really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,609 miles

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2007 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 122010


  • 18,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated when activating the air conditioning system there was a loud, abnormal roar coming from the vehicle. The dealer replaced the air filter yet the failure persisted. There were no prior warnings of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 18,000 and the current mileage was 22,000.

- Lebanon, OR, USA

problem #7

Mar 012010


  • 42,700 miles
Purchased 2007 Tacoma 4X2 new from Toyota dealer 01-05-07- after about 42,700 miles head gasket blew -- discovered during regular oil change- Toyota dealer repairing problem under extended warranty purchased at initial purchase of vehicle -

- Millington, TN, USA

problem #6

Feb 152010

Tacoma 4WD

  • 10 miles
I own a 2007 Toyota Tacoma double cab 4X4 pick-up truck. I have been experiencing the following situation : when stopped in traffic my foot on the brake with either the heater, fan, or ac on ( one of these components on ) the engine will periodically surge and you can feel the truck want to move forward. It sometimes feels like someone tapped me from behind. My foot on the brake pedal stops the truck from moving forward. This only occurs when one of the above mentioned components is being used. It seems to be associated with engaging the above mentioned items. I had lakewood Toyota of NJ check it out however they were unable to reproduce the complaint at so they say. I'm very concerned about this situation because of the recent safety recalls. Maybe there is a problem mechanically or with the software. This problem occurred immediately when the vehicle was new and continues today at 40,000 miles. Please look into this and advise me on what to do.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jun 272009


  • 45,000 miles


2007 Toyota Tacoma double cab 4X4...pulled up to a stop sign, stopped, nudged forward to see intersection better, engine RPM's spiked, gas pedal floored itself...I placed both feed on the break pedal with every ounce of leg strength to keep the truck from going into intersection...rear wheels were spinning while both feet on break pedal. Truck inched toward intersection with oncoming traffic coming both ways...suddenly the gas pedal returned to normal position and wheels stopped spinning. This could have easily killed me and other drivers approaching in the intersection. Service department could find nothing wrong with vehicle.

- New Cumberland, WV, USA

problem #4

Aug 142008


  • 32,600 miles
I own a 2007 Tacoma. There is a "jumping" when I am a stop or when I take off from a dead stop. Sometimes it is worse then others. Happens everyday but not everytime I stop or accelerate.

- Glenside, PA, 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

Nov 032007

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,660 miles
I have had a number of incidents where the RPM's and the speed of my 2007 Tacoma truck have shot up (run away uncontrolled) when I removed my foot from the accelerator pedal. The RPM's will ramp up and exceed 4500 in a matter of a second or two. The speed of the truck increases proportionally with the RPM's to 85+ mph. It is difficult to observe the exact readings of RPM"S and speed, because all my attention is needed trying to control a situation where I might be killed in a head on collision with another vehicle or permanent fixtures along the road or freeway. The only way I have of avoiding a crash because of the excessive speed is to depress my clutch at which time the RPM?S go up even higher and then I brake extra heavy and pull off to the side of the freeway before shutting down the engine. Upon engine restart, I have no indication of having had any problem. I also experienced the instantaneous ramping up of RPM"S while stopped at a stop sign. I had one foot on the brakes and the other depressing the clutch. Again, I have to turn the ignition off to stop the run away RPM problem. It is only a matter of time that I feel I will be involved in a serious accident because of this problem. I have no other vehicle to drive and have been less than successful in having Toyota take the vehicle back. Updated 06/15/10.

- Alpine, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 052007

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 900 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. While trying to park the vehicle in reverse, it completely shut off. The vehicle restarted minutes later. Five thousand miles later, the contact stopped at a traffic light and the engine made a loud revving noise, jerked forward, and the vehicle stalled. The engine and the oil light illuminated during each failure. He took the vehicle to the dealer on three occasions, but they could not duplicate the failures. The manufacturer stated that they would open an investigation. The speed was unknown. The failure mileage was 900 and current mileage was 17,000.

- Irvin, CA, USA

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