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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,129 miles

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2009 Toyota Tacoma engine problems

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2009 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 152010


  • 14,500 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph or less, the vehicle suddenly shut down completely. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer who could not find the cause of the failure but would eventually be able to restart it. The dealer replaced a computer chip but the failure continued. The contact called the manufacturer who told him that the problem could be bad fuel. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 25,375. The failure mileage was approximately 14,500.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 222010

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 1 miles
I have 2009 Toyota Tacoma double cab 4X4 V6. I also had 2008 model of the same vehicle. Both these vehicles shared a common negative characteristic. The engines have sudden RPM increases that are significant enough to propel the vehicles forward. This usually occurs while the vehicle is stopped and the transmission is in the drive position, at a red light for instance. Additional pressure must be applied to the brakes to maintain control of the vehicle. This problem was identical on both Tacoma.

- Grayson, KY, USA

problem #2

Jul 182009


  • 10,000 miles
While stopped at a red light and crosswalk waiting for two pedestrians to cross my 2009 Toyota Tacoma sport began to attempt to accelerate on its own. The only way I was able to stop it was to put the automatic transmission in neutral - with the engine racing out of control until I managed to turn the ignition key off. My vehicle has about 10K miles on it. Luckily I was able to keep the brake on hard enough to prevent hitting the pedestrians while my tires were smoking because of the engine revving.

- North Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #1

Apr 012009

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. Whenever the contact turns the vehicle, the engine revs very loudly. However, the transmission does not engage. The contact is concerned that a crash could occur. The dealer stated that the failure was due to computer failure, but the manufacturer has not yet provided a remedy. The contact called the manufacturer directly and they sent a technician to test drive the vehicle. The technician stated that this was a characteristic of the vehicle and there was no remedy available. The failure mileage was 15 and current mileage was 2,100. Updated 8/18/09 the consumer stated the vehicle seemed to be missing 1st gear for a few seconds. Updated 08/21/09

- Tapps, WA, USA

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