of just one.
There are some occasional problems with transmissions. A guy from TX chapter of TTORA (it's a national offroad club for Tacoma owners, www.tacomaterritory.com) had to go to court b/c Toyota refused to replace his transmission under warranty. He won.
The main concern these days is with customer service and dealers. Yes, Toyota does not make trucks as good as it used to, but I'll say that they are still heck of a lot better than what the competition puts out.
Look around the board and see what problems people come up with. You'll see "My fender flare gasket is coming off" a lot....boo hoo. Dealers can fix it, and it won't leave you stranded on the road.
My experience: I bought a 2002 V6 5spd 4x4 18 months ago. I put on 20k miles the first year, right now I'm coming up on 25k. Done some offroading, truck's been lifted slightly. So far I've had no mechanical problems whatsoever. Yes, the 1st to 2nd gear shift is notchy, and yes, leafpacks squeak (which is probably the result of me putting an AAL in there), but I've learned to live with it. I drive like a maniac, and still get at least 17mpg in the city and usually 18mpg mixed city/hwy.
#720 of 2067 Tacoma problems
Apr 03, 2003 (9:49 am)
There do not seem to be significant problems with Tacoma. Reliability is great. Two minor problems that are present and my truck has both of them is the rattle prone squeaky dash and the tailgate that bends easily on the removable panel on the inside surface of the tailgate. The early Tacomas (pre 2000) were not known for these two problems but the 2001, 2002, and 2003's have a reputation for these two issues. There is no other truck I would exchange my Tacoma for, but it is REALLY irritating to listen to the squeaks and rattles from the dash.
Apr 03, 2003 (10:35 am)
I have a 98 Tacoma TRD 4x4 Ex-Cab V6 with manual transmission. I never thought about the "notchy" transmission from first to second because I always shift using a finger or two. If I grab it and shove it into gear, yeah, it's notchy but I take it easy on the thing.
I have almost 60K miles on my truck and the ONLY problems I've had are the master switch in driver's door (for power windows and locks) going out. Actually, the only thing that went wrong with the unit was the switch for the passenger window, but the whole unit had to be replaced ($180.00...). The only other problem is the sometimes squeaky clutch which doesn't affect driveability at all.
Anything complex and mechanical is going to have problems, especially these newer vehicles which have gotton overly complex, IMHO. In fact, that's why I keep my 5 year old truck with 60K miles, because I'm turned off by all the un-necessary complexity and doo-dads of the new ones (which some Libety owners think is a plus, BTW). I prefer a tried and proven design.
Do some reliability research. The Toyota comes out on top. Look at the competition - every year or two they offer different engines. Why can't they get it right the first time? I drive a lot of different vehicles (all "domestics") at work. In comparison, my Toyota's a class act.
These sites, especially the "problems" threads, are full of anectodal tales. Do some research and look at the big picture. Toyota is hard to beat.
#722 of 2067 I'll be fair
Apr 04, 2003 (7:07 am)
I strongly dislike my 2000 Taco, but mainly because it is uncomfortable for me. The seats do not fit me right.
I keep hoping for the vehicle to really fail me sometime and give me a reason to take the big hit I would take if I sold it. But it doesn't. It is still depreciating faster than I can pay it off, but that might have something to do with the 104,000 miles I have on it...
#723 of 2067 Resale value not a problem
Apr 04, 2003 (9:08 am)
Tacoma has the best resale and retained value of any compact truck. Depriciation is not a problem on Tacoma. No one else even comes close.
Apr 04, 2003 (9:21 am)
104,000 miles on a 2000!!! I thought I was bad on miles with 64000 on my 99 tacoma.