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Toyota Tacoma, Toyota 4Runner, Car Safety, Auto Body, Car Warranties, Truck
#1140 of 1369 Re: 2000 tacoma frame rust [irvin1965]
Sep 11, 2011 (9:46 pm)
Good job Irv. Gotta love those dealers though...huh? You can save $300 if you go online & request quotes for the manifold. just Google...used auto parts & fill out the request. All you really need is the yr. & engine size. You'll receive quotes from all over. Some crazy high....some not. Some downright cheap. Honestly though, unless you notice a drop in power, or hear a ticking that's getting louder....,I wouldn't sweat it. My '97 had the same cracked mani. yours does since i bought it 3 yrs ago. You can see it. But it never got any worse & affected nothing. Mine just failed last fri. & they offered me the buyback for my Taco. Yes, I'm taking it. It passed last spring so in 16mo., mine fell apart. Let them treat it...,say "thank you"& be sure to have it inspected again in 366 days. You have 15 yrs from the manufacture date. Their "treatment" will not stop the deterioration of your frame IF.....it has already begun. It eats the frame from the inside out so most can't see it. I would never have known if i hadn't gotten out my little hammer & gone a "tappin'" on my frame. I encourage all 1995-1999 owners do the same ,AND TAKE IT BACK every 366 days till your 15yrs is up. CUDOS to Toyota for doing this though.....bc they did not have to. My daughters '97 Isuzu Rodeos' frame rusted & broke in half 2 yrs ago. She got zip.
#1141 of 1369 Re: 2000 tacoma frame rust [biggun1]
Sep 12, 2011 (4:05 am)
I encourage all 1995-1999 owners do the same ,AND TAKE IT BACK every 366 days till your 15yrs is up.
I'll go you one better, I suggest every Tacoma owner 2004 and earlier have the frame inspection performed every year until the warranty expires (15 years), until it fails.
#1142 of 1369 Re: 2000 tacoma frame rust [terceltom]
Sep 12, 2011 (12:46 pm)
I was told by the Toyota dealership that when I accepted the rust corrosion treatment (undercoating) it ended my warranty even though my 15 year warranty should not expire until 9-10-12. I don't know if this is true or not but that is what they told me when I was there at the end of Aug. I doubt if they would have volunteered this information but I asked them about when my warranty would expire and this is what they told me. I think there is a lot going on with this program that people don't know about.
#1143 of 1369 Re: 2000 tacoma frame rust [irvin1965]
Sep 12, 2011 (8:18 pm)
"Should a customer's vehicle experience this condition, they will be requested to present it to any Toyota dealer for inspection. Upon confirmation of rust perforation, Toyota will, at its option, buy back or repair the vehicle. If it is determined that no rust perforation is present, the extended warranty will be in effect for 15 years from original sale."
Above is an excerpt directly from Toyota explaining the warranty, your dealer is wrong or just misleading you.
Don't know how you could say there is a lot "going on" about this program that people don't know about? All you have to do is search "tacoma rust" and there are hundreds of websites that explain the details of this problem and solutions very plainly. It almost sounds like your trying to blame Toyota for something when in reality they have gone above and beyond what they would have had to to remedy this situation for Tacoma owners. Sure they sold a defective truck, but they wouldn't have had to spend millions of dollars to make the customer whole buying back and reframing Tacomas at a very expensive cost to them. Would Ford or Chevy do this? I think not! Okay, some might say that Fords or Chevys don't rust, no but they don't last as long and are not as usually dependable as a Toyota either.
#1144 of 1369 Re: 2003 Tacoma [capricorn_62]
Sep 13, 2011 (6:03 am)
Well I called toyota today and my 03 is covered under the frame rust problem. They advised me to call a dealer and have the frame checked. I called Kenny Ross of Moon Twp,Pa and have an appt. for wednesday. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all is ok and if not they put a new frame on. I would hate to get rid of this truck since I've only owned it for less than a week! I will keep posting my results.
#1145 of 1369 Re: 2003 Tacoma [capricorn_62]
Sep 13, 2011 (9:22 am)
Either way why would you get rid of it? If it passes you don't have a rust issue, if it fails, you get a new frame? Sounds like a win-win proposition to me. The best bit of advice I could give to you is make sure the dealer is well qualified to do a frame replacement if your truck should need it. All dealerships have sent two techs. to school to learn how to do this extensive frame replacement, but the job depends on the individuals who perform the 40 hour replacement job. Ask how many they have done. My experience was wonderful from my local dealer (Krause Toyota) in Allentown, PA. But I have also heard some horror stories from other dealereships where this replacement has gone horribly wrong for some Tacoma owners. I even heard of the cabs being put back on the frame 4" higher on one side than the other. Ask how many frame replacements they have performed before entrusting your truck to them.
#1146 of 1369 Re: 2003 Tacoma [terceltom]
Sep 13, 2011 (9:28 pm)
I agree it would be a win win for me. This is all new to me and I really appreciate all the great advise I've been given here. Thanks for that info on the frame replacement, I will definitley check out their experience. Well tomorrows the day....wish me luck
#1147 of 1369 Re: 2003 Tacoma [capricorn_62]
Sep 14, 2011 (2:22 pm)
Ok had the inspection done today on my 03 Taco, everything went well. Normal surface rust and is scheduled for rust proofing/undercoating on 9-29-11 and I get a rental. Thanks to all of you for the great advice...Love my Tacoma
#1148 of 1369 1999 Tacoma = $16,200
Sep 19, 2011 (4:19 pm)
Toyota just bought my 1999 Tacoma for $16,200. Driving a 2011 4Runner now. End of story.
#1149 of 1369 Re: 1999 Tacoma = $16,200 [dennisny]
Sep 20, 2011 (5:45 am)
Good for you, enjoy!