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#1104 of 1369 1998 Toyota Tacoma-Rust to Vehicle's Frame
Aug 23, 2011 (7:51 am)
I have been notified about possible rust to my pickup's frame and that I should bring it in for inspection. It is a Limited Service Campaign and Virginia is one of the state's, due to salt on the state's roads, where these vehicles are affected. If the frame has deteriorated, I suppose they will buy the vehicle, replace the frame or if no deterioration; they will apply a corrosion resistant compound. Nothing seems this simple and I do not feel comfortable with the whole process. My rear bumper which I thought was chrome is peeling badly, never seen anything like this before for such an expensive truck.
Any advice that anyone can give me on how to approach and handle this situation would be greatly appreciated. Joyce
#1105 of 1369 Re: 1998 Toyota Tacoma-Rust to Vehicle's Frame [irvin1965]
Aug 23, 2011 (8:26 am)
They wont fix it, if it fails you will get a check, if it passes they recoat frame. My 99 is now flat as a pancake and have moved onto 2000 trd 4runner with money in the bank. Miss the old truck but great deal. Rust was found on the frame under passenger door, large hole. Good luck
#1106 of 1369 Re: 1998 Toyota Tacoma-Rust to Vehicle's Frame [irvin1965]
Aug 23, 2011 (3:45 pm)
It depends on:
What they are offering you.
How you've maintained your vehicle.
What condition it's in for the next few yearts.
My 1999 Tacoma ran great because I took great care of it.
I had to have a GREAT deal to part with it, even in 2008 with 141,000 miles on it. I was very wary until I actually was told what they would pay me.
Mine was part of the frame rust campaign in 2008.
They were not repairing frames - they were only buying back Tacomas from owners when they had enough rust on the frame that fell short of their "standards".
Mine did not have very much - but it qualified.
I was offered 3 things: Buyback, loaner vehicle, $ 1,000 bonus.
1. Toyota offered me 1 - 1/2 (one and one half) times the
retail value. It was in the Blue Book at $ 5,800.00.
They offered me $ 8,700.00. It stunned me. As I said, I wasn't sure
the entire deal was "on the level" until then.
2. They gave me a loaner vehicle for 30 days, starting the day I turned over
my truck to them - in order to look for another vehicle.
No strings. I took one of the dealership's loaner cars. Due back in 30
3. They offered an additional $ 1,000 discount if I moved up to a Toyota
Tundra. I did not - I got another Tacoma.
I had great luck with my Tacoma, and hated to part with it. But the amount of money they paid me to sell it back to them cemented it.
I don't know what I would have done if they said they would repair the frame. I have read both good and bad on here from owners who had a frame "repaired".
What are they offering you and how does it compare to you continuing to drive your vehicle as it is?
- Tim, Cincinnati
#1107 of 1369 Re: 1998 Toyota Tacoma-Rust to Vehicle's Frame [tcincy]
Aug 24, 2011 (8:07 am)
Well, I got the letter from Toyota. I live in Virginia so I am going to the dealership. I have a nice truck; it belonged to my husband who is now deceased. The truck has about 155,000 miles on it. The bumper as I mentioned, which should be chrome, is rusty and peeling off. I don't know about the frame. We have maintained the vehicle very well. I just don't know what to expect from the dealership. I guess if it passes inspection, they will coat the frame and if I don't, they will want to buy my truck. Man I wanted this truck to last. The letter says there is a 15 year warranty on the frame so since I have a 1998 I suppose they will let the clock run out if I have some rust and I will end up with a truck that will eventually be worth nothing.
#1108 of 1369 Re: 1998 Toyota Tacoma-Rust to Vehicle's Frame [cbone14]
Aug 24, 2011 (8:19 am)
What state are you in? I am in Virginia. I guess this comes down to all the salt that is put on the roads during the winter time, you think? Joyce
#1109 of 1369 Re: 1998 Toyota Tacoma-Rust to Vehicle's Frame [irvin1965]
Aug 24, 2011 (11:39 am)
This is a pass fail test. Toyota was very fair, beyond fair if you ask me. My 99 Taco had 170k on it and I got 12k for it. It does not matter what condition it is in, only that is drives and has a clean title. You can get it re-inspected up to 15years out every year as long as they are offering the buy back program. No Tacoma's from 1995 to 2000 are being repaired because they dont make that frame anymore. If it fails you get much more than truck is worth(150% of KBB retail value) or you get it recoated and then have it reispected yearly out to 15 years. The dealer does not have a dog in this fight, if anything they hope it fails so they can sell you a new one. I hope this is helpful as I just went through this last month.
#1110 of 1369 Re: 1998 Toyota Tacoma-Rust to Vehicle's Frame [cbone14]
Aug 25, 2011 (11:35 am)
Well, I will be finding out in the next week or so if the truck passes inspection. I have until December, 2011 to have it inspected. The 15 year warranty I would think would end at the end of 2012 since I have a 1998 but maybe Toyota is ending the program at the end of 2011. I will see what they tell me. I have about 162,000 miles on my truck and it is in very good shape, as far as I know. Thank you so much for helping me. Joyce
#1111 of 1369 Re: 1998 Toyota Tacoma-Rust to Vehicle's Frame [irvin1965]
Aug 25, 2011 (8:38 pm)
Re: the warranty.
When I sold my Tacoma back to Toyota, my older brother had a 1998 Tacoma that did not "qualify". However, they advised they were retro-actively placing a 15 year warranty on all Tacomas. So his was goo dutnil 2013.
They said he could bring it back every year to have it inspected for the buyback, as long as the program lasted.
I would take it sooner rather than later to have it inspected, because you don't know when they will end the program.
#1112 of 1369 2000 tacoma frame rust
Aug 26, 2011 (9:17 am)
Going on Monday 8/29 for my first experience with a dealer checking my frame. I have a 2000 Toyota Tacoma sr5 v6, 103,000, original owner, good title, well cared for. Am I a fool for thinking they may do the anti-corrosive treatment on my truck? No thru rust that I can see, obviously lots of surface rust. I've browsed this forum quickly and didn't find much about this treatment. I suppose it would require a good bit of prep to do, basically really uncertain what the future holds for my just fine paid for truck, much like some of you. Is the treatment speal just to get us to the dealer? Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
#1113 of 1369 Re: 2000 tacoma frame rust [jmack05]
Aug 26, 2011 (9:30 am)
If they find any it'll be up by the gas tank where you can't see it; that's where mine was. I got a brand new $11,000 frame job for my 2004 and it didn't cost me a penny. The guys at my Toyota dealership did an excellent job. It's like getting a whole new truck. Good for another 150,000 miles now. There are no buy backs for the 2000 on up trucks.