really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,301 miles

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2011 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 292015


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Tacoma. While driving at various speeds, the fan stopped working. The contact also smelled an abnormal burning odor coming from the vehicle. The contact checked behind the firewall and the wiring harness and wiring were burned. The contact stated that the day time running lights were melting along with the fixtures and wires in the back of the bulb. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact's diagnosis was confirmed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Lumberton, NC, USA

problem #8

Dec 152015


  • 93,308 miles
My horn stopped working and my airbag light stays on. I was told this was an sprial cable problem in the sterring wheel colum. Was told to check onrecalls for this has been a problem with this type truck.

- Paris, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 202014


  • 70,000 miles
Horn stopped working, so did the cruise control.airbag light is on sometimes dealer said I need a new clock spring and air bag because the horn switch is inside the airbag.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #6

Aug 062015


  • 62,000 miles


The horn stopped working, spiral cable is bad, which also affects the airbag. This has been recalled on all previous models of this generation Tacoma and needs to be recalled for the 2011 as well

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #5

May 012012


  • 25,000 miles
The daytime running lights have burned into the inner areas of my headlight assemblies and it continues to get worse. Seeing as they cannot be turned off and they continue to get worse I fear they may one day cause a fire or further damage. I have talked to the dealer, Toyota corporate and they will do nothing and show no concern for the issue, I drive alot of miles and purchased a Toyota due to dependability. When the problem was 1st talked to with Toyota the truck was only 1 1/2 years old but had around 40,000 miles to which their excuse was that it is outside the warranty period. Please note that Toyota knows this is an issue as they have issued a tsb stating the problem exists and the model year 2012 and forward these are re-designed to eliminate this problem. However there are thousands of these trucks on the roads frm 2005 to 2011 that had the dtrl option and the owners can do nothing to stop this issue from occurring or guarantee their and their families safety. When I talked to Toyota they did offer to replace 1 assembly if I paid for the other at a cost of $450" why should I be required to pay to fix their poorly engineered parts that they know are an issue" you can find aftermarket light assemblies for around $80 online and I cannot believe that it costs Toyota $450 to produce this assembly, they were not making me a deal and paying for 1, I was paying for both! Toyota should recall these assemblies and replace as at this point it shows that Toyota has no plans of doing the right thing and correcting the known problem without being told they have to.

- Auburndale , FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 032014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
The spiral cable failed. The spiral cable connects the horn button and driver's airbag to the rest of the car. When it fails, the airbag and horn won't work. Toyota already recalled the spiral cable on '05-'09 Tacoma's. the spiral cables are still failing, so they need to recall later years and fix them too.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #3

Mar 042013


  • 32,500 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, he could smell a burning odor coming from under the dashboard area. The vehicle was merged to the shoulder and suddenly became engulfed in flames. The fire department was called, who arrived and extinguished the fire. The origin of the fire was unknown. There were no injuries and the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 32,500.

- Jane Lew, WV, USA

problem #2

Jan 012013

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2011 Toyota Tacoma. Consumer writes in regards to problems with the transmission and security system in vehicle.. the consumer stated one day as she was leaving work, the vehicle would not start. It seemed as though the vehicle didn't recognize the key and she was unsuccessful at jump starting it. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and the problem was determined to be with the security system, which had been installed and had not been removed completely. She also stated the automatic transmission was not shifting correctly, particularly when shifting up hills, it required her to forceful apply the accelerator pedal to get the vehicle to go appropriately. Again, she took the vehicle to the dealer, but the computer stated there was nothing wrong. The problem seemed to be getting worse, when in early December the consumer was in route over a double lane road over a mountain, when the truck suddenly felt as though it had slipped out of gear, there was no power to the drive train and there was a grinding sensation from the gas pedal. The consumer was able to pull over to the side of the road, put the vehicle in park, then drive and proceeded again. A similar event occurred as she made her way back over the mountain at the end of the day. However, the vehicle lost power again and it did not respond to the accelerator pedal, but it also made a very fast clicking sound. The consumer went back to the dealer, only to be told there was nothing wrong. The mechanic decided to test drive the vehicle and noted the vehicle seemed to be sluggish in the automatic drive position, but seemed to function more responsively in the 4th position.

- Napa, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 022011

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 6,900 miles
Sudden unintended acceleration. Time was 6:55 am. I was on work property having just turned left from a light. I was 5 th car in line to make a right turn. All cars were stopped. My foot was lightly pressing break. The next thing I know, my truck was ramming the SUV in front of me. No way my foot could have touched gas pedal...it was a traffic jam. It's like this every morning. I contacted Toyota right away. They denied it, but sent out an eng to get black box data. I never heard from them again.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

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