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Toyota Tacoma: Problems & Solutions

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  • Aloha this is Hawaiianbob; I have a 1998 SR5 EXT CAB 3.4 V6. 190+ HP. It is a later date model so I never had the Head Gasket Recall. I cal really tel the Difference between the 3.0 and the 3.4L. My ruck REALLY Hauls ASH right from the red light. I have never Really Opened it up yet. Maybe only to 85MPH but you can fel the Torque, while in 5th gear for assing. I opened the intake or did the Mod. It REALLY Made a Differance in Hp and Fuel Economy. I average 25 TO 27+ MPG with the AIR ON. both in town and freeway driving. Geting a Tonnue Cover Also Helps with the Mileage. I have a few more ad ons Like Bigger BF WHITE LETTER Tires. they realy Dress up the truck, especially with the Stainless Steen Fender Covers. I used to race in 1957 283 v8 Small Blocks in the Sixities and I can almost feel the same Power. If you want to GET BETTER GAS MILEAGE ALSO TRY USING 1st , to 3rd, to 5th. You do NOT NEED All those Gears, unless your climbing a Hill. I only have 54,000 MI. on my truck so I think this will be my LAST. I have had 8 Toyotas since 1968 corona. I have been reading all the complaints about the NEW 2005 Trucks and I can tell you that Toyota is using Less Material in the NEW Cars. I only had to Change a Starter and I put in a OPTIMA BATTERY FOR GOOD LUCK. The OLDER TOYODAS ARE BETTER THAN THE NEWER ONES. Another Problem is that I see SOOOOO Much 4x4s and 90% of them DO NOT USE THEM FOR THEY WANTED TO. THEY JUST WANT TO LOOK GOOD. Look at the GAS Prices. 2.40 For 87 OCTANE. I Can Only laugh when read the Stories about 17 MPG. My Gas Mileage is REALLY GOOD for a 3.4l 190+v6. It is close to the S Runner. Here in Hawaii We can only go in Circles so why Waist Thousands of Dollars on a 4x4. My E Mail is; [email protected] May GOD BLESS ALL TRUCK DRIVERS FOREVER. ALOHA! Hawaiianbob
  • crs1077crs1077 Posts: 2
    I have a 2000 tacoma 4x4 v6 sr5 the rear shocks have never been replaced. I just bought this truck and want to replace them. Does anyone have any suggestions on which shocks may be the best for this truck? Also does anyone experience a grumbling noise, like gears trying to allign when accelerating from 1st to 2nd how about the ROUGH shift from 1st to 2nd its not an easy transition anyone else experience these issues? If so any advice would be greatly appreciated Thanks in advance for any feedback.
  • gdwtch1969gdwtch1969 Posts: 15
    I was wondering what year is your truck? Mine is a 2004 doublecab.With the same problem.I met someone else in this forum who also has the same truck with the same problem.I had filed a lemon law claim against Toyota.Did you go directly through arbitration with Toyota?
  • wooddorkerwooddorker Posts: 300
    "GAS PRICES HERE IN HAWAII IS $2.34 FOR REG"

    I notice that you put this in every post. Have you checked prices in San Francisco, New York City, or just about any other major US city or suburb?

    I lived at the U of H East/West Center for a month and noticed that nothing was very far from anything else. How far can you actually drive before you loop around to where you started? With your weather, I'd be on a bicycle as much as possible and not complaining about gas prices. ;)
  • mulhern1mulhern1 Posts: 2
    Hey there the PO125 is - Insufficient Coolant Temperature for closed loop Fuel Control.

    P1135 is Air Fuel Sensor Heater Cirucuit Response Malfunction
    I am not sure where these are I have problems with PO172 which is an O2 sensor and I can not fix it, the check engine light still comes on?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Check your email before you post again, please.

    kcram - Pickups Host
  • eaglegeagleg Posts: 87
    Wake up and die right>
  • eaglegeagleg Posts: 87
    That sucks ,you must be pissed!
  • toytrucktoytruck Posts: 67
    >Check your email before you post again, please.

    kcram - Pickups Host<>

    Thanks
  • drd12drd12 Posts: 4
    hey, i have a 2005 tacoma dcab with @ 5000k. it will crank over just fine but occasionally will not start until i step on the gas pedal while cranking. Eventually (long story short!) the dealer told me the problem may be "heat soak." This occurs when low quality gas with insufficient detergent (like techron) heats up in the injector ports after driving for a while then stopping. when restarting, some deposits have not evaporated from the ports causing a clogging factor. This sounds like a reasonable possibility in my trucks case (i do usually buy less expensive gas). i'm trying Techron fuel cleaner and only using chevron gas for a few weeks to see what happens.
  • jabe1jabe1 Posts: 1
    Got my 05 tacoma with the latch missing, dealer repalaced the whole rear windshield. Only problem it took 4 months for the part to come in. No problem since the replacement.
  • gdwtch1969gdwtch1969 Posts: 15
    I have been putting 89grade in by Sunoco ever since I bought it.This truck hasn't started for more than 3 weeks at a time..Sometimes it will just stop cranking when I am trying to start it.Is it a case of gas or injectors.My truck has been to the shop 7 times so far,and we are still trying to figure it out.My truck is the same way with the starting and stopping process.I will try the Techron fuel cleaner.But do I really need the cleaner with 89 grade?
  • bjw1bjw1 Posts: 152
    thanks for the link, cant wait till stereo install, cuz its going to to sound great, its amazing how better it sounds than stock, the stereo that i got is a clarion, 53 watt by 4 channel power, so its about 112 more watts than stock, well i will post when i get it installed.
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    I wouldn't bother with the 89 grade, it "should" be fine with the 87. I might try a different dealer if that's possible for you.
  • jpataco03jpataco03 Posts: 2
    Hey guys, my '03 Tacoma (5-speed) has been making this rattling noise lately, the noise stops when I press the clutch. I got it checked out and was told a lot of toyota and nissan trucks do this after about 20,000 miles or so (mine has 25,000)... they said it had something to do with the clutch cable shaking. I asked if it could be fixed and they said yes, but it would probably start doing it again after about 10,000 miles.

    Anybody else have this problem, or have any suggestions?
  • gdwtch1969gdwtch1969 Posts: 15
    I have a 04 Tacoma I was just wondering about the seat belt light, is it suppose to flash and buzz when your seat belt isn't on?Or does it just flash.
  • drd12drd12 Posts: 4
    As per the dealer's shop foreman, I tried techron cleaner and have been using chevron gas but still having intermittant starting issue. whether or not it is "heat soak," better gasoline and the injector cleaner have not made any difference yet. I have 2-3 weeks left of this little test before i file the paperwork for dispute resolution and/or :lemon: law.. this is totally unacceptable for a brand new vehicle of any make/model, esp. an off road truck. i could carry an extra engine in the bed just in case it won't start somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
  • 03taco03taco Posts: 3
    I didn't see anymore responses to this. Did Toyota fix? How? I have the same problem. Help Please!!!
  • gotp8ntgotp8nt Posts: 2
    I have a 2000 PreRunner Tacoma. I have noticed over the last year or so a slight hesitation or stuttering when revving the engine either while idling or taking off from a complete stop. I've read other posts kind of similar to my situation and some of the replies have been to switch to a higher octane fuel, etc. I'm in the military and stationed in Sicily, I don't have the luxury of switching fuels, but I have tried fuel additives (octane booster, etc.). I have replaced the "fuel position sensor" which didn't solve the problem. I have changed spark plugs, PVC filter, transmission fluid and filter, etc. Nothing has worked. The mechanic I took it to now wants me to change the spark plug wires to rule that out. I have just over 60,000 miles. Has anyone heard of this problem or know how to fix it with out me being nickel'd and dime'd to death? Please help...
  • marion2marion2 Posts: 2
    thanks for the reply,,,,,,,,,,
    wow, can't believe it's been so long since i checked this page.........
    ,
    interesting suggestion about the "type" of oil filter.
    .
    I use "factory" toyota filters,,
    any idea what type they are?
    ,
    thanks.,.,
    marion..........
  • tmacktmack Posts: 1
    I would let someone else check it out. Tacoma's use hydrolic clutches, there is no cable to rattle. It could be a clutch adjustment issue, or one of the other common Taco clutch issues: turn-over bushing worn/wearing out, stopper worn out (what the pedal stops against when your foot's off it), throw-out bearing in the clutch going bad/gone bad. The turn-over bushing wearing out causes the pedal to squeal/click while being depressed, sometimes makes a nasty grinding noise as the metal clutch arm grinds against the return spring. The throw-out bearing going bad will generate a rattle/chirpy/squeaky noise from the clutch that sometimes goes away with light pressure on the pedal (not necessarily pressing it down much at all), the stopper wearing out lets the pedal travel out too far, and knock against other metal parts it shouldn't, which might be causing your rattle. I have had all these happen, and am still dealing with the throw-out bearing chirp (8th trip in for this stuff..grrr). Dont let the dealer get away with just greasing something (5 of the first 6 trips to replace the $0.97 bushing), if that were the problem, then why did the factory's grease stop working after only 25k miles, and why isnt "grease the clutch pedal" listed in the routine maint. books (each time the dealer fixed mine with grease, it was squeaking again less than 2 miles down the road).
  • j18551j18551 Posts: 1
    just wanted to let folks know what I've heard regarding 2005 Tacoma paint problems. I live near the NUMMI plant, and was talking to an ex-employee of the plant a few days ago. He said that when NUMMI began producing the 2005 Tacomas, they did not modify their paint booth. There were serious clearance issues with the sprayers due to the larger body, and he estimated about 1 in every 4 trucks had to go back for touch up work. Since I had paint problems with past vehicles, I learned that when vehicles have water-based paints (required in the Bay Area), they need to be primered and painted all within 24 hours. If that doesn't happen, you get a paint "shell" that doesn't really adhere to the primer, and the paint flakes off after a few years of weather. The first indications I experienced on my old truck: chipping. Just food for thought. After a horrible experience with the dealership I bought my new Tacoma from, I've lost some serious loyalty towards Toyota... if you're arbitrating, you might want to request some details regarding stoppages due to the paint booth and clearance related issues.
  • toytrucktoytruck Posts: 67
    >just wanted to let folks know what I've heard regarding 2005 Tacoma paint problems. I live near the NUMMI plant, and was talking to an ex-employee of the plant a few days ago. He said that when NUMMI began producing the 2005 Tacomas, they did not modify their paint booth. There were serious clearance issues with the sprayers due to the larger body, and he estimated about 1 in every 4 trucks had to go back for touch up work. Since I had paint problems with past vehicles, I learned that when vehicles have water-based paints (required in the Bay Area), they need to be primered and painted all within 24 hours. If that doesn't happen, you get a paint "shell" that doesn't really adhere to the primer, and the paint flakes off after a few years of weather. The first indications I experienced on my old truck: chipping....<>

    Thanks for the info. Have a hearing on June 3.
  • macnewfmacnewf Posts: 9
    I just finished talking to Toyota Canada and I have gotten no satisfaction from it at all. They say that it is entirely up to the dealer to diagnose the problem and fix it but when I go to the dealership they insist that it is merely rock chips and that it is not a warranty repair. My truck continues to get worse. I now have a 5 inch square on my fender flares with no paint at all on it. It is wore right down to the base. the dealership that I deal with says that it is pitted and that the paint is not flaking. my next move is a second opion in another town and if that dosent work then I can see that my only next move is arbitration as well. Keep me posted please
  • margincallmargincall Posts: 1
    I have the same problem. I am not sure exactly what it is, I have tried fuel additives, higher octanes, etc. I had the plug wires and plugs changed less than a year ago, and that made no difference what so ever.
  • toytrucktoytruck Posts: 67
    >I just finished talking to Toyota Canada and I have gotten no satisfaction from it at all. They say that it is entirely up to the dealer to diagnose the problem and fix it but when I go to the dealership they insist that it is merely rock chips and that it is not a warranty repair. My truck continues to get worse. I now have a 5 inch square on my fender flares with no paint at all on it. It is wore right down to the base. the dealership that I deal with says that it is pitted and that the paint is not flaking. my next move is a second opion in another town and if that dosent work then I can see that my only next move is arbitration as well. Keep me posted please<>

    Document everything and get a case number. Then file for arbitration.
  • macnewfmacnewf Posts: 9
    Yes I think that has definetly got to be my next move. How do I go about filing for arbitration.
  • macnewfmacnewf Posts: 9
    I own a 05 Access Cab Tacoma off road package and when I bought it I was told that the hood scoop only came on the double cab sport package. However I have seen 2 trucks exactly like mine with the hood scoop on them. I have been told that it has to be an after market hood scoop or a replaced hood. Any info let me know please.
  • wooddorkerwooddorker Posts: 300
    The hood scoop is on all of the TRD _Sport_ (Not Off-Road) packages, on Access and Double cabs, and the X-Runner.

    http://www.toyota.com/vehicles/2005/tacoma/models_access_cab.html
    http://www.toyota.com/vehicles/2005/tacoma/models_double_cab.html
  • toytrucktoytruck Posts: 67
    >Yes I think that has definetly got to be my next move. How do I go about filing for arbitration. <>

    There is a form in the warranty book.
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