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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,576 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Toyota Tacoma brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 022013

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the brakes would not respond causing him to crash into the rear of another vehicle. The passenger in the second vehicle sustained neck and back injuries although the contact was not injured. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic stated that the brakes had failed because the strut and shock had dismounted from the vehicle due to severe rust on the driver's side under carriage. The vehicle was included in a manufacturer's recall where the under carriage was treated with a anti-corrosion coating. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the recall had expired. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

- North Field, NJ, USA

problem #4

Sep 302008


  • miles
There has been no incident as of yet. The truck was taken to the dealership after we went to have the brakes fixed and were told that the frame of the truck was rusting through. The dealer informed us that the recall on our truck would not be put through for another 30 days. And that our truck was safe to drive. How ever I feel that it is unsafe to drive since you can put your hand through the frame where it has rusted. This is our only vehicle and we cannot afford to purchase another at this time. The truck is a 2001 and this is 2008, this truck is used for daily needs and general riding.

- Mcarthur, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 082004

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,880 miles
The contact stated there was a Toyota recall on 2004-2004 Toyota Tacoma regarding the frontal ball joints. The consumer has a 2001 Toyota Tacoma which did not fall under the recall campaign, but the consumer had to replace both front ball joints on June 8, 2004. There was a vibration and a rubbing noise coming from the front end of vehicle. This was the same problem that was stated in the recall. The consumer contacted the manufacturer; they opened a case and did provide the consumer with case number 200508100951. The rotors and pads were replaced.

- Cochranton, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 292002

(reported on)

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The brake and accelerator pedal was designed too close together, consumer stated when he went to press the brake he also pressed the accelerator pedal.

- Woodsfield, OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 022002

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
The vehicle had been to the dealership several times to correct a defect in the transmission when consumer would make an attempt to stop, the dealer informed consumer the condition was due to a slip joint in the drive shaft which needed to be lubricated and was a normal maintenance issue, but also stated the condition was due to the drive shaft seizing up, the shocks and rear brakes was replaced.

- Tucker, GA, USA

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