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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,780 miles

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2006 Toyota Tacoma body / paint problems

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2006 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #41

Jun 182014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


Holes are rusting in the frame.

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #40

Sep 012012

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • 119,500 miles
Since the vehicle was about 6 years-old I've experienced a high degree of frame rust. Since this time, on a annual basis, I've spot painted (with rust protectant paint) areas of the frame that is 'peppered' with rust. Recently, I found out that this problem is rampant throughout the Tacoma community, so I have since contacted Toyota. The local dealership has been non-responsive, so I am in the process of dealing with the corporate customer service department. As I write this, I am awaiting their response. I find this frame rust problem dangerous and unacceptable. My local climate only sees an average humidity level of 5%, with very little rain, yet still the frame is peppered with rust each year I do my inspection.

- Tehachapi, CA, USA

problem #39

Oct 092013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Dreaded Toyota frame rust, the frame is rusting extensively and I am worried it will rust through. There have been numerous complaints but no action so far. Rust, rust, rust...if it is a Toyota, it will rust.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #38

May 262014


  • 90,983 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that he was made aware that the frame had rusted out and that there was a hole on the front passenger's side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the frame needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,983.

- Homes, NY, USA

problem #37

Mar 192014


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while having an oil change, the technician notified him that the frame was completely corroded. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered to spray paint the frame. The failure and current mileage was 75,000.

- Norwood, MA, USA

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problem #36

May 122014

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 93,983 miles
The vehicle was at the dealership it was purchased from for several safety recalls to be implemented/fixed. I had the service manager of the dealership inspect the frame while up on the lift. The frame of the vehicle was found to be badly rusted with actual holes present in the frame. He told me that this was not a safe vehicle to drive at this point. He said to put nothing in the bed of the truck.

- Holmes, NY, USA

problem #35

Jun 102013


  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the casing for the spare tire was rusted. The contact could not use the crank to remove the spare. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who informed the contact that the frame was severely rusted. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- West Stockbridge, MA, USA

problem #34

Apr 302014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 276,000 miles
I took my 2006 Tacoma to have a 5K service. The service rep told me that I had extensive rust under the carriage and that it need to be fixed asap. He said that it would involve removing the rust and then applying rustproofing. I went online and found numerous complaints about rust issues from other owners and Toyota has not issued a recall to correct the problem at no cost to the owner. This has to be dealt wtith asap. I feel that I am driving a truck that is unsafe.

- Sykesville, MD, USA

problem #33

Apr 222014


  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that upon inspection, it was found that frame was rusted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000.

- Saegertown, PA, USA

problem #32

Jan 092014


  • 123,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while having regular maintenance done, he was notified that the frame was fractured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician verified the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who agreed to replace the frame free of charge. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 123,800 and the current mileage was 129,000.  

- Concord, NH, USA

problem #31

Jan 092014


  • 60,000 miles


I noticed severe rust with holes rusting through the frame of my 2006 Toyota Tacoma. When I took it to Toyota dealer to have it checked the employees there would just shake their heads in disbelief. They told me that they took pictures, and they would send them to corporate. They also told me that it was still safe to drive but they wouldn't give me anything in writing. I am concerned about safety, frame is an important part of a vehicle, and with rust 1/4 of an inch thick flaking off allover the frame with holes rusting through I think I have a good reason. I have never seen such rust even on trucks 10 years older then this one. I did not get any response from Toyota Corp., and it has been over two months since Toyota mechanics looked at it. When you pay over $32, 000 for a truck, the frame should last bit longer before it turns into mud. I was not aware of their previous frame problems with earlier models at the time of purchase. However isn't it negligence when you recall a certain model years, and continue making newer models with the same problem. Doesn't anyone control these people. Especially when they put so many people in danger. This should give you general idea, because the more I think about it the more I get upset. Thank you.

- North Royalton, OH, USA

problem #30

Feb 152014


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the frame was completely corroded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician verified the failure and stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 86,000.

- Harleysville, PA, USA

problem #29

Dec 262013


  • 25,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated while the vehicle was at the local mechanic for inspection the subframe was found severely corroded. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 25,800. The current mileage was 28,600.

- Chards Ford , PA, USA

problem #28

Nov 242013


  • 100,000 miles
Purchased my truck from the dealership and have always taken it in for the oil change with the dealer inspection tickets since it was purchased. In the last inspection I was informed that the brakes needed to be replaced. Took it to another shop where the lead mechanic informed me that my car was "unsafe" due to significant rust on the leaf springs and frame area bolts near the leaf springs. I called the dealership to ask how my car had gone through all of these inspections and I had never heard that my vehicle had "unsafe" levels of rust on the undercarriage. I was informed that they do not inspect the undercarriage ( !? ). when I asked for the best course of action, I was informed that a car with rust on the frame should be junked. I cannot believe I spent all that money for what I thought was a quality truck that is unsafe to drive.

- Kahului, HI, USA

problem #27

Dec 312013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 48,558 miles
My 2006 Toyota Tacoma has developed a significant amount of rust on the frame. I have documented the rust with pictures (can be provided). The rust is beyond normal vehicle wear, which is in fantastic condition otherwise. I contacted my local Toyota dealer to schedule an appointment for them to quickly look at it and determine if the rust is a manufacturer issue, since previous Tacoma up to 2004 were recalled or bought back due to frame rust. They stated the only way they would look at it would be if I paid a $115 diagnostic fee, and that since it isn't covered under a recall they wouldn't be able to do anything. They didn't offer any other options for me to consider. The Toyota frame rust program was identified in 2008, after my vehicle was purchased but not including 2006 Tacoma. The frame rust I have is clearly related to the same frame issues from previous years' Tacoma. Based on extensive online research, 2005-06 Tacoma (as well as Tundra) owners are complaining at volume about rust issues as well, including their frames breaking in half, significant holes developing, spare tires falling off, and other related safety hazards. I do feel that this is a major safety issue for myself, my family, and others that are driving behind me on the highway. I wash my vehicle every so often and do not drive in adverse conditions. I have my vehicle regularly maintained at the local Toyota dealer, who have never said anything about my frame rust being abnormal after their inspections. I am willing to go to great lengths to protect my vehicle investment, my and my family's safety, and ensure the right thing is done. This includes public disclosure on Toyota's facebook page, repeated contact with the dealership, and exploring larger profile complaints and petitions. I would like my frame rust fixed (frame repaired, frame replaced, or bought back) by Toyota immediately.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #26

Dec 182013


  • 220,000 miles
The contact owns a 1996 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was diagnosed by and independent mechanic who discovered that the frame of the vehicle was severely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact notified the local dealer and was informed that the manufacturer was no longer providing a remedy for the defect. The failure mileage was 220,000.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #25

Sep 022013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
There is excessive frame rust throughout the chassis. Waiting on a recall for 2006+ models. Rust is flaking off in large chips. Happy with my truck otherwise, but will never buy another Toyota if this does not get remedied.

- Randolph, NJ, USA

problem #24

Dec 122013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Frame is continuing to rust at an alarming rate. First reported issue in September. I have not heard anything back from Toyota regarding a recall.

- Randolph, NJ, USA

problem #23

Nov 272013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 121,459 miles
At about 30 mph, we hit a bump, and the fuel tank strap fell off our Toyota Tacoma double cab. When we brought the vehicle to the Toyota dealer, where we have had the vehicle serviced since purchasing it new in 06, we were told that the frame is perforated due to rust and that the vehicle is unsafe to drive. The dealer suggested we contact Toyota, which we did. Both the customer service representative and his supervisor told us there is nothing they can do. The supervisor also said there is no one else above her at Toyota who takes phone calls. We have been loyal Toyota customers, purchasing 8 new Toyota vehicles in the last 30 years. We presently have 3 Toyota, and we are appalled that Toyota will not remedy this serious safety issue on the Tacoma.

- Ipswich, MA, USA

problem #22

Oct 262013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Frame on my 2006 Tacoma is rusting/rotting out(almost a hole beside the transmission). Toyota will not assist. I have pic's available.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

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