really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,711 miles

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2002 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #9

Aug 202012


  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V542000 (tires) and indicated that the dealer in New York was not able to do the undercoating process due to state regulations. In approximately mid August 2012, the dealer indicated that the remedy for this defect was not available at the time the contact tried to schedule the recall repair. The contact waited for years to determine when the manufacturer would finalize the remedy plan to repair the vehicle. The rust became extensive to the point that the underbody, the chassis, the leaf spring, and the rear wheel wells all had corrosion to the point that the components could fracture. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified for years of the failure and was unable to provide a permanent remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Port Washington, NY, USA

problem #8

May 012009


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was severely rusted and the frame area near the tires exhibited corrosion. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the frame needed to be replaced. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 12V542000 (tires) and stated that the local dealer and the manufacturer indicated that the recall was no longer active. The vehicle was to be inspected and repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000. Updated 01/12/16, updated 02/23/16

- Stanchfield, MN, USA

problem #7

Jan 212014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
The whole spare tire assembly fell off the Tacoma truck. There is a safety recall for this. The problem is this Tacoma truck also has totally rotted frame rails (an older, expired safety recall). The big issue is Toyota can only offer a date when the actual recall notice left their print facility. I do not recall receiving this notice since it did not come registered mail. Toyota will not honor the old, expired frame rail recall and thus cannot fulfill this active, spare tire recall. Both recalls are for the same symptom (excessive road salt corroding parts). Why did the frame rail recall expire when the most-recent spar tire recall is the same symptom?? I do not know if anyone has died because my spare tire fell off...that scares me very much.

- Dover, NJ, USA

problem #6

Aug 012013

Tacoma 4WD 2-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 164,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the spare tire became detached from the vehicle while traveling approximately 5 mph. The manufacturer was contacted prior to the failure and informed the contact that the remedy for NHTSA campaign number 12V542000 (tires) had not been finalized. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 164,000. Updated 09/05/13

- Middleton, NH, USA

problem #5

Jan 092013

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
My Tacoma was recalled 2 years ago for frame rust. They told me it was ok + undercoated it to prevent future rusting. All that undercoating is falling off. That can only be due to improper application or faulty product. The dealer that applied the product (ferris Toyota) says the product is faulty + they've seen it many times. They've also confirmed the same with other dealerships. Toyota, otoh, says there's nothing wrong. If the frame doesn't need undercoating, then why'd they do it" are they suggesting it works when 50% has fallen off? this is the same vehicle which is now being recalled for spare tires falling off on the highway + my emergency brakes have been seized with corrosion since I've owned the truck. I've contacted Toyota many times + they refuse to put their correspondence in writing, but the representative, tiffany bishop, says she types a transcript of our conversations, just won't give me copies. She also calls from a phone with a blocked number. What kind of bull is this" these vehicles are obvious hazards on the road + Toyota is playing games instead of making serious efforts to make the vehicles safe. Please bring this to the attention of someone at Toyota other than [xxx], I am finished corresponding with her! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Dover, OH, USA

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problem #4

Sep 182011

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 178,000 miles
The lower ball joint fell off the truck...this is the 3rd time this has happened in 11 months...once on the right side and twice on the left...there was a recall on this vehicle for the very issue that has happened...and I bought it under warranty September 2005 from Toyota, evans Toyota fort wayne Indiana...I have submitted a claim for repairs and damages to Toyota but they refused to honor it...the truck was under recall when I bought it and they never told me...I have all my claim and repair documentation...it is a wonder no one was killed the wheel just comes off while driving...I am afraid that this is going to happen and I or someone else will be killed...the wheels are not suppose to come off this truck....

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #3

Mar 182012


  • miles


2002 toyotoa truck, lost control and hit my Ford S/w, truck was on recall for ball/joints, both me and wife was hurt by this un insured driver, driver was cited for wrong turn into my lane, I lost both my car and my health, what can I do to recover damages from a uninsured truck and driver?

- Zephyrhills, FL, USA

problem #2

May 072005

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,200 miles
Wheel studs stretching and breaking at recommended torque specification. Potential for wheels to break loose from vehicle while driven. Likely to cause serious injury or death to occupants or other vehicles and occupants.

- West Falls, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 142004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,200 miles
The left rear tire (dunlop grandtrek P265) of 2002 Toyota Tacoma blew out on ca 215 freeway (with speed of 60-70 mph). I lost control of the vehicle, it spun and collided with another vehicle which resulted to minor physical injury to the other vehicle's driver. Original tires came from the dealership, carson Toyota (California). Contacted Toyota and the dealership--they gave us the run-around. The dealership was very unresponsive stating that they are not at fault, did not know that the tire would blow up on the vehicle that during the sale--nevertheless, to cut cost on a $2ok value truck, put substandard, defective tires, least expensive in the market. I will end up putting up the costs for replacing all tires with more reliable tires (Michelin). I hope that there would be better law/legislation protecting consumers and no one would experience the same incident that occured to me.

- Carson, CA, USA

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