really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
47,197 miles

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1998 Toyota Tacoma brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 232010

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 133,788 miles


My wife stopped at the edge of our driveway to let a pedestrian pass and then proceed to enter the driveway by making a right turn. As she accelerated to entered the driveway, the Tacoma took off with the engine screaming at a very high RPM and, despite her efforts to stop the truck by pressing hard on the brake, she crashed into the garage and East wall of the house. Despite the enormous damage to the front end of the vehicle, it is a total, I think, the air bags never deployed.obviously the Tacoma suffered from the same accelerator problem that has plagued Toyota units. My wife, the driver, suffered bruised ribs and a headache. Fire and police responded to emergency call.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012011


  • 55,000 miles
When weather temperature drops to 30 or below the brakes start to act up. There are no brakes until the truck is warmed up. The brakes seem to grab on flat roads but going down even the slightest hill and the brakes lock. Being a girl, I though I needed new brakes. I took the truck to the dealer and had a brake job done. The next year the temps did not drop to 30 degrees. The winter was mild. This year it is cold again and the brakes are acting up again. With all the Toyota problems, I though I should report it. Especially as being a girl, the dealer does not take me seriously. I see on the internet that this is continued problem with many Toyota owners. Your system will not except the vn number, so here it is [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #2

Nov 082007


  • miles
Toyota Tacoma truck 1998, my son died in the accident 2 years ago, according police report said he fell asleep in the wheel but the car never was an issue but now that we have recall maybe it was the brake system failure.

- Tustin, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 131998


  • miles
Brakes failed, bumper was smashed from impact at 5-10 mph.

- Hemet, CA, USA

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