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The Tacoma is a reliable workhorse but a poor choice as an everyday passenger vehicle. The Tacoma has a fairly refined and efficient powertrain, competent brakes, and better fuel economy than many small pickups. With the off-road-oriented suspension and tires, it's also one of the best off-road vehicles we've experienced. The downside, though, is a poor ride and clumsy handling.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard from 2003. ESC standard from 2009. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2009.
Road Test

The Tacoma is a reliable workhorse but a poor choice as an everyday passenger vehicle. The Tacoma has a fairly refined and efficient powertrain, competent brakes, and better fuel economy than many small pickups. With the off-road-oriented suspension and tires, it's also one of the best off-road vehicles we've experienced. The downside, though, is a poor ride and clumsy handling. A tip-up in a government rollover test is cause for concern.

Seating
3 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.4-liter 4 (142 hp)
  • 2.7-liter 4 (150 hp)
  • 3.4-liter V6 (190 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2000 Toyota Tacoma owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“Replaced original catalytic converter. Truck has 547,000 miles on it. I let it go because I do not need an annual vehicle inspection. Just got tired of the check engine light being on for the last 300,000 miles”

Anonymous, TN (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“System failed and had to be replaced at high cost. This was second time this happened in the last 6 years”

Anonymous, VA (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Unsure)

“Charcoal cannister cracked and not venting gases poeperly”

Lance H., AZ (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“Had to replace the converter”

Anonymous, PA (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“Oxygen sensor came loose”

Robert D., ON (2000 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Oxygen sensor at catalytic converter failed”

Anonymous, FL (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“sensor stopped working and was replaced”

Robert D., ON (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed adjustments in order to pass DEQ”

Anonymous, OR (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced throttle position sensor”

Anonymous, FL (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced Catalytic convertor when "check engine light" came on @ 209523 miles. Replaced 2 Oxygen Sensors @ 209685 miles due to "check engine light:" 7 days later "check engine light:" came back and was told that could be a glitch,today light is bk”

Juan V., NC (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced O2 sensors this year. Previously had them replaced in 2007”

Monica O., CA (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base Unsure)

“recurring o2 sensor problems”

Anonymous, WA (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

“Replaced an injector”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“1 failed fuel injector at 186,600 miles”

Craig C., OR (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

“Had to cut off bolt and replace them”

Anonymous, UT (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Steering loose, needed replacement”

Anonymous, MN (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

“Leaking return hose. Replaced it myself for less than $20”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“changed out power steering pump 3 times and steering rack 2 times. The last time changed out both at same time to correct recurring problems”

Anonymous, HI (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“Put in new ones. Had to get new front end parts to align it”

Anonymous, UT (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed to be replaced”

Gary R., MT (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Shocks and struts are well worn and knock and pop driving on freeway bumps”

Anonymous, UT (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Every time I see a mechanic, they tell me to replace the shocks and struts. Not a good suspension system in this truck”

Juan V., NC (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Seals failed on both front shock/struts”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Normal wear and tear after 250000+ miles, not a real problem”

Jay D., CA (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

“rear leaf spring broken and damaged the gas tank which began to leak, contacted Toyota and they refused to help even though they had a recall on newer Tacoma's with same problem”

Lane-Kathleen R., UT (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Clear coat coming off”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“the areas mostly on upper areas of body that gets most sun”

Warren H., TX (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Even kept clean and waxed the paint no longer shines”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Fading paint in areas on the roof and hood”

Cesar S., GA (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The roof and hood are discolored”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“had topside surfaces re painted due to peeling. Before I purchased PU it had been painted due to hail damage”

Warren H., TX (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Unsure)

“clear coat on hood and top of cab gone”

Anonymous, CO (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“Frame is rusting and required repair”

Anonymous, MD (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“frame has bad rusting, this truck is on yearly frame inspection list, I want the 1.5 times bluebook value Toyota promises if they determine the frame is unsafe but Toyota says the frame is not unsafe”

Anonymous, IL (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“weather stripping squeaks around base of windshield”

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“persistent squeak in upper steering column”

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeaks and rattles are more frequent routinely as if lubrication is a problem”

Anonymous, UT (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Inside cab-the dash board rattles and vibrates when driving”

Anonymous, MN (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“rattle in the dash”

Anonymous, OR (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“dash rattle at times”

Bob W., OK (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“This vehicle has many annoying squeaks and rattles especially when the weather is cold”

Anonymous, MI (2000 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

“Bulbs had to be replaced too often”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“Electric harness had to be replaced due to corrosion and fraying. Specialist said it was a common failure. Fuel sender still does not work”

Tom W., AK (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Break light bulbs replaced too often”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“Dash light behind speedometer had to be replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Dash light went out”

Richard W., OR (2000 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Valve cover gadget needs replacing”

Anonymous, NY (2000 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“There was an oil leak and antifreeze leak, gaskets and hoses replaced”

Elio F., GA (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

“seals on valve cover failed causing spark plug fouling which caused engine to knock and ping,”

Anonymous, HI (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Engine mounts

“Worn out causing vibration”

W B., FL (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“The cylinder head had very worn valve guides which caused low compression. When the mechanic went to replace cylinder head, he found timing gears and chain also worn and that it was suggested replacing with a rebuilt engine”

Mark P., PA (2000 Toyota Tacoma Limited 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Already discussed - very expensive on top of first pursuing the cylinder head replacement”

Mark P., PA (2000 Toyota Tacoma Limited 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

“No problem.Has belt replaced at 110000 miles to be safe”

Anonymous, PA (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

“After 258000 miles i had a Mass air intake block, Valve cover oil leak, over due Timing belt and water pump change and new plugs and wires, $1700. most expensive work to date out side of regular oil & tire changes, I was told i might only make it ano”

Tim K., CA (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

“It was corroded”

Anonymous, DE (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

“Please note, the Tacoma is a 1992 model, but there was not an option to choose anything older than 2000. ;”

Anonymous, KY (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“loud”

Anonymous, ME (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Unsure)

“They were corroded away”

Anonymous, DE (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“HAD TO REPLACE THE DOOR HANDLES”

John D., NC (2000 Toyota Tacoma Limited 3.4-L V6)

“had to replace the driver side door handle”

Warren H., TX (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Unsure)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“The rear bumper has rusted quite badly”

Anonymous, MD (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Seat belts

“I really hate seat belt that won't retract correctly and get caught in the door banging up the door jam etc when the door is closed”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Actually not the master cylinder, but leaking fluid from the Axel onto the brake pads. This occurred 5 times and found out there was a silent recall for the Axel assembly which ultimately solved the problem”

Anonymous, FL (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Fron brake job. Replae fron brake pad linings. Resurface brake rotors”

Lynn Y., WA (2000 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

“Parking brake cable broke, but was easily replaced by husband”

Anonymous, WA (2000 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“Clutch failed, luckily backing out of driveway. Had to be towed to repair shop”

Michael M., CO (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base Unsure)

“Original clutch replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2000 Toyota Tacoma Limited 3.4-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Purchased used vehicle to replace a 1998 Toyota Tacoma totaled in a vehicle accident[”

Randolph T., AZ (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“It was the right axle and was discovered to be leaking and then upon further investigation, I was told it needed to be replaced, so we did”

Cheryl V., CO (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“Frequently There is a heavy thump upon releasing brake pedal after full stop. After researching, we know virtually all of these vehicles with auto trans have this problem. The cause is, spring wrap causes a binding condition in the drive shaft slip j”

Anonymous, TX (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

“Linkage from gas pedal to transmission for shifting gears during acceleration was stuck and needed replacement”

Anonymous, OR (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Park/Neutral safety lockout solenoid replaced”

Randolph T., AZ (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Initially the air outflow seemed to be feeling less and less cool. Before long it was just blowing (not cool) air”

Anonymous, FL (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“regular checks might have diagnosed plug wire failure sooner. .”

Tim K., CA (2000 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

“Radiator leaking; had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2000 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

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