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#1 of 82 2005 Tacoma with RUSTY FRAME
Feb 06, 2009 (11:07 am)
We’ve all heard that Toyota has a serious problem with rust on the frames of its 1995- 2000 and 2001-2004 Tacoma trucks that lead to premature perforation of the frame. The 2005’s have the same problem. Toyota has not fixed the rusty frame problem. Even more disturbing is that Toyota Canada is refusing to do anything for the 2005s unless perforation occurs during the five-warranty period.
My husband and I bought a 2005 Tacoma based on Toyota’s reputation for durability, longevity, reliability and high resale value. The resale value of our truck is plummeting by the day as its frame corrodes. I expected a certain amount of rust given our Canadian winters, but the rust on this frame is excessive. Even the service manager at the dealership was shocked by it. In February of 2008 (just before the 3 year rust warranty expired), the dealership striped the frame down, re-painted and rust-proofed it. Two weeks later, the rust was back and it has continued. In fact, it’s thriving! The service manager at the dealership has recently checked the frame and said that there is no perforation now, but if we don’t do something soon that certainly will be the case, maybe not this year or the next but soon. The truck is not even 4 years old yet and has less than 49,000km on it !!!!!! . Given that time frame, holes would start just after the warranty expires. W will end up owning a 6 year-old rust bucket that is unsafe for the road.
We bought this truck in good faith that it was well built and would last at least 10 years, but that definitely won’t be the case. We also foolishly thought that Toyota Canada would stand behind its products. We’re worried that it will soon be unsafe – our children ride in this vehicle everyday. If we wait until holes are found in the frame for Toyota to do something, then we will be putting our children and our own lives at risk riding in a vehicle whose structural integrity is questionable. Ironically, we bought this truck because we thought it would be safest for our children. If there is anything that anyone reading this can do to help us, we would greatly appreciate it. If anyone else has this problem, please complain to Toyota. We can’t afford to replace the truck and we won’t sell this problem to another person. We just want Toyota Canada to do the right thing and buy it back. If anyone else has this problem, please complain to Toyota. The more people who complain, the less they can ignore us.
Feb 19, 2009 (8:32 am)
does anyone know if anything was done to rust proof the frames of the 05-current models.it would seem totality crazy not to correct a reacurring problem.
#3 of 82 Re: nothing done? [goingfor300000]
Mar 17, 2009 (10:10 am)
Sorry for not responding sooner, but I just saw your message.
I've read the the problem was with the Dana frames not receiving enough rust-proofing for trucks that are in areas that use salt on the roads. I don't know if my 2005 has a Dana frame or not, but it sure has a problem with rust. The frame has been scraped down twice - the first time it was repainted and rust-proofed but the rust came back two weeks later. The last time it was scraped down and a new chemical treatment was put on it. I'm not sure if this is going to work or not. I've got my fingers crossed.
#4 of 82 Re: 2005 Tacoma with RUSTY FRAME [RustyTaco2005]
Mar 31, 2009 (8:01 pm)
You may want to try a product like Krown Rust Control to slow down the rust problem. Good luck.
#5 of 82 Re: 2005 Tacoma with RUSTY FRAME [jpf]
Apr 15, 2009 (4:25 pm)
I have a 2005 double cab. The frame is covered in rust!
#6 of 82 05 Tacoma Frame Rust
May 24, 2009 (6:04 pm)
Purchased my Tacoma December 05 always clean and garage kept. This truck was and still is babied and yet the frame has rust front to back! Every weld is covered in rust matter of fact I asked the Toyota technician doing my first oil change about the rust on the welds he said it was normal? My F250 had over 100k miles and no frame rust especially no rust on the welds. My wife has 03 Pilot with 120k miles, not rust to be found anywhere. Toyota and their dealers need to stop misleading their customers and come clean on the 2005 Tacoma rust issues.
#7 of 82 Re: 05 Tacoma Frame Rust [umbkmm]
May 26, 2009 (6:22 pm)
I noticed that the 09 tacoma's are several hundred pounds heavier than the 08s I asked the dealer why and he said that toyota made some mods to the frame. I suspect they are now going after the rust. I guess the next campaign will be 2005 to 2008 Tacoma's?
#8 of 82 Re: 2005 Tacoma with RUSTY FRAME [RustyTaco2005]
Jun 25, 2009 (2:33 pm)
I have a 2006 with 26,000 miles. The frame is covered with rust. I refuse to park it in my driveway because it is ruining the cement. I contacted Toyota this week and they basically told me there is nothing that they will do. They told me to contact my dealer and they would inspect the truck and I would be responsible for all costs. They did say to save my receipts and if they ever decided to include my model year in the Customer Service Program, I would get reimbursed.
If having this issue too, please call Toyota and complain. I also filed a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and with my state attorney general's office. Nothing will get accomplished if we all don't complain!
#9 of 82 Re: 2005 Tacoma with RUSTY FRAME [RustyTaco2005]
Aug 05, 2009 (8:08 am)
I don't know if my 2005 has a Dana frame or not, but it sure has a problem with rust. The frame has been scraped down twice - the first time it was repainted and rust-proofed but the rust came back two weeks later.
#10 of 82 Squirrels like my Soy-based wiring harness
Feb 02, 2011 (5:38 pm)
I have a 2005 PreRunner. During the recent cold weather of 2010-11, something got up under the hood and chewed on the wires in several places. I have to park it outside and I do not drive it much on the week ends. I have several squirrels around so I'm guessing that they are the problem. The truck is in the shop now to have the under-hood wire harness replaced. State Farm will foot the bill after the deductible. ($2,500.00+++) After doing some research on the Internet, I understand that several car manufacturers have switched from a petroleum-based wire coating to a "soy-based" wire coating. Is there anything being done to address this? I am going to trap and relocate every squirrel that I can catch and use rodent deterents after that but the manufacturers need to put something in the wire coatings to discourage mice, rats, squirrels, etc. from chewing on the wiring. If you have to park outside, look it up on the Internet and try some of the deterents before you have a problem, too.