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Toyota Tacoma 2005+



  • miniviperminiviper Posts: 13
    I take it no one else is interested in the X-runner body kit for the DC. Maybe I'm too much of the "fast and the furious" generation.
  • wooddorkerwooddorker Posts: 300
    Ball mounts are maybe $15 at Wal-Mart. The amount of drop you need and ball size are dependant on the trailer being towed.

    I doubt a dealer would lose a sale over an item that costs them $8. The one they gave you may or might not work with the trailer you plan to tow.
  • nickt1nickt1 Posts: 32
    I have a TRD Off-Road Access Cab with both vibrations. The vibration while braking was determined, by the technician, to be coming from the way the tires were gripping the road. I still think, however, that's it's from the transmission downshifting. People on other boards have reported the same vibration. We never did find out what the vibration while accelerating was coming from but it might help you to know that people on other boards have reported it too.
  • streaksstreaks Posts: 64
    Have an '05 Acc.Cab 4x4 V6(6M)Off-Road Pkg #2.
    Some ???'s;
    If your thinking modifications(suspension,exhaust,
    etc.)I've been told to use Toyota(TRD)parts.
    Should a problem occur and other aftermarket parts
    were used.There could be warranty problem.
    Anyone else hear this??Thinking of getting the
    Cold air induction(in the works I hear)the headers and the exhaust.Any out there yet??Also,read a lot on hear about paint chipping. Did I see suggestion to use the 3m film behind the flaps?? Good idea??
    Give a heads up if you know..Thanks.
    Some comments:
    Tube steps look good , but like the '04, mount too close .I'm thinkin' Westins or others.
    Don't get the Sport pedals..A pain to keep clean!
    Stock tires..BF Rugged Trail's..Ok ,but maybe the new Bridgestone At's instead.
    Bed liner's really slippy..Maybe the Bed mat is in order.
    Ordered an A.R.E. LSII hard Tonneau..Had one on my "04.Loved it!!
    Got a slick engine tick..We'll see how that goes.
    Slight thud when 4x4 disengages @ lower speed. My '04 did it too. No problem.
    Great site.Good posts and info. Keep it up!!
  • nickt1nickt1 Posts: 32

    Toyota's response so far has been to shirk responsibility for the bad paint, but some dealers and repainting as a courtesy. Make sure you call Toyota and open up a case to let them know about the paint problem. We're hoping to flood Toyota with complaints and maybe, just maybe, then Toyota will acknowledge there's a problem with the paint.
  • I have a Silver '05 Tacoma Double Cab Prerunner. I'm thinking about putting tube steps and maybe a bug reflector on. Does anybody have a picture of a silver DC with these accessories so I can get an idea of what it would look like. Thanks.
  • brodeyobrodeyo Posts: 26
    I just noticed on that my windshield's seal, on the driverside, is pulled up off of the glass. It's been raining like cats and dogs out lately, but I haven't noticed a leak or damp smell.... I'm taking it into the dealer this weekend to get it looked at and hopefully fixed. If I had to guess, it looks as if it is damage from delivery.... Who knows though. Could be a production problem. Have you inspected your windshield lately?
  • Update from my last post #2149 regarding water leak and other new owner feedback:

    [water leak]
    I'm hoping the worst problems are behind me. The carpet has remained dry since the dealer's second attempt to fix the leak, but I still haven't had the opportunity to drive it in heavy rain. For what it's worth, my taco was made in late '04, and it seems that anyone buying a taco made in Jan 05 or later need not worry.

    [fron suspension/cab mount popping sound]
    Months ago I was experiencing this popping sound and read that it was more noticeable on colder days. Well Houston has warmed up considerably, and I haven't heard the popping sound in over a month. It just magically dissapeared.

    [parking brake recall]
    I received my recal a few weeks ago. Will take care of it during first oil change. I plan to have the dealer do all oil changes and tire rotation to take advantage of Toyota's "Tires for Life" plan or whatever it's called. Anyone have experience with that plan?

    [hard water spots]
    Thanks ecotrklvr for the advice on mixing 1/4 cup of baking soda in a bucket of warm soapy water. The water spots on the windshield came right off without scrubbing :)

    The truck has ~2200 miles on it now, and I'm finally calming down from the leak problems and am enjoying the new ride again. I love the combination of performace/power and decent gas mileage. And the quality and ergonomics of the interior keep me smiling. Last weekend I hauled a cubic yard of dirt (which took up the entire bed space) and realized that the very minor scratches the dealer put in the interior when fixing the leak aren't a big issue because after all, it's a truck. It would be a shame (and a waste of $$$) if someone bought a new Tacoma and didn't use it as it's intended role simply because they don't want to get it dirty! And after pampering a car for so long worrying about every dent and scratch, it'll be nice to say, "oh well... it's a truck." :p

    However, having said that, I did wax it last weekend... just pure carnuba wax with orbital buffer. No Zaino or bar or anything. But this got me wondering, what type of protectant do you guys recommend I use on the interior? I used a good non-water based glossy protectant on the old car, but I don't think the taco interior is meant to be glossy. Any suggestions?
  • bjw1bjw1 Posts: 152
    thats pretty good, i filled up today and got 18.88 on 95-98% city only did about 10 or so miles on highway, but gas is getting rediculous, it was $35.00 for 13.5gals getting 91 which was 2.57/gal, no ticking noise from me, sometimes hard to tell my subs are going, lol.
  • volleyvolley Posts: 298
    That sucks big time. I have a few chips on mine too. What a shame. I had no idea Yota paint was so cheap. I'm surprised to say the least.
  • volleyvolley Posts: 298
    Al the automakers try to tell you that. Doesn't matter what brand aftermarket accessories you put on, they have to prove that mod is what caused the problem.
  • volleyvolley Posts: 298
    I have a hood protector and someone else posted the steps, look back a few pages or do a search. You should find what you are looking for.
  • volleyvolley Posts: 298
    For my interior I use Meguires Leather Gold (I think that is the name of it). I actually bought it to use in our VW but it works very well in the Taco too even though it's not leather. It cleans but leaves no gloss at all which I like. Makes it look new without all the shiney.
  • streaksstreaks Posts: 64
    I got u volley. The TRD parts are more expensive and they don't have a great variety.But is it really worth the chance? With my luck, they'll find a way to make me pay!!
  • caltacocaltaco Posts: 8
    I've got the hood protector on my Silver 05 Sport. Looks great the black against the silver paint. Watch the tube steps unless you don't mind cleaning them off with your pants evey time you get in or out.
  • megamolemegamole Posts: 22
    Has anyone (not including those who have the factory installed alarm system) tried the mod on custom tacomas. com to make the existing alarm on all vehicles work? I can't seem to find the single blade connector they are referring to. It might only work on older models, but I thought someone on here had done it on an 05. If it saves me $350 for and alarm I am down.
  • toytrucktoytruck Posts: 67

    Toyota's response so far has been to shirk responsibility for the bad paint, but some dealers and repainting as a courtesy. Make sure you call Toyota and open up a case to let them know about the paint problem. We're hoping to flood Toyota with complaints and maybe, just maybe, then Toyota will acknowledge there's a problem with the paint.<>

    I've done that and the once the regional man says no I'll head to arbritation.
  • banjomanbanjoman Posts: 15
    hi tacoma dave,
    Try to answer your question. Bought the Snugtop as a factory option (Super Sport model is what toyota offers) when I ordered my taco in Jan 05. I have a d-cab longbed V-6 TRD Sport and the campertop is 6' long. Cost for the 6 footer was $1799 but if you have a 5' bed I think the price is 100 bucks less. Really!

    As far as the top itself, Here are my plusses and minuses:

    -Finish quality is excellent, fiberglass is matched to match your truck color and is blemish free.
    -the underside of the top has 1" insulation glued to it and the entire interior is covered with a charcoal gray carpet, top, sides and lower ledge which sits on the bed.
    tinted windows with operable sidevents and front slider window. If you have a slider in your truckcab and open both windows you can throw your coffee cups right into the bed w/o littering!! (GRIN)
    -campertop came wired with the third brakelight over the rear liftgate and there is an interior light on the inside operated by a slide switch.
    -No leaks! Gaskets are tight at the top and bed juncture, and the window gaskets are supertight also.
    -Top is superstrong. I installed a Yakima rail system on the top to mount my Safari rack and the roof supported my weight during the install. Standing on the top was an experiment to my relief didn't end in disaster.

    now the minuses:
    -The rear liftgate in my opinion, is flimsy. Window glass is appears to be a lexan type product and is unframed so it flexes when you open or close it. When you close it, there are two latches one on either side and you have to push on both left and right sides of the glass to latch it tight and I am wary of cracking the window if I push or slam it too hard.
    -You have to use a key to open the liftgate everytime. There is no T-handle that can be left unlocked. That is a real pain in the [non-permissible content removed].
    -The top sits on the top of the bed and is held in place with special clamps which are inserted into the side bedrails. That is a problem because I can't slide my rail mounted D-rings or my bed divider the length of the bed. Matter of fact, the bed divider is useless with the top on. It's sitting in my garage in the original factory box if anyone wants to buy it.
    -Last problem is the height. I realize that the taco is a midsize truck and doesn't have the height of a fullsize so the top of the shell where the hinge is for the liftgate when open is a headknocker. I'm 6 ft tall and have to bend over a bit to clear the opening.

    I never looked at other tops from Leer,'t even know if they make tops for the 05 yet. so I got what I paid for. As long as I don't bust it up, I'll keep it on my taco. But there's my 2 cents for ya! Hope it's helpful.

  • aa00aa00 Posts: 30
    Anyone put the sport pedals on the truck yet? How do they look? How about the shift knob? Thinking about changing out these....Thanks...
  • volleyvolley Posts: 298
    Someone posted a link to a site to go to and report problems we may be having with our trucks. I wasn't a Toyota site. I can't seem to find it anymore. Does any have the link still?

    Thank you much!
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