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#907 of 2067 Starved color coat on bottom of doors
Jan 26, 2004 (6:55 pm)
I was waxing my white 2003 Tacoma a couple of weeks ago and looked underneath the door to wipe down the bottom and discovered grey primer coat showing through the white color coat under both doors. I took it to the dealer who called the "official Toyota rep" and set up an appointment to meet there at the dealer. On the big day the "suits" showed up and my truck was put up on a hoist to view. They agreed it wasn't all covered by the white color coat. We then went to the lot and looked at other white Tacoma's, and lo and behold, they all had primer showing through the color coat under the doors. I was summarily sent on my way with the information "that's the way we make them now, sorry". Do any other Tacoma owners have this "feature" on a 2003 Tacoma ?
#908 of 2067 Are you sure it's primer
Jan 27, 2004 (6:50 am)
just because the suits agreed, doesn't mean it's actually primer. Those people have business (read: bend customers over) training, what do they know?
All Tacos come with lower portion of the body textured. It's still painted, but it has textured feel to it. It's not primer, it is the way they do it to avoid paint chipping, or something. Maybe that's what you saw?
#909 of 2067 Starved color coat cont.
Jan 27, 2004 (8:16 am)
Sorry, I've been unclear. The bottom of the actual door itself has color coat voids along the stamped ridges. Like a machine sprayed across the bottom instead of spraying straight up from underneath. In the misc trades that I have worked in where painting and lacquering were done, we called them "holidays". (obviously a slang term)They were mostly attributed to apprentices or rookies who didn't want to get on their knees to get far enough underneath a low surface with the gun to cover. I know the undercoat that you're talking about under the rails of the body.
#910 of 2067 Take it to the reps
Jan 28, 2004 (8:04 am)
Call Toyota, complain, ask to speak with the divisional rep. Dealers won't do jack for you about this problem, since "They all come this way".
#911 of 2067 Official response pending on paint problem
Jan 28, 2004 (4:43 pm)
Thanks, I did just that. They were VERY careful about how they handled the call and kept trying to set me up as someone issuing a dealer complaint. I told them that I just wanted an official confirmation that Toyota is now selling trucks with color coat starvation in hidden area's as complete, finished, new trucks. I also mentioned that I'm in touch with web-based news groups that would be interested in the answer to that question as well. If what the dealer told me is true, I'm done with their products. They are going to "get back to me" and I'll post the answer when I get it.
Jan 29, 2004 (6:20 am)
check with TTORA guys (www.tacomaterritory.com). They may know more info on how to fight Toyota and dealers, I know we had some people who have done successful court cases against Toyota for warranty issues.
#913 of 2067 Annoying Tacoma 2.4L miss-fire mystery...please help?!
Feb 03, 2004 (11:55 am)
Gidday....this problem is driving me nuts! Could really use some advice.
I have a 98 Tacoma 2.4L, 2WD 72K miles. What is happening is at light accelerator settings or when releasing the accelerator the engine stalls for just an instant and then catches itself. It does not do this consistently and happens more often when driving in the rain. It's like a miss-fire or loss of fuel to a few cylinders.
Replaced the plugs
Replaced the plugs leads and wires
Replaced the fuel filter
Had a fuel injector cleaning done
My mechanic says I need the air induction system cleaned but I'm skeptical...I think it's a bad injector, distributor or leak in the air induction system.
Anybody out there had this problem? If so, please respond as this problem is getting very expensive and aggrivating.
Feb 04, 2004 (2:17 pm)
My dad had same engine, same problem, only the truck was an '88. Changing the distributor cap and the rotator inside solved the problem. It seems that when it gets wet moisture gets in the distributor and messes up the spark.
#915 of 2067 Do I have a fuel light?
Feb 05, 2004 (6:28 am)
I have a 2000 Tacoma Pre-Runner that I bought used. I have had the fuel needle down to the "E" several times but no fuel light has come on. I am not sure if there is one on this model. Can someone tell if this has a fuel light or not? Thanks.
Feb 05, 2004 (6:34 am)
I'm pretty sure that all trucks come with fuel low light (it would actually be a liability to Toyota not to have it). The bulb may be burnt out, or maybe you didn't go low enough? I have to get it almost level with E to have the light come on. In fact, the light comes on at about 15.6-15.7 gallon mark.