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#843 of 2067 durability of toyota sucks
Sep 18, 2003 (1:38 pm)
I own a 2003 tacoma 4X4 and I am scared to take it off roading because with the slightest rub on the truck it scatches or dents. The tailgate is so thin and weak you can't even sit on it. I would think with what they cost and being offroad they would be more durable!!
Also why do they sell 4X4 trucks with street tires on them?? The first thing I did was by some mud tires. Other than that toyota trucks are great.
Sep 19, 2003 (6:15 am)
1. Scratches and dents: you sure? I offroad mine, and so far all I got is TX pinstriping, a barely-noticable scratch in clearcoat that I can't buff out from when I backed into a branch that was sticking out on a trail, and it dragged itself on the side of my truck for 3 feet.
2. Do everyone a favor: lose some weight I'm 200, and I stand on the tailgate with no problems.
3. 4x4s come equipped stock with RoughTrail (or something) because you don't spend all your time 4x4'ing, and instead spend it on the road. Selling a Tacoma with BFG MT is a waste of time, b/c as trucks enter mainstream, more and more idiots buy them. Mud tires are slick in rain, and provide a lot less control. With RoughTrails, you get best of both worlds. They can stand up to some abuse on trails, and are good onroad.
#845 of 2067 durability
Sep 19, 2003 (7:47 am)
Not that its your business but I only weigh 175. All I am saying is that the trucks are not at durable as they advertise them to be. I do agree with you on more idiots by them and half of them don't even go offroading. Thanks for the comments.
#846 of 2067 Triplenet................
Sep 19, 2003 (1:36 pm)
Are you sure that the squeak is coming from the leafs of the spring?
If that's the case, take it to a spring shop and ask them to break the leafs apart and install silencers. These are usually very thin fiberglass reinforced nylon or some other material that fit between each leaf of the spring. These prevent metal-to-metal contact and will likely eliminate any noise.
#847 of 2067 triplenet1 - just oil it
Sep 19, 2003 (1:49 pm)
I had the same problem. Drived me crazy for a month. Here is how I fixed it - Used car jack to lift up the weel which leafs were squeaking and sprayed WD40 in between the leafs.
Sep 22, 2003 (6:10 am)
If that's all you weight, I don't know what the problem is. I stand on my tailgate without problems. I did hear of people bending it while putting motorbikes into bed, but standing on the tailgate...no.
I figure that no automotive company (unless you're buying Lexus and above) tells the complete truth about their vehicles. There aren't that many alternatives to a Tacoma, the only truck that even comes close to it is Ranger, but I'll take a Taco over it any day.
#849 of 2067 Check engine light "ON" 2000 Tacoma 4WD V6
Sep 24, 2003 (10:02 am)
This post is for the benefit of the users of this board and not intended to blast Toyota or their servicers. My check engine light recently started coming on with a P0171 error code(too lean). I stopped in to an unauthorized servicer who swore up and down the front O2 sensor was faulty. I purchased one from the Toyota dealership for $127.00 and installed it myself. This did nothing to solve the problem. I went to an authorized dealer who charged me $88.00 to diagnose a faulty MAF sensor or meter. MAF meter $147.00 + $88.00 diagnostic charge. I installed the MAF myself since it was only two screws and a plug in connector and took less than ten minutes. The authorized dealer wanted additional $50.00 if they had to do this. This also left them a way out if it didn't fix the problem which it didn't. The check engine light came on next day. Here we are almost $400.00 and NO results. Went back to Toyota dealer and they found a hose off. That WAS the problem all along, everybody knows it, nobody cares including Toyota proper. No refunds, poor service practices, sloppy company in general to do business with.
I wouldn't buy another Toyota again, not even on my worst day!
#850 of 2067 Weak Tailgates
Sep 24, 2003 (10:18 am)
My tailgate must be weak, too. I was hooking up a trailer to haul a big mower and failed to secure it to the ball. When I drove the mower up the ramp, the trailer tongue popped up and whomped my tailgate and put a huge dent in it. Flimsy, flimsy, metal. Or it could just be me in a hurry and being a MORON! Live and learn, I guess.
Sep 25, 2003 (2:38 pm)
The weak tailgate is a recognized problem on the current Tacomas. Model prior to the Tacoma had sturdy tailgate. On the Tacoma the weak tailgate and poor quality seats are negatives, rest of the truck is great. If there is a better alternative out there I'd like to know about it.
#852 of 2067 2001 Tacoma raps when started cold
Sep 25, 2003 (4:55 pm)
My 2001(4 cyl, 2.7) raps for a few seconds when starting cold. This is not noisy valves but a deep rap down in the engine. If I load the engine, the noise gets louder. After about 2 minutes it goes away. The truck has 50,000 miles and has been very well cared for. It has been doing this for about 5,000 miles and has not gotten worse.
Any ideas what this might be. Is this common to the breed?
Otherwise, its is a great vehicle, the best value on the market.
Thanks for the help.