really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 2
Average Mileage:
44,388 miles

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2008 Toyota Tacoma suspension problems

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2008 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #18

Feb 062015


  • 128,772 miles


My leaf spring snapped while driving down the road. And they still wont do anything for it. Because they don't know how to fix there own problem. Also they won't stand behind the there fake remedy for a frame that is going to break apart. They did on the 2001-2004 because they knew the spray does nothing but make it worse. 04-08 your on your own.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #17

Jun 052013


  • miles
I live in nome, Alaska. It has been over 5 months since the recall for the leaf springs that need to be changed as the recall says so. I have heard nothing about getting it fixed. One spring is broken as it notes in the recall. There are several auto shops here not a Toyota dealer. Toyota has not arranged to get this problem fixed here. Also there are recalls on my seat belt which has not been addressed to get fixed either. I bought the vehicle from kendall Toyota out of fairbanks, ak.

- Nome, AK, USA

problem #16

Oct 132014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V604000 (suspension) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The VIN was not available. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Pearcy, AR, USA

problem #15

Mar 012014

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


March of 2014 my right rear leaf spring cracked. I contacted the Toyota dealer and Toyota corporate regarding this. They both denied any generic problem with the springs and Toyota refused any replacement. In August of 2014 the left leaf broke. In both cases I chose to have my local mechanic replace the broken leaf. I believe that I should be reimbursed for the replacement of the leaves and the spring assembly should be replaced per the announced recall (Sept 29, 2014). I detected the break because of unusual suspension noise. No loads were carried during this period.

- Bearsville, NY, USA

problem #14

Mar 122014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
I brought my car to a repair facility for brakes and when it was put up on the lift the mechanic noted that one of the leaf springs on both sides of the vehicle had snapped - the snapped spring was able to move both back and forth as well as to protrude sideways. I was told the vehicle was not drivable and the springs needed to be replaced. I paid for the replacement of the springs. Recently I received a notice that the company is recalling all like vehicles to add corrosion resistant materials to the frame. When I spoke with the company they denied the two incidents were similar and took umbrage that I would suggest such. No one I have spoken to has ever seen springs break in this manner. The vehicle has not been used to tow heavy objects nor taken off road so the problem has occurred under normal circumstances. I am concerned that others may have the same issue and not find it until an accident occurs. Updated 12/07/15.

- Lansing, MA, USA

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problem #13

May 302013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
Drivers side rear leaf spring rusted and a section of the center spring was banging off the brake line. I had the spring replaced 2 weeks later once the part arrived at the dealer at my cost. Now in June 2014 the passenger side leaf spring also rusted and was banging off the brake line. It has been 5 weeks and the part is still not available. I have tied the spring together with bungee cords in order to drive the vehicle. The only thing holding a large piece of metal from breaking loose in both instances was a bracket. If the metal came off on the highway a serious injury or accident could have happened. Toyota issued a rust recall for the frame of the vehicle but not the leaf springs. I have spoken to many people, including the dealership, and this is a common problem that is not being addressed by Toyota. The dealership now told me Toyota has changed the spring design and I should have both springs replaced at my cost. I feel as well as a safety issue, if the design was changed, Toyota should be responsible for changing them out....updated 08/12/14

- Uxbridge, MA, USA

problem #12

Apr 072014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 48,900 miles


I own a 2008 Tacoma double cab, 4X4. Strange noise was coming from the rear suspension after driving over frost heaves and pot holes. The driver side leaf spring had broke, and was rubbing hard on the brake line. I do not tow, off road, or carry heavy loads. Online search found this is a common problem with Tacoma. Happy (or lucky) the brakes didn't fail, and disappointed in the inferior quality.

- Canton, CT, USA

problem #11

Feb 182014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
I own a 2008 Toyota Tacoma access cab off-rod 4X4. A leaf in the passenger side leaf spring broke while driving. I was driving along and I started to hear a clanking metal on metal noise that I had not heard before. I was close to home so I drove there and when I looked underneath the second leaf from the top was broken in two right behind the U-bolt holding the rear axle to the leaf pack. I had it repaired by a local shop who replaced the broken leaf and added another full leaf to both leaf packs(passenger and driver side) on the truck. Before it broke, the springs on both sides were already flat when unloaded and if I put any amount of weight in the back I was hitting the bump stops very easily.

- Midland Park, NJ, USA

problem #10

Apr 022014


  • 68,330 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, he heard a loud abnormal noise as the vehicle tilted to the side. The contact mentioned that the leaf spring became fractured and landed on top of the axle, crushing the brake lines. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician verified the failure and stated that the leaf spring assembly needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 68,330.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #9

Mar 042014

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 114,650 miles
Steering feels likes its binding intermittently. Have read on various Toyota online forums there is a U-joint in the intermediate shaft that is exposed underneath the vehicle and fails due to road debris, salt, sand etc. If this joint fails vehicle will not be able to be controlled. There are tsbs for this but only for 36,000 miles.

- South Deerfield, MA, USA

problem #8

Oct 152013


  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that upon inspection, the driver's side rear spring was found to be fractured in two. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that that the spring would need to be replaced. The contact also stated that the failure would occur when carrying a light load. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #7

Aug 092013

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
Between 42000 and 47000 miles, the driver side leaf spring broke. Service department states passenger side leaf spring is likely to break soon. The vehicle was not subject to any heavy loads, off-road travel or towing. Owner expectations based on previous vehicle of same make and model (1998) on which the leaf springs lasted 100,000 miles subject to the same driving conditions.

- Springfield, VT, USA

problem #6

Sep 052012

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
Left rear leaf spring found broken on used Tacoma that I purchased. A quick web search reveals this is not an uncommon problem. The manufacturer has issued a tsb for replacement of weak springs for vehicles still under the new vehicle comprehensive warranty. The aftermarket spring supplier that I purchased a replacement spring from stated this is his best selling spring; I think that is a strong indication of a widespread problem.

- Woodsville, NH, USA

problem #5

Dec 012011

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
The vehicle had 4 passengers and about 200 pounds of gear in the truck bed and it has a leer cap on.on bumpy roads it began to hit the bump stops as if it were overloaded, this happened about 20 times.on the return trip on I 57 N as I crossed over a bridge the truck bottomed out slamming the bump stops and the vehicle almost veered off the road to the right, the rear suspension after hitting the bump stops hard seemed to return erratically and disturb the balance of the vehicle. On another trip a few weeks later with 3 of the same people in the car in snow conditions I again hit the bump stops but this time the vehicle veered to the right and I lost control due to lack of traction. Toyota has inspected the vehicle on 2 occasions in regard to the bottoming out issue, both times they say nothing is wrong, did have the factory tsb done for the suspension early on but it has not helped, as truck gets older the lack of control after hitting the bump stops is repeatable and predictable even with less weight than it is rated for.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

May 232008

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 10,739 miles
This 2008 Toyota Tacoma double cab was purchased new in late 2007. It immediate developed leaf spring noise which Toyota addressed through tsb tsu01207 - grease springs. Tsb 027409 was issued in 2009 which inserted a new silencer pad design. Those wore out in a year. No resolution has been offered by Toyota since - although promised - and Tacoma owners stop me in parking lots to ask about the issue. A video of the problem can be found at: youtu.be/ygn9ex7cevu.

- Wilbraham, MA, USA

problem #3

Mar 152011

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Severe steering drift and shimmy. New tires didn't fix the problem. Had tires rebalanced, did not fix the problem. Freeway driving is more severe, I'm fighting the steering trying to keep the vehicle tracking straight. If I hit a bump the vehicle wants to jump to the side. Towing a lightweight single axel trailer is very difficult, the trailer is whipped because of the trucks steering situation. It feels like premature ball joint failure, or in the case of an old style straight axel (king pin wear) this vehicle is dangerous to drive at high speeds. This is a trd model with bilsteen front strut and rear shock suspension. Feels like the anti-lock brake system is initiating one side of the front brakes, thus causing the vehicle to roll toward that side, then I have to correct the steering. I do not have the automatic roll-over system on this Toyota. I've seen other postings on the internet with similar problems on the same vehicle.

- Roseburg, OR, USA

problem #2

Feb 012010


  • 35,000 miles
The ABS braking system on my 2008 Toyota Tacoma double cab has felt incorrectly calibrated since the truck was new. When I go over a bump, hit a pot hole or am going down a hill with uneven pavement while braking, the ABS will disengage the brakes. I have almost run into the vehicle in front of me more times than I can count. In the winter, it also happens regularly in any snowy conditions. The local dealer has checked it and told me it tests within their specifications. They did replace the suspension, shocks and springs, saying that there have been some complaints that have been corrected by a slightly softer suspension. I disagreed with the assessment but let them make the change in the hope that it might work. It did not. The incident dates are ongoing.

- South Portland, ME, USA

problem #1

Mar 112009


  • 12,000 miles
Problemas con la suspencion de la Tacoma 2008, cuando vamos 4 personas en el vehiculo la caja choca con su limite Y al hachar carga da un cantazo fuerte en la parte trasera de la guagua, empeorando la situacion.

- Arecibo, PR, USA

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