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This version of the Tacoma shed some of its workaday roots with powertrain, steering system, and interior trim improvements. Fuel economy is quite competitive among pickup trucks, and handling is secure. However, the ride is not altogether comfortable and the driving position is not ideal. Payload capacity is relatively small.
Alerts
There are 10 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

This version of the Tacoma shed some of its workaday roots with powertrain, steering system, and interior trim improvements. Fuel economy is quite competitive among pickup trucks, and handling is secure. However, the ride is not altogether comfortable and the driving position is not ideal. Payload capacity is relatively small.

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
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.7-liter 4 (164 hp)
  • 4-liter V6 (239 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 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

“Driver's side door edge trim has split several inches, becoming loose at the top”

Keith S., NV (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Roof rain channel trim fell off”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“A piece of plastic trim fell off”

David C., CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Painting fading on the fenders and front bumper”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“top of cab paint peeled off. looks awful. has happened to other toyota tacomas but company will not cover”

Anonymous, SC (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“All of a sudden the clear coat paint started to fail all over the truck. It looks like skin with a peeling sunburn”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Clear coat has disintegrated in the last year, even though I waxed the car four times a year”

Ernie B., AZ (2005 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“paint failed, cracked, turned white only on the hood and roof. Otherwis the body is in very good shape”

Anonymous, HI (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Truck looks terrible; peeling of clear coat (obvious manufacturers defect), now the paint exposed and is chipping. Clear coat completely gone on hood and roof, is now coming off both sides as well. Ridiculous”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“It scratches very easily”

Anonymous, ID (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“paint on top of wheel wells is wearing away l away leaving bare plastic exposed”

William C., NV (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Paint is fading and cracking on roof”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Fading and rust, had to completely paint entire truck”

David C., TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Roof had major paint cracking and peeling which led to rust. Now the hood is doing he same”

Nancy M., CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“paint began peeling off roof about 3 or 4 yrs ago (leading to rust), then off of hood a couple of yrs ago. We had to have it repainted last fall. Toyota dealer checked for recall, but found none”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Within the past year, paint has become oxidized and cracked most noticeably on the hood and roof. However, upon close inspection the doors and fenders are all fading rapidly as well”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“The problem centers around the top of the cab. The paint was still glossy, however, rust was noticed under the paint finish. I have also noticed quite a few Tacomas with much worst rust on the roof. In fact some where totally void of paint and app”

John C., GU (2005 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Blue paint faded from exposure to sun, had to repaint it”

Anonymous, PR (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“paint chipping from hood and roof area”

Jim A., TN (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Truck is never garaged, always exposed to weather, seldom waxed. Clearcoat is gone in numerous places. A total paint job is required”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Paint became chalky. I had the vehicle repainted”

Ernie B., AZ (2005 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“fading and chalking”

Anonymous, OR (2005 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Paint is sun damaged on roof”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Hood & roof & some upward facing side trim had pealing. Had these areas repainted by dealwr”

Jim S., CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Top of cab paint looks awful. Paint has disappeared”

Paul S., NC (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint chalking on the roof and hood”

Anonymous, SC (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“clear coat failed on top surfaces, needed repainting”

James F., CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Truck has been outdoors 100% of its life. The clear coat has been deteriorating for about 2 years and is unsightly on roof, hood, and driver's side (side most subject to direct sunlight)”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Paint shop said the rest of truck likely need new paint within the year. I didn't have $$$ to repaint whole truck”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“rust spots on doors and trims”

Anonymous, MN (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Toyota had a recall on rusty frames.... They replaced my underside frame. Took 5 days and there are now 3 or 4 problems associated with the frame replacement”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Frame is rusted through near convertor pipes”

Robert C., CT (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Frame rust. Received mailing from Toyota about this issue on certain vehicles. I took to local dealer for inspection, after which, I was told a new frame is being ordered and they will install at no charge per a recall”

Anthony N., MD (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“The roof of my truck has rusted pretty much all over. It will cost me a minimum of $1200 to have it stripped and repainted. Told Toyota about it and they would not fix it without me paying”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Toyota admitted to using inferior materials. Under recall offered to replace rusted out frame. Refused to pay for rusted out struts, control arms and other attaching parts to which rust had spread. Truck is unsafe to drive”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Vehicle recalled by Toyota for underbody inspection. Toyota dealer replaced frame and leaf springs. Required 7 months to get parts shipped from Toyota to dealer”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“I received a recall for frame rusting. so far Toyota has had my truck for 5 months waiting on parts to do the repair”

Mark F., IN (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Badly rusted frame. Replaced free via Toyota recall, but other associated rusted items were charged to me - more than $1000”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“on roof due to paint peeling off, then beginning on hood. we had to have it repainted (see previous)”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Roof rust that Toyota would not repair”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Within the past year, there seems to be rust developing all over the truck. Roof, undercarriage, springs/suspension parts, frame, etc”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“FRAME RUSTING ,NEEDED TO BE PATCHED AND A ANTI -RUST PRODUCT WAS PAINTED OVER . PER TOYOTA”

Anonymous, RI (2005 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Frame rusted. Toyota replaced entire frame”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“The roof has been rusting over the past 4 years”

Shannon W., SC (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“rear bumper rusting. From what I've read it's common with chrome bumpers on this model”

Mike A., WA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Frame failure due to severe rust”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer identified pinhole in frame at inspection mandated by recall. Replaced frame at Toyotas expense”

Charles B., VT (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The paint on the roof of the truck rusted badly and I had to have it repainted in 2016. This has been a wonderful vehicle. Very reliable and otherwise trouble free vehicle”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“2 huge areas on roof of truck that rusted through the paint. Each spot 10-12"x 20-24". I had to take to a paint shop”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“It didn't take 7 years before the seat fabric started wearing and getting holes in it”

Shannon W., SC (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-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

“This is a recall that took a long time to be able to get permission to do”

Shawn A., OR (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“metal part of the hose rusted and leaked/broke”

David B., OH (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Seized power steering clutch”

S B., ON (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“OEM shocks were replaced”

Mike K., CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

“well you left out frame . The frame rusted out no trade in value .. waited Toyota had a hidden limited recall . Had to fight to get it . Then had to wait over 7 months for frame and parts to come in before they even started repairs . Leads to ques”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust”

Anonymous, NH (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“rear spring leafs broke”

David B., OH (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“druiver side leaf spring snapped. Turns out it was a recall”

Anonymous, MN (2005 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Rear springs had to be replaced. I have since been notified of a coming recall on the spring problem, but no resolution is available at this time”

James R., PA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear leaf springs worn out & now recalled. Vehicle has eaten the 3rd drive line center support bearing. Related to the rear end riding low & bottoming out?”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Recall / repair issue for rear leaf springs”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Leaf spring cracked and was replaced under a recall”

Jackie A., FL (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“The rear leaf springs had to be replaced under recall warranty because of a possible corrosion problem. Replaced at no cost to me”

Kent Z., MO (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“The rear leaf springs broke. They were fixed with a manufacturer's recall”

Randy B., CO (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“recall”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Toyota issued a recall on the leaf springs - they have replaced these free of charge”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“rear leaf springs were replaced under recall”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“part of the rust factor of toyota frames”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The truck began to have stiff steering. I identified the cause of the problem on an online Tacoma website. The lower steering shaft's universal joint was seizing and preventing the power steering pump for assisting. Very hard to diagnose. Also th”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Steering shaft bearing failed causing steering to "GRAB" in different steering wheel positions. Had to have steering shaft replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“The steering wheel would shimmy when you tried to make a turn”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Had to replace power steering gear box”

Anonymous, ME (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The linkage had worn to a point it had excessive motion causing vibration and a slightly harder steering”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Steering shaft was binding and required replacement”

Craig B., MA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Steering knuckles, universal drive joint”

Walter K., MA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Bearing and linkage issues caused very tight steering. Expensive fix”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“the knuckle on steering column has been causing the steering to stiffing up, very difficult to turn. I sprayed silicone to alleviate the problem,, but its only a temp fix. Shaft/column has to be replaced”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“front left "hub" had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Steering wheel would shimmy when you tried to make a turn”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Due to linkage issue”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Noise front end. Little vibration”

Gary J., OH (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

“Allignment”

Walter K., MA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“right wheel bearing was worn and needed replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“This problem started with a tire noise. The tires were checked and no tire problem was identified. The noise went away when the vehicle was turning to the right under acceleration. This removed the thrust force on the right wheel bearing”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Engine shimmy caused by deteriorated rear motor mount and worn wheel bearings”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Front right wheel bearing had to be replaced”

Kent Z., MO (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Steering became extremely tight and difficult. A wheel bearing was determined to be part of the problem”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Drivers side front wheel fell off”

Steven G., NY (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“wore out and needed replacing (left and right)”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“had to have front wheel bearing replaced at about 67,000 miles”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-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 and clutch failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, ME (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The a/c compressor froze after sitting for 6 weeks when I was on vacation”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“compressor seized”

Anonymous, SC (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“A/C stopped working when truck was 4 years old. Mechanic said compressor was leaking and that it would cost $550 to $850 +parts+labor+tax to fix. I never had it repaired”

James E., WI (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“air conditioner has not worked for two years”

C B., NS (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Had a pinhole leak. Cost about $800”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“A/C was making a squealing noise. Light on A/C button started to flash. Reported to service dept. they charged refrigerant . Still squeals, light flashes, no A/C”

Anonymous, CT (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“ac compessor went out, cost me 1200 dollars to repair”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“Have had this 'fixed' 3 times. Fan continues to blow only very weakly. Service department says that replacing it would require total rebulid of system costing thoUSnds of dollars. Luckily, in the summer, windows still work”

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Cheap part that was part of multi car manufacturer USge. Son replaced with new part designed for load”

Anonymous, OR (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Fan motor resistor failed. I looked on Toyotanation.com, found the problem and the fix, ordered the resistor for $35.00, and had it fixed in 30 minutes!”

Mark M., VA (2005 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Heater/AC blower started making a very loud squealing noise”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“fan motor died recently, had to be replaced”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Fan only works on high”

Anonymous, AL (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“The circuit to the blower became "fried". New wiring and resistor were installed”

Andrea C., KS (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Intermittent fan failure on all speeds except max speed”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Fan occasionally makes a clicking sound neither the dealer or an independent garage has been able to eliminate due to its intermittent character. The blower wheel also seems at times to be loose from the motor but this, too, is an intermittent problem”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

“Fan motor switch burned out”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Just bulb failure”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Finally repaired by private mechanic as Toyota dealer's repair did not address problem”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

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 the universal joint”

Ron A., TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“driveshaft seal leaking-repaired”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Drive shaft wore out”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced drive shaft and have issues with transmission making noise from a bearing in fifth gear”

Anonymous, TN (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Vehicle keeps destroying the rubber portion of the drive line center support bearing. I am ready to install number 4. No vibrations to report so drive line balance should not be a factor”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“recall”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Whatever holds the driveshaft in was loose”

Adam W., AZ (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Driveline vibration

“Bearing On Driveshaft failed resulting in $1,100 repair”

John S., GA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Developing a more and more pronounced "growl" and vibration even though had differential replaced six months ago”

Ron A., TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“Universal joints needed replacing”

Charles R., TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“The driveline vibration was caused by worn universal joints”

Anonymous, SC (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“bearing need to be replaced”

Jack C., OR (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Just had the oil changed”

Charles R., TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Had to replace rear differential due to broken ring gear”

Charles C., NV (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

“Fan motor doesn't come on consistently when AC is needed”

Paul S., NC (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-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

12V power plug

“This item stopped working the first year of ownership - does not work. Seems to have been made cheaply”

Vincent T., AK (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“The 12 volt power plug does not work...was to be replaced at the time of the previous issue, but was forgotten”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“clock with compass had to be replaced”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Gauges

“The outside temperature gauge became intermittent then stopped illuminating about 6 months ago”

Vincent T., AK (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Tachometer is no longer working. Self-performed troubleshooting confirmed good signal from PCM. The fault is in the gauge cluster circuit board. Left unfixed”

James C., LA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Temp / Compass gauge started to fail and then did. For a basic gauge such as this, I would not have expected it to fail, even after 10 + years”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Gauges do not always work”

Todd G., SC (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Headlights

“Failure of bulbs”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“The new installed battery was continuing discharging...so according to the dealer, the brake light would remain on to drain the battery...therefore an electronic component,somehow associated with the radio and the radio, had to be replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Brake light switch failed”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

“Climate interior light bulb burned out. Once again, I looked at Toyotanation.com and ordered the bulbs and fixed the problem in less than an hour”

Mark M., VA (2005 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“climate control consol lights burned out have to replace them”

Anonymous, PR (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Warning lights

“A Recall to replace a spiral wire in the steering column alerted me to a problem with a faulty, half-lit seatbelt/airbag warning light”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Check Engine & Check Oil lights do not turn off. Terrible that we need to take for service to deactivate”

Anonymous, HI (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Body leak under dash flooding the the inside of cabin”

Stan D., CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Replaced faulty water pump”

Mike K., CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“doors and window weather stripping failing”

Anonymous, NE (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“The leaf springs rattle at low speeds”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“When starting from cold there is a loud rattling noise which quits after a few miles. Been that way for 5 years, so have not bothered to have it fixed”

William K., CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“the rear leaf springs had a TSB for larger shims between the leaves to quite the squeaks, this worked fine”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“It's a truck but it makes the noise of a dump truck. From squeaking in reverse to rattling at stop lights. Fit and finish has not been present”

Doreen O., FL (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“When I drive 70 mph or more, there is a significant whine that I believe is wind noise. The independent service station has not been able to find the noise when I take it in for routine maintenance”

Terry F., CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Driving with the windows up gives almost the same effect as driving with the windows down”

Doreen O., FL (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“Check engine light comes on sporadically. Code indicates a problem with the catalyst, but since the problem is still sporadic I have not yet resolved the problem”

James R., PA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

“Normal Muffler and tailpipe replacement”

Robert C., CT (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Had to have the whole system replaced. It rusted out”

Anonymous, UT (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

“Replaced”

Anonymous, UT (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Muffler needs to be replaced”

Anonymous, ME (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Muffler rusted out ... had to replace. But I guess that's not too bad for a 12 year old vehicle”

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-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

“driver's side catalytic converter. not replaced”

Shawn F., IA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“There was a bad connection on the electrical wire going to the solenoid on the intake manifold. I haven't had any problems with it since the electrical connection was re-established”

Donald L., WI (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace charcoal filter”

Anonymous, WV (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

“Fuel cap needed to be replaced as part of the O2 problem”

David B., CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Engine warning lite came on”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Oxygen sensor defect that was under a recall notification. Repaired by my local automotive service business”

David B., CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

“The brakes required pumping to work. They thought it was the master cylinder, but adjustment of the slaves and calipers fixed the problem”

R B., YT (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Seemed excessive for miles driven”

Sammy B., SC (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“all front braking parts needed to be replaced everything”

C T., MI (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“both front wheel bearings neede replacing cost 800 dollars”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Front brakes replaced and they now continue to speak when backing up”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-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.

What Owners Say

“Stopped working”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

“The overhead information center quit working. Toyota wants $900.00 to fix. Outrageous!!!!!”

William K., CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

“glue holding electric parts came apart over $1000 to replace”

C T., MI (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Overhead display (compass & outside temperature) failed to display. This is a well known defect (bad solder joints) in the manufacture of the circuit board”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“This was the overhead display for compass and temperature that is above the rear view mirror. It went out completely and had to be replaced”

William T., GA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

“serpentine belt replaced because it was squeeling. less than 1 year later had to be replaced again”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

“Valve cover gasket went bad resulting in oil leak which progressed over time”

Robert J., FL (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leaks from the front of the engine at the crankshaft”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Engine computer

“Check engine light staying on, despite defective speed sensor being replaced. Probably a problem in an in-dash module or computer”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Head gasket

“started having problems with heat not being hot. Was determined I had a head gasket leak”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Sneaked up on me but was caught before serious leakage developed. An expensive repair”

Reid S., MD (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Replaced engine. Valve train went bad causing a valve to go through the piston. Decided to replace engine rather then repair because of the high mileage on the engine”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Change your oil!”

Jim S., CA (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Replaced battery around 2012 or 2013”

Anonymous, NV (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Number one cylinder coil died”

E L., NJ (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

“The vehicle would not start and the battery was in good condition so I replaced the starter myself. After the replacement I experience periodic problems when the starter would not turn over. To solve this problem I replcaed the starter relay, which”

John C., GU (2005 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

“had prndl switch replaced”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Rough shifting

“Sometimes when I am at a stop sign I feel the transmission shift down to low gear with a thump”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“If it is not used in a week, the shifting is VERY hard, sometimes requiring both hands to shift. Gets easier after use”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

“Seal failed and leaked coolant. Water pump needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, NV (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Developed slowly so I was able to plan the repair”

Reid S., MD (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“Clutch has never run properly since purchase. Clutch was replaced and still feels soft. Possible other problem, but it's affecting clutch performance”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Throwout bearing was going bad. Had to have it replaced and the rest of the clutch rebuilt”

Anonymous, NV (2005 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-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

Doors or sliding doors

“d to replace door seals”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
Mirrors

“inside rear view mirror quit working,,,cant switch between day and nite mode”

William C., NV (2005 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
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