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2.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,002 miles

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2002 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #14

Aug 152014

Tacoma

  • 167,152 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while having the annual state inspection performed, the inspector notified him that the entire sub frame, rear bumper and front passenger side wheel well were excessively corroded. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 167,152.

- Bland, VA, USA

problem #13

Jul 212014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Frame rusted and cracked.

- Watervliet, NY, USA

problem #12

Jun 022014

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
My fuel tank is rusted completely through to the point of leaking gas. I know Toyota has recalled the frame (replaced) and the spare tire holder (not yet replaced) due to rust. Seems like the whole underside is rusting out.

- Baldwinsville, NY, USA

problem #11

Jun 012012

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I called Toyota in 2012 to ask about frame. Was told I didn't qualify. Have had to replace everything attached to frame in a 2 year period. Last fall the gas tank fell off. Frame so rusted it wouldn't hold it. Called Toyota again, as recommended by mechanic, was told I didn't qualify. Went to dealer for recall repair on spare tire holder, they couldn't fix it. Too rusted. Told me it S not safe to drive. Told me to call Toyota. I did. Told me I didn't qualify because recall expired. Expired"! I have never received a recall notice!! I have lived at the same address for 32 years. They found me this time, they should have found me for that one. Now what" I am out well over $3500 dollars I've paid out the last 3 yrs and its not safe! need help here.

- Waterloo, NY, USA

problem #10

May 302013

Tacoma

  • 136,731 miles
Three months ago I received my notice about excessive corrosion of the spare tire carrier lift plate. I called the local Toyota dealer to schedule the repair, the collision manager had no knowledge about it. I called again to schedule a fix but was told that some one will call me but, no one did. Toyota of york, PA17402.

- Manchester, PA, USA

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problem #9

Sep 192012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Sometime in 2012, my spare tire and rim were lost on the highway due to a failed spare tire carrier. The lift plate on the spare tire carrier, failed due to corrosion and released the spare tire (and rim) on the highway. No crash of incident occurred because no one was following the vehicle at the time.

- Norwell, MA, USA

problem #8

Aug 152007

Tacoma

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This is in response to the new Toyota recall on the sienna mini-vans spare tire. I own a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, in which the frame was recently replaced due to rust perforation in certain states. I am the original owner and back in 8/2007 I had a flat tire and had to change it. The spare tire resides under the vehicle and is secured by a cable. When I went to access the spare, I noticed the whole cable and the surrounding pieces were severely rusted and was very difficult to separate the tire from the cable. After hearing about the recall on the sienna for the spare tire getting rusty, and possibly falling loose while driving, I realized that my Tacoma, and possibly other vehicles that use this method, and are exposed to extreme climate conditions, could trigger a similar event.

- Marlboro, MA, USA

problem #7

Feb 142006

Tacoma

  • miles
Rear bumper decay/structure breakdown on 2002 Toyota Tacoma. Unsafe in case of from the rear collision. Noticed start of rust/loss of structure in 2/2006.

- Spring City, PA, USA

problem #6

May 012008

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • miles
Excessive amount of rust on frame of 2002 Toyota Tacoma pick-up. Frame shows extensive corrosion from inside working it's way out. I am very concerned that the life of this vehicle will be drastically reduced due to this issue. I understand that Toyota is investigating this problem for years 95 through 2000. What about years newer than 2000 that are experiencing the same problem"??"

- Churchville, NY, USA

problem #5

Dec 112005

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,735 miles
Purchased this vehicle as certified pre-owned vehicle. Massive leaks rendered back of drivers side crew cab flooded. Reversed drain plug previously installed up side down, then siliconed oem roof rack and leak slowed. Toyota is replacing rear door seal. Was not notified oem roof rack negated warranty. Cpv shouldn't leak.

- Pacific Grove, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 082006

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 62,417 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Motor mount bracket broke on 2002 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 extra cab. Purchased vehicle used from royal Toyota in bloomington, Indiana on Jan. 25, 2006, along with an extended warranty (36,000/36 month). Have driven it less than 3,000 miles - mostly highway. Discovered oil leak under the front. Fortunately, took it to a performance Toyota in fairfield, Ohio before the motor fell out. The bracket is not covered by the warranty. This vehicle was purchased as a certified inspected used Toyota vehicle. The bracket broke for no apparent reason.

- Birdeye, IN, USA

problem #3

Aug 232003

Tacoma 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Truck dash has rattled since shortly after we bought the truck. Never has been fixed correctly. Also, the cruise control doesn't keep you at consistent speed at all on mountains/hills. If you want to go 55, it will put you up over 60 very quickly and then gradually drop you down to around 55.

- Flag, AZ, USA

problem #2

Dec 182002

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
For the last year I have brought truck back to sf Toyota dealership for transmission problems, suspension problems rattling dash board, squeaking sounds from seat and front bushings. All these problems still have not been fixed. After 15 visits to dealership, sf Toyota left scratches on body and lost mud flap. Body now tilted after service.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 102003

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Water is entering the vehicle around the support handle on the driver side of the vehicle. Vehicle was purchased one year ago. Problem became evident this past fall and when brought to the dealership this February they refused to repair under the corrosion warranty. Vehicle is over the standard warranty mileage.

- Holden, ME, USA

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