really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,305 miles

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2005 Toyota Tacoma body / paint problems

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2005 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 5 of 6)

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problem #22

Feb 012013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 188,000 miles


I have a hole on the inside of box frame next to the cat. Converter on driver side. This was discovered back in January of 2013, and was immediately reported to the Toyota rep over the dealership. I've inquired about the situation 3 times since then and have just gotten the answer that its under investigation. This hole which I can almost stick my fist through looks to be located in the crumble zone, and is in a high stressed part of the frame. I know Toyota has recalled first generation trucks for frame rot, but why haven't they recalled any of the second generation trucks for the same issues. You can search the web and find that I'm not alone when it comes to frame rot on the second generation Tacoma trucks. Toyota needs to buck up and fix these issues before someone gets severely injured or killed due to the defective frames. People spend the extra money on Toyota vehicles for quality durability and longevity. I work for a Toyota production plant and I can't imagine that they are avoiding such a dangerous issue that needs to be resolved asap. I hope that the national highway transportation looks into this and forces a recall before lives are lost!

- Jasper, IN, USA

problem #21

Jun 262013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
As I was leaving work I slowly drove over a speed bump. The rear end of my truck began to bounce like a boat in choppy water. I got out and looked to see if I had a low tire. All four tires were fine so I kept looking. Upon closer inspection to the left rear wheel well, I noticed that the shock rod had broken off at the theaded end and shot straight through the bed of my truck. I immediately took the truck to glenn Toyota for inspection. Initially they took great interest until after they learned that Toyota manufacturing would not cover the catastrophic failure. Now the truck rides like a boat in choppy water and even the slightest bump in the road causes an exaggerated response in the suspension making it dangerous to drive. There is no previous history of damage to the vehicle nor has it been mistreated.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #20

May 152008


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while parked, he notice a corroded hole in the frame. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

problem #19

Oct 032011


  • 50,000 miles


Excessive rust began appearing on the frame of the vehicle at 50,000 miles. Reviewed rust with Toyota dealership (4 times over the last 3 years) and this vehicle is not included in any recalls for a rusty frames. My concrete driveway is now stained with the rust coming off of the vehicle. Frame and bumper is now rusty and getting weaker as the rust continues. Vehicle now has 90,000 miles and frame is covered in rust. Very concerned about the integrity of the frame. Additionally, I needed to replace the steering knuckle on the vehicle -- due to excessive wear - due to extreme rusting.

- North Adams, MA, USA

problem #18

Nov 152012


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that he noticed a hole in the frame of the vehicle due to rust. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who confirmed there was a hole in the frame of the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 98,000.

- Moutain Top, PA, USA

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problem #17

Dec 142012


  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the spare tire fell and detached from the vehicle. The spare tire was located under the vehicle and the contact stated that the entire cross member on the rear of the vehicle became rusted. The contact stated that half of the rear cross member also fractured and detached from the vehicle. The contact also stated that the cross member that was located in the center of the vehicle was also completely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 145,000.

- West Cornwall, CT, USA

problem #16

Aug 232012

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


Last year during vehicle inspection I was told my frame had rust. I checked with Toyota and they had a recall for model years up to 2004 for frame rust issues. This year while my truck was on the lift for mechanical work, the mechanic informed me that the rust on my frame was getting serious and there were some possible weak area's. again I contacted Toyota and they said they have had no issues nor seen any rust on the truck frame. I asked if there was a possibility of a split year and the dealership told me that 2005's had a new design and frame manufacturer. I filed a case with Toyota case #[xxx] just so I would be on record. I have also seen many complaints on the internet when I did a search for frame rust 2005 Toyota Tacoma. Toyota will do nothing to help. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #15

Feb 232011

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • miles
Rust has developed on frame of my 2005 Toyota Tacoma. Despite prior rust issues with this model Toyota has no program in effect to look at the truck.

- College Park, MD, USA

problem #14

Apr 152011

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
My 2005 Toyota Tacoma quad cab SR5 has an issue with the transmission. At a complete stop with my foot firmly on the brake my truck lunges forward in a very dangerous abrupt manner as though someone rear ended me. This happens often at stop lights a few seconds after I come to a complete stop. A second issue is that my paint is cracking and peeling on my roof and my clear coat is noticeably bad on the edges of my hood and doors. My truck is not of appropriate age or weather conditions to have these types of paint problems. Toyota refuses to investigate or pay for my issues and just recommends that I go pay a dealer to fix it out of my pocket. I see several others with the exact same problems on many blogs, class action anyone?

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #13

Dec 012011

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • miles
I own a 2005 Toyota Tacoma, 4X4, 4-cylinder, 5-speed manual, purchased new. It has 92,000 miles on it and I have filed two complaints, going back three years, with my dealer and with Toyota headquarters regarding excessive rust on the frame of my vehicle. Both have told me it is acceptable for the frame to be rusting. I disagree. A vehicle that should easily last over 200,000 miles should be built on quality frames. At some point it will cause issues and could be a danger if joints start rusting. I have searched online and seen other similar trucks and all owners complain of this issue. The frame and brackets are all rusting excessively, much more excessively than any other car I have ever owned. This started occurring shortly after owning the car and it has gotten tremendously worse. There has never been frame damage to the truck and the truck is in exceptional condition, has been washed with regularity and even garaged. I am submitting this complain with the hope others are also complaining. I know Toyota did a recall of their previous models due to this issue and nothing in their production has improved the way these frames are made and I believe a recall should be considered to remedy these model year issues too.

- New Haven, CT, USA

problem #12

Sep 012011

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 148,000 miles


Truck began making loud noises in engine compartment. Truck was diagnosed as having bad motor mounts. At time of repair, motor mount assemblies were noted by mechanic to have broken off the frame due to bad/weakened welds. Motor is rubbing on fan/radiator shroud. Owner has done independent research, including complaints filed on this site, and has noted that this has been an on-going issue with 2005 Tacoma.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #11

Sep 012010


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who informed the contact that the body of the vehicle had an excessive amount of rust on it due to owner negligence. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 30,000.

- Kapaa, HI, USA

problem #10

Oct 162008


  • 40,000 miles
2005 Toyota Tacoma front mud flap broken and rubbed through the paint prior to me knowing the flap was broken. Happened at about 40,000 miles. Never offroad or anything like that. All city/highway miles.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #9

Aug 092007


  • 46,000 miles
The front mud flaps are defective, they break off for no reason. Once they are missing rocks and debris fly into vehicle and bypassers vehicles. The flaps appear to be either to close to the tire or the material they are made with is to flexible.

- Mamou, LA, USA

problem #8

May 122008

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
When loading heavy (but within the rated capacity of the truck) equipment into this truck, the tailgate collapses under the load, causing the equipment to become off-balance and fall over, sometimes onto the person or persons loading said equipment.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #7

Apr 282008


  • miles
Rock chips on rear fender falrs, no rock guard in place.

- Calera, AL, USA

problem #6

Apr 152005

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 500 miles
2005 Tacoma prerunner has a pop or thump that occurs when there is an acceleration for a dead stop and then also a thump when there is a deceleration. It can be felt in the cab as though there is a space between the cab mounting bolts and the frame I.e., not tight enough and causes the cab to lift forward and up when stopping or the opposite when accelerating. Have taken it to Toyota of manhattan beach, ca., they tightened the bolts and it was better but is now back as it was in before.

- Toluca Lake, CA, USA

problem #5

May 142005

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The fender support brackets broke causing the fenders to become loose and crack.

- Grande Cache, 00, USA

problem #4

Mar 072005

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,000 miles
I have a silver 2005 Toyota Tacoma extended cab and the paint is chipping everywhere, rockers, doors, leading edge of rear doors, a couple of spots on the windshield pillars, and in front of the rear tires feel like it got sandblasted. I complained to Toyota of keene. He told me Toyota told him to do whatever is necessary to fix the problem, but he is only to paint the leading edge of the read doors. The body shop told him if they pained the rest it would only chip off. I have never seen any other manufactures or other models of Toyota chip like this. What will it look like at 50,000 miles. Somebody please help!!!

- Phillipston, MA, USA

problem #3

May 122005

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,567 miles
My 2005 Toyota Tacoma pickup has severe paint chipping problems on the rocker panels, lower doors, and front of the bedsides. Toyota is denying responsibility. They want to do a paint repair which will depreciate the value of my truck instead of giving me a new truck which is the only way to properly correct the problem. Unless they were to strip my truck down to bare metal and repaint from scratch, there is no other way to do it properly.

- Salunga, PA, USA

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