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This version of the Tacoma shed some of its workaday roots with powertrain, steering system, and interior trim improvements. Fuel economy is quite competitive among pickup trucks, and handling is secure. However, the ride is not altogether comfortable and the driving position is not ideal. Payload capacity is relatively small. A rear-view camera is optional.
Alerts
There are 13 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 (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard from 2003. ESC standard from 2009. Side and head protection air bags standard from 2009.
Road Test

This version of the Tacoma shed some of its workaday roots with powertrain, steering system, and interior trim improvements. Fuel economy is quite competitive among pickup trucks, and handling is secure. However, the ride is not altogether comfortable and the driving position is not ideal. Payload capacity is relatively small. A rear-view camera is optional. Front, side- and curtain-airbags, as well as stability control, are standard.

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 2009 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

“slightly started pulling to the left”

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“Shocks were leaking”

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“One of the front struts was leaking”

Anonymous, VA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Shocks leaking with less than 30000 miles on vehicle”

D T., FL (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Struts were leaking and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Struts began leaking hydraulic fluid after only 45,000 miles”

James G., CO (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

“Rear springs replaced on a recall”

Anonymous, IA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear leaf springs were broken and they were replaced under a recall order at no charge”

Anonymous, MT (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Broken leaf spring”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Factory recall”

Daniel J., TX (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Recall to replace rear leaf springs”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“recalled - repaired for free”

Anonymous, AR (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Rear springs replaced under warranty due to rust”

Duane B., OH (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Warranty recall - could break”

Kim M., IA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Recall on springs”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Recall replacement of rear axle leaf springs”

Anonymous, KS (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“We replaced the rear leaf springs prior to the current recall”

Anonymous, VT (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver side Rear leaf spring broke. Replaced leaf springs on both sides”

Anonymous, NH (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“1 Broken rear spring. Had been warned by Toyota springs were a problem and a fix was coming. They replaced both springs. My truck never carries heavy loads”

J F., MA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“there is a recall on the rear springs but so far the problem is going un-addressed”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“recall on leaf springs.no solution yet”

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“rear leaf went and got non-dealer repaired just before recall notice came; Toyota would reimburse me, but I don't have the paperwork”

John W., NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Recall”

Marvin R., VT (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Broken rear leaf spring, 1 in the last 12 months, and 1 previously on the opposite side”

Larry K., NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“leaf spring broke cutting brake line”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Springs did not hold weight of vehicle, had to install new leaf springs (which included adding another leaf to set). Springs bowed up, instead of downward”

John W., AZ (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“AT the last recall about steering wheel assembly and electrical they told me the springs wold be recalled. I got mail saying this as well but there has been NO followup by Toyota”

Anonymous, MD (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear springs broke. I had it repaired locally. Then I found Toyota has a recall on same. 6 months later I have yet to be reimbursed by Toyota. Over $400 in repairs!!”

Rudy C., VT (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Springs are broken need to be replaced”

Anonymous, AB (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Broken Springs - recall Torsion bar / Ball joint - fixed by my mechanic”

Anonymous, VT (2009 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Broken Spring”

Anonymous, VT (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Left leaf spring broke”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Rack & pinion was leaking and had to be replaced, hoses had to be replaced along with system hoses..very expensive”

Richard C., NH (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Shaking of car when faster than 55”

Scott M., NH (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“the steering shaft knuckle was frozen from rust and had to be replaced at MY cost. NOT happy even though out of warranty”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“A bearing was worn causing the power steering to not work”

Anonymous, ME (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Steering became stiff & would not return to center when finishing a corner. There is a universal joint in the steering column which is unprotected & became highly rusted. Not replaced at this time but treated with rust-loosing spray and lubricant”

Peter M., MA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The bottom steering yoke developed a rust problem that made steering very stiff. Replacement of lower steering shaft was necessary to fix the problem”

Andrew A., MD (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Seals failed on Rack and pinion assembly after only 45,000 miles. Original struts also began leaking and required replacement”

James G., CO (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“intermediate shaft replaced at 67000 odometer reading”

Diane Z., IN (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

“Vibrate of car”

Scott M., NH (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Rotors seems to warp easily, even with proper adjustment of both front and rear brakes”

Peter M., MA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Tires worn out less than 30000 miles”

D T., FL (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“Right rear wheel nearing failed. This was after driving on dirt roads for extended period of time”

Henry P., MT (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Had to replace rear wheel bearings”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner Unsure)

“Both wheel bearings on rear axle failed”

James G., CO (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“One front wheel bearing failed due to corrosion from water incursion, apparently a consequence of seal failure”

Anonymous, RI (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“It was very expensive to replace”

Tamara T., TX (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

“Power steering hydrolics had leak both sides. Both pistons had to be replaced”

Anonymous, GA (2009 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

Radio

“It quit working dead”

Anonymous, KS (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Turns off by itself”

Alfred G., TX (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Intermittently turns on without human input”

Bill M., FL (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Original radio/cd player was changed several times because it was constantly turning off or jumping stations or skipping on the cd's . Finally got one that seemed to work, most of the time. It worked well for a number of years, but is now a little erratic as well. Will live with it”

Anonymous, MA (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Volume bob works intermittently and I'm on the second one that is supposed to be fixed. Same issue w both radios”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“The radio began to turn itself on and/or off randomly during the first year (2009) and was replaced under warranty. In February 2014 it began to do the same thing again. The dealer would not fix it under warranty again, they wanted far more than I w”

J H., AL (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Volume controls do not function correctly”

Gregory S., CA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The aux input for sound failed in the first year and radio had to be replaced. The replacement has failed. It started with the failure of the aux input. Now it turns on by itself”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Volume knob doesn't work when it is hot weather, had it replaced one time and has happened again”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Stereo turns off randomly. More so when the weather is hot”

Thomas P., NJ (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio had to be replaced”

Anonymous, HI (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“same as cd player”

Joseph D., ON (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Occasionally turns off and changes stations”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“no power (intermittent) cd player stops or skips”

Anonymous, AR (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“AM receiver worked erratically: would randomly switch frequencies and volume would randomly go up or down”

Larry R., WA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Backup or other camera/sensors

“Just stop working.. The service person of the agency told me that the system burnt out”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“When It plays MP3 cd's it will freeze up after about 30 or more songs are played from the disk”

Brian B., TX (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Entire audio system stopped working altogether after apprx 2 years. Toyota replaced it under warrantee but I asked to upgrade and I'd pay the difference due to I know of others who had theirs replaced and it failed again. They refused. So after the w”

Joseph D., ON (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

“Digital odometer display segments intermittently do not display”

Anonymous, HI (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

“it is blank”

Anonymous, NC (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“The MP3 player interface connection had to be replaced,”

Anonymous, CO (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“MP3 jack was worn out (loose) and had to be repaired”

Robert A., IL (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“The port used to connect my IPhone to the radio (with a cord) and play music stopped working”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Speakers

“With many base music I get a poof sound that Toyota cannot fix. I think it is the amplifier but don't want to spend $700 to replace. The JBL system is really junk since day one”

Christie C., CO (2009 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

Gauges

“the temp/compass gauge has stopped working”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Headlights

“Toyota recall on headlight lenses cracked”

William D., SC (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The head light cover discolor and have to be polished. Also the head light cover for turn signal turned a burnt yellow”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Drivers side headlight burns out often”

James O., VT (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“DTRL/turn signal lights have burned hole in light shield & discoloring entire headlight area. Getting too hot, and charring light plug. We had to get replacement headlight assemblies & install”

Anonymous, LA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Day run lite (also turn sig) lens discolored from heat near bulb due to poor design. TSB issued but dealerwont fix yet, expires in 11/15. Truck has low miles or would be worse. Would not buy this again. False advt about ground clearance and LSD diff”

Mike Z., CT (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Daytime running lamps were melting the headlamp housing. Toyota replaced under recall”

Joe B., MN (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“daytime lights melted”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“The running lights have made the headlight housing crack”

Brian B., TX (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“The heat from the daylight running lamps melted through the plastic coverings. They originally weren't going to be covered under warranty but that changed. We had to wait about 6 months for the dealership to get them in and replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“The lens on the daylight running lights have discolored, and cracked - one is badly cracked with water inside. I recently got a preliminary recall for this problem, so it will hopefully be repaired in the near future!”

J H., AL (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Front parking lights overheated causing discoloration and blistering of headlamp module”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Looks like crazing heat degradation in running lights”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“The daytime running lights had too hot of a bulb and each lens melted and distorted. about 6 weeks ago I was sent a notice that they would extend the warranty to fix the problem. I took it to dealer, they said they would fix it, but they haven't fixe”

Doug M., SC (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Glass in both front signal lights has cracked and broke from what appears to be overheating. Toyota report never hearing of this problem before and as the warranty has expired showed no interest”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

“The temperature switch on the drivers seat failed. Toyota do not have replacement parts.They directed to a business who specialize in sound systems,etc who replaced the switch for me”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Interior lights

“light for heat/AC needs to be tapped to turn on”

James O., VT (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Dome light not working with opened door. Dealer repairs once but stopped working shortly again afterward”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
Warning lights

“Front turn signal lens were burnt cracked and replaced last month by Toyota”

Anonymous, KS (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Whenever it rains, the wiper motor works for a short time then it just stops working and will not work again until the car dries out inside my garage”

Neil M., NJ (2009 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

“Clear coat started to come off driver passenger door after a rock chip advanced into the clear coat flaking off. About a 3x3 section”

Anonymous, SD (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“spot on the hood, quarter size, where the paint became dull and is flaking off down to the primer”

G R., LA (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“clear coat fading and peeling”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“Some rust spots on passager door”

Anonymous, IA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“rust beginning to show-up around the door handle and rear bumper”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Gasoline cover rusted almost to the point of falling off. Dealer said normal. Never had a car or truck with this level of rust”

David S., PA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Rear springs replaced under warranty due to rust Most exterior bolts and towing bar are rusted Many brackets under hood and body are rusted”

Duane B., OH (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Heat shield rusted and fell off. Steering box rusted and froze. Frame and under carriage very rusted”

Anonymous, NH (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Rust on top of the cabin”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Alloy wheels excessive corrosion, body frame(underneath of vehile) excessive corrosion”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Hinge for gas filling door rusted off”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Trim around wheel well is off. Evidently something rubbed against it”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“rubber between body & plastic fender wheel trim became free & loose”

Anonymous, BC (2009 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“little bits of the dashboard keep falling off”

Anonymous, AB (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Compressor failed and had to be replaced”

Richard C., NH (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“The AC stopped working due to a bad compressor. The compressor had to be replaced”

John M., ME (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The compressor needs to be replaced which is odd since it isn't driven much and AC isn't used often”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“A/C compressor seized. Replaced by dealer. VERY EXPENSIVE”

Anonymous, ME (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Whole A/C unit non-functioning. $2300 service charge, entirely covered by extended warranty”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Compressor failed just after 36 month warrantee. I'm on my third compressor and it is making weird noises”

Stephen L., CT (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Compressor died after 3 years .. Also , Oil leak from rear seal on engine”

Stanley P., NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed new compressor”

Anonymous, NH (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Compressor failed required replacement”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Compressor failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Unable to turn A/C blower off”

Anonymous, MT (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Rusted”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

“Unable to control turning on and off the A/C. It ran all of the time”

Anonymous, MT (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer unable to fix problem. Very dissatisfied with Toyota products”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 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

Driveshaft or axle

“Rear axle seal failed and leaked onto rear brake shoes”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“broken, nearly ready to fall onto pavement and cause accident”

Anonymous, NM (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Toyota failed to eliminate vibration when differential was changed under warranty saying that vibration was caused my wheels/tires. Two sets of wheels and tires later, Toyota couldn't feel vibration they blamed on the wheels/tires”

Steven L., AL (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
4WD/AWD components

“Front passenger side wheel bearing and spindle had to be replaced at a cost of $503.00”

Anonymous, MS (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Differential

“Noise from the differential. Having it repaired. Bad bearings”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Leaking rear seal”

Thomas C., TX (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Second failure of differential in less than 100k mi. in spite of preventive maintenance fluid changes and LIGHT duty operation. Toyota refuses to offer any assistance in spite of suspected design flaw. Our Honda has been a much better vehicle. There should be a class action law suit because of differential failures”

Steven L., AL (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Differential failed and required replacement not covered by warranty”

Charlie L., CA (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Differential chuck had to be replaced due to whine noise from 55-70 mph. Noise started around 5k miles. Had a hard time getting dlr to hear it over road noise. Also does not have LSD diff as adv. only traction control. Clearance only 6.5 not 8" listd”

Mike Z., CT (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“rear bearings bad, cost 1771.14 and took over two weeks at inland truck parts and service, Toyota looked for the noise previously when truck was in for accident repair, and replaced front right wheel bearing, took three bearings and a sensor to fix a”

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Transfer case

“back end failed catastrophically”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“Transmission will lock in 3rd gear after hard stop at high speed. Rough/delayed shift into low while driving”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“I took it in to have it checked out when it first started. They said there was nothing they could do, but total replacement. I held off for a while as they could do only a complete replacement so I would not make not messing anything up that would make the cost more”

Kevin H., OK (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Deceleration at high speed, trans stuck in 3rd. Trans does not shift to low at correct times causing hard shifts and creepage while stopped. Toyota will not acknowledge”

Lee P., CA (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Slipping transmission

“Actually, the slipping transmission was directly related to the clutch replacement explained earlier”

Anonymous, NH (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch sometimes slips when on hard pull and uphill driving. The slipping is most noticeable in colder weather. Dealer tells me there is no adjustment on the clutch linkage”

Warren F., MO (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“hesitation when slowing around corners. Fixed with eProm update”

Stan G., MA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

“The lines leading to and from the transmission to the radiator were rusted and developed leaks”

Joseph R., PA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

“Had to replace hose and fluids”

Anonymous, NH (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“The transmission oil cooler lines rusted out and leaked oil. It seems the Tacoma series still has rust issues. My previous 2000 Tacoma had frame rust issues to the extent that it failed the factory recall and was scrapped with 50k miles. I must com”

Robin C., NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Transmission computer

“I believe the problem is not mechanical but is an onboard controller issue”

Lee P., CA (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“Wind noise around passenger door from day one. Windy rainy days will cause water to leak in seat belt area. After one of these days seat belt is wet when extracted”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Water leaked from overhead console. Toyota dealer checked it out but could not for certain determine the cause but resealed some things. Toyota paid for the service”

David M., AL (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Heavy rains leave the driver's side seat belt wet in the hidden area. In other words when the seat belt is pulled from its storage to secure the driver, that part of the seat belt that is stored is wet after a good rain”

Charles B., SC (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“I don't know whether the seals or weatherstripping is the problem with the wet seat belts, and Rick Hendrick Toyota doesn't seem to know. They have mentioned a pressure test from an outside source, but have not followed up. They have put me off unt”

Charles B., SC (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“Engine compartment, passangers side, vibrating noise during cold weather. After running and warm noise goes away”

Rolando O., WA (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Passenger side dash...above the glove box..has a rattle since day 1. Could be a rattle in the air bag mechanism but not totally sure. Could not be stopped by toyota techs”

Anonymous, AR (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Minor things. Mostly noticeable when doing in town stop and start driving”

Joel S., CO (2009 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

“rattles in the dash. could be plastic rubbing or other loose items - intermittent”

Anonymous, MO (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“From the day we drove it home it had a lot of squeaks and rattles. My husband does not hear well, so it doesn't bother him, but they are loud and clear sounds to me”

Anonymous, HI (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 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

“Lower pins in both front calipers seized and the brakes wouldn't release when initially applied. Required replacement of calipers, rotors and pads bilaterally”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“rusted badly. Had to be replaced”

Walter B., PA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Either brake pads or air in the brake line”

Anonymous, MN (2009 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
Rotors

“Two front rotors were replaced”

H S., ON (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“It was normal wear and tear... first time for me to replace.... I love my truck! I love love love Toyota Tacomas and 4 Runners!!”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Rotors had plenty of "meat" left on them but rusted from the inside out (cooling fins.) Causing wheel vibration and extraordinary tire wear and I would say increased stopping distance and safety issues”

Walter B., PA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Antilock system (ABS)

“The anti-lock brake light would flash. It took the mechanic a couple of times to fix. At the same time the gear selector would not shift out of Park. The mechanic had to replace a sensor”

Anonymous, AB (2009 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
Parking brake

“Parking brake mechanism operated as if it was ok, but dealer determined that both cables were broken”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

“leaf spring broke causing cut in brake line”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“While the issue was caused by mice moving into the clutch housing, the repair involved the need to replace parts which had been changed since the vehicle was built. This resulted in additional costs added to the repair. In fairness to Toyota, they agreed to absorb 1/3 of the cost of the $1500 replacement”

Anonymous, NH (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“at < 50k miles, I was surprised to have clutch issues, but most miles are around town w/ lots of 4-way stops & hills, so who knows? I'm not a clutch-rider, however”

John W., NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“The clutch has been replaced 2 times in 6 years. It squeaked from the first day we purchased the truck”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“I was told that I downshifted too much, to use my brakes more. Cost me $1978. I'm glad it was not an automatic”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“clutch became in-operable: pedal stayed down, when manually lifted up, it would no longer work. Master clutch cylinder was replaced... but issues remain (corrosion?)”

Peter M., MA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Torque converter

“With trailer towing option from factory: manual and all written information shows tow capability of 6500 lbs. My 6 cylinder eng has great difficulty towing a 2016 16' lightweight travel trailer of MVGW 4500 lbs. 3500 lbs empty, and still has a hard time. I was worried trans or eng would fail me”

John W., AZ (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Vibrations & jerky shifting”

Kevin H., OK (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Muffler

“Muffler was replaced”

H S., ON (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

“several of the heatshields appear to have vibrated so they worked free of attachments”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattling heat shield and converter also excessive underbody rust and corrosion”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

“Heard a resonant buzz while at certain engine speeds. Dealer informed me about the heat shield. Over $200 to fix! No way. I'll remove it myself”

Gary B., CO (2009 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

“Door lock stopped working. Trim seems cheap. Seats started wearing after 10000 miles. Brake rotors had to be replaced three times bc they overheat”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Door lock of passenger front- lock mechanism inop, dealer wants 350 to repair”

John W., AZ (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Doors or sliding doors

“hinge for gas filling door rusted off”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Windows

“Mechanism that raises and lowers the passenger window broke. Repair cost = $375”

Millie W., AR (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“Tensioners wore out and had to be replaced along with serpentine belt”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Tacoma)

“The timing belt cover leaked and cost $1700. The Toyota dealership quoted $2600 to repair. The gasket was cheap but the labor to replace was extensive”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Truck acted like it lost power steering , Middle shaft of steering column rusted out . $400”

Stanley P., NY (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

“We have had the Toyota in for oil leaks twice and the problem still continues”

Anonymous, HI (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

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

Ignition switch

“worn out key,s”

Anonymous, VT (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Starter

“Fails to turn over when trying to start. All other indications ok i.e.: lights, elect power dims, etc., just will not turn over. Totally intermittent, nothing helps situation: turn steer wheel, take in/out of gears (automatic trans), repeatedly turn ignition on/off, move truck 5 feet in gear, NOTHING helps, will just turn over and start when key turned, and when does start will hesitate like an old carb engine like it has been flooded. Sometimes wait times to start as turning key on/off is 15”

John W., AZ (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

“Failure to start. Dealer told me bad battery (it was a 2 wk old Interstate). I told them it was starter contacts. They said mileage was too low for that. I said most of 40k+ miles are 5 miles or less. It was the starter contacts”

Lawrence G., OH (2009 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

“The upper radiator hose popped off which required a tow to the dealership where they replaced the hose and clamp and coolant”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Water pump

“main bearing went bad requiring replacement of entire pump”

Bill M., IL (2009 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

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.

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