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  • FYI.....I just saw this on

    Toyota Recalling 22,228 Tacoma Pickups
    Associated Press - February 16, 2005

    Motor Trend

    Toyota Motor Co. is recalling 22,228 Tacoma pickups because the parking brake may not work, the automaker and federal safety regulators said Tuesday.

    Tacomas from the 2005 model year with automatic transmissions are involved in the recall.

    Toyota spokesman John Hanson said the company recalled the vehicles after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received eight complaints. No injuries have been reported due to the defect, Hanson said.

    Toyota said the lock nut on the parking brake cable may not have been properly tightened and can loosen and come off. If that happens, the vehicle could roll if it's stopped on a slope and the transmission isn't in park.

    Toyota will notify owners of the recall next month. Dealers will tighten the lock nut for free.
  • I just bought my 2004 2.7L tacoma 4x4 and preparing to move to Minnesota known for their frigid winters. I read your entry about engine problems you encountered and wanted to know if it is weather related. If so, are there many Tacomas out there that experience similar problems? Are there ways to prevent these mechanical breakdowns? What do you do to help weather proof your rig? Any insight would be valuable. Thanks.

  • 2002, tacoma , 4cyl, ,,
    at about 40,000 miles, i noticed a (very intermittent) knock!,,,, it is only at startup, and only noticeable when the truck is (under load), i mean when you drive it off. the vehicle does not make the "noise" when started, or when sitting idling,,, but only when driven off,,, and then the "knock" lasts only 5 seconds or so......I can NOT duplicate this trouble when I want. It "knocks" once every couple of weeks. More noticeable when cold, and after the vehicle has sat for 8 hours or more. oil changes (with filter) ever 3000 miles (castrol 5x30). This may seem insignificant, but when (IT) makes the noise,, It makes the hair stand straight up on your head! really, weird!,,,,,,,,anyone had similar experience? possible a lifter? how can i be certain?
  • 2005 4x4 V-6 double cab with TRD off-road package - less than 250 miles. I realize the engine for 2005 is different than previous years, but I also had a 2004 V-6 that never got to 7,000 miles (wrecked in an accident). My question is: is the engine supposed to sound like it has some kind of fluttering noise coming from it when you accelerate? Also, my first full tank is almost empty already (not even 250 miles). Does any of this sound familiar?
  • Schoolie: Yep, that sounds about right. We have 21 gallon gas tanks, but are on empty with 4-6 gallons still in there. (Which is good, you never want to drive with that little gas in there, anyway.) I'm getting 19-21 mpg.

    I don't understand the "fluttering" noise you are talking about. Is it coming from the engine or tranny? If it does it every time, I'd drop in at the dealer and take the service manager for a quick drive and ask him/her if it's normal.

    (I hope this one lasts longer than 7,000...that had to be a bummer!)

  • aloha7aloha7 Posts: 1
    just got a 2005 4x4 d-cab TRD sport package, about 270 miles now. the flutter comes when accelerating going up a hill or when the truck seems to have shifted into 3rd gear (auto trans)and keep the RPM at about 1500 to 2000 and the flutter occurs. I thought that maybe the dealer put in regular and hoped that when I filled up with premium that the sound would go away. I just filled up and the sound seems to have softened, but it has not gone away. I will try to test drive another tacoma at another dealer to see if the demo has the sound. Most people may not hear the sound if they have the radio on and not listening to the engine
  • msibillemsibille Posts: 275
    My first guess is a fuel system problem.

    Of the 4 basic things that have to happen for the engine to run- a)cranking; b)fuel delivery; c) air; d) spark - you have (a) and almost surely (c). Spark is easy enough for them to check, though that could be an intermittent issue (my worst vehicle ever -1984 Ranger %$#%^*& had an ignition system issue that would flare up now and again, but it could happen on the interstate at 70mph). Could be an issue with fuel getting to the injectors. Leaking high pressure fuel pump, issue with vapor canister or fuel return line, issue with injectors, possibly even fuel filter.
    My pet theory here is that fuel is not readily available for injection into the intake and the cranking for some time is required to get it there. A somewhat more remote possibility is the antitheft system which either diables the fuel delivery or the ignition -I'm not sure which on this vehicle- unless the key w/ the chip is in place. In either case, I suppose there could be an issue there. I should think that if they would keep it over night and have it instrumented before they put it away for the night, that when they first start it the next day they may have a chance to catch one of those.

    Good luck, these kinds of things can be trying.
  • I just want to know if anyone noticed a loud high pitch squeak when they hit a bump I have brought my 05 Tacoma to the dealership 4 times for that problem finally they changed the passenger rear shock cause when I jump up and down on the truck the noise is coming from there. Well the problem is still there and the service department told me that they just do that. That they are a new shock from toyota on these trucks. I would like to know if this is true or not
  • schoolieschoolie Posts: 6
    Aloha7 it sounds like you are hearing the same thing as me. I also want to take a test drive in another Tacoma to see if I hear the same thing. Exactly right about the radio covering up the sound too - some people can't hear the noise at all. Please let me know what you hear if you get a chance to test drive another and I will do the same. Thanx for the input.
  • eaglegeagleg Posts: 87
    I was just wondering if any of you people complaining about your new 2005 Tacomas have ever been in any other trucks?Most of you should trade your Tacos for Colorados or Canyons,or say Rangers,or maybe a Dakota,no wait,a,a,Frontier.Any of these would be a better choice.The outdated designs,the whimpy motors.The crappie interiors.Sure the 05 Tacos have some problems,but so does any other first year,totally redesigned vehicle.If you weren't willing to take a chance you should have bought a full size Chevy.They been the same for the last 13 or 15 years,plenty of time to work out the bugs,right?Wrong!If you want to be cool you gotta take some chances.My 2005 Tacoma Crew Cab 4X4 Long Bed TRD Sport "4" pkg. with 5 spd/auto in Indigo Ink Pearl is the hottest thing out there.I'm sucking gas and hauling [non-permissible content removed] and loving every minute of it.People are whining about noises and rattling and poor gas mileage.IT'S A TRUCK!!!!TRADE YOUR TACO'S FOR BUS PASSES!!!!!!
  • schoolieschoolie Posts: 6
    i think you are on the wrong thread. this one is about toyota tacoma P-R-O-B-L-E-M-S not how hot your truck is.
  • jp4jp4 Posts: 1
    Can someone tell me the best place to get replacement shocks for my 1999 v6 xcab Tacoma? I’ve looked at a few “big” parts websites but there seems to be confusion over which type of shocks to put on the front. Second question is spark-plug replacement – my dealer said he replaced all six but the cover on the right side doesn’t look like it was removed. Can someone tell me how much time it takes to replace the plugs and is it an “involved” job on the right side – removing hoses, etc.? Thanks!
  • brodeyobrodeyo Posts: 26
    Schoolie, did you get an answer on your fluttering sound. I just picked up my '05 tacoma (v6, 4x4) last night and it had the same sound..... Any kind of acceleration and the fluttering sound. I'm thinking it is low grade gas or even possibly a fule injection/spark plug issue. Let me know.

  • I've got a '99 Tacoma w/ 117k, and had a similar problem, especially in cold weather. In my case, it went from dying after starting just as you describe (had to hit the gas or it quit), to intermittently not turning over, to just not turning over. I replaced the starter contacts, and it doesnt' seem to happen anymore. I figured it was two separate problems, since once it's started, the starter contacts shouldn't matter, so why would replacing them stop it from stalling. But, it doesn't do either anymore, so I'm not asking any questions. From reading other boards, the starter contacts are a pretty common failure point on Tacos at around 100k, fyi.
  • Was all set to buy a 05 TT crew cab long bed when I was informed by Rack It of Placerville CA that the lumber Rack I had paid for in 2004 would cause the composite bed to crack and structurally fail,and they would not produce any lumber racks for the 05 Tacoma untill Toyota fixed the beds to support the weight of a lumber rack or even a tool box! I own a Rafting company in CA and use the Rack It lumber rack to carry rafts, oars and also lumber, rebar and you name it. Had some very heavy loads on my 86 Toyota extra cab long bed and never a problem.
    I was SO looking forward to buying a new 05 Tacoma and then this news about the composite bed cracking pops up.
    Hard to believe Toyota did not do any testing of this bed with racks or tool boxes before starting to sell them. I sent a Email to Toyota asking about this and other Tacoma problems and they never bothered to respond.
    The only truck I want to purchase is the 05 Tacoma since my 86 Toyota has been such a joy but no way until the bed problem is solved. Any one else heard about this problem?
    Will most likely buy a used Ford crew cab Diesel until Toyota gets its act together.
  • gar3gar3 Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 tacoma 4x4 with 265/70/16 tires on it. Will 31x10.5 15" rims and BFG TA KOs fit? I know the dia. of the tires is the same but don't know if the smaller rims will fit. The 15" tires are $45 cheaper each and are a lot easier to find. Thanks
  • jenxjenx Posts: 6
    This is somewhat related:

    I am buying a '05 Tacoma at the end of the month, and the dealers are pushing the Extra Care Protection Plan. Does anyone have any opinions on this? (i.e. Is it a rip-off, or worth it?)
  • bjw1bjw1 Posts: 152
    I would say more than likely you will be more for the same warranty at the dealer than aftermaket, i would of canceled my and bought a cheaper one, i payed $1595 and aftermarket for the same yr and mileage it was about $1200, but found out that if i cancel the money i payed for it would go to the financing balance not to me, so i just kept it, mainly did it due to the conveinence of have them put it in my monthly payments, instead of pying for it up front, but if you can swing it i would go shop around , but you can negotiate it just as the price of the truck, they wanted $1895 first, but got it lowered to the $1595 which is about half way between, aftermarket and the first asking price, some other probably did better than I did, so hope they will post their experience.
  • maxvenummaxvenum Posts: 39
    I am thinking about buying a 2005 Tacoma, but I noticed that I can't get their "premium" sound system in the AccessCab model. I am thinking about simply replacing the stereo and speakers myself, but I can't find any information on how big the speakers are in the truck (not even from Toyota! They merely say they don't support modifying their vehicles and wouldn't give me the time of day...) Has anyone replaced the stereo in their 2005 Tacoma? Any idea how big the front speakers are? Has anyone managed to get the stock steering wheel controls to work with a non-stock cd player? Anyone know how big the existing cd player is? Single DIN or double DIN? I am afraid I will have to wait until I buy a truck and tear the dash apart to find the answers to these questions, but I would really prefer to know these answers ahead of time... I have checked at Crutchfield and elsewhere, but they don't have any information on the 2005 Tacoma yet. Thanks!
  • bjw1bjw1 Posts: 152
    I just replaced my stock speakers on my dblcab and on my truck the fronts where 6x9 and rears where 6.5, as far as the stereo unit, i still have it due to dash kit out yet, so i just put an amp to my speakers, and sound great, sounds alot better than stock, i am sure toyota felt like you where disrespecting thier product, but if they would just put better quality in there we would not have to do this, but anyways as for the steering controls i am sure they would work(Idont have them) just have to wire them to the new stereo unit, hope you can get what you are looking for.
  • eomckameyeomckamey Posts: 26
    Suggest you look at the oil filter you are using. A "nitril" rubber diaphragm (Anti-Drainback Valve Type)may not be working properly in cold weather at startup. A "Silicone" rubber diaphragm, anti-drainback valve type...may seal better at startup and preclude the knocking. If you don't know what filters have what rel. anti-drainback valves.....suggest you view: 1
  • Hi
    The composite bed will not support any weight on the bed uprights where a camper shell would sit or a lumber rack or even a tool box. I was all set to purchase an 05 and spend about 25 thou with Toyota but luckily I discovered this design flaw from Rack it of placerville Calif. Will not be buying a Tacoma thats for sure until they fix the bed material. The bed will actually crack if any down ward weight is applied.
    Do spread the word about the composite bed!
    Suggest you take the truck back to the dealer and request your money back. If no one complains nothing will get done!
  • Check with Consumer Reports. They are totally unbiased in their opinions and testing. For all tested items, vehicles included, they purchase in the marketplace like you or me and will not accept items for testing from manufacturers. Pretty hard to believe a rating is genuine when the auto maker supplies the tester with the vehicle and who knows what else. Car of the year award is a crock. Consumer Reports has stated for a number of years that additional warranties are not worth the money. They are great money makers for the dealerships and that is why they push them and rust proofing and shine treatments. Steer clear and save your money. Want to get a better deal on your truck? Pick up this month's issue of Consumer Reports. Lots of tips and tricks for getting the best deal including(for a fee) the price your dealerhip paid for your truck. Toyotas are a good buy even if you pay too much. It will last a long time and cost you less in repairs than anything on the road. Sorry if I sound like I work for Consumer Reports. I don't but I swear by the reporting they perform on consumer goods. It really helps to know a bit about the things you are buying before you shell out your bucks.
    Good luck with your.
  • caracalcaracal Posts: 4
    I have recently had some concerns bout the clutch on my 99 tacoma. I am not really certain if I should begin looking at replacing the clutch, rebuilding the slave and master cylinder or adjusting the linkage.
    I need to help trying to find some publications that will allow me to decide what to do. I do not have a great setup for a major repair (clutch replacement)but I could manage rebuilding the cylinders, and the adjustment (if possible. Any help at all would be appreciated. The clutch moan when it is under load, and sometimes when I start to move the truck. Please offer any suggestions you think may be helpful
  • maxvenummaxvenum Posts: 39
    Thanks for the info, but I am looking at buying an Access Cab. Any idea whether the Access Cab has the same size speakers? I also noticed that some Tacoma's have 6-speakers--the front includes a small (around 2") tweeter in the top of the door panel. Anyone know how big that is? Thanks.
  • bjw1bjw1 Posts: 152
    thanks for the reply, if you look at the speaker in the rear, if its is round its a 6.5 size, if its oval like the fronts, the are 6x9 i hope this helps because that is how I found out what size mine where, as far as the tweeter, you can buy speakers that come with the tweeter in the package, i also bought them, i think they called the component package
  • leob1leob1 Posts: 153
    Someone needs to put their composite bed to the test. If that bed cracks they will replace it, so why the heck not?! Seriously, I am sick of hearing people complain about how weak composites are. Don't we really want to know for ourselves? Maybe the dealers could have some sort of display set up to prove the strength of the material...

    I have put my 2005 Tacoma 6 speed through the 'speed shifting,' powershifting test. Some magazine and people on forums basically said it wasn't possible with the long throws (truth is they need to learn how to drive.) I spun the tires shifting into 3rd gear at over 50 mph(even with a small let off) and didn't miss a shift the first time I tried. Thought I would report that experience, just so people know.
  • bb_lintbb_lint Posts: 4
    I owned a 99 Taco. I bought it from the dealer with flowmaster exhaust and nerf bars. I installed a supercharger and the FIPK from K&N. I also put new sneakers on it. It was my baby. One Sunday drive in a muddy field, I rolled it. Not to happy about that. I got out, and about 3 minutes later, it caught fire under the drivers side dash. Not sure why. I turned the vehicle off. Does anyone have info on Tacoma rollovers and possible fires. Looks like it came from the fuse box
  • wes240wes240 Posts: 33
    bb, hard to believe but my friend did that same thing to his 98 or 99 Tacoma. It was in a muddy field one Saturday or Sunday about 3 years ago. I was in the truck! The truck sat on it's roof for about 15-30 minutes before we could get a skidloader to flip it back over. And it drove fine. He still owns it. It's one of the things that have convinced me of Toyota's quality. He just beat the fenders back out, had the windshield replaced and that was it. Of course he was pretty unhappy about his good looking truck becoming a beater in the course of one afternoon, but worse things have happened.

    When the truck is on it's roof, tons of fluids leak out. I would guess some gasoline or other flammable fluid got into some places it shouldn't have of. Do you still own the truck?
  • alfordalford Posts: 1
    i have a '98 SR5 4X4. i need to change the pump but have never done it myself. was wondering if anyone has and is a difficult tasks. any help or comments would be appreciated.
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