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

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2005 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #94

Sep 012016


  • 160,000 miles


The Tacoma is susceptible to unusual amounts of frame rust and while underneath mine, changing the oil in the truck I found holes in the truck frame large enough to fit my fist in. So far I've received the run around from Toyota. They had a limited service campaign and replaced many truck frames. That stopped in March of 2016. Now they aren't doing anything about this problem and leaving it on the shoulders of americans to deal with. In addition to that, after their own admission, one could only suspect that the frames that weren't replaced have a high likelihood of failure on the highways, especially in states where they (the states) don't do rigorous inspections to get vehicles licensed. After the research that I've done I've discovered a few things; the trucks have a fundamental frame problem. Toyota admitted that there is a problem. Many of us, (Tacoma owners) can't afford to replace the truck frame or purchase another vehicle to replace it with potentially making the highways and Toyota drivers unsafe because of a known manufacturing defect that Toyota won't rectify. Additionally, I'm sure based on forums and other reviews I've uncovered online, that many of the vehicle owners are completely unaware of the defect and the threat to their own safety, and the safety of those around them on the roadways due to said defect.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #93

Sep 042016


  • 126,000 miles
While underneath truck investigating noise from vibrating metal I noticed the frame badly rusted near the catalytic converter to the point where a large hole formed. Rusted pieces of the frame fall off when lightly tapped with a hammer. A quick internet search made it apparent this is a very common problem. Truck was bought and always registered in a southern state but was driven in Illinois for 3 years while on military orders. There is surface rust everywhere but I haven't done a complete inspection yet to find other holes.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #92

Aug 242016


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. After pumping ten gallons of fuel in the vehicle and driving home, the contact noticed that the front strap holding the fuel tank fractured. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #91

Jan 012016


  • 158,000 miles


Major rust damage on frame after only 8 years of vehilce being released, a 2 by 4 inch wide hole on both sides for the trucks frame causing warping and bending as well as unsafe driving conditions. When taken to Toyota dealership repairs took 9 months, and upon completion was send back to owners possession without test driving or verifying project completion.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #90

Feb 012016


  • 91,213 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. While the vehicle was stationary, it was discovered that there were holes in the frame of the vehicle. The contact also stated that there was a brake line failure that occurred in the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 91,213. The VIN was not available.

- Craftsbury, VT, USA

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problem #89

Jul 222016


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V604000 (air bags); however, the dealer refused to perform the recall repair for free due to excessive corrosion. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Dillon, MT, USA

problem #88

Mar 102016


  • miles


The owner of the Toyota Tacoma received a safety recall notice informing the owner that certain Toyota vehicles from the year 2005 -2011 has had a defect with rear leaf spring. The owner immediately went to Toyota of bowie, Maryland he informed them the notice he received in March. He has called the manager several times during the last 4 months to give an update of the parts. It's been 4 months the car hasn't been fixed.

- Riverdale, MD, USA

problem #87

Jun 292016

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
I am writing to you in reference to my 2005 Toyota Tacoma. As you may be aware, Tacoma have been having problems in the states with harsh winters, and with corrosions of the frame from road salt. The problem has been so evident that Toyota has admitted to not having adequate corrosion resistant protection. The first time I became aware of this issue was at the end of June 2016. I called my Toyota dealer about two other recalls and inquired about the frame issue as well. The service technician told me that the frame in fact had a żlimited service campaignż issued by Toyota which expired March 31, 2016. He said to bring in my truck for the other two recalls (one was for the leaf spring) and he would inspect the frame (see page 2 of service invoice). After inspection, the technician said he did not think the truck would hold up in an accident. I called Toyota customer service experience, in California, and asked for their help and explained the situation above. They gave me a case number (1607110805) and said they would get back to me. When I received the call back, they declined my request do to missing the deadline. If this problem is a known situation with Tacoma (enough for a żlimited service campaignż), one would think to ensure the safety of their customers, they would send a certified letter. Not only is my safety in jeopardy, but I cannot even trade my vehicle in for one that will ensure my safety due to financial limitations and the decreased value of my truck not having this issue resolved. If Toyota really cares about their product and the safety of their customers, they would do the right thing and replace my truck frame (especially since one of their own certified mechanics determined the truck has been effected by the very same campaign). Thank you for taking the time to read this and hopefully you can help me resolve this issue.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #86

Jun 152016


  • 171,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the frame of the vehicle, near both front tires and the rear driver's tire, had rust that created holes. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was no longer under warranty to receive a recall repair. The approximate failure mileage was 171,000.

- Wethersfield, CT, USA

problem #85

Jun 172016


  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. While the vehicle was parked, the contact noticed that the subframe underneath the vehicle was corroded and had holes. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was included in an extended warranty campaign, but the campaign had expired. The failure mileage was 170,000. Updated 09/06/16

- Wethersfield, CT, USA

problem #84

Apr 252016


  • 109,450 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. A mechanic found large holes, approximately five inches in diameter, in the frame that held the vehicle together. The dealer confirmed the failure. The manufacturer was notified. The contact was informed that many vehicles were repaired with the similar failure. The dealer refused to repair the vehicle because the service bulletin expired on 3/31/2016. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 109,450.

- Milton, DE, USA

problem #83

Mar 052016


  • 225,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that when the vehicle was taken to the dealer to be serviced for NHTSA campaign number: 14V604000 (suspension), the technician stated that the frame of the vehicle was rusted and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 225,000. The VIN was not available.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #82

Apr 152016


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V604000 (suspension). The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that there was corrosion around the attachment area of the leaf springs. The technician diagnosed that the subframe needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The subframe was previously sprayed with an anti-corrosion agent under an extended warranty campaign by the manufacturer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 76,000.

- Sterling, MA, USA

problem #81

Apr 182016


  • miles
I purchased a 2005 Toyota Tacoma in August of 2015. I took my vehicle to a Toyota dealer to remove a wheel lug nut in September of 2015. I was advised by a Toyota service representative that there was a recall on the frame of my truck but when the service records were checked, the service representative advised that the recall service had been performed on my truck by treating the frame. On March 17 2016 my son took the truck to our local Toyota dealer in reference to the leaf spring recall. The service representative advised the same information to my son in reference to the frame recall and that the service treatment had been performed. My vehicle was never inspected on these two occasions at the Toyota dealer for possible frame damage. My son and I inspected the vehicle and located what appeared to be rust near the leaf spring hangers which was coming under the protective coating that had been applied by Toyota. I scheduled an appointment with my local Toyota dealer to inspect the frame. On April 15 2016 the service representative advised me that the frame had a hole in the frame on the drivers side near the part of the frame where it starts to go towards the motor. The service representative advised that in his opinion the hole had been there for awhile and that the hole could not have gotten that large in a year since being treated.I contacted Toyota and was advised this was not a recall but a service campaign and that it expired on March 31 2016 and that they could not give any assistance with the rusted frame.I advised the Toyota case manager that I could understand if it had never been inspected or treated but that's not the case with my vehicle. I also advised the case manager that it was apparent that the frame treatment did not stop the problem with rust in the frame. She just kept advising that Toyota could not assist me with this matter.

- Disputanta, VA, USA

problem #80

Apr 042016


  • 175,000 miles
10 - 12 inch long vertical rust and cracks in the frame. Located on both sides of the frames interior. Locations are both opposite of the catalytic converters. I was told by a friend there was an issue and Toyota was replacing the frames due to inferior quality of production causing a safety issue in which the frames were rusting from the inside out. I made an appointment with the local dealer on 4/4/2016, I had to wait until 4/13/2016 for the first available appointment. Upon arriving at the dealer I was informed the "recall" expired March 31st and they can do nothing for me. They refused to even look at the issue. I called Toyota to ask if there was any recourse as I had never received notification of this issue let alone a deadline. I was told this was not a recall and the time had expired and there was nothing they would do for me. I am afraid the truck is not safe to drive.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #79

Apr 012016


  • 70,000 miles
2005 Toyota Tacoma frame rust recall. Toyota rep inspected the frame and stated it has failed due to rust and corrosion. Toyota refuses to offer any remedy for this problem. Frame could break and cause personal or vehicle damage.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #78

Mar 212016


  • miles
A limited service campaign notified me of possible frame rust problem. Received crc coating 9/10/2014. Noticed rust had advanced through the frame and notified dealer. Dealer checked damage 3/21/16 and gave me a Toyota customer service number. Toyota said they couldn't do anything about it since I received the crc coating, which was poorly applied. (see pictures of overspray on bed, indicating it had not been removed to spray the whole frame) punished for being proactive. Stuck with a rusty frame.

- Dixon, KY, USA

problem #77

Mar 172016


  • 149,000 miles
The Toyota dealer in concord, nh inspected my 2005 Toyota Tacoma on March 17, 2016. They reported that the frame is corroded and that there is a perforation inside the frame by the front body mount. They suggested I called Toyota. Three phone calls to Toyota. They are aware of frame corrosion issues, but refused to correct this, because "the replacement program no longer applies." Clearly the manufacturer is aware of a problem with this model, yet refuses to address an issue that is a safety risk.

- Bradford, NH, USA

problem #76

Mar 162015


  • miles
Frame recall. I took my frame in to be sprayed with rust protection but 4 months later the vehicle failed the state inpection due to holes in the frame. Toyota said that since they already put the rust protection on they can not do anything. They did not properly inspect my frame. The rust holes did not appear after 4 months. They should of replaced the bad frame.

- Verona, PA, USA

problem #75

Feb 292016

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
Please see below. Thank you, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Blackstone, MA, USA

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