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

Owner Reports

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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.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard from 2003. ESC standard from 2009. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2009.
Road Test

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

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 2004 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

“Roof trim coming off”

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Plastic retaining clip for rear door glass trim molding fell off leaving sharp edges exposed. Dealer claim to have access to replacement part. Each time it has been ordered a wrong part has been shipped”

Thomas H., MD (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“Interior door handle broke on driver's side”

Sarah S., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“driver side base plastic does not stay secured, been replaced and continues to be a problem”

John M., AZ (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint on hood fading so badly, the hood is being repainted right now”

Anonymous, SC (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“roof paint oxidation severe, hood starting to oxidize as well. paint does not hold up in Arizona desert sun”

John M., AZ (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“Clear coat is falling-off. Paint is fading”

Glenn G., NM (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

“Bumpers are painted. Paint is wearing off. Exposed metal is rusting”

Matthew J., VA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Inferior product on bumpers. Peeling, cracking etc”

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It appears that there is a clear coating that is peeling. It may have been applied by the used car dealer, however”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“chipped. scratched”

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint peelings from filler panels underneath headlights. Also, hood and roof paint fading even though both areas get waxed three times a year. There appears to be no clear coat on the paint which is white”

Paul T., FL (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“Roof paint cracked exposing bare metal. Repainting required”

Anonymous, GA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

“The truck is Toyota Green and the hood has basically completely peeled off”

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“the wheels started rusting within the first 2 years of purchase”

Kevin J., MN (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“There is rust on posterior of tailgate & bumper area”

Sarah S., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Underbody starting to show rust. Gas tank mount and shield had to be replaced last state inspection”

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“Rust through on rear quarter panels”

Anonymous, VT (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“Rear bumper rust - severe, needs to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Toyota replaced entire frame as a warranty repair”

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base Unsure)

“Rear chrome bumper rusted out, just below license tag in center. Eventually had to replace entire bumper”

David H., MD (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“vehicle recalled for chassis rust-chassis continues to rust prematurely”

Ric A., PA (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“have no garage, so very rusty underneath, and spot nearly through on top of cab”

Anonymous, NH (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Frame was subject to recall due to rust”

Anonymous, ME (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear bumper, which is chrome, has serious rust and is being replaced. The lower edge of the tailgate is showing signs of rust”

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 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

“catalytic converters needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

“Had to replace catalytic converter - it was failing”

Michael S., AK (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“1996-2004 Tacomas have rust issues including deterioration of exhaust and fuel delivery systems. If you live in Northeast you know vehicles rust from road salt. Wash vehicle's underbody during winter to remove road salt and prevent these problems”

David F., NY (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Have had trouble passing inspection last two years and had to replace some parts related to emissions. Still not completely solved”

Eric M., NC (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

“Failed. I replaced it with a sensor purchased on Amazon”

L G., MD (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“Check Engine light came on - diagnostics said replace O2 sensor so I did”

Michael S., AK (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“had to replace sensor. $200 part”

Brian R., GA (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“Replace O2 sensor, $250”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Sensor problems on at least 3 occasions. Eventually had to replace the catalytic converter”

David H., MD (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“A sensor that reduced fuel milage, but still allowed the car to run and be driven”

Rod M., MI (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“The fuel oxygen sensor needed to be replaced, check engine light came on, read codes and replaced sensor myself”

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“Had to be installed twice to pass emissions for inspection”

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

“Air flow sensor failed and caused check engine light to come on. Cost $345 to replace”

Cindy T., WA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“Have read these sensors burn up around 75K miles. Replacement is 30 minute job, parts are $175-$475. I had a 2003 Tacoma (bought new) and it went 145K miles before anything needed replacement. Problem must be relative to maintenance/treatment of truc”

David F., NY (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“Had to replace”

SUSn M., NH (2004 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“Confirmed failed. Cost of replacement, even with aftermarket parts was very high with only a two year warranty. Cost to replace with factory parts was prohibitive - nobody does it”

David B., IA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“it went out. repaired,”

Rodney P., AL (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“There are several locations where the exhaust system rusted through and was leaking”

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)
Muffler

“rusted out”

Anonymous, IA (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Small hole in muffler.Would not pass state inspection”

Michael F., WV (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Muffler developed leak after 75K mi”

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust and the end of it broke off as it rusted right through”

Anonymous, RI (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“My mufflers and tailpipes have been lasting only two years”

Anonymous, VT (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to be replaced x2”

SUSn M., NH (2004 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“rusted out”

Anonymous, CT (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Muffler failed due to rusting”

Jim M., MI (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Muffler rusted out. Had to be replaced”

Anonymous, DE (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“Exhaust pipe, from muffler to tail pipe broke off. Replacement required new pipe assembly and oxygen sensor. Cost for pats and labor was $1070.00”

George G., NC (2004 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

Antilock system (ABS)

“abs warning light coming on due to faulty sensor”

Vincent D., NJ (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“vibrating when i tapped the brakes at high speed”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Parking brake

“Parking brake needed adjusted--I had to pull it out extremely far to activate it. Also the handle doesn't spring back completely to the disengaged position, causing the parking brake light to remain ON on the dash”

George H., OH (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“cable system to activate, deactivate has rusted and failed. now in operative”

Anonymous, SC (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Bell housing froze”

Anonymous, WV (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Parking Brake froze/rusted up. Had to be completely replaced”

Anonymous, ME (2004 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I am on my fourth set of rotors in part because the rear breaks will not self adjust”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“Front rotors warped again, causing extreme shaking under braking (and light shaking when cruising)”

George H., OH (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“replaced rotors and brake pads”

Anonymous, NH (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I can understand break wear from normal use but why do they always need to "turn the rotors" it seems like a rip off”

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

“had to get new front rotors very expansive”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 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

“Old truck with worn out parts replaced most of the steering linkage. This was bought used in Feb”

Jim N., UT (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“Power steering pressure line started leaking. Total cost for repair at the dealer was $999.38”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“I believe I replaced the original rear shocks, so they would have had 110000 miles on them”

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

“Rear leaf springs have lost a significant amount of arch also had to replace front struts. NO hard driving or towing”

G A., FL (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“These shock were the 1st shock work done on the truck since I bought it!”

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

“Had to replace Shocks/struts. Expensive job but since they were original I cant complain”

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“Bilstein shocks seemed too soft and allowed excessive body roll. They also affected steering stability over rough roads”

Steve H., MT (2004 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“see previous”

Jim N., UT (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“Steering became difficulty, repaired by replacing some parts”

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base Unsure)

“Steering linkage has too much play and rattles on rough road”

Steve H., MT (2004 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)
Tie rods

“Both inner tie rods were loose due to off highway driving”

Michael F., WV (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

“Required new sensors”

Anonymous, OK (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“System developed a leak and had to replace the condenser which may have been damaged in a font end accident in December 2015”

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

“High pressure line developed leak. Replaced line and refilled with refrigerant. System checked out OK”

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Freon had to be recharged”

Donald B., NC (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Refrigerant leak. Dealer repaired. Is OK now”

James C., NJ (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Unsure)
A/C compressor

“This is the third time that complete AC systems have been replaced. As replacement is more than just the compressor, it's expensive & a testament to Toyota's poor major systems components for this vehicle in model year 2004”

Nancy C., GA (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“Leaks around compressor connections had to replace compressor as well as tank”

G A., FL (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“had to replace compressor and evaporator”

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“Third party sun roof leaks when it rains”

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“Dashboard mount on passenger side”

James L., AZ (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“Clutch pedal developed a squeak. It's loud but does not appear to affect operations. After the truck's 60,000 mile check-up, the squeak remains”

Eileen D., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

“Drivers side front suspension area squeaks constantly”

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“Bearing for fan squeaks”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“Lower radiator hose developed a leak. This hose was replaced 40000 miles ago. also several oil leaks on around engine components - such as valve cover gaskets”

Paul T., FL (2004 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

“rear seal leaked 4 time in 5 years”

Anonymous, BC (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“There is a rust hole in the frame that Toyota told us their recall on the frame had expired so they would not cover repairs”

Anonymous, OH (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“I mentioned earlier - replace wheel bearing on right front wheel”

P T., FL (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Driveline vibration

“High speed vibration - replaced Right Front wheel Bearing. Vibration still there. Still working issue”

P T., FL (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

“Failure of the main computer due to water leakage from the windshield”

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

“Sensors failed and couldn't shift into 4 WD”

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Clutch worn out”

Eleanor W., NH (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)

“This is the 1st time I've replaced the clutch since I bought the truck. 229000 miles on the original clutch!”

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“wasn't immediately engaging upon release of clutch. burning metal smell”

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

“Transmission was making noise and needed to be rebuilt”

Anonymous, MI (2004 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

“Passenger door lock locks on its own. Toyota dealer can not fix the problem”

Glenn G., NM (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

“Rear window latch on extended cab broke during normal use, cost about $150 to replace from dealer”

Anonymous, ME (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Seat belts

“Stiff won't recede”

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

“Electrical switch controlling mirror adjustment failed. D.I.Y. replaced. Cost of switch was $153.00”

Thomas H., MD (2004 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

Gauges

“low wiper fluid light stays on - bad sensor in reservoir”

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“dashboard lights not working”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Dash board lights burned out. They were difficult to replace”

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 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

Transmission leaks

“starting to leak”

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)

“Clutch pedal does not always return to normal rest position when released. It is sporadic and my mechanic has not yet been able to see the problem. We will try again next week”

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.4-L V6)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

“clutch pedal would not come all the way back up after depressing it. took it to the dealership and they replaced the master cylinder”

Fred J., NV (2004 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Timing chain slipped and seized the engine. Toyota paid 80% of the repair cost”

Norman B., SC (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine through a rod and had to replace engine”

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-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

Starter

“Starter stopped working at 98500 miles. This stranding the vehicle. No other problems in 13 years”

Julie M., FL (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Alternator

“Replaced alternator”

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 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

“after running for 3 or 4 hours truck starts to hesitate. We think it is in the fuel throttle body but it doesn't send a failure code so had to track down”

Anonymous, BC (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 3.4-L V6)
Oil leaks

“As this unit is a high-miler, it is not unusual that leaks at areas, say, cam plugs are showing-up. I do not hold it against Toyota for "seepage" leaks on a unit that is banging its head on 300K miles; kind of goes with the territory”

Nancy C., GA (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

In-car Electronics

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

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