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#1089 of 1369 Re: 2004 Toyota Tacoma [cmhtruckguy]
Jun 21, 2011 (6:16 am)
American truck owners bashing? you paid $12,000 for your truck. There are guys out there that paid $23,000 for their truck new and with less than 50,000 miles on it have to drive a corrola rent a car for 3 months and then have to pay thousands of dollars in "wore out parts" so just because your toyota dealer treated you right and you bought your truck from a buddy does not give you the right to label the rest of us as American truck owners bashing. I have a 99 Taco and as soon as I get my check I am buying a Ford. Toyota has had the rusted frame issue since they have been building trucks with the exception of the T-100 which was not built by Toyota. Think about it how many old Toyota trucks do you see on the road in the midwest? I don't see many at all.
#1090 of 1369 Re: 2004 Toyota Tacoma [hackattack5]
Jun 21, 2011 (6:28 am)
I'm a big Toyota fan as many on Edmunds could tell you. I just received my 2004 Tacoma back from a reframe and am completely satisfied. However, you made a very good point though with the minimal number of old Toyota trucks on the road. Of course you have to remember most of the "95" to "99" trucks were repurchased already by Toyota .
#1091 of 1369 Re: 2004 Toyota Tacoma [terceltom]
Jun 21, 2011 (2:36 pm)
In 1986 I was the first one in my family to buy a foreign vehicle. It was a brand new toyota 4x4. I paid $9000.00 for it and drove it for 160,000 miles before somebody rear ended me and totaled it. All I had to do for maintenance was oil tires and brakes. Now at the time that thing rusted to hell and back but I did not pay attention to the frame. I went out to find a replacement and that is when I learned from a guy at work to watch out for frame rot. He had a 1983 that the frame rotted on and was no longer a fan. So for the past 20 years I have been watching and I would say that most I have come across, the frame has been very rusty. It seems the 4x4 are worse than the 4x2 but that might be because its harder to see. The only exception is the T100 which I have never seen any rust that amounts to anything on them. I have owned 3 of those and they were good trucks. So its time for me to switch to Ford for awhile and let toyota get there head screwed on right. The worst thing they did is when they decided to be the biggest in the world. You would of thought they would of learned something from GM on that mistake but they didn't
#1092 of 1369 Re: 2004 refaming completed [terceltom]
Jun 21, 2011 (7:06 pm)
terceltom...no, the delay was caused by the techs during the initial dismantle. Seems some of the bolts were frozen through from the rust & the only way to remove the part was by cutting thru and around other parts not initially included in the swap out. The advisor told me he had to send a supplemental report to Toyota, with pics and documentation on each of the add'l parts. By the time he did all this, got the approval, & ordered the add'l parts, it added a week or so to the job. Today is day 15 and counting. I'm hoping it'll all be done by this weekend, or early next week.
#1093 of 1369 Re: 2004 Toyota Tacoma [terceltom]
Jun 25, 2011 (5:13 am)
I remember the recall effected 813,000 trucks. I wonder how many Toyota bought back. My truck did fail. They are going to give me $11,600.00 for it. It was a 1999 4X4 with 92,000 miles on it. Now reality has smacked me in the face because replacement trucks are close to $30,000 So now I give them my paid off truck and get a new one with a $20,000 loan that will cost $23,000 by the time its paid off. Thanks Toyota. I don't want to complain but if it had a good frame that truck could of lasted another 10 years
#1094 of 1369 Re: 2004 Toyota Tacoma [hackattack5]
Jun 25, 2011 (5:19 am)
Yeah, 150% of Kelly Bluebook Excellent value for your used truck isn't as good of a deal as it sounds when you have to put out another $20,000.00 in this economy if you want another decent truck.
#1095 of 1369 Final Outcome To My 1st Post...
Jul 05, 2011 (6:20 pm)
As I previously wrote, my Tacoma went in to the dealer in Miami for the frame swap on June 6th. The service rep initially told me a week or so for the job. A problem arose when add'l parts were found defective, and a week or so was lost waiting for the athorization from Toyota for the add'l parts. They had my truck for 22 days. I've had it back now for one week. I must say Toyota did an excellent job. My Tacoma HANDLES AND FEELS LIKE NEW, with 160K miles!! The final bill for Toyota came to $ 13,400, + 3 weeks for the rental car. I dropped another 2K on it, to replace the original clutch, all the rad / heater hoses, the top seal on the fuel tank, and the front shocks, struts, and upper assembly, which were not amoung the parts covered. I consider it $$ well spent, as I expect another 160K from this truck. Also, the dealer advises that the work comes with a one year parts / labor warranty. Though my case was somewhat drawn out, in the end I cannot say enough good things about the quality and attention to detail that Toyota provided. Thank you to all on this forum who shared their experiences, thus giving guidance to those of us that follow.
#1096 of 1369 Re: Final Outcome To My 1st Post... [epena]
Jul 05, 2011 (7:33 pm)
Interesting, my dealer told me my new frame was still garanteed for 15 years after the date the truck was put into service. I'm really glad that your truck came back in great condition, as did mine.
#1097 of 1369 Re: 1995 tacoma frame rust problem [karen51]
Jul 12, 2011 (8:01 pm)
all the 1995 owners are being left out in the cold ,main office is rude,dealer id rude my recall just expired ,but it was tested in 2010 (before i owned it and instead of fixing or junking the truck they put it back on the lot ,sold it to a guy ,and it ended up at an auction where i talked to the salesman Chris was at the auction an assured me the frame was good , then i did research and found out my truck failed also ,i still drive it , my personal mechanic said i can drive it if i go easy with it but toyota really dosent treat customers right ,they didnt even want my truck for a trade in. i love the new tacomas but ive read theyhave frame and other problems .toyota single handedly pissed off a lot of customers ,but they should back up the tacoma frame for a lifetime since it was a factory defect and its a safty issue .so please .we all gotta spread the word and take action or people will buy a korean or chinese car that dosent rust
#1098 of 1369 Re: 1995 tacoma frame rust problem [cartman7]
Jul 13, 2011 (5:30 am)
1999 Taco failed hammer test yesterday in Indy. Dealer said it was safe to drive just bring it back, surrender truck and get check. Any tips on how to handle this and get more money would be helpful.