really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,909 miles

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2005 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 152016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired per a recall for the frame. After the frame was repaired, the dealer stated that all four brakes also needed repair. The manufacturer was notified. The NHTSA campaign number and failure mileage were unknown.

- Potsbam, NY, USA

problem #6

Feb 012016


  • 91,213 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. While the vehicle was stationary, it was discovered that there were holes in the frame of the vehicle. The contact also stated that there was a brake line failure that occurred in the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 91,213. The VIN was not available.

- Craftsbury, VT, USA

problem #5

Apr 302016


  • 53,000 miles
There has been "recall' on these vehicles regarding excessive frame rusting. This car was "inspected" and found not to have a defect. A few weeks later the brakes failed due to brake line rust though. The brake line (front brakes) with the problem was mounted on the frame. The brakes failed when I was exiting a parking lot and descending a short hill to the main street. I was unable to stop the car before it entered the street but fortunately there was no traffic at the time.

- Aiken, SC, USA

problem #4

May 222015


  • 79,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 50 mph, the rear of the vehicle began to vibrate. In addition, the brake pedal was depressed and it took a longer distance to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the driveshaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V604000 (suspension). The failure mileage was 79,000.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 192015


  • 139,152 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. While driving at approximately 40 mph, the brakes failed and the steering wheel vibrated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. Also, the contact stated that the front passenger side tire wobbled. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 139,152.

- Hyattsville , MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 052013

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 151,000 miles
In June 2013 I was approaching an interstate entrance ramp. As I slowed down (foot on the brake) to make the right turn onto the ramp, the vehicle suddenly accelerated, causing the rear end to "fish tail" around, jumping the curb on the right side of the ramp and sending the vehicle down the embankment. I was able to get the vehicle to stop before hitting the fence at the bottom of the hill. Since this first incident in June 2013, the vehicle has had three more incidents in June, July and August of 2014. The last incident in August occurred as I was pulling into a parking spot. Again, I was slowing down (foot on the brake) when the vehicle suddenly accelerated causing me to strike the parked vehicle in front of me. The incidents in June and July 2014 were also similar parking lot incidents with no other vehicles around. After the August 2014 incident, I started to "connect the dots" and took the vehicle to the Toyota dealership. However, they found no problem with the vehicle. I find this very strange given all of the known issues Toyota has had with sudden unintended acceleration (sua).

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 282013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
It was clear and dry on the day of the accident. The hov lane was dry and newly paved. I was traveling approximately 65-60 mpg when I saw brake lights. I began to decelerate and step on the brakes at about 300 feet. Suddenly, I noticed that the vehicle in front of me was not stopping, but rather that it had already stopped! at approximately 200 feet away from the car, I pressed my brake petal to the floor. At 20 feet behind him, I said to myself that my vehicle had enough room to stop before hitting him. But something happened at this point. It felt like someone was pushing my vehicle from the back (it was not being pushed), or the vehicle accelerated, or that the ABS system released the pressure on the brakes. The result was that I rear-ended the vehicle. Although our airbags deployed, neither I nor my passenger had contact with the airbags. I was probably going less than 15 mph at impact. When braking, I never felt the tattle-tell feeling of a pulsating brake pedal when the ABS system goes into effect. I have had problems with the ABS system in the past when driving in 4-wheel drive in snow and driving off road. The ABS system would take the braking control away from me, which has caused some problems. This happened in 2009 (off road) and 2010 in deep snow. I took the vehicle to the dealership to examine my braking and ABS system. They could not find any problems. If the ABS is at fault, this would be the first time since 2010 and the first time on dry road. The specifications for my vehicle say that it only takes 126 feet to make a stop. The vehicle was totaled and sold by the insurance company. They will hold it for only 4 days for investigation. The vehicle was recalled and serviced for similar problems in the past. I contacted the Toyota regional office on 02/27/2014, but they will not do an investigation.

- Carson City, NV, USA

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