pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,333 miles

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2016 Toyota Tacoma engine problems

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2016 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 292016


  • miles


Noticed my Tacoma being slow to down shift to a lower gear when trying to accelerate or it would up shift to a higher gear while accelerating/merging resulting in an unexpected change in acceleration. Also if riding between 20-40 mph the vehicle rides at a very low RPM (~1100) and shimmies the vehicle like it will stall. Vehicle will also "noticeably" down shift while the foot is off the accelerator resulting in an unexpected change in deceleration. The problem seems to be getting worse and now the shifting is starting to jolt the vehicle. While driving at constant speeds the vehicle will randomly surge high in rpms then come right back down. The vehicle is presenting unsafe conditions. Took the vehicle to the dealer multiple times. 1st time they topped off the transmission fluid as it was low from the factory. 2nd time they are aware of the issue and others were having it as well and the transmission ECU was re-flashed. This still did not resolve the problem. Brought the vehicle back a 3rd time and they didn't see a problem with the vehicle. Brought it back a 4th time to be seen by a field specialist and the issue could be duplicated but there is no fix at this time because the vehicle is operating as designed. Vehicle currently has less than 2500 miles on it. Not sure why you would design a vehicle to do this.

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #2

Jan 212016


  • miles
It's important to note that I own two identical 2016 Tacoma trd off road automatic and both have less than 10,000 miles. One is fine and the other has serious power train (engine/transmission) problems resulting in extremely slow acceleration and overall sluggish performance, transmission constantly shifting to compensate for lack of power, transmission slow to engage gears causing dangerous hesitation and surge, occasionally slamming into gear causing sudden jerk and lunge, cruise control in unusable due to constant gear hunting even on flat highway, vehicle is very unsafe in stop and go traffic due to hesitation and surging, and merging into traffic and busy high speed highway travel is a nightmare. The following business day after taking delivery I brought to dealer with the above complaints and was told that the computer needed to lean my driving style and it would take up to 5,000 miles. At one point dealership service tech, service adviser, and service manager acknowledged the problems and I was told that Toyota was already aware and working on a flash upgrade that they hoped would fix. I was told that I had no choice but to drive the vehicle and wait for the flash. Dealership personnel now deny any problems. I filed a claim with Toyota and dealer now refuses to try and fix the problems. This model is being shipped with very low transmission fluid according to the service tech which is certain to diminish the life of the transmission. He also said that something is wrong with the torque converter. I have filed a claim for repurchase but dealership is uncooperative and Toyota reports that after reviewing my claim that they were unable to verify any of my concerns. There are many owners reporting to be experiencing the same problems and to date Toyota has done nothing to resolve that I am aware of.

- Bossier City, LA, USA

problem #1

Feb 152016


  • 10,000 miles
After 10,000 miles the airbag light came on. Then the next day the check engine light came on as well as the traction control. Called the dealership and they looked at it saying I just need new sensors. Drove it a couple more days and noticed the cruise control was non existent. I drive a lot for work and use it a ton and all of a sudden it wouldn't even bring the light on or work at all. The next day started driving and the real issues started. Turned truck on; same problems I have been having; then the truck would not shift. Kept going and going till I was getting to 5000rpm and it shifted with a tremendous amount of force. Once it shifted the whole truck did a huge jerk then went a little more an did a double shift totally bypassing the 3rd gear. I turned it off and started it again. Kept having the same problem all day. I called the dealership and they said get it to them when I could and they would take a look. Almost caused several accidents trying to get the brand new $35,000 truck that didn't work to the dealership almost running into the people in front of me who cut me off because I can't go over 40mph on the freeway and I have no control of the violent shifting moving the whole truck. Needless to say the dealership tried to blame me for all of these problems that I could not have possibly cause if I tried and that my brand new truck with 10,000miles on it was fine just needed a couple sensors. Obviously this is not working and I think sensors are the least of the worries.

- Canal Winchester, OH, USA

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