really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,000 miles

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problem #1

Jul 022008


  • 50,000 miles
I own an "02" Toyota Tacoma that was built and sent to me in that same year. The problem that I have experienced is that the A/C went out. I rarely use the A/C in the summer time, but I do get a lot of use out of the heater in the winter. The problem was not noticeable until I had the vehicle for approximately four years. I began to smell a burning smell. Once smoke actually came out of the vents. Eventually the fuse burnt. I replaced it and the A/C worked for a short while then the fuse burned again. I began using the A/C to attempt to determine the problem with the A/C. it recently stopped completely and I can hear the fan ticking as it rotates. This is obviously a manufacturer defect and I did nothing to aggravate this situation. I have and continue to have problems with the drivers' side shoulder harness. I can't move freely once it's locked in. It catches and keeps me from moving freely. I just locks me down and I can't reach for any controls until it eventually releases me so I can move. It seems that all of this occurred at different intervals. I never expected such poor quality of workmanship from such a trusted automobile manufacturer. Had I known or had any idea that this would eventually result in no A/C, I would have taken it in during the warranty period. Now I have no A/C and am not financially prepared to pay the cost involved in repairing it. I will think twice before I even consider purchasing another Toyota product. I also had one of my tailgate wire rope supports just corrode and break. How this happened I don't know. It is insulated with a thick plastic, the entire length. This is pending as is the A/C. I went to the Toyota product for the quality and ended up regretting that I thought that Toyota was a marque for quality.

- Elizabethtown , KY, USA