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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,471 miles

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2006 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #12

Nov 072014

Tacoma

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I purchased a fram PH7317 filter & 5W-30 castrol oil on 5/9/14 from autozone to do an oil change for my '06 Toyota Tacoma regular cab prerunner. My truck was fine until 6 months & 3K miles later, on 11/7/14, when I experienced a failure such that the filter came off my truck going 30mph & oil spewed onto the road.I pulled over about 200 yards after the filter came off just as the oil check engine light came on. I found the oil filter on the side of the road.the gasket was attached in fine condition, & neither face nor body looked deformed. The filter had minor scratches.my father came with tools & oil.the car's male threads were good. Assuming I erred & forgot to fully tighten the filter, it loosened over time, & its condition, I cleaned then threaded the same filter on & snugged it down with a wrench. I filled the engine with oil.my father was watching the filter area under the car for dripping oil while I filled, but there was none. I idled the car while my father & I checked for dripping oil but there was none.at this point, it seemed reasonable that the filter would not come off & oil would not leak. As a precaution, my father drove behind me.I started the car & made a U-turn in the road. At some point in the turn, the filter came off so I immediately turned off to the side of the road. The oil filter was crumpled. It is of my father's theory (he is a mechanical engineer by trade) & I that the filter failed causing pressure to build-up.this pressure build-up caused the filter to unscrew itself.the male threads on the engine side were good. I have since installed a Bosch filter with castrol oil & the truck drives fine.the filter was not double gasketed.even if it were, there would have been oil leaking when I idled the truck.it was not fouled oil, because the oil was replaced.it was not an improperly tightened filter, because the oil filter failed catastrophically almost immediately after driving off & there was no oil dripping during replacement or idle.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #11

Apr 032012

Tacoma

  • 149,624 miles
The frame at the rf motor mount broke and the engine dropped so that the fan is hitting the shroud of the radiator, there seems to be a weakness in the weld location that the manufacturer changed on the 2007 frame in this location of the motor mount area. The dealer/manufacturer Toyota is not warranting this defect, there are a lot of complaints on the internet, I hope they also filed with the NHTSA.

- Los Gatos, CA, USA

problem #10

Nov 142011

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
I recently had an issue with the engine fan hitting the shroud on my 2006 Tacoma. I took my Tacoma into the local Toyota dealership for diagnostics. They informed me that the frame was cracked around the weld where the drivers' side motor mount bracket was welded to the frame. The bracket has started sinking into the frame which could ultimately cause serious problems to consumers leading to vehicle accidents etc. I have been doing research and have heard of this same issue happening with 2005 & 2006 Tacoma from numerous other Tacoma owners. The welds around the motor mount brackets are weak. These should be one of the strongest welds on the truck. Toyota advertises their trucks for off road use yet they barely hold up to normal highway driving. I hope Toyota resolves this matter accordingly.

- Hernandez, NM, USA

problem #9

Dec 082010

Tacoma

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2006 Toyota Tacoma, was traveling eastbound on the Ohio turnpike when the engine caught on fire. (Ohio traffic crash report # 10-0741-91) updated 02/15/11

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #8

Aug 022010

Tacoma

  • 66,780 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated the driver side air bag warning light remained illuminated. In addition when sitting idle with the brakes depressed, the vehicle would sporadically lunge forward. The manufacturer advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 66,780.

- Hartsfield , SC, USA

problem #7

May 152009

Tacoma

  • 22,000 miles
2006 Toyota Tacoma regularly surges forward when at full stop with brakes applied. This happens unpredictably and whether A/C is on or not. It is not idle speed increase associated with compressor turn on, and causes the vehicle to move forward- no other vehicle that I have had has done this. This is very likely a software issue with the ECU and needs to be addressed in this manner. Your previous investigation may not have been designed to find a software defect, which by nature, can be intermittent and difficult to find. Research into the code is required. (I am an engineer involved in aviation software- these abnormalities must be properly researched.)

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 172007

Tacoma

  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Around 30,000 miles, I started getting a clunking noise everytime I came to a stop. Either when I stopped or when I took my foot off the brake. I talked to the Toyota mechanic and he said it was a drive shaft problem and there wasn't anything he could do until I called the 800 number and put a fire under there butt. So here I am - filing a complaint, trying to get this fixed.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 012006

Tacoma

  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma xrunner. The contact heard a whistling noise coming from the throw bearing. The dealer repaired the failure, but it recurred a month later. He took the vehicle to another dealer and they repaired the throw bearing again, but the noise recurred a week later. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but they did not want to replace the bearing. It was greased because the dealer felt that since it was new it did not need to be replaced. After the bearing was greased, the noise returned approximately two days later. The manufacturer advised the contact to replace the clutch. He took the vehicle to an independent mechanic to replace the clutch and, after it was replaced, the noise returned two weeks later. He does not have a warranty on the vehicle and cannot afford a diagnostic test. He wants to have the vehicle diagnosed and repaired by Toyota for free. The current mileage was 66,500 and failure mileage was 10,000.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #4

Sep 092006

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2006 Tacoma (14K miles) has a "loud" grinding noise that lasts for approximately one second at start-up.. approximately one year ago, after numerous visits to the dealer, and one air conditioner compressor replacement, the dealership acknowledges that they heard the noise, and that several "other" Tacoma on the lot made the same noise. It sounds like the top of the engine is coming off. The noise appears to be a result of a liquid migration or flood-back condition of liquid refrigerant (instead of vapor) being compressed by the air conditioning compressor. Toyota emphatically insists the noise is a characteristic of the vehicle and that no fixes are available now and none are planned. My contention is that if the A/C compressor seizes during operation, this would result in the loss of the engine drive belt (single belt serpentine system). If the belt separates from the engine, the power steering system would become inoperative and would result in a significant loss of steering control. At freeway speeds, this could have an adverse affect for me, my family, and other motorists.

- Covina, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 272006

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma, cab. Cruise control malfunctioned. While driving at 60 mph the vehicle surged at 5100 rpms, and down shifted before adding fuel. The failure almost caused the vehicle to crash into a barrier. A product engineer inspected the vehicle, and stated that it performed as designed and according to the contact the design was incorrect. This failure occurred since August 2006. The contact stated that the door should lock after engaging the gears. The dealer stated it was designed that way, and they're unable to reprogram it to make it auto lock. The owner mailed a detailed failure report to the president of Toyota. The failure mileage was 8000, and the current mileage was 15100.

- Greer , SC, USA

problem #2

Dec 072006

Tacoma 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • 10 miles
Engine races when shifting from 4th to 5th gear. Engine RPM may go as high as 3,000 rpms. 2006 Toyota Tacoma access cab 4 cylinder 4-wheel drive. Manufacturer say this is an emission procedure. It's O.K. to shift the transmission and let the clutch out while the engine is fee winding. Even the Toyota mechanics at my local dealer says this is wrong it will ruin the clutch eventually. I paid cash for this vehicle.......and Toyota just as soon get rid of me rather than fix the problem. I will do everything in my power to give Toyota all the free publicity I can on every forum there is on the net. I have proof from the dealer that this is not normal and Toyota says to it's customer.....bugger off. We got your money. And your right I do have stupid written on my forehead.

- Fallon, NV, USA

problem #1

Oct 162006

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,242 miles
: the contact stated when accelerating in 1st gear at 15 mph, the vehicle stalled on 9 occasions. At other times, the shifter would not go into reverse. There was a clunking noise when shifting occurred that became constant as the problem worsened. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer but the problem was not corrected. An appointment was scheduled with another service dealer. The fuel warning light was not activated at the proper volume of fuel. These problems happened shortly after the carpeting was replaced due to water leaking through the firewall. The manufacturer was notified. The consumer stated the vehicle jumped out of park and into reverse. On numerous occasions the truck stalled. Updated 12/18/06.

- Bahama, NC, USA

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