Last post on May 07, 2012 at 12:45 PM
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#31 of 37 Re: 2005 Tacoma frame rust problems aready [blazingtaco]
Apr 19, 2008 (6:02 am)
#32 of 37 Tacoma and tie downs for dirt bike
Jun 27, 2008 (6:06 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 37 Re: HELP!!! I need to take my bike [007taco]
Jul 06, 2009 (8:42 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 37 Re: HELP!!! I need to take my bike [007taco]
Jul 08, 2009 (9:07 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 (7:23 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 37 Tacoma Gas Tank Fell off While Driving
May 07, 2012 (12:45 pm)
#37 of 37 Tacoma Gas Tank Fell off While Driving
May 07, 2012 (12:45 pm)
Anyone else ever have this happen?
My 1996 Tacoma has a recall out for rust corrosion issues. I had already replaced pretty much everything underneath, from the muffler (2x) to the brake cords, radiator, and more, owing to rust issues. Yet somehow it always passed the recall inspections, including its last one just last October (the warranty was only until last year)
On Friday, however, I had a new issue- the GAS TANK actually FELL OFF the vehicle, WHILE I WAS DRIVING! It literally just fell off, as the straps and pipes had all been rusted out to the point where they could no longer manage its weight. In some ways, this might have been a blessing in disguise. Had this happened on the highway, this might have been a different story. However, I can't believe that Toyota missed this during their last inspection.
I called Toyota today, and they have nothing to say on the matter. For those of you with old Tacomas, however, be careful.