hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
234,455 miles

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2003 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #12

Oct 012010


  • miles


Frame recall for rust Toyota did undercoat the frame and it did not dry for several years now all the undercoat is falling off and the frame is rusting worse than when it originally was worked on I took it back and was told as long as there are no holes they will not fix the rustproofing.

- Byron, IL, USA

problem #11

Jul 042016


  • 1,680,000 miles
4 cylinder engine never dit frame recall it's so dangerous use Toyota Tacoma 2003 I do have 3 kids and dealers not help

- Millbrook, NY, USA

problem #10

Jun 072016


  • miles
Rusting of the frame to the point of making the vehicle unsafe. This was discovered during the 150,000 mile service.

- Wonder Lake, IL, USA

problem #9

Dec 152015


  • 166,000 miles


Frame has rusted thru by the leaf spring and other places. Toyota has a recall/campaing that covers the frame thru 2018. But they will not replaced frame because they said it was not undercoated during a specific time....they want $10,000 for new frame.. this is a known problem that should be fully recall.

- Huntington Station, NY, USA

problem #8

Dec 272015


  • 124,000 miles
Frame of truck is rotting away. Contacted Toyota about issue and they stated that they had a program that ended in 2011 that addressed that issue. Has end date because it was not a recall but a suggestion by Toyota. I would think that since the frame rotting away that would be a total recall due to safety hazards. Toyota has admitted to faulty frames by having the program but now will not address the problem

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

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problem #7

Sep 212015


  • 150,000 miles
Own a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. Received Toyota recall letter regarding frame corrosion rust issue in 2009. Brought Tacoma to jafferian Toyota dealership in haverhill, MA on 6/20/09 where they inspected Tacoma and said it passed frame inspection. Brought truck to local mechanic for routine check who said that the back end of the frame was totally corroded by rust and unsafe to drive. Called jafferian Toyota who we purchased truck from and asked if they could repair the frame and they said that they could not because we didn't get the truck sprayed for rust. Apparently Toyota sent out a second recall letter to dealers and owners that they should get trucks sprayed for rust which we never received. We also contacted Toyota usa's customer service department and spoke to the "recall team" and asked if there was anything they could do since we didn't receive the second letter regarding spraying for rust and they said no.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

problem #6

Aug 232015


  • 147,000 miles


While replacing some parts of the truck (2003 Toyota Tacoma), the exhaust and shocks, I noticed rust holes on the left and right sides of the frame near the rear tires. Also the right side of the rear cross member was rusted and broken. The following day, I brought the truck to a Toyota dealership and explained the situation. They agreed to inspect the frame. When they looked up the vehicles VIN, they noticed that the warrantee had expired in September of 2011. I had purchased the truck in February of 2011 and had by no means received a letter or any means to communicate to me that this warrantee was going to expire. The notice that I had not received would have encouraged the previous owners to bring the vehicle to a dealer to have the frame inspected/ serviced. Despite this, the dealership was kind enough to take pictures of the frame holes and send a claim to Toyota. A week later, the dealer called me and informed me that my claim was denied. Upon further research, I came to understand that Toyota had extended the warrantee for up to 15 years. However, because I had not received any notifications from Toyota in the 7 months that I owned the vehicle before this "warrantee" had expired, Toyota said, "sorry, there is nothing that we can do". really" so because of their design flaws, and the fact that I did not receive any notices, and now my trucks frame is rotting, it is my fault? what address did they actually have on file in 2011? why did I not receive any notice"

- Kennebunk, ME, USA

problem #5

Aug 012009


  • 120,000 miles
Spare tire carrier part #04002-11104 has been recalled because of rust on the lift plate (campaign #12V54200). The lift cable (which attaches to the lift plate) is corroded and approximately half of the strands of the cable are broken, making it dangerous to attach the spare tire to it. Should this be included in a recall?

- West Monroe , LA, USA

problem #4

Mar 122015


  • 275,000 miles
I purchased this 2003 Toyota Tacoma 4 dr a few months ago I've been a Toyota owner for more than 6 yrs as my previous trk was also a Tacoma the body on this trk was spotless, no rust anywhere, the frame had surface rust but it didn't look too bad the trk needed tires & a bulb for safety. I felt like I had gotten lucky to get a nice dependable trk on the road. Within a month I noticed the trk was riding rougher. It seemed to be getting worse everyday. Tacoma doesn't have good suspension in the 1st place as I had to do it twice on my last trk. The trk had snow build up from the cold winter we were having, so I took it to the car wash to clean it up before putting `it in the shop. While washing it I noticed some scale rust came off under the drivers floor, I pulled it into the shop over the hoist & while setting the lift arms I noticed a substantial hole in my frame. I lifted the trk to find a piece of the frame starting at the lt front sway bar mount had rotted around the welded seam & disintegrated. The hole was15" long & another 8" hole on the rt rear in frt of the spring shackle. Toyota says they will replace the spare tire hanger under warranty but the frame is my issue as I did not have the frame inspected back in 2010 to extend the warr. Until 2017. I did not own the trk until 2014. Toyota is trying to hide behind a technicality that does not apply to the new owner. I feel Toyota should be held responsible for the excessive rust issue as they are well aware of the problem. They have had to re-call over 160.000 units because of the fact they failed to use adequate rust protection in the 1st place. This trk & many other Toyota trks on the road are a potential death trap. The world needs to be informed of Toyota not backing their warr. & trying to keep the hush hush on their recall for rust perforation. Toyota created the problem, Toyota needs to fix the problem.

- Mitchell Ontario Canada N0k1n0, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 112014


  • 115,000 miles
My beautiful 35,000$$$ Tacoma 4X4. Is rusted and perforated I was not notified of the campaign ?? I went to get truck rust proofed and was informed the frame is rusted through.this truck has been babies never off road, no accidents and always maintained I took to Toyota dealer who took pics to send to corporate. I also had to sign the work order that the truck is dangerous and unsafe to drive, I did not want to sign, they said they would call and have it removed from the road label unfit for road, and sent me on my way in an unsafe truck which can buckle in half at anytime I don't even know if insurance will cover of something does happen. I cannot afford a new vehicle at this time. Toyota Corp knows this is a safety issue for all us Tacoma and Tundra owners. Manufacturer defect from dana Corp frames please recall these vehicles before more people are hurt or worse. Was always a loyal Toyota owner for 20 years, many in the family and they won't help please help us all !!

- Port Huron , MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 012009

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,461 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. There were 14 miles on the vehicle at the time of purchase. The contact stated that the paint was chipping on the vehicle. He filed a complaint with the manufacturer and they declined any liability for the failure. The current and failure mileages were less than 36,461. The vehicle also had frame rust. Updated 09/09/09.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012005

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I have a 2003, Toyota Tacoma, V6, 4X4, trd package. I was driving down the freeway and every now and then it is like I took my foot off the gas but I didn't! if I step on it, it is fine. The problem: Is throttle by wire throttle bodies on 03 and 04 Tacoma. The accelerator petal position sensor assembly has a shaft onto which the lever for the accelerator cable is mounted with some return springs. This shaft also turns the potentiometer. This lever (a plastic piece) limits the travel of the assembly, so the highest and lowest resistances of the potentiometer are not encountered in the potentiometer. The problem is that the potentiometer can also turn in the assembly, loosing its reference to the arm and lever. Then the range of resistance that is possible can be changed. If it turns too far one way, the higher resistance will be such that there is not sufficient voltage sent to the ECU to indicate that the pedal has been depressed. Conversely, there is a point at the other end of the petitioner where the full voltage is applied and the ECU sees this as a failure and closes the throttle by releasing the throttle control motor's clutch. Nothing has been to done to solve this issue with Toyota or dealership. Mechanic can not replicated problem. Suggested I replace brand new throttle body which is about $600

- Fremont, CA, USA

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