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 2003 Toyota Tacoma owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

"Fading on roof, starting just behind windshield., Truck waxed and cared for since new"

Michael G., OH (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Red paint around front bumper faded and lost luster despite waxing & washing"

E D., RI (2003 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"I have complained since the first year of ownership that the paint stains and is fading horribly and really do not want to have the truck painted because a good paint job is very expensive"

John Z., CA (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Roof paint cracking"

Thomas F., MA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The hood and roof had wind shear markings where the clear coat peeled away. These surfaces required repainting"

Anonymous, ID (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"My trucks paint is faded on the roof"

Anonymous, HI (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear bumper is rusted out because of the design of the bumper"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had rusty frame checked 2x by toyota dealership...they say it is not a problem, but it is about to rust into 2 pieces"

Michael G., OH (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The bumper is the only ates"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Truck was recalled for underbody rustproofing, but underbody rusted anyway. Rear chrome bumper rusted completely through bumper step"

E D., RI (2003 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust made a hole in the bed of the truck. We had to cut it out"

Anonymous, UT (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base Unsure)

"More body rust than expected"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Bumper rusted front and back.Paint not bad"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"rust is around the windshield causing water on cabin floor in any snow melt or good rain"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"This vehicle spent at least the first 5 years of its use in Vermont and Northern New York, both high road salt areas. The frame was recalled and replaced. Now, the bumpers and top rails on the bed are rusting through. Otherwise, it has held up wel"

Anonymous, TN (2003 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)

"The rear bumper has been rusted for at least the past 6 years. I contacted my local Toyota dealer but he refused to address the problem. Many Tacoma trucks in this date range have the same problem"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"Rust proofing chassis and tire carrier recalls"

Phillip E., KY (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"The bottom edges are beginning to rust"

William R., NY (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base Unsure)

"Poor instalation of replacement wind shields. No fault of Toyota"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear bumper had severe rusting and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)

"The bumpers, front & rear, are rusting. When I asked the service person about it. They said they could not do anything about it. This was done within Approx. 6 months of owenership. I later found out that it was common with the trucks around that"

Anonymous, HI (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Not only the body but the frame has rusted. Due to a recall, the frame was replaced. The old frame was seriously rusted"

Anonymous, ME (2003 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Severe frame rust"

Glenn K., ON (2003 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 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

"The ABS is offline. Repair needs computer replacement. Too costly, living without ABS"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"ABS control module had to replaced"

Stephen R., IL (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Had to replace rusted brake lines. Could not get brakes bled properly afterwards (Car repair center). Tried several times taking it back. Ended up changing out the master cylinder and reached about 85% of what brake pedal travel should be. Still the pedal goes to far down. Finally gave up putting time and money in it"

Robert O., VT (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"The parking brake does its job well, but doesn't release entirely on the left side. I manually release the wheel by flexing the enclosed cable, forward of the wheel. Hence, I don't use the emer. brake. The dealer tells me the cost to fix would be over $600"

Risto B., MA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Parking brake not working due to anchor pins frozen from salt used on the roads in winter. continuing problem"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Parking brake light remains on after releasing brake. Pushing brake release as far as possible is the only way to get the light to go off. Brake release does not remain in as far as possible if not manually pushed. Problem remains even after brakes updated and mechanic notified"

Mary C., IA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base Unsure)

"Cabling sticks due to inactivity. Proper fix requires replacement, but cost is prohibitive"

Risto B., MA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Broken Parking Brake Cable"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)

"Parking brake warning light does not shut off"

Thomas P., NV (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"front handbrake cable had to be replaced"

Gail H., NJ (2003 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

"Brake rotors seem to warp easily on this vehicle. I have replaced them many times"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems like calipers don't always grab rotor even and were's out brake pads early and uneven and damages rotors"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Calipers

"Had to replace front left caliber. in past replaced front right as well"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"As vehicle had original calipers on it with 179000 miles on them when I needed to replace brake pads I elected to replace calipers instead of re-surfacing the old ones"

Arden B., CA (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Pads rusted to calipers"

Richard L., IA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"I checked three different places (including dealership) for pricing. Prices ranged from $88 - $380"

Darryl C., OR (2003 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)

"applying brake pressure at speed causes vibration"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Brake rotors wear too fast"

Thomas P., NV (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"The 2003 Tacoma had a under carriage rust issue due to faulty rustproofing during assembly. While Toyota replaced the frame and some parts, it was selective in examining and replacing other rusted parts. My brake lines were rusted through within 2-3"

Anonymous, RI (2003 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)

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

"Repeated MIL illumination and unable to diagnose specific cause other than it is related to evaporative emissions"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Check Engine light came on more than a year ago. Mechanic said it's due to the emissions control sensor; would cost over $350 to replace it. Advised that it is not necessary or worth it"

Anonymous, TN (2003 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"A component was replaced. The check light was reset and mileage improved"

Samuel F., HI (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Oxygen sensor in exhaust system when and snapped off when I tried to remove it. Had to replace the entire exhaust system from the manifold back because of it"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Check Engine light. Error P401. Bought myself a meter to erase this message. Dealer charged 165.00 to test and replace Fuel Cap. This fixed the problem for only 3/4 months. The fuel cap was expensive at $42.00"

Herb T., LA (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"engine light stays on even after I paid $400+ to have Toyota fix the emission system"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light came on, needed to replace O2 sensor"

Mike G., OR (2003 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

"Check engine light came on. Had to replace O2 sensor"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine lite kept comeing on"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Reason for replacing TBI was due to bad sensor. Really we can't just replace the sensor in TBI. Known problem"

Donald T., CO (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"Check light came on & took it to Toyota to repair. New sensors were installed"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Toyota Tacoma Unsure Unsure)

"Sensor readings led to AZ emissions check FAILURE"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"CEL on due to emissions problem - suspect its the O2 sensor but could be the Cat. Has prevented passing vehicle inspection"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Check Engine Light which lead to replacing the Throttle Body Injection. $2000"

Donald T., CO (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Sounded like a jet engine! Expensive!"

Thomas F., MA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor light came on...had to replace catalytic converter, now the engine light is on and may be part of same problem. Yet to be determined"

Jackie F., WA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the converter after 80000 miles"

Norm B., RI (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Both Catalytic Converters failed and needed to be replaced / costly"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Nothing - took theheadt"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Muffler replaced after failing state inspection"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Muffler and exhaust pipes rusted out and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to replace muffler as it was corroded"

Mike H., WI (2003 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

"Regular exhaust replacement"

Robin T., CT (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust leak. Cost around $300 to fix"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"pipe has hole in pipe before last converter"

Gail H., NJ (2003 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

"Stay dim all the time"

Anonymous, KS (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"Half of gauge lights not working and to change out the entire dash has to be disassembled"

Anonymous, KS (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"Headlight only seem to last one year"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Brake light bulbs need to be replaced once a year"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Unsure)

"During the winter months, the tail lights would occasionally come on during the night when the car was off"

Anonymous, UT (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Could not see dash at night, I considered dangerous not knowing driving speed, cost a lot to fix"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Warning lights

"VSV valve"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Airbag warning light stuck in on position. Had to have wiring traced for problem"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"Airbag light came on sometimes. No apparent defect found to actually replace. Possible bad connection"

Anonymous, ME (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Dealer replaced washer tank and wiring harness and charged $825"

Risto B., MA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

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

Shocks or struts

"Not sturdy enough for a truck that is used for work and that hauls materials"

Bonita B., CA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Broken leaf spring. Ended up costing $2,000, ouch!"

Mike H., WI (2003 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Very stiff turning wheel, replaced lower intermediate shaft"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Have had a recent history of break wear. Recently needed a new rack and pinion. Breaks also needed a significant overhaul to correct premature wear and alignment issues"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Mechanic said that the rack and pinion was worn out and had to be replaced"

Alva B., SC (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"This February, I had to have the entire steering box/linkage replaced. For some time, the steering had felt "loose." The new parts fixed the problem"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"had to replace leaking rack and pimion"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"replaced power steering pump"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)

"The tie rods were wearing out. When the steering system was replaced, the tie rods were replaced, too"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 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

"$3500 replacement of head with rebuilt"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Heads were cracked. My husband replaced them himself"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Head cracked. My mechanic installed a new one"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Broken camshaft resulted in a complete engine replacement"

John T., FL (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Drive shaft sheared. Replaced with rebuilt engine. Runs fine now"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Head gasket

"Head gasket failed at 148500 miles"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket needed replacing, but no other real issues with the vehicle. Overall a good truck"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"replaced timing belt because water pump was leaking"

Shelby M., VA (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"No problems"

Steven S., CA (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 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 ac compressor pulley bearing need to be replaced. It was a diy for me. Cost of part $31"

Jerry S., FL (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"It was 11 yrs old so we were not surprised - we live in Georgia so use AC a lot. It was replaced and problem solved"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"needs to be recharged"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Unsure)

"developed a leak that bled off all of the Freon. Dealer reported a pin leak in the lines"

Anonymous, NE (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Radiator catastrophically failed because rusted out at base. Replaced radiator"

Deborah B., FL (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"replaced unit AC keep going off"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Fan motor has broken twice in two years"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Unsure)

"replaced fan make alot of noise. also replaced air heating control unit, air keep cutting off"

Anonymous, VA (2003 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

"front dash and door rattles"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"rattles under the dash"

Anonymous, UT (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Dashboard squeaks intermittently"

Anonymous, MT (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

"the passenger air bag cover, squeak"

Sergio G., OR (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"We have had rattles in this truck from the very beginning and had cardboard wedged into the dash"

Anonymous, ME (2003 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Air or water leaks

"see rust"

Anonymous, MI (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 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

"replaced half drive shaft and 2 CV joints"

Anonymous, LA (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"had to have ujoints replaced"

James W., WA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Left rear axle seal failure. Actually the seal has been leaking several years and I could finally afford the repair"

Risto B., MA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"THE RIGHT SIDE OUTSIDE SEAL LEAKED FLUID AND CAUSED THE BEARINGS TO BE RUINED BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT LUBRICATED"

R N., TX (2003 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

"Repeated seal leak/failure"

Anonymous, AK (2003 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
4WD/AWD components

"My 4 wheel drive system went out over the winter. I have not had it repaired due to cost. Truck can still be driven"

Michael J., MT (2003 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Shaft bearing went out, also replaced clutch"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch pedal began making noise and finally had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

"Original clutch was replaced at 205,000. I think that's a pretty good run for a clutch"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn out clutch"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)

"Clutch was worn from use. It was expected. The master cylinder and slave were replaced also"

George W., TN (2003 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"3rd gear broke apart inside transmission and pieces scattered throughout damaging entire transmission"

Stephen W., ON (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"The rear engine seal is slowly leaking. With the small amount of use, my mechanic recommended just adding oil periodically than having seal replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"rear main seal replaced and front right axel seal replaced"

Frank K., TX (2003 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"There was an oil leak. The Toyota dealership fixed it"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"valve cover gaskets leaking"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)

"Rear engine seal"

Anonymous, SC (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 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

"Door handle broke"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Tailgate is rusting badly. It would be just as cheap to replace it as it would to repaint it"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Pasenger side outside door latch stoped working. Could only open the passenger door from inside. Had to replace door latch handle"

Darrell W., VA (2003 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"slow leak over time. costly to repair"

Shelby M., VA (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"The water pump sprung a leak"

Anonymous, WA (2003 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

"DASH LIGHT FOR RADIO"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Tacoma Base 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

"replaced both clutch master and slave cylinder. still losing hydraulic pressure now and then"

Anonymous, TX (2003 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)

"Battery failed, replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

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Recalls
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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.
For more information:
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.
For more information:
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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