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#438 of 547 Re: RUSTED FRAME RAILS / 97 TACOMA EXT CAB [wtwolfe]
Dec 17, 2006 (7:50 am)
Count me in...I have a 1998 Tacoma in excellent driving condition with no body rust, but the frame rails have SEVERE rust rot where you can poke your finger through the bottom of the rails. The truck has been parked due to the VERY UNSAFE/HAZARDOUS condition of the frame. Dealer has never seen anything like it. Contacted Toyota Customer Service with a reply of..."Sir, you have to take responsibility of your truck sooner or later."
Have you had any luck with the Toyota Higher Ups? If so what procedure (phone call(s), written letter(s),..) was used?
#439 of 547 Bumper Hitches/Advice?
Dec 18, 2006 (10:06 am)
Just bot a 99 V6 and need to decide whether to buy a ball for the bumper or go with a Class III.
It looks like a one inch diameter shaft opening, and it looks like I will need at least 2 1/2 inches of shaft length to screw on the nut.
Is this what most of you have bought, 1" x 2 1/2" ?
What did the original tow package include?
#440 of 547 Re: RUSTED FRAME RAILS / 97 TACOMA EXT CAB [octune]
Dec 18, 2006 (5:07 pm)
Had almost exact same problem with 98 Tacoma; contacted Toyota Canada; they said they would check things and get back to me; they didn't; had to call for an answer which was .."there was nothing we can do"; went back to the dealer with this info (and where we had purchased the truck); we came up with a reasonable trade in offer;decided to cut my loses and traded.......bottom line-- the "higher ups will do nothing and weren't very supportive.
#441 of 547 Re: RUSTED FRAME RAILS / 97 TACOMA EXT CAB [stone45]
Dec 28, 2006 (5:45 pm)
I have a 97 Tacoma .. just discovered BOTH frames are rusted all the way thru .. any luck on your end ?
#442 of 547 Re: RUSTED FRAME RAILS / 97 TACOMA EXT CAB [wtwolfe]
Dec 30, 2006 (1:28 pm)
I just bought a 98 tacoma with 149k, used from the want advertiser. i took it to the auto body shop to get undercoated and when they put it up on the lift,it almost broke in half. both frame rails rotted through really bad. the frame buckled on the lift. I'm totaly screwed out of 5000$. Any suggestions? small claims court?
#443 of 547 Re: RUSTED FRAME RAILS / 97 TACOMA EXT CAB [stone45]
Jan 03, 2007 (7:20 pm)
I have a 99 Tacoma 4x4 that I just bought. I noticed while installing a set of SuperSprings, that the frame had some serious rust holes in it over the axle, and upon closer inspection by a long time Tacoma owner, found numerous steel plates welded to the frame to beef it up. It is one ugly mess under all that rustproofing. I filed a safety complaint with the NHTSA. You can look it up on their web site. It is OSI Number (complaint #) 10177454. You can file your own complaint with the NHTSA at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/
and I encourage everyone with rusted frame issues to do so in order to gain enough attention to warrant a safety investigation. Maybe we can get justice through the back door since Toyota seems uninterested in doing anything about it themselves. I am going on other Toyota Owner web sites to make the same request.
Jan 22, 2007 (1:26 pm)
I know this has been addressed, but what is the consensus. I have a 2000 prerunner, 4-cyl, 95Kmiles and when the weather is slightly cold, the engine knocks for a minute or two? Dealer says they can't find it and everything computers OK. I have added some STP-fuel stuff once in awhile and it seems to help for a bit. Any new thoughts on this?
#445 of 547 Toyota's dirty little rust problem
Jan 23, 2007 (7:11 pm)
Back in the 80's my grandfather bought a new Toyota truck and the frame rusted all the way thru like this also.
The problem with Toyota's back then was the simple fact that Japan has no natural iron/steel resources and has to import steel to manufacture their products. The explanation back then was that Japanese auto makers basically [chose to] take recycled steel (from crushed autos and such) from the U.S. and other countries to obtain the necessary metal. The problem with using recycled (crushed autos and such) is that the process if far from perfect and a percentage of rust remains in the metal (steel) that is melted down and reformed into "new" frames, parts, etc...
It's plausible that Toyota products still suffer from this as even the products "manufactured" outside of Japan are really only assembled in other countries from parts sent over from Japan (which again, has no natural iron/steel).
I revisited this forum because of a problem with tire wear, but these rust posts reminded me of when I bought my 2004 taco. A few weeks after I purchased it I showed the Toyota service manager what I thought was excessive rust on the springs under the truck that supports the reer wheels and was told "that is normal." I know such springs rust easily, but they should have not been showing such rust so early on from purchase. IMHO the parts were rusted when the truck was assembled.
#446 of 547 Crap for gas milage
Feb 07, 2007 (10:03 am)
I just bought a 2004 4X4 Tacoma 2.7 automatic w/Air.
I WANT BETTER MILEAGE!!
Please help with u'r input. so far I herd of synthetic oil & better air filter. Now what else can I do.
It gets 20 MPG
#447 of 547 Re: Crap for gas milage [nzcar8]
Feb 14, 2007 (6:33 pm)
i have a 1999 version of your vehicle. I get the same mileage. It gets worse if you switch the transmission to the mode which makes it shift at higher RPM points.(17 MPG) It gets really worse if you drive at 75MPH on the freeway! (15 MPG) Ain't nothin' you can do. I too did the AMSOIL synlubes everywhere-engine, F&R diffs, XFR case, auto tranny. Only the air filter is stock. Bummer. 4x4 is nice though.