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2005+ Tacoma with RUSTY FRAME
My husband and I bought a 2005 Tacoma based on Toyota’s reputation for durability, longevity, reliability and high resale value. The resale value of our truck is plummeting by the day as its frame corrodes. I expected a certain amount of rust given our Canadian winters, but the rust on this frame is excessive. Even the service manager at the dealership was shocked by it. In February of 2008 (just before the 3 year rust warranty expired), the dealership striped the frame down, re-painted and rust-proofed it. Two weeks later, the rust was back and it has continued. In fact, it’s thriving! The service manager at the dealership has recently checked the frame and said that there is no perforation now, but if we don’t do something soon that certainly will be the case, maybe not this year or the next but soon. The truck is not even 4 years old yet and has less than 49,000km on it !!!!!! . Given that time frame, holes would start just after the warranty expires. W will end up owning a 6 year-old rust bucket that is unsafe for the road.
We bought this truck in good faith that it was well built and would last at least 10 years, but that definitely won’t be the case. We also foolishly thought that Toyota Canada would stand behind its products. We’re worried that it will soon be unsafe – our children ride in this vehicle everyday. If we wait until holes are found in the frame for Toyota to do something, then we will be putting our children and our own lives at risk riding in a vehicle whose structural integrity is questionable. Ironically, we bought this truck because we thought it would be safest for our children. If there is anything that anyone reading this can do to help us, we would greatly appreciate it. If anyone else has this problem, please complain to Toyota. We can’t afford to replace the truck and we won’t sell this problem to another person. We just want Toyota Canada to do the right thing and buy it back. If anyone else has this problem, please complain to Toyota. The more people who complain, the less they can ignore us.