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#996 of 1348 I should have read these posts first
Jun 27, 2010 (12:37 pm)
My new 2010 Tacoma sits in my drive way. I had to surrender my 98 tacoma to the local toyota dealership due to terminal frame rot. NO ONE should allow anyone to put a new frame under it. Toyota needs to buy it back as there is such a high level of liability involved. However, after reading several of the posts here I wish I had read them before I purchased another tacoma. I just saw a recall on the 2010s on the front drive shaft and I felt I didn't get the incentives I should have gotten to buy another tacoma. I should have played hard to get, but time was running out. Once I accepted the check from toyota I would also have to give back my loaner. I needed a way to get to work. Now I need to know who I can write to at the corporate level and find out if they have the power to change a few things on the deal I made and offer up a few more incentives. I did not want another payment as I have just gotten back to work after searching for a job for over a year. My dealer thought he was doing me a big favor by selling me my truck for $300 under invoice. I guess I had sucker written all over my face. Anyone have any suggestions on who to write to??????
#997 of 1348 Re: I should have read these posts first [shander]
Jun 27, 2010 (3:43 pm)
There is nobody. The names you see floating around here are third party reps.
I had an 02 that became an 09, as a result of the frame recall.
Toyota also threatened me with taking loners away, etc.
Toyota does not care IMHO.
Vote with your wallet. I sold the 09 a year after.
Lifetime Toyota customer... Gone!!!
#998 of 1348 Re: I should have read these posts first [shander]
Jun 27, 2010 (5:15 pm)
basically doubleusn is right.. they dont care... the rep I talked to actually gave me a hard time. your lucky yours was a 98.. anyone over 2001 has to get the frame replaced.
I had mine bought back and it was a 2001 but I fought hard and it was just as they were acknowledging 2000 and up..
they threatend me with a frame replacment.
#999 of 1348 Re: I should have read these posts first [mcalautt]
Jun 28, 2010 (6:44 pm)
I wonder what would happen if a letter showed up in the local newspaper telling my story and stating that it is only one of many similar stories.... and then go on to say how I was treated and the deal that I got. Do you think it would get me in a lot of hot water?/???
#1000 of 1348 2006 Toyota Tacoma
Jun 28, 2010 (9:49 pm)
Ok, so really I am so surprised at the continuous problems we have had with our truck...starting probably about 6,000 miles when the tailgate failed to open, after putting a load of dirt in it...mud flaps feel off just driving on our dirt road, along with both horns fell out in the snow one day, now the horn no longer works, first time the wire was broken, now no horn, the compass and degree gauge glitched out and not longer works, the airbag light has been on for awhile now, the fenders flap since they are bolted together with plastic, my husban had to zip tie them, by drilling new holes, since they just broke due to driving vibration? Alright so the real kicker is this, the truck has been making loud noises the last month, when you go over the bumps...took it to my shop, couldn't find a problem...a few weeks pass, my husband looses all powersteering of the truck. stops immediately, see the resevoir is empty...strange we service the truck all the time, fills it up and see if it responds, looses all fluid...we tow to Toyota...Guess what the FRAME is broken!!!!!!!!!! What, how can that be??????????????????
We only 75,000 miles on this truck and owe over $10,000 still, they tell me $9,000 new frame, along with powersteering pump etc. several more thousand....but get this, they said they will pay for 1/2 of the frame...what ? why? Is it defective?
I have no warranty, but they are saying we'll pay 1/2, that just shows that it is their fault and we aren't going to take that. It is not fair to sell us junk, and charge us a fortune for it....Going to the top, hopefully that will do something? I am loosing my Faith in Toyota
Jun 30, 2010 (6:56 pm)
So I have deposit on a 01 Tacoma with 84k. It already has a new frame in place, with a new muffler and rear shocks. Car has some rust but not much. I am only paying 8k for it. Sounds like a fair deal that I can drive to 150k.
Am i making the wrong choice?
#1002 of 1348 Re: 01 Tacoma [aillon]
Jul 01, 2010 (7:22 pm)
I am 56 years old. I have owned about 20 used cars and 2 new vehicles.
I don't think it matters what the YEAR the vehicle is....it's HOW MANY MILES ARE ON IT and how well has it been maintained?
84,000 miles isn't a huge amount on a car that's 9 years old. That's only 9,000 miles a year...- not alot.
The key is: Has the car had REGULAR oil and oil filter changes?
Has the car been well-maintained?
In 1999 I purchased a '99 Tacoma, had the oil/filter changed EVERY 3,000 miles.
When a belt broke I replaced THEM ALL. When a hose broke I replaced THEM ALL. I put 141,000 miles on it with mostly normal maintenance issues..it was a really dependable truck, but then, I helped it by replacing these items before they caused a problem.
I found out about the "rust" buyback and was lucky enough to sell it to Toyota in 2008, for $ 8K. If not for that....I was the original owner and KNEW it had been well-maintained and was fairly confident it would have lasted until 200,000 miles.
I know someone who has a '90 Ford Ranger. It's 20 years old...HOWEVER...
he has given it regular oil changes/filter changes and regular maintenace.
it just turned 200,000 miles.
lst thing I do after buying an old car is "have the oil and filter changed" immediately.
It doesn't matter if the previous owner said it had a recent oil change or not - I do it RIGHT AWAY.....so I KNOW it has just had one !
2nd thing I do is have ALLTHE BELTS AND HOSES REPLACED.
If the vehicle has 50,000 or more miles on it, and I know the hoses and belts are original, or appear to be old - I replace them all. Yes, it's an expense.
But it's just a matter of time before a belt or hose wear outs and breaks, causing either overheating, breakdown and/or tow truck to garage - in short - headaches.
Having hoses replaced also means the radiator coolant/anti-freeze will be replaced! These items will help an older car get a "new lease" on life from the get-go.
That's what I did with a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse I purchased for a teen in 2007.
It had 52,000 miles on it. I knew the owner but decided to have the oil and filter changed right away, have all the hoses and belts replaced right away because they were original and would wear out "anytime". The car now has 113,000 and I have no reason to believe it won't last to 200,000 miles.
#1003 of 1348 2004 Toyota Tacoma
Jun 28, 2010 (3:47 pm)
#1004 of 1348 2004 Toyota Tacoma
Jun 28, 2010 (3:47 pm)
owner of 2004 Taco took vehicle to toyota scion of Scranton, Pa 3 weeks ago ,also had a frame hammer test in 2008 came up w/extensive rust then. reps name Diane Hoffman. Her exact words on its way out.2010 test 3 weeks came back failed frame. Getting run around w/frame replacement had 5 different case numbers, want to get in volved in class action law suit. We as taco owners have to stick together; no frame replacements. don,t want a $3-$4000 bill up my back for a vehicle i had in mind to keep for many more years to come. Does everyone know they are taking entire vehicle apart and putting back together w/rusted parts.I am in no position to fix this vehicle or purchase a new one.
#1005 of 1348 Re: 2002 rusty frame [tunapete1]
Jul 11, 2010 (11:01 am)
Truck in shop 5/28 Picked up on 7/9, new frame. only had to put new shocks on rear 85 bucks.. I think dealer was trying to make me buy new veh with threat of 2K of parts. I still wish they gave me 10k towards a new truck. Now I have a pu with 138K and still not worth that much for trade in. Thanks for all comments as info is important when talking with the dealer. They can't give you a snowjob... Tks Pete