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Toyota Tacoma, Exterior, Truck
#1 of 14 2003 Tacoma Paint Chips
Apr 26, 2003 (6:27 am)
My 2003 Tacoma is about 3 months old. Chips are starting to appear in the paint, particularly along the driver side both high and low. There are no dents, and I have not heard gravel or sand hitting the side. Several have shown up in the past week, and I have not been on the highway during that time. Look at the picture http://www.rslafaver.com/chips.jpg
In all there are perhaps 10 or 12 of these little chip areas, and at least 3 are new in the past week. How poor is this paint? I invite comments and suggestions. As of now I am planning to take a day off without pay next week so I can get it to a dealer.
Apr 26, 2003 (7:21 am)
You are not the only one with paint problems on
a Toyota. Check out http://tundrasolutions.com
Lots of unhappy folks in the same boat over there.
Complain to dealer !! Print out some the other
owners complaints to show the dealer if they think
your nuts!....Good luck..............geo
#3 of 14 Rlafaver, just out of curiosity...
Apr 28, 2003 (5:03 am)
What color is your truck?
Apr 28, 2003 (11:43 am)
Check the link in my first post for a small picture. The truck is red metalic.
#5 of 14 paint feedback
Apr 28, 2003 (5:50 pm)
I have a 2003 Tacoma with no paint problems.
Also I know that the durability of paint on Toyota vehicles has been very good in the past. Not sure how good the current paint is, but I don't have any problems yet.
May 01, 2003 (5:45 pm)
When I took delivery of my '03 Tacoma in January my green paint had chips out around the front of the rear wheel wells on both sides. It looks like it was sandblasted. Those chips are down to the grey primer, and mine are more dense than yours. It really looks like someone went down to the beach and "floored" it in reverse. My concern is that if it were left, the paint will continue flake off.
The dealer apologized profusely and asked what I wanted to do. We agreed to turn it over to a body shop and have them repaint it. I will even get a free loaner while it's in the shop. The bill will go to Toyota.
Tell your dealer that one dealer is already repainting a truck and if you want to, I can e-mail the guy myself. Hey, neither one of us paid for this.
#7 of 14 buffalonickel
May 02, 2003 (3:59 am)
The dealer offered to pay to repaint mine if the body shop will swear the paint is defective. Even though there are a couple of perfectly round chips in the bunch, the body shop guy wants to see more damage before he will do that, so I have to wait. I'm afraid to touch up the chips because I need them for evidence, but if I don't, water will get under the paint. Then if they never make good on repainting, where am I?
They tell me there is no primer on new vehicles. The metal is treated and the paint goes right on top. I know one thing. Paint jumps off my Tacoma like water off hot grease. I have yet to hear anything strike the body while driving, yet the chips just keep on coming. Tomorrow is wash day, and I dread it.
May 04, 2003 (4:34 pm)
How much more is "more?" And what kind of a dealer did you end up with? This sounds like a put off. And maybe they don't call the stuff primer...fine. Whatever it is IT ain't supposed to let the paint fail. Mine shipped that way.
I wouldn't paint over it.
Just wax it and watch it. But I think these guys are playing games. That's a good way to lose customers. I didn' realize business was THAT good!
#9 of 14 How much more is "more?"
May 05, 2003 (4:04 am)
I don't know. However, I think I will take it back often. The dealer didn't give me anything to verify I was there, but I called the 800 number and got a case number on record. I will just keep it up until the matter is resolved. Apparently you have to have the same skepticism with Toyota that you would have with any other brand dealer.
May 05, 2003 (4:47 pm)
Did you check tundrasolutions? Have that dealer
put it on a repair invoice ASAP ! The dealer
seems to have a denial problem. Bummer.......