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 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"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)

"Clips on fender broke."

Walter S., PR (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
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)

"roof and hood have areas of severe paint fade and breakdown. not likely to repaint a 15 year old car, just have to live with it."

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

"When I bought the truck used, the paint had excessive pinholes in the clear coat."

Sttephen C., IL (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

"Paint chipping on truck bed."

Otto F., OR (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Clear-coat is disappearing, pealing-off."

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

"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)

"rust spots all over body total undercarriage rust that Toyota replaced"

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

"frame has a lot of rust. recalls were started on the 2005 models to replace the frame. this was the result of a class action suit against toyota."

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

"Undercarriage rusted out, the bracket holding spare tire and the front bumper rusted out and needed to be replaced"

Denise B., MA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealing with rust is a constant battle - dealing with frame and spare tire recalls, and rust/corrosion on the body."

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

"frame rusted through and had to be replaced by Toyota"

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

"The frame keeps rusting even though I clean it regularly"

Sttephen C., IL (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

"The frame rusted through, so we needed to get a whole new frame. Toyota paid for most of it, but it still caused 2 weeks of down time and we did have to pay for around $800"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)

"Rust is a constant battle with this vehicle."

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

"rust on body"

E C., IA (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"abs warning light coming on due to faulty sensor"

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

"The rotation sensor on the left front wheel fails at lower temperatures which disables the ABS. I don't mind because I feel I have more control on ice and snow without the ABS.I may replace it this summer."

Kit R., CO (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"abs dash light comes on and goes off for no reason. brakes have been checked and replaced"

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

"When in rain or snow, when FIRST stepping on brake pedal, the antilock brakes make a loud noise and fail completely. The brakes lock up and truck keeps sliding. If the brakes are pumped a few times they start to work again but by then the quick stop or emergency situation which required fast as possible braking has past. It's only sheer luck that I've been able to steer around the situation or had started braking early enough to avoid rear ending someone, or not slid too far into intersections. YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER WHEN IT'S WET OR SNOW TO START BRAKING BEFORE YOU NEED TO, AND THAT'S NOT WHAT EMERGENCY BRAKING SHOULD BE! It is a HUGE failure of antilock braking systems and I've been told in this truck the sensor is placed so it gets caked with snow etc, gets wet and fails."

Karlynn C., MA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"vibrating when i tapped the brakes at high speed"

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

"Calipers (front) failed to retract. Concurrently that revealed a brake problem in the rear where axle lube was draining into the brake drum - caused by a vent that was plugged during a recoating of rust preventative during a recall."

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"70000 miles, pads replaced"

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

"Gets loose and must be tightened frequently"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"I have had to replace front brake rotors twice in the last 40000 miles."

Anonymous, HI (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"The brakes pulse slightly. If it gets worse I'll have it looked at."

Kit R., CO (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

"during breaking the car would pulse as the rotors were bent"

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

"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)

"Every time I've replaced the pads and had the rotors turned. I've had issues with the rotor. The problem could only be solved by getting new rotors."

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

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Had to replace"

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

"it went out. repaired,"

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

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

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

"There is an evap system leak that has not been found, caused difficulty trying to get the truck inspected."

Ben A., TX (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)

"Gasket between manifold and pipe goes out on these trucks a lot and creates a hazardous leak that can come into the cab. This was the case with mine. It was remedied by switching out for a new gasket"

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

"The muffler was rusted out."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)
Pipes

"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 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"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)

"The down line sensor by muffler bolts rusted off. Shop claimed common problem with the Tacoma. Shop stocked repair parts."

Robert M., NJ (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

"The O2 sensor needed to be replaced after 15 years. During that service repair it was discovered the frame was rusting out. Toyota had a recall and the frame was replaced at no cost. The dealer offered to replace the shocks at cost with no labor charge and I agreed. The Tacoma drives like a new truck."

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

"An air fuel sensor needed to be replaced."

Gary A., IA (2004 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

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 pumps and hoses

"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 3.4-L V6)

"needed new shocks, began to affect driving/tire wear"

Michael G., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 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)

"Steering linkage has too much play and rattles on rough road"

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

"Steering linkage, Rack & pinion went bad and made it VERY HARD to drive the vehicle straight without effort and hard to control."

David M., HI (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 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)

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

"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)

"water leaks int cab from rust area at bottom of passenger door."

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

"RADIATOR WAS SHOWING SIGNS OF LEAKAGE"

Gary N., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 3.4-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Third party sun roof leaks when it rains"

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

"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)

"Body parts around front bumper need to have more fasteners installed. Many of the fasteners were missing when I purchased the truck and the body parts are able to move around and squeak when driving over bumpy surfaces."

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

"Rattles in the dash area. Seems to be coming from the passenger side airbag on the dash (stops when you hold the airbag portion of the dash)"

Timothy E., NJ (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Typical wind noise; truck could be better sound insulated"

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

"The auto painter broke the windshield when he tried to remove it prior to painting the truck. The seal around the new windshield allows wind noise and air leaking into the truck when driving at freeway speeds."

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

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"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)

"seized up"

Charles G., MD (2004 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"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)

"There was a leak under the dash."

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

"The system must be added to about once a year."

Anonymous, 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

4WD/AWD components

"Sensors failed and couldn't shift into 4 WD"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 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)
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)

"Constantly leaking left rear wheel seal was caused by factory defect. Toyota knew the problem existed yet cont. to produce defective trucks until finally acknowledging factory installed defect in the newer, 2015 and up trucks. They are repairing the new ones after sending recall notices but I & others spent thousands trying to fix EVERYTHING around the leaking seal until with online research I found it was a factory defect they wouldn't admit until recently. Similar to the rusted frames on Tacomas. I had TWO Tacomas fail with swiss cheese frames, my current 2004 has a new frame. My 1998 was almost a total loss the frame was so bad. They acknowledged nothing and I paid good money for a quickly rusting worthless truck. Shortly after I sold it for $1500 the next owner got $6000 from Toyota when they finally admitted the frame problem. Tacomas motors may run forever but the other recall problems they've had are SERIOUS. From defective metal broken leaf springs flinging out onto the road on my '98, to the antilock brake system that renders the brakes useless when wet or in snow. I may buy a Tundra but never again a Tacoma. I do not trust Toyota to remedy serious issues before selling their defective trucks to us."

Karlynn C., MA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Failure of the main computer due to water leakage from the windshield"

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

"The interior light continuously fails."

Anonymous, TN (2004 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

Accessory belts or pulleys

"belts old and needed replacement"

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

"after driving 3 hours truck starts to hesitate."

Michael N., 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)

"valve cover gasket leaking"

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

"have had to replace all engine gaskets plus the timing chain cover due to cracks in the cover."

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

"Head cover gasket shrinks causing head cover bolts to loosen up allowing oil leakage"

Anonymous, FL (2004 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

Locks and latches

"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)

"passenger door handle broke off, had to take door apart and replace entire assembly."

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

"We were unable to get the driver's side window to go up or down."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma)
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)
Seat belts

"Stiff won't recede"

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

"drivers side seatbelt often does not retract when you remove it which can cause it to get caught in the door when you exit the vehicle."

Denise B., MA (2004 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

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

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Module in headlight stick failed causing tail lights, dash lights and interior lights to not turn on."

Anonymous, AB (2004 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)
Gauges

"low wiper fluid light stays on - bad sensor in reservoir"

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

"dashboard lights not working"

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

"Dash board lights burned out. They were difficult to replace"

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

"instrument panel lights needed to be repaired- replaced bulb"

Michael G., CA (2004 Toyota Tacoma S-Runner 3.4-L V6)

"Overhead door light burns out every 10-16 months"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Toyota Tacoma 3.4-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"The pump for the windshield washer fluid stopped working and had to be replaced."

Pat G., FL (2004 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

Clutch adjustment

"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 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 3.4-L V6)

"Clutch master cylinder failed rendering the truck undrivable. I replaced it myself using aftermarket parts. It is a relatively simple repair and is not unexpected on a vehicle with this many miles. I consider it normal wear."

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

"Clutch wouldn’t return completely than not at all. Hard to get into gear"

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

"starting to leak"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota Tacoma 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)

"miss firing/low compression in 1st 2nd cylinders and emissions can't get inspected or registered Engine runs poorly"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"needed replacement due to failure"

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

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"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)

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

Alternator

"Replaced alternator"

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

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Radiator tank cracked and severe rust in block"

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

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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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
SEAT BELTS:FRONT
May 05 2004
THIS DOES NOT MEET THE STANDARD.
Summary:
CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 209, 'SEAT BELT ASSEMBLIES.' THE DRIVER'S SIDE SEAT BELT HAS INCORRECT MARKINGS.
What should you do:
DEALERS HAVE REPLACED THE SEAT BELTS. NO VEHICLES WERE SOLD TO CONSUMERS.
For more information:
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: 04V214000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8
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