really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,218 miles

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2007 Toyota Tacoma brakes problems

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2007 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #13

Dec 262010


  • 81,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma prerunner. The contact stated that while applying the brakes, the vehicle abnormally launched forward. He also stated that when applying the brakes, the vehicle would lunge as if the vehicle was struck from the rear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but they were unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileages was 81,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #12

Feb 192007

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The contact was concerned with the safety of the braking system in his vehicle. He stated that the brakes would engage but exhibited greater stopping distance than a normal while driving approximately 35 mph. The contact requested the dealer bleed the brakes but the dealer refused. The dealer and the service manager confirmed that what he was experiencing was the nature of the braking system in his model vehicle. An independent mechanic suggested that the brake software could potentially have been overriding the braking system. The failure mileage was 8 and the current mileage was 29,000. Updated 5/6/10 updated 05/11/10.

- Jamestown, OH, USA

problem #11

Nov 102008

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 35 mph the vehicle flipped on the side and the contact landed into a ditch. The contact said the vehicle had brake problems; however, the dealer stated that nothing was wrong with the brakes. The crash was reported to a local sheriff. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 30,000. The current mileage was 75,000. Updated 06/03/10 updated 06.07/10

- Iron City, GA, USA

problem #10

Aug 212008


  • 6,000 miles


2007 Toyota Tacoma accelerated aggressively when approaching a left turn after slightly pressing the gas. It continued to accelerate after taking foot off the gas and applying brakes. Was unable to slow truck sufficiently to make it around the corner and struck a light pole. Truck was totaled. Injuries were fairly minor - shoulder/neck stiffness, scratches, bruises, etc. Incident occurred in torrance, California (torrance collision report). Reported to Toyota customer service - case #1001122516. I did not follow up on a complaint at the time because the Toyota accelerator problems were not published and I was unaware of how to escalate the issue.

- Torrrance, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 172007


  • 144 miles
2007 Toyota Tacoma- at any speed over rough or uneven pavement, and gravel on pavement, anti-skid system engages making braking very difficult, especially at intersections and crosswalks. Anti-skid engages when no skid situation exists! situation is on-going and continuous.

- Santa Clara, UT, USA

problem #8

May 012007


  • 2,000 miles
On two or three occasions the brakes were soft on slow speed stops at intersections. The experience can be described as a rolling stop. I had to really stomp on the brakes to get them to grab and/or come to a complete stop. Dealer examined the brakes an found nothing wrong. Brakes still don't feel normal like other cars; they seem ok, but below average. I'm still very concerned over the braking ability on my 2007 Toyota Tacoma and wish a investigation to see if there is a link to accelerator/electronic problem. Floor mat was not an issue at the time.

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 152009


  • 32,000 miles


Moving very slowly downhill on a snow-covered driveway. Depressed brake pedal, but ABS failed to engage. Brakes locked-up instantly, causing an approximately 200ft slide, hitting utility pole and guard rail. About one week later, brakes locked again (ABS failed to engage), but I was ready for it and immediately let off and reapplied pressure. This time ABS did engage. I have since tested the brakes on slick surfaces in safe zones. Only three times did ABS fail, and the two times that I let off and re-applied the brakes, the ABS engaged at that point in time. Each time the ABS failed, it was while moving downhill. The issue for me is that I do not know how to react when braking in critical situations: Do I pump the brakes as for w/O ABS, or steadily hold brakes as one would with functioning ABS. I took the vehicle (2007 Toyota Tacoma) to dealer, but they said brakes looked ok.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #6

Dec 272009


  • 37,000 miles
Sunday after 2009 christmas, we went to church. As we pull into the church parking lot and getting ready to back in one of the parking lot and our car Toyota Tacoma accelerate all of sudden with rapid speed and slam into the rear bumper of another parked vehicle (Honda Accord). No one was hurt but our Tacoma front bumper and Honda's rear bumper was damaged. After that our truck brake light remain blinking and we can hear some clicking noise. We called police and reported the incident. We also left a note for Honda's owner to call police for further claim to fix they bumper. The following Monday, we took our truck to nearest Toyota dealer (lakenorman Toyota dealer over huntersville, nc) to have them check on our truck. The technician had to adjust something with brake and he told us that, the accident was likely caused by brake or gas pedal being stuck. I requested him to put that in writing and he was not willing to do so. We requested statefarm claim adjuster to file the claim to Toyota's claim department and they sent letter.

- Huntersville, NC, USA

problem #5

Dec 072009


  • 22,188 miles
My 2 1/2 year old Toyota Tacoma with 22188 miles needed the rear brakes adjusted today. I asked that why they needed to be adjusted because I know drum brakes have an automatic adjuster whenever the emergency brake is used that I use quite often. I was told by the technician that "although my Tacoma is equipped with an automatic rear brake adjuster, all Tacoma's do not self adjust. The failure of this to not adjust caused me to have to pump the brakes before getting full braking power. When asked why they would not fix them I was also told that then they would need to issue recalls for all Toyota Tacoma's because the problem is widespread.

- Hemlock, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 072008

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 50 mph, the contact applied the brakes at a red light and the vehicle failed to stop. This was the first time the brakes failed. As a result, the contact crashed into another vehicle. The front end and the doors were destroyed. The insurance adjuster has not made a determination at this time. A police report was filed. The current and failure mileages were 25,000. The consumer stated the driver of the SUV he hit was injured. The consumer vehicle was totaled. Updated 09/18/08.

- Thibodeaux, LA, USA

problem #3

Jun 192008


  • 14,000 miles


2007 Tacoma 4X4 4 door trd. Driver approached red light attempted to step on brakes to stop and they did not work. Driver ran through red light and noticed black smoke from engine compartment, then flames. Took about a mile, while the engine was on fire, to stop the vehicle by downshifting and E-brake. Had no prior brake problems with vehicle. Insurance is doing investigation at this time. Fire department advised the heaviest fire damage was located near the brake line and master cylinder area.

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 172008


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 15-20 mph downhill, the rear of the vehicle slid out of control then flipped over on the passenger side. There was bout 10-12 inches of snow on the road. As of April 29, 2008, the dealer had not inspected or repaired the vehicle. The driver sustained a sprained neck, injured sternum and a contusion on her left inner thigh. The current and failure mileages were 26,000.

- Laveta, CO, USA

problem #1

Sep 122007

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
When stopped at idle engine speed, my 2007 Toyota Tacoma dbl cab prerunner V6 will surge / lunge suddenly. Although I have the brakes firmly applied, the truck will still move a little bit. I've damaged personal property because of it. No injuries (yet), but it'll sure get your attention when it happens. Also, the truck will sometimes accelerate a bit when you have taken your foot off of the gas. Nothing drastic, but it shouldn't do this. This is a major concern with me; enough that I won't let anyone else drive my vehicle for fear it may startle them and they may lose contrrol of it. This happens very frequently.

- North Charleston, SC, USA

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