really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
199,834 miles

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2009 Toyota Tacoma brakes problems

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2009 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 122017


  • 1,555,683 miles


I bought this vehicle used from a dealer in Jan second with 155185 miles I let the dealer know about the brakes were to hard we bought the truck and on Thursday 1/12/17 my wife took the truck to work that evening after getting home she told me that the brake pedal went to the floor so I took it to my repair shop on 1/13/17 to check it out they put the computer on to see what was going on they told me it was the ABS unit I also lost the brakes taking it to the repair shop had to pull off the road than went real slow and pulled it into their shop also there was no warranty with the truck the warranty they had was to high so now its going to cost me over 3000 dollars cause the whole unit must replaced I just needed to know and you know if there was any other complaints or problems with that year and model I have had 6 Toyota vehicles and never had this to happen thank you oh yes this was on a city road going straight and in motion.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #10

Dec 302014


  • 90,000 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 20 mph, the brakes failed to respond without causing the contact to crash. The specifics of the crash were unavailable. The air bags did not deploy. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred on multiple occasions prior to the crash. A police report was filed and there were not injuries reported. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000. Djr

- Mendon, MA, USA

problem #9

Aug 122014

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
While the vehicle was being serviced by a local garage the mechanic noticed that one of the leafs (the middle leaf) in the drivers side leaf spring stack had broken, rotated inwards (away from the tire) and had nearly abraded through one of the hydraulic brake lines. If the line had severed then 50% of the vehicles braking would not be operational. This could lead to excessive stopping distances and could be fatal! detailed pictures available upon request.

- Fitzwilliam, NH, USA

problem #8

Jun 042014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 100,817 miles


8/4/14 the left rear spring broke severing the brake line, leaving her with no ability to stop the truck. 7/12/13 the right rear spring was found to be broken. Both the Toyota dealer and the shop that fixed the springs told me that this was very common in these trucks. Had my daughter lost her brakes ten minutes earlier, she would have been on the interstate and the results could have been tragic.. updated 08-20-14. Updated 08/27/2014

- Fairfax, VT, USA

problem #7

Jun 022014


  • 100,000 miles
A broken leaf spring cut my brake line and my brakes stopped working with my 8 year old child in the truck. I had already replaced a leaf spring on the other side. This could have caused a very serious accident, luckily the brakes still had some fluid in them when I realized there was an issue. The truck had to be towed to the dealership for repair.

- Fairfax, VT, USA

problem #6

Apr 122014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 91,687 miles
Today, 04/12/14, at around 11:55 a.M., I had my fourth experience of unintended acceleration in my 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The first two incidents I had not reported. The third incident I did report to Toyota, they examined my truck and found nothing they thought would cause the acceleration. Today, I was approaching a busy intersection during a street festival in the downtown section of my home town. My truck did not stop when I pressed the brake, but the engine revved and the tires squealed twice as I tried unsuccessfully to stop the vehicle. It carried me through the intersection - if it had been occupied, I don't know if I would have been able to steer away from pedestrians, as the street was narrow and it all happened very fast. As soon as I had control of the truck, I pulled over to check the rug. The rug was hooked into its hole, a good 3 inches from the accelerator, and could not be moved by hand. I am now afraid to drive my truck, and am grateful to god that no one was hurt or killed. I had a passenger with me who witnessed this. Updated 09/29/2014

- Bastrop, TX, USA

problem #5

Oct 202013


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated independently without warning. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who stated that the front brake pads and front brake rotors needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000. The current mileage was 66,000.

- Mantua, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 072013


  • 35,000 miles
When changing direction of travel such as forward to reverse the brakes make a loud clank. Took to dealership multiple times and they stated the brake pad pins are actually hitting the rotors, that this is a known issue and there is no fix yet. My concern if there is no fix then how long will it take for these small pins to break causing me to loose critical breaking. The breaking system is one of the most critical parts of an automobile and I have kids in my vehicle. Why is this not a major concern to Toyota?

- Charleston, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 012011


  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph around a curve, the ABS engaged without the brakes being depressed. The electronic stability control warning indicator illuminated with a chime and then turned off. The failure recurred nine times. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 19,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Yucaipa , CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 222013


  • 30,980 miles
I was coming into a right handed corner on dry pavement doing 45mph (less than the suggested speed for the corner). As I let off the throttle and turned into the corner the vehicles stability control kicked in causing the truck to go straight. I had to fight against the steering wheel and managed to overpower the stability control but by then I was in the on-coming lane.

- Kelowna Bc Canada, WA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012013


  • 5 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the brake pedal became spongy, causing an increase in stopping distance. In addition, the contact stated that the accelerator and brake pedals were too close in proximity and was causing the contact to erroneously depress the accelerator pedal when attempting to engage the brake pedal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, the technician did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was performing as designed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 5 and the current mileage was 2,800.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

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