fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,950 miles

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2003 Toyota Tacoma brakes problems

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2003 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 012009

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • miles


I have a 2003 Toyota Tacoma and the parking brake remains on and the parking brake does not work. I will take it to the dealership to hopefully fix the problem but I don't think I should have to pay to fix the faulty parking brake. This is safety equipment and should be the responsibility of Toyota to fix. I noticed that there have been several other complaints about the same faulty item. One faulty parking brake is one too many. All vehicles should be equipment with a functioning parking brake.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #3

Aug 202007

Tacoma 4WD

  • 16,000 miles
I have a 2003 Toyota Tacoma 4 wheel drive truck with 26,560 miles. There is a continuous failure in the parking brake (previously called emergency brake). Apparently, the parking brake design is such that it "freezes up" giving an indication on the dash with the "brake light" illuminated. The brake is not engaged and thereby gives a false reading that the brake is engaged. However, as a real problem occurs the drivers are lulled into a false security that the only problem is that a warning brake light is lit. When a real problem occurs with the brakes, including the ordinary brake system, there can be a more serious safety problem such as causing the rear brake shoes to lock onto the rear drums. More information can be obtained on this problem at www.ehow.com/way_5649717_tacoma-emergency-brake-problems.html Toyota has recalled their 2005 and 2006 Tacoma trucks for this problem but not any earlier models. The dealers indicate that it can be repaired at a cost of $442.12. Since this is a problem that can involve safety and because Toyota has known about the problem for some time and indeed has recalled certain model years for fixing the problem I believe a recall for all Tacoma trucks should be made with the company fixing the problem at no cost to the consumer. Thus far there has not been an injury due to this problem. Thank you.

- Clarksville, MD, USA

problem #2

Sep 012006

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle's parking brake cable snapped. Also, the pin froze causing the cable to snap when trying to apply the parking brake. The service dealer determined the pins needed to be replaced, and the new pins would continue to freeze again and would continuously need to be replaced.

- Shohola, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 132006


  • 1,800 miles
2003 Toyota Tacoma parking brake is not working properly. When the parking brake was released, the brake did not completely disengage and could be heard dragging until it kicked off. Occasionally it refused to release and required re-application before finally releasing. When the parking brake was applied, it did not always hold the vehicle even on a modest slope such as the consumers driveway.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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