hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
120,025 miles

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2001 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Apr 252016

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 158,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for an unrelated repair when it was advised by the mechanic the frame was severely rusted and had fractures in the center. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 158,000. Updated 09/29/16

- Iola, KS, USA

problem #26

May 022016

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle's frame was corroded. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the entire frame was corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 106,000. Updated 07/13/16

- Phillipsburg, NJ, USA

problem #25

Jan 152016


  • 289,540 miles
The frame has corrosion. The local Toyota dealership informed me they would not repair this item. They said the only remedy was a frame under coating but that this offer had expired. This is the same issue that was discovered on countless other Toyota trucks. I do not understand why this item is not a required repair. This truck has been kept in excellent shape. The problem is due to a condition beyond my control. The truck was stationary when the corrosion was found. This truck was also found to have a corroded spare tire holder, which is currently under recall. I believe the frame corrosion should be repaired as well.

- Brewer, ME, USA

problem #24

Sep 012015

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • miles


2001 Toyota Tacoma. Consumer writes in regards to defective hitch recall and vehicle frame rust. The dealer informed the consumer, the recall could not be performed because the frame was badly rusted.

- Brewster, NY, USA

problem #23

Mar 282015

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 187,000 miles
Was driving about 45 mph - hit a pothole & the frame broke on both sides, behind the cab !!! almost an accident frame was rotted out from the inside !!!! but I wasn't on interstate at the time I called Toyota U.S.a. ----they said -not their problem !!! I would not want someone driving on congested freeway at a high rate of speed & this happened someone could be killed !!!!!

- Colora, MD, USA

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problem #22

Mar 042015


  • 168,809 miles
I bought this truck in June 2014 from a private dealership in Virginia, then moved from Maryland to seattle. I had it inspected in Maryland, it passed, but I discovered that the frame was rusted completely through- the leaf springs are not even attached, making it unsafe to drive. I contacted Toyota, and the previous owner had the rust treatment applied in 2011, but the extended warranty expired in 2013, so they are refusing to help. I have only had this truck 9 months and it is basically worthless and dangerous.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #21

Oct 302014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


Brought vehicle to dealer for recall notice on spare tire mount. Later that day, dealer called and said they could not put vehicle on lift to check the mount, as frame was so rusted they feared it would break. I was informed at this time that there had been an earlier recall regarding this issue, but that it had been discontinued. I told the dealer I never received a recall for frame corrosion. I called Toyota and was told that the recall had been extended but was no longer active, and that since the vehicle was not brought in while the recall was active, the 15 year warranty on the frame was void. Consequently, all costs to repair would be totally out of pocket. Dealer then told me that in the present condition, the trade-in value of the vehicle was now $200-$300 instead of anywhere near the book value of this model ($6000-$7000).

- Bristol, RI, USA

problem #20

Jun 122013


  • miles
Excessive rust everywhere on the underside of the vehicle!!

- Grafton, OH, USA

problem #19

Sep 072014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • miles
Noticed that the right rear of truck bed is sagging so I looked under the truck and saw the chassis is rusted all the way through.

- Kingston, IL, USA

problem #18

Apr 012014


  • miles
2001 Toyota Tacoma. Consumer writes in regards to excessive corrosion recall. A local mechanic informed the consumer, there was a tremendous amount of corrosion and the vehicle was not safe to drive. The dealer repaired the spare lift tire plate under the recall. However, they stated the recall for the frame had expired and they would not do the repair.

- Bayport, NY, USA

problem #17

Apr 022014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 179,673 miles


Following routine service inspection on 4/2/2014, significant perforation of my 2001 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 truck frame was identified, due to conditions consistent with rusting. According to a 2012 Toyota dealership diagnostic, no indication of rust was noted during the dealership service inspection. Also, no hard copy documentation has been provided by Toyota corporation regarding an alleged voluntary recall campaign to address corrosion of frame. According to the Toyota corporation case worker assigned, he was unable to provide any hard copy documentation of said voluntary recall campaign notice regarding corrosion of truck frame; it should be noted that the case worker did say he could provide 'verbal' confirmation that notification was sent to my residence at the time. At this time, I am currently considering legal action, pending further review of case.

- Millersville, PA, USA

problem #16

Jan 062014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 168,000 miles
The frame on the vehicle is rusting. I didn't realize that Tacoma's had rusty frame issues until after I purchased the vehicle. I am concerned that this frame will cause unsafe driving conditions if something gives out while driving. I am also concerned about the resale value of a year class of vehicles that are known to have rusty frames.

- Carrington, ND, USA

problem #15

Aug 222013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 174,746 miles
Bought my Toyota Tacoma about a year an a half ago. Its a 2001 V6 extra cab 4X4. Brought it to the Toyota deal on rt 37 East in toms river N.J and ask them to inspect the frame. They said it was in good condition. Just the other day I brought it in to a garage in town for an oil change and the check engine light was on. Come to find out the fuel tank is rusting and has a hole in it. Also the frame is severally rusted, the cross bar that holds the fuel tank is crumbling along with the rest of the frame. This whole rusting frame issue needs to be addressed not only is my family and my life in danger but so are the other drivers around me.

- Lakehurst , NJ, USA

problem #14

Mar 302012

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The contact stated the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection and they advised him there was a hole in the frame. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000. Updated 08/20/13

- Batavia, NY, USA

problem #13

Mar 012013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
The frame was rusted, and we were aware of recalls. 2 weeks ago we had it inspected at the dealer where we bought it. The mechanic told us the vehicle was un-driveable. The service department sent the information to Toyota but the recall claim was denied. The mechanic gave us a number to call to place a claim. The representative told us we had been mailed a letter in 2011 saying the vehicle needed undercoating. She admitted that it was something Toyota was doing legally to avoid having to honor the recall claim. She also said that the undercoating would have been useless since defective steel was used to construct the frame. Again, the case manager told us the claim was being denied.

- Milton, MA, USA

problem #12

Feb 232013


  • 113,500 miles
I purchased the best truck I could ever wish for, 2001 Toyota Tacoma; it's an xtra cab with trd with the SR5. Today at 113500 miles it still looks and runs showroom new. But it has the rust on the frame and bad too. Toyota refuses to help in any way. In 2012 the frame was perfect, now it is almost eaten through. I love this truck but it is unsafe to drive and I am very displeased with how they are handling the situation. At 113500 miles I opt to go with Toyota compared to Chevrolet because Toyota had a wonderful reputation on reliable vehicles and I was sold on that. When the recall was sent out, I was living in Virginia and battling cancer so I missed the recall. I believe Toyota should warrant their product or close down their plants if they won?T honor the issues at hand. I want a new frame or at least another truck with my engine and transmission, my baby is gorgeous. I am now on a fixed income with blood clots in my lungs due to the cancer I need my truck.

- Brookfield, IL, USA

problem #11

Aug 012012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • miles
My frame was replaced under recall because of the rust. A couple weeks after getting my truck back I was stranded in 100 degree heat because I was unable to get my spare tire out from under bed of truck. Severely rusted bumper no longer allows access to mechanism to lower tire. Fought with dealer and regional mgr. They say it is not a safety issue. I could not disagree more. Why then do we have spare. He did admit that if it was his wife and children stranded on the highway it might be different. But, no..... now they are recalling the part that hold the spare under the truck because tire may fall off. That would be doing me a favor....

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #10

Nov 192012


  • 230,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while at an independent mechanic for unrelated repair the contact was informed the frame was severally corroded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated there was a manufacturer recall that was issued the previous year to treat the frame and prevent corrosion. The contact did not receive notification of the recall and never had the vehicle treated. The technician stated there was no repair for the failure and informed the contact they were not liable for the frame corrosion. The mechanic advised the vehicle should not be driven because it was unsafe. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 230,000. Updated 01/14/13

- Sterling, CT, USA

problem #9

Nov 012012


  • miles
2001 Toyota Tacoma. Consumer writes in regards to issues with the vehicle frame. The consumer stated he only took possession of the vehicle six months ago, and was unaware of the problem with the frame and would like to get the issue resolved.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #8

Oct 012012


  • 134,000 miles
I brake in my driveway at approx. 2 mph, heard a loud thump in the rear end of my 2001 Tacoma. When I checked, I found that the driver side front bracket to leaf spring holding the rear axle was actually sitting 2 or 3 inches into the frame rail. The frame had rusted through in that spot, the rust was so bad, that 6 inches of steel on bottom of frame rail was gone in any direction of the leaf spring bracket attachment point. There isn't enough steel left to even attempt a weld to repair it. On close inspection of the frame overall, there are multiple points where the frame rails have disintegrated. My rear axle is sitting off-center, and the car cannot be driven. If normal force or torque is applied, the axle will break free, and this will cause an accident. I heard that there is a recall on Tacoma frame rails, so I called the dealer. Dealer stated my VIN did not have a recall; I called Toyota, they told me that I would be contacted in 1 business day. They never called. 2 days later, I called and got transferred to their "truck team, " got shuffled around for 6 more phone calls over 3 days, when they informed me that they mailed me a notice that I had to have gotten a frame spraying to qualify for the frame recall. I never received such notice, and Toyota did not even have my address; which they stated that they got all information from dmv. My dmv info is current, always has been. Toyota has given my every type of run-around imaginable, ultimately denying my recall. On websites, there are thousands of people in my same situation...exactly the same. Further, there are many people who had the frame spray, which then peeled off within months of application. This seems like Toyota deliberately tried to exclude as many people as possible with this frame spray, which wouldn't be necessary in the first place if the frames weren't defective. My truck is dead.

- Darien, IL, USA

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