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#842 of 1369 1995 Tacoma Frame Rust Problem
May 14, 2009 (9:44 pm)
I have 289,000 miles on my 1995 TOYOTA TACOMA TRUCK! I just had my frame checked last week. The dealer said my frame was in great condition! I live in Wisconsin. This truck has been in alot of salt! Im one of the lucky ones. This truck has been the best vehicle Iv ever owned! I and my sons have owned it since new! Im very happy about how TOYOTA took care of this problem! The company I feel is a CLASS ACT! GM, FORD, CHRYSLER should learn from their mistakes!
GOOD LUCK! HIGHMILER289
#843 of 1369 Re: 1995 Tacoma Frame Rust Problem [highmiler289]
May 15, 2009 (3:03 am)
I'm not sure how you can be happy about how toyota took care of this problem; you didn't have a problem.
My 2002 Tacoma had 130k miles on it and the frame was a mess. They replaced the frame, but left a lot of parts on the vehicle that are completely caked in rust. Everything on the vehicle will corrode much more quickly due to the frame issue.
I've had it back for 2 weeks. I have a squeeking noise every time the road is a little uneven coming from the front end, sounds like an old box spring. I am going to take it to an independent mechanic first. It may sound unreasonable but I don't trust the delearship.
highmiler289, I paid an extra $5-6k for I truck I expected would end like yours. If I bought a GM I would have paid less and expected what has happened.
This is all about liability, not customer satisfaction. Think about what would happen if someone died after their fram snapped in half at 60+mph.
#844 of 1369 Re: 1995 Tacoma Frame Rust Problem [tacoscrewed]
May 15, 2009 (8:21 am)
thats what I have been saying all along.
the prob actually started in 95 according to toyota so highmiler289, your truck may have had a frame prior to the actual problem..
toyota did not handle it well and it is completely a liability issue they are trying to cover and pawning it off to look as if they did it out of concern.
#845 of 1369 Re: more info [cman23]
May 18, 2009 (11:38 am)
I have my truck in throught the Wellesely MA Toyota dealership for the frame restoration. I just got a call with recommendations to replace the parking brake cable, control arms, and leaf springs. I haven't dealt with anyone but the dealership and didn't realize how big this was until I just got the call and then went on to google. Do any of you know who/where I call to figure out the disconnect between what you say the frame kit come with vs. what they now want to charge me for?
#846 of 1369 Re: more info [kps2]
May 18, 2009 (11:57 am)
You should call the corporate toyota office. I don't have the number off the top of my head, but it's on their web site. After they set you up with a case #, you will eventually talk to a guy named Kevin.
The leaf springs should be included, they were for me.
May 18, 2009 (12:04 pm)
I had an 01 Tacoma Extended cab and had the frame replaced. My kit INCLUDED the parking brake cables, brake lines, control arms and new leaf springs. Sounds like the Wellesely MA Toyota Dealership is trying to make a little extra money off you. The leaf springs are attatched to the new frame. I would ask them to see the new frame, I bet they are already on it.
May 18, 2009 (12:44 pm)
I have a 2001 extended cab. The dealership replaced the frame in March. I was in Iraq when it was done and came home in April. Was anxious to try out my truck. It seemed to run fine and rode like before, however, my battery light stays on and so does the check engine light. Had a new alternator put in and the light still stays on. Truck continues to run fine. Any ideas as to why the light would stay on?
May 20, 2009 (6:35 pm)
I have a 2001 Tacoma in mint condition that just failed an inspection due to rust near the rear spring shackle on the passenger's side. The Toyota dealer offered to replace the frame at a cost of 14,000 to Toyota corporate. I refused and Toyota also refused to buy back my vehicle. I am a loyal Toyota customer, but only if I am treated with the same respect and fairness as other customers who had their vehicle purchased back at 1.5 x suggested retail. I want to remain a loyal customer, we will see if it is a two way street.
#850 of 1369 Re: Toyota_lifer [toyota_lifer]
May 20, 2009 (7:31 pm)
well they are not offering to buy back any trucks 2001 or newer and I agree that is wrong.
I lucked out, I had a 2001 and got in the buyback just before they started the frame replacement..
what I dont understand is, why wouldnt they offer you the 14G then ?
unless you wanted more but I gave mine up in december 08 and got 16300.00 for it.
mine was in mint condition and was a loaded SR5.
did they offer you the 14G? i mean thats thickheaded to not offer a buyback if its going to cost 14G to replace the frame. If you can get 14 from them I would take it if I were you.. thats a far better deal than taking a 9 year old truck with a frame swap.
#851 of 1369 Re: Toyota_lifer [toyota_lifer]
May 21, 2009 (4:11 am)
I've learned alot about this entire process as I went through the same thing you are going through.
I tried every way in the world for them to buy back my truck. I even just wanted them to buy my truck back for the cost of the rebuild and they still refused. But after some investigation it really isn't costing Toyota that much money. The same frames are still being produced by Dana Corp ie Dana rear ends, transmitiions. Dana was the company that made the bad frames so Dana is footing the bill for the new frame and as I understand it may be paying for 1/2 the cost of labor. Toyota is really only footing the bill for 1/2 the total cost. That's why unless your truck has been so totally beat up and is only worth $5 or $6k Toyota isn't going to buy back your truck.
The reason they purchased the 95-00 is because those frames are no longer in production. They don't have the parts, plus the value of those Tacomas are much lower than the 01 - 05.
I am one of the happy owners of a Tacoma with a rebuilt frame. I had mine done at Cain Toyota in Canton Ohio. The service managers is top notch. I went in several times throughout the week to see the trucks progress. I haven't had any problems with mine and I've had it back now for 21/2 months now.
Good luck, I hope you find away to get Toyota to buy back your truck. I know I wasn't able to convince them.