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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
121,748 miles

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2004 Toyota Tacoma body / paint problems

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2004 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #62

Sep 242016

Tacoma

  • 143,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a tire rotation. The mechanic stated that the vehicle was unsafe to be driven due to severe rust and there were holes throughout the entire frame. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 143,000.

- Burlington, KY, USA

problem #61

Sep 242016

Tacoma

  • 199,000 miles
Frame rusted.

- Cleveland Heights, OH, USA

problem #60

Sep 192016

Tacoma

  • 157,000 miles
Was rear-ended yesterday. Upon inspection by insurance inspector, the inspector stated the frame failed, cross-member broke off frame due to excessive rust and rear of frame was rotted. This vehicle had received frame recall, but was only offered undercoating, which was done, but was obviously not done on rear of frame. Insurance inspector knew of this recall and stated Toyota should not be allowed to get away with this. The truck was in excellent condition before accident (other than frame). Due to frame rot, instead of being fixable, it was deemed total loss and will now cost significant financial burden. Called local Toyota dealer I have dealt with before and their customer relations director went to inspect and noted rear part of frame rusted out, but that's where all damage occurred due to being rear-ended, so didn't offer much other than it was an "interesting situation". then had the nerve to ask if one of his sales people could call me to buy another Toyota.

- Westminster, MD, USA

problem #59

Aug 242016

Tacoma

  • miles

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

Frame rust

- West Hartford, CT, USA

problem #58

Jul 202016

Tacoma

  • 90,000 miles
The frame of the Tacoma is severely rusted. Rust easily falls off the frame of the truck. Tacoma models after 2005 received recall notifications and fixes from Toyota, but the 2004 models have not received any notice even though they exhibit more frame rot and rusting.

- Centreville, VA, USA

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problem #57

Jul 112016

Tacoma

  • 145,000 miles
The frame has rusted and the dealership is unwilling to replace even though there continues to be recalls on more modern vehicles and another will be beginning soon for newer models. No notice was received by me about this problem. Not sure if this was a technical service bulletin or a full recall, but I cannot understand how a major problem with the frame would not qualify for a full recall. The truck was sold by Toyota suggesting 300,000 miles easily. I have less than half of that and the truck will soon be unsafe to drive because of a faulty frame.

- Hurley, NY, USA

problem #56

Apr 142016

Tacoma

  • 200,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that when the vehicle was taken to be painted, the technician found that the subframe of the vehicle was severely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Shade, OH, USA

problem #55

Jun 162016

Tacoma

  • 130,616 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. While the vehicle was being serviced for scheduled maintenance, the mechanic found severe rust on the frame and other components of the undercarriage. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 130,616.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #54

Jun 052014

Tacoma

  • 90,000 miles
The frame is rotting, the cross bar is rotting, there are holes throughout, and there are areas where you can literally push your finger through! I discover the issues with the frame back in 2014. The local Toyota dealer told me that there is nothing that they can do about it. The frame can be probably compared with something that sat under the salt water for a long time.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #53

Jan 012016

Tacoma

  • miles
Frame began to rust in rear of the truck.

- Harrisonburg, VA, USA

problem #52

May 022016

Tacoma

  • 161,000 miles

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

The frame has rusted so bad that you can poke your fingers through it. Also the frame is rusted around where rear shocks mount causing the passenger rear shock to come apart. Vehicle is not safe to drive. Contacted Toyota about the problem and they refuse to do anything even though this vehicle was part of a recall due to rust issues.

- Gilman City, MO, USA

problem #51

Mar 092016

Tacoma

  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. While inspecting underneath the vehicle, it was discovered that there was severe corrosion that caused a hole on the rear bumper. Also, the brake cable was completely rusted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the subframe was corroded and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired under a recall back in 2010, but the failure persisted. The specifics of the recall were not provided. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 190,000.

- South Windsor, CT, USA

problem #50

Apr 252016

Tacoma

  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. While the vehicle was undergoing a state inspection, the contact was informed that there were holes in the frame. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 117,000.

- Gilbertsville, PA, USA

problem #49

Jun 152015

Tacoma

  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. While the vehicle was at an independent mechanic, the mechanic diagnosed that the subframe was corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 170,000.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #48

Apr 042016

Tacoma

  • 108,000 miles
Frame is completely rotten 108000 miles.

- Waterford, PA, USA

problem #47

Apr 022016

Tacoma

  • 206,370 miles
Frame rust. The frame is almost completely rusted in half. The leaf springs where they connect to the frame has sunk into the frame from the rotting of the frame. The truck was going 75 mph down the highway when it happened. A loud bang and terrible jerk back.

- Hesperia, MI, USA

problem #46

Mar 012016

Tacoma

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while inspecting underneath the vehicle, it was discovered that there was severe corrosion that caused a hole on the driver's and passenger's side frame of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 115,000.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #45

Feb 182016

Tacoma

  • 174,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while in park, the contact noticed corrosion underneath the rail of the sub frame around the driver's side of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 174,000.

- Lebanon, WV, USA

problem #44

Feb 062016

Tacoma

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer after identifying the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V542000 (structure). Upon inspection, the contact was informed that the remedy could not be performed due to extremely severe rusting of the subframe. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- High Falls, NY, USA

problem #43

Sep 012015

Tacoma

  • 250,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the subframe was severely corroded and exhibited fractures at the rear wheels. The subframe was previously treated for corrosion under a voluntary manufactured recall; however, the treatment did not provide a permanent protection against corrosion. The manufacturer advised that the corrosion recall expired. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 250,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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