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Toyota Tacoma: Problems & Solutions



  • 2k1trd2k1trd Posts: 301
    I run Redline MTL manual tranmission fluid in my 01 5spd and it shifts perfectley.I'm convinced that the factory gear lube is just to thick wich causes "hitching" as you call it.As far as this noise you guys are talking about,the enging should not be making any strange noises and is certainly not normal.I thinking maybe you are hearing the fan clutch wich makes a loud noise on start up (fan fully engaged)and goes away shortly (fan disengaged)wich is a normal condition...
  • spyd3rm4nspyd3rm4n Posts: 5

    I now have 4700 miles on my truck. I am averaging about 18MPG city and 22MPG highway. This is better than the combined 17MPG I was getting when the truck was new, however it is still way less than the window sticker rating (22/25). I think that with 4700 miles, I should be seeing better mileage but this is not the case. Is this normal for the mileage to be so bad? What could be causing it? My truck is only a few months old. I've checked the tire pressure, I tried using different brands of gasoline, and no matter what the mileage really sucks!
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  • msibillemsibille Posts: 275
    You're getting much better mileage than I am, but then I have the larger 4 cyl, in the 4 door prerunner. I started w/ 15mpg, now at 3800 miles I'm getting a bit over 16mpg (mostly all city, the only highway driving was a recent trip towing my 1500Lb sailboat).
    With my '94 Suzuki Sidekick, I used to get 2 to 3 mpg OVER the EPA estimates, so I don't think it's my driving style. I'm hoping that the mileage climbs w/ break in and "learning" by the engine/trans control system, though the latter should be long completed by now.

    Anybody else got some good news?
  • msibillemsibille Posts: 275
    The switch on the dome light should have 3 positions- On/Off/Auto.
    Look carefully at it. Try one of the other positions.

    On will, obviously, turn it on, regardless of door or key.
    Off will disable it from lighting when a door opens.
    Auto will allow it to come on when the door opens.

    If it is in Auto, but still won't light when the door is opened, you may have a bad door switch (or broken conductor in that wire). Try one of the other doors. Does it come on? If so, then the problem is likely a switch. (I haven't looked into the circuit on the Taco, but in most vehicles, this switch merely grounds the conductor, completing the circuit, whereas the + supply is already directly connected to the lamp.) If opening any/all of the doors will not light the lamp with the switch in the auto position, you may have a broken conductor in the wire (or a loose connector). This will require tracing the line back until you reach the bad wire/connection or the lamp itself. Can be very frustrating, so check the earlier items I mentioned first, and several times.
  • rollyso2rollyso2 Posts: 7
    Thanks for replys to my post about the noise on the 98 5-spd. I had a mechanic drive it and he suggested a bad throw out bearing? Enough to scare me away. The search continues.
  • ata3001ata3001 Posts: 30
    I've got an '04 Tacoma reg cab 4wd, 2.7L w/auto, the factory supplied P265/70x16 tires and 4.56 gearing. I usually get 22-23 mpg combined hwy/city driving with a high of 27 mpg on the hwy. I'm getting better than I expected to get considering the EPA rating of 19/21. Got gas yesterday.. (268 miles, 11.5 gals) of 87 octane = 23.3 mpg.
  • frptpcfrptpc Posts: 1
    I have a '01 Xcab 5spd. Getting 25-27 city/highway and 30 highway. It does take awhile to break the engine in. You should get better MPG as miles go up.
  • bstoutbstout Posts: 38
    I want to replace my fan belts on my 2000 4WD 5VZ with five speed tranny. I see its obvious for the power steering belt but I don't see anything obvious about the alternator belt or the A/C belt. Do I have to take off the fan blade to replace the belts? Anybody know of any pictures on the web on "How to replace your fan belts"?
  • bstoutbstout Posts: 38
    I've never replaced this style belt before but I was able to find the locking bolts and the adjustment bolts by feeling around for them. The pictures and instructions in my Haynes manual are vague and unclear. You can see these bolts clearly on the power steering pump but they are not visible on the A/C unit or the alternator. You have to go by feel.

    I would have thought someone on this forum could have told me that. Maybe I'm in the wrong part of the forum. There should be a "Do it yourself maintenance" section clearly visible. This forum resembles my Haynes manual.

    Thanks anyway!
  • (this is a re-post from another list on Edmunds)

    Been a multiple Toyota owner for 20yrs and
    2003 Tacoma 2dr 2wd stnd cab is the First
    Real Complaint I've had with Toyota Quality.
    Bought it NEW Oct 2003, here's my complaints:
    1) Dash creaking sound
    2) leaf springs sqeek
    3) bed liner coming away from tail gate (glue?)
    4) windows loose/rattle 2 in. play (regulators?)
    5) paint bubbled up along both side doors along
     the whole length of the door about when the door
    curves with the rest of the body (6 in from btm)
    (noticed this is the first one I've bought that
    was built in TENN not in Japan and imported)
    SO, being under warranty, took back to dealer
    for issues 1-4 and didnt get resolved.
    issue #5 goes back to dealer mngr next week.
  • I believe all the Tacomas in the US are built in Northern California.

    Your truck sounds like it's still under warranty so your dealer should fix everything you listed. If they don't, a simple telephone call and written letter to Toyota should help.

    I wouldn't mind rattles and squeaks if my gas mileage was anything close to what's quoted on the window sticker! I was planning on keeping my tacoma for a long time, however I'm seriously considering a trade for a full size Ford (which gets 1 MPG less than my Tacoma is currently getting but has a whole lot more room and power).
  • SPYD3RM4n Thank you for your reply. For some
    reason I thought I saw in the paperwork Tennesee.
    Oh well, my point is I love and rave about Toyotas;
    I've always had 2 in my driveway. 4rnr, P/U, Camry,Corolla, Celica....
    currently a '94 4Rnr
    and the '03 Tacoma, just a little disappointed,
    and frustrated. Yes, the BIG GUY at my dealer is
    on vacation this week, so my appointment is next
    week to see him on my complaints.
    I also noticed others complained of the Dash
    and leaf springs "squeeks" -H.
    PS: I agree about the MPG, I have a 5-sp stick
    and nothing fancy, and still the Gas Mileage is "bad"
  • sc0rpi0sc0rpi0 Posts: 897
    Most of these aren't big problems.
    1. Dash creaking can be fixed manually by using some foam/ruber tape, just slide it between the dash and windshield. Dealer will NOT fix this problem. For more detailed solution, look here or on forums, I know this has been discussed multiple times.
    2. I guess I did have this problem as well before I lifted (with an AAL) my truck. AAL came with plastic inserts on teh ends of the leaf, right where the squeak comes from. Since you don't want to lift to solve this, I suggest taking a crowbar, gently separating the leafs and spraying some WD40 there. It'll solve the squeak for a while. You could also try to put some plastic inserts between leafs, although I don't know how it'll hold up, I don't think there are any holes in the leafs for them.
    3. Ditch the plastic bedliner alltogether. If you don't want to scratch teh bed, get it spray-lined.
    4. I had a problem just like this, there was a bolt loose inside my door that was holding the window mechanism in place. Easily fixed by the dealer.
    5. Paint bubbleup is NOT a problem. The paint is not bubbling up and coming off of your truck. It's painted that way for a reason, to help prevent chipping.
  • Don't be so adamant that the dealer will NOT fix the dash rattle/squeak. The dealer fixed mine. One hour at the dealer and no more noise whatsoever and that was a year and a half ago. There is a Toyota TSB on this problem so I'm not sure why you may have had trouble with it.
  • sc0rpi0sc0rpi0 Posts: 897
    We've had plenty of people who were turned down by the dealer. I was lucky enough not to ever have the dash squeak, I do, however, have the infamous pilot bearing squeak.
  • lbow55lbow55 Posts: 3
    I bought a 2002 2WD 4 cyl auto Pre-Runner reason being that I thought I would be better gas mileage with the 4 cyl. Ever since I bought it in overdrive and out, I get 13/14 mpg. I could not believe it! I have taken it to two dealers and they check and said everything was normal and that on the open road I would get 26mpg! Computer checked out ok. I went to the Regional Toyota office and filed a complaint and they sent me to a regional tech support guy that was at one of the dealers I went to and basically he said he could do nothing. Very disgusted....
    Does any one else have a similar prolbem with the Tacoma? I also don't drive it in overdrive because there is a jerking motion like it is not getting enough gas. My recourse is to write a letter to Toyota higher ups and trade it in for something else. If someone has a better idea, I am really open to it. Thanks for the advice in advance.
  • lbow55lbow55 Posts: 3
    JUst a note.. I had a 1985 Toyota before and sold it with 185,000 miles on it.Was still getting 29 mpg, thats the reason I bought another Toyota, plus I liked the looks of the Tacoma. Really liked my other one but this one sure does give me mileage problems...
  • msibillemsibille Posts: 275
    You didn't mention if you had std cab, xtnded cab, or double cab. Big differences in weight, and therefore mileage. (You use a lot of energy to get the mass up to speed, then you throw it all away as heat when you apply the brakes.)

    FWIW, I've not been pleased w/ my mileage, but with my double cab 2.7l 4cyl, I've been getting around 16mpg in town (started at 15mpg until the 2.5k mile mark), and about 16mpg when towing my 1500 sailboat and trailer on the interstate at up to 65mph. If you're only getting 13 or 14 with a std cab, you're either driving in some real bad city driving, are an agressive driver, or there's something seriously wrong. The overdrive thing may be a hint. Mine works fine, though I usually turn it off when towing on the highway, because it'll cycle on and off on each overpass, and sometimes with windgusts, etc. while towing that big billboard of a sailboat.
  • Your truck may need to break in. I have a 4cyl, 4wd, 5speed std cab, and at 30k I get average of 25mpg. When I first got it I was getting only 16-17. The engine does take time to break in.
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