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

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2005 Toyota Tacoma body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #14

Apr 152011

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles


My 2005 Toyota Tacoma quad cab SR5 has an issue with the transmission. At a complete stop with my foot firmly on the brake my truck lunges forward in a very dangerous abrupt manner as though someone rear ended me. This happens often at stop lights a few seconds after I come to a complete stop. A second issue is that my paint is cracking and peeling on my roof and my clear coat is noticeably bad on the edges of my hood and doors. My truck is not of appropriate age or weather conditions to have these types of paint problems. Toyota refuses to investigate or pay for my issues and just recommends that I go pay a dealer to fix it out of my pocket. I see several others with the exact same problems on many blogs, class action anyone?

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #13

Dec 012011

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • miles
I own a 2005 Toyota Tacoma, 4X4, 4-cylinder, 5-speed manual, purchased new. It has 92,000 miles on it and I have filed two complaints, going back three years, with my dealer and with Toyota headquarters regarding excessive rust on the frame of my vehicle. Both have told me it is acceptable for the frame to be rusting. I disagree. A vehicle that should easily last over 200,000 miles should be built on quality frames. At some point it will cause issues and could be a danger if joints start rusting. I have searched online and seen other similar trucks and all owners complain of this issue. The frame and brackets are all rusting excessively, much more excessively than any other car I have ever owned. This started occurring shortly after owning the car and it has gotten tremendously worse. There has never been frame damage to the truck and the truck is in exceptional condition, has been washed with regularity and even garaged. I am submitting this complain with the hope others are also complaining. I know Toyota did a recall of their previous models due to this issue and nothing in their production has improved the way these frames are made and I believe a recall should be considered to remedy these model year issues too.

- New Haven, CT, USA

problem #12

Sep 012011

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 148,000 miles
Truck began making loud noises in engine compartment. Truck was diagnosed as having bad motor mounts. At time of repair, motor mount assemblies were noted by mechanic to have broken off the frame due to bad/weakened welds. Motor is rubbing on fan/radiator shroud. Owner has done independent research, including complaints filed on this site, and has noted that this has been an on-going issue with 2005 Tacoma.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #11

Sep 012010


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who informed the contact that the body of the vehicle had an excessive amount of rust on it due to owner negligence. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000.

- Kapaa, HI, USA

problem #10

Oct 162008


  • 40,000 miles
2005 Toyota Tacoma front mud flap broken and rubbed through the paint prior to me knowing the flap was broken. Happened at about 40,000 miles. Never offroad or anything like that. All city/highway miles.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

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problem #9

Aug 092007


  • 46,000 miles
The front mud flaps are defective, they break off for no reason. Once they are missing rocks and debris fly into vehicle and bypassers vehicles. The flaps appear to be either to close to the tire or the material they are made with is to flexible.

- Mamou, LA, USA

problem #8

May 122008

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 19,000 miles


When loading heavy (but within the rated capacity of the truck) equipment into this truck, the tailgate collapses under the load, causing the equipment to become off-balance and fall over, sometimes onto the person or persons loading said equipment.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #7

Apr 282008


  • miles
Rock chips on rear fender falrs, no rock guard in place.

- Calera, AL, USA

problem #6

Apr 152005

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 500 miles
2005 Tacoma prerunner has a pop or thump that occurs when there is an acceleration for a dead stop and then also a thump when there is a deceleration. It can be felt in the cab as though there is a space between the cab mounting bolts and the frame I.e., not tight enough and causes the cab to lift forward and up when stopping or the opposite when accelerating. Have taken it to Toyota of manhattan beach, ca., they tightened the bolts and it was better but is now back as it was in before.

- Toluca Lake, CA, USA

problem #5

May 142005

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The fender support brackets broke causing the fenders to become loose and crack.

- Grande Cache, 00, USA

problem #4

Mar 072005

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,000 miles


I have a silver 2005 Toyota Tacoma extended cab and the paint is chipping everywhere, rockers, doors, leading edge of rear doors, a couple of spots on the windshield pillars, and in front of the rear tires feel like it got sandblasted. I complained to Toyota of keene. He told me Toyota told him to do whatever is necessary to fix the problem, but he is only to paint the leading edge of the read doors. The body shop told him if they pained the rest it would only chip off. I have never seen any other manufactures or other models of Toyota chip like this. What will it look like at 50,000 miles. Somebody please help!!!

- Phillipston, MA, USA

problem #3

May 122005

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,567 miles
My 2005 Toyota Tacoma pickup has severe paint chipping problems on the rocker panels, lower doors, and front of the bedsides. Toyota is denying responsibility. They want to do a paint repair which will depreciate the value of my truck instead of giving me a new truck which is the only way to properly correct the problem. Unless they were to strip my truck down to bare metal and repaint from scratch, there is no other way to do it properly.

- Salunga, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 112005

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,700 miles
Severe blistering, flaking and chipping of paint on my new Toyota Tacoma. First occured on January 11, 2005, when the truck was only 5 weeks old, after an 18 mile round trip to work on paved roads. There were hundreds of flakes and chips on the truck, too many to count. After a few months of this, much of the paint on the lower sections of the truck was gone. This is happening to many Tacoma, and Toyota is trying to blame it on environmental damage, but I don't see any other vehicles with the same kind of damage, only Tacoma. When driven as the manufacturer intends, the Tacoma suffers severe paint damage, much more than any reasonable owner would expect. Toyota offered me a "courtesy" paint job, but a body shop paint job and never match the original factory finish and is completely unacceptable on a brand new truck. Plus, the paint job Toyota offers covers only the areas affected so far, leaving behind all of the other areas on the truck which are still prone to severe chipping and flaking. In my opinion, the paint is defective.

- Pittston, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 202005

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 600 miles
I have a 2005 Toyota Tacoma with almost 600 miles on it. Today I drove it it was a little windy out got home and looked at the truck, it was covered with rock chips!! I have read on of other people having the same problem and think it is due to weak paint, and needs to be fixed.

- Palmer, AK, USA

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