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#5 of 1369 Re: 1999 Toyota Tacoma Frame Problem [berdman21]
Apr 13, 2007 (3:27 pm)
I own a 1998 Toyota Tacoma 2WD with 105,000 miles on it and the frame is corroded so extensively that I can put my finger through the rust.
I bought it new in 98' and maintain it regularly. The last time that I put it on a jack the frame partially collapsed where it was resting on the jack. After further inspection I found severe corrosion throughout the frame. The bumper brackets are barely holding up the bumper.
It has been a reliable truck and this is the second Tacoma that I have owned. Both were equally reliable. However, the problem has given me quite a scare. I don't dare haul anything heavy in the bed and the idea of towing something with it is simply out of the question. The body is still in pretty good shape with a little corrosion on the front of the hood from a stone chip. I just don't understand how the problem could have become so severe. I would expect a certain mount of rust down there, but this is more severe than I have ever seen.
My best guess is that the vehicle is almost worthless even though everything else is in satisfactory condition. Until I discovered this problem, I had expected to keep it for at least 5 more years.
Any Advice? I filed a complaint w/NHTSA
#6 of 1369 Re: 1999 Toyota Tacoma Frame Problem [wlr]
Apr 14, 2007 (11:25 am)
Since I was getting no help from Toyota, I ended up trading my Truck in. I didn't get too bad of a deal, however I could have gotten more out of it had the frame not been so bad. I wish everyone in this thread the best of luck with your trucks as well.
#7 of 1369 rust on 99 Tacomas
Apr 15, 2007 (12:30 pm)
I have been looking for a decent used Tacoma for quite a while. Over the weekend, I drove two used Tacos at different dealerships. The frame on one was so bad I couldn't believe it. I thanked the salesman for his time and said I couldn't afford to buy the truck and then turn around and put money into it right away.
The other truck I am still actually considering buying, although everything I am reading about rusted frames is causing me doubt. Overall, the truck is in pretty nice shape, but there is what appears to be surface rust on the frame. I just figured it would be a quick fix.
Anyway, it really seems like this is a common problem for these trucks, and that no one has had any luck finding a semi-permanent solution. Am I being paranoid, or should I not take a chance on this purchase?
#8 of 1369 98 Tacoma Frame Rot
Apr 18, 2007 (4:49 pm)
My father has the same problem with his 98 Tacoma 4x4. Bought it new from the dealer, only has 100,000kms on it, body and everything else is pristine. But the frame is rotten real bad near the leaf spring mounts on both sides. Does anyone here have luck to get a dealership or Toyota to do something about it? Please let me know. Also, if anyone know where I could make a complaint in Canada, i'd like some input as well.
#9 of 1369 Tacoma Frame Rust Failure
Apr 29, 2007 (8:53 am)
Yeah, I join the others in complaints. My '97 Tacoma has terminal frame rot. This was to be my first and only new car -- my dream car -- I am 69 years old and retired. This Tacoma will not pass PA inspection. The rear frame is rotted out. It is not safe to drive. I never expected this from a Toyota. My last Toyota had 249,000 miles on it. This rotten one has only 78,000. I am disappointed!
#10 of 1369 Re: 1999 Toyota Tacoma Frame Problem [berdman21]
May 06, 2007 (4:02 pm)
Jeez. I'm not alone it turns out. 97 2WD Tacoma in upstate NY, in good shape otherwise, started to "bang" over bumps. One frame mount is broken off, and the frame is cracked half way thru at the rear spring mount. Rust falls off in big pastry-like flakes. Thats pretty thin gauge metal to start with. Yikes.
#11 of 1369 May we all rust out together!
Jul 15, 2007 (5:13 pm)
Same problem here. I have a well cared for 99 Tacoma with pristine body but with rusted frame rails near the leaf springs and general flaking of rust throughout. I also had my front stablizer mount completely disintegrated due to rust. I went out and bought a welder and a sheet of steel after evaluating the entire frame rails. I knew it would be a requirement to keep the truck on life support. Best of luck.
#12 of 1369 Re: 1999 Toyota Tacoma Frame Problem [rotboy]
Aug 04, 2007 (5:54 am)
I also have a 97 Tacoma with 76,000 miles and discovered frame rot in front of the rear spring shackles. There was still underbody paint on the frame in that area which when removed revealed the serious corrosion of the frame rail. I'm taking it to my local Toyota dealer this week and I hope to speak with the area rep about correcting this problem. Has anyone with this problem had any success with Toyota in getting it repaired? I've worked on cars from the 50's with frames in better shape than this!
#13 of 1369 Re: 1999 Toyota Tacoma Frame Problem [berdman21]
Aug 31, 2007 (5:55 am)
My 1999 tacoma is doing the same rust problems it only has 85000, has anyone had any luck with talking with toyota. my options are limited to replacing the frame for $5000.00 or trying to patch it (temporary fix). or selling it and loosing money because of the frame damage. It makes me not to buy a toyota next time thats for sure
#14 of 1369 Re: 1999 Toyota Tacoma Frame Problem [taullauf]
Oct 06, 2007 (4:48 pm)
I also live in NY and have a 1997 Tacoma. Within one year the frame has rusted to the point that I can put a screwdriver thru it and it cant be repaired. I fear I'll have to junk the vehicle. What type of metal did they use?
Toyota or consumer affairs should look into this. The rest of the truck is fine.
If anyone know who can help please let me know.