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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,500 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Toyota Tacoma engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 192008

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles


The 2002 Toyota Tacoma prerunner was running great with only 54,000 miles. All oil changes and tune-ups were up to date. Without making any unusual sounds, I experienced a loud thump, lots of smoke and the truck rolled to a stop. Upon checking, lots of oil was leaking out of bottom of the car and pieces were hanging out of the bottom of the engine which turned out to be parts of a thrown rod. Thank god my young nephew was not in the auto as there was lots of smoke.

- Riverside , CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 032003

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
While traveling on the highway and without prior warning, the check engine light appeared on the dashboard, and shortly after vehicle shut down. The consumer heard that this was a common problem.

- Saratoga, CA, USA

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