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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,100 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Toyota Tacoma engine problems

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2006 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #11

May 282006


  • 100 miles


I have a 2006 Toyota Tacoma 2.7 L manual trans where the gas pedal sticks, Toyota claims its the floor mat. No way the floor mat has anything to do with this problem. This problem occurs about 5% of the time, when removing your foot from the petal, it will stay in the open position for aprox 10 sec before the RPM's slow down. I have own the truck new and did take it back to the dealership back in 2006. They told me it was impossible for the gas pedal to stick and did nothing to fix the problem back then. This is an on going problem with the truck, I am glad its a manual trans, all I have to do is push in the clutch when it happens.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #10

Jun 102008


  • 51,000 miles
I have a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. It has uncommanded engine surges. It is most notable at a stop. Once the vehicle stops engine RPM reduces to 500 rpms and seconds later it surges to 800rpm. I noticed this when I bought the car, but thought that was "normal". in 2008 it caused me to have a minor traffic accident and realized it was not normal. At higher rpms above 35 mph the vehicle feels like it is in a high gear as it quickly reduces speed when you take your foot off the pedal. Again I thought this normal prior to this current round of recalls. I was amazed the Tacoma's are not being recalled. Something is definitely wrong with the engine computer.

- Minden, NV, USA

problem #9

Feb 162010


  • 61,000 miles
Just leaving a mall and heading towards a busy intersection when engine on truck accelerated as fast as it could go. Braked the vehicle to a stop using both legs on brake pedal, put car in park, tapped gas pedal, and engine returned to normal.

- Simpsonville , SC, USA

problem #8

May 182009


  • 36,500 miles


In late May 2009 while on highway 50 in sacramento just East of the 50/80 interchange in good weather (dry and clear) my 2006 Toyota Tacoma's gas pedal buried itself to the floor and the vehicle went to maximum acceleration. Braking only had a slight initial effect and then overheated and faded. After a lucky 4 miles I shifted to neutral and the problem resolved. This began around 60mph and maxed around 107. During the 4 miles I activated and deactivated my cruise several times, tapped the brakes, reached down and pulled on the pedal and the mat, the recent Toyota explanations of sticking pedal and mat issues did not apply and I find them ludicrous.. it is an eerie feeling to have your accelerator leave your foot on its own. Truck had 36,500 miles, never in an accident, was in good repair with regular maintenance and was stock except for a shell. While owned the truck had experienced the at stop surge described by many others where it felt like someone tapped the back of the truck while waiting in an intersection. Loved the truck until that day, and respected Toyota. Had this happened on another road or with heavier traffic it would have had a different outcome. Traded the vehicle two weeks later at great loss of equity. Someone else now owns this vehicle.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 302008


  • 15,000 miles
I have a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. I have concerns about the throttle mechanism. About a year ago at a stop sign, I experienced the motor racing and vehicle attempting to lurch forward. I had to press very hard on the brake pedal to remain in place. After reading an article from the la times about the Toyota throttle problems, I called my Toyota dealer. He denied that there was a problem with the electronic throttle. I am concerned that the carpet/gas pedal fix is not addressing the electronic throttle problem.

- Glen Ellen, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 282006


  • miles
I purchased a Toyota Tacoma 2006 new and from day one had problems with the vehicle over revving on start up, which is very damaging to an engine in cold climates. It also between shifting from 3rd to 4th, and 4th to 5th gears the RPM's will not come down to enable one to shift properly and not only makes for a road dangerous condition but it also causes damage to the entire drive train. I've been unsuccessful at trying to take care of this problem with Toyota, quite frankly they have a very bad attitude with this whole matter and to give you an example, I was told by one dealership that maybe I should learn how to shift faster. Please assist me.

- Southbridge, MA, USA

problem #5

Jan 042007

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles


I wanted to write you to let you know that I have a '06 Tacoma double cab and I am experiencing the "lurch" problem. I have around 2000 miles on my truck. I thought it was just me being picky, but it actually feels like it doesn't want to stop at times. I have noticed that with the ac or heat on, if I are sitting at a red light, and don't have my foot firmly, I mean firmly planted on the brake, it wants to jump forward. It will do this a couple of times if the light is red for a while. Also, if I am driving through a parking lot at slow speeds, it tends to "lurch" forwards at times, thus causing me to "play" with the brake and gas. Not sure if this is related or not, but also, if I am riding at about 34-45 mph and then release the gas, the engine feels like it stalls, but it doesn't. the rpms drop, then level off again as it coast.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #4

Dec 222006

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
Engine tick is bothersome on a just purchased 2006 Tacoma. I bought this truck because of the standard of quality, but I guess I thought wrong. Truck only has 600 miles on it, and the ticking is getting worse.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #3

Dec 052005

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
Engine tick is horrible for a brand new vehicle, I find it hard to believe this is what Toyota is selling as a quality product.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 112006

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Truck had 0 miles and from day 1 I have heard a tapping sound(rocker arm loose)complained was told by dealer it was injector noise. I said well that injector must be bad change it was told all Toyota's make that noise. This was a lie I have had it back 5X and I know I could fix it in 10 min by adjusting valve lash. I do not want to void the warranty hahahaahahah so hopefully it will not burn out the valve and it will wait for the recall ahahahahaha. The guy with the clunk my truck don't clunk it taps. The clunk is a bad U joint I hope for your sake. If this truck lasts the 4 years it takes me to pay it off. I will get rid of it and go back to Nissan.

- Holly Hill , FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 172006

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,800 miles
1) vehicle was designed and delivered with this defect. Accelerator sticks when traveling over 50 mph. 2) no accident has occurred yet. The fault was first noticed when towing a trailer on the thruway. Coming up on a slower vehicle, I took my foot off the accelerator expecting the vehicle to slow. The vehicle kept on at the same speed as if the cruise control was engaged. I had to apply brakes to slow the vehicle. I have clocked the accelerator sticking between 5 to 20 seconds before the engine RPM's begin to drop. 3) Toyota refuses to make any corrections as their factory rep says this is normal operation. The vehicle has been in to the dealer 2 times on this defect.

- Ontario, NY, USA

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