really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,577 miles

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2005 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #16

Jan 022016


  • 5,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the traction re-engaged on its own and the vehicle veered to the right when the steering wheel was turned to the left. The failure occurred while driving at any speed, when the gear shifter was placed into four wheel drive, when the traction control was disabled, and when driving over ice, snow, and/or sand. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 5,000.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #15

Jun 222016

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. While driving at an unknown speed, there was an abnormal noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The contact also heard a thud coming from the transmission when the vehicle was being slowed to a stop. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V604000 (suspension). The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the driveshaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000. Updated 08/17/16 the consumer checked there was a crash and it was reported to the police. No further information was provided. Updated 08/22/16.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #14

Jun 202015


  • 168,210 miles
I had complete failure to my rack and pinion steering due to excessive corrosion to the component. I was pulling into a business doing about 10 mph and the steering locked up completely. I checked the power steering fluid in the reservoir and it was completely empty. I checked under the truck and on the ground was a puddle of steering fluid. The vehicle was taken to a local garage and when he examined the truck to see what had happened, he stated that the rack and pinion had completed rotted out and broke. I also had him check the frame on my truck, since I received a tsb bulletin about the excessive corrosion due to not enough frame undercoating being applied in cold states. He found a large hole behind the catalytic converter in the frame. The mechanic checked the rest of the frame and found some smaller perforations as well. My questions is if the frame is beginning to rot and they are selectively replacing the frames or vehicle if they are a danger, why are no other components that are attached to these failing parts covered as well and failing due to excessive rot or rusting. If any of these components failed during normal driving conditions on the highway at normal speed the results could have been devastating to all involved, possibly leading to severe injury or death. Something more needs to be done to bring attention to the Toyota motor company not standing behind their vehicles they produce and the safety of the people who own and operate them. Toyota needs to stop playing the "its not covered or applicable" game and take ownership and fix it before someone does get killed. I have owned 5 Toyota's previously and felt very safe up until now, now I am not to sure!

- Schuylkill Haven, PA, USA

problem #13

Feb 272015


  • 140,500 miles


My father has an '05 Tacoma SR5 V6 with the trd off-road package. His truck is a 6-speed manual. When pressing the gas pedal 1/2 way, the engine responds with a semi-violent jerk, and then goes. This scares me, as I couldn't even imagine my father going fully down on the pedal. This is very unsafe. Please fix this Toyota.

- Leola, PA, USA

problem #12

Dec 272010

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • miles
My truck has been at [xxx] for 2 months to be worked on and I feel that this is not right I count on my truck. We had to [xxx] and we couldn't count on them either the transmission went out of one left us waking and we trade it in on other one because it was gone out again so the new one we just let go back because the same thing was happen to it really did messed up our credit I know you don't care about any of this but I would like my truck soon and I won't buy no more Toyota and won't tell anyone else to either thank you as if you care. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- French Creek, WV, USA

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problem #11

Dec 122012


  • miles
The frame is rusting. There are hole starting to form.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #10

May 082014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 157,995 miles


I have 2005 Tacoma 4X4 with a frame that cracked and collapsed into its self were the left motor mount is welded to the frame. The motor came to rest on the steering shaft knuckle @ the rack and pinion making it difficult to steer. I called Toyota service center they told me it was the first time they had heard about this problem. Upon researching the problem on the web there are well over 200 complaints same problem. It is such a problem that a fabrication company dmz makes a gusset repair kit to repair and reinforce the frame. It's a bout a 10 hour repair. dmzfab.com/product/Tacoma-motor-mount-gusset-kit/. Toyota should contact them for the cure.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 242014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I have noticed excessive rust on the frame of my 2005 Toyota Tacoma and also rust hole through the frame/leaf spring mount on the right side. I did contact and send pictures to Toyota customer experience center file# stating that the vehicle is out of warranty and they wont repair this unsafe condition that so many Tacoma's are having. When one of these Tacoma's gets into an accident with the frames compromised by the rust it will cause severe injury or death to the occupants and this has to be fixed now.

- Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #8

Dec 242013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 119,650 miles
Started hearing rubbing/grinding type noise coming from front end. Inspected and found lf cv axle leaking grease, so thought the noise was coming from there. Replaced lf cv axle, and the noise did not go away. Inspected further and found drivers side frame where the motor mount bracket is welded to cracked, causing the motor to flex and the fan to rub on the fan shroud. Contacted Toyota, who instructed me to get it inspected at a dealership. Took to Toyota dealer, who told me there was no evidence of driver abuse, no rust, not really anything that showed why the weld had broken, but that Toyota did not want to do anything due to aftermarket lift and oversized tired. Lift was already installed on vehicle when purchased at a Toyota dealership. Toyota corporate told me they did not want to help because vehicle is out of factory warranty. The steering shaft is directly under the part of the motor that is sagging down, and I am afraid if it were to break completely it might stop the vehicle from being able to turn. Also, is there now extra stress on any of the wiring" is it flexing and potentially breaking any fuel lines" I have done some reasearch on this, and found a lot of peolple having the same issues with their trucks. Toyota has started putting updated frames with more support for the motor mounts on the 2007 models, knowing there were issues with the 05/06S, but are refusing to acknowledge the problem and fix the ones that have broken.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 012008


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that a loud noise was exhibited from under the hood while driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure. The failure was located at the transmission bell house, which was made of aluminum and causing the abnormal noise. The dealer replaced the transmission bell house several times under the warranty but the failure was not corrected. The bell house continued to exhibit the loud noise. The contact also stated that the sub frame was corroded. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 35,000 and the current mileage was 92,000.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Mar 122010


  • 45,261 miles
My wife and I bought a "certified used" 2005 Toyota Tacoma last year. Auto 4X4 ext cab trd with 42K... great truck but we have the same issue that I've heard so much about. After stopping at a red light, several seconds later it wants to lunge forward. Not every time but probably 1 out of 5 stops. As one owner put it, it feels as though as someone is trying to push you with their car. No, its not the floor mats or one foot on both pedals. So far it hasn't jumped forward and hit anyone but I have read that it's happened.. plan on taking it in to the dealer so they can give me the run around...

- East Wenatchee, WA, USA

problem #4

Oct 282008


  • 25,420 miles
My 2005 Toyota Tacoma engine suddenly accelerated. The pedal moved to floor and stayed there. I immediately pushed in the clutch. I checked to make sure there was no interference from the rubber mat and pumped the pedal several times while coasting. After about five seconds, the engine dropped from redline and resumed normal idle. In an automatic transmission this would have been a highly dangerous condition.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #3

Sep 152007

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 26,200 miles
I took my 2005 Toyota Tacoma in for a squeal in the window, under warranty. Sun Toyota told me I would need a regulator. I left my truck there for four hours, when I returned to pick it up, they informed me that my clutch was completely warned out. I didn't bring it in for any kind of clutch repair, mind the fact I was only at 26K miles. I asked how did they determined that. The guy in the service dept. Said he, "could feel it with his foot". that I would have to pay $800 up front for them to even look at it, and that would just tell them if there is a problem and if it was a warranty item or if I wore it out. I told them there was no way I could have worn out the clutch in 26K miles, they told me that teenagers can wear a clutch out at 18K miles, however I am nowhere near a teenager anymore. So anyway, I did not shell out $800. Instead I took my truck to my service man, that has nothing to do with Toyota, and told him everything that happened at Toyota. He could not believe what I had been told. Then proceeded to check out the truck, put it on a lift, took it down and adjusted the clutch, and told me there is nothing wrong with your clutch, and he didn't charge me anything! after that episode I contacted the BBB, I tried to contact Toyota Corp., useless! the BBB could not resolve this either. The bottom line is, Toyota the company stinks, they will tell you lies, to get money out of you. Then when you prove them wrong. They still won't admit they made a mistake. I love my truck and still own it. However now I tell everyone what a bad company Toyota is and to research it before they buy, so far I've talked three people out of buying one. I also have friends that have told me of problems they have had with their Toyota trucks!

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 022006

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
The events leading up to the incident was driving my vehicle on vacation. The motor mount on the vehicle broke, and the engine was leaning to the driver side. Toyota refused coverage for a number of reasons, including saying it wasn't covered under warranty, my aftermarket shocks caused the motor mount to break, my heavy front bumper caused the problem, and they said I drove the truck to hard. Under the magnusson-moss act, I asked them to prove that my aftermarket products caused the failure. They explained that they couldn't do that and offered me arbitration. Because of the cost of renting a car while waiting for arbitration, I decided to fix the truck out of my own pocket and take Toyota to small claims court. I won my case, and Toyota was ordered to pay me $2,900. Since my court case, I have joined an internet forum in which there has been at least 5 other 2005 Tacoma with the same exact issue; most recently last week. Toyota needs to recognize this is a problem before someone dies behind the wheel as a result of engine mount failure.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 012005


  • miles
2005 Toyota Tacoma started jumping out of gear while in fourth gear. The consumer stated the problem only happens while in 4th gear.

- Columbia, SC, USA

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