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#1078 of 1369 Re: Failed Inspection...My 1st Posting [jtimm]
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
May 28, 2011 (1:19 pm)
Driving a vehicle with a salvage title is generally considered "at your own risk" even if it's functional.
The reason Toyota won't handle this is because they are going to take ownership of the vehicle and salvage it themselves (the truck will be destroyed). If they didn't require a clean title, there would be no stopping people from buying junk Tacomas and restoring them just enough to be drivable, then bringing them in for buybacks. Toyota has a similar clause for 1999-and-older trucks that were purchased after the program was announced - this prevents people from buying a Tacoma from an unknowing owner for a cheap price, then "flipping" it in a buyback for a huge profit.
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#1079 of 1369 Re: Failed Inspection...My 1st Posting [jtimm]
Jun 03, 2011 (2:17 pm)
jtimm...do a Google search for TOYOTA WARRANTY SERVICE BULLETIN POL 08-03 (enter it just like that in your search field) It's the policy bulletin that toyota sent out to their dealers back in 2008, explaining the qualifications under this program. I think it's like a 6 page pdf. On the 1st page, they list the vehicles that are excluded...if I recall, salvaged vehicles are listed. however, you have unique circumstances, so who knows...good luck.
#1080 of 1369 Re: Recall on my 03 [bob_g60]
Jun 03, 2011 (2:29 pm)
Wow! Two months to replace the frame, my dealer told me they would have mine back to me in two to three days after frame replacement.
#1081 of 1369 Re: Failed Inspection...My 1st Posting [terceltom]
Jun 03, 2011 (2:41 pm)
Terceltom...wow, sounds like you have a knowledgeable service dept. doing the work...which for a job this extensive, is paramount...they know what they're doing. In my case, not too much road salt used on the roads in south fla, so i'm guessing this type of work is rarely seen. That's my major concern with all of this...I'll get the truck back & have to deal with a bunch of bugs, or something else will come up during the repair that will end up costing me $$.
Speaking of which, does anyone have any suggestions as to what parts one would consider replacing that are NOT covered by toyota?? Figure it would make sense since pretty much the entire truck is being dimantled. I'm thinking the shock abs, maybe the brakes, the CO2 rear sensor (mine is rusted away, causing an eternal "check engine" light.
BTW..here's alink to a neat video taken at a dealer, of the entire swap out process. pretty amazing. SCROLL DOWN TO THE 3rd VIDEO.
#1082 of 1369 Re: Failed Inspection...My 1st Posting [epena]
Jun 03, 2011 (3:54 pm)
Yea, I know why you feel concerned. Mine is going in next week and I'm just as concened. The tech. that's going to do the work assures me it's gonna be even better then it was before the replacement. Just in case it's not, I'm already resigned to the fact that I'm going to sell it if I'm not satisfied with it. I'm going to get the timing belt done at the same time. 128,000 miles and still on the original timing belt.
By the way, I think you'll like this actual video of a Tacoma frame replacement also.
#1083 of 1369 2004 refaming completed
Jun 12, 2011 (10:13 am)
My 2004 Tacoma is reframed. Only took the dealer 3 days from start to finish. They told me it would take two days, but I'm not complaining. Didn't pick it up yet but I did go over to see it. It looks great, like a new truck underneath. I measure it all around to make sure the cab and bed are all sitting even, because some have said that when they get their trucks back after a reframe they're higher on one side then the other. Mine measured perfectly. The real test will be in the test drive before I sign-off on the job. I'll keep you posted.
#1084 of 1369 Re: 2004 refaming completed [terceltom]
Jun 15, 2011 (7:23 pm)
Okay so I picked up my 2004 Tacoma after the re frame and everything seemed very good mechanically. I only noticed two things, one the shift lever stays lit in "R" for reverse even thought it's working correctly and my left side dash lights are dimmer then before. What I didn't expect was a laundry list of technician notes on items I didn't know were problematic with the truck, I though it ran and worked just fine.
1) Drifts right - don't notice this
2) vibration in drive line - don't notice this
3) front brake squeal - don't hear this
4) rough idle - seems smooth to me
5) transmission or transfer case leak - don't see a one drop of fluid
6) muffler weak - sounds just fine, quiet
7) wires corroded on 4 wheel drive switch - said he don't how my 4 wheel drive is working cause the wires are corroded totally off
8) A.C. low on charge - works great for me
So what's up with them? Are any of these detrimental requiring immediate servicing?
#1085 of 1369 My first posting..(cont'd)
Jun 19, 2011 (6:36 pm)
Updating my reframing job, my tacoma went in on June 6th for the scheduled frame swap. A last minute glitch came up about a week prior, when the service advisor advised that the dealership would not cover the cost of the rental car. Following the advise of previous posters on this forum, I immediately contacted the Toyota Customer Service Center. They started a case file, & the rep, concurred with me that the rental car tab was covered. Anyways, by the time the 6th rolled around, the issue had been ironed out with the dealer. I have to say that I am impressed with the way and speed that customer service handled this.
Tomorrow will mark two weeks that the dealer has had my truck. the advisor initially estimated a week to do the job. He's kept me updated on the developments. A delay occurred when in the process of taking the truck apart, additional adjoining parts not initally coverded were broken or had to be cut, due to the extent of the corrosion on the parts being removed. This required an additional parts list to be submitted to Toyota for approval...which came this past Thurs. The parts were ordered, and hopefully the job is back on track. I'm springing for a new clutch ($500) & shocks ($400), plus replacing all of the radiator / heater hoses on the engine ($200).
#1086 of 1369 Re: 2004 refaming completed [terceltom]
Jun 19, 2011 (6:44 pm)
Glad to hear you have your truck back..curious...have you gone back and attempted to reconcile the tech notes with your own observations?
#1087 of 1369 Re: 2004 refaming completed [epena]
Jun 20, 2011 (5:14 am)
The techs. that did the job were not there when I picked up the truck. I know another one of the techs. who is going to talk to the two that performed the reframing. The truck is in for it's yearly state inspection today at my regular garage. That garage owner told me he would give it a good check for me. Most of what the dealer noted are small items not requiring a bundle of money. I believe like others, that the two techs. that did the reframing were just trying to cover their butts and just documented everything, regardless of how minimal it might be, just so I couldn't claim something worked before that didn't work afterwards. I crawled under the truck myself and couldn't find anything to worry about.
Is the delay in your reframing because of the other work that your having completed? I was really impressed with the speed (three days) and quality of work of the two techs. trained to do reframings at my dealer. They're really experienced though. They did many so far and had two Tundra's lined up to do after mine. Keep us posted and good luck with your final results.