really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,020 miles

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2001 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Oct 032016


  • 210,000 miles


Cracked rusted frame

- La Crosse, WI, USA

problem #22

Nov 212016


  • 176,000 miles
I am unsure when this had happened but the frame on my 2001 Toyota Tacoma is corroded and broken into 2 pieces in 2 different areas. The place where it is broken is not corroded but just broke. Would like to know if this truck is under a safety issue that Toyota should be responsible for or if it is just an expensive paper weight.

- Dupont, IN, USA

problem #21

Nov 122016


  • 176,000 miles
I have a 2001 Toyota Tacoma and the frame is broken in two on the passenger side of the truck and rusted in two on the other side of the truck. The truck is very unsafe to drive and I am learning there was a recall on these trucks for faulty frames. I have also learned that they stopped the recall in 2012 before I owned the truck. How is this going to help me if I bought the truck after the recall is over but the issue just happened? I paid too much for this truck to only get to use it for a short amount of time before the frame fell apart. This is a recall that should never be discontinued, if I was not told of this problem by my mechanic something bad could have happened to my family while driving down the road. I am unsure how the frame broke but I was told about it after I took it to a mechanic to have the brakes worked on. The spot that is broken on the passenger side is not even rusty just broke like it was a weak frame. My mechanic informed me to not even drive it home so I had to have it towed home on a flatbed.

- Dupont, IN, USA

problem #20

Jun 182016


  • 135,000 miles


2001 Toyota Tacoma was recalled in 2011 due to rust/corrosion of the vehicle frame. We promptly followed all recall instructions and took the vehicle to a Toyota service center in response to the recall. Toyota treated the frame with a solution and we were advised the the issue was resolved. The vehicle frame recently collapsed / broke in two. I notified Toyota of the issue and was assigned a case #1606222761. I was notified today by Toyota and they advised that the frame warranty had been extended but that the warranty expired 11/7/2015. They advised that there is no appeal process and no solution. The vehicle is not driveable although the vehicle is is perfect running order and in very good condition (other than a broken frame). The broken frame was not a result of abuse or a specific moment in time - it just collapsed due to corrosion - the very issue of the 2011 recall that we were told had been resolved.

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #19

Nov 112012


  • miles
Frame recall. Toyota claims that they sent a recall notice which I never got. When called they said that the time period to have repairs done was expired

- Phoenix, MD, USA

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problem #18

Nov 112012


  • miles
Truck recall due to frame rust. Toyota was called, they said they mailed a recall letter but I didn't get the notice. They also said it was outside the time limit to have any repairs done and that they wouldn't honor the recall on my truck

- Phoenix, MD, USA

problem #17

Apr 152016


  • miles


Toyota Tacoma 2001 has severe frame and suspension corrosion. The vehicle was taken to Toyota dealership, and without even inspecting the truck, I was advised to contact Toyota Corp office, which I have not done yet. But will do today. I took it to my mechanic to get his opinion...he advised that it was severe and would not pass any inspection.

- Catonsville, MD, USA

problem #16

Apr 132016


  • 142,598 miles
While driving the truck we heard a rubbing and clanking noise. The rear shock absorber support, on the passenger side, completely rusted away along with the frame and is now resting against the bottom of the truck bed. We took the vehicle to a Toyota dealer who informed us that the entire frame is perforated with holes, the frame on the drivers front is extremely damaged and the vehicle is not safe to drive. We contacted Toyota and were told they will do nothing because the frame is out of warranty by 46 days.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #15

Mar 192016


  • 169,970 miles
Rust seems to be coming off by the handfuls and pieces thick enough that I am concerned. I looked under my truck and among other things, metal lines (brake, steering, not sure), the gas tank, and steering linkage became my biggest concern. By the thickness of rust I have gotten from my vehicle I am certain it is not surface rust. How much will something rust before it becomes a failure, especially with a line under pressure such as brake lines? the last time I filled up I noticed gas leaking on the concrete. I am not sure if it is coming from the tank itself or not.

- Letohatchee, AL, USA

problem #14

Jan 042016


  • 180,000 miles
I recently purchased a used 2001 Toyota Tacoma and noticed it needed to go in for a recall for the spare tire being in need of remounting. I noticed the frame rust was bad. As in fist size holes all down the frame. I contacted the dealership about the recall and mentioned the frame rust and the recall on the frames. I was informed that they wouldnt do anything about the rust. Im now stuck with a very unsafe truck for me and my children to be in and a company that flat out made a mistake and wont own up to it. I will upload detailed photos of the damage later on.

- Columbus, IN, USA

problem #13

Dec 082015


  • miles


Inspection failed. Told frame rusted badly and unsafe to drive. Contacted Toyota dealer and they won't do anything.

- Stephens City, VA, USA

problem #12

Jun 012015


  • 160,000 miles
While I was driving the passenger side wheel completely buckled under the truck. Luckily, I was only driving 15 mph. Had this broken while I was on the interstate, I would have been injured or injured someone else. As a result, the mechanic found that both ball joints were bad so both were replaced. The frame is completely rusted out and the spare tire cannot be removed. No notice was ever given to us or the previous owner by Toyota, regarding the problems stated above.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #11

Oct 192013


  • 116,000 miles
My frame is rotted out and the bed is up against the cab. Can not drive it now. Haven't drove it since October 2013 due to brain cancer.

- Brookfield, IL, USA

problem #10

Mar 262012


  • miles
The engine reved up as if the accelerator was stuck pressed down. There was no floor mat in the way. I had to put the truck into neutral and pull over. I turned off the engine. When I turned the engine back on, the rpms were still extremely high, so I had to turn it off and let it sit for over 5 minutes. This has happened 6 times since then. I have taken the vehicle into a mechanic who can not get it to repeat for him. This is very scary. The good thing is that this is a standard transmission, so neutral is easy. It is very unsafe on the highway when it happens.

- Woodland Park, CO, USA

problem #9

May 072015


  • 180,000 miles
My son was driving North on I45 from huntsville, tx to fort worth, at approximately 11:30 pm. He was drving approximately 70-75 mph near MM159 when he heard a loud thud noise come from under his truck. He immediately observed flames coming from the rear of the truck and immediately pulled off the road and stopped. The flames engulfed the rear of the truck and under the cab of the truck. He exited the vehicle and sustained a burn to the lower portion of his left leg. Seconds after he exited the vehicle, the entire truck was engulfed in flames. A Texas state trooper was passing shortly after my son exited the vehicle and requested assistance from the fire department and paramedics. (photos taken).

- Mansfield, TX, USA

problem #8

Dec 022014

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 190,000 miles
There is a recall for the under neath tire rack to be fixed. It apparently has rusted away. I have case 1411181385 with Toyota. They are unable to fix the tire rack because the rest of the frame is rusted away as well.

- Madrid Twp, ME, USA

problem #7

Apr 172014


  • 180,000 miles
I took the vehicle in for routine maintenance and was alerted to the frame corrosion. I can actually push my finger through the rust and frame, holes are visible in the frame. The truck is unsafe to drive and I fear of safety for my family. I contacted Toyota and they advised me that the voluntary buyback program for fixing this was expired. I am now left with an immaculately clean car in pristine shape that cannot be driven and I am leery of even selling to someone else regardless of their knowledge of the frame. Reports of this problem are popping up all over and it needs to be dealt with as a serious matter and subject to safety recall. Lesser issues have had recalls and it has been left up to Toyota to provide voluntary buyback programs instead of being mandated for public safety.

- Madison Heights, VA, USA

problem #6

Oct 252012


  • 62,500 miles
I live in Virginia. There was a safety recall for inspection of the truck frame for rust corrosion. At the time vehicle had the recall I was being treated for a mental disability and in mental hospitals. I was not of sound mind or judgment to understand the "recall notice". while having oil changed by the Toyota dealer the frame of the truck was noted to have holes in the frame caused by rust. Toyota motor corporation has refused to replace the frame of the truck honoring the recall even though I provided the necessary information from doctors providing documentation of my illness at the time of the recall. On March 14, 2013, the vehicle was taken in for a safety recall for rust of the spare tire carrier; which could fall off causing an accident. The Toyota dealer replaced the spare tire carrier consisting of two metal plates with four bolts that was bolted to a defective frame that has holes due to corrosion; also, they replaced supports that runs between the two frame rails; they did not replace the cable nor the rusted part that holds the wheel to the previous assembly parts. This has not fixed the issue because they have only replaced the spare tire carrier plate onto a frame that has holes due to rust that is not safe to drive. I need this vehicle as I am on disability and limited income; I want the frame replaced or a new truck with the same options as I have on the 2001 Tacoma. Toyota received a 25 million dollar settlement from dana corporation, supplier of the Tacoma truck frames, proper antirust preventative was not applied to prevent corrosion, which was a cost saving for one or both companies. From 1995 to 2004 the Tacoma trucks have had this problem. By replacing the frame Toyota would not be losing any money because they got their money from dana Corp supplier of the Tacoma frames.

- Churchville, VA, USA

problem #5

Nov 162012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 250,000 miles
I was told that there was a recall on my vehicle, and when I notified Toyota they indicated that they would no longer honor the recall, unless I had gone in for some kind of underlayment. I never was notified of this, and since the vehicle will be considered unsafe I feel that they toyta should takecare of this issue. Please advise if there is a limitation on safety hazards for vehicles.

- Sterling, CT, USA

problem #4

Jul 062012


  • 133,390 miles
As I was driving up a mountain, the traffic in front of me was slow, I braked to slow, but the truck did not slow down. I pushed harder on the brake, but the truck still did not slow down. There was no place to pull off, a drop off on the right and traffic on the left coming down the mountain. I kept my foot on the brake as hard as I could push it, all the way to the top of the mountain. There was a parking area at the top and I turned into that area. My husband quickly turned off the key and we came to a sudden stop. We got out of the truck and my husband raised the hood. Several men stopped to see if they could help. While the truck was sitting there, with the gear shift in park, my husband started the engine a couple of times. The engine raced at full speed. My husband did not have his foot near either pedal. There was nothing in the floor near the pedals. A tow truck came and picked up the truck, it was taken to the owner's location and the cruise control was disconnected. The engine ran normally then. We took the truck to a Toyota dealership, where it was checked, and we were told that there was nothing wrong with the truck.

- Mountain View, AR, USA

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