really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,806 miles

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2002 Toyota Tacoma suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 102010


  • 154,887 miles


The ball joints and suspension on my 2002 toy Tacoma fell apart while making a routine turn onto my street! the balljoints separated and the front axle dug into the street, the only thing holding the wheel to the vehicle was the brake line! had this happened 5 minutes earlier it would have been on the freeway doing 65 mph instead of in a residential tract doing 20 mph!

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 252010


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, he heard a loud pop while turning right and lost control of the vehicle. The contact pulled over. He noticed that the front passenger side tire disconnected from the lower control arm and folded beneath the passenger side fender. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop. The contact was informed that recall 05V225000 (suspension: Front: Control arm: Lower ball joint) did not include his vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 88,000.

- San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 052009


  • 145,142 miles
My wife & I were traveling into bakersfield, (we're from arvin, ca) along bear mt. Blvd. On sat. Sept. 5, 2009 around 4:00 P.M. at about 60 mph and it became difficult for me to steer. Instead of going on the freeway, I decided to take an alternate rt. I came to a stop and began turning left at approx. 5- 10 mph & the R front tire folded out & the lower ball joint snapped. Luckily no one was hurt. We had to have the truck towed home. I ordered the lower ball joints on line so I could replace them. This is because when I contacted the Toyota dealership they informed me that my truck was not one on the recall list for this defective part. I am furious. I believe Toyota is liable for my damages. Before this occurred, I heard a few clicking & grinding sounds & thought maybe my power steering was going out. I had no idea it was ball joint failure, or I wouldn't have been driving it. I have my old defective parts. I also have another witness to this incidence besides my wife. He lives across the street from where this occurred & heard the loud boom when the truck hit the ground. I hope you look into this matter, as I would hate for someone else to experience what we did.

- Arvin, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 052008


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns 2002 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 5 mph, the passenger right front tire ball joint broke in half. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The dealer stated that his vehicle identification number wasn┐T included in recall 05V225000. A report was filed with the manufacturer and they advised him that he would receive a call back. The current and failure mileages were 100,000.

- Burlingame, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 222004

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
No known events leading to the failure. Progressive, successive failure of bolts holding left front wheel assembly and suspension arm to the truck. This caused separation of mentioned member from the vehicle resulting in total loss of control and overturning of said vehicle. The vehicle was a total loss as a result of the incident.

- Franklinton, LA, USA

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