pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,700 miles

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2005 Toyota Tacoma clutch problems

clutch problem

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2005 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 102010


  • 4,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. While driving approximately 60 mph, the clutch failed to shift and caused an abnormal odor. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The dealer replaced the clutch, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 4,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 282006

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 9,400 miles
2005 Toyota Tacoma (6 speed manual transmission) has experienced excessive transmission noise and clutch judder when starting in first gear since the day of purchase. The transmission has been, at times, excessively difficult to shift and the judder has been, on rare occasions, evident in second gear. Both problems have been intermittent since the vehicle was delivered. On the morning of July 28th, the judder problem was particularly bad and was evident with every start in first gear and sometimes in second gear. It became more violent with each start and at one point, after the clutch pedal was fully released, there was a sudden slip of the clutch disc followed by sudden friction. This resulted in loss of traction of the drive wheels and subsequent total loss of control of the vehicle. Control was regained relatively quickly by depressing the clutch pedal to remove drive power from the wheels and a catastrophic event was narrowly avoided. Toyota has attempted repair of this judder problem three times including a complete clutch assembly replacement at 6,500 miles, but now claims that the vehicle operates normally. The vehicle was returned to a dealer shortly after the incident described above and the shop foreman said again, the vehicle was operating normally. He also claimed that per Toyota's directive, he is not to keep the vehicle unless he has prior approval from Toyota to do so.

- Sunnyvale, CA, USA

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