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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,767 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.

2004 Toyota Tacoma brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 012013


  • 60,000 miles


Both rear axel seals leak gear oil onto and into the rear brake drums which substantially reduce the effectiveness of the rear brakes. This condition began around the 60,000 mile mark and will continue indefinitely until the gear lube is all drained off, which then will most certainly cause severe power train damage.

- Ravenna, OH, USA

problem #5

Feb 122015


  • 220 miles
Going 35 miles an hour the vehicle will start to pull to the side and the ball joint will come out also the ABS sensor cable will brake and you will have to replace it a $2500 dollar spence for a Toyota malfunction in the suspension I have a friend in California that has one a year early model than mine a 2003 Toyota Tacoma and he told me about this problem had happen to him in the freeway about 60 mph to him a had to learn the hard way if you have a Toyota Tacoma please I am warning you to have the ball joint replace before its to late the new ball joints are warranty for life but I will check in to that if I still have the pick up in four years

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #4

Nov 112014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,200 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. While idling at a stop, the vehicle suddenly accelerated independently. The vehicle did not respond when the brake pedal was depressed. As a result, the contact crashed the vehicle into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. No injuries were reported and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred three times. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 131,200. Updated 12/30/14 updated 05/26/2015

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 042014

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 67,960 miles


ABS actuator assy fell off the vehicle, it was mounted on right rear axle housing, and banged around vehicle and ground. Vehicle appears to be ok and assy is held in place by wire. Is it safe to drive?

- Avon, CT, USA

problem #2

Jul 012009


  • 100,000 miles
Parking brake seized at wheel hub.

- Fredreicton, Canada, ME, USA

problem #1

Jul 032013

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • 77,220 miles
Lever assembly and brake drum for real wheel emergency brakes rusted to the point that the emergency brake is inoperable (seized). Condition has caused rear brake to be partially engaged whether parking brake is pulled or not. This wears out the rear brake pads very fast, and makes it impossible to apply the emergency brake on an incline. Will not prevent the vehicle from rolling down hill, nor will it stop the vehicle during an emergency application of the brake. It is no longer functioning as an emergency brake.

- Newark, DE, USA

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