really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,760 miles

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2002 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 192005

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • miles


2002 Toyota Tacoma. S10 appropriate handling- letter to the secretary from re Toyota problem the consumer stated he was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident and it would not have been that serious, had he been able to stop the vehicle. The consumer stated the vehicle suddenly accelerated out of control which caused him to jump the curb and crash into a bridge.

- Elsmere, DE, USA

problem #4

Sep 292010


  • 178,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. While driving approximately 55 mph, the throttle suddenly locked. The contact depressed the brakes, which did not function properly to slow the vehicle. He turned off the ignition and coasted to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer but the vehicle had not been inspected. The VIN was unavailable. The current and failure mileages were approximately 178,000.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #3

Apr 032009


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. While driving at 35mph on a wet surface, the contact noticed a noise coming from the ront end. Moments later the vehicle suddenly accelerated and crashed into another vehicle stopped at the traffic light. The contact also noticed during the acceleration the brakes would not engage. No one was injured. A police report was filed for the incident. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop where the Toyota manufacturer inspected the vehicle and informed the contact that no failures could be found. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Palatka, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 012006

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 29,000 miles
: the contact stated the engine revs by itself. This has occurred on five separate occasions either driving or parked. Once while parked with the emergency brake engaged the vehicle revved. On another occasion while driving it felt as though the accelerator pedal was pushing down by itself. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealership for inspection. Updated 05/10/06

- Midland, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 262003

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,800 miles
On three separate occasions over a weeks time span while driving my truck it has accelerated by itself. When I have taken my foot off the gas pedal the truck continued to go faster and was hard to slow down and stop. I brought the truck to a Toyota dealer and was told if they could get the vehicle to do this they could fix it. They kept the truck for a day and drove it but the truck ran normal. They said it ran fine and told me to come and pick it up.

- Albany, NY, USA

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