really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,792 miles

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2007 Toyota Tacoma brakes problems

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2007 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #14

Mar 102008


  • 10,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the anti-lock brakes failed to properly function. When the brake pedal was applied, there was an abnormal noise and it was difficult to depress several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #13

Apr 052016


  • 174,420 miles
After driving on the highway for a few minutes at ~70 mph, the ABS light run red on. When the light turned on the computer thought the car was in a bad situation and locked the brake pedal. This caused the brakes to not function and made the car almost impossible to stop. Whenever the car was able to be slowed down to about 19 mph, the light would turn off and the brakes would start to function normally. This happened once a week for 3 weeks in 2015 and again in February of 2016. It happened again in April 2016. This problem did not happen at low speed and it would not happen twice in the same day, even during the same conditions. I went to wolfchase Toyota to fix the problem. They decided not to do anything about it. I went to principal Toyota and they said they had never seen the problem before. They said that they could reset the computer or put in a new one ($3000). They reset it and for the past few months it has worked.

- Eads, TN, USA

problem #12

Feb 022013


  • miles
My brakes are spongy and go to the floor and took to a Toyota certified shop and cannot locate the problem

- Cartersville, GA, USA

problem #11

Jan 142015

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 87,323 miles


After a couple of months I started experiencing a loud "squeak" coming from the rear of the vehicle and a "whistle" at speeds of 65-80mph. I contacted dealer and took it in for them to troubleshoot the issues. After about 4 months of ownership along with the above mentioned problems I started noticing a heavy vibration at slow speeds. I bought new tires, front end alignment, and had tires balanced as per my dealers recommendation. Then the acceleration issues started..... I took it back to my dealership and they performed the "floor mat fix". the vibrations just kept getting worse and the constant visits to my dealer and calls to Toyota's corporate office always ending with the "that's normal for these trucks" saying. The other day I was returning home and I was approaching a curve I removed my foot from the accelerator and depressed the brake pedal and slowed down to take the curve, I went to accelerate through the curve and my truck was not turning. The rear tires were locked even though my foot was off the brake which by that happening I had no control over where I was going.... I ended up not being able to steer around the curve and went straight through someone's yard taking out a mailbox and sliding sideways into a tree crushing the passenger side of my truck. Called Toyota's customer support and reported the locking up off my rear end, the failure of the anti lock system, and the loss of steering. All I got for my troubles was a rude "well there's nothing we can do" (as always). I have had nothing but problems since I purchased this truck. Toyota needs to address all of the issues that has plagued the Tacoma from day one. I have contacted a lawyer and have been instructed that a class action suit needs to be filed against Toyota by all of us. My email is [xxx] if you want to pursue this with me contact me. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Laurel, MS, USA

problem #10

Dec 192009

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
We own a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. Back in 2009 I had an instance where I was driving during snowy conditions and when approaching an intersection, while applying the brakes the ABS kicked in to where I could not stop and I coasted into the intersection and got in a minor accident. I have noticed several times throughout the years in the road has any wet, slippery, lose grip the ABS will kick in and prevent me from being able to stop. Even when the road is dry, if one tire of the three lose any traction my brakes stop functioning making it incredibly difficult to stop because the ABS system. After researching online, apparently this issue is common with my generation truck. There have been countless instances of people sliding into intersections unable to stop because of the ABS. Not as many as unfortunate as me to get into an accident because of it. I have been searching for a solution and feel that Toyota should have a recall to prevent further accidents.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #9

Sep 192012


  • 30,000 miles
Parking brake cables fracture of the housing at the point where cable enters rear brake backing plate. Rust and corrosion prevent the rear brakes from releasing or applying. Have seen on numerous other Toyota vehicles with this design cable system from 2004 to 2012 model years. Rear brakes can overheat and cause fire or uneven brake operation and low pedal feel.

- Endicott, NY, USA

problem #8

Apr 152014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles


Was approaching a red traffic signal, coasting in case the light turned green before the need to stop. Light was still red, so I stepped lightly on the brake pedal. The was no sign of braking. I then increased pressure on the pedal, with no braking action. Surprised and concerned, I then set my left foot on the brake pedal and pushed with all I had with both feet, but there was no braking action that I could feel. The truck stopped as it bumped the vehicle in front of me. Engine speed was normal when the event began, and when the event ended. I did hear a relatively minor increase in engine speed during the event. The brakes worked properly before and after the event. One additional note. For years I have noticed a few times per year a momentary increase in engine speed immediately after stopping at a traffic signal. You never know when it will happen. The speed increase is greater that an A/C speed pickup, but lasts only briefly, then returns to idle. I keep my foot on the brake pedal with enough pressure that the truck does not move forward. Had truck towed to dealer following the incident. Dealer found nothing wrong. They spoke with Toyota reps and were told Toyota was unaware of any problem. Unable to trust the truck and having been advised that Ford had similar brake failures in the past caused by ABS brake actuator, I paid the dealer to replace the actuator. After spending more than $1200 for repair, I still do not know if the brakes will fail again. A brief internet search indicates to me that this was not a loan, random event as indicated by Toyota reps. The consequences of brake failure are serious. The dealer did provide me with the original actuator that was removed from the truck during the repair work. I will provide the original actuator for any legitimate Agency to check it out if that could be helpful.

- Mineral Wells, WV, USA

problem #7

Feb 092007


  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated while driving 30 mph, she suddenly depressed the brake pedal but the vehicle did not stop and caused the contact to crash into another vehicle. There were no injuries. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure recurred a few years later. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 200. Updated 3/31/14

- San Franscico, CA, USA

problem #6

Nov 142013


  • 66,571 miles
The brakes on my truck squeak terribly since we bought it. It seems to slip and grab with every turn.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #5

Sep 142013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
Heard a rattle under the truck looking into it found that the passenger rear leaf spring was broken and had damaged the brake line. This could have broken the brake line and caused a brake failure...updated 08/11/14

- Ashland, MA, USA

problem #4

Dec 292012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles


The truck had approximately 62,000 miles when we drove it to Florida christmas day. On Saturday, December 30th, we ran some errands that covered about 15 miles of city driving. Upon returning to our hotel, as we backed in to a parking space, the truck accelerated wildly. The tires screamed as we backed up onto a parking berm (pictures included) and continued to squeal while my foot was standing on the brake pedal. I put the truck in drive, the truck came off of the berm, but the tires were still squealing all the while I'm still standing on the brake pedal. I put it in park right away and shut it off. Looking down at the pedals, there was nothing unusual to note. No mats had moved and the pedals were as they should be. If it were not for the berm, there is no telling of what the consequences would have been. I recall that as we backed in, my foot was either about to step on the brake pedal or I had already begun to brake. My foot was not on the accelerator because, with the air conditioner on, the engine has sufficient RPM's to slowly move the truck without it. I went out a few hours later to start the truck and move it back and forth. At that time, everything seemed fine. I also took photographs of the berm and tires at that time, which I can supply. This was a very unnerving experience and I've been mindful of it since. Even though it has been a couple of weeks since the incident, I'm unsure I can have faith this will not happen again. I have since gone to the dealer who preformed two open recalls, but said there is no evidence of any "incident" as stated above ever happening.

- Ballston Spa, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 032012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 36,580 miles
I was on my way to get gas I came to a stop light there were about 4-5 cars waiting for the light to change, my truck started to accelerate as soon as I applied my brakes, unable to stop the truck I pulled into a gas station that was on my right I was able to put the truck on park and it began to accelerate even faster.I turn the car off and the acceleration stopped I missed the gas pump by 2 feet.I had the truck towed to mcgeorge Toyota 9314 West broad street richmond va and they did a diagnostic test, they came back to me and said that I had loose mats, and wrong pedals on my truck, which had nothing to do with what I experence(,I report this also to Toyota ),I feel that they are trying to brush this under the carpet by saying it was my mat, and gas pedals that were installed in my truck, I know what I went through and almost had a real tragic accident it was not the mats, or my pedals..this truck took on a life of its own and I could have killed someone or myself, and would like to go on record in case anything happens to me or someone else..there is something wrong with this Toyota Tacoma by the way I only have had this truck less than a month and have not even made my first payment !

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #2

Jun 032012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Vehicle has approximately 38,000 miles, 2007 Toyota Tacoma. I was traveling approximately 3 mph when four indicator lights illuminated and a warning alarm constant tone. At that point I lost all power to the braking system. I did not experience any issues leading up to this incident and the dealership has been unable to diagnose the cause of the complete loss of power to the brakes. The dealership stated I would need to replace the entire ABS actuator assembly (master cylinder assembly, with engine control module, with booster pump). Toyota currently experiences a national back order on the required parts to repair the vehicle (part numbers 47050-04041 and 47070-04020). I am concerned that there is a larger problem with the braking system that has not been addressed by Toyota. I was further told that this issue is extremely rare but with a back order on the parts and no anticipated delivery date, I am very skeptical. It seems there have been some braking issues with other Toyota models around the same time frame.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 162012


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that brake fluid was leaking inside the vehicle. In addition, when applying the brakes, the brake warning light would illuminate. After inspecting the brakes, he noticed brake fluid leaking on the carpet of the vehicle. The vehicle was being taken to the dealer where the contact was awaiting diagnosis of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 64,000.

- Chatarral, NM, USA

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