hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,000 miles

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problem #2

Mar 012011

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
Rusted out rear differential - 2002 Toyota Tacoma.

- Ny, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 182006


  • 55,000 miles
My experience with manual transmission on my current and previous Toyota pick-up trucks was not very good. First my previous, earlier model 98 Toyota Tacoma 2wd manual transmission had failed at about 55,000 miles just prior to the 60,000 mile powertrain warranty limit. The failure happened at the synchronizer from 4th to 5th gear when shifting from neutral according to Toyota technician at the time. The safety issue on this is that while driving and one needs to shift to 5th gear from neutral, one may have difficulty shifting and the transmission could have a catastrophic failure and at such freeway speed the vehicle could suddenly stall, stop and may go in a tailspin. Previous dealer where I bought the vehicle from repaired the transmission per the warranty. Now I have another Toyota Tacoma pick-up 4X4 having the same problem. I took it to the a Toyota dealer previously since it was still under warranty for powertrain and around 55,000 miles but dealer refused to take a look at the problem even after repeated attempts to get the problem corrected. I informed them that I have a similar problem before and they have fixed it. But this time around they refused. I have attempted several times from Sep 2006 until Jan 2007 and even called Toyota usa reps on the issue. I still own the truck and to get around the synchronizer problem, I have to downshift back to 3rd, 4th before I can go back to 5th gear. This can cause a lot of distraction while driving and to con unwitting driver unaware of what to do suddenly shifts to 5th from neutral the manual transmission squeaks/rattles like the sound of gears having problem meshing or breaking - thus in a worst case scenario one may loose driveability and capability to move the vehicle since the drive could get lost and may result in a failure. I kind a give up on it since the dealers and Toyota usa before don't want to pay attention to me. I know this current Toyota recall may result in them looking into this - safety issue.

- Pleasant Hill, CA, USA