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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,725 miles

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2005 Toyota Tacoma body / paint problems

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2005 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #74

Jan 292016


  • 155,294 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. While the vehicle was at the local dealer, the mechanic diagnosed that the subframe was corroded around the rear of the vehicle and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was previously inspected under a voluntary recall by the manufacturer. The VIN was also included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V604000 (suspension); however, the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 155,294. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Farmington, IA, USA

problem #73

Feb 292016


  • 104,140 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. While having the tires replaced, the contact was informed that the frame was corroded. The vehicle was previously serviced under a manufacturer's limited service campaign for corrosion resistant compound application for the frame, but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 104,140.

- Blackstone, MA, USA

problem #72

Oct 152014


  • 99,000 miles
Vehicle's frame is rusting and flaking apart. The vehicle was taken to a Toyota dealership per their limited service campaign to apply a corrosion-resistant compound. One year later that compound is starting to fall off as the rust beneath it lets loose. Since there is physically less frame material than when the truck was built I feel that this vehicle would suffer considerable damage in a collision as the the strength of the frame has been compromised. I am also concerend that the vehicle could loose control if the frame fails at highway speed after encountering a large pothole. You can see how the rust has aggressively attacked the many welds on this frame and weekend the joints. While the manufacturer did make an attempt to coat the frame and hide the rust there are several places on the interior of the frame that recieved no treatment at all. You can still see the metal flaking away in those untreated areas. To have some surface rust on a 10 year old vehicle is normal but this problem is way beyond surface rust. While Toyota has agreed to replace frames with considerable size holes I think that frames like mine are being overlooked. Rather than have a single point of failure my entire frame is weekend and will continue to weaken as the compound they applied is failing to stop the rusting. While the frame does not currently have a hole it is only a matter of time based on the flaking rust. Toyota is not willing to offer any help with future holes because they sprayed the compound on the frame. Unfortunately the compound doesn't protect the entire frame and it is prone to peeling off. Even if the compound were applied correctly it in no way provides the structural integrity that the frame once had.

- De Pere, WI, USA

problem #71

May 212015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to a dealer for a manufacturer's recall where the frame was replaced; however, the muffler was removed and was not reattached to the vehicle. The manufacturer was aware of the issue. The contact was concerned for his safety. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Golden, CO, USA

problem #70

Jul 012015


  • 170,000 miles
In reference to U.S. district court for the western district of Arkansas case number: 1:14-cv-02208 I currently own a 05 Tacoma that has the frame rusted completely, I've contacted Toyota repeatedly about this issue and they are denying to fix this because this vehicle is no longer in the usa. My argument here is that Toyota has known about this problem and has had may complaints about it yet did nothing about it, they should fix this the vehicle regardless of where it is because it poses a major safety risk to my life and others on the road.

- Fort Lauderdale , FL, USA

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problem #69

May 212013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the frame of the vehicle was rusted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the mechanic spray painted the frame, but the failure recurred. The contact stated that the remedy did not repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- East Taunton, MA, USA

problem #68

May 012006


  • 6,000 miles


Less than one year after purchase the rear leaf springs failed on both sides. Two dealers plus Toyota headquarters refused service, so I had to pay for a private spring shop to replace them. They have since been recalled but to date I have not received reimbursement. In 2014 the steering shaft had to be replaced and at the same time the frame was determined corroded beyond repair. Toyota made promise to replace the frame under recall in Nov 2014 but to date has not delivered and has not indicated when I can expect the repair to be made. For over six months now I have been left with an unsafe vehicle that I can't sell or replace.

- Waikoloa, HI, USA

problem #67

May 012015


  • 151,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. While the vehicle was undergoing an oil change, the technician noticed that the frame on the front driver side was severely rusted and stated it needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 151,000.

- Connersville, IN, USA

problem #66

Aug 152008


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the hitch and subframe of the vehicle was rusted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000.

- Connersville , IN, USA

problem #65

Feb 272015

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
Took my Tacoma into dealer for noise coming out the back of truck turn out that my truck had 2 active recalls on it one was the frame and the other was rear spring. They told me that the frame had to be replace because there was significant rust and had made a hole on it. My problem is that Toyota still has my truck with no ata on repair. They said that I can have my truck back if I sign a waiver if my truck is not safe why would I want to sign a waiver. The did provide a loner car but its only good for 30 day after that I am on my own. As you can see it been 6 week since they took my truck.

- Plymouthmeeting, PA, USA

problem #64

Feb 062013

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles


Frame falling apart!

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #63

Dec 202014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 175,440 miles
The vehicle has significant frame rust. There are several areas on the frame where large sections of metal have delaminated. This presents a structural integrity issue in key supporting areas of the frame assembly for major components to include drive train, braking and suspension. The overall crash worthiness is in question due to the structural integrity issue presented by the frame design, metal composition and premature rusting and metal fatigue. Toyota has started a limited service campaign to apply a corrosion resistance protection, but this issue should be a safety recall. Based on the magnitude of damage from rusting in my case the only resolution would be a full frame replacement. I have pictures of the frame damage and rust available. I will also be sending Toyota a letter requesting an inspection by the regional factor representative prior to any repairs.

- Harbeson, DE, USA

problem #62

Dec 012014


  • miles
Toyota sent me a recall notice (that was not listed on your site) for rust on the frame. I had the dealership inspect it and they said that it is bad and Toyota will replace the frame. The dealership is telling me that specific parts (the power steering rack and lines) that are rusty will not be able to be put back when the frame is replaced (and the truck assembled again) but I have to pay the cost. I had those specific parts looked at by my mechanic and although a portion (the lines are bad and I am having replaced) the ps rack is not in bad condition. I contacted Toyota to see what they will cover and was told they will not cover parts that are not the frame. My truck is 10 years old. It is in great condition and runs great and I planned to keep it for a long time. My concern is that when you try to disassemble a whole vehicle (which is 10 years old) some of the parts that are in good working condition, once banged around trying to remove them, will break. I am concerned that I have to pay for these parts. If Toyota is replacing the frame due to safety issues, isn't it their responsibility to replace other parts that were fine prior to making the recall fix?

- Rosedale, MD, USA

problem #61

Oct 152014


  • 160,000 miles
The catalytic converter shield on my 2005 Tacoma fell off while driving and almost caused an accident. After picking up the large metal parts and inspecting under the vehicle, I noticed that near to where the catalytic converter sits, that there was extensive corrosion on the truck's frame and even a large hole. I am extremely worried about the safety of the vehicle and am afraid that the frame may crumple while driving causing an accident or death. Toyota is aware of the issue. I contacted the corporate offices, but was told that Toyota is only replacing the frame on vehicles registered in what they have designated as a "snow state". I purchased my Toyota at a dealership in Illinois (a "snow state") and have done a lot of traveling within the "snow states", yet because I live 25 miles away on the Missouri side, Toyota is refusing to cover the repair. The woman from Toyota corporate did not seem to care when I told her that I was worried about the safety of the vehicle and that it could result in an accident or death. I offered to email the photos of the frame corrosion, but was rejected. Toyota needs to cover this repair on all vehicles with frame corrosion regardless of the state they live in.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #60

Nov 262014


  • 150,000 miles
I live in ne Pennsylvania and was just informed by my mechanic that my truck may not pass another inspection due to frame rust. Specifically along side the catalytic converter. My dealer said there is a limited recall in the new england states but not pa. Will Toyota expand the recall?

- Breinigsville, PA, USA

problem #59

Jun 202014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Corrosion on frame rails affecting structural integrity of frame. Rust holes are present.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #58

Nov 132014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
Due to a faulty paint or manufacturing process my vehicle is experiencing excessive paint chipping, not caused by external forces. The manufacturer's local dealer as well as local reputable body shops, are aware of the problem. The manufacturer was contacted without resolution. While researching my particular situation, I came across numerous write ups of other consumers experiencing the same issue.

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #57

Oct 262014


  • 194,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle had developed severe corrosion and a hole near the drivers side tire. The contact who was a certified mechanic stated that the frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 194,000. Pam

- Raphine, VA, USA

problem #56

Jul 012014


  • 145,000 miles
2005 Tacoma resided in pa from purchase in 2004 until July 2011 & is now exhibiting frame perforation in the area of both exhaust resonators and splitting in the C-channel rails near the rear wheels.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #55

Dec 022013

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
The tailgate of the vehicle lacks the required amount of structural integrity to serve its intended purpose. Since the tailgate is designed to be opened to a flat position for loading or unloading item(s) placed in the bed of the truck it will certainly require a certain amount of strength for this purpose. I noticed that my tail gate was no longer straight across when in the close position but had a concave appearance. I worried that the tail gate may come unlatched while in the up position or worse by collapsing by folding in the middle if using it to carry a partial load. I load my 4-wheeler in the back of the truck at times and due to the short bed have to leave the rear tires resting on the tail gate. The weight, although not excessive, seemed to possibly be the cause of the distress on the tailgate. I removed the interior cover as well as the top tailgate cover for inspection. My inspection did reveal two creases in the tailgate top section (when in the close position) about 18" from the right top and the same distance from the left top side. I called Toyota to see if any possible recall was in place to address this situation and they said there was no such recall. I asked if they recommended any remedy for the condition that I described and they suggested a company that does aftermarket truck modifications. If this tailgate isn't designed to carry a load than a permanent warning sign should be clearly viewed from the tailgate position at or near the handle or the flat surface when the tailgate is lowered. Since it is apparent that at times a load will travel across the tail gate moving into the bed cavity or be required to rest on the tailgate, it should meet all load requirement that could be reasonably anticipated.

- Pickens, MS, USA

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