pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,263 miles

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2016 Toyota Tacoma drivetrain problems

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2016 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #12

Jun 142016


  • miles


Vehicle has a noticeable delay and abrupt shifting when changing from reverse to drive. The delay in shifting from reverse to drive feels dangerous because it often causes the vehicle to lurch forward unexpectedly. My vehicle currently has 4000 miles on it. I have contacted the dealer regarding this problem, they have said that this behavior is normal.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #11

May 192016


  • 1,448 miles
Shifting from reverse to drive there is a delay so when I go to take off it slams into drive.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #10

Jan 102016


  • 1,000 miles
Windshield cracked 2 weeks after purchasing the truck. Had to pay $500 deductible through my insurance, windshield from Toyota cost $1,000. Next issue is my transmission slipping when shifting from reverse to drive. Took it into the dealership and they found the transmission to be low, they topped it off and it's still lagging when shifting. Miss the engine in my 2012 2nd gen. Come on Toyota!!!!

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #9

Feb 012016


  • 3,000 miles


When shifting from reverse to drive there is a delay of about 1 second before it is fully engaged in first gear. Automatic transmission

- Mastic Beach, NY, USA

problem #8

Feb 172016


  • 600 miles
When starting the vehicle in the morning (30-40 deg F) I let the truck warm up until the the thermostat needle begins to move. When I put the truck into reverse the engine rpms surge and then a second or two later the truck will engage reverse and the truck will often lurch rearward unexpectedly. When put into drive the same thing happens. After driving a mile I get on the freeway and the vehicle will not shift into top gear no matter what I do and the vehicle seems to have reduced power as it does not want to maintain a speed greater than 60 mph without great provocation. The speed limit is 70 mph so this causes a safety concern as my vehicle is traveling at a much lower speed than the surrounding traffic. This behavior persists for approximately 4-5 miles before returning to normal operation. Even when it is indicated that the engine has reached optimal temperature the reduced power mode and erratic transmission behavior persists.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

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problem #7

Jan 122016


  • miles
Vehicle is hesitant and slow to shift and fully in gage to the next gear while accelerating. Sometimes takes a few seconds to switch into drive from reverse while at medium temperature. Slight vibrations while moving at speeds between 25 - 40 mph are felt in steering wheel and throttle pedal. Hood vibration at speeds over 40 mph and in drive in car wash drier.

- Edgewater, FL, USA

problem #6

Jan 302016


  • 2,500 miles


First incident occured while vehicle was stuck in light snow and ice condition. 4-wheel drive system did not appear to be operating properly. Engaged new "crawl-control" system per owner's manual instructions. During use of crawl-control the motor RPM's exceeded 5,500; immediately pressed engine-stop button and applied brakes. Incident resulted in catastrophic damage of front drive-line. Damage included front drive-shaft failure; dealer indicated "drive-line" replaced. Significant damage to components adjacent to front drive-shaft. Vehicle repaired under warranty. Two days after service random brake lock-up occurs while driving; vehicle skids out of control. No malfunction indicators showing. ABS also does not activate during panic stop brake application. Brake lockup experienced in winter conditions at high elevation nearly causing potentially fatal accident (1,000ft drop from road to canyon bottom, no guard-rails). While driving at 30mph the rear end of the truck begins to slide sideways. Upon coming to a stop it is discovered that the vehicle will not drive forward. Engaged 4-wheel drive and vehicle struggled to move. Engaged differential lock and drove backwards for 80ft. Wheels appear to become un-locked. Drive forward for another 500 yards and same situation occurs.

- Green Valley, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 122016


  • 3,000 miles
Safety issue - when starting cold and engaging reverse, the truck sometimes fails to engage the reverse gear causing a delay of 3-6 seconds, then engages suddenly causing truck to surge in reverse. This surge could cause a safety issue for any pedestrians behind the vehicle as well as possibility of backing into something. Transmission seems to slip. Took it to molle Toyota in Kansas City who reports this as normal.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #4

Dec 272015


  • 550 miles
The transmission fails to engage in a normal amount of time after going from reverse to drive. It is long enough where you select drive and begin to apply throttle and it just revs up then engages while the engine is revved and lunges forward. It also slips when going around corners at low speed and low throttle.

- Hurst, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 132016


  • 1,900 miles
Transmission has a delayed engagement on a cold start. When shifting from park to either drive or reverse, the truck moves slightly then a hard lock up is felt. I believe this to be a safety issue. While backing up onto street, when shifting from reverse to drive, there was a significant delay with no movement. With oncoming traffic I was worried whether on not it would engage at all. Could have caused a accident.

- Carencro, LA, USA

problem #2

Jan 082016


  • 1,650 miles
Transmission slips when cold or after the truck sits for an hour or two. Usually always occurs when starting the vehicle up, reversing and then going into drive. The transmission has a partial engagement but acceleration is not as intended. It will then "bang" into to gear and go. Fear is that if you back out of your driveway and intend to accelerate, the truck may not move as intended thus creating a safety hazard. For a new vehicle, there should not be any slippage once shifted into drive. Yesterday I had it where the slipping lasted three seconds before it finally went fully into gear. My truck has 1650 miles on it and it's done this since the day it was new. I would say I've experienced this at least 70+ times during cold starts at home or at work. Also concerned about the wear on the transmission's internals due to this partial engagement of a forward gear.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 072015


  • 750 miles
On a cold start, after you put the vehicle in D (drive) there is up to a 7 second delay on engagement of the transmission. The accelerator can be pressed and the vehicle will not move for up to 7 seconds leaving me stranded for example if I have backed out of the driveway to the street. Once I place the vehicle in drive on a cold start, I cannot move for up to 7 seconds. This happens every time on a cold start.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

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