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Toyota Tacoma: Problems & Solutions



  • coldfootcoldfoot Posts: 49
    reverendnewman....Have you recently changed your plugs? I had a 98 Frontier that I had ghanged plugs at 60K. Then it had same problems you describe. No 2 cylinder kept misfiring and check engine light stayed on. I put Bosch Platinum plugs in it and the Nissan dealer said to get them out. I replaced them with Denso and that corrected the problem. Thought I would let you know about that. Also I havent heard about a vehicle not passing inspection due to check engine light. Must be different states regulations.
  • leob1leob1 Posts: 153
    Hey, I have no problems with my 6 speed and cannot complain. I do have a question to someone else with one though. At only low rpms, do you ever hear a grinding type of noise from the tranny? I've heard it on previous vehicles with manuals, but am unsure if it's normal for the 05 TACO. I am assuming there is probably is a certain ideal rpm range for each gear.
  • leob1leob1 Posts: 153
    I jerked and pulled on the rear window latch yesterday in my 4.0L and it held.
  • John45: An easy way to test for water leak is to wash your truck and ensure you spray lots of water over the windshield. Then, inspect both front carpets closely. I have an 05 Taco built in 12/04 and it doesn't have the water leak or paint problems. My only "warranty" issue was a front, right, fender that was a little lose, so they tightened it up for me when I got her first oil change.

    Good luck!

  • dmcddmcd Posts: 1
    Is there a simple way to disable the damn automatic door locks?! Start the truck and get out to wipe down the windows and the damn thing is locked already! I HATE IT! I think I'd rather get carjacked 1 time out of 5 million times than put up with getting locked in every time i start the damn thing!
  • pb2themaxpb2themax Posts: 471
    The dealer can re-program your truck to not automatically lock.
  • teach1teach1 Posts: 2
    Is there any way to change things so the horn doesn't go off everytime a door is unlocked? My neighbors would probably appreciate it if I left quietly in the mornings!
  • jfigueroa1jfigueroa1 Posts: 209
    What year is the truck cus I have an 05 taco and the horn do not make any noise when lock or unlock the car.
  • anyone out there with any leads to any performance parts???
  • i don't know if this is still issue or if toyota has solved the problem, on what colors does the paint chipping seem to be happening, is it on dark colors only or on all colors, any input from owners would be greatly appreciated. thanks.
  • macnewfmacnewf Posts: 9
    With regards to your paint chipping question, I own a 05 Tacoma in Speedway Blue and I noticed the paint chipping just 2 months after I purchased the vehicle. If anyone else has any information about it please contact me as well.
  • macnewfmacnewf Posts: 9
    I own a 05 Tacoma off road package access cab and just 2 months after I purchased it I noticed some severe chipping back around the rear fender flares on both sides of the truck. Anybody have any suggestions let me know.
  • eaglegeagleg Posts: 87
    I have an 05 DC LB 4X4 Sport Pkg. Indigo and I also have some chips on the leading edge of the flares but I don't think its that big of a deal.Sand and pebbles are going to fly up and hit the rear fenders on any truck.My two previous trucks were Chevys and the both had the same chips.Wait and see what its like at 35,000 miles and then go complain to the dealer.They'll fix it,won't they?G.M. always stood behind the're trucks.
  • macnewfmacnewf Posts: 9
    I know that you are goin to get some rock chips on your fender flares but not to the extent of mine. And as for waiting till 35000 miles and getting them to fix it, well they wont even look at the problem now so I dont see any resolution a year or two down the road. Maybe I should go with a GM.
  • leob1leob1 Posts: 153
    In my access cab there was some marks in the material on the rear seat back rests that would not come out. I felt like a real whiner complaining to the dealer about that, but they ordered a new replacement cover piece. On top of that they will give me wholesale price for extras from their parts department.

    As for paint chipping, I haven't seen any yet on my Radiant Red. I agree with anyone that says that paint chipping happens, because it has on all my previous rigs and in strange locations. There is no spot a rock cannot hit it seems. Maybe some good wax would reduce the chances? The splash guards seem pretty big and do a great job keeping dirt off the truck.

    There is a protective strip in the paint around the bottom of the rear fender flares. Maybe an identical piece extending to the area in front of it could be an option in the future.
  • kenbrewkenbrew Posts: 1
    I also have the Indigo Ink. I realize stones will cause chips but this paint seems awfully soft. I barely touched it with an allen wrench and it left a scratch.
  • gdwtch1969gdwtch1969 Posts: 15
    I own a 2004 Tacoma and my seat belt light doesn't come on when the seat belts aren't in use.I was just wondering if this is just a fuse or bulb.Also is this a safety issue with the air bags?
  • sdtacosdtaco Posts: 1
    Yes, but you might want to go to a 32x10.5R15 it will fit and fill the wheel well better.. I work for toyota in san diego and see it all the time, it looks good. If you intend on putting on after market shocks or lift kit you might want to wait on tires unless you are 2/32 tread or less.
  • tacoguytacoguy Posts: 12
    I purchased a rad red 05 tacoma 4x4 double cab with the sr5 package 2 months ago. The first day I had it I noticed a paint chip on the gas cap cover. Since that day I've been getting chips all over my truck. Most of the chips are concentrated to the bottoms of the doors and box WHERE THE CHIP GUARD IS! The only panel on my truck without chips is the tailgate. I guess if I would drive in reverse for any length of time I'd get them there too. Yes the hood…up the doors, “A” pillars…box, even the roof. The dealer asked me to take it to the shop that does the work on their vehicles for an estimate. Oddly enough there were SEVERAL other 05 tacomas (of different colors) there for the same chipping problem. The paint shop determined that the clear coat was crap, (which was applied during the manufacturing process at the CA plant). RED FLAG! Now wouldn't you think manufacturing defect?? Pretty obvious, not the fault of me, the other tacoma owners, not the dealership...WRONG! I contacted Toyota corporate and complained about the paint defect (quite loudly at times) and all they did was push me back to the dealer claiming no fault of theirs. IT GETS BETTER. The dealers official solution is…we’ll pay to have it repainted once, if you get chips after that, you’re on your own. They want the paint shop to strip down the chipped areas to the level of the chip, build it up, roughen the clear coat (yes, the part that the paint shop says is the cause of the chipping) spray paint then clear OVER the crap clear!! RED FLAG! The paint shop in return, won’t guarantee the paint job will hold up because they are being asked to paint over the crappy clear. Now to the guy who was asking “should I buy a Tacoma,” picture yourself weeks after signing your hard earned cash up for the next 5 years to the tune of ~$30,000 in this predicament. Having to have your brand new truck repainted and not knowing if it will end up the same way weeks later. “Resale value after repainting your new truck” you ask? What do you think? Are you feelin’ the Toyota love? OHHH what a feeling!!! NOW HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT PURCHASE?
  • wooddorkerwooddorker Posts: 300
    How come your earlier posts said your truck was Impulse Red?
  • toytrucktoytruck Posts: 67
    >I purchased a rad red 05 tacoma 4x4 double cab with the sr5 package 2 months ago. The first day I had it I noticed a paint chip on the gas cap cover. Since that day I've been getting chips all over my truck.<>

    You should have a case # now. Get out the warranty book and file for arbritration. That's where I am at. Haven't heard back yet.
  • I have the 05 4x2 double cab trd sport sr5 pk2 in silver and the first week i had it i notice a chip on the hood. I haven't checked since but a friend of mine has the off road package in black and he just called me and told me that he has chips all over the hood.
    Is a paint job is the only fix?
  • toytrucktoytruck Posts: 67
    >I have the 05 4x2 double cab trd sport sr5 pk2 in silver and the first week i had it i notice a chip on the hood. I haven't checked since but a friend of mine has the off road package in black and he just called me and told me that he has chips all over the hood.
    Is a paint job is the only fix?<>

    I don't know what else other than not driving it.
  • tacoguytacoguy Posts: 12
    Sorry. You are correct. It's dark metallic red. Impulse Red!
  • I think I replied to a previous letter about this, but I had similar problems with extending cranking, not starting, etc., and did the arbitration. They are giving me a new truck. Arbitration works if you can prove your case
  • wooddorkerwooddorker Posts: 300
    You folks with the chips:

    What dates & factory are your trucks from? I want to keep an eye on mine, no problems so far.

    Good luck, the chipped Speedway Blue looks horrible.
  • swschultswschult Posts: 3
    I had an accident two weeks ago with my 2005 Toyota Tacoma: I was parking in front of a brick building (the back of a shopping center), and most inexplicably, the brakes were so far depressed that I could not reach them. By the time I shimmied down in my seat to be able to reach them it was too late and I hit the building. The brake pedal, even now, is in a depressed position, almost as far down as it can go, instead of an inch or so higher than the gas pedal. I took a photo of this and also of a new 2005 Tacoma in the dealer showroom (for purposes of comparison) and submitted a claim to Toyota. The claim has not been processed yet, but both my insurance adjuster as well as a Toyota mechanic (the latter speaking not for attribution) think something IS wrong with the brakes. The rest of the story: The damage to the front end was not great, so I decided to drive it to the dealer. After a mile or so, it seemed to me that the engine was losing power, and at a stop light I noticed a burning smell and smoke coming out from under the vehicle. That turned out to be due to the brakes dragging, so now the brake pads are about worn out, and I probably need new rotors too. This vehicle has already had a recall for the parking brake cable, the wiper motors were not working when we got it, and my wife thinks I have bought a lemon. Maybe she is right.
  • joetacojoetaco Posts: 7
    What color did you get, just ordered mine today and I think I got a good deal too.

    Got mine in Silver, was to afraid to go with black or indigo blue just in case I was part of the unlucky few with the chip problem.

    I read about the chips but hope it has been corrected, I figured it could have just been a bad batch of clear coat at the factory, its all about chemicals, you don't add something correct or don't bake on the clear coat it would cause it to be weak and chip. (Not sure what the process is at a factory for actually doing this but paint is just chemicals). Once had a vehical re painted and the guy let the clear coat sit to long and he couldn't get it to buff as shiny as he said he could have.

    Cross my fingers and will just have to see. For all of you with pictures see if you can post them somewhere on the web and put a link on here I would like to see what you are all talking about.

    Thanks in advance.
  • maxvenummaxvenum Posts: 39
    there are some links to pictures of chipping over at tundrasolutions and maybe toyotanation. you don't have to pay to read the tacoma forums on both sites, though you may have to register with tundrasolutions to browse.
  • macnewfmacnewf Posts: 9
    Its good to see that I am not the only one having the problem with the paint chipping on the 05 tacos. I am still having trouble with both the dealer and Toyota Canada in getting the problem fixed. Keep me updated on your progress all you other 05 taco owners.
    Check out my picture page too look at the chipping I am receiving around my rear fender flares. Click on the My Vacation album at this site
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