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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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 2008 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

Ball joints

"Replaced control arm and ball joint, tie rod end."

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed replacement just after warrantee expired"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Bushings

"The lower control arm bushing mounting bolts froze to the internal bushing sleeve. This problem does not allow the truck to be aligned and the bushings must be cut out to replace."

Andrew W., SC (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Hose broke, power steering suddenly went out during a sharp turn"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The car made loud grinding & squeaking noises when steering wheel turned all the way both sides. Dealer said there were metal shavings in the steering pump, so that it needed to be replaced. He charged me $1,100 to do this!!!"

Jillian F., DC (2008 Toyota Tacoma)
Shocks or struts

"Uneven tire wear"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"When they needed replacing, I replaced the struts and rear shocks with equipment that exceeded OEM standards."

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"leaky strut replaced. done in tandem with other strut"

Paul K., MI (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Mechanic notified me of wear on the right strut, replaced both prior to any serious problem, hazard"

Ron R., AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Rear springs broke and cost $1400 to repair. Four months later I received a recall notice regarding rear springs and it took a year to get my money"

Thomas B., MA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear leaf spring replaced due to YET ANOTHER recall on this truck. Were not properly bolted on, rear end almost separated from the truck. Imagine the consequences"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Both front torsion bar support links failed due to corrosion"

Victor W., IL (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Safety recall for broken/defective rear leaf springs"

David H., ME (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Factory recall--warranty replacement of rear springs"

James B., OR (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"rear leaf springs subject to recall replacement"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Springs repaired via manufacturer's recall"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"both leaf springs corroded and broken...........rusted out fender braces leave fenders flopplng in the breeze...could take up to two months to get springs...been two weeks at this writing"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear leaf springs replaced (recall) also frame had anticorrosion protection added (recall)"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Both rear springs were replaced as a result of a recall of the truck by Toyota. I paid nothing for this service"

Larry P., NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Toyota recall of rear leaf springs. Replaced by the dealer at no charge"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"rear leaf spring broke. was replaced on a recall"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"Recall service to replace rear springs"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"My Tacoma frame has severe rust on the frame and springs and all The Toyota dealer did was paint over the rust. One area of the frame rusted right through. I do not recommend this truck to be bought. Poor quality in my opinion. Unsafe in my opinion"

Daniel P., CT (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"This was resolve with a recall at no cost to us, luckily"

Anonymous, NH (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall replaced springs"

Anonymous, AE (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"It was a manufacturer recall and it took four months until the part was available to get the leaf springs replaced."

Sandy L., FL (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Rear leaf springs broken. Promptly replaced by dealer."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Recall for rear springs. Not a problem with my vehicle. Toyota checked it out and passed it."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Recall issue. Repaired by dealership"

Anonymous, MS (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Recall on rear leif springs"

Robert R., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Broken leaf springs"

Anonymous, VT (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"Second leaf spring failed. Known problem and there is now a safety recall"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"safety Recall notice"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"Springs broke, had to replace... just learned of pending Toyota recall to replace/reimburse, but no details on timing"

Jeffrey W., MA (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"completely cracked and split, also replaced under recall"

Suzanne P., ME (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"One moth ago the frame was replaced because it rusted out. Now the intermediate steering shaft needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"joint in the steering linkage seized up. required replacement"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"I had to replace the rack and pinion steering for a second time"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"problem was discovered when power steering fluid began to leak onto garage floor. No impart as far as use of vehicle as I had it repaired shortly after discovering the leak. Kind of an expensive repair."

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking power steering fluid and had rack and pinion replaced when Toyota replaced my frame from a recall. Toyota replaced rack and pinion labor free (I purchased part myself on line, saved hundreds vs price dealer wanted)"

Steven D., MD (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"rack & pinion mechanism developed a leak and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"replaced steering linkage"

Charles P., NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"U-joint on steering column corroded / almost frozen up. Very difficult to turn steering wheel"

Doug D., NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Steering Knuckle started to freeze up and cause a sensation like the power steering was going out. Cleaned and lubed the joint and 5 months later had to replace it"

Anonymous, WV (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Stiff universal joint on the intermediate shaft"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace entire rack"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"I had to replace the steering linkage because the handling was soo bad"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Truck becomes very difficult to steer in either direction, steering wheel will not "return to center", problem is the Intermediate Steering Shaft, the lower U-Joint in this shaft failed"

Al S., PA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"PROBLEM SOLVED WITH BEARING REPLACEMENT"

Anonymous, HI (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Wheel balance

"After Toyota dealer balanced and installed winter tires the front end shimmied and vibrated the steering wheel at 80-90 km/h. Dealer rep says "drive through it" they are unable to correct"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Rusted and seized"

David H., ME (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Bad front wheel bearing on both my Toyota we own. Machine shop said they get a ton of bad toyota bearings"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"Truck began having a mild rumbling feel and sound."

Scott B., TN (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"At 145000 the front wheel bearings were both shot. Was in the repair hop over night."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Front left wheel bearings making loud noise around 100K miles and wheel was not secure. Had mechanic replace. Works fine now."

Steven D., MD (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"When the bearings wore out while driving there was a rumbling sound similar to riding with mudder tires and a noticeable vibration in the steering."

Scott B., TN (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Passenger front wheel bearing assembly was noisy. Replaced both front assemblies"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"The failed rear bearings caused metal shavings to get into the rear differential causing a complete replacement of the rear axle seals, barrings, and differential. This was a $5300 repair. It also occurred right after my frame had failed and was completely replaced through a Toyota recall. The entire process cost a lot of time and money. I will not purchase another Toyota truck due to the frame issue."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"left front wheel bearing replaced @ 77000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"worn bearings in left front wheel"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"wheel bearings left side took out everything"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 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

"on roof there was 2 black plastic strips. The strips loosed and missing. Also, passanger side sunvisor's controller broke by itself"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Sun visor keeps slipping. Very difficult to see when the visor slips"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Shift boot failed; door panel loose"

Howard J., MN (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The sun visor is loose so it keeps falling down blocking your view."

Brian T., AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint fading on the top of the roof"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Roof has peeled badly. The area over the wheels is more orange than the red it should be"

Norma D., NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Like every other red 2008 Toyota Tacoma I have seen in Arizona, my Tacoma's paint came off very badly due to sun damage. Other years/colors dod not seem to be so bad. The warranty did not cover this - should be a class action suit but I don't have the time to initiate."

Thomas A., AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Clear coat failed first then paint faded."

Brent V., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Paint fading on top and front hood. Also on the top of the flared wheel wells."

Brian T., AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"The clear coat is failing in several areas. I have gotten parts of repainted"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"hood & top -Flat surfaces were loosing paint, turning red/ rusting. Original color is dark blue."

Anonymous, LA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Paint on top faded. Had top repainted. Suspect lost clear coat protection."

Harold H., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"I have a black Tacoma PreRunner on which the paint has faded and worn off on the roof and hood of the vehicle. Apparently this is a relatively common problem for this vehicle, as I have seen multiple vehicles similar to mine with the same or similar paint issues. Very disappointing!"

William H., FL (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Clear coat on roof and hood is failing. Harsh sun here."

Timothy G., NM (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Paint peeling and the interior cup holder and sun glass holder broke not able to replace at part at a reasonable rate"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Roof paint just peeled and cracked off. Problem was also on other blue Tacoma’s."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"The clear coat has basically deteriorated in many places"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Cab and hood had the paint to peel."

Norma D., NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"paint 'erosion' (wearing away)on top of cab and hood"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"The paint on top faded"

Harold H., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"CLEARCOAT FAILURE, ALL HORIZONTAL SURFACES"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"oxidation"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Think it may have had body damage in an accident and the body filler used was not properly primed"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Easily scratched"

Betty A., NH (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Rust

"Vehicle was recalled because of frame rust through. Entire frame was replaced. Same problem I had with my '96 Tacoma!"

Thomas B., CT (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Wheel rims were corroding so that tires were loosing air pressure. Rims needed to be refinished for tires to seal."

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Roof and hoof of Tacoma was rusting/ turning red. Original color is dark blue."

Anonymous, LA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"The roof and hood of the vehicle are rusting where the paint has failed on the roof and hood of the vehcle."

William H., FL (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"The rear bumper has peeling paint caused by rust forming under the paint area."

Gary W., IA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Owned a Toyota before this one never had this problem, had that veh for 13 years"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Recalled due to rust corrosion - new frame."

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Had framed inspected at Toyota dealership the frame has some signifigent rust and has to be replaced under a recall"

Alan E., ON (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust on frame - Toyota is aware of this condition - received a letter from Toyota to take vehicle to their local dealer for inspection and repair"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Undercarriage"

Anonymous, VT (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"The truck was recalled because of frame rust. They scraped and treated the rust spots"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The frame of truck was never rust proofed"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"The rust is on the rear bumper"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Bumper"

Betty A., NH (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water leaking through eye glass compartment after rain. Dont know if problem is seal between windshield & car."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Windshield leak"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"radiator neck leakage"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Had recall on potential frame corosion - No charge for recall work. Then dealer tells me I have a water pump leak going to cost $ 900.00 to fix. Non dealer trusted machanic can't find the leak. ( ? )"

Anonymous, DE (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"front passengers side. There was a leak that went on for two years before I realized that was the cause of the smell. Toyota did fix it, said it was a defect but no recall since not many people had the problem"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Replaced a water pump"

J K., OR (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The access doors have been a problem with wind noise due to the poor rubber seals. Toyota for around $600.00 claim they can correct this problem!"

G L., CO (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Wind/road noise through weather stripping around rear half doors. Dealer replaced seals on warranty. It did NOT solve the noise problem when driving."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"The dealer had no idea what or how to fix the problem"

J G., OR (2008 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"it sounds like something is loose near the glovebox. it depends on what RPM the truck is running at. This happens what the engine is cold and warming up. BUT, does not do this all the time"

Ed N., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"exhaust system heat shield rattles at specific RPMs"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch bearing sometimes chirps/squeals"

Robert L., NV (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

""thumping" sound in dashboard; dealer has attempted to stop this several times; no lasting cure"

Jack C., VA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"I love my Tacoma, but it hakes odd noises when I start it cold, until it warms up for 10 minutes. No mechanic has been able to diagnose it but it gets worse every year. Goes away after 10-15 minute warm up. Engine speed dependent more that vehicle speed dependent. More evident inside the cab that outside."

Thomas A., AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Sounds like a heat shield is loose"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"Where the windshield meets the dashboard there is a rattle that only can stopped by inserting (wedging) a thin eraser by the passenger side in the corner where the windshield meets the dash board"

J G., OR (2008 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"rattle inside dashboard when going over bumpy surface"

Jack C., VA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Mechanic determined it was weather related...due to freezing temperatures"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Leaf springs squeak constantly"

Todd G., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Door has an annoying rattle inside it that only rattles on bumpy roads - no problem with window or door operation - just rattles at times"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"truck is noisy and sounds like sometyhing is loose and tinny"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"At any speed over 15-20mph, the wind noise is so bad that hearing the radio is challenging and frequently understanding what is said difficult. Worst I have experienced in any car, van, or truck I have driven"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Access doors has noise problems on windy days"

G L., CO (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Wind noise on the doors. Needs to be replaced, but it is an expensive replacement."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Same as previous."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Wind noise around the 2 doors & the access doors."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Seals around rear half-doors"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"excessive door & window noise"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"would not engage in 4wd"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Front 4 wd actuator failed. Couldn't be put into 4 wd."

Evanna W., PA (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
CV joint

"Had to replace"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Vibration came from worn out C V joints replaced all 3"

Larry R., FL (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Differential

"A bolt or some other object was ejected from the differential leaving a hole in the casing and a leak of fluid. The differential could have locked up causing an accident"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"hole in diff caused leak of fluid. Broken piece could have caused diff to lock up resulting in accident."

Anonymous, MO (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"The differential case is rusted causing a fluid leak"

Charles P., NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"First the windshield needed to be replaced because of wind noise. Then the front wheel Bering s went bad at 65000 miles and now the rear differential started to hum and I was told it would need to be replaced. This truck has never been off road ing"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"Very noisy at speeds between 50 - 70"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced once along with the drive shaft. The new drive shaft came from the factory with a crack in the shaft....had to re-order another.....unfortunately, the truck still shakes"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"The front wheel beings going bad at 65000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"From the beginning until now, there is a vibration in the driveline that Toyota has been unable to find and solve. It still shakes, especially when pulling a trailer"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"Worn CV joints"

Larry R., FL (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Front wheel bearing"

Robert N., NH (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Failed universal joint...replaced all three as a preventative measure"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Replaced front axle bearings"

James B., OR (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"u joint became wobbly"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"rebuild drive shaft"

Charles P., NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Leaking seal which contaminated rear brake. Seal and new brakes were covered by extended warranty, which I purchased during vehicle purchase"

Michael S., PA (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"loud whining noise"

A M., TN (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base)

"Driveline issue makes the truck feel like its rear-ended after decelerating to a complete stop. It's a noticeable bump"

Todd G., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"needed u=joints and carrier bearings replaced. Mechanic had trouble balancing driveline"

Mark D., IN (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"shuddered on acceleration, especially on hills. This was replaced under warranty"

Suzanne P., ME (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"rear axle seal leaks. Toyota dealer estimated 700 to repair plus another 300 to replace the brakes because oil has leaked on them. If you google you will see this is a continuing problem with tacomas"

Steve M., VA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Stability control (ESC)

"HAD TO REPLACE THREE WHEEL BEARING AND HAD THE BRAKES REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME"

Anonymous, HI (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Transfer case

"actuator went out"

Anonymous, KY (2008 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

"Compressor leaked coolant"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"The clutch on the compressor failed and it was $800 to repair. Toyota offered no assistance."

Anonymous, ID (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Compressor broke internally and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"I have recurrent problems with the A/C in this truck. I pay a hefty fee every year to test the system and recharge it when no leak is found, but the next summer there is no cool air once again! A 2010 Tacoma I previously owned had a similar problem. Toyota trucks - the AC sucks!"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"The A/C light was blinking indicating that the the compressor was not spinning at the proper speed and therefore had been shutoff. Could have been the A/C clutch but I had them replace the clutch and compressor"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"After about $400 spent troubleshooting and servicing the system, the Toyota Dealer determined that a compressor was required. This would have cost an additional $2300 since the truck is out of warranty. Toyota covered the cost of the compressor repla"

Jim L., WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"This problem may be in engineering. On hot days I run the AC on cold, recirc, and the fan on high. It barely keeps the cab cool with only two people in the truck. The dealer says his thermometer is showing that it is working correctly. What a piece o"

Mark P., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Suddenly squealed and smelled 1st day needed this season only after 60'000 miles"

Anonymous, VT (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Stopped working"

Anonymous, ME (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Air conditioning does not work. I have not fixed it because it will cost over $1000. Air conditioning is not critical in Western NY"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"A/C relay switch failed"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"It failed pretty quickly and made a horrible rattling noise when turned on. But, the car had approx. 130,000 miles on it, so it just wore out. Extremely reliable vehicle altogether"

Stephanie S., TN (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"mouse nest.....dealer replaced cabin filter and installed mouse guard and removed nest"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The bearings started going out in the blower unit"

Martin T., CO (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"there is a loose connection in the heater ac blower"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"makes o much noise, think it's going out"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"blower fan had to be replaced, then a while letter there was an electrical short in the AC system so I had to have the panel replaced. not the light in the AC panel is blinking on and off"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Approximately 3 years old, the blower stopped working. I had it repaired at the dealers' shop, at what I would consider a high cost. Again in 2014 same problem. I ordered a OEM blower off of ebay at a reasonable price, and installed it myself"

Michael G., GA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"It was a small hole, that caused the failure, could have been a rock hit according to the technician"

Stephanie S., TN (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"I already answered this!"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"See previous comments. May be undersized"

Mark P., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Evaporator

"it is costing me $1700.00 To have this fixed due to the access to it behind the dashboard"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Heater system

"fan speed control switch failed"

Doug D., NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"The damper or valve to shut off heat no longer closes when engine turned off, so hot air from vents instead of outside fresh air temperature when restarting. Use AC and no problem."

Joseph S., CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"The system leaks, a full charge lasts less than 6 months. The dealership is unable to locate the leak."

Andrew W., SC (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"damage from hitting something in road may have been the reason for the leak"

Robert P., LA (2008 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)

"Driving on dry pavement, and applying the brakes all 4 brake censors activated causing a dangerous situation. Now abs warning light is on, and abs is not functioning."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"ABS sensors, wheel bearings and other brake components deteriorated and had to be replaced. In a previous year the entire frame was replaced because of rust through. This seems to be a problem with Tacomas - my 1996 also had frame rust-through."

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"Caplipers were replaced a couple of year ago. I recently had to have them dismantled and replaced clips"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"After 183,000 miles, one of the Front calipers was found to be froze up and the other was slow to retract. Had both calipers replaced"

Anonymous, WV (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Calipers warp and results in vibrations when brakes applied"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Annual inspection found brakes worn down."

Willard J., NH (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealer said I needed new brakes. I checked them myself. Had 60% of pads left. Hmmmmm!"

Ronald B., KY (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"I believe brake problem was a normal safety issue."

Robert W., PA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"The rear brakes were wearing out so I had them replaced. It cost 800 bucks."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"replace pads"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Parking brake

"Parking brake kept freezing and would not release"

Anonymous, ME (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Had to replace cable"

Charles P., NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Road salt and chemicals on Wisconsin roads caused corrosion on handbrake system, resulting in parking breaks locking up"

Jerry B., WI (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"regularly seized up"

Anonymous, NS (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"factory Toyota brake pads and rotors work out in less than 20,000 miles. I am the only person who drives the car. originals lasted almost 40,000 miles"

Beverly C., NJ (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Have had to have the brakes replaced/adjusted under warranty at first but now out of own pocket. Had a previous Tacoma with brake issues"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Since I use the transmission to brake and have driven the corolla over 100,000 k before brake work, I was surprised that the Tacoma needed work at 60,000 + . I drive both vehicles in the same way. Maybe the materials are poor quality"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"pulsation when applying brakes above 35 mph"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"truck has a low speed vibration, between 30-50 mph. we have been told after many visits to dealer it is normal and unable to do any thing more. they have tried."

Robert W., PA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"Needed to replace front disc brake pads and rotors"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"rotors were replaced and need to be replace again because they were under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 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

Clock

"clock temperature display board required heating a soldered joint to stop intermittent connection"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The heat from the daytime running light causes melting of the plastic lens housing, necessitating a change to led bulb to mitigate heat issues"

Benjamin F., NC (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"the brake pedal was pressed and the turn signal light would go on and no exterior brake light would go on. there was a short in the switch"

David R., CT (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Light covers became "fogged up " /discolored. All of the front light assys. were changed by Toyota, via a recall notice, at no charge to me"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Gauges

"Lights on dash kept coming on"

Sharon P., MN (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
Headlights

"Headlights shine bright on regular setting to the point that oncoming traffic flash their lights to have mine dimmed even though mine are not set on high beam. At present headlight covers are clouded due to plastic degradation to the point of affecting night visibility."

Norbert G., MN (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Fogging and moisture are accumulating on the inside of the headlamps"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlights started to need replacement too often last two years"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Interior lights

"The back lighting for the HVAC dials have stopped working and are difficult to change."

Anonymous, MT (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"After following instructions on how to clear the dash indicator for the Tire Pressure Monitor, I still could not get it turned off. [I have had this issue for about a year now.] And all tires were checked by the dealer for proper tire pressure - including the very difficult to access spare tire. All had excellent pressure. The dealer's technicians gave me the same advice as the driver's manual describes on how to clear it from the display. It did not work. And they were not willing to do any further work to remedy this. It is a very annoying little icon to have on all the time. Yesterday, I had my summer radials installed by a local tire shop. They dealt with this issue promptly and for free. This is the first and only thing I have ever been negative about regarding any Toyota dealership."

Bob K., BC (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Warning lights on even if there is no problem with tire pressure"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Radiator started leaking due to crack at the bottom intake. Unable to repair due to it being metalized plastic so had to replace the whole radiator. No reason was found why the crack formed."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Radiator developed a leak and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Thermostat

"The thermostat stuck open and caused the alarm light to come on. After the engine was turned off and back on the thermostat operated as normal. I had the thermostat replaced shortly after that. Mileage was over 98000."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Water pump

"apparently, the gasket sealer between engine block and water pump failed and began to seep resulting in need to replace the entire water pump"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Leaking water pump diagnosed by dealer but repaired by third party auto-repair shop (substantial savings)"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Water pump developed a leak around 130k. It wasn't a large leak but, just like my starter motor, I've never had to replacement the water pump in any of my previous vehicles."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer told us that the water pump was leaking. Took it to a mechanic for a second opinion and was told that it had a small amount of staining near the vent hole and probably was OK. Replaced the water pump anyway for reliability sake"

James B., OR (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking -- had to replace the water pump"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"First gear ratio too high-excessive slippage needed to start vehicle"

Howard J., MN (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch neede to be replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"could not shift gear and had to be towed. This was after I got the truck checked a couple of weeks before and they said it was OK."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

"Had to replace clutch, Stopped transmission from shifting. It may have effected timing of the engine."

Richard R., TX (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Sudden failure of the clutch master cylinder. I had driven the vehicle to a store where I parked. On exiting the store the clutch was inoperable. The clutch master had totally failed without warning. Once it was replaced the clutch slave cylinder began to stick when the clutch was disengaged. Eventually changed the clutch and slave cylinder."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch failed and would not engage. had to have master and slave cylinders replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission in vehicle was an experimental one that left the factory unnoticed. It failed within 3k miles and Toyota replaced it along with the drive shaft and rear differential at no charge"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Toyota Tacoma 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

"the serpentine belt was replaced after a crankshaft oil seal repair. but pulleys and bearings were not replaced even though all things lined up it was thought that due to excessive wear after 235000 miles the pulleys and bearings having play in the caused the serpentine belt to come off again. the crankshaft oil seal started leaking again. private mechanic was not sure what came first so he worked with us to get it back on the road. have dealt with same repair shop/mechanics since 1981"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Had to replace the serpentine belt tensioner"

James B., OR (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"crankshaft oil seal was leaking. oil got on the serpentine belt and harmonic balancer. had oil leak repaired new serpentine belt, harmonic balancer, alternator installed. after 1500 miles serpentine belt came off on highway. after 76 mile tow had oil seal redone new belt all new pulleys and bearings power steering hose. have been back on highway for about 3000 miles so far so good. This is all taken place after a Toyota frame and leaf spring recall was done"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"The oil pan is rusting causing the oil to leak."

Charles P., NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Engine seal is bad"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil levels would get really low multiple times, but no signs of dripping or blue smoke."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"engine had been inspected and needs an upper gasket."

Alan E., ON (2008 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

"The CD player and the radio will come on with a blast without have been turned on manually."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Entire left channel cuts out intermittently"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"The outside temp and compass display went blank. Was repaired at a Toyota dealer app. $200.00 cost."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Radio

"Volume control know does not work properly"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"Same as remark regarding the CD player."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Entire left channel cuts out intermittently on both the radio and CD player"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"Steering shaft wiring harness recall"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

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)

"Air switching valve. Used at start up to put more air into exhaust, to reduce pollutants, until engine gets to operating temp."

Paul K., MI (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light kept coming on. Fault code indicated a problem with the idle control. Sometimes the engine would not slow down when my foot was lifted from the accelerator. Does this sound like a familiar problem for Toyota? Replacing the positive"

Jim L., WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Extended start related to fuel injection/sensors couldn't narrow down"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light for emissions comes on and off"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on, oxygen sensor was diagnosed as problem."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on Dealer reprogramed sensor to cure"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"With 90,000 miles on the truck I do not think the muffler should be rusted out"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Catalyst heat shields fell off in the road. Corroded hardware was the problem"

Doug D., NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Larger heat shield has one broken bolt so expensive to repair. Smaller sheild fell off."

Anonymous, ME (2008 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Warning light came on and wouldn't go off. Toyota fixed the problem at no charge."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"Y-pipe completely rusted out at flange"

Doug D., NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"The flange between the A and B pipes disintegrated. The muffler showed rust spots so I decided to replace the whole exhaust from the manifold to tail pipe. Installed an after market California catalytic converter as specified by NY law since the truck had been built to both EPA and California specifications."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"the doors on the passenger side front & back have to be locked by hand"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Locks worked sporadically due to carbon build up on the motor that operated them"

Chris B., GA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Seat belts

"The seat belt is very slow to retract itself"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"window tint peeling from the inside front windows"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"The passenger seat manually powered roll-up window (or maybe it's the trim) leaks air when car travels at any high speed, makes annoying air rushing noise. Driver side roll up window does not do this"

Jillian F., DC (2008 Toyota Tacoma)

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

"Indicator light came on. Manual said to take the truck to the dealer. On the way there the alternator failed and the truck stalled out. Had to call for a tow truck to take me to the dealer"

Thomas B., CT (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Would turn key and get no crank. Put in a new battery and still no crank. Problem was intermittent. I've never had to get a new starter at 140k in any of my previous vehicles."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine would not crank over, periodically, from a cold start. The problem became worse until it would not start unless I turned the ignition switch 15-20 times to get the starter motor to engage."

Gary W., IA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"truck would not start but only "part time" Hard to find problem, into dealer 3 times"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"starter was replaced in 2012 with remanufactured unit. After 23,000 miles starter was bad and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2008 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

Clutch adjustment

"Abrupt engagement problem"

Howard J., MN (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"Clutch returns slowly when temperature is below freezing. Replaced slave cylinder 3 times and Master cylinder 2 times in 41,000 miles. Seems to be a chronic problem with manual transmission Tacoma trucks"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"I must drive in 4th gear. In D the transmission shifts all the time."

Ronald B., KY (2008 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"I have to drive in 4. When I drive in D the transmission shifts constantly. My mechanic (Toyota trained) says that if I continue in D the transmission will fail."

Ronald B., KY (2008 Toyota Tacoma 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine replacement due to some kind of oil leak."

Richard R., TX (2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
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