really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
118,993 miles

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2004 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #6

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

problem #5

Sep 142015


  • 99,876 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 12V542000 (tires); however, the manufacturer and the dealer refused to remedy the recall due to excessive corrosion of the subframe. The contact stated that the vehicle received an anti-corrosion coating treatment prior to the recall notification. The contact was informed by the manufacturer that the anti-corrosion treatment was performed outside of the recall; therefore, nullifying the recall remedy to the lift plate for the spare tire. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 99,876.

- Signal Mountain, TN, USA

problem #4

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 #3

May 142014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 12V542000 (tires). The dealer advised that contact that the repair could not be performed due to extensive rusting of the wheels. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 44,000. Updated 08/11/14 the consumer stated the frame was rusted. Updated 8/13/2014

- Sterling, MA, USA

problem #2

Aug 282013

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for an unrelated repair when they noticed that the entire frame was completely rusted and caused the fuel tank to become slightly detached from the vehicle. The mechanic strapped the fuel tank back onto the vehicle as a temporary remedy. There was a voluntary recall issued by the manufacturer related to the frame, however the recall had expired. There was also a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 12V542000 (tires) but the dealer refused to honor the recall because the vehicle was not previously repaired under the manufacturer's voluntary recall. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000. The consumer stated she was never notified of the recall, involving frame rust. Updated 01/08/14 invoice received 01/28/14

- North Bridgton, ME, USA

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problem #1

Jan 192011

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
On January 19, 2011 at approximately 7:15 am, I was driving approximately 15 mph on a dirt road, came around an approximate 90 degree right hand turn heading down hill, slid on mud or ice and hit a rut. After all wheels had passed through the rut the vehicle drove up and over a small rise (bump) in the road. After coming over the rise, the right front of the vehicle dove into the dirt and the truck came to an abrupt stop. I turned off the truck and got out of the vehicle to inspect the front end. The right front ball joint had completely separated from... "?"... what ever it is supposed to be attached to. The right front wheel was perpendicular to the wheel well with the inside leaning toward the front of the vehicle. I have several photographs of the vehicle taken moments after the equipment failure. I'm glad this happened where it did because only a few miles further into my trip to work, I would have been traveling 75 mph on the interstate. Amen! I had never received any notification from Toyota concerning recall no. 50J. I only accidentally came across the information while surfing the web within the past week.

- Ash Fork, AZ, USA

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