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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,688 miles

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2008 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 212016


  • 148,000 miles


This is the third time I have reported this vehicle going full throttle on its own within a one year period. Yesterday, I was at texaco gas station at bold springs rd and hwy 81 in bold springs, ga. Filled up gas tank, started engine, had foot on brake, put in drive, and throttle went wide open, spinning rear tire. I shut ignition key off and re-started. Problem corrected itself. I have an electro-mechanical technical degree, and am currently a parts specialist for gwinnett county school bus shop. The problem with this vehicle is in the ECM as it controls the throttle. I intend on writing my congressman and senator, copying Toyota dealer in stone mountain, ga and their corporate office in California. The last E-mail I received from you on incident # 10817501, stated; "every complaint is taken seriously, reviewed in detail and analyzed for defects trends. Your complaint is important because it helps to inform NHTSA, other vehicle owners and manufacturers about potential safety concerns. Such information helps save lives, and we encourage you to share the resources available at with your family, friends and others in your community." I have yet to see anything happen to save lives. This vehicle is still on recall from 09/2014 for leaf springs breaking and puncturing fuel tank. Parts are still not available from dealer. I know Toyota has gone before congress more than once on 2002 - 2011 vehicles running out of control, and paid $4.3 billion in fines. How do I get some of that money to repair my vehicle?

- Monroe, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 282015


  • 34,000 miles
Unintended acceleration to full throttle while in drive.

- Kahului, HI, USA

problem #4

Aug 152009


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. While driving approximately 50 mph, the contact smelled a fuel odor. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel line needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. On another occasion, when the clutch was shifted, a burning odor emitted inside the vehicle without warning. In addition, the contact mentioned that the clutch failed to switch gears intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician stated that the vehicle operating as designed, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Jackson, MO, USA

problem #3

Mar 172015


  • 134,125 miles


While moving at idle in a parking lot, looking for space to park, A/C compressor turned on. ECU raised engine rpms the normal 200+- rpms. Immediately afterwards, engine went to full throttle. Stood up on brake pedal with both feet. Rear tires were spinning and smoking. Began to move faster than originally. Turned off ignition switch, put in park. Restarted and no problems since then. Believe something confused ECU when rpms were raised to compensate A/C compressor engaging.

- Monroe, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 102015

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
I was at a stop light and the Tacoma truck started accelerating redlining the brakes held but felt mushy I turned car off. I turned on heater compressor button was on. I had it towed to Toyota fort worth where they said they could not replicate the problem. The car is not safe to drive as it started accelerating while braking.

- Weatherford, TX, USA

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problem #1

Jul 012012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Initially began occurring on highway off-ramps that curved in an arc. Accelerator would die and not respond to being pushed down. Engine would not even rev. Loss of forward momentum would last 5-9 seconds and cause trailing vehicles to take evasive action. Accelerator would then return to being responsive, and engine would rev when accelerator pressed, and speed increase once again. This happened 4 times over a span of 25000 miles; 3 times when turning towards left on a ramp, and then once when turning towards right on a traffic circle. In mid Dec 2012, issue again occurred while passing a vehicle on a straightaway at approximately 60-65 mph. Accelerator became non-responsive, and speed dropped, while in oncoming traffic lane during passing maneuver. In Feb 2013, issue occurred while turning left ninety degrees, in mid-turn, from a full stop at a T-intersection. Have spoken to my local Toyota dealer, who contacted Toyota usa regional office in mansfield MA, and was told that Toyota "was aware of the issue, but had chosen not to issue a service bulletin on it at this time".

- Dover, NH, USA

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