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#20 of 53 Engine backfire???
May 08, 2007 (5:31 pm)
I have a 2006 Toyota V6 Tacoma SR5 4x4 Access Cab truck with 43,000 miles on it. The past 3 weeks I have been hearing an engine backfire at 40 to 55 MPH. You can feel the backfire through the floorboard. When it backfires it only does it once or three times in a row. My question is this:
Is it an engine backfire, a loose motor / transmission mount, or a Torque convert shudder?
I took my truck to the dealership and they heard the backfire (noise) and they said the computer did not register anything wrong with the motor or transmission. I ask them to talk to the District Toyota Tech Rep. The dealership told me the Toyota Rep had not experienced the problem before and when they (meaning the dealership) diagnose the problem, to tell him the prognoses. The dealership then informed me that if they can not diagnose the problem then they want me to drive the truck until the problem gets worse. I then ask is Toyota going to fix the problem at their expense if itís a drive train problem. They told me it depends if I am within 60k. My other question is this:
Is this Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Toyota on a problem they can not diagnose? Is this how a company that boast number one in customer service and satisfaction handles a problem?
Note all service has been done per their guide, none missed. This problem started after the 40K service. Also my speedometer reads 5 mph fast and they said this is normal and within tolerance. Honda fixed the speedometer problems on their cars.
#21 of 53 Re: Engine backfire??? [kj4x4taco]
May 09, 2007 (7:35 am)
I was also wondering HOW toyota got the #1 spot for satisfaction and manufacture in the US if in fact the QUALITY CONTROL ISSUES are well known and look and see how many forums there are against toyota. I was also given the runaround and LIED to and will never ever consider ever BUYING a toyota EVER AGAIN. I bought a toyota solely on their reputation and I got CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#22 of 53 Re: Engine backfire??? [dredogg]
May 09, 2007 (4:36 pm)
You're the guy with the "crooked" truck. Sorry to hear of your dissatisfaction. I sold my Toyota van off a few months ago - a nine year old van - that showed signs of old age. It was an O.K. vehicle over those years, except for a few fairly expensive electrical malfunctions, and some brake problems. Apart from that, it was reliable. I've never been a big fan of Toyota products, but the van suited my wife and I at the time when we purchased it new. I can't say that I wouldn't buy a Toyota again, but I believe that their reputation for unsurpassed durability/reliability is a bit of a stretch these days. Perhaps one of the great myths of our time. Believe it or not.
By the way, what might be your next vehicle?
#23 of 53 Re: Engine backfire??? [driver56]
May 10, 2007 (9:00 am)
Believe it or not I was supposed to get a Frontier at first but because of the supposed reputation of toyota I went with the tacoma. I mean it took me eight months to realize I was driving a CROOKED truck, and that was only because one day I let my girlfriend drive my truck and I was in my other truck. I was in front of her and we just happened to be going down a long straight away and I noticed that the truck was swerving. I called her on the cell and told her to stop swerving the truck and she said she wasn't. Then I told her to get in front of me and I COULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT I WAS SEEING. It looked liked a vehicle that had been in an accident. Right after that I took it to an alignment shop and the guy said why do you need an alignment check if it is a new truck? I said just do it and when he came back he said has this truck been in an accident? The manager on duty right away said and I quote "I do not want to be involved in this" and I was wondering why he said that but now I know. If toyota would have just gave me another not CROOKED truck I would be a happy toyota owner but they just tried to fix it and said it FALLS INTO SPECS but the truck is still CROOKED so I am S.O.L. and that is toyota for you.
#24 of 53 Is it possible to raise a 2006 Tacoma 4WD?
Apr 21, 2007 (7:03 pm)
#25 of 53 Is it possible to raise a 2006 Tacoma 4WD?
Apr 05, 2007 (2:34 pm)
Can a 2006 Tacoma 4WD with TRD Off Road package be raised an inch or two? Will it affect the handling or damage anything?
#26 of 53 Re: Is it possible to raise a 2006 Tacoma 4WD? [tmoehn]
Apr 15, 2007 (7:16 am)
yes you can i did 3" in front 1" in back still ride the same.
#27 of 53 Re: Is it possible to raise a 2006 Tacoma 4WD? [1bad2006]
Apr 15, 2007 (11:09 am)
Thanks 1bad2006. Why did you raise the front 3" and the rear only 1"? How is it accomplished?
#28 of 53 Re: Is it possible to raise a 2006 Tacoma 4WD? [tmoehn]
by kcram HOST
Apr 15, 2007 (7:18 pm)
That's considered a "raise and level" lift. By design, almost all pickups are two inches higher in the rear, so that they are relatively level when fully loaded.
kcram - Pickups Host
Apr 21, 2007 (7:03 pm)
way 3" in front 1 " in back because of the 32 " tires i put on it look bad ass