Despite a light freshening for 2012, Tacoma was beginning to show its age at this point. Still, the utilitarian, practically bulletproof machine excels in hauling, towing, and off-road use—though not much else. The smooth and punchy V6 powertrain is a saving grace. Still though, for everyday driving or commuting, the Tacoma feels dated and uncomfortable.
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There are 7 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 2012 Toyota Tacoma owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"water leak from some vent beneath rear window which was undiscovered until carpet mildewed and odor became terrible"

Cecil S., GA (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The windshield seal at the top vibrates and makes a crazy noise if it's windy and you're on the freeway. Many people have complained online about it"

Paul S., AZ (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Loud vibration and wind sound occurs around passenger door"

Anonymous, OK (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Rattles in the dash board area. Has rattled since the vehicle was a year old"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Sounds like body looseness"

Anonymous, OK (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Seat belts in the back seat rattle. Also, in cold weather there is a rattle in the dashboard"

Mike S., TN (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Springs in rear make lots of noise on bumps. Dealer unable to locate/ fix problem. Other mechanic unable to find problem"

Anonymous, NH (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"Rear window air leak"

Alan R., ME (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"When travelling at 70 mph and faster there is a whistling sound coming from the front windshield."

James H., AL (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Ambient road noise at higher speeds warrant speaking louder to passengers or turning the radio WAY up."

David C., KY (2012 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"Noise coming from around door seals"

Anonymous, OK (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"High pitch whine from rubber seal on windshield"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Noise prevails when driving at 65 MPH or more around the passenger door and passenger side of windshield. Dealer cannot locate cause or hear - while in warranty"

Anonymous, OK (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind noise with the extended cab seems to be a problem"

Rex A., MO (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"During high wind days while driving on the highway, there is an occasional low frequency noise which goes away after the gust of wind passes"

Robert M., AB (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Wind noise has persisted since purchase. We can't find the source and neither could the dealer. We just learned to live with it. I sounds like it comes from the passenger rear door--or the sliding window in the back. It changes with the direction of the outside wind."

Teresa W., CO (2012 Toyota Tacoma 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

"roof trim fell off while driving on hiway"

S H., MA (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Roof vinyl trim on passenger side blew off, was replaced under warranty"

Ronald E., MN (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Mirror not fully attached on driver's side"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"rubber molding between fender and body loosened"

Diana D., ME (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Trim covers area (on top of vehicle) where luggage mount brackets would be installed (we do not have bracket/mount)"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Strip on top of cab blew off while I was driving."

Willie B., FL (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Faded spot/places on drivers door and left side on hood. To be takes care of by Toyota"

Barry P., NC (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Coating on "step" area on rear bumper has peeled off and there is rust. It was never damaged in any way so I don't know how to explain"

Raymond S., NY (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"clear cote pealing off. Paint very thin. Numerous scratched showing up. It does not take much to have paint chip."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"paint corroding on body joints at rear wheel wells. Our access road is a mile long, rough, with many long-lasting puddles which may always throw water up from below and the car parts may not get to dry out"

Olaf V., KY (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Rust

"Rust in the paint on all 4 doors near the windows"

Thomas K., WI (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"The bed bolts are showing rust. Stainless bolts should have been used."

Willie B., FL (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Entire underbody is rusted. There was a Toyota recall on rusting frames that my vehicle was not included in"

Anonymous, WI (2012 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

4WD/AWD components

"The care went into 4-wheel drive mode and could not come out. This was a noted defect, and it was repaired at no cost to me"

Jeffrey S., NY (2012 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Slight problem engaging 4WD"

Mark W., OR (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Rear bearings failed at around 75000. Seemed low mileage to me. Cost 1,500 to fix due to parts"

Thomas B., CT (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Differential

"Getting vibration, toyota changed the rear differential, still getting some vibrition though, maybe coming from driveshaft????"

Alain B., ON (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Rotational noise developed. The dealer rellaces ballbearings, covered by warranty"

Anonymous, PR (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Dealer discovered a problem with the rear differential during a routine service: it was making a whining noise. Differential was replaced under warranty at no cost to me."

Anonymous, CT (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"Vibration when accelerating quickly"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Driveline vibration resolved after 8 visits to dealer. Finally a TSB repair was completed which replaced the 3 leaf spring with a 4 leaf spring and the driveline angles readjusted. This improved vibration but did not correct it completely. The driveline vibration is a known issue and Toyota refuses to acknowledge the issue. Extremely difficult process to get it repaired"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"had to replace a rear u joint at 23000 miles. took one week"

S H., MA (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Rear main seal leaking oil."

John W., WA (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"OBD error code P0705"

Glenn H., ON (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"On several occasions unable to shut off vehicle. Shut off key but vehicle kept running. Toyota is no longer "bullet proof". Quality has definitely declined in recent years"

Anonymous, NH (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 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)

"It is an air pump assembly that clears the engine of exhaust after the engine is shut off. A valve stuck closed and a new assembly was required. $600. Strike one"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Air pump failed, valves failed shut. Have a check engine light and traction control light on. There is No problem with the traction system. There is a recall for MANY of the 2012 Tacoma trucks for this, Just not mine. This is a dangerous situation, the vehicle will loose power at any time and limp at 25 mph. Toyota doesn't care about my problem, . . . so this is my last Toyota, ever."

Anthony S., TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Cat had to be replaced under recall,but truck has ongoing ox sensor problems that dealer has not been helpful in fixing.These sensor problems were more than 12 months ago"

David N., OH (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The secondary air valves failed at around 70,000 miles. Apparently, this is a common problem with this model/year. Parts were around $500, the dealership wanted $1200 in labor. I am mechanically inclined and was able to replace the parts in about 2 hours"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"The secondary air injection switching valves fail. Prevalent on only the 2012 models. Not covered under emissions warranty. Costly to have replaced. No help from Toyota"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Corrosion in intake system. Known problem with tundra but not frequent in Tacoma. Toyota covered fix because I had all the maintenance done at dealer"

Thomas B., CT (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Fuel cap

"It broke when tightening at about 30,000 miles. It was repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Check engine light came on, took it to dealer diagnosed as fuel cap, replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"Air injection malfunction, engine code p2442, faulty product, known issue that Toyota will not recall. The part alone cost $1321. Total repair cost $1701"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Both front and rear sensors malfunctioned"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The check engine light came on. So I took the Tacoma to the local Toyota dealer. They ran the diagnostics machine on it and it indicated one of the O2 sensors was bad. Thus I had the dealer replace the bad O2 sensor. I could not tell any difference in the performance of the after the sensor was replaced."

David S., KY (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

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

"Bearing froze and destroyed the belt. Had to have towed and compressor and belt replaced."

Larry Y., OH (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Compressor failed at about the 42000 mile point. Replaced at local shop (not dealership). Approx. $1875 in repair cost."

Charles S., CO (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"It appears the speed sensor on the a/c compressor has failed. The compressor turns by hand, the system is charged, when turned on the a/c light flashes, the compressor does not engage. My question is why does an a/c compressor need a speed sensor ? I'll fix it myself, . . . this is my Last Toyota. I have owned more than 10 Toyotas, my first new one was bought in 1974. I have no confidence with Toyota."

Anthony S., TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace clutch on compressor, cost 1200.00"

Diana D., ME (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Possible compressor or compressor clutch failure; intermittent cooling failure with belt squeal."

Charles S., CO (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"compressor seized. very disappointed for 6 yr old vehicle $1100.00 repair"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor locked up. Damaged drive belt. Unable to drive . Had to tow to garage for replacement."

Larry Y., OH (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Condenser

"Pin hole leak; coolant lost; had to order part; delayed replacement of condenser. Was considered a factory defect"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Evaporator

"Slow leak causing loss of refrigerant. Dash removal to replace evaporator tied up vehicle for couple of days. Was considered a defective part"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Lost freon over a several month period"

Mary A., TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"The discharge hose from the ac compressor developed a leak at what appears to be a manufacturing feature on a swaged metal fitting. I was able to find the leak using a UV light and I replaced the hose myself."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Power steering pumps and hoses

"U joint had to be replaced. Power steering was stiff and dangerously unresponsive. I was told that a filter in the differential was clogged"

Anonymous, NH (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"The Tacoma has a very uncomfortable ride. I spoke with other Tacoma owners from that model year and they have the same opinion. A coworker traded his in for a CHEVROLET Colorado."

Roger S., NY (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Left front strut leaking. Replaced left and right at dealers suggestion. Chose the more expensive of two choices"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Truck vibrated going up through or descending down to 20 MPH. Dealer failed to address initially but eventually tried. After much pressure, Toyota offered a "fix". Problem diminished significantly after new leaf springs installed at a different (?)"

Raymond S., NY (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Broken Springs"

Anonymous, VT (2012 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Linkage bound up had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering became very hard because u-joint on steering column rusted and started to seize making it hard to steer"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Steering wheel shimmies between about 60 and 70 mph. Not noticeable below 60, and seems to diminish greatly above 80. Repeated tire rotations and balances seem to have no effect. I found lots of on-line forum chat about this issue with Tacomas"

Richard L., CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"steering wheel and entire vehicle vibration from unknown cause but thought to be problem with the rear two piece drive axle. took vehicle to dealer on numerous occasions"

Michael C., CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"vehicle shimmys at speed of 50 mph or higher"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"I assume that the tire wear issue is related to the steering wheel shimmy issue. Solution to both problems may be replacing all four tires for a fresh start; I also assume that this is why they sold me the truck"

Richard L., CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Alarm goes off momentarily when starter is engaged"

Anonymous, NV (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"needed new fuse"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Headlights

"No auto shut over running the battery down on several occasions"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlights have hairline cracked in them. The Tacoma is a 2010"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Horn

"The stopped working unless you turned the steering wheel. It cost over $400 to fix it."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Interior lights

"interior lights don't always work when door opened"

Bob F., HI (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"repeated problem with warning light has not been repaired despite 2 - 3 attempts, very annoying"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Automatic shifter had numerous problems with indicating what gear it was in causing problems,it was fixed twice under warranty but since warranty ended it been fixed twice now its broken again"

Dennis Q., NY (2012 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Gas cap door fell off"

Anonymous, MI (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Window regulator has broken three times"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Locks and latches

"The automatic door/window switch assembly on the drivers door fell apart. I ordered a the new part. When I was replacing it I noticed the original was already jury rigged from either the factory or dealership using a piece of plastic bottle cap screwed into the assembly from underneath to hold it together."

Roger S., NY (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Gas cover snapped off armature"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"When lowering the electric window, the plastic part around the control broke"

Mary A., TX (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Windows

"Window just came apart."

Anonymous, CT (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

"Driver side window is slightly off track inside door and makes a snapping sound (going into place) when traveling up or down. Repair is cost prohibitive"

Ronald J., SC (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Window on driver side started to stick when raised completely and then began to be pulled out of its mounting bracket in the motor arm assembly when vehicle operator attempted to lower the window"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"System failed to work. Required two visits to dealership and a new computer something to fix it"

Gordon A., ON (2012 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
Calipers

"Left front caliper would not retract"

James S., NC (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"Needed new brakes because of wear"

Anonymous, NH (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Front brake pads needed replacement at around 60000 miles."

Anonymous, ME (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"I felt that I should have gotten more than 40,000 miles before I would need new brakes"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"Brake line came loose, causing a leak where the metal fluid line attached to the wheel."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"Has been a problem since new. Doesn't matter which part you replace the end result is always the same. Brakes squeal constantly. Toyota service has been worthless"

Anonymous, DE (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"It was replaced by dealer at 35 thousand miles"

Dennis Q., NY (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Warrantyrecall. No real problem to me other than taking it in for repair"

A R., BC (2012 Toyota Tacoma 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"My muffler needs replacing. It’s what I consider maintenance."

Anonymous, RI (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"The original muffler developed a hole and had to be replaced. Maybe this is typical wear and tear, but I listed it anyway"

Anonymous, PA (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Other/unsure

"Entune simply never worked in my car accept for navigation and music. The other apps never connected despite going to the dealership twice. Total waste of money"

Christopher C., CO (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"early clutch failure due to sub standard LUK clutches used in this era Tacoma.Toyota refuses to recognize this epidemic"

Anonymous, NH (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"truck has factory supercharger, stock clutch failed at 20k miles"

Nikolaus H., VT (2012 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)

"At 61,000 miles my clutch stopped working and I needed to be towed to Toyota where I have had all my regular serving. I drive the Tacoma because we get snow in winter and i live in an area with steep hill. I also take it to trail heads for hiking or xc skiing. I never just drive in the back country to push the limit on what a truck with deep tire trad can do. In other word I don't push the clutch or transmission. I was very surprised that a clutch only lasted 61,000 miles for what that truck cost. My previous truck, a 94 Nissan I only replaced the clutch at 80,000 miles because the through out bearing had gone bad and my mechanic suggested replacing the clutch with its 80 % wear because the engine was already out and it would be cheaper to do it then than later. That was in October 2017. I have had no problems since and once the new clutch was installed in runs perfectly and the transmission was fine and did not need replacement. Also the clutch started to run differently only days before it went completely. Toyota had no particular explanation for that, and it was no longer under warranty. Not very impressive for a $30,000+ vehicle and for a Toyota which had an excellent reputation when I bought it new in 2012."

Andrea G., AZ (2012 Toyota Tacoma 4.0-L V6)
Torque converter

"Replaced by toyota"

Michele Y., BC (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Started shuddering into high gear"

Gary W., TX (2012 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

Display screen goes blank

"Display screen goes blank while heat is on. Radio then becomes unresponsive"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Will not play a plugged in I phone's music"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"The Bluetooth system failed after two years. Have never been able to pair since that failure, so Bluetooth is inoperable and useless"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner 4.0-L V6)
Speakers

"Two of the speakers sound terrible"

Anonymous, SC (2012 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

"Gear selection switch on transmission failed. Still drivable but set diagnostic code. Wouldn't be good if not replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"after fluid change at 96000km at dealer I started to experience rough shifting"

Daniel P., BC (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Transmission slips while driving up mountain"

Timothy F., VA (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 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

Electronic ignition

"EGR System"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Dealer tech forgot to put new oil in during oil change"

Anonymous, MA (2012 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

Engine computer

"Computer had to be reprogramed"

Dennis Q., NY (2012 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
EQUIPMENT
Jul 03 2017
If the hood scoop detaches, it may become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain 2011-2016 Toyota Tacoma and 4Runner vehicles equipped with accessory hood scoops installed by SET or SET dealers. The adhesive attaching the hood scoop may weaken, allowing the hood scoop to detach from the vehicle.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will mechanically fasten the scoop to the hood, free of charge. The recall began on September 1, 2017. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-954-429-2000. SET's number for this recall is SET17B.
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: 17V425000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3547
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Aug 04 2014
If the spare tire is inflated to the incorrect pressure provided on the placard, tire failure may occur while it is being driven on, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2008-2014 FJ Cruiser and Tacoma vehicles equipped with accessory wheels and tires installed by Toyota or dealers prior to the vehicle's first sale. The affected vehicles may list incorrect spare tire size and/or cold tire inflation information on the tire placard. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110, "Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars."
What should you do:
For the involved vehicles, overlay stickers to correct the tire placard will either be mailed to owners or provided to dealers for placement over the incorrect information on the placard. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. 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: 14V475000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 20000
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK/TRACTION CONTROL/ELECTRONIC LIMITED SLIP:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
Feb 12 2014
If this occurs, these systems could become inoperative, reducing the directional control assistance, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2012 and 2013 Toyota Tacoma and Lexus RX350 vehicles and certain model year 2012 Toyota Rav4 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the brake system contains a brake actuator that adjusts the fluid pressure of each wheel cylinder. An electrical component within the actuator may experience an increased resistance resulting in the illumination of various warning lights, including those for the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system, Antilock Brake System (ABS), and Traction Control system.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and Toyota and Lexus dealers will update the software for the Skid Control electronic control unit, free of charge. The recall began on March 28, 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: 14V054000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 261114
TIRES:TEMPORARY/EMERGENCY SPARE TIRE
Oct 17 2013
If the spare tire/wheel is installed on the vehicle using the lug nuts from another wheel, damage to the wheel could result and may eventually lead to a loose wheel, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Tacoma vehicles equipped with 18" Maverick Alloy Wheels. In the affected vehicles, the spare tire requires the use of a different style of lug nut to attach it to the vehicle than the other wheels use. These lug nuts were not provided with the vehicle.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will: (a) Install a Warning Label on the spare tire/wheel, (b) supply a bag containing proper spare wheel lug nuts, and (c) place an Owner's Manual Addendum in the vehicle's glove box. The recall began on January 23, 2014. Owners may contact SET at 1-954-429-2000.
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: 13V494000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 979
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Apr 09 2013
An inaccurate label could lead to owners overloading their vehicles and tires. An overloaded vehicle can result in a tire failure which may result in a vehicle crash, personal injury, or property damage.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota is recalling certain model year 2008 and 2010-2013 Toyota Tundra, 2010-2012 Rav4, 2012 Toyota Sequoia, 2010-2011 Toyota Corolla, 2010-2011 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid, 2010-2013 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid, 2010-2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser, 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser, 2010-2013 Toyota Venza, 2010-2011 Toyota 4Runner, 2010-2013 Toyota Tacoma, 2011-2012 Toyota Sienna, 2012 Toyota Prius, 2013 Scion FR-S, 2011 Scion XD, 2011 Scion XB, and 2012 Scion TC vehicles. These vehicles were sold with labels that were outside the allowable one percent of accuracy of actual weight added. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) Number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."
What should you do:
Southeast Toyota will notify owners and provide a corrected label with instructions concerning its installation. A small group of the affected vehicles will need additonal remedies which are still being developed. The recall began on May 28, 2013. Owners may contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859.
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: 13V123000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7525
SEATS
Jan 16 2013
If the front passenger seat occupant sensing system is out of calibration, the front passenger airbags may not deploy or they may deploy inappropriately for the passenger's size and position. This could increase the risk of personal injury during the event of a vehicle crash necessitating airbag deployment.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain models interspersed through model years 2009 through 2013 as follows: model year 2009-2012 Tacoma, 4Runner, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Prius, and RAV4; model year 2009-2010 Avalon, FJ Cruiser, and Highlander Hybrid; model year 2010-2013 model year Corolla, Sienna and Tundra; model year 2009-2013 Highlander and Venza; model year 2012 Prius V; and model year 2010-2012 Sequoia. During modification by SET to include accessories such as leather seat covers, seat heaters or headrest DVD systems, these vehicles may not have had the passenger seat occupant sensing system calibration tested. Without passing the calibration test, the occupant sensing system may not operate as designed.
What should you do:
Southeast Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will test the sensitivity of the occupant detection sensors, and recalibrate them as necessary. The recall began on March 21, 2013. Owners may contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859.
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: 13V014000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3235
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Apr 10 2012
AN INCORRECT PLACARD COULD LEAD TO IMPROPER SPARE TIRE USE OR REPLACEMENT WHICH COULD RESULT IN A TIRE FAILURE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
GULF STATES TOYOTA (GST) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 TACOMA TRUCKS. THE TIRE AND LOADING INFORMATION PLACARD ON EACH VEHICLE CONTAINS INACCURATE SPARE TIRE SIZE AND COLD INFLATION PRESSURE INFORMATION. THUS, THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110,¿TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS.¿
What should you do:
GST WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND SEND EACH OWNER A CORRECTED PLACARD, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 5, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GULF STATES TOYOTA, INC. AT 1-713-744-3465.
For more information:
CUSTOMERS 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 HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V158000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 672
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