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 4 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 2014 Toyota Tacoma owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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 freezes up

"When in use the screens locks up and the only way to get it to work is to turn off the stereo and turn it back on. It has happened about 4 times in about 11 months. We will have it looked at during the next regular service"

Charlene C., NV (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Needs to be recalled and replaced. When it freezing the volume keeps increasing"

Linda B., CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Updates pushed through the satellite system (I think), from Toyota caused the display to freeze and to indicate my iPhone was "calling itself." When I question Toyota about it their response was they do "push" updates, but I should take it to the dealer and pay for a complete update. This is "nuts" I have to pay for a problem Toyota caused!"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"start vehicle screen goes blank or driving along and radio will turn itself off and restart or screen freezes up and u cannot un freeze it until u turn off vehicle and restart.it"

Randolph H., GA (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"goes black, shut off and turn on clears it"

Anonymous, ME (2014 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

"System will spontaneously reboot"

Stan C., AZ (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"After several months, the Entune system required a software update. Installing the new software required confirming that the intermittent problem actually existed. After several discussions with the service manager, the software was installed and t"

Ray T., TX (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"The computer would reset, so the music would stop playing, the display screen would go blank, and the computer would go through its start up routine again like when we have just started the car. This might happen 3 times just in a 20 minute drive. The dealer was able to fix it"

Linda S., MT (2014 Toyota Tacoma Unsure Unsure)

"I would get a connection error or the head unit would not recognize my iPhone 5 or 6 when plugged into USB. I had the USB plug replaced and have had better but not perfect results"

Patrick E., CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Already been replaced. Still freezes still not working properly won't pair with phone very very unstaisfied with getting it fixed. Sometimes it freezes and you have to pull the car over to shut I down. It locks up. Needs recall and better units put"

Linda B., CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Maps were out of date, no update was available"

Stan C., AZ (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Given the cost of the system, I would expect it to perform at least as well as a $100 Garmin dash top, it does not. Maps are out of date when delivered, updates are annual and expensive. It will sometimes route you to a wrong location"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"When used from two phone back-up system will be mess up"

Nghiem N., CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"The entire radio system in the Tacoma is way too complicated and it never saves your preferences. For example, when pairing my iPhone with the radio, it continues to transfer all of my contacts, call history, etc. when I have set this to "off" a hundred times. Also, I never use the voice command especially for anything paired"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Voice control commands

"when using horn voice command is activated and all electronics shut done till cancelled"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"wrong feedback, misunderstood my commands"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Back up monitor hard to see in bright sunlight. Display hard to see when lights are on during the day/evening"

William M., CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 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

"Driver side door at top rear isn't sealed properly and allows wind noise at highway speeds"

Jared C., MS (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"The cab weather-stripping was not seated properly in the channel. This created wind noise at speeds above 65 mph. Toyota fixed the problem after a second visit and their car wash wash pulled it out of the channel"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Door part # 67861-04062 weatherstrip Frt passenger door was replaced by local dealer. Wind coming crossing the vehicle from driver to passenger side at highway speeds (65-75mph) was creating air noise coming in the top of the passenger door. TSB BD1615 T1-91/T2-57"

Dale G., OK (2014 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Vehicle extremely noise interior problem pronounced when operating in wet conditions"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"The clutch linkage started sqeaking about two months ago"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"I have noticeable interior creaks most of the time when I drive the vehicle. I'm pretty sure that the creaks were cause by the numerous 4 wheel drive roads that I drive (my vehicle is a 4x, and I purchased it to drive on rough 4x roads)"

Greg G., CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"wind noise from access door seals"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Extreme wind noise at high speed in high cross winds. There is loud whistle especially from the passenger front window. No repair currently available"

Anonymous, NM (2014 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

"When the wind is blowing hard on the highway and I am driving 75 mph sometimes the two front side windows will squeal"

Anonymous, KS (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"windshield noise in strong cross wind or at high speeds"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"quite noisy when running fast"

Nghiem N., CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"When going over 80 miles an hour, there is a noise that seems to be created by some kind of intake. Dealer seemed unconcerned when there for service. So I don't drive it that fast anymore and I have no problem"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind noise around door seals during crosswind. Also, extreme high pitched noise emitted intermittently from front of windshield when traveling at highway speed with strong front quartering wind"

Douglas S., WI (2014 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

"Quit working"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"WHEN PARKED THE AIR COMPRESSOR DOES NOT COOL AIR MUCH, EVEN ON HIGH IT DOES NOT GET COLD/CHILLED"

Perry S., TX (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"takes forever to heat up and defrost windows"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Mfr failure to design vents to prevent entry by squirrels and mice"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"INCONSISTENT COOLING DUE TO LOW REFRIGERENT"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower motor stopped working, had it replaced under warranty all is well"

Cheryl S., GA (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Rubber trim on the roof came loose and had to be replaced"

Joe K., CO (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"trim molding became loose, dealer glued it back on, one year later it feel off altogether. Dealer didn't want to cover repair till I threatened to go to Toyota"

Chris R., PA (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"The Black 2 top rubber trims fall off when going through a car wash. Also the rear (both) mud flaps are loose and one has fallen off. they are too long"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"something eating thru clearcoat on hood and roof"

Randolph H., GA (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"near wheel body trim areas"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

"Plastic sill plate on drivers side rubbed through paint which eventually lead to rusting"

Carl P., NL (2014 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Same as previous question. USB connection was horribly unreliable. Since replacing USB plug it is slightly unreliable. (Could be Apple iOS8)"

Patrick E., CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Messaging no longer works though it worked for about a month when I first purchased the vehicle"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Resets while driving, have to stop truck to re-enter a navigation destination"

Ronald P., CA (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Screen buttons vary in size from menu to menu. Some are hard to accurately "target" in a moving vehicle"

Ray T., TX (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"There are issues with the Bluetooth connection disconnecting for no reason"

Anonymous, VA (2014 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

"Infotainment/navigation system shuts down without warning. Appears to be a short in the system as it completely powers down on its own"

Jesse B., SC (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Burnt out bulb"

Chalmers C., FL (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Warning lights

"Door Ajar remains on in cold weather"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Driver side power door lock failed at 38000 miles. Unacceptable"

Bob B., MA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 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

Normal routine brake wear

"Break pedal goes 11/2 inches from the floor before stopping. Toyota states this is normal for this vehicle. They will not adjust them so it stops with 2 inches of play for stopping. I have to get it adjusted outside. My Prius has 2 inches of play for"

Richard F., NY (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Rotors had to be replaced"

Jeff T., AZ (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Rotors

"Heat warps in the rotors. Can feel vibration when touching the brakes over 80 km per hour"

John R., AB (2014 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

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

Springs or torsion bars

"weak rear springs replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, BC (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)
Wheel balance

"Developed a slight vibration at highway speed, Dealer re-balanced wheels and vibration went away"

Anonymous, OH (2014 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"This failure of an oxygen sensor is the first major repair issue I have experienced with 7 Tacomas owned over 28 years"

Douglas S., WI (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 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

Timing belt or chain

"Not actually tiing belt but fan belt broke after 300 miles. had to be towed to delarship and new belt put on"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"When the clutch started groaning each time it was engaged (Aug 2015), the dealer diagnosed that it needed to be replaced. That time, it was under warranty. Now, the clutch is groaning again"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

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

What Owners Say

Windows

"I have had to put 3 windshields in this truck in one year. My previous truck was a GMC I owned it for 12 years and 190000 miles and never put a windshield in it. The glass in the Toyota is too thin and fragile they need to put in thicker glass"

Joe K., CO (2014 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

"During hard acceleration the truck vibrates, the dealer says that it is due to the heavy duty shocks"

Christopher R., FL (2014 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

Transmission Minor

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

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Recalls
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STRUCTURE:BODY:HOOD:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS
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
Dec 30 2014
Accessories that detach from a vehicle may result in a vehicle crash and/or personal injury.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser, RAV4, Scion FRS, and XB vehicles. The affected vehicles may have accessories installed by SET, such as running boards or other items, that were incorrectly installed. The accessory attaching fasteners were not tightened with the proper torque, possibly causing the accessory to detach from the vehicle.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the affected bolts, free of charge. The recall began February 23, 2015. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET's number for this recall is SET-14B.
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: 14V828000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3958
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
ENGINE
Nov 07 2013
If the valve springs break, the engine could fail and stall while the vehicle is being driven, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Tacoma vehicles manufactured July 1, 2013, through October 11, 2013. The engines of the affected vehicles contain valve springs that may break over time.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the valve springs, free of charge. The recall began on November 27, 2013. 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: 13V557000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3795
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