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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,393 miles

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2005 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #71

Dec 012015

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


2005 Toyota Tacoma. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle frame rust. The consumer stated he took the vehicle to the dealer several times, only to be told there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. In 2014, the dealer was amazed at how bad the rust was.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #70

Feb 202015


  • miles
2005 Toyota Tacoma. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle frame excessive rusting recall notice issues. The consumer stated Toyota determined there was a problem with the steel used on the frames of the Toyota Tacoma trucks. The consumer stated he was misled about the length of time it would require to complete the recall. The dealer informed the consumer it would be months before the truck would be finished.

- Franklin, PA, USA

problem #69

May 012015

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Toyota Tacoma. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle frame corrosion recall problems. The consumer received a recall notice. He took the vehicle to the dealer for an inspection, which revealed there were rust holes in the frame. The consumer was informed it would take three months, for them to receive the frame.

- Sabillasville, MD, USA

problem #68

Mar 012013


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. For an extended period of time, there was premature rusting on the frame and the underbody which progressed to the point that the framing may fracture without warning. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken in for routine repairs. Upon the vehicle being placed on a lift, the contact noticed extensive rust on the underbody framing. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who diagnosed that the frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and did not provide a remedy. The failure mileage was not available.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #67

Nov 172014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 177,000 miles
Nov 17, 2014, I brought my Tacoma in for recall frame inspection. It failed. I was told they would order replacement frame. I was told it would be in mid January '15. I called the dealer today. They said no frame arrived and no eta when it would arrive. They guessed mid March, another two months away, but no assurance it was true. I don't drive my truck due to the weak frame. I still pay insurance on it. Why can Toyota offer free frame replacement and not deliver a new frame in a timely manner?

- Grand Island, NY, USA

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problem #66

Jul 302014

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • miles
2005 Toyota Tacoma. Consumer stated issues with frame of vehicle and brake lines leaking. The dealer informed the consumer the frame had rusted through and needed to be replaced. He was informed, it would be two months, before the parts were available to fix the frame. The consumer stated the brakes were fine, when arrived at the repair shop. The consumer believed the repair shop damaged the brake lines, when they checking the frame. After two months passed, the consumer called the repair shop and was informed the parts had arrived. However, they did not have the kits.

- Leicester, VT, USA

problem #65

Nov 172006


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the spare tire could not be removed from the vehicle due to rust under the vehicle. Additionally, there was rust on the steering column that required frequent lubrication. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the spare tire was rusted to the frame of the vehicle and there was no remedy available at the time. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Brownsville, PA, USA

problem #64

Dec 052014


  • 105,000 miles
I took my Tacoma to the local dealership for leaf springs and a check of corrosion of frame on December 7, 2014 and found out I had two holes in the frame. The wouldn't let me take my truck, because of safety issues. The dealer gave me a rental care for now at Toyota's expense. They said Toyota wants to just replace the frame? then my truck will have a salvadged title in pa. I need to help, I want the same deal other Tacoma owners got the last time for the same problem.

- Middleburg , PA, USA

problem #63

Dec 122012


  • miles
The frame is rusting. There are hole starting to form.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #62

Nov 132014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Frame rust recall.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #61

Nov 072014


  • 197,000 miles


Frame on my Tacoma is bad rust hole found left front area.

- Toronto Ontario, NC, USA

problem #60

Oct 272014


  • 135,000 miles
My truck frame has an inordinate amount of rust and a perforating rust on the drivers side front of the frame approximately 7X6 inches of frame that has just cracked away with rust, I am sure my truck will not pass state inspection this year. Under Toyota's limited service campaign my truck should qualify for repairs but Toyota corporate does not recognize my truck as needing repair based on the VIN number.

- Greenbank, WV, USA

problem #59

Oct 262014


  • 173,000 miles
Frame rust/and all connectors with holes, buckling and stalling.

- Kensington, CT, USA

problem #58

Oct 102014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 190,000 miles
In the summer of 2013 my rear tire feel out from beneath my truck while I was driving. The cross bars that held the tire had rusted through. I filed an NHTSA complaint. Early this spring I brought my Tacoma to my Toyota dealer to complain about a larger perforation that appeared in my frame. There dealer photographed it, sent it to Toyota, and informed me they would call me if Toyota was going to take any action. The service manager told me he was hearing rumors of a frame recall and that I should check in periodically. Early in October of this year I read on he internet about the Tacoma "leaf spring" recall and brought my truck back to Toyota. My truck was again inspected, photographed, and a few days later I was told to bring my truck in. I was told that Toyota was mailing out notices to qualified Toyota owners and that I should be getting my recall notification letter soon. I have never yet received that letter. However, I brought my truck back to the dealer on October 10 and they promptly impounded it, saying it was unsafe to drive. The service manager told me that although the frame replacement would take just a few days, the frames had not yet arrived and I should expect a two to three month delay. I filed a complaint with Toyota and a few days later the customer service representative who called me offered no further solution (I suggested that Toyota buy back my truck and offered me a credit towards the purchase of a new Toyota), but did add that she thought the frames would take longer still to come in and that I should expect to be without my truck for four months. I am currently driving a loaner paid for by Toyota, but one that does not well meet then needs met by my personal truck.

- West Cornwall, CT, USA

problem #57

Oct 092014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 142,000 miles
I took my vehicle for maintenance and was told that the frame on my 2005 Tacoma X-runner is rusted and showing signs of cracking. I called Toyota corporate to complain about the issue and was told there was nothing they can do about it since there is no recall or tsb. The rust is so bad that I can no longer drive my vehicle. There was a recall notice for the cold weather states to recoat or replace rusted frames so Toyota knows of the problem especially since they had the same issue with 95-04 Tacoma.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #56

Sep 292014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
On my old 1998 Toyota Tacoma I got the deal on buyback when the frame rusted out so bad with holes in it.then I went out and bought a 2005 Toyota Tacoma and this truck has rust from end to end on the frame again. When I bought it in 2006 Toyota said they had that fixed but this 2005 is alot worse with alot more rust then the 1998.I also took it to the garage to have the power steering pump and alternator and ac pump replaced because everything was rusted up on the alternator and ac pump and power steering so bad the mechanic told me to keep the parts and show the Toyota dealership and NHTSA.I was lucky that everything shut down on the truck when I got it to the bottom of my driveway and then got it towed to the mechanic and $1790 dollars later with labor and parts let me tell you not happy with Toyota.please NHTSA look at this problem and if you need a truck to take pics of mine is the one I used to work at a body shop so I know this truck would do the job for NHTSA my truck has 78000 miles on it I will take pics of it for you if you wish.

- Aaronsburg, PA, USA

problem #55

Sep 182014

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 250,000 miles
On the inside of the left frame rail, inside of where the forward cab mount is located, the frame has completely rusted through. Unusual because the rest of the frame from front to back is clean.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #54

Sep 092014


  • 154,000 miles
I received the recall from Toyota regarding the re-coating for Toyota Tacoma frames due to corrosion from high salt use areas. I received a call today from my Toyota dealer that there was a hole rusted through my frame but Toyota would replace the frame and it is still safe to drive. I would, however, be financially responsible for anything that Toyota feels they don't want to pay for during the "re-framing". I'm concerned about the hole in my frame and it's structural integrity in case of an accident, second... why should have I have to pay for a mistake that Toyota made, everything should be covered.

- Somerset , KY, USA

problem #53

Feb 102014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Vehicle at repair shop to be inspected and failed due to rust perforation of frame. Brought it to dealer and they took pictures and sent to Toyota and still waiting. They stated up to 2004 year models were recalled for same problem but not the 2005 year models which makes no sense as 2005 is a newer model. The dealer stated that they are doing recalls in the boston area for this problem and it should come to NY soon. However, this makes no sense as recalls are nationwide and not area specific. This is a safety issue and we would like this fixed at Toyota's expense. We did have the car undercoated and rust proofed when we bought the car.

- Sayville, NY, USA

problem #52

Jul 072014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 83,482 miles
When my vehicle had 4000 miles on it I got into a car accident that caused damage to the original frame. The frame was replaced by a Toyota factory frame purchased by the auto body that was doing the work from a Toyota dealer. I noticed recently that there was a excessive amount of corrosion, warping and a crack in the rear section of the frame that is on the vehicle. I started to research the issue online and found a recall for certain 2005 and up Tacoma's so I called the Toyota America 800 number to see what the process is to get it taken care of I was informed that my vehicle VIN was not part of a recall and the only thing I could do is take it to a dealer for inspection, so I did they noted the issue and talked to the local service manager which in turn said the VIN is not part of the recall and there is nothing that associates the frame that the vehicle currently has with my VIN. They also told me the vehicle was not safe to drive and the only thing they could do for me is take it as a trade in.

- Chesapeake , VA, USA

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