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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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.

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

"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 Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"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)

"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 Unsure 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 Unsure 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 Unsure 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 Unsure 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 Unsure)

"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)
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 Unsure)
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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

"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)
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 Unsure 3.4-L V6)

"Froze up and would not completely release"

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

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

Anonymous, CT (2002 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 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)

"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)

"Cable and calipers"

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

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

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

"Brake grinding noise. Rotor scored"

Anonymous, CO (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Typical for age of vehicle"

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

"The car is old and it needed new brakes"

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Toyota Tacoma Unsure Unsure)

"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)
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 Unsure 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 Unsure 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)

"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)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

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 Unsure)
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 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 Unsure 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 Unsure Unsure)

"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)
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)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

"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 Unsure Unsure)

"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 Unsure 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)

"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)

"Was very expensive 1200 cdn for work in total"

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

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

Locks and latches

"Plastic door handle cracked from UV exposure"

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

"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 Unsure 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)

"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 Unsure 3.4-L V6)
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)
Seat belts

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

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

"Don't retract properly"

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Unsure)

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)
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)

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

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

"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 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)

"rust"

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

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

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Tacoma Base 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)
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)
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 Unsure 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

"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)
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)
Automatic climate control

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

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

Head gasket

"Was leaking. Got it fixed"

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

"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)
Cylinder head

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

Robert H., NJ (2002 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-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)

"Knocks when cold"

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

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

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 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

Driveshaft or axle

"bearing failed"

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

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"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)

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)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

"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)

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

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)

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)

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
TIRES:TEMPORARY/EMERGENCY SPARE TIRE
Nov 23 2012
Corrosion of the plate could cause it to break, which could result in detachment of the spare tire from the vehicle. Detachment of the spare tire could result in a road hazard which may increase the risk of a vehicle crash.
Summary:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2001 through 2004 Tacoma light trucks manufactured from August 28, 2000, through August 27, 2004, and originally sold, or currently registered, in the following cold climate states with high road salt usage: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. The spare tire in the subject vehicles is located underneath the rear of the vehicle and held by a spare tire carrier. A lift plate on the carrier is used to help raise, lower and retain the tire. During its manufacture, the lift plate may not have been sufficiently coated with anti-corrosion materials. If the plate is insufficiently coated and the vehicle is operated in cold climate regions where road salts are frequently used, road spray can reach the carrier assembly and corrode the lift plate.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, dealers will inspect the vehicle and replace the spare tire carrier lift plate as necessary, free of charge. The recall began in February 2013. Owners may contact their Toyota dealer or the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V542000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 150000
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Jul 17 2006
LACK OF AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS IN THE LAMPS WILL DECREASE LIGHTING VISIBILITY TO OTHER DRIVERS AND MAY POSSIBLY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
CERTAIN AJ MOTORSPORT COMBINATION LAMPS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON THE ABOVE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES. COMBINATION LAMPS NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.
What should you do:
AJ MOTORSPORT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE LAMPS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 31, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT AJ MOTORSPORT AT 626-618-2026.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AJ MOTORSPORT AFTERMARKET LAMPS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES.FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE LAMP MODEL NUMBERS, CLICK ON DOCUMENT SEARCH AND VIEW DOCUMENT TITLED "LAMP MODEL NUMBERS."CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06E065000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3593
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Mar 23 2006
WITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
Summary:
CERTAIN PRO-A MOTORS CORNER LAMPS, TURN SIGNALS, AND HEADLIGHTS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. SOME COMBINATION LAMPS THAT ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.
What should you do:
PRO-A MOTORS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER TO REPURCHASE THE LAMPS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 3, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PRO-A MOTORS AT 323-838-2988.
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THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO PRO-A MOTORS AFTERMARKET LAMPS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES.FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE LAMP MODEL NUMBERS, CLICK ON DOCUMENT SEARCH AND VIEW DOCUMENT TITLED "LAMP MODEL NUMBERS."CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06E026000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 61944
SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER BALL JOINT
May 17 2005
THE LOWER BALL JOINT MAY SEPARATE FROM THE KNUCKLE CAUSING LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL AND A CRASH COULD OCCUR.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, DUE TO A MANUFACTURING ISSUE IN THE FRONT SUSPENSION LOWER BALL JOINT, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE SURFACE OF THE BALL OF THE JOINT MAY HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED. THE BALL JOINT MAY EVENTUALLY EXPERIENCE EXCESSIVE WEAR AND LOOSENESS, RESULTING IN INCREASED STEERING EFFORT.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT SUSPENSION LOWER BALL JOINTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 5, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
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TOYOTA RECALL NO. 50J.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V225000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 768379
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
May 19 2003
THIS DAMAGE COULD RESULT IN FUEL LEAKAGE, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A FIRE IF IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS, DURING SIDE IMPACT NCAP TEST (I.E. LINCAP TEST), A FLANGE AT THE REAR END OF THE DOUBLE CAB BODY DEFORMED AND INTERFERED WITH THE FUEL INLET HOSE THAT CONNECTS THE FUEL FILLER PIPE AND FUEL TANK, RESULTING IN DAMAGE TO THE FUEL INLET HOSE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A FUEL HOSE PROTECTOR ON THE BODY FLANGE. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JUNE 3, 2003. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
TOYOTA RECALL NO.SSC 30H.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 03V189000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 123360
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