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#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.
#1114 of 1369 Re: 2000 tacoma frame rust [jmack05]
Aug 26, 2011 (9:49 am)
They WILL NOT replace a frame on the 1995-2000 tacoma's, they will simply buy it back at 150% reail KBB. They will take a hammer to all of the frame and beat on it for weak spots. I to had plenty of surface rust and thought mine would pass, however after the hammer test they found a hole about the size of a 50cent piece right under passenger door. 12K later I am driving an older TRD 4runner with money in the bank. Again, dealer has no dog in this fight, it is corparate. They all treated me very nice, allowed to take anything of truck that I wanted including new tires I had on it. Good luck, it does suck if your truck fails, as mine was paid for to but you will never get that kind of money for a vehicle.
#1115 of 1369 Re: 2000 tacoma frame rust [cbone14]
Aug 26, 2011 (10:43 am)
Is there any kind of significant percentage that have passed? From my browsing, not really unless the vehicle never saw the outside world.
#1116 of 1369 Re: 2000 tacoma frame rust [jmack05]
Aug 27, 2011 (2:09 pm)
The first thing is to find out if the Toyota program for Tacoma frame rust program is still in effect.
Back when I sold them my 1999 Tacoma - in Sept. 2008, they were qualifying rusted Tacomas under two circumstances:
1. Surface rust had to be, in their estimation, in excess of their "standards".
At the time their standards were they didn't want very much surface rust
on any Tacoma frame.
My Tacoma qualified - but my brother and I agreed (and the Service Mgr.
agreed) there was not "a ton" of surface rust. Yes, after 9 years there
was some, but it wasn't a concern the frame would rust through. But it
2. If there is / was even a pinhole-sized rust through hole - no matter how small - anywhere on the frame - the Tacoma qualified.
You might ask what the qualifying factors are NOW as compared to back in 2007-2009.