definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,259 miles

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2011 Toyota Tacoma lights problems

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2011 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #12

Mar 012012


  • 10,000 miles


Rear leaf springs have broken and the front head light covers have cracked.

- Verdunville, WV, USA

problem #11

Sep 012015


  • 65,000 miles
My 2011 Toyota Tacoma has apparently has had a design flaw since even before 2009 in the front turn signal housing. The design flaw causes the lense to melt from extreme heat build up in the housing causing the bulb to burn out and ultimately the socket to char and in my case deform to the point I couldn't replace the bulb. Toyota has in September 2011 released a technical bulletin instructing there techs on how to remediate the obvious design flaw. There was no notices sent out to owners even though they apparently knew before they even built the 2011 trucks that there was a serious problem. To do this and not make us aware is criminal to say the least because in the cab it is telling you that it is working and your not aware that your front signal is not working. Think of on coming traffic not knowing that your gonna turn and you think they do. This is criminal. Images are available if needed. Just go to youtube.

- Jekyll Island, GA, USA

problem #10

Jul 312013


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while starting the vehicle, the contact noticed burn marks on both front head lamps caused by the daytime running lights. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the head lamps needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who stated that a voluntary recall for the failure had expired. The failure mileage was 25,000.

- Deltono, FL, USA

problem #9

Oct 012011


  • miles


Wrong running lights were installed at the factor. Now the headlights are cracked and foggy and the light is weak and defused making it dangerous at night. T dealer that I took it to told me the time limit for repair had expired and they would not pay for the repair.

- Eustace, TX, USA

problem #8

Apr 082015


  • 38,564 miles
The running lights area developed cracks and a round shape cloudy area in front of the light bulb like it melting the plastic.

- Macon, GA, USA

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problem #7

Jun 192014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
This vehicle has 2 front daytime running lights. The lights in this area are overheating and causing the lighting case to have a "bubble" in the bulb casing. This is causing damage to both driver and passenger headlamps. This is caused when as soon as the vehicle is turned on and when parked or driving.

- Falls City, TX, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Apr 052014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 38,670 miles
Looks like burn marks from the amber driving lights. Also, there are bubbles and cracks in the headlight covers.

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 042014

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 62,220 miles
My daytime running light bulbs are beginning to melt the lenses. The drl are a safety item and Toyota has not issued a recall for this. I feel as the truck ages the drl will continue to melt and will not be as visible to other drivers. Also if the headlamp assemblies build up enough heat it could pose a fire risk.

- Deatsville, AL, USA

problem #3

Jan 082014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 40,350 miles
Took vehicle in to dealer for other work. Was told by service advisor that technician found my headlights to be melting. Service advisor showed me problem and said it was daylight running lights. They were cracked and burned as was the assembly. I was quoted a price of $1300 to replace them. I purchased the vehicle new and have had it for 2 1/2 years. This is a hazard and a danger and they should be replaced by Toyota at their cost.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 182013


  • 69,300 miles
Noted during wash that the daytime running lights have a quarter size melted spot directly in front of the bulb and one lens has cracked apparently from heat and the near proximity of the bulb to lens. Potential may exist where this could cause a fire. It appears that no recall is being processed to address this manufacturer issue and many people are experiencing the problem form the 2008/9 year through 2011. Toyota may have corrected the issue in 2012/13 year time frame yet they still have many vehicles operating with the threatening problem which could impact lives.

- Ohatchee, AL, USA

problem #1

Oct 192012

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
Daytime running lights melting, may cause possible fire to vehicle. Several Toyota Tacoma truck owner's at workplace have same problem with their drl. Toyota dealer stating unaware of problems and they never heard of any issues regarding the drl melting.

- Ontario, CA, USA

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