really awful
Crashes / Fires:
28 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,212 miles

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2005 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #39

Apr 282009


  • 16,458 miles


Throttle got stuck while driving and would not stop going faster until I turned off engine. It was not the floor mat that caused but something in the throttle assy. I did take it to Toyota to document it.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #38

Mar 152006


  • 5,000 miles
Throttle stuck. Truck wanted to lunge in traffic.

- Luthersville, GA, USA

problem #37

Jun 302008


  • 32,521 miles
In June 2008, we experienced a wreck that we at first thought must have been related to my wife mistakenly hitting the gas when she thought she had hit the brake. At the time, she had just turned into our neighborhood and would have been traveling slowly but the Tacoma hit the center median, went across it and ended up in the other side facing the other direction. It did considerable damage underneath the truck. At the time, the Toyota dealer mentioned nothing about acceleration problems. We could not understand what had happened but had no other explanation. We have full records on the incident.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #36

Feb 072010


  • 79,000 miles


I was in a parking lot w/ my 05 Tacoma and needed to perform a K turn. I stopped, put the truck in reverse, and it felt like it went full throttle for about 2-3 seconds. I had to slam on the brake immediately and was able to stop the vehicle before hitting any of the parked cars. The same event occurred moments later when I had to back out of some heavy snow in the same parking lot. I have received a letter about floor mats last year and haven't had them in the driver's side since last October. It also did not seem to be a pedal issue. The throttle seemed to open immediately after the shifting into reverse. I reported the incident to my insurance company. No repairs have been done.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #35

Sep 302005


  • 5,000 miles
2005 Toyota Tacoma pick up truck when operating in the cruise control mode, and when coming up on a stretch of road which is uphill, the accelerator will kick in a full open and uncontrolled acceleration mode causing the need to disengage the cruise control to prevent from running in to something in front of me. This happens often and routinely when using the cruise control and hitting an uphill stretch of road. I have requested service from the Toyota dealer in knoxville, tn several years ago ( approx. 2006-2007 time frame. However, they dismissed the claim as the "passing gear" of the transmission kicking in without even driving the vehicle and testing it. However, the characteristic of the event when it happens is that there is immediate uncontrolled acceleration that is equivalent to the accelerator being fully depressed which requires intervention to interrupt. The incidents have been going on since 2005 and continue under use of the cruise control in this model.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #34

Aug 242009


  • 23,997 miles
A couple of years ago I started experiencing sudden un-commanded acceleration at low speed. There have been 4 instances of this problem occurring. It happens randomly with no warning when I apply the brakes (like slowing for a stoplight or a slower car ahead).the last one happened on August 24, 2009. This time it resulted in a low speed collision and damage to my vehicle. Fortunately no other vehicle was involved. At first I thought this might be my error, but on reflection, I believe there is more to this problem and I don't think it is a problem with floor mats. I am following the recall situation and am waiting to be contacted by my dealer for rectification of this problem. I like my Tacoma but I am nervous driving it and try to avoid it when I can.

- Granby, CT, USA

problem #33

Oct 302009


  • 600,000 miles


I received a recall notification from Toyota in October of 2009 for accelerator pedals sticking to carpet. The letter from Toyota stated they would contact me on what to do next to get it fixed. Its February 12, 2010 and I have heard nothing from them about what to do on this issue.

- Chandler , AZ, USA

problem #32

Mar 092009


  • miles
I was on my way to work when the vehicle in front of me stopped to turn. I hit my brake at which time the accelerator stuck and I hit the vehicle.

- Farina, IL, USA

problem #31

Dec 302005


  • 2,500 miles
With cruise control engaged at legal freeway speeds, any slight uphill (or strong headwind) will cause the vehicle to lose 2 to 3 mph -- then the throttle will suddenly go wide open, or nearly so. The transmission then downshifts (often from 5th to 3rd) followed by very rapid acceleration to a speed several mph above the preset speed, before finally slowing to the correct preset. This has occurred consistently since we purchased the Tacoma new in 2005. The dealer told me it is normal, but none of my other vehicles have ever done this.

- Weaverville, CA, USA

problem #30

Jul 152006


  • 4,000 miles
I was on vacation in my 2005 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 4 door in Colorado. With the cruise control on and set for 65 mph, I started up a pass on I-25 approaching raton, nm from the North. As we went uphill and the vehicle lugged down, it shift down and began rapid acceleration and as we entered a turn was accelerating through 85 mph. My foot was not on the gas pedal and the floor mat was not anywhere near the pedal. I stood on the brake but the acceleration continued. I pushed the cruise control button on the steering wheel and it disengaged. We made it through the incident with no loss of anything but perhaps some of my hair. After returning from vacation I took the vehicle to larry miller Toyota in peoria, Arizona and complained about the problem we experienced. The dealers employees indicated they have never heard such a thing and then copied the owners manual highlighting the part that says to disengage the cruise control when going uphills. I have been driving the vehicle for five years now and have learned to turn off the cruise going uphills but have still experienced the problem three other times when I was not conscious of the grade we were on and it happened again. I have owned several vehicle with cruise control in my life and have never had an issue with cruise control going uphills except the potential of the transmission shifting up and down from overdrive to allow the vehicle to maintain the speed set. We also own a 2000 Toyota avalon which I drive on vacations and if there is any issue I turn off the overdrive and it does fine. I believe there is a computer issue with this model that creates the problem and it has nothing to do with floor mats.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #29

Jun 152009


  • 55,000 miles


2005 Toyota Tacoma. At low speed (25 mph) using cruise control, the vehicle over-accelerates when it approaches a hill or incline. Disengaging the cruise control once the over-acceleration starts seems to fix the problem.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #28

Jan 262010


  • 52,210 miles
My incident occurred while driving my 2005 Toyota Tacoma on January 26th 2010. I was approaching an intersection where I had a red stop light and slowed the truck to an almost stop. My foot was on the brake pedal and it was nearly to the floor but not all the way yet. Then very suddenly the truck lurched forward at which point I jammed my foot down hard on the brake pedal. Then the truck sort of jumped three times during which I had my foot completely pressed on the brake pedal. The gas pedal was pumping by itself. Thankfully the truck stopped about one foot from the oncoming traffic and they were able to get around me. The truck traveled approximately 15 feet during this time where I had my foot on the brake pedal. I have not had another situation like that since. But had no warning the last time and am very worried next time I will not be as lucky.

- Galveston, TX, USA

problem #27

Jan 192010


  • 36,840 miles
While driving my 2005 Toyota Tacoma truck, I approached a stop sign and applied pressure to the brakes. Instead of slowing down, the truck suddenly accelerated. To avoid hitting a car in front of me, I swerved into a yard and put the truck into neutral. This enabled me to bring the truck to a complete stop.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #26

Jan 282010


  • 100,000 miles
Driving a 2005 Toyota Tacoma no visible adverse weather, cold/ truck slid sideways, accelerated even though the brakes were depressed to the floor. Vehicle rolled three times. Vehicle continued to idle up even after it was on its side. Contacted Toyota, given an incident reference number, no response from Toyota.

- Dumas, TX, USA

problem #25

Dec 102009


  • 61,400 miles
On the day of December 10, 2009 I was arriving home from work as I always do. I was preparing to park my 2005 Toyota Tacoma truck in front of the garage as I always do. As I began to back up the engine roared causing the truck to plunge backward into the garage door and house. I was unable to stop the vehicle even while having my foot on the brake. However this was not the first time this had happened. The first time was at a traffic light. As I stopped at the light, with a car in front of me, with my foot on the brake the engine roared and the tires screeched causing the truck to accelerate. Fortunately I was able to put the truck in neutral allowing me to avoid slamming into the car. The second time I was taking my wife to her oncologist appointment for a chemotherapy treatment. As I approached the turnpike booth to get my ticket the engine again roared and plunged forward and I was unable to get my ticket. Thank god there was no car in front of us. I was finally able to bring the truck to a stop by placing it in neutral. Again visibly shaken, I turned the truck around explained to the ticket taker what had happened and I returned home. I immediately called the dealer where I had purchased the vehicle and asked if they had heard of any similar incident. They informed me they had not heard of this before. At this point in time no one is willing to help resolve this problem. I am unable and unwilling to use this truck because I am afraid something fatal my happen.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

problem #24

Oct 052008


  • 40,000 miles
This is a second complaint of the etch-intelligent system defect of my 2005 Toyota Tacoma which is causing sudden acceleration. I reported this incident immediately after it happened but my truck is not listed on the recent recall list. (it is on the recall list for the floor mat but not the more accurate recall for the etch-intelligent system.) on or about October 2008, I was driving from New Jersey to North Carolina southbound on I-95 with my daughter. The speed limit on 95 was 65 mph. I was driving at a steady pace of 60-65 mph. Approximately 5 miles after I passed the delware bridge, the truck suddenly accelerated. I tried to brake but the truck would not stop. The brake felt like it was stuck. I tried the emergency brake and it did not do anything. The truck accelerated to 70 mph or so but I cannot remember exactly and I was braking the whole time. I was able to drive the truck to the side and force the gear into park. The engine lurched a bit but stopped and there was smell of burning engine and tire. Thank god there were not many cars on the road that day. Please help me in adding 2005 Toyota Tacoma to the list defective etch-intelligent system. Tw*

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #23

Dec 062009


  • 66,516 miles
I have a Toyota Tacoma 2005. On December 6, 2009 at approximately 3pm I was heading South on I-190 in niagara falls NY. Cruise was on, but had to tap breaks because of slower moving vehicle. This did disengage the cruise & my truck began to slow down. When the car moved over I depressed the accelerator and at that time the truck went into overdrive/passing gear. The motor was roaring and I had no breaks. They were like a rock.it accelerated to over 94mph.it then disengaged on it's own& the speed decreased. I then turned off the cruise control not sure how long this went on but it seemed like an hour. And yes I panicked. This is not a mat problem / this truck is a death trap. I was told it could not be repaired until April of 2010 (5months).

- Grand Island, NY, USA

problem #22

May 062009


  • miles
My Toyota Tacoma suddenly accelerated to a dangerous level of speed while in cruise control. It happened several times during my long distance trip and scared me into not using it again. I thought it was me doing something wrong, until I read about other complaints. I bought it used in 2008, and wasn't aware of any issues until the road trip this year.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #21

Nov 242009


  • 45,206 miles
2005 Toyota Tacoma--it's not the floor mat! unintentional acceleration problem. Backing to turn around, looking over my right shoulder and turning the steering wheel to the left. When moving my right foot from throttle to brake, the truck suddenly accelerated and the harder I braked, the faster it went. Stopped the movement by shutting off the engine. What happened: In the position I was in, twisted to look over my right shoulder, when moving my foot to the brake, I inadvertently failed to move my foot completely onto to the brake and off the throttle. My foot engaged both pedals and the brakes did not engage until the brake pedal was pressed down far enough to also press on the throttle. This has happened to me 3 times, fortunately in my driveway and there were no collisions. The problem is that the brake pedal goes down too low before actually activating the brakes. The solution is to design so that the brakes engage when the pedal is a little higher than the throttle. Is it just me? could be, but I have been driving for 50 years and this has never happened with any other vehicle.

- Estacada, OR, USA

problem #20

Nov 262009


  • 71,000 miles
I was pulling up behind a car at a redlight, applying my brakes, when the brakes seemed to vibrate. Suddenly, my 2005 Toyota Tacoma's engine revved violently and the truck jumped forward and hit the car in front. My foot was pressing as hard as I could the entire time. I had to throw the truck into neutral. Following the accident report, I had the truck towed to my Toyota dealership. Hopefully they will do right by me as this was clearly not my fault! I refuse to drive it until they discover what went wrong. I can say that it was not a floormat issue!

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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