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#422 of 1369 Re: Frame Rust ingnorance [annjot]
Aug 08, 2008 (6:10 am)
Dear Annjot-My 2000 Tacoma did not have a hole in the frame to my knowledge. However at inspection they hammered very hard on frame to the point that they put a dent in the frame on one side at front. The other side they again hammered very hard on frame and it went through which created a hole in the frame. They then came to me in waiting room and said there was "one small hole" in the frame. No doubt frame was weak in that area. I never once saw flakes of rust or undercoating on my driveway or anywhere else it may have been parked. I wonder why they did not tell you right at the inspection whether your Tacoma passed or failed. I can't help but wonder if there are lots more old "clunkers" on the roads with rusted out frames. Bet they are not going through all these hassles as we Tacoma and former Tacoma owners are. Received offer letter from Toyota in one week to buy back Taco. Cheque will take 3 weeks, so they told me. Lady Taco owner in S. Ontario
#425 of 1369 Oversize pictures...
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Aug 08, 2008 (6:20 pm)
Please use your CarSpace albums for these and/or a third-party photo site and provide a link to the picture. Posting oversize pictures causes major problems to the page structure of the forums.
Annjot, I had to take your posts down because they caused posts to actually stretch behind the menus on the right and thus left them unreadable. If you can post them in your CarSpace album - your homepage is http://ww.carspace.com/annjot - or provide links to where they are hosted, that would be appreciated!
kcram - Pickups Host
#426 of 1369 Got my offer.....
Aug 09, 2008 (4:00 pm)
Well im meeting the agent at my dealership on Wed. morning, I had a 98 reg. cab Tacoma with 170,000 miles and they are giving me $11,000+ for it....thank you Toyota. My wife and I had talked about a new vehicle for some time now, this is a no brainer for me.
#427 of 1369 Re: Frame Rust ingnorance [schukanuoslady]
Aug 10, 2008 (2:16 pm)
I heard about the news on this frame rust issue via the net. I have not received a letter. I called Peoria Toyota (Illinois) and inquired about my 2000 Tacoma. I was referred to a gentleman at the dealership as he was the one that was handling the rust matter. He asked for my VIN and called ne back an hour later. He said my VIN was not one on the list and I should wait for a letter. I told him that I just went over 100,000 miles and I was looking to go through the truck front to back with brakes, trans fluid and filter, cooling system flush, etc. as I was looking to keep the truck long term and I did not want to invest all of this money if the frame was rusted out. He told me he would be glad to inspect my truck for rust for a $40.00 fee. HA!
I told him I would not pay the $40.00 fee and I would contact Toyota and I hung up. Five minutes later he called back and said he found an "updated" list and he would inspect it for free. I go Tues. the 12th for inspection.
#428 of 1369 When VIN matters...'95 models only.
Aug 10, 2008 (10:01 pm)
Hi woodduck99, I got the same thing from the first dealership I called here in Alabama about an inspection. We have a 97 tacoma. They said my VIN number was not included. I called a second dealership and they said they can't go by the VIN and it would have to be visually inspected. When I spoke to the Toyota Customer Care Center about some of our other issues I asked her why the first dealership would have asked what the VIN number was and that it wasn't included. She didn't know why they told me it wasn't included and she said the only years the VIN would matter is the 1995 models. She said this is because half of 1995's were just "pickups" and half that year was the start of the Tacoma's. The trucks that were just "pickups" are not included.
He obviously didn't get an "updated list".... must have just double checked and found he was mistaken and instead of admitting his ignorance he made up an excuse. So typical of a dealership! If you need the numbers to the cusomter care center I included them in a previous post. Good luck! I am still awaiting word here in Alabama...it's been nearly 3 weeks since our inspection and we do not know if it has passed or failed yet.
#429 of 1369 No hole, no buyback
Aug 11, 2008 (9:51 pm)
As bad as our 97 frame is rusted toyota won't buy it back because there is no "hole". They just reminded us that it has 4 more years on the warranty and if there is perforation during the warranty period they will buy it but not until. If the frame breaks and causes an accident they WILL get sued!
#430 of 1369 Re: Frame Rust ingnorance [woodduck99]
Aug 12, 2008 (8:22 am)
Just returned from Peoria Toyota with a clean bill of health. The rep. said I am still covered until 15 years after manufacture date. I have noticed the value of these trucks has dropped drastically in my area.
Aug 12, 2008 (11:21 am)
I'd be willing to bet my Taco is clean, too, because I drove it only in the mild climate of Los Angeles. But it is too bad that the value of the truck will drop as word gets out about the frame rust problem.
I cannot afford another truck at this time, but when I do I am going to get a used Nissan truck...