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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,669 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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2002 Toyota Tacoma body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Mar 252013

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles


This vehicle was already involved in a "campaign" by Toyota to replace severely rusted frames. Now the spare tire lift plate is also rusted through on many of them which Toyota is "implementing a remedy for". my complaint is that I have a severely rusted housing of the rear differential, next to and just below the rusted spare tire carrier lift plate, Toyota refuses to pay for the rusted through housing of the rear differential. This is a negligent safety issue on their part, because those owners who are not aware of the leakage of this part may find themselves without power, or worse perhaps, a lockup of that part when they are going 65 mph on highway possibly with children in their vehicle. The rust on these vehicles is legendary among Toyota owners as evidenced by their complaints on the internet. Toyota did replace the frame on my 2002 Tacoma, but in my opinion, it is their responsibility to replace the rusted out housing. It is not as if that is the only rust on this vehicle, and no other vehicles that I am aware of have this problem.

- Chestnut Ridge, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 252013


  • 240,000 miles
Upon bringing 2002 Toyota Tacoma to mechanic for tire rotation and oil change, the frame broke in half due to rust and corrosion. Contacted Toyota who said it was not covered under 2008 extended corrosion warranty since it had not been brought in for the undercarriage compound application before 2011. We were never notified by any recall that it should be brought in.

- Port Murray, NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 082012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken for registration inspection and was advised that the entire frame was rusted and rotted. The contact spoke with the manufacturer but no assistance was provided. The failure mileage was 111,000 updated 02/22/13.

- Litchfield, NH, USA

problem #2

Oct 282010

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 53,871 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated the entire frame was covered with rust. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where a rust under coating was applied to the frame. Two years later, the frame exhibited severe rust and corrosion. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 53,871. Updated 01/18/13 updated 01/24/13

- Allison Park, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 022007

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
2002 Toyota Tacoma has premature frame deterioration on frame side rails and rear. Rear frame is so bad that the rust is causing the bumberto lift up in the middle by about 1-2inches. Owner keeps truck washed and waxed even through winter months. Have not yet looked to get rear problem repaired.

- New London, NH, USA

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