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#932 of 1348 Re: My 2001 Tacoma [tacomajim]
Dec 13, 2009 (11:03 am)
I also have a 2001 Tacoma SR5 Extended Cab (built 2/01) with the rust problem. My dealer has taken pictures and forwarded to Toyota. They will get back to me. A "small" chance of a buy back but the frame does have holes so I will get a new frame. The mechanic who will work on it is very good and I trust him.
I told the dealership that if they gave me a "real good deal", I'd probably buy another. A lot of the '95-2000 drivers didn't buy again so they didn't make any money. I'll have to see....
I have the 2.7 I4 w/5-speed Extended Cab. Not many out there to replace it with. Too many automatics.
Then I got to thinking about letting them rebuild the frame. They extended the warranty to 15 years, only 3 on a new one.
I already have a new muffler by Toyota so another muffler would be free. I'd have the shocks replaced so that is another life-time item. (I tend to keep things for a while).
I can look over the body when they have it. I believe it's in fine shape.
They said anything that looks questionable during rebuild (hardware, fittings, etc.) would be replaced.
Truck is paid for, I'd have to spend my own money on a new one.
New tires on 11/27. Day after Thanksgiving.
The chassis is rebuilt but while apart, I'd add new shocks, timing belt, clutch job, all items that I'd save on labor while the truck is apart. Easier for the mechanic.
MPG is less on the new one.
Same with the load capacity.
2001 has 1,900 lbs. (steel box).
2010 is 1,395 (plastic composite box).
A lot to give up!
I considered having the body shop giving the new frame a really good paint job before the rebuild. I'll have to see what the replacement frame looks like. Do it before attaching everything.
The rebuild would have to be done while I still own it. I was told the dealership doesn't get as much if they own it. Advantage to the dealer if rebuilt under my name. I've seen figures of 60 hrs. needed and a cost of $14K. Makes my truck worth more. Everything is new underneath. Runs like a top anyway w/96K.
The more I think of it, I might keep the truck after the rebuild. I'd need a VERY good offer to part with it!
#933 of 1348 Re: 2008 Frame Question [tmiller159]
Dec 15, 2009 (11:26 am)
New frames are by Dana and warranteed for 15 years. They are made in the USA too (not Indonesia). FYI , my gas tank is my problem. I'm holding out for an aftermarket one.
#934 of 1348 Tacoma frame rust
Dec 28, 2009 (7:43 pm)
I have heard much discussion of how many consumers are not being helped with their Toyota frame rust problems. Maybe I'm an exception to the rule or maybe it's the local Toyota dealer I go to here in Canton, OH... but it's been my experience that Toyota has stood behind their products. I started with a 1998 Toyota Tacoma that had frame rust 2 years ago and Toyota bought it from me for 150% of it's value. With the proceeds, I then purchased a 2002 Tacoma which I was just informed today that it's frame is bad and is going to be replaced by Toyota. The total cost to replace a frame is almost $10,000 on a 7 year old truck that's worth about $8,000.
#935 of 1348 Re: Tacoma frame rust [tgtech570]
Dec 28, 2009 (8:45 pm)
I live in Cincinnati and leased new, then bought, a 1999 Tacoma from a Florence, Ky. Toyota dealer. They inspected mine in August, 2008 and bought it in Oct., 2008 for 150% KBB excellent retail, which I used to purchase a 2009 Tacoma. So I got the buyback payment as well as a $1,000 incentive to purchase another Tacoma. I've been reading horror stories on here for a year from customers getting the runaround on inspections, paperwork, not being able to get their trucks back, dealers wanting to "repair" the frame, etc. It sounds like Toyota let their regional offices handle things as they see fit, instead of one consistent national policy.
#936 of 1348 Re: 2003 or 2004 Tacoma rust problem? [j81]
Jan 17, 2010 (2:30 pm)
It does include 2002 Tacomas. I received the letter just before the holidays. Decided to wait till after the first of the year to take the truck in. Had it inspected on Jan.16. Was told it was totally unsafe to drive. One baseball size hole in frame. They gave me a loaner but no offer of a buyout. Called the 800 number the receptionist gave me. Have a case number and she will call me back on Tuesday, Jan. 19, I hope. I can keep you informed if you wish. Pam Rivers
#937 of 1348 Re: 2003 or 2004 Tacoma rust problem? [pamela60]
Jan 17, 2010 (9:55 pm)
Pam, please post the 800 number you have for Toyota.
I took my 2002 Tacoma in about 2 months ago and was
told I have a "hole in the frame" and that they want to
replace the frame.I want them to to simply buy back
It would be cheaper for Toyota to buy it back than repair
it! I need to contact Toyota & plead my case for buy back
Vs repair. Has anyone been able to get a buy back for
a 2001 or newer?
#938 of 1348 Re: 2003 or 2004 Tacoma rust problem? [rustedframe]
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Jan 19, 2010 (8:35 am)
For those of you with 2001-2004 Tacomas, you are not likely to have your truck purchased because the frames for that generation of truck are still in production - that is why Toyota is replacing the frame. The 1995-2000 frames are not in production, thus those trucks are being purchased by Toyota and subsequently destroyed.
kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host
#939 of 1348 Re: 2003 or 2004 Tacoma rust problem? [kcram]
Jan 19, 2010 (8:46 am)
As somebody who lived thru this nightmare last year (before corp even publicly acknowledged it) this post is spot on... they will not buy your truck. Mine was an 02 and I tried and I went to the end of the earth trying. (Lawyer, AG, BBB, Etc)
You options really are:
1) Frame Replacement and keep.
2) Frame Replacement and sell.
3) Workout a fair deal, with your dealer about trading it in, for a new one*
I was able to pull off #3. I got a fair KBB number for a non-broken truck and a heavily discounted new Tacoma. That had to do with me being a long time customer this dealer and the economy as they need to sell trucks.
I saw my old 02 many months later on their used lot for a HUGE number. Who knows if they got it, but I am glad to see it over with. IMO, if you were gonna drive your Tacoma into the ground, do the replacement. If your's was low miles and or you have concerns with it long term after a replacement, do # 2 or 3.
* = your mileage may vary
#940 of 1348 800 number to call
Jan 19, 2010 (4:24 pm)
The number was 1 800 331 4331. Did not hear back from Toyota on Tuesday. I will be calling them Wednesday morn. to talk with them. It seems so ridiculous to spend $10,000 or so to replace the frame. My 2002 truck has very low mileage but it's not worth $10,000. If I do decide to have the replacement frame it could end up costing me money for parts that are messed up during the installation of the new frame. I would not have to pay for any labor though.
Jan 20, 2010 (10:17 am)
Received phone call from Toyota Co. last night. NO chance of buy out. Tried to reason with her, just doesn't do any good. Time to Call dealer and see if I can't work something out with them, if not will have the frame replaced.