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#252 of 1369 TACOMA RUSED FRAME
Jun 16, 2008 (11:34 am)
TOOK MY 1998 TOYOTA TACOMA SR5 TO MY LOCAL TOYOTA DEALER 7;30 AM AFTER ONE AND A HALF HOURS I WAS TOLD THE VEHICLE HAD NO RUST ON THE FRAME.AS OF YET..SHOULD I RUN IT UP ON RAMPS AND CHECK IT MY SELF? THE BODY PANEL HAVE NO RUST I HAVE 73K ON THE SPEEDO..I AM THINKING THEY ARE SOOO OVER WELMED WITH TRUCKS THAT MAYBE THEY JUST DONOT WANT TO TAKE IT BACK ARE THERE ANY OTHER OUNERS OUT THERE THAT DONOT HAVE A RUST PROBLEM ON A 10 YEAR OLD TACOMA??THEY ALSO TOLD IF I WANT TO BRING IT BACK NEXT YEAR..FOR ANOTHER INSPECTION..IT WAS FREE THERE WAS NO CHARGE
#253 of 1369 01 Double cab just Failed...!! NH
Jun 16, 2008 (12:46 pm)
I have an 01 Double cab that just failed State Insp here in NH..
Purchased it less than a year and a half ago from Grapone in Conc. 82K on it
I brought it down to grapone after it failed and had a case # opened. Toyota called and I have to Let Grapone inspect it tomorrow and see what they say. Should be pretty straight forward as there are Holes through the frame on both sides of the frame in front of the shakles..
They better not give me that 100% KBB bull because I still owe 15K on it....
I will update tomorrow after I have it inspected..
#254 of 1369 Re: TACOMA RUSED FRAME [1blackfish]
Jun 16, 2008 (3:54 pm)
I think you would be able to tell if you ran it up on ramps and looked. Our muffler guy told us. Remember you still have extended warranty right?
#255 of 1369 Re: 2001 Tacoma [dr7464] by cgranberg
Jun 16, 2008 (4:27 pm)
It has not been taken away. I just asked because I have read that some dealers were not extending beyond the initial 30 days and others were only telling customers they would only have the loaner for 20 days. I'll keep you all updated.
#256 of 1369 Former Tacoma owner
Jun 17, 2008 (4:13 am)
This seems like a good forum to throw my 2 cents in
.Like some of you, I traded my 1999 Tacoma limited (only 142k) and bought the Highlander in mid January 2008 because my mechanic told me that the entire passenger side frame of the Tacoma had rotted out. Until recently did I discover through the news that there was an announcement by Toyota that they initiated a warranty extension and possible 150% buyback for Toyota Tacoma owners. However, as I spoke with Toyota, that this would not be the case for former owners. I wrote a letter to extend a full explanation of this past trade-in and purchase of a new vehicle in hopes that Toyota would see that I would be deserving of a fair and satisfactory monetary compensation similar to what all the other owners are receiving for their Tacoma. I would not complain, nor would I have wrote the letter if I sold my truck years ago or before this problem was discovered. The frame rust perforation issue was, first and foremost, the only reason I traded-in my truck and purchased a new vehicle. My plan was to keep the Toyota Tacoma for as long as I could. Toyota evaluated my letter and offered me $200 over the trade-in and $500 for the Highlander. I am still upset over this and have not taken their deal. I know other former owners have been shafted as well, but has anyone done anything else about this? I would be interested in hearing others opinions. I can be emailed at Jwestfordrockcomcast.net
#257 of 1369 '99 X-tra cab w/ 110k failed too
Jun 17, 2008 (4:27 am)
When I heard about this mess I was immediately under my taco with a flashlight and a screwdriver, looking for perforations, cracks, sheets of metal peeling off the frame. I saw none of that. I did see that the frame's coating was coming off in sheets and that rust was getting a good start. FYI: I live in Maine and winter salt is a reality. So, I was pretty surprised when the service dude came out to the waiting room yesterday and told me my beloved taco had failed and they would be initiating the buy-back program.
I hear the fellow's pain around having a good truck, been to hell and back, through 10 Maine winters, 4 wheeling in Utah, lots of memories....and was thinking it was good for another 150k or another ten years. I actually teared up, just a little, when he broke the news. And, no I can't afford a new one to replace it.
What I want to know, is how the hell Toyota let over 800,000 trucks get through the build process without the right coating on their frames. What is the story about how this monster screw-up happened?
BTW: my understanding is--as of now, but subject to surprises--that the buy-back is based on 1.5x KBB......so a truck owner might feel almost okay about that, in some ways anyway. And, I am taking the Leer cap, tow frame, lights, and the aftermarket alloy wheels (with almost new tires) off before I turn it in. Damn right.
#258 of 1369 Re: '99 X-tra cab w/ 110k failed too [muradsay]
Jun 17, 2008 (4:48 am)
you're right damn right.
almost like they are rotting from the inside out. february we get new tires and everything is fine. may we get a baffle on the muffler fixed and half the frame is junk! and we have an 01!
#259 of 1369 Another unhappy 2001 owner
Jun 17, 2008 (9:27 am)
We took our 2001 Tacoma in last month . It failed no problem . Now we less then a week from our rental being up . They will not give us any information. I guess Toyota really does not want us as a repeat customer!
#260 of 1369 Re: TACOMA RUSED FRAME [cgranberg]
Jun 17, 2008 (6:19 pm)
I also failed frame inspection with a 2001 tacoma xtra cab they told me today a 100% and thats it !!! I am furious still owe 7000.00 on it what do I do now?????just be prepared when they only offer 100%
#261 of 1369 2002 xtra cab Taco
Jun 18, 2008 (4:24 am)
I've been watching these posts for a while now and was wondering if it was true that the 2002's were effected too? I don't see a lot of rust except for a spot on my rear bumper chrome. Is the only way to tell when you bring it to the stealership? I live in the NE and love my taco. It has 112K mi on it and I want it to keep running till 200K.
Should I be concerned?