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Toyota Tacoma 2005+

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  • Trying to find any information on the super charger mentioned for the x-runner. Looking to buy a trd sport. Only would like to have the hood scoop actually be useful.

    So anyone know if there is a super charger to make the hood scoop serve a purpose?
  • They have done wind tunnel test at honda on all these trucks. The wind does not hit the tail gate according to their engineers. Leaving the tail gate down will not help. You could do your own test: Throw your wife in the back of the bed by the tail gate. Go 70 mph and ask her if she feels any wind buffeting.
  • bjw1bjw1 Posts: 152
    Its been raining alot where i am at six days out of 10 that i have had my 05 taco(made 01/05, fremont ca) and no water damage in the carpet, so i think they dont have this problem in my truck, i hope they fix it for you all that have this problem
  • I tried to install the tube steps on my Tacoma double cab / short bed. The passenger side fit with no problems, but the driver side center-mounting bracket was not butting up with the two boltholes on the frame. There was about a one-inch space between the bracket and the frame of the truck. When I tried to insert the two bolts into the mounting bracket the bolt threads would not make contact with the frame.

    Has anyone else experienced this problem?
  • leob1leob1 Posts: 153
    My Tacoma got a good bath yesterday. Keeping that in mind, I just checked out my truck for those leak symptoms. It was damp underneath the driver side floormats, especially along the edges!...but no mildew smell.

    This must mean it has the same leak at the windshield cowl seam. I will call service.

    I feel sorry for the rest of the folks who are ignorant of this problem and who will receive some major water damage! Someone has got to get the word out on this, this a definite recall issue.
  • chris007,

    I don't like to hear there was a problem with the installation of your tube steps. I just ordered a set myself after reading several messages saying the installation was a snap. I'm assuming you are talking about the DeeZee tube steps that are shown on the Toyota website as an accessary (I believe the model is PTS09-35053 for the double cab short bed, which is what I have). Hope we hear from others who have installed these babies, perhaps with some helpful hints.
  • hobohobo Posts: 27
    Chris,

    I installed my tube steps on my dbl cab long bed a few weeks ago -- I had the EXACT same problem -- the middle bracket was about an inch away. The passenger side lined up perfectly. Basically, I just had my friend pull on the step as I pushed on it from below and got the bolts in. I figured the step was just bent during shipping. I got the bolts in, but it required a fair amount of force -- would not have been able to do it alone. Because of this, I probably also over-tightened the bolts (to make sure it would not come out) beyond the 14 N-M it specifies in the installation manual. They have not fallen off yet...
  • leob1leob1 Posts: 153
    Does have any experience dealing with a dealer's public relation's representative? Any positive results?
  • Update on my water damage:

    leob1, my truck was purchased from a Houston dealer, and it came from Gulf States Toyota distributor.

    I just called the dealer service manager, and he said they will have to take the front fender off in order to continue investigating the leak source which means sending it to the body shop. But the body shop won't be open until Monday. So they are giving me the truck back for the weekend, wet carpet and all.

    I mentioned that various online Tacoma forums indicate that the leaky windshield seal is a known issue and seems to be affecting many new tacomas. The service guy admitted that older tacomas had a known issue, but he did not know if this issue continued with the 2005 (I think we know the answer to that). He then told me I was the second new tacoma owner with a leak problem that he was aware of.

    So I'll take the truck back to dealer next Monday and let you guys know how it goes.

    Btw, my wife called the Toyota Customer Experience center and reported the leak problem. We received a case number, and they told us to have anyone else with a potential known issue to call their number. That way Toyota can do a better job tracking and taking care of these issues.

    Customer Experience Center:
    1-800-331-4331 ext.3

    other numbers:
    1-800-GO TOYOTA
    1-800- 468-6965
  • Hobo and 88toylc, Yes they are the PTS09-35053 DeeZee tube steps. I took the first set back to the dealer and told them the jig must have been out of calibration, and had them order me a new set. While at the dealer the parts guy examined the pair I returned and the new pair, and there didn’t seem to be any difference. I have not had a chance to install the new ones, but I do anticipate having someone help with the installation Hobo. It kind of bums me out that Toyota’s quality control seems to be slipping.

    I also have a 2004 Sienna, and I have to say whoever designed it did one hell of a job. I wish the designers of the Tacoma had integrated some of the convinces such as; eliminated ring around the ignition, locking the doors when shifting out of park, and auto up and down on the driver side window.
  • hobohobo Posts: 27
    Chris,
    Maybe the steps are ALL like that. Also, the Toyota parts guy said that the steps are actually made by Steelhorse, not Dee Zee. They also told me initially that the steps would not be available for 3-4 weeks, but then within a few days they had them. I also called Dee Zee (thinking they were the ones who made the steps) and they also said they were way behind in production. Maybe Steelhorse is another manufacturer that they use as well? You should be able to tell immediately just by holding the tube step up to the truck if there's going to be that gap. In any case, hope you get your steps installed.
  • Better gas mileage will be achieved by keeping the tail gate up. The wind flow at the tail gate location of a moving pick-up truck is from the back to the front, thus there is a push on the back of an upright tail gate and lower air pressure on the inside of that tailgate. Lowering or removing the tailgate eliminates this advantageous air flow. Try this: Lower or take off your tailgate. Tie a rope across the back of the box where the tailgate was. Tie ribbons or short pieces of rope on that rope going across, and let them hang down. Drive the truck. You will see the ribbons going from back to front. The culprit in lower gas mileage is the vertical back wall of the cab. If this wall was rounded or came down diagonally into the box, gas mileage would improve. The upright tailgate is beneficial not detrimental.
  • I was looking for Bilsteins for my PreRunner and they do not seem to make them yet. I would really like to get some. I had some on my 1998 T100 and loved them. Anyone know anything about them?

    Griff
  • griffith -- which prerunner do you have? I thought the off-road came with Bilsteins.
  • just for anyone that is interested, I emailed that dash kit place and they said one is in the works and will be released in a couple of months... I wish they could get one out quicker, if anyone has heard any different please let me know. Jon
  • hammaahammaa Posts: 79
    Hey - I believe that both the TRD Sport and Offroad packages come with the bilstein shocks. I've got the Sport dbl cab long bed, and it's definately a sweet ride.
  • hammaahammaa Posts: 79
    So, then better gas mileage ever be gained? Because all good things must come to an end, and the truck is always going a vertical back wall, even with a shell... Is everyone lying to me? Who can I believe?
  • nickt1nickt1 Posts: 32
    Owners should be aware that a dry carpet doesn't necessarily mean they don't have the water leak problem. My carpet is dry, but it smells like mildew--and you have to get very close to it to smell it. The best way to check is to slide your hand under the carpet to see if the padding is wet. You can do this by lifting off the plastic sill, or sliding your hand under the carpet on the back of the firewall.
  • After looking at several sources of information on tonneaus and how they effect mileage, it seems that "not much" is the best answer I can come up with. It wouldn't seem worth it to get a tonneau for this reason.

    I checked my mileage after my second tank and got 21.3 MPG in mixed driving with my Prerunner V6 Access Cab (auto trans). That did include some highway driving, maybe 60%. I'm happy with that and hope it continues to go up. I only got 18.1 on the first tank, but the dealer filled it up, so I'm not sure how full it was. I was worried after some people posted only getting 14-15 and so forth, but it's looking like I'll be getting decent numbers.
  • This is not what honda engineers observed in their wind tunnel test. Only 1 truck had the wind hit the inside of the tail gate.
  • leob1leob1 Posts: 153
    I haven't driven in any rain, so I assume it is a leak at the windshield. I will feel under the carpet and if there is a mildew smell then that means new carpet...there is no other route I will accept.
  • This water problem gets me more upset everytime I hear about it, and I don't even own this truck yet. I think I'm to the point that if the Ridge line doesn't leak, I'll buy it.

    This just seems inexcusable.
  • It says in 41.5 on the web site. But it looks bigger. A sales man told me it was 48" is this true( I had no tape at the time).
    Thanks
  • lostwrench - you seem to have checked into this a lot more than I have. Do you have any info about the effect that a camper shell has on highway mileage?
  • I installed the tube steps tonight without a hitch. I had them both on within 20 minutes. There was something definitely wrong with the last pair, so if any of you run into this problem take them back.
  • leob1leob1 Posts: 153
    We will have to see what all goes wrong with the Ridgeline when it comes out. Last year, the Titan had many issues as well. Everyone I know who buys new has had some issue sometime. If the dealer quickly fixes it then it's not a big deal...at least they provide a free loaner so it saves me some miles on the truck.
  • Is the dash kit from Scosche Industries?
    www.scosche.com
    I agree the Toyota sound systems do sound rather crappy. I have the JBL system in my Sienna, but I feel it’s underpowered. I plan on installing either Infinity or Polk speakers with an amp before I decide to replace the head unit.
  • leob1leob1 Posts: 153
    sonicflux,

    I called the number as you did and reported the problem to Toyota. As anal as Toyota is about building the best vehicles they should be all over it, unlike some other auto makers.

    I am dropping my truck off Monday as you are. We can post the results to the forum and it may be beneficial to others.

    By the way, my truck is from a Seattle dealer.
  • "Better gas mileage will be achieved by keeping the tail gate up. The wind flow at the tail gate location of a moving pick-up truck is from the back to the front, thus there is a push on the back of an upright tail gate and lower air pressure on the inside of that tailgate. Lowering or removing the tailgate eliminates this advantageous air flow. Try this: Lower or take off your tailgate. Tie a rope across the back of the box where the tailgate was. Tie ribbons or short pieces of rope on that rope going across, and let them hang down. Drive the truck. You will see the ribbons going from back to front. The culprit in lower gas mileage is the vertical back wall of the cab. If this wall was rounded or came down diagonally into the box, gas mileage would improve. The upright tailgate is beneficial not detrimental."

    Sorry I misread this post before and disagreed with it. You are correct sir. Wish I could go back and change my post, but can't. Carry on.
  • gnitsgnits Posts: 9
    My friend who works for a toyota distributor said the early 2005 Tacomas had the leaking front window cowl issue. It was in an earlier TSB from what I'm told. He said he was told the problem was addressed and newer models should not have this problem. My build date is early Dec. So far, haven't noticed any moisture.
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