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#448 of 547 Re: RUSTED FRAME RAILS / 97 TACOMA EXT CAB [tmiller159]
Mar 01, 2007 (9:14 am)
I also have a 1999 Toyota XtraCab pickup with the rusted frame problem. I purchased the truck in 9/2000 with 10,000 miles on it. It has been well taken care of and the body is in great shape. I went to the Toyota Dealer where it was purchased and the Body Shop Manager told me he has not seen anything like this before. He suggested that I call Toyota customer care so I did. They said that they would like to send a representative out to look at the frame.
I also made a report to the NHTSA on their website. Hopefully if enough people report this, toyota will take action.
#450 of 547 Re: RUSTED FRAME RAILS / 97 TACOMA EXT CAB [berdman21]
Mar 05, 2007 (11:56 am)
UPDATE: Toyota will do nothing, and says that it is not their problem. Lovely, now what?
#451 of 547 Re: RUSTED FRAME RAILS / 97 TACOMA EXT CAB [berdman21]
Mar 06, 2007 (5:14 pm)
File with the NHTSA per my previous email. Include the above at the end of your safety related complaint.
#452 of 547 Re: RUSTED FRAME RAILS / 97 TACOMA EXT CAB [tmiller159]
Mar 06, 2007 (9:11 pm)
Complaint has been filed...
#453 of 547 99 tacoma with rusted frame
Mar 07, 2007 (6:14 pm)
Toyota agreed to replace my frame for free, then after having the truck for over a month told me that there are no frames available and that I should pick up my truck. I have also filed a complaint with the NHTSA.
#454 of 547 Re: 99 tacoma with rusted frame [rstytacoframe]
Mar 08, 2007 (7:21 pm)
That is really bizarre. First they agree, then they changed their minds? Poor excuse if you ask me. I am sure there are frames available. They just decided it wasn't worth $6000 in time and materials to do it IMHO. I'm glad you filed with NHTSA. The more the better.
#455 of 547 Re: 99 tacoma with rusted frame [tmiller159]
Mar 08, 2007 (7:27 pm)
I didn't believe that there weren't any frames availabe but I called around myself and was told that they were dicontinued. I tried pretty hard to find one because they said if I found one they would do the job, but I've had no luck.
#456 of 547 Re: 99 tacoma with rusted frame [tmiller159]
Mar 10, 2007 (11:42 am)
Dang!! I have a 2K Tacoma 4wd reg. cab.. I live in an Alpine area with a lot of snow. With all this talk about rusted frame rails, springs, etc.. I'm going to go and check my frame now.. I'll reply back with my answer.
#457 of 547 Re: K-nock [chagasi]
Mar 10, 2007 (6:18 pm)
My 98 Taco with a V-6 briefly knocked, even when it was less than 100k mileage, when cold started in low temps.
Switched to Castrol Syntec, 100% synthetic oil, and that knocked the sound out a lot.
In 06, I switched to Amsoil 100% synthetic oil, and that COMPLETELY silenced the cold start grumbles. Amsoil invented synthetic oil. Changing from Syntec to Amsoil, was as noticable as changing from dino-juice oil to Syntec.
If you are using regular oil, and you switch to Syntec, you will likely notice a difference right away. Amsoil is pricey, but as long as you haven't let your engine get sludged out, you can easily run it 10,000 miles per change, so long as you are using an Amsoil oil filter. Yes, it, and the filter, are that good. A good many longtime Amsoil users, just change the filter after 10,000 miles, and change the oil when it's approaching 20,000.
Please, before anyone decides to flame me, check the facts. Been workin on motors for 30+ years, and know the benefits of clean oil, in making a mill run for 200,000 mles. Clean oil, and regular maintenance, and 60 second (ideally 2 mins) warm-ups will garner 200k from damn near any motor.
When I did my first Amsoil change, I didn't expect it to be noticable, since I was already running 100% synthetic. I was wrong. With 150k+ on it, this motor started up and ran quiter than it did when I bought the vehicle at 58k. The first 0ºF morning I started it up, there was ABSOLUTELY NO TICKS OR CHATTER. No, I am not a distributor. (Not yet anyway.)
FYI, keep in mind, that a documented running of any oil over 7,500 miles may void your warranty. I tried synthetic shortly after I turned over 100k.