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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Reliability

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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 2015 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

"Air leak around front windows"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Driver's side window whistles significantly at 70 MPH and above"

Edward S., MI (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

"when hit with cross winds we get a high pitched squeal from the seal on the opposite door the wind is blowing from. To be fair, any other time there is no problem with excessive noise, and the truck is very quiet. Toyota recently has a fix for this and after this fix, we have no further problems"

Mark T., SD (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

"The driver doors has a squeak that the dealert has been unable to stop"

John H., TN (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"un comfortable ride and safety concerns"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"loud whistling noise at freeway speed in a high wind"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

"When driving at over 50 mph, outside side winds cause a loud, eerie, howling sound"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"A LOT of wind noise from the rear part of the cab. I asked the dealer about this and they looked at me like I came from the moon. Did not even answer my question. Truck is quiet otherwise"

Anonymous, MN (2015 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"At 70 mph or in high winds a whistling sound is emitted from the driver side window. The noise is abated if one of them windows is slightly opened"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

"Wind noise around both front doors"

John H., TN (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Hgh pitch wind noise coming from windshield or window seal"

Marvin D., SC (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"Whenever the truck is driven above 65mph there is a strong and disturbing noise that appears to come from the left front driver's window"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"it whistles on hwy"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"It is just noisy, sounds like a window is partly open, also, road noise, sounds like it needs to be undercoated. When shutting the door, the roof makes a noise as though there is no headliner"

Anonymous, IN (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

"very annoying loud whining when at high way speeds during cross winds. This problem is well known on you-tube but when I took the vehicle back to the dealer, they claimed ignorance"

Steve B., NH (2015 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 4.0-L V6)

"There is a "honking" noise near the driver's window area when speed exceeds 65 mph"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Wind leaks that cause truck to become on stable"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)

"At highway speed with a cross wind, there is a high pitched noise around the front wind shield. It occurs on the off side from the cross wind and occurs on both sides"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"It's not a quiet cab. Wind noise at highway speeds requires that the stereo be turned up excessively loud and that cell phones and normal conversation also be amped up"

James S., VA (2015 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 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

Alignment

"Seems hard to keep aligned"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Ball joints

"There was a creaking noise comping from under the truck we brought it to the dealer they said it was a shock and ordered a part then they said there was no other problem four times, Finally had to go under truck with mechanic to show where sound was coming from turns out the bolts were to tight and caused unusual wear had to replace"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Not sure if problem with bolts was related to shocks and struts just know bolts were too tight and caused problems"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise front left"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Tacoma Base 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"just like my previous 2007 Tacoma, the rear springs began to squeak just like an old junker within the first year"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"The steering wheel vibrates at all speeds and the truck pulls to the right"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"This truck appears to have been wrecked but was sold to me as new. With only 1000 miles on this truck the right front tire was starting to wear unevenly"

Anonymous, VA (2015 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

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Sometimes the Pandora does not sync with the Smart Phone correctly"

Brent A., OH (2015 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

"Map would go dark and we couldn't use the GPS system. A software update fixed the problem"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

"The Navigation system is integrated with the Entune system. The navigation system and the maintenance features depend on a Micro SD card for operation. This card was missing when I bought and other users (online forums) complain of the requirement to buy replacement maps. Toyota replied to my email with, "try to find one on Ebay". Poor construct, functionality, and customer service in this area"

Anonymous, TX (2015 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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Not enough paint coats. Drying with a soft towel after washing will result in scratches"

Anonymous, NM (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

"Defect in paint on hood. Dealer unwilling to fix until I contacted Toyota customer support. Hood was repainted. I'll never buy another vehicle from this dealer. Service manager very rude and obnoxious"

Kenneth D., WA (2015 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4.0-L V6)
Rust

"factory installed trailer hitch is rusting"

Anonymous, IN (2015 Toyota Tacoma Base 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

"The Entune system was supposed to provide traffic & weather information. The documentation indicated it worked in 100 largest metro areas. I live in the largest metro area and only receive traffic & weather info from CT located 20 miles over the wate"

Gerard S., NY (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

"poor reception. poor location scanning"

Harry C., MA (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"after getting my last "free" warranty oil change, I noticed a large oil stain on my driveway under the oil pan. I took it back to the dealer and they said the drain plug was loose. To this day, I do not know whether it was really loose or cross threaded--- I suppose I'll find out when I do my own oil change this summer, as it will then be off warranty"

Steve B., NH (2015 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 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

"The engine went out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, KS (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"The temperature reading is not accurate when the liquid cooling gets low"

Anonymous, KS (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 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

Fuel gauge/sender

"I've owned several of this model truck (2015, 2012, and 2008). All have had terrible accuracy with their fuel gauge (and with the speedometer, about 5% off at 60 MPH)"

James S., VA (2015 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 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

Driveline vibration

"Extreme vibration. Taken to dealer who said it was a characteristic of truck. Took to 2nd dealer who replaced driveshaft. Problem still there. Purchased it in Nov 2014, traded it in Jan 2015. New Tacoma has a slight vibration, but can live with"

George E., NJ (2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 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.

Climate System

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

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

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.

Brakes

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

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
TIRES
Feb 23 2015
Improperly inflated tires may increase the risk of a vehicle crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2015 Tacoma pickup trucks manufactured August 7, 2014, to December 22, 2014. The affected vehicles may have had their tires and wheels changed to TRD PRO accessory tires and wheels, causing the inflation information on the tire placard to be incorrect which may result in the tire being improperly inflated. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110, "Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less."
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will send a revised tire placard with correct tire size and inflation information to owners, free of charge. The recall began March 13, 2015. 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: 15V099000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 18
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
Oct 22 2014
An incorrect label may result in the vehicle being overloaded, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Gulf States Toyota, Inc. (Gulf States) is recalling certain model year 2015 Toyota Tacoma vehicles manufactured September 2, 2014, to October 15, 2014. The affected vehicles may contain an incorrect Load Carrying Capacity Modification Label. As a result, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110, "Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars."
What should you do:
Gulf States has notified owners, and dealers will install an accurate label, free of charge. The recall began December 1, 2014. Owners may contact Gulf States customer service at 1-800-444-1074.
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: 14V663000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 142
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