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#27 of 39 Re: 2005 Tacoma frame rust problems aready [blazingtaco]
Jan 11, 2008 (2:30 pm)
I have had trucks with a lot of surface rust on the frame that never caused a problem. My '90 F150 was starting to rust right off the lot, and I kept it for 17 Yrs.
That was an old school "C" section frame, not a boxed frame. On my '07 Tacoma I do see that paint adhesion on the welds is poor, possibly because of insufficient cleaning to remove all welding flux.
I am more concerned about internal water traps. I noticed that the engine mount brackets (part welded to frame rails) for my 4-Cyl engine will hold water, and are showing some rust in the pocket. There are stamped holes, but they are not at the lowest point, so it never drains completely!
Is this peculiar to the 4-Cyl mounts, or is it the same on the V6? Maybe it's just easier to see with the 4-Cyl engine. I would like to drill some proper drain holes, but access from underneath is not easy on the 4X4 due to the front half-shafts. Any ideas? It sounds like there's no point in looking to Toyota for a solution.
#28 of 39 VERY disappointed in Toyota Tacoma rusted frames.
Feb 22, 2008 (11:49 am)
This is a company that talks about quality? Having a frame rusted a few years after manufacture to me is CRAP for quality. My ’97 extended cab in good shape is worthless except for parts! Watch out for the claims of quality, they’re like lawyers, when they’re lips are moving you know they’re lying! Quality does not turn into junk in a few years. Spread the word! This from a ex customer of 26 years.
#29 of 39 Frame Rust
Feb 23, 2008 (9:45 pm)
After reading the comments on here on frame rust, I took a long hard look at the frame on the demo 2008 Tacoma Crew Cab at my dealer (Ira). It has only been a demo since October 2007, but in this snowy, wet winter it already has lots of surface rust at the frame welds and box intersections. I showed this to the service tech and he said the rust alone wouldn't cause any problems as the steel there is thick enough to carry the truck weight with loss of half of the thickness due to rust or damage. Not the answer I wanted to hear, but it seemed to make sense. When I drove the demo hard and felt the driveline binding on turns, I began to doubt that the Tacoma would be a long-life vehicle. That and the very poor fuel mileage for a wel lbroken in truck on a 250 mile extended test loop of 50/50 city and highway had me dropping the Tacoma from my truck list. Just like those false Toyota ads they had to pull off the air that claimed that 90% of Camry's since 1991 arestill on the road and 80% of Corollas since 1988 are too, I'm beginning to think that Toyota now excels in marketing and not designing and building vehicles.
#30 of 39 1995 Toyota Tacoma - Door Lock
Apr 15, 2008 (8:43 am)
I have a 95 Tacoma where the door locks (both of them) have stopped working. I can unlock and lock from the inside, but cannot do it with the key. The key will turn slightly in the lock, but not all of the way to unlock the doors. These are not automatic locks.
#31 of 39 Re: 2005 Tacoma frame rust problems aready [blazingtaco]
Apr 19, 2008 (5:02 am)
#32 of 39 Tacoma and tie downs for dirt bike
Jun 27, 2008 (5:06 pm)
I just bought a 2008 tacoma 2 weeks ago. I was very clear with the sales person that I only needed the truck for transporting dirt bikes. The sales person didn't mention that the bed was composite only, not a bed liner over metal, until I was ready to drive the truck off the lot, and I mentioned I'd probably have front rings put in to tie down a bike, because I wasn't crazy about the placement of the cleats. Then I found out later (after the missing owner's manual was mailed to me) that you aren't supposed to use tie downs on the cleats at any more than 45 degrees, as stated on page 267 of the owner's manual. The dealer is saying it is ok to use the cleats at more than 45 degress, but Toyota corporate is saying don't. When tying down dirt bikes, especially two, the tie downs are at more like 80 degrees. Toyota is advertising in their brochure and website with dirt bikes (tie downs at about 80 degrees). Corporate is saying you have to install d-rings, and that is how the bikes are secured in the brochure and website. The problem is, there is no metal to attach the d-rings, and no one disclosed that you had to retrofit the truck to secure dirt bikes.
Has anyone had this issue? How are you securing your dirt bikes?
#33 of 39 Re: HELP!!! I need to take my bike [007taco]
Jul 06, 2009 (7:42 pm)
Hey back. If you really want to haul your bike, save yourself the aggrevation and get a trailer. The tailgates are as stated i loaded my 06 kawi 1500 and to my dismay the dadgum thing almost folded in half. now I'm looking for a new tailgate or aftermarket shell to put the hardware on and get painted. I have been pretty satisfied with this truck until this fiasco. So again buy a trailer and forget about putting the bike in the back of the Taco.
#34 of 39 Re: HELP!!! I need to take my bike [007taco]
Jul 08, 2009 (8:07 pm)
I just wanted to let you and others know that when I found out that the Tacoma bed was plastic (composite) I went back to the dealer and asked them to take it back...because I wasn't able to use the truck the way it was being advertized, ie. to tie down two dirt bikes. The owner's manual has a section that disallows this due to the angle of the tie downs, and the weight that they need to hold. They refused to take it back or to retrofit it, and were quite arrogant about it. I kept at it, and also worked with Corporate Toyota, the Better Business Bureau, and the Arizona Attorney General's office, and a newspaper. Eventually, they took it back, and gave me my money back. It only had 500 miles on it. I garaged it after I found out the owner's manual was in conflict with the advertizing (brochures and commercials - false advertizing). I bought a Chevy full size.
Jun 01, 2010 (6:23 pm)
After carrying some pea gravel in my 2009 taco, I cannot drop the tailgate. The right latch is stuck. I feel really pissy about this as I think Toyota should produce a truck one can use as a truck. What the hey! Anyone have any idea how I can release the right latch? I removed the black plastic stuff already, but no action works on the latch activation.
thx in advance...
#36 of 39 Tacoma Gas Tank Fell off While Driving
May 07, 2012 (11:45 am)