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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
132,543 miles

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2001 Toyota Tacoma body / paint problems

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2001 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #38

Sep 082015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. While driving at an unknown speed, there was a loud abnormal noise. The contact inspected under the vehicle and noticed that the bracket mounting bolts that were welded to the frame were completely fractured and rusted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was not available.

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #37

Jun 012015


  • 160,000 miles
While I was driving the passenger side wheel completely buckled under the truck. Luckily, I was only driving 15 mph. Had this broken while I was on the interstate, I would have been injured or injured someone else. As a result, the mechanic found that both ball joints were bad so both were replaced. The frame is completely rusted out and the spare tire cannot be removed. No notice was ever given to us or the previous owner by Toyota, regarding the problems stated above.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #36

Dec 012014


  • 147,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. While the vehicle was parked, the contact noticed that the subframe was corroded. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 147,000.

- Holt, MI, USA

problem #35

May 202015


  • 160,267 miles


I took vehicle in for recall for tire plate replacement because cases have come to light where they rust and fall out along with tires. At the shop the mechanic determine the vehicle is dangerous for driving and they were unable to lift truck to replace plate because chassis is no longer good because of rust and its rusted out; no stability. They also advised Toyota has a recall for chassis and its also on the website NHTSA recall # 12V542 and manufacture recall # cov where they will replace, correct or buy back vehicle. I called Toyota and they stated its not a recall its only a campaign and they are not able to assist my vehicle even though it its a recall. I spoke to crystal from Toyota at 800-331-4331 case # 1505272075. Please assist I now have a perfect vehicle that is no longer good at all.

- Melrose Park , IL, USA

problem #34

Jan 292015

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
I bought the truck Dec 9,2014 in il. I bought it from a used dealership. Mid Jan I noticed the car pulling to the left. I got the tires rotated, lower ball bearings replaced and got an alignment. All a couple weeks apart. Still pulled to the left. I went to rotate the tires again figuring I wore them funny. The frame snapped where the leaf spring mounts to the frame. The frame completely broke. The only thing holding my rear left tire on was the truck bed. On Toyota's website you can look for recalls. I typed my VIN in and it said the only recall was for the spare tire. I contacted Toyota and they opened a case (#1503310201). They told me there was a recall on the frame that had issues with rust. The recall went to 2011. I was told since the previous owner didn't act they would do nothing. My complaint is that the frame broke because of a defect I was unaware of and unable to find out about. It was not a small failure it could have been catastrophic. Anytime a frame fails a life can be lost. This is not a small repair or fix. It is a direct defect to the skeleton of the truck. There is know way to know of this defect without calling and requesting the information. It is not on there website when looking for defects. I believe they are %100 percent at fault for not making this public knowledge. They should be %100 accountable for any accidents or repairs needed because of this major defect in there truck. A ten year limit should be the limit only if they don't expect any of there frames to last that long. When purchasing a new or used truck one would never assume the frame would snap in ten years. I did inspect the frame at the time of purchase. It looked great. Has a nice undercoat. Purchased in il where they do not use salt on the road. I am the second owner of the truck from the information I was given from the dealer. I do have pictures.

- Madison , WI, USA

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problem #33

Jan 212015


  • 144,321 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated the sub frame was corroded. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where it was diagnosed that the sub frame was corroded and needed to be replaced. The failure was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 144,321.

- Oswego, NY, USA

problem #32

Mar 042010

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 198,000 miles


I took my Toyota Tacoma pick up to signature Toyota in benton harbor, Michigan for a frame recall and the dealer informed me that it was not recalled and I had letter in hand that said it was. Now in December 14, 2014 I took it back to the same dealer for the spare tire recall and they said that it could not be fixed because I did not have the frame recall fixed and I told them that I had it in there and they told me it was not part of the recall. And they would not fix it and Toyota will not fix it earthier. They are telling me that the truck is not safe to drive. I took the truck to jorden Toyota for a second opinion. I thought that signature was telling me the truth when in fact they weren't.

- Dowagiac, MI, USA

problem #31

Dec 152014


  • 236,074 miles
Recently, I brought my 2001 Toyota Tacoma into the dealer in hyannis, MA to address a recall of the spare tire carrier. There was a prior recall/extended warranty on the frame and I asked them to look at that as well. I bought the vehicle in 2013 from the previous owner, who advised me that he had brought the truck into the orleans Toyota dealership(in orleans, MA), during the previous recall/extended service period - in May 2011 - when he had received notices, and that he was advised the frame was solid and did not have a problem. According to Toyota's records, orleans Toyota documented that the frame was checked out and passed their inspection. Now, according to [xxx]. at Toyota national customer relations dept., the recall/extended service warranty program on the frame then expired later, in Sept., 2011. Now, here is the catch-22 that I am confronted with ?? I have been advised by. [xxx] and others, that at the time of the inspection, in May 2011, if the orleans Toyota service dept. Had provided a rust preventative coating to the frame, then this vehicle would have had an extended warranty of 15 years on it. Again, the previous owner brought the vehicle in as instructed when he had received notification of potential problems. The previous owner does not know why he was not offered the rust prevention coating back in 2011, and was content that the frame was solid, because he had brought it in to orleans Toyota, and they had inspected it. I understand the NHTSA currently has 134 open complaints just on this year 2001 Tacoma with this problem. I feel strongly that Toyota should reconsider and fix the problem, since for whatever reason, it was Toyota 's error in not applying the rust prevention coating back in 2011. For Toyota now to not stand behind the vehicle based on their error is a poor, and dangerous action on their part. Thank you! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Chatham, MA, USA

problem #30

Dec 022014

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 190,000 miles
The frame of the truck is rusted away. There is a re-call for repairing the tire mount under the truck. Toyota states they can not fix because of the rust. My case with them is 1411181384. The body and motor are excellent.

- Madrid Twp, ME, USA

problem #29

Nov 062014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 151,458 miles
The frame on my Toyota Tacoma 2001 truck is so rusted out that it is not inspect-able. The local Toyota dealership will do nothing for me....I have contacted Toyota customer service...waiting for a call back...Toyota needs to do something to fix the problem....NHTSA...please help!!

- Bangor, ME, USA

problem #28

Aug 202014


  • 200,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated while having a routine oil change performed, the technician notified her that the sub frame was severely corroded. The vehicle was deemed unsafe to drive. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- Roselle , IL, USA

problem #27

Aug 212014


  • 167,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while having maintenance performed, the technician noticed that the passenger's side sub frame was corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 167,000.

- Stoney Point, NY, USA

problem #26

Jul 112014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle's frame fractured. The dealer stated that the framed needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Pound, VA, USA

problem #25

Jun 272012


  • miles
We received a recall notice on the vehicle for the frame rusting to quickly. The company's recall notice stated we could take it to the local dealership for the frame to be sprayed with an undercoat. When we took it to a dealership, we were told we had "missed the window of opportunity to have it spray coated." We missed it by one week. Two dealerships were not willing to spray the frame of the vehicle. When we received the recall notice, there was no notification we had until a certain date to get this done. Many people lead busy lives, working. We missed it by one week. I have written to the Toyota co. In MA. And I haven't heard back at all. Now I have a vehicle I can not drive, inspect, or register, due to the poor quality when it was manufactured. Now the co. Isn't willing to stand behind its product.

- Nottingham, NH, USA

problem #24

Jan 182014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 231,650 miles
Hi, I just want to express my concern for my vehicle as I love my Tacoma and how it drives and works for me in my daily life. As I had took my vehicle in for a recall on my spare tire cable, the technician and service man had told me that in my frame of my vehicle there is a large rusted out hole. Since then, I really haven't felt safe driving my vehicle anywhere as I'm afraid that my frame will break and cause a really bad accident. I've also have had in the past where my dad's vehicle (1998 Toyota Tacoma) was recalled for the same exact thing (frame issue). As for my vehicle, I am the second owner and my brother was the first. This vehicle has been here in the Minnesota weather all its life time. Please do something about this, if not, I will push this forward where I will get some attention to my vehicle, my safety, and others. And plus, I wouldn't want to make this into a legal matter as I love my Toyota.

- West Lakeland, MN, USA

problem #23

Apr 232014

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 154,000 miles
I bought this vehicle used in 2011 and was notified of a recall for frame rust. By the time I got around to scheduling an appt, I was informed the recall had ended. Now, however, the frame is severely corroded and is starting to give way at the rear shackle. I feel this vehicle has become a serious hazard to drive due to the frame buckling. If the recall was put into effect, Toyota is aware of the problem, and now it has become a serious liability and safety issue. I would like to get this vehicle repaired to the point of making it safe, but feel that I was not given ample opportunity to have this done under the limited time left on the recall when I bought it. The fact that there is a serious issue with the frame construction is evident by the fact that the body has almost no corrosion present. There appears to be a manufacturing issue with the heavy frame steel that should not be corroding like this. There is currently also an active recall for the rear tire carrier - which is related to the same issue. Again, this is a serious safety and liability issue that I think Toyota is obligated to address before someone is hurt or killed by this problem. Contacting Toyota does no good, as they refuse to take responsibility to fix the problem. They say this was not a recall but a warranty extension that has now run out. However, there is a severe defect present in the frame that they acknowledged and now refuse to stand behind even though it is a dangerous liability for any vehicles on the road.

- Ferdinand, IN, USA

problem #22

Dec 122013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated while driving approximately 15 mph, a loud noise emitted outside of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The technician stated that entire frame was fractured. The vehicle was declared unsafe to drive. The extended service warranty expired and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer had been notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000. Updated 4/29/14

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #21

Jun 232012


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the frame was cracked. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic, who stated that the frame was cracked on both sides near the shackles. The frame was welded but the problem recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #20

Nov 102013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 155,819 miles
I would like know Toyota does not honor recalls on this truck because it is an R title that had front end damage. It will not honor any corrosion recalls (ie.spare tire life plate, excessive rear frame corrosion) however I still receive every recall notification on this vehicle from directly from Toyota motors.

- Irwin, PA, USA

problem #19

Nov 012013


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the subframe was found to be corroded with holes. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The subframe was not replaced. The failure and current mileage was 95,000.

- Pulaski , VA, USA

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