really awful
Crashes / Fires:
33 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 2
Average Mileage:
28,000 miles

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2007 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #93

Nov 102016


  • 62,000 miles


This truck has a manual transmission and the problem occurs while it is in gear. If the engine is loaded at 50% of full throttle or more (accelerating, going up hills, interstate speeds) in 4th or 5th gear, and you take your foot off the accelerator pedal, the ECM (computer) consistently holds the throttle open for 10 seconds. In any situation where you need to stop quickly (yellow lights, car turns in front of you, pedestrian) and you step on the brake, the engine fights the brakes and greatly increases (>doubles) stopping distance. In one instance the rear wheels repeatedly broke-free, and it was extremely difficult to keep the vehicle going straight. On snow or ice, I expect maintaining control to be impossible: I'll spin at the first application of the brakes. Toyota techs have examined the vehicle twice and confirm that it is the ECM holding the throttle open, supposedly "...helping the rpms to stay up for a brief period of time to help when shifting" and to mitigate emissions. It's not supposed to hold the throttle open when in gear, but I was told the ECM doesn't know when the clutch is engaged or what gear it's in. On my vehicle the normal "shift cycle" happens correctly between all the gears and lasts ~1 second as long as you don't "load" the engine greater than ~50%, as described above. But if you do, the ECM holds throttle for 10 seconds while the truck is in gear, which is 880ft at 60mph! I have spoken to Toyota several times: Brenton, (800) 331-4331, case #1610030909. Brenton, a supervisor, claims that this is intended by design and is safe and refuses to do anything. There is more documentation at https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/unsafe-engine-revs-between-gears-3-4-4-5-and-shifting-out-of-5.458027/ I will continue to document the truck's behavior until I crash due to the severely degraded stopping distances.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #92

Jan 012012


  • miles
The problem with leaf spring started three years and after the final recall, we waited two months. The bad leaf spring caused a rough vibration, which caused rod, dry shaft, U joint, and rear end are connected which caused damage to all connected parts.the three years and two months of rough vibration caused a snowball effect while driving, turning and in motion.

- Acwoth, GA, USA

problem #91

Jul 122016


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 60 mph with the cruise control feature engaged, the brake pedal was depressed and the cruise control disengaged. While attempting to reset the cruise control, the feature failed to operate normally. On several occasions, the cruise control operated independently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #90

Jun 192016


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. While attempting to reverse, the vehicle lunged forward without warning and crashed into a wall. A police report was not filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #89

Mar 032016


  • 73,000 miles
The frame is rusting out on my Tacoma that I purchased and Toyota says since they inspected it 9 month ago it no longer qualifies for frame replacement program. It had not been driven under any negative road corrosive conditions in this time, and this frame was I believe rusted when inspected and not discovered because it has rusted from the inside out. Now the power steering has gone out and I have been experiencing acceleration problems with it since purchasing it. I contacted Toyota about the frame rust and was told basically too bad so sad. They have told me they filed my complaint under file #1603091915 at their national headquarters. The frame metal is defective. The power steering has quit working at approximately 75000 miles, and the truck accelerates under its own power when shifting into 5th gear.

- Durango, IA, USA

problem #88

Jun 012015

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • miles
2007 Toyota Tacoma. Consumer writes in regards to potential floor mat interference with accelerator pedal recall notice. The consumer stated there are no dealers where she lives and no one is authorized to address the recall issue. The consumer was informed she could pay $400 to have the vehicle shipped to another island for service.

- Kaunakakai, HI, USA

problem #87

Feb 132015


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. While approaching a stop sign at 5 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle accelerated without warning. The contact's vehicle crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000. Updated 5/28/15

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #86

Jun 012011

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while at a complete stop, the vehicle erroneously accelerated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure could not be replicated. The vehicle wa not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 35,000. Updated 02/11/14 the consumer traded the vehicle on December 18, 2013. Updated 02/14/14

- North Providence, RI, USA

problem #85

Oct 012013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 62,520 miles
As you are driving the steering is stiff at various points while turning the wheel and requires some force to correct the steering. It is worse from a standing start. This problem has been traced to a bad steering intermediate shaft. Service bulletin number: T-sb-0057-12 or sb-0119-10 rev2. This problem also shows up as rattling noise, or steering being sloppy. I believe this a problem that will lead to injuries and loss of vehicle control. Please let the Toyota, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [www.NHTSA.gov/] about this important issue.

- Steep Falls, ME, USA

problem #84

Jun 072011

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated when the brakes were applied to stop the vehicle, the rpms increased excessively and the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 67,724.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #83

Jan 182012


  • 135,553 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the frame snapped while driving 30 mph, causing the vehicle to become difficult to stop when braking. The contact also stated that the vehicle accelerated without warning. The contact called the manufacturer regarding any recalls for the vehicle. The manufacturer advised the contact that the VIN was included in every recall listed for the year, make and model including NHTSA campaign id number: 09V388000 (vehicle speed control). The manufacturer informed the contact to set up an appointment with an authorized dealer to have the recall service performed on the vehicle. The failure mileage was 135,553.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #82

May 122008

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
At highway speeds, during upshift from 4th to 5th or downshift from 5th to 4th, with clutch pedal depressed, engine rpms do one of the following: 1)remain constant, and then increase for several seconds before starting to decrease, 2)remain constant for several seconds, and then decrease, 3)decrease very slowly (far to long to execute a "clean" shift). While 2) and 3) are more of an annoyance likely due to poor engine control software, 1) is a serious safety concern in that engine speed (and vehicle speed) continue to increase despite the clutch pedal being depressed. "goosing" the accelerator does not appear to have any effect--the engine rpms wait several seconds before falling. In addition to the safety issue, you also wind up with a lot of clutch slippage because you are letting the clutch out while the engine/transmission are still engaged at a high RPM.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #81

May 232012


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The contact was entering a parking space at 5 mph when the brakes were applied and the vehicle abnormally accelerated into a building. The contact sustained minor injuries and was transported to the emergency room. The front end of the vehicle was severely damaged and the vehicle was towed to an auto body shop. The manufacturer was notified and informed the contact that they would send an investigator to further inspect the failure. In addition, the manufacturer filed a claim on behalf of the contact. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Placentia, CA, USA

problem #80

Aug 082011

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
2007 Toyota Tacoma sua (sudden unintended acceleration) my incident started from a near standstill with my right foot firmly on the brake. As a formally trained observer and troubleshooter of aircraft electronic systems, it is my opinion that this vehicle delivered uninitiated stimulus to the electronic throttle control system. I am 100% positive about this finding as I personally experienced this failure with a clear mind and excellent vantage point. I was finally able to stop this vehicle after violent and aggressive braking was applied while contacting a cement picnic table. This finally occurred just short of a 267 foot cliff/hill pointing into a reservoir. This is my second entry into the NHTSA database concerning the unintended acceleration of a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. I have now been through the entire Toyota process and have had all recalls and investigations performed. Damage from the accident due to sua has been repaired. Toyota findings were conclusive. "could not duplicate". this means they do not have to do anything at all. I have to date engaged in extensive research of this phenomenon and I am shocked as to the findings recently announced by ray lahood and nasa that exonerates electronics as a possible issue. I have been supporting, maintaining and troubleshooting electronic problems since 1980 and consider myself a credible professional technician. This was definitely an electronic ghost in the machine.

- Shelton, WA, USA

problem #79

Sep 242011

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning, causing her to crash into a tree. The vehicle continued to accelerate until the contact placed the vehicle into park. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer were notified of the failure, nor was the vehicle diagnosed or repaired. The current and failure mileages were 41,000. Updated 11/03/2011

- Danville, VA, USA

problem #78

Aug 112011


  • 68,000 miles
While on a camping trip my 2007 Toyota Tacoma suffered a sudden unintended acceleration event. While applying the brakes and coming to a stop the Tacoma suddenly accelerated and flew over two good size boulders a cast iron fire pit and came to a rest after hitting a solid concrete picnic table. A report was filed with coho campground hosts acting as to go on file with the Washington state forestry department. This even occurred at the wynoochee dam and reservoir located in the pacific northwest of Washington state. The truck was remanded to Toyota of olympia Washington and the insurance carrier was notified. The truck was due for the well documented Toyota floor mat, gas pedal and braking acceleration override modification. Now listen carefully here...the floor mats were heavy duty rubber non-Toyota brand mats. They were not impeding the gas pedal in any way shape or form. The truck accelerated instantly while braking and almost at a dead stop. Review of NHTSA findings on this issue are shocking. I did not hit the accelerator by mistake, there is a huge difference in the size, feel and consistency of these two incredibly different pedals. Many children and campers were present in this campground, the sheer luck that no one was killed is a matter of fate. The fact I am writing you from my living room and not a jail cell while being held for vehicular manslaughter is a miracle. This is not driver error, you have a bunch of 4 wheel time bombs out there traversing the nations highways. With over 30 years in technical electronic systems I assure you this truck accelerated from an almost dead stop while my right foot was on the gigantic break pedal, not the little tiny gas pedal. Hear me, believe me..... end of story.

- Shelton, WA, USA

problem #77

May 132011


  • 71,900 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma S45. The contact stated that while sitting idle and waiting with his foot on the brake pedal the vehicle suddenly accelerated and crashed into a pole. The driver did not sustain any injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and inspected by a manufacturers engineer who had not provided a response. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was approximately 71,900.

- Unity, NH, USA

problem #76

May 012011


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph and attempting a turn, the vehicle abnormally accelerated without warning and the contact crashed into a ditch. The vehicle was then inspected by a dealer and they advised him that an inspector would come and diagnose the failure. The conclusion from the inspection was that there were no mechanical errors. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 92,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #75

Jun 142010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The contact was driving up an incline approximately 55-60 mph. The contact applied the brakes yet the vehicle would not respond. There was an abnormal increase in engine rpms and the vehicle independently accelerated. The contact shifted from fourth to third gear and the vehicle continued to accelerate. After numerous attempts, the vehicle eventually decelerated and came to a complete stop. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to locate a defect pertaining to the acceleration. The clutch was replaced on the vehicle. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Hyattsville, CA, USA

problem #74

Mar 222011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that as the vehicle was shifted into drive, the vehicle abnormally accelerated and crashed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop where a third party engineer authorized by the manufacturer examined the vehicle. The engineer was unable to diagnose the failure. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 09V388000 (vehicle speed control:accelerator pedal) prior to the crash. The vehicle was repaired for the body damages. The failure and current mileage was unknown. The VIN was unavailable.

- Bella Vista, AR, USA

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