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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 11 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 (159 hp)
  • 4-liter V6 (236 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Toyota Tacoma owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“The car goes out of alignment easily”

Steven G., CO (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Ball joints

“One ball joint seal had broken and the joint was loose”

Philip P., CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Needed to replace to pass MVI test”

Anonymous, NB (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“had to replace front left. Very expensive approx $900”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

“Factory recall on leaf springs. Springs were replaced at dealership”

Anonymous, WY (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“truck frame and springs were R&R, under manufactures recall”

David D., HI (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Was a recall to replace the rear leaf springs. I did not have an issue with them, but Toyota replaced them anyway at no charge”

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“The rear leaf spring assemblies were replaced under a recall”

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Left rear spring broke. As a result both rear springs needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, VT (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“poor suspension bottomed out frequently w/ light or no load on seemingly well paved road. One leaf did break, needed replacement. toyota annced. recall but so far no follow up from them”

Anonymous, NM (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“rear springs have been weak/useless from day one. I don't expect this on a crew cab with 4wd. when I found there was a recall (first notice only), I added a helper spring for safety reasons. Toyota is not moving to replace the springs for anyone”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Toyota has major Recall of Tacomas due to suspension rusting and inferior product and installation of suspension rods by a vendor they used. We cannot get the repairs done because the dealership(s) have a huge backlog of repairs for the recalls and”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“There is a recall on the rear leaf springs. The dealership is a long way away so I have put off having them fixed because of the inconvenience”

Dan L., CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Recall because of rust to springs and framr”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“About 2 years ago I began hearing a occasional thumping noise from the rear end of the truck. I took it to my independent garage who indicated a spring appears to have sprung. Last year Toyota issued a recall for my truck by VIN to date date fix”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Unsure)

“rear springs and frame are being replaced by toyota for free”

Anonymous, NH (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Replaced whole frame free from Toyota”

Anonymous, ME (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Leaf spring broke, frame needs to be replace”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Leaf spings broken”

Anonymous, VT (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Intermittently the steering binds, as if low on power steering fluid. Lubricating or spraying the linkage clears it up”

Dan L., ON (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“steering became difficult. needed new steering assembly. $800.00”

Charles G., NJ (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Steering linkage seized up and had to be replaced. Damage to electronics in the steering wheel occurred during the linkage repair which added nearly $300. to the repair bill”

David B., NY (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“rubber protective boot worn and grease leaking out. Replaced front rack & pinion”

Anonymous, AL (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Started to leak”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Steering became stiff as if it had no power steering.I brought vehicle to Gateway Toyota and the steering column was seizes. I needed to have the steering column replaced & wheel allignment. $800.00”

Charles G., NJ (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“Wheel bearings wore out, which did not seam unusual due to milage”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“wheel bearing LF failed; replacement by good local mechanic also failed; current one still ok after 5K miles”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“had to replace three wheel bearings”

Stephen H., VA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Recently identified a noise and vibration in the driver front area. Dealer confirmed that the left front wheel bearing is bad and needs replacing. This problem has existed since I purchased the vehicle in May 2011 at 61600 miles. Just now identified”

Anonymous, OK (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Passenger side front wheel bearing going out at 200k miles”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Replaced both front struts and shocks. Expensive as well approx $1000. Drove much better”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“had to replace rear shocks”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“The shocks had to be replaced”

Steven G., CO (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Unevenness in power-assist, difficulty steering at low speeds”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“had to replace rear shocks. Had to replace U joint on driveshaft (steering wheel vibration)”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“steering wheel vibrates when going over a rough rd”

Rick A., NC (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Over the last year the roof of the Tacoma has slowly started to fade, turn white. Waxing and such would help in the beginning, but it has accelerated and now nothing we do is stopping git or making it go away. From what we have found in researching the issue it appears the clear coat has failed”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Clear coat peeling started at four years. Repainted about a year ago fyet delaying repair for five years. Toyota says normal wear”

Mike S., AZ (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Clear coat came off. Paint faded, and rust formed on some areas of,roof and hood”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Painted faded and had to have the truck repainted”

Anonymous, MS (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Hood and top went from fading to non-existent resulting in the formation of rust that had to be repaired to prevent further damage”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Paint cracking on roof of,truck”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint on the hood has some apparent chemical dissolution spots”

Philip P., CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“all the painted plastic is fading and half of it is peeling...probably mostly clear coat. it looks awful and had gotten worse year after year”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“the wheel well/fender extensions have faded extensively and detracts from the overall appearance of the truck”

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“plastic bumper and fenders fading from sun damage”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Paint is very badly peeling on the original factory tire rims”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“The exterior paint (white) started to fade around 2010. Factory mudflaps became brittle and all snapped off. Carpet wore out even with mats in place, Paint chipping of dash”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Clear coat peeling on tailgate and front wheel panel”

Anonymous, OK (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Paint is fading and rust is prevalent. I have had cooling problems that result in $2-300 every 3 years to fix”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
Rust

“Rear bumper started rusting around marker light gasket. Upon inspection, entire unseen surface of rear bumper is unpainted. That is why rust permeated through”

Pete A., ON (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Roof paint faded/wore off exposing rust. Had to have it professionally sanded and repainted”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“The Frame is rusted”

Rick F., MI (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Rust was due to the paint on hood and top deteriorating. Paint went from fading to gone in a short period of time forcing work to be done to prevent further rust damage”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Severe rust on frame and other suspension components. Dealer now has truck to replace frame under recall”

Richard L., ME (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“under carriage rust-- corrected on a recall”

F H., NY (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Recall on vehicle for frame rust. Truck to get new frame because of rust thru”

Bruce R., VA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“frame rusting because of poor rust pertection”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“The underside of Tacoma shows unusual rust and wear due to inferior parts used in assembling trucks at plants. Tacomas are on a Toyota Recall list for replacement of the entire suspension/ frames. But local dealers cannot handle volume of repairs”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Vehicle was recalled with potential rusted out frame. Dealer had to replace the entire frame as it was unsafe to drive”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Severe frame rust. Toyota has recalled and will replace frame”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Frame rust requiring Toyota paid frame replacement”

Raymond P., PA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The truck is recalled for chassis rust and the dealer undercoated the frame”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Recall done to provide undercoating to frame. Already starting to rust again”

Anonymous, NH (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Since 2009, noticed excessive frame rust and leaf spring failure (leaf spring busted rear brake line) Replace leaf springs in 2014 and have been treating the frame myself since 2009”

Michael G., PA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The frame rusted to the point of being replaced”

Ray W., RI (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Serious frame rust and this year is not on the recall list”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Body rust prompted recall for Tacomas. Similar metal wear and rust caused breaking of rear leaf spring, now subject to recall”

Owen G., AB (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“badly rusted chasis and rear quarter behind wheels and under tail lights”

Peter M., AB (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“The paint has detoriated and there is rust”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“trim around wheel well came off early as did 3M trim”

Peter M., AB (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 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

“It failed and was replaced”

Anonymous, HI (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Had to replace the compressor”

Anonymous, ME (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Seized up and needed replacement. It is 11 years old, so not really surprising”

Rob L., NY (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“100% failure”

Anonymous, ME (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Compressor will not engage even though the button on the control console in the cabin says it's active. Have not had the time to chase down the problem. A/C fuse OK. Will have to check for voltage at the compressor when I get the time”

Paul K., MI (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Gave out with a terrible screech and the system stopped working. Both the magnetic clutch and the compressor had suffered catastrophic failure. Luckily it didn't affect the serpintine belt and the vehicle was drivable”

Thomas F., BC (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Compressor failed and needed to be replaced”

Brian B., OH (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“It does not work”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“The air compressor stopped functioning. It had to be replaced”

Raymond B., MD (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“compressor start to grind and just lock in place and broke, have to disarm most of the front of the vehicle to get to the compressor”

Jose S., TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Air stopped working had trouble having fixed under non Toyota warranty”

Anonymous, ME (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Compressor froze and threw shrapnel into condenser”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Had the be replaced completely”

Caroline C., QC (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Replaced”

Anonymous, AB (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Leaking and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“ac is blowing warm air need to have it checked again. was recharged with refrigerant but did not hold”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“The fan for the AC would work only on high. It happened once before. Cost about $350 to repair each time”

Michael K., TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Stop working ever 10 years”

Anonymous, LA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“fan quits on hi speed. melted connector plug”

Anonymous, OK (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“blower fan motor does not work on low to med, only on high”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base Unsure)

“The blower motor connector comes loose fairly often & I need to push it up to connect it again & again”

Dennis F., UT (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Resistor that controls fan speed overheats and either shuts off fan entirely or only allows it to run on high”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Condenser

“Took 3 tries to find the condenser and refrigerant line leaks. Was faulty at vehicle purchase but took about 7 months to find the problems. Selling dealer would not cover the cost despite promises to do so”

Thomas F., BC (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“A/C system would not engage. Initial thought was failed compressor, but turned out to be loss of refrigerant which keeps the compressor from running. High pressure refill required, but lasted only a month”

Raymond P., PA (2006 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

“Same as previous note”

Matthew M., VA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“When you insert or remove an item GPS Cell phone chargers the fuss blow and they are very hard to replace.It must been just released from mad house”

B M., SC (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Headlights

“Plastic lenses over the lights fog (what appears to be very small cracks in the lens) sufficiently to significantly reduce the the amount of light available to illuminate the travel way”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The issue was not a defect, it was from a trailer pulling the electrical wiring out due to not being attached correctly. Other than that, I have had zero issues with the Tacoma. It's an incredible truck and it's hanging in there!”

Matthew M., VA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“This truck burns out headlights about twice a year”

Samantha S., OR (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Both headlights went out withing 4 months”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“The headlights blowout very often. I seem to replace at least one every 6 - 9 months”

Dennis F., UT (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“Pressure light always indicates low pressure in tires regardless of whether the tires are Lo, hi, or on point. Would covet $300-400 to fix. No thanks”

Jackson M., FL (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“stays on all the time”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Sensors in two tires stopped working and had to be replaced. Not cheap”

Cary D., GA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Sensors in the tire are going bad; resulted in a rapid flashing pressure light. Very annoying and I am unable to get it to go off”

Anonymous, AL (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“The compass/ clock located in the roof liner, no longer works, it just stopped working, i looked the issue up. And it appears to be a common issue with this vehicle make and model and their cheap electric board”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Cruise control

“CC stopped working, cost $500 to fix”

Steve W., AZ (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“cc stopped working soon after warranty ran out. also master switch for power windows. stopped working yrs. ago. .> $300 for replacement part if I do it myself”

Anonymous, NM (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Gauges

“The compass and temperature readout has failed”

Steven R., WA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“The guage that used to display the temperature and compass no longer work”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“There's a weird short in the passenger side brake light that comes and goes. We have yet been able to find it and fix it”

Samantha S., OR (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

“Keyless remote not working,..battery has been replaced”

Anonymous, AB (2006 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

“Had to have it replaced”

Ivey P., NC (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Drive shaft problem was diagnosed as CV joint failure, Joints were replaced and this problem was eliminated”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“rear axle bearing failure”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Had to replace the entire two section drive shaft and carrier bearing due to bad u-joints. Toyota says u-joints are not replaceable. Must replace entire assembly. cost over $1000”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Driveshaft center bearing failed by developing a squeal. U-joints ok”

Allen V., CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Driveline vibration

“The leadsping failure in tacomas caused Toyota to do a safety recall. I did not have the leafsprinf redone, which caused stress on the univerasal joints of the driveline. The u-joints had to be replaced because they became worn out and were vibrating heavily due to the leafsping sagging”

Kevin H., CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Replaced U joint”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Vibration in the driveline was eliminated with the installationof new CV joints”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“U joint needed replacement”

R R., FL (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Universal joint had to be replaced”

Anonymous, AB (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The major problem was the time + money it took to diagnose the real problem. The dealership said it was the front differential. An independent repair shop changed both front wheel bearings before a bad rear wheel bearing was found”

Daniel P., MA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
4WD/AWD components

“computer controlling 4wd failed”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“The actuator that engages the 4 wheel drive failed. Dealer cost to replace was $2,348 not including fluid. This was excessive and I repaired myself for approximately $445.00 for parts and fluid”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Had take truck back 5 times to get the 4 wheel drive engagement to work properly”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Unable to engage 4WD”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure Unsure)
Differential

“Driveline whining noise since new. Dealer replaced both differentials at 80,000 kms. Not fixed. Problem still persists. Toyota claims it is normal”

Pete A., ON (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Transfer case

“won't go into 4WD low at times”

Rick A., NC (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-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)

“The light came on and the dealership determined it was a bad sensor”

Lori H., CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“One caliper was sticking causing excessive wear on the brake pads”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“completely worn out. Needed new ones”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“R&R due to age, calipers were leaking & disc pads were low, which was a maintenance item”

David D., HI (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Front calipers seized up and wore out the front brakes very quickly. Always taken this truck in for regular maintenance at our local Toyota dealer and nothing was mentioned about a concern of the front brakes. Rear brakes still in great shape but had to replace the front calipers, rotors and brakes which was a very costly repair because the calipers are a high performance off road type that is required for this vehicle”

Kirsten H., BC (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“age-related not releasing properly causing the brakes to heat up”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Right caliper seized, ruining the brake pads and rotor. Costly and frustrating!”

David B., NY (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“failed piston in caliper”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Brakes were slightly sticking on and hurting mpg”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Rotors

“much wear on rotors and calipers”

Henry A., OH (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Replace frot rotors in 2009”

Michael G., PA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced brake pads”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

“Purchased truck in Dec 2014 with 77000 mi. The front pads were worn down needing replacing”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Seemed to be premature failure of the rear brakes at under 80000 miles. I had dealer perform the work”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Front disc brakes. All parts needed replacement which in a wet climate was considered normal after 8 years of lower than normal use”

Anonymous, BC (2006 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 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

“water pump leak”

Anonymous, OR (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The windshield failed and the cab filled with water after a rain storm. The window was resealed and the carpeting was replaced due to mold and mildew”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Had replaced windshield previously due to crack and since then when they removed the old windshield they apparently scraped the paint. Since then I had to have the windshield removed to have the rust repaired due to window separating from frame of ve”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Mechanics discovered that water pump was leaking when they did factory replacement of complete truck frame,”

Anonymous, IN (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Rear window seal allows water to get into the cab when it rains hard. unable to locate visible flaw that causes the issue”

Anonymous, AR (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Right rear wheel seal leaked. As a result the seal and both rear breaks needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, VT (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“From new to current, the rear doors have had loud wind noises and whistling sounds at times. Dealer has "pulled" in the rear suicide doors to stop the whistling but the wind noise continues to the current time. Above 65 mph it is impossible to carry”

Richard W., TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“It has always been noisy. Noise was verified as coming from the rear window area. Toyota tried to fix the issue by installing more sealant around the rear window but it only marginally improved”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“the rear spring brushing squeaks and had to replace the body frame from a recall”

Robert W., VA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“wow how do I begin? transmission slips/ throws truck forward if stop quickly or take a corner over 10 mph, to may recalls to recall!!, brakes suck, hood had to caulk inside to stop vibrating, did I mention the tranny sucking???, Toyota dealers big ti”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“For the past five years of the nine I have owned this vehicle, the passenger seat has rattled to a fault when empty. It is quiet when someone is seated in it and no one cane ID the cause of the rattle”

Richard W., TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Clutch squeak. Known issue, continuous while vehicle is running”

Owen G., AB (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Heat shield on Cadillac converter lose and vibrated, repaired”

Douglas C., PA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“Clutch feels off. Dealer says it's fine. Might be due to a known throwout bearing issue with Tacoma's”

Miguel F., VA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“from day one stop to quickly and truck lunges forward and tranny slips big time”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Clutch began slipping about 60000 miles”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

“Gasket was leaking”

Anonymous, SC (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

“Slips out of gear when downshifting into 2nd gear”

James W., CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Shifting became difficult and then gave me an error light. Shop lubricated the cable and now normal operation. Has happened two times in past two years”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Clutch is jerky 4 wheel drive hard to get into and really hard to get out of four wheel drive. Replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

“Master needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“catalytic converters usually last longer than 110,000 miles”

Sheila M., OR (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Cost of replacement”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“It became clogged with rust”

Kevin B., AB (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Muffler rusted through. Had a small hole in the top. Wouldn't pass inspection”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

“The exhaust leak was due to rusted muffler”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Exhaust manifold

“Really not much, However I do very much like to purchase Toyota Tacoma Products in the future”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

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

What Owners Say

CD player

“CD player does not work now”

Michael D., TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Only disc 1 of the 6 cd changer works”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“stopped working so replaced. This was used constantly while I drive, I never used the radio”

John F., ID (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“The radio/CD player work intermittently. Sometime it works most times it doesn't”

Anonymous, NS (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio volume control knob will not adjust sound level”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“volume knob lost calibration. you can turn it way up, but it only moves a couple ticks of actual volume. same with turning it down. On another issue. this truck has been recalled for rusty frame to be replaced. took it in they said possibly 3”

Anonymous, IN (2006 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“O2 sensor will come on and not allow transmission to go into overdrive so RPMs are high at highway speeds. Then it will go off for a few weeks and come back. Dealership said I need to replace at a cost of $2800.00. Have chosen not to replace because I am not sure the sensor is bad. Something else may be going on”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Sends error message that is erronius and goes away on its own”

Robert B., NC (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“2 O2/mass airflow sensor failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, AB (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Failure of one of two sensors. Repairs quoted at $600”

Anonymous, BC (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“I have replaced the fuel pump twice in this vehicle. First time at approximately 70k miles and just recently at 150K”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“We wanted the U joints checked but they dropped transmission and said bell housing needed to be replaced. There were gouges on the bell housing. Talked into buying new clutch and it ended up being U joint problems after all”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Clutch replacement

“very rough coming out of gears and jumps, try a ford ranger and the clutch was smooth and no jumping. wish they fix it”

Jose S., TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Suddenly failed”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Previous owner had clutch problems, hearing noises from clutch. My problem was in second year owning it in cold weather had trouble shifting the springs broke loose and I had truck towed and clutch replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

“Apparently left over damage from an accident the vehicle was in prior to my ownership. Had to replace radiator and AC "radiator". could have been a lot more expensive, but servicer found it before it became catastrophic”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“radiator leak, side panel of radiator”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Water pump

“water pump leak”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“After 319000 miles I was expecting the motor to need some attention so it wasn't a big surprise when they told me that it needed to be replaced. The price tag was the problem!”

Daniel P., MA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“oil leak around timing chain cover”

Ronald K., BC (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“front seal starting to leak, expensive to fix. will wait till I need a timing belt”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“front engine seals leaking. Repair cost is prohibitive”

James O., CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

“Difficult starting that resolved itself. Most likely bad gasoline”

Jason C., TX (2006 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

Cylinder head

“Apparently this is a plastic part. Relatively easy to change with new gasket. Not as expensive as I was thinking”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Blown head gasket. Very expensive repair - $ 4000.00”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“#4 cylinder connecting rod let go. Toyota covered 90% of repair for vehicle off-warranty. New short block supplied”

Ernest M., VT (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 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

“dealer replaced springs and latches on a recall”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Doors or sliding doors

“Recall for extended door hinge”

Anonymous, IL (2006 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

Alternator

“It quite working but it did not trigger the warning light on the dash. I was not aware of the problem until the battery died from not being charged”

John W., FL (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
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