April 26, 2005After speaking with engineers and the main dude at Toyota the truck has a new home a there research and development. I guess ya just can't get 100% but you can come mighty close. Toyota purchased the truck. So, no more headaches.
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April 26, 2005Well, either Toyota's really cool for wanting to buy back the truck and try to figure out what went wrong, or they bought it back to keep you quiet about the problem ...... I've got an '01 Tacoma, I snow plow with it. I had to call TRD, to find out what I could do to the front suspension of the truck, in order to keep the nose off the ground with the plow attached. They helped by sending me a new set of struts and springs for the front. Worked out perfectly. Also I do some pretty heavy off road work with it. By off road I mean, since I'm the fleet mechanic for a tree company, driving into the woods around people's homes and dragging out pretty big logs we cut down. I haven't seen any cracks ..... yet ..... How many miles were on your truck?
May 2, 2005Thanks for the reply dozzzer. I've only got about 60,000 on mine, all city driving, which we know is the worst kind of mileage, but like I said still no cracks .... When did you first become aware of the cracks? Before it got to 140,000?
May 2, 2005*dozzer*
"gee big frank, glad you could respond to my thread...yeah, my truck had XXX,XXX miles on it when I found the crack...it was a XXXX model. I drove it hard/easy around town/down the highway. I did/did not pull a trailer/snow plow with it however."
There ya go Frank, I responded for him...
From all my experience w/ Yota's, this dude must have drove like Death On Wheels b/c no normal person could trash a Yota that bad in that little of time...I mean, look at how many are out there that are completely stock except for a huge lift and 35+" tires that people wheel HARD...
Knowing your background and maintenance habits, I think you'll be fine Frank. Keep the oil changed and fuel in her, and you should drive it forever...and keep all that salt washed off the underbody to keep the rust down...possibly have it steam cleaned at the end of winter, and maybe even a coating of some kind added to your underbody/frame after having it thoroughly cleaned to prevent rust.
hope this helps...
May 3, 2005I know my last reply looks kind of wierd here General, but dozzzer did reply. The problem is he replied to this link under the 'Freon' link I started .......
"HEY THERE FRANK. CURRENTLY WITHOUT TRUCK BUT LOOKING AROUND AND CERTAINLY HOPE I WON'T NEED TO HAVE A RECHARGE ON THE AC ANYTIME SOON. THE ANSWER TO YOUR POST ON THE TACOMA IS 214000 KM OR 140000 MI."
I do all the maintenance on all my vehicles myself ..... I had the under side of my Tacoma sprayed by Rhino Lining. I figured that would hold up alot better than regular undercoating. I do rinse down the underside everytime I get back from plowing .... I know what salt does first hand ...... Got the Tacoma to replace my '84 GMC 2500 4X4 pick-up. Hated to see that truck go. It had dual gas tanks. I put a 'kit' in it to make the stock bed dump. It was loaded with power everything. A winch and snow plow setup on the front, Class 3 hitch on the rear. It had a fuel injected 350 with headers and some other minor mods to beef it up a little ..... From all the snow plowing through the years .... The chassis rotted out along with the fenders, floorboards and bed .... I would've replaced the body parts, but with the chassis rotted, it was a lost cause .... So I just pulled the white sheet over it and pronounced it dead .... So sad .....
May 4, 2005LOL, I know how that feels...I think I am about to do that to the ol' Land Cruiser. I don't have the $$ to fix it, so I think I will just sell it and start a new, cheaper project that already has power steering, V8, and that kind of stuff.
May 13, 2005Big Frank I found out about the metal about 100000 but was assured it was typical rust by the time I got to 133000 I noticed a differnce in the truck "the drive didn't feel right". I put it on the hoist and was amazed at how quickly it had turned to swiss cheese.
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August 30, 2011I have a 07 Taco that I am thinking about throwing a Toyota Lift Kits on. My main concern is that I have bumper to bumper warranty that I don`t want to void and that doesn`t leave me a lot of options. The dealer that I purchased it from can install a Tuff Country 3 inch lift on in without voiding the warranty. I`m considering doing it, but am looking for advice on whether or not it`s worth the effort and money