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.
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There are 11 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 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

Alignment

"The car goes out of alignment easily"

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

"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)

"One ball joint seal had broken and the joint was loose"

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

"Lower control arm bushing had seized, causing clunking noises and steering feel issues, requiring replacement."

Rob M., MN (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Original 13 year old front sway bar bushings - simply wear and tear. Easy replacement - did at home in about 15 minutes (Used OEM Toyota replacement parts)"

Martin K., AB (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Clunking from the front of the Truck diagnosed as worn stabilizer bar bushings. This is expected wear and tear after 13 years of use in Canada."

Martin K., AB (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Rubber bushings in front end steering part dry out and crack. Only repair possible per dealer is replace entire assembly for 1500-2000 dollars.. Ditto rubber boots. Same on Toyota minivans I have bought and no longer own. ALL maintenance done per schedule. Hence, no more Toyotas for me. I can't afford their front end scam!"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Tacoma)
Power steering leaks

"Just bought it. Needs new steering box and com I g belt leaks"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"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 4.0-L V6)

"Both rear shock absorbers were replaced in June 2016 using Toyota parts. One new shock was replaced under warranty April 2017. Both shocks are now reported to have failed after less than 3 years. They are OEM Toyota Bilstein Shocks."

Martin K., AB (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Rear Shock was replaced after less than 2 years (Factory Toyota-Bilstein units). Failed just out of warranty."

Martin K., AB (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"5 miles of Maine potholes on commute to work"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

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

Anonymous, VT (2006 Toyota Tacoma 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 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 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)

"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)

"Recalled leaf spring problems, repaired at dealer"

Edward P., GA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaf spring recall, replaced"

Dennis S., AL (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"The entire frame was rotted out & it was deemed unsafe to drive by an independent mechanic."

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

"Factory recall on leaf springs. Springs were replaced at dealership"

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

"The rear leaf spring assemblies were replaced under a recall"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"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 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)

"I was told the entire steering rack system had to be replaced because of corrosion. I was having a problem steering the truck."

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

"very hard to steer wheel. needed to replace a steering rod to to steering drive shaft"

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

"i felt vibration in the steering wheel when driving. they replaced the upper control arm."

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

"Rack and pinion was shot but I discovered it was covered by a recall and dealer replaced it"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Tacoma 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 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 wheel vibration

"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)

"Very touchy, associated with wheel balance, and has been present since first purchased. I have found standard wheel balancing is not sufficient, and that the advanced (and expensive) procedure sometimes referred to as Road Force Balancing makes a huge difference, and is the only thing that eliminates (or almost eliminates) the problem. The issue also affects the brake rotors which need to be turned regularly."

E M., CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"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)

"front left bearing going bad, had to replace"

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

"Ended up needing the bearings on three wheels replaced."

Doug H., WA (2006 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"i heard a metal on metal coming from the left front wheel. they replaced the wheel bearing. that would have been 5 years ago."

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

"Needed to be replaced due to the same (apparently unknown) root cause of the steering wheel shudder, corrected (mostly) by wheel balancing with Road Force Balance procedure when replacing tires."

E M., CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"The right front wheel bearing failed and both front bearings were replaced."

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

"The problem was caused by operating conditions. Rough, sandy terrain."

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

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

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

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"trim around wheel well came off early as did 3M trim"

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

"Plastic trim/aero parts are coming loose due to failure of clips that attach them to the body"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"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 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)

"Paint peeling off the hood and the roof. When dealer contacted they said that it was not covered. Now planning to get the vehicle repainted at a private business."

Fred K., KY (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Midnight Blue paint is oxidizing along with clear coat."

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

"Had the entire vehicle painted. Hood and top of vehicle were faded and peeling."

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

"White paint with no seal. Did not hold up well and had to be repainted."

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

"The clearcoat has failed and the paint is deteriorating down to the primer."

Barry W., TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Paint flacking off the hood"

Julia G., GA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Plastic body components including the fender flares, and painted front bumper have badly faded.. The clear coat on the hood, top and sides is peeling badly."

Stephen S., TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Paint fading & pealing, worst on plastic bits"

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

"The truck is parked outdoors in the South Carolina sun. The clear coat is peeling and plastic parts on outside body are fading."

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

"The clear coat can't handle the Arizona sun and dust and is peeling away. Now about 40% gone. No warranty coverage or help from dealer except repaint entirely for thousands of dollars. Next time F150!"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Tacoma)

"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)
Rust

"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 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 4.0-L V6)

"Severe frame rust. Toyota has recalled and will replace frame"

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

"Recall done to provide undercoating to frame. Already starting to rust again"

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

"The paint has detoriated and there is rust"

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

"When paint peeled, areas of metal exposed rusted quickly. Dealer stated that this was not covered. I sanded and put protector on."

Fred K., KY (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"frame rusting excessively"

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

"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 4.0-L V6)

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

Anonymous, TN (2006 Toyota Tacoma 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)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"The 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 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 4.0-L V6)

"Refrigerant leaks out. The radiator filter thing visible through the grille has a darkened spot on it indicating a leaking area. I lost all my refrigerant over time. Recharged it, will see how long it lasts before deciding if I want to replace the leaking part at $300"

Joseph M., CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"This vehicle goes through an inordinate number of a.c. compressors and headlight bulbs."

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

"Compressor stopped functioning, so the unit was not cooling. Replaced it."

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

"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 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)
Blower (fan) motor

"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)

"It was making a clicking noise. It still worked but was very annoying."

Chris S., NC (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"I have had to replace the cabin blower three times over the life of the vehicle (the brushes in the DC motor powering the blower wear out). The most recent replacement occurred a few months ago."

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

"Resistors that controlled fan speed failed."

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

"blower would only work on high"

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

"Yhe capacitor that allows different blower speeds keeps failing. I replaced it 3 times and it needs replacing again. It goes out every year during the first rains of the season."

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

"Blower does not operate on high speed. Will require a new instrument panel, $$$, to correct. Living with no high speed fan."

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

"Blower motor only operates on high until complete failure. First fix $600.00. Second time repaired myself for $150.00 and 1.5 hrs. This is a known problem and the repair is not a upgrade to repair the defect. This should be a recall."

Ella B., CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"the AC heater fans tend to give out, so got a new one"

Matthew C., AZ (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 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)
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)
Refrigerant leaks

"Return line for the refrigerant developed a pin-hole leak"

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

"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)

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

"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)

"computer controlling 4wd failed"

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

"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)

"U-joints and bearing needed to be replaced."

Stan O., CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"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)
Driveshaft or axle

"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 4.0-L V6)

"Wheel bearing on all fore wheels had to be replace als drive shaft was bent caused by bad axel bearing failed"

Julia G., GA (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Complete drive shaft had to b replaced"

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

"drive shift started to shake and they had to replace it"

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

"drive shaft universal joints went bad a few years ago, now receive a customer support program notification, say not a recall but call them, what a crock of shit."

Edmund K., FL (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"had to replace resistor pack controlling fan motor."

Anonymous, OK (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 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)

"The vehicle would not shift out of two-wheel drive into four-wheel drive because the motor in the transfer case stopped working."

Alexandra P., ON (2006 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Vehicle was likely not put in 4-wheel mode enough to keep lubricated. Small 4-Wheel actuator was sticking. Large was okay. Both worked after being freed up and lubricated. Elected to replace small because may be intermittent. large was okay. Also Toyota had frame recall and replacement which caused the Tacoma to sit 5-6 months."

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

Electric System

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

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"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)

"Same as previous note"

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

"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 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)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"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)

"Backup lights stopped working. Toyota replaced switch on the transmission."

Charles S., AZ (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
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)

"direction indicator and temperature"

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

"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)

"Poor headlight quality."

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

"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)
Interior lights

"Digital thermometer and compass went out."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma 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)
Tire pressure monitor

"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 sensor has gone out so the light just blinks and never turns off even when air has been added."

Lisa K., CA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replacement of batteries for tire pressure sensors is extremely costly."

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

"Seems this is a problem with most Toyotas. We have had other Toyotas, different makes and models that have had to have repairs done for the tire pressure monitor light. The repair is costly and really seems to not work well even after having it done."

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

"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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Had problems with the abs and two wheel sensors had to be replaced."

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

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

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

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

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

"just wore out tottally"

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

"rusted and seized. got new calipers and rotors"

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

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

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

"pads and rotors worn beyond refresh."

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

"Parking brake will not catch when pressed down. No adjustment at dealer has remedied it completely."

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

"Replace frot rotors in 2009"

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

"seized up by rust"

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

"much wear on rotors and calipers"

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

"Replaced brake pads"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-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

"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)

"water pump leak"

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

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

Anonymous, VT (2006 Toyota Tacoma 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)

"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)
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)

"Rattles during driving"

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

"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)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

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 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)

"Have replaced this part 3 times already. Used oem parts"

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

"Clutch pedal stuck to the floor not allowing me to engage any gear. It took about a week and a half to get repaired."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
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)
Slipping transmission

"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)

"trannie clunks after stopping and will lunge forward, if stop quickly or hit a bump tranny will slip, always have had this problem , Toyota dealership just looks at me like from outer space, friend bought new 2008 Tacoma same problems!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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

"when stop quickly or turn a corner a little fast transmission slips badly, when stop a little hard , feel a big clump and feel with foot on brake, if take brake foot off truck lunges forward, has done this since new, none of Toyota experts can explain or even care to repair problem, say all Tacoma's do this, should be a recall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Edmund K., FL (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Differential lost all fluid and broke down on highway after 4 wheel drive service at Toyota dealership. The dealership replaced the rear differential for free, as this was likely a maintenance induced failure."

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

"Gasket was leaking"

Anonymous, SC (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Transmission neutral safety switch failed and was replaced."

John C., NY (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Cost of replacement"

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

"It became clogged with rust"

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

"Sensor failed. Dealer replacement quote was $1500. Local shop fixed it for $770"

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

"This is the second Tacoma I have owned that the Catalytic converter was out by 138000 miles on it."

Adrian B., TX (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"catalytic converters usually last longer than 110,000 miles"

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

"The exhaust leak was due to rusted muffler"

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

"Exhaust leak was caused by original faulty hanging bracket welded to muffler and not welded to tailpipe. Replacement parts corrected."

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Tacoma 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)
Muffler

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

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

"Tail pipe from exit port of muffler broke off at that joint, requiring both new pipe and new muffler. Muffler was quite expensive ($450 for an aftermarket unit). Given the low mileage on the vehicle and Toyoda's reputation for reliability, I was surprised at the failure."

Richard S., CT (2006 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"A lot of issues with exhaust, ball joints, rear differential. I believe now that it makke have been in a flood. The salesman was a family friend, I did not do any checking."

Anonymous, ME (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 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

"Since I have owned this vehicle, EVERY TIME it rains, I hear a persistent squealing from the engine compartment (sounds like a belt slipping on a pulley) for several days. Other Toyota Tacoma drivers have informed me that this idiosyncratic noise occurs in their vehicles as well; and that it stops as mysteriously as it began."

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

"Serpentine belt failed (separated). Steel belt part that broke flew off and wrapped around the fan. The loose wire spun around and wore a hole in the overflow hose fro the cooling system causing a leak and subsequent loss of coolant.. Engine light came on along with other warning lights. I drove home, about 5 additional miles. When I raised the hood the engine was emitting steam. The following day I added water to the radiator and drove about 4 miles to my mechanic's shop. He was able to repair everything. Total cost, including labor was $387.00."

David B., NY (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 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)
Oil leaks

"front engine seals leaking. Repair cost is prohibitive"

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

"Changed engine valve seal gasket/pcv valve at 138K miles: easy job. This is by far the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. Highly recommend Toyota"

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

"oil leak around the water pump"

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

"Valve cover gasket failed -- produced an oil leak over manifold and a burning-oil smell."

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

"Vehicle just started loosing oil - about 1 qt a week. Can't find the leak, yet."

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

"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)

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

"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)

"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)
Radio

"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)

"Problem with tuner."

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

"Unable to adjust/control volume: replaced the radio with an aftermarket unit."

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

"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)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

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 4.0-L V6)

"I’m at 298000 km, and its the original clutch, I had it replaced a week ago, just in case."

Dan L., ON (2006 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"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)

"Radiator cools transmission oil as well as engine. A failure of the radiator allowed engine coolant and transmission fluid to mix throughout the engine and transmission. The engine could be flushed out, but the coolant in the transmission caused rust in the valve body and destroyed the 'soft parts' in the trans."

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

"For this model, the transmission fluid passes through the radiator. The radiator leaded radiator fluid into the transmission fluid, causing a complete failure of the transmission."

Dennis H., IN (2006 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Needed new catalytic converters"

D S., VA (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Catalytic converter failed. It's an expensive fix. About $1200"

Anonymous, SC (2006 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
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)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"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)

"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)

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)

"Would not start - battery dead. Jump started. Bought new battery. Warning light still on. Had alternator checked. That was the problem"

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

"Alternator squealing at 138K miles: easy replacement. Easily the best most trouble free vehicle I've ever owned!"

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

"I replaced the starter at around the 185,000 mile mark. This was the first time the starter failed, so I have no complaints."

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

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"radiator leak, side panel of radiator"

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

"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)
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 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)
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 4.0-L V6)
Head gasket

"Blown head gasket. Very expensive repair - $ 4000.00"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 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

"Recall for extended door hinge"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Seat belts

"dealer replaced springs and latches on a recall"

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

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Recalls
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SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:SEAT HEATER/COOLER
Jun 02 2016
If damaged, the copper strand heating element may short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain 2005-2011 4Runner, Highlander, Sequoia, and Sienna, 2005-2010 Avalon and Tundra, 2006-2008 Camry Solara, 2006-2010 Highlander hybrid, 2006-2011 Rav4 and Tacoma, 2007-2010 FJ Cruiser, 2007-2011 Camry hybrid, 2009-2010 Venza, 2010-2012 Prius, 1988-1990 and 2005-2010 Camry, and 1989 and 2009-2010 Corolla vehicles equipped with aftermarket accessory seat heaters with a copper strand heating element. The electrical wiring in the seat heaters may be damaged when the seat cushion is compressed.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will disconnect the seat heaters, free of charge, and refund the purchase price of the seat heater accessory. The recall began on July 14, 2016. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET number for this recall is SET16B.
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: 16V396000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7749
SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:SEAT HEATER/COOLER
Nov 19 2014
Damage to the seat heater wiring could cause the wires to short, increasing the risk of the seat burning and causing personal injury to the occupant.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 Prius and Corolla, 2009-2011 Venza, 2006-2010 Avalon, 2007-2010 FJ Cruiser, 2005-2011 Sienna and Sequoia, 2006-2011 Tacoma 4x2 and 4x4, Camry, Highlander, Tundra 4x2 and 4x4, and 2007-2011 Rav4 and 4Runner. The affected vehicles may experience compression of the seat cushion which may damage the seat heater wiring.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will disconnect the heaters with copper strand heating elements and refund the purchase price of the seat heater accessory, free of charge. The recall is expected to began in January 2015. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226.
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: 14V743000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3233
SUSPENSION:REAR:SPRINGS:LEAF SPRING ASSEMBLY:LEAF
Sep 29 2014
If the fuel tank leaks fuel from being punctured, there is an increased risk of a fire.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2005-2011 Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner and 4x4 vehicles manufactured September 14, 2009, to October 11, 2010. In the affected vehicles, one of the leaf springs may fracture due to stress or corrosion. While being driven, the broken leaf could move out of position and contact surrounding components including the fuel tank, possibly puncturing the tank and causing a fuel leak.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners and dealers will install new rear leaf spring assemblies. The recall began on January 29, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service 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: 14V604000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 710711
SEAT BELTS
Aug 07 2013
If the seat belt pre-tensioner detaches from the seat belt assembly, the seat belt pre-tensioner will not perform as designed, increasing the risk of injury in a severe crash.
Summary:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2005-2010 Tacoma Access Cab vehicles manufactured September 14, 2004, through March 29, 2010; and model year 2011 Tacoma Access Cab vehicles manufactured July 1, 2010, through September 7, 2011. If the access doors are repeatedly and forcefully closed, the screws that attach the seat belt pre-tensioner to the seat belt retractor can loosen over time. If the screws loosen completely, the seat belt pre-tensioner and the retractor spring cover could detach from the seat belt retractor.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat belt assemblies. Based on the inspection, the seat belt assembly will be replaced or new pre-tensioner screws will be installed with thread-locking sealant and a retractor spring cover with stopper ribs to prevent loosening of the screws. These services will be provided at no cost to the owner. The recall began during February 2014. Owners may contact Toyota 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: 13V337000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 342451
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Mar 07 2012
IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE DRIVER¿S SIDE AIR BAG MAY NOT DEPLOY, INCREASING THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY.
Summary:
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005-2009 TACOMA VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 14, 2004, THROUGH AUGUST 29, 2008. OVER TIME, STEERING WHEEL VIBRATION MAY DAMAGE THE SPIRAL CABLE ASSEMBLY (CLOCKSPRING) THAT POWERS THE DRIVER¿S AIR BAG MODULE. IF DAMAGE OCCURS, THE AIR BAG WARNING LAMP WILL ILLUMINATE AND THE AIR BAG MAY BECOME DEACTIVATED.
What should you do:
TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE SPIRAL CABLE ASSEMBLY, FREE OF CHARGE. AN INTERIM LETTER IS EXPECTED TO BE MAILED TO OWNERS DURING APRIL 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE SPIRAL CABLE ASSEMBLY, FREE OF CHARGE.THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN EARLY APRIL 2012.OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V092000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 495470
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Feb 03 2010
A DRIVER MAY OVERLOAD A VEHICLE WHICH MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
SOUTHEAST TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005-2011 PASSENGER VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THESE VEHICLES WERE SOLD WITHOUT THE REQUISITE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION LABELS.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL MAIL TO CONSUMERS THE CORRECTED LABEL OR THE CUSTOMER WILL HAVE THE OPTION FOR DEALERS TO INSTALL THE LABEL FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 27, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SOUTHEAST TOYOTA AT 1-800-301-6859.
For more information:
OWNERS 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 <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V036000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 153418