really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,785 miles

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2004 Toyota Tacoma suspension problems

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2004 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

Oct 172016


  • 144,785 miles


Took my 04 Tacoma to get inspected at Toyota the tech sais the vehicle is unsafe. The rust / rotted condition of the frame is excessive and beyond repair. Toyota does not want to take responsibility for this problem. They told me that they cant do anything about this.

- Mamaroneck, NY, USA

problem #35

Jul 202016


  • 90,000 miles
The frame of the Tacoma is severely rusted. Rust easily falls off the frame of the truck. Tacoma models after 2005 received recall notifications and fixes from Toyota, but the 2004 models have not received any notice even though they exhibit more frame rot and rusting.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #34

Jun 112016


  • 163,000 miles
The lower ball-joint on the drivers front failed while driving (approx 20mph on a straight, smooth residential road (fortunately unloaded truck and at low speeds) sending the wheel sideways and slamming the suspension arm into the ground, where I skidded for about 40-50 feet. There is a recall in effect for this problem, year, make, model, mileage range, but only the 4 wheel drive models and 4 runners. It needs to be extended to the 2 wheel drive models as well. I had very little indication that something was wrong. It started feeling odd, like the alignment was off, and I was driving about a quarter of a mile to safely park it until it could be looked at, when it suddenly failed.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #33

Mar 112016


  • 119,876 miles


Lower ball joint broke on both driver side as well as the passenger side. Vibration/humming sound while driving at all speeds, had tires and frontend checked with no issues found. I spoke to Toyota about this issue & they refuse to acknowledge that there is an issue & have mentioned that my vehicle is not under recall. Costs close to $980 to fix

- Castaic, CA, USA

problem #32

Jan 292016


  • 160,000 miles
When driving home from having the truck serviced, the front drivers wheel broke and crashed into a curb. After taking it to Toyota and calling there help desk, theye confirmed it had a lower and upper ball joint failure. At this time Toyota will not honor this recall and will not provide any assistance with the repairs.

- Norco, CA, USA

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problem #31

Dec 202015


  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the lower ball joints failed causing the passenger side front tire to detach from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the lower control arm had failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 170,000.

- Aptos, CA, USA

problem #30

Sep 232015


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to a dealer for an unrelated service where it was discovered that the leaf spring fractured due to frame corrosion. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Golden, MS, USA

problem #29

Sep 242015


  • 150,000 miles
There is frame rot on the vehicle weakening the frame and suspension components. The worst area of rot is on the drivers side of the vehicle where the rear leaf spring attaches to the frame. This area also has the gas tank and fuel lines and rear braking lines. I was never notified of a recall. Upon discovery of this hazard I notified the dealer and was told my vehicles recall had ended. I also notified Toyota corporate and was told there is nothing they can do. Toyota Tacoma have had frame rot issues with recalls that have affected the rear brakes fuel lines and tank. I feel it is unfair of Toyota to admit an ongoing problem and replace frames on trucks with this issue, yet deny me because I was not made aware of it. Having a window of time on a recall that is a huge issue is not fair. Now I have an unsafe vehicle, that I am afraid to put my children in, and no where to turn.

- Wallingford , CT, USA

problem #28

Jul 302015


  • 85,000 miles
The owner found a recall on 2004 Toyota Tacoma on the internet. This recall specified that there was a manufacturing defect in the formulation of the undercoating. This manufacturing defect resulted in the rusting of the suspension, and tire plate. Upon inspection of the vehicle by a Toyota dealer, it was found that the A-frame is rusted through, the leaf springs are failing and are bowed in the opposite direction, gas tank mounts are rusted and the under body of the gas tank housing is rusting through. Toyota deemed the vehicle unsafe but refused to do anything because the recall had expired. The owner never received a notice by mail during the recall period. If the owner would have received the recall notice he would have brought the vehicle in for inspection and repair. This vehicle has low mileage and if it were not for these manufacturing defects, could be driven for another 10 years. Contact with any common road hazard such as a bump or pot hole could cause the bow springs to fail, and there is a possibility of gas tank rupture, explosion and death.

- South Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #27

Feb 122015


  • 220 miles
Going 35 miles an hour the vehicle will start to pull to the side and the ball joint will come out also the ABS sensor cable will brake and you will have to replace it a $2500 dollar spence for a Toyota malfunction in the suspension I have a friend in California that has one a year early model than mine a 2003 Toyota Tacoma and he told me about this problem had happen to him in the freeway about 60 mph to him a had to learn the hard way if you have a Toyota Tacoma please I am warning you to have the ball joint replace before its to late the new ball joints are warranty for life but I will check in to that if I still have the pick up in four years

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #26

Jun 242015


  • 99,370 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the rear and front passenger spring chassis were corroded. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the spring chassis needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 99,370.

- Gaffney, SC, USA

problem #25

Apr 042015


  • 186,080 miles
I was at the local tire shop getting two tires installed and I noticed that the right rear of my vehicle was not level with the left. I asked that they do an alignment to even the vehicle out and they notified me that the frame was severly rusted. I was told that there was a campain recall on thi same issue and my VIN was in range. When I went to the dealership they notified me that there was another part of this recall, that they did not do, so my frame was not covered. I never received any notice of either recall. I sent a email to Toyota and they called back with the same responce "you never did the ani-corrosion part of the recall so you do not qualify". I have heard of countless persons in my area that have just purchased the same age vehicle and had frame rust that got there vehicles repaired. If there is an issue with or without this corrosion spray why are only certain vehicles covered. This spray does not work and this seems like a way to get around repairing vehicles. Not to mention I never received any recall notices and they have no record of what adress the recall was even sent to.

- Gloucester, MA, USA

problem #24

Apr 272015

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 127,234 miles
A tech was performing an oil change and discovered that the frame on my truck has rusted through at the point that the rear leaf spring attaches on the drives side. I am being told the vehicle is unsafe to drive. I contacted Toyota and they tell me that they will not provide a resolution to the problem.

- Cheyenne, WY, USA

problem #23

Oct 152014


  • 127,059 miles
My 2004 Tacoma has ~127,500 miles and has been subject to frame corrosion and spare tire retainer corrosion recalls. My dealer recently advised that the left rear leaf spring is broken which is resulting in an unpredictable response when driving, especially in 4WD in snowy weather. This lack of steering control is a safety issue. I believe this fracture is directly linked to the corrosion issues in the Tacoma frame and suspension design on the Tacoma. Toyota usa has reviewed the case and is unwilling to cover the cost of the leaf spring repairs. This is despite an extensive recall on 2005+up Tacoma's for distressed leaf springs.

- Amston, CT, USA

problem #22

Jan 092015

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Frame slightly bent in accident. When body shop went to pull frame to straighten out they would not do it because how badly rusted the frame was. Truck had 88,000 miles on it. Toyota will do nothing. This is my second Tacoma this has happened too. They recalled my 97 Tacoma because of the same issue, at least they treated me fairly on that. I was assured when I bought the second truck rust problem was fixed.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #21

Dec 142014


  • 102,705 miles
Purchased this vehicle in June of 2014. The carfax report only listed a recent recall dealing with the spare tire hanger. The carfax report did not show any other recalls, including the frame treatment, the frame replacement or the truck buy back offered by Toyota. We completely unaware of the recalls. Two weeks ago, the rear right shock rotted/completely broke away from the severely rusted frame. Toyota says they will do nothing because "we" didn't have it treated. However, we had no knowledge of the recall and had no way of knowing that there was a frame problem because the dealer indicated no issues, the carfax report showed nothing and we have only owned the truck for 6 months. We don't know what to do. Are we stuck with this or can we hold someone accountable for help?

- Hinton, VA, USA

problem #20

Nov 252014


  • 89,000 miles
Upon a normal service incident I was informed that the frame on the driver side shows a corrosion problem that has eaten half way thru the frame making the truck unsafe due to the corrosion problem after many attempts to contact Toyota their response was sorry nothing we can do for you.they also told me that a recall was issued and expired in 2010 which I was not informed about.it is a response that does not satisfy me or maybe other owners of this type of vehicle and it was there product that they produced and now do not want to be held responsible for. Est repair cost to correct the problem = $14000 not acceptable.

- North Olmsted, OH, USA

problem #19

Nov 012014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 280,000 miles
The frame is rusted through.I called Toyota they said they sent a recall.I told them I didn't receive one.they said it was not there fault.it was the post office fault.I can't have any work done on the truck because of the rust.I don't have a lot of money I expected this truck to last a while.they knew they were making substandard frames.by just looking at my frame.

- Blairstown, NJ, USA

problem #18

Apr 232014

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • miles
I purchase my Toyota Tacoma used in Jan. 2013. I noticed last month that the frame was getting holes in it. The information I looked up said that Toyota did a recall on this particular truck. I was told by Toyota that it is now too late to get it taken care of. I was not aware of the recall or an arbitrary ending date. Can you help me get Toyota to take care of this problem. The truck is now worth nothing with the frame as it is. [xxx]. thank you for your assistance in this matter. This is the case # that Toyota has assigned to my situation: #[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Scio, NY, USA

problem #17

May 062009

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I got a letter from Toyota motors stating that certain model years of Tacoma had rust damage to the frame and I was informed to bring it to the dealership where they would perform a rust test on it. Mine is a 2004. They said the rest wasn't bad enough to replace the truck, of course and kept it to spray on a rust preventative on the frame. Within one year the coating they applied began to fall off peel off and obviously didn't work like planned. My sister had a 98 Tacoma with the same issue and you could put your finger through the frame. They bought her truck back at the corporate office at 150% of bluebook value. That's what should happen now also. I've paid 20K$ for the vehicle brand new and a major reason was everyone likes the Tacoma and its fairly easy or lets say was easy to resale before all the problems they are having. Now I've gotten another letter saying there is more than one recall and now have problems with the spare tire holder plate possibly rusting and falling off. Its pretty obvious to me and all the customers who have had the problems, that Toyota must be forced into actually replacing the vehicle or pay the 150% book value without argument. Is anyone going to make this right? I have had 2 mechanics tell me the truck is unsafe and not road worthy. Luckily I have a company vehicle otherwise I would be very challenged. The bumper all the way to the front is totally rusted out and I don't wanna hear lip service saying its due to salt or something I just want a billion dollar company to be responsible for their product. I haven't driven the truck but 10 times since getting the coating applied and the sad thing is I love the truck and cant drive it. Please help us.

- Winchester, KY, USA

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