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#17 of 39 2005 Tacoma frame rust problems aready
Aug 27, 2007 (6:59 am)
I live in New Hampshire and bought a new 2005 Quad Cab Tacoma in September 2005. My truck has only seen two very mild winters worth of salted road conditions. I wash the under body of my truck frequently. This spring I noticed that surface rust is breaking out all over my truck’s frame, at the weld joints, on the flat surfaces of the frame and anywhere something is bolted to the frame. I have talked to the service department at Toyota of Nashua, NH where I bought the truck and they state that no other customers have brought this problem to their attention as yet. I am a mechanical engineer and I design and work with metals, undercoating and painted finishes all the time. Based on my experience, it is my opinion that a properly paint two-year-old truck frame should not have this much rust breaking through the paint on the frame as mine does. All Toyota advertisements I have always seen, stress the durability and extremely long service life expectancy of their vehicles. The entire reason I bought my Toyota was based on their long-standing track record of high quality and customer satisfaction. Working with the dealership we escalated this situation to the New England District Service & Parts Manager trying to get Toyota to repair the rust break through problem. I presented the idea that there may be a Toyota design problem with the undercoat and paint system specified for the 2005 Tacomas and or that the coating materials were not applied correctly to my specific truck. The New England District Service & Parts Manager is basically stating that all frames start to rust eventually and that Toyota has no obligation to repair the frame rust even thought the truck is only two years old. My local dealership is now saying this problem is in the hands of New England District Service & Parts Manager and if I am not satisfied with their response I may have to go through the arbitration process with corporate Toyota USA to get this rust problem addressed and corrected. Is anyone else experiencing similar frame rust problems with their 2004 or new Tacoma’s?
#19 of 39 HELP!!! I need to take my bike
Jul 05, 2007 (8:03 pm)
#20 of 39 HELP!!! I need to take my bike
Jun 17, 2007 (5:07 pm)
Hey all. Maybe someone can help. I purchased a 2007 Tacoma regular cab 4x4. I want to take my custom chopper down to the smokeout in a few days. I am just now reading that the tailgate bends and was not aware of that problem. I am also wondering how to secure the bike in the bed. With an expensive bike, those cleats have me worried. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
#21 of 39 Re: HELP!!! I need to take my bike [007taco]
Jul 05, 2007 (8:03 pm)
Seems the simplest solution would be a trailer. Does your Taco have the tow package?
#22 of 39 Tacoma Tailgate Failure w/motorcycle loading
Aug 16, 2007 (4:56 am)
#23 of 39 Tacoma Tailgate Failure w/motorcycle loading
Jul 24, 2007 (7:07 am)
We purchased a new 2008 Toyota Tacoma from the dealership in Kennesaw, Georgia. We discussed our need with the salesman to transport a motorcycle in the bed and measured the bed with the salesman to make sure the bike would fit. We had to angle the bike in, but it would fit just fine with the tailgate down.
Once home, we tried to load our Kaw 1500 via a ramp to the tailgate, with a rider on the bike. As the front tire crossed the tailgate, we had tailgate failure as the inside of the gate bent inward.
We were informed this morning that Toyota classifies this as "an accident" and is not covered by warranty. The warranty person was unaware of service bulletins about this problem, but apparently the body shop was aware. Of course, we were NOT made aware of this issue, but now YOU are if you're smart enough to investigate this web-site prior to purchase (I wasn't).
#24 of 39 Re: Tacoma Tailgate Failure w/motorcycle loading [richard61]
Jul 24, 2007 (8:48 pm)
The Tacoma tailgate really is weak. I don't even stand in the center of mine. I think I have read elsewhere in this forum that the tailgate should be removed before loading a heavy item with a ramp. Since the composite bed isn't the best for securing a motorcycle, I think most probably use a trailer instead of hassling with removing the tailgate.
#25 of 39 Re: Tacoma Tailgate Failure w/motorcycle loading [richard61]
Aug 16, 2007 (4:56 am)
Yes the 2005+ tailgates are weak - I believe they are rated for a max load of 200 pounds, although Toyota doesn't tell you this and you can't find the info in the manual.
There was a lot of discussion about this in the Tacoma 2005+ forum shortly after the '05 Tacos came out (I did a lot of research in there before I bought my '05). Several posters in that forum bent their tailgates hauling snowmobiles, 4 wheelers, cycles, etc.
It would be nice if Toyota would mention the load limit somewhere before you find out the hard way.
#26 of 39 Re: 2005 Tacoma frame rust problems aready [blazingtaco]
Jan 08, 2008 (6:24 am)
I live in WV and have a 2005 Tacoma access cab. My frame has a lot of rust on it also. The dealer says that frames rust. I dont think they should rust this quickly.