really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,624 miles

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problem #129

Feb 102015


  • miles
hello good afternoon my name is renato silva i have a toyota tacoma 2005 could you help me with some information it has a chassis with holes and rotten. Toyota was changing all chassis that had this defect in 2018 to 2020 at no cost, the first owner didn't know about it and I wasn't even warned. I would like to know if I am entitled to a free chassis exchange?

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #128

Feb 232023


  • miles
Hi, I have a 2005 Toyota Tacoma, the chassis is rusty and has holes in it. I went to complain at Toyota, they said the car didn't have a Recall but neither the first owner nor I had news that I would have to change the car's frame. I would like help to resolve this. all parts under the car are very rusty

- Newark , NJ, USA

problem #127

Mar 032022


  • miles
My 2005 Toyota Tacoma had a recall due to potential frame rusting. I brought my Truck to my local Toyota Dealership for the frame inspection as stated in the recall notice I received. The frame did not need to be replaced and at a later date the frame was sealed per Toyota's remedy. In March of 2022 I had an issue with my truck that required the gas tank to be removed. As it turned out there was major rust to the frame that was located behind the gas tank that was never sealed during the original remedy to the frame rusting issue. I contacted Toyota about the issue and was told that the extended warranty for the Issue had expired. I was told to contact the local dealership. In conversation with the dealership I was told there was nothing they can do. I feel that if this issue has happened to my truck, there must be other trucks on the road with the same issue that the owners have no Idea what is happening to their frames that may cause a safety issue should the frame completely fail. My truck is available for inspection. Neither the dealer or Toyota inspected the Issue. I feel Toyota should have had the hindsight to have the dealers remove the gas tank and seal the frame behind the tank.

- Lusby, MD, USA

problem #126

Nov 072021


  • miles
The frame of my truck failed at the motor mount. The motor mount has sunk into the frame shifting the motor and effecting performance and other parts. This can be confirmed by anyone. I never received recall information, I can-€™t find evidence of one issued for this year or my state.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #125

Nov 012014


  • 255,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated while inspecting the vehicle, he noticed punctures and corrosion on the main subframe. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. A dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer had been informed of the failure. The contact stated that an unknown recall repair was performed to the subframe in August 2014. The failure mileage was approximately 255,000.

- Goshen, KY, USA

problem #124

Apr 152021


  • 131,205 miles
The vehicle was in the shop for service, the tec informed me it would not pass nys iinspection due to rust holes in the frame.

- Geneseo, NY, USA

problem #123

Apr 152021


  • 131,205 miles
Frame has rust holes in it and will not pass next nys inspection.

- Geneseo, NY, USA

problem #122

Nov 162020


  • 132,127 miles
Truck was taken in for coolant leak. Technician found the frame to be rusted through and was advised truck was no longer safe to operate. Truck was stationary in dealers repair bay.

- Muskego, WI, USA

problem #121

Nov 122020


  • 138,000 miles
Frame rusted severely. Have been advised it is unsafe to drive.

- Muskego, WI, USA

problem #120

Aug 152020


  • 162,000 miles
There was a recall on the frame and in 2015 my father-in-law owned the vehicle and had it inspected and all I know is it passed. He is deceased now and I own the vehicle and recurved notification about a recall on the rear springs so made an appointment and they told me that they couldn't fix the problem because the frame was to rusted to safely take springs off to replace. The frame recall has expired but the spring recall is still in effect. So I feel that to fix the safety issue they should fix the frame so that they can fix the springs to solve the safety issue. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.

- Gardner, KS, USA

problem #119

Aug 122020

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • miles
I am the sole owner/purchaser of a 2005 Tacoma. Last week a louisville, ky Toyota dealer, oxmoor Toyota, was replacing the rear U-joints and noticed rust and corrosion throughout the frame. It was so bad, the Toyota technician considered it unsafe to drive. I have called Toyota usa but they offered no assistance. What else can I do... there seems to be negligence and liability here. Thank you, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #118

Aug 102020


  • 104,000 miles
Truck frame was inspected for rust damage by Toyota in 2016 as part of a recall. Toyota found the frame to be sound and treated it with anti-corrosive material. Just four years later, the truck frame has rusted through in several spots making it unsafe to drive.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #117

Feb 272019


  • 160,000 miles
The frame is rusted through on the driver's side next to the catalytic converter. It has two rust holes that are connected with a crack that the rust is starting to widen. The holes are approximately 1-2 inches in size. I first bought the vehicle in 2013 at my home of record (Minnesota) in-between duty stations. I'm active military and I'm stationed in North Carolina. I deployed in 2017 and didn't get back until late 2018. In early 2019 stevenson hendrick Toyota contacted me to have recalls performed on my truck. I took it in and they did the seat belt, throttle pedal, and load rating sticker. However, I was never informed that my framed was rusted through. I found out after I had to troubleshoot my O2 sensors. At which point I contacted Toyota headquarters in regards to United States district court for the central district of California case no. 2:15-cv-02171-fmo-ffm to see if they would replace my frame or at least repair it; as I understood the timeframe had past that Toyota would replace the frame. I explained to them that I never received any notification about this and that I was deployed as well during this time. Toyota still refuse to fix the frame. When I take the truck in to get serviced sometimes they turn me away; as they don't want to held liable because of the frame. For the price to replace the frame I can purchase a used vehicle. I should not have to dispose of my vehicle when it runs fine and is paid for. Since then I have tried to find someone with the expertise to repair my frame, but no one wants to do the repairs and possibly be held liable afterwards.

- Richlands, NC, USA

problem #116

Mar 142019


  • 264,488 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving, the vehicle pulled to the right. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and was informed the chassis was bent and was to take the vehicle to a Toyota dealer. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer and was not repaired. The contact stated that the chassis was previously replaced at Toyota of bristol dealer, (3045 w state St, bristol. Tn 37620, (423) 212-4266), however the failure recurred and was not taken to a dealer and was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 264,488.

- Chilhowie, VA, USA

problem #115

Jul 312019


  • 120,000 miles
I bought a used 2005 Tacoma in July of 2019. No frame issues were apparent at the time that I purchased it. The week after I bought it, I took it to the dealership to have recall work done on the leaf springs and seat belts. I asked the dealership service department to check out the frame because I had become aware of the frame service campaign. They told me that the deadline had passed in January of 2019 and that they couldn't do anything about it. I have since discovered much more troublesome frame corrosion and am concerned that the truck is not safe to drive.

- Hillsborough, NC, USA

problem #114

Sep 252017


  • miles
2005 Toyota Tacoma frame is corroded and Toyota refused to replace the frame.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #113

Feb 012019


  • 137,357 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. While the vehicle was undergoing routine maintenance, the independent mechanic discovered that the frame was corroded. There were no warning indicators illuminated. Royal South Toyota (3115 S walnut St, bloomington, in 47401, (866) 609-4926) was contacted and unable to assist. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 137,357.

- Nashville, IN, USA

problem #112

Mar 292019

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 140,698 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that there was a hole in the frame of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to holman Toyota (1301 NJ-73, mt laurel township, NJ 08054, (888) 632-3967) and they stated that there was a warranty enhancement program dated from 7/17/17 to 01/31/19. The dealer and manufacturer stated that during that time, they could have made the repairs; however, they could no longer assist since the warranty was expired. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 140,698.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #111

Apr 222019


  • miles
Mechanic noted rust on frame. Contacted Toyota, there was a lawsuit about premature rusting on frames, but settlement is done and there is nothing they(Toyota) can do?

- Albany, OH, USA

problem #110

Mar 242019


  • 190,000 miles
Exhaust system was in need of repair. Shop would not be able to fix because the frame is so rusted there is nothing left to attach new parts to. Shop showed me large holes in frame. Then advised me that I should not be driving it with the possibilities of breaking. Which I have heard happen to others. I have never received a notice or recall for this problem. The only recall that I have received and taken care of was the issue with the accelerator. This alarms me since I often have my children with me.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

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