really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
160,667 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. add strengthening plates (1 reports)
  2. dont replace the frame toyota. buy the truck back (1 reports)
  3. not sure (1 reports)
2001 Toyota Tacoma body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 012015

Tacoma SR5 3.2lV6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 226,000 miles


For some strange reason, Iowa is not in the heavy road chemical region with its long drawn out winters and it should be. I have a 2001 Tacoma with a rusted out frame and zero rust on the body. I take time to wash the underside and suspension of the vehicle at least once a week during the winter months.

Tell me why Toyota uses a box type frame as opposed to a "C" type frame. The "C" type frame is easy to clean versus the box frame(which traps chemicals and moisture). I have had a professional add strengthening plates to the frame. This pickup gets good fuel mileage, handles great, and at 226,000 miles, the pickup is on its third set of tires. I would keep it for a longer period of time if there was no problem with the suspension.

- , Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #2

Feb 092009

Tacoma EX CAB 6cly

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

My 2001 Tacoma has severe rust problems in the frame. So many people with this problem and no lawsuit against Toyota to increase the 150% to new models. How were the 94-00 Tacomas granted a buy back?

- , Brant Rock, MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 182008

Tacoma EXT CAB SR5 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles

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I was always a believer in Toyota until this.

Anyone with a 1995 - 2004 Tacoma will most likely fall into this problem

if you are located in a part of the country where snow and salt exist.

You are really screwed if you own a 2001 - 2004 Tacoma because toyota will

not buy your truck back. instead, you will be getting a frame replacement which will pretty much render your truck useless.

- , Tyngsboro, MA, USA

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