Tacoma is a workhorse, but a poor choice as an everyday passenger vehicle, although it has a fairly refined and efficient powertrain, competent brakes and reasonable fuel economy. With the off-road-oriented suspension and tires, it's also one of the best off-road vehicles we've experienced. The downside is a poor ride and clumsy handling. A tip-up in a government rollover test is cause for concern.
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 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.
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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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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.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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, side and head protection air bags standard from 2009. FCW and AEB standard from 2018.
Road Test

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

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD, Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew 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 2002 Toyota Tacoma owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"can't find the problem, interment"

Anonymous, CT (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"ABS light on the dashboard comes on at random times and goes off at random times. Brake still seem to work fine though"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

"I had just left my home at 8:00 am in the morning and applied my brakes to a very busy cross street at commute hour and my truck did not stop and I went out into the oncoming traffic. I was fortunate no traffic was coming or I might have had a serio"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"I can’t locate another ads senser modular"

Anonymous, NH (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)
Calipers

"Right side caliper froze and caused one brake pad to wear out and score the rotor. Mechanic said it was probably caused by rust due to road salt and brine solution used here in PA winters"

R C., PA (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"Froze up and would not completely release"

Delbert H., MN (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"calipers hang up, causing premature wear on pads and rotors"

Anonymous, CT (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"Left front caliper froze up and needed to replace rotor, caliper and pads. The other side (right side) was like new"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

"Right side Caliper froze"

R C., PA (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)
Master cylinder

"I just know that the brakes went out and the repair work was over $900 dollars"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Pads worn out."

Richard B., NC (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Finally, this year, after 200,000 miles of trouble-free driving, the truck began to need work mostly on brakes and suspension."

Anonymous, CO (2002 Toyota Tacoma 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"needed rear brake shoes"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Typical for age of vehicle"

Mary T., OR (2002 Toyota Tacoma 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is old and it needed new brakes"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Toyota Tacoma)

"None"

Stanford M., GA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Live ion coast had because of rust had to have most of braking system replace"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"brake pedal pulsation. Replaced drums and shoes"

Tom S., FL (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"After 76K miles the front brakes were wore out."

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Cable and calipers"

Anonymous, CT (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"The peaking brakes froze and wouldn't release."

Tom R., NH (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"parking brake light goes on occasionally while driving, but the parking brake is not engaged"

Anonymous, MA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning light on. Faulty sensor."

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Parking break needs to be released and lubricated to pass inspection on an annual basis"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"Parking Brake Engaged warning light -- sensor poorlyt positioned -- almost impossible to get to go off."

Kenneth O., MD (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"Parking brake bell crank assembly froze twice, causing vibration and overheating of rear brakes that resulted in destruction of rear axle oil seal and damage to rear bearings."

Anonymous, VA (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"Emergency Brake cable broke and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, CT (2002 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"can't seem to find the right pad. Some leave a lot of brake dust and the other, i get vibration. Which is rotor warp. Why? They say water cooled down the rotor too quickly in rain"

Anonymous, CT (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"Truck since new has gone thru brakes every 30k. All installed by touts dealers or other reputable chains. With the help of a mechanic friend I installed beefed up aftermarket parts such as slotted rotors, extreme use pads, and new calipers. Has bee"

Anonymous, HI (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"I have always had problems with the brakes and rotors since i have owned the truck of 12 years"

Jason G., TN (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Caused by a sticking right side caliper"

R C., PA (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"when coming to a stop while stepping on the brake the car jerks"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Pulsing/shaking when braking."

Anonymous, NC (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"- Front brakes regularly overheated - Parking brake linkage seized and damaged cylinders and axle seals"

Anonymous, VA (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"Brakes just started squeaking. Had the shoes replaced but rotors were still OK> The Dealer charged $450 for a brake job"

Edwin M., OK (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Rotors

"Had to replace the rotors."

Richard B., NC (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Brake grinding noise. Rotor scored"

Anonymous, CO (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Exhaust emission sensors failed and required replacement which was expensive."

Mark G., NH (2002 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"charcoal canister went bad at 40,000 miles"

Anonymous, VA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Burning odor & illuminated church engine light"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Had to have the charcoal canister replaced. Now I am getting an occasional code for replacing the catalytic converter to be replaced"

Michael R., NC (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter was brooken snd had to be replaced"

Anonymous, QC (2002 Toyota Tacoma 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light, strong gasoline odor near the tank"

Anonymous, NV (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"check engine light came on due to vapore recovery system. After a few trips on the highway it cleared."

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light, turned out to be a "minor vacuum leak" The repair involved replacing all of the rubber hoses and one valve n the emission system. My mechanic said it is very common on this series of truck."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)
Fuel cap

"Engine light goes on. It could also be something other than the fuel cap."

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"fixed"

Anonymous, CT (2002 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

"Road salts from living in the northeast caused damage to the fuel cap, filler pipe, and created a small hole atop the fuel tank"

Gregory M., SC (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel gauge/sender

"The gas gauge started to fluctuate less than 3 months after purchase. We took vehicle to dealership and found that the gas tank had a small leak, so we replaced it"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base)
Fuel pump

"Replaced Original fuel pump. Not bad for 12 years and 350,000 miles!"

Craig S., SC (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Mass airflow sensor failed at 60k miles. Replaced at dealer"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced it"

Anonymous, CT (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"Engine check light came on. Took it to the Toyota Dealer and it was the oxygen sensors that needed to be replaced. I had this work done, but was quite expensive for a retired old man. Check Engine Light was off. If it happens again,, I wll not have the sensors replaced. I don't drive much."

Edwin M., OK (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Replaced two O2 sensors."

Tom R., NH (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"o2 sensor went out about 3 years ago. replaced with after market sensor. didn't help. just use now with check engine light on. runs fine"

Anonymous, MT (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"I beleive the O2 sensor was damaged when the muffler was changed. Did not have a problem with it until just after the muffler was replaced"

Jim K., NY (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine problem warning light went on, fuel consumption went up, engine did not run smoothly. Dealer diagnosis was followed by new sensor installation and problem fixed"

Donald C., OR (2002 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"sensors bad and costly to repair. I would also like to mention the paint on this year truck is a problem, corresion"

Chris D., FL (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Having lived in the Northeast for most of my life it appears the road salts used in winter are what has caused damage to the fuel system sensors"

Gregory M., SC (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light -- code was for catalic converter - replacing oxygen sensors fixed issue"

Anonymous, MA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Air intake for fuel mixture was plugged, apparently from debris in the air filter compartment"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"Caused Check-Engine-Light to come on. Required replacement of Sensor"

Anonymous, MD (2002 Toyota Tacoma 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 sensors failed. Replaced both and while I was at it replace fuel filter. Mileage improved immediately. Good for another 100k! Love Toyota"

Anonymous, HI (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"the check engine light comes on and when you bring it to a mechanic and he checks the computer it is the o2 sensor. This has been an on going problem for as long as I can remember"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base)

"02 sensor needed replacement. Dealer charged over $1,000 because it was 'rusted shut'"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"check engine light came on code indicated O2 and fuel ratio sensor bad sensor replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Check-Engine light stayed on and test indicated the two oxygen sensors need replacing."

Robert N., MD (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"upper 02 sensor needed to be replaced because of engine warning notification on dash."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on and I had it checked out at Auto Zone. It was six months ago and I drove the truck for about a month. Got tired of looking at the engine light, bought a new sensor for 181.00 dollars. Installed it myself."

Anonymous, OK (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"The engine stopped running properly. I replaced the O2 sensor. It happened once in 2016. working OK at this time."

Anonymous, OR (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light on because air/fuel ratio sensor was defective."

Anonymous, NC (2002 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The window trim is cracking on all of the windows. Maybe it's because I do not garage the truck. I don't know."

Ronald B., CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"The trim around the windows has deteriorated."

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base Unsure)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Trim on outside bottom part of drver's side seat keeps coming loose. It appears,that when driver enters or exits vehicle it is difficult to avoid catching and tugging on this part"

Anonymous, OK (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"UV sun fade on roof"

Brian B., OR (2002 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

"The finish on the front abd rear bumpers began to crack and peel after one year of limited use. My son had to scrape and reseal them"

Michelle L., PA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Crap clearcoat"

Ron B., CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"As above: chalking and fading. Color is a dark green"

Donald B., CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Cab roof has worst peeling. Getting truck repainted simply at MAACO for $800. Truck bed full of scratches as well as interior and exterior sides"

George Z., CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint started chipping on the roof within 5 years of new"

Anonymous, NH (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Paint and finish cracking and peeling"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner)

"noticed clear coat fading and looking frosty on the roof and the hood. I wax the truck 3 times a year. Color is dark green AKA Jade"

Kamran M., CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"The paint on my truck is peeling, fading ad cracking"

Ronald B., CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"paint chipped off roof. Self sanded andrepainted"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"We had rust spots on the undercarriage frame which needed welding to pass inspection"

Michelle L., PA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust has eaten through over both rear wheel wells."

Anonymous, MO (2002 Toyota Tacoma)

"rust around windshield and the hood"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"1. Rust around top of windshield from previous inexpert replacement. 2.Top surface of chrome on rear bumper is rusting"

Richard M., AB (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"Undercarriage / frame rust, also both front and rear bumpers rusted out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This vehicle started having rust spots less than 7 yrs old. Our last Tacoma was in perfect condition throughout at 10 yrs old. We'll be taking it to a Toyota mechanic soon to determine the viability of spending money on a new paint job. With the low"

C K., FL (2002 Toyota Tacoma)

"I bought this 2002 Tacoma with rust throughout the underbelly, but it is more significant than I originally thought. While the local dealer tells me that safety is not compromised, I will sell it soon as I recently bought a replacement"

Devin B., FL (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"I maintain my vehicles fairly well and keep them 'until the wheels fall off'. Well, this vehicle started having surface rust and the rear bumper rusting much quicker than any vehicle I have owned previously. The bumper at this time is rusted throug"

Anonymous, IL (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"front bumper is rusting. already replaced rear bumper twice"

Anonymous, PA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"serious rust on bumpers"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Toyota had to replace the entire frame due to rust. After that, plates shielding the fuel tank had to be replaced due to rust."

Anonymous, ME (2002 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Currently I have 3 rust spots more than 2 square inches each. These are under and behind the upper windshield seal."

Anonymous, OR (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"I am waiting for the state inspection requirement to change the converter. The truck runs fine, even the light is on."

Anonymous, RI (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped working had to be replaced"

Victoria F., WA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light came on and stayed on. Poured engine cleaner in the tank and the problem went away"

Anonymous, MI (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Caused Check-Engine-Light to come on. Required replacement of front and rear Catalytic Converter"

Anonymous, MD (2002 Toyota Tacoma 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It was actually the oxygen sensors. Costs far too much to have them replaced periodically"

Edwin M., OK (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"It was leaking where it join the manifold so had to replace manifold"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"Was replaced within past 3 years but needs replacement again. Could be faulty part, won't know till mechanic takes a look."

Anonymous, NC (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Unsure)
Exhaust leaks

"Rust hole in muffler"

Anonymous, VA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This has been the most problematic muffle I have had in over 30 years. It has had problems with the O2 sensor becoming loose and then fouling because of exposure to air outside of the exhaust. The exhaust rusted out prematurely in my opinion, very"

Anonymous, IL (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"Was very expensive 1200 cdn for work in total"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)
Muffler

"Replaced muffler due to rust, not completely through but as we were replacing the tailpipe, seemed to be the easy thing to do. Mileage at replacement 174000"

Dean H., WV (2002 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

"Rusted through. Replaced with after market product"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"2nd time replacing muffler in 4 years. Original went in 2011. Cheap aftermarket was then installed & replaced again in 2015"

Jim K., NY (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"had a lifetime muffler that developed a hole. dealer replaced with no charge for parts and no charge for labor"

Stephen W., NC (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The muffler rusted & cracked"

George B., PA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Muffler burnt through where exhaust pipe enters muffler. This was the original muffler and lasted 205,000 miles. Not bad!"

Marc C., IN (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Muffler sounding as though it is going. Has been replaced in the past also. times????"

Anonymous, VT (2002 Toyota Tacoma)
Other/unsure

"Cleared warning at the dealer, working fine now."

Manuel-Graciela M., FL (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"I replaced the airbag control unit about 2 year ago but after about 10 months it failed again."

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Tacoma 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning light came on haven't done anything about it yet."

Anonymous, HI (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It is expensive just to find out the cause of the warning light."

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Started one year ago and I haven't fixed it."

Anonymous, HI (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"Support bracket pulled free from pipe requiring replacement. This occurred at 174000 miles, not unexpected considering winter driving"

Dean H., WV (2002 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 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

"Ball Joints replaced after 325,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Ball joint boots were leaking grease. Replaced entire joint"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)
Bushings

"Upper and lower control arm bushings replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

"All lower control arm bushings were badly worn and caused scary noises when braking. Replaced all bushings myself and corrected problem"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Noticed fluid leak under truck. When I backed out of the driveway, the steering wheel shuddered. Got out and smelled the fluid in the drive. Was not oil. Since the shuddering and slight difficult in turning steering wheel, I figured it was the power steering system. Toyota dealer repaired it next day."

Edwin M., OK (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Power steering rack was leaking so I replaced the rack with a rebuilt unit."

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Toyota charged me $500 for replacement power steering hoses. I can buy them anywhere else for $400 or less. Incredible prices for parts!"

Anonymous, CO (2002 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

"Vehicle was difficult to back out of driveway. Made a strange shuddering sound when turning the wheel. Drove it to local Toyota dealer and it was a worn out powering steering pump. No problems since then, about nine months ago."

Edwin M., OK (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"rust"

Anonymous, VA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"four miles on a dirt road huetr my husband's back"

Anonymous, CO (2002 Toyota Tacoma)

"A arm bushings worn out, struts were either too soft or too hard."

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Rear leak springs are weak and have been replaced. Front springs will need to be replaced too"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"crack frame"

Anonymous, CT (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Tie rods

"Front end was loose...replaced tie rods... Fixed"

Anonymous, (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)
Wheel balance

"Hard to keep off road tires in balance as they wear unevenly"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"When new quiet as it gets older noise increases"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"There is water leaking onto the floor of the passenger side of the vehicle. I have not been able to locate the source of the leak"

Anonymous, OH (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak of water rusted bed and frame under bed where rear shock is attached"

Anonymous, VA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"there was some sort of fluid leak that required a gasket"

Susan L., CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Fan belt squeals when engine is cold. Not a water pump bearing or pulley issue. Belt is in good shape but noise continues."

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Bed/body bushings"

Anonymous, CT (2002 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

"normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"when I start & stop the vehicle I hear a thump & rattle"

Anonymous, OR (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"dash rattles at times"

Bob W., OK (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"general stuff"

Doug T., CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Irritating rattle in the dash on the passengers side above dash mounted air bag. I took out the glove box and managed to stuff the area above the air bag with an old bed sheet. No more rattle"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"got an intermittent rattle in the dashboard that we just can't find. But that's pretty much to be expected in a vehicle that's fast approaching 20 yrs old"

Scott Z., FL (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"In the dashboard. It has been this way for many years. Too expensive to find out the source of the squeaks and rattles."

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"intermittent annying rattle from passenger side of dash"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"The dashboard and front window rattle. If I put a rubber wedge between them it will stop until the wedge loosens with vibration."

Carol M., CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma)

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

Doors or sliding doors

"window also was acting flaky would not go up had to start and stop it to get it to go up"

Cheryl B., FL (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Plastic door handle cracked from UV exposure"

Brian B., OR (2002 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

"Door electric lock on drivers side required replacement which was done. The replacement part now requires replacement which it should not."

Mark G., NH (2002 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The door handle used to enter the truck has needed to be replaced numerous times. It is partially broken again. It has been an expensive nuisance. The one on the inside has always been fine."

Diana V., CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"can open the passager front side door handle broken"

Cheryl B., FL (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"door lock sometime can't unlock"

Doug T., CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Door handle broke off and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"Plastic on driver's side door handle broke so door could not be opened. Had to pay $108 to Toyota dealer for replacement part but they wanted $140 just to install handle. I took part home and installed it after watching Youtube instructional video"

Anonymous, OK (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The door latches have broken more than once so that you can't open the doors."

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base Unsure)
Seat belts

"Seat belts are not retracting back and seem stretched out"

Anonymous, NE (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"Don't retract properly"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Stop cable protrudes through opening"

Ron B., CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"My wife had and accident in the year of 2006. The left side of the vehicle was hit by another vehicle that side swiped the car from rear to front on the left side. I had the repair done at Toyota and they repaired the vehicle repairing the left side completely. I asked if they used the European paint booth to paint my truck and they told me they did. About 2-i/2 years ago the driver side window does not operate properly. If you power the window it does not come back up for about 2 hours. T"

Ronald B., CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Window motor slowly stopped working and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NE (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

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

"The unit has failed and I need a new one"

Anonymous, MI (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"compressor quit working and i opted not to have dealer fix it due to high price and relatively limited need for AC in my location"

Stephen W., NC (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn clutch bearing requiring replacement of entire compressor/clutch assembly"

Ed D., TX (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Ac didn't work... Replaced the compressor... Works again"

Anonymous, (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"a/c does not cool well, never has"

Chris D., FL (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"No cooling"

Anonymous, HI (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Heater system

"water pump started to leak at only 75000 miles. I was surprised. Changed timing belt as long as the mechanic had to change the water pump"

Anonymous, WI (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Every spring I have to have the air conditioning re-charged the last three years"

H V., ME (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"The refrigerant leaked late last summer and I have not had it repaired yet this spring"

Anonymous, OH (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Minor leks. Just needed more refrigerant"

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Refilled AC about Sept 2019 didn't use much until March 2020. Refrigerant gone by then. Haven' taken it to be repaired because of Covid-19."

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Oxygen sensor went out"

Anonymous, CO (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"Knocks when cold"

Robert H., NJ (2002 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Had to replace the engine gaskets"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Oil leaks, need new gasket. Very expensive approx 600 dollars. Have not fixed it yet"

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"2 oil leaks, one fixed"

Sarah O., WA (2002 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking valve cover gaskets and cam plug"

Anonymous, VA (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

"Valve cover gaskets leaked and needed replacement"

Mark N., OR (2002 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Security system would trigger on its own. Horn honking when unlocking door. Intermittant. Sometimes did it and sometimes not. Tried to correct several ways. Unsuccessful. Ended up having the security system removed"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Cruise control

"The button is on the blinker, the blinker was loose. I tightened it up but the cruise still doesn't work"

Charlotte R., LA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The stop lights failed"

John T., WA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Turn signal switch wore out. Dealer replaced switch module on steering column"

Anonymous, CO (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)
Gauges

"RR differential light comes on intermittently Check engine has 2 codes Interior dash and trans lights went out"

Anonymous, MI (2002 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)
Headlights

"The entire piece came out and has to be replaced at a cost of about $250"

Anonymous, NV (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"I had to replace a headlight"

Charlotte R., LA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Low compression in 3 cylinders. Check engine light constantly lite"

Robert H., NJ (2002 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Was leaking. Got it fixed"

Anonymous, ID (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Some oil leaks."

Guillermo Z., TX (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"has a minor leak and will have to be fixed in the near future"

Anonymous, MD (2002 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"My mechanic noticed oil leakage on one side of cylinder head, and had to replace the casket."

Kamran M., CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Antifreeze leaked small amount for long period of time. Did damage to cylinders. Took it to dealer who quoted $3,000 repair. Had it done by private mechanic for $1600. Better than $3,000 but costly just the same"

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"It was a slow leak from a seal at the rear of the engine."

Anonymous, (2002 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)
Radiator

"developed corrosion due to age"

Anonymous, ME (2002 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

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

4WD/AWD components

"the motor that switches vehicle in and out of 4 wheel drive did not work"

John B., WI (2002 Toyota Tacoma)
Differential

"We started noticing a noise from the rear of the vehicle last year. I took it in 2 months ago to get it diagnosed and got a second opinion about 2 weeks ago. Bearings in the pinion in the rear end, it is in the shop now getting all bearings in the re"

John S., CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"bearing failed"

Anonymous, NC (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"It became increasingly difficult to put the truck in gear over a year. It stated to randomly kick out of gear while driving while on a long road trip. When I returned from the road trip, 5000 miles later, I had the clutch replaced."

Anonymous, (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Wouldn't go into all gears. Had trans rebuilt"

Robin W., CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"planetary gear diisintegrated & metal shavings in pan"

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Transmission shifts rough when it is cold. Once it warms up it shifts correctly"

Salvadore C., VA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Transmission would hang in lower gears. Mechanic cleaned filters and replaced a cable which fixed the hang up in lower gears.$600 total repair but avoided a rebuild"

George Z., CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Dead battery"

Anonymous, CO (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)
Coil

"Replaced it and it runs fine now"

Wayne M., TN (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-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.

What Owners Say

CD player

"stopped working"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Radio

"Radio/CD/cassette player stopped working one week after purchase as used car. Sent radio to manufacturer (Panasonic) for repair--total $360 including labor"

Randy R., TX (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
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