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#55 of 68 Re: 2008 tacoma rapid take off [bolide]
Apr 28, 2008 (10:30 am)
We bought a 2008 Tacoma in 12/07 and last week it decided to drive itself into the back wall of our garage. Front-end damage and wall damage to our house was pretty significant. My wife was driving into the garage when it took off and kept going despite her slamming on the brakes and the truck brakes chirping on the cement on it's way up the driveway, through the garage to the wall. She told me about previous surging issues on the highway after this incident. Watch out!
I would like feedback from the other person that forced Toyota to buy the truck back. Where are you located and how far up the Toyota chain of command did you have to go?
#56 of 68 Re: 2008 tacoma rapid take off [sdtacoma2]
May 05, 2008 (9:13 am)
Like every other similar incident, I strongly suspect that she accidentally slammed on the gas, not the brakes.
#57 of 68 My Surging Issue experiement
May 05, 2008 (5:22 pm)
I was curious about this Surging issue. So I devised an experiment. It was interesting and easy. I did it in an empty WalMart parking lot. It only takes 10 seconds or so to try it.
1) Find a spot with NOTHING ahead of you for a hundred feet.
2) With Engine running, put left foot on brake.
3) Shift into Drive
4) With left foot hard on brake, press accelerator to the floor. Hold for 3 seconds. Release the accelerator.
5) Put it back in Park and think about what happened.
How fast did you go? In my vehicle, the answer is zero MPH. I traveled zero feet.
My conclusion - the brakes are MUCH more powerful than the engine. This is true in almost any car.
What's going on here? I do know this - my Highlander has the accelerator farther to the left than any car I've ever owned. Plus, the brake pedal is at least two inches further left. Stepping on the brake pedal makes my right leg contort uncomfortably. Also, the brake pedal is raised to be an inch or so closer to me than the accelerator. This forces you to lift off the accelerator, keep lifting up another inch and half, move your foot 3-4 inches to the left, and then step on the brake. The Nissan Rogue, to pick one, has both pedals father to the right; has the pedals closer together; and has both pedals closer to the same height.
So, is this a surging issue? A brake failure issue? A design issue? Or....?
#58 of 68 Re: My Surging Issue experiement [ecotrklvr]
May 06, 2008 (3:38 am)
Many folks would be surprised at how many people brake with the left foot. That's asking for it.
#59 of 68 Vibrating Tacoma
Jun 04, 2008 (4:25 pm)
My 2008 Access Cab 4 cyl, 4 speed auto has a very noticeable vibration when in gear, while at idle and under way. When in neutral it is quite smooth. The truck has 4500 miles on it and has been back to the dealer twice. I am told it is a characteristic of the truck. Anyone else with this problem?
#60 of 68 Re: 2008 tacoma rapid take off [sdtacoma2]
Dec 22, 2008 (6:31 am)
I purchased an 08 Tacoma in October and just recently experienced the same surge issue. I was on my way to work when I slowed to pass a construction crew. When I hit the accelerator, after passing the crew, the truck took off on me and I ended up in a rollover crash. Fortunately no one was injured and the truck sustained minor damage. The interesting thing about the whole accident was even after I rolled over the truck was still accelerating. I had to kick the gear shift into park to get it to stop accelerating. I have since filed a claim with the NHTSA.
#61 of 68 Re: Tire Noise [tacojim]
Dec 28, 2008 (9:20 pm)
Your message is dated March 2008 so don't know if you will see this. But I was really annoyed with the wind noise in my new Tacoma quad cab. When I took in for first oil change, drove three other of the same model and the exact problem in all, two much worse than mine. Forced myself to block it out and now don't notice it...but it's still there! Also a periodic rattle in the dash from day one. That REALLY drives me batty. Yet drove my sons new Lexus GX470 and it has the same problems, only worse. Have owned a Toyota truck since 1980 and never had a noise prob of any kind when they were brand new vehicles. Love this Tacoma quad just the same.
Jan 30, 2009 (11:07 am)
I am hoping that someone on here can help me out with this question. I just bought my 2008 Toyota about a month ago...best vehicle I've had ever! I love it!
Ok so there are these two square plastic holder things that are screwed into the back seats, what are those things called?? I have accidentally damaged them and I want to replace them but I don't know what they are called so I can look for them and I don't know where to look.....
I have an access cab with the little flip seats. Can anyone help?
Dec 25, 2009 (6:44 pm)
I changed my oil at 3500 miles and noticed the oil filter was easy to get to but it was upside down. It took me 2 hours to change the oil because I was careful not to let too much oil out into cup and soaked it out with a paper towel. The next oil change I let the Toyota dealer do the oil change and I asked the maintenance advisor how they changed the oil in the new Tacoma's without getting oil all over the place and he said they just let it loose and then clean it of with solvent when they are done???? Now Come on Toyota you can do better than this crap. Please someone tell me that there is a trick to this.