While full-sized pickup trucks increasingly adopt luxury trappings, compact trucks remain utilitarian workhorses. The Tacoma is a down-and-dirty example of function trumping form. The Tacoma is the perfect truck for landscapers and contractors. This beast of burden has a tough-as-nails chassis and a durable composite­ plastic bed. For off-roading adventures, the capable Tacoma has few peers.
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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 2017 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 or water leaks

"terrible air noise, I have contacted the dealer but no help there"

Darrell D., TN (2017 Toyota Tacoma SR 2.7-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"1 month and 1500 kms into owing our new truck, it developed a squeak in the rear leaf springs"

Eric L., BC (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Drivers side window leaking air into cabin"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)

"When I drive above 35 mph there is a lot of air noise around the back doors"

Darrell D., TN (2017 Toyota Tacoma SR 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"The actual problem is not when it is Rhode Island's from the tires vibrating through the very thin back noise dampening insulation behind the rear seat is much less when I store something back there than it is when it is empty with the seat up to see down It's bad"

Anonymous, OR (2017 Toyota Tacoma Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Wind noise and annoying whistle at 40mph Very loud road noise at highway speeds"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)

"drivers side window or door has wind noise. Back seat has a lot of road/wind noise from the rear corners of the cab"

Dan H., CO (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

"There seems to be some minor hesitation at some of the shift points. When first moving in the morning, the transmission seems to "miss" or hesitate at the 30 mph (or there about)shift causing the engine to rev. The dealer was unable to reproduce this situation"

Bruce F., VT (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

"6 speed auto trans is always in the wrong gear. Dosen't upshift or down shift smoothly. Boggs down, tends to slam in gears very rough shifts both up and down"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)
Transmission computer

"Had to upgrade the firmware - attempting to solve sluggish power response"

Anonymous, OK (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)

"This transmission constantly seeks a correct gear. It cannot hold a gear on even the slightest incline. It seems to have only three gears, first, second, and overdrive. I HATE it"

David B., NV (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

"The transmission with five thousand miles on it needed to have the computer reflashed. The reflash fix some problems but created others. The truck now with 11,000 miles on it is going in the shop to have the transition reflashed"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The camera screen will not adjust the brightness and sharpness. The dealer said it was normal. I have had seeral vehiles with cameras and it is not normal to me"

Anonymous, NL (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"It drops my android phone often and will pick up my wife's iphone over my phone constantly"

Lou R., CA (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Unsure)
Radio

"Had to replace telecommunication module"

Anonymous, KY (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Engine feedback noise on the AM stations. Poor reception. The radio on my 2008 Tacoma had better reception"

Bruce F., VT (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-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

Differential

"Had oil leaks. Replaced differential under warranty. Still had leak, replaced another part"

Anonymous, CT (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Oil leaked from engine. Changed differential, leaked again, teplaced another part. Took 3 times to dealer for repair under warranty. Dealer was good, Toyota corporate did not return my request for return call"

Anonymous, CT (2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-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)

"They use a soy based coating on the wires and rodents love to chew the wires"

Michael H., BC (2017 Toyota Tacoma Limited 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

Climate System

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

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.

Engine Major

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

Exhaust

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

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.

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Brakes

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

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Recalls
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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
Apr 03 2018
A sudden loss of braking assist can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2018 Toyota Camry and Highlander vehicles, 2017 Toyota Sienna and Tacoma vehicles and 2017 Lexus RX350 vehicles. During the manufacturing process, the oil galley in the rotor for the brake booster vacuum pump assembly may have been improperly machined possibly resulting in a sudden loss of brake assist.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake booster vacuum pump, free of charge. The recall began on May 9, 2018. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371, or Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987. Toyota's numbers for this recall are J0K/JLD.
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: 18V211000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6046
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Dec 20 2017
An incorrect load information label can result in the operator overloading the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Toyota 4Runner and Tundra, 2018 Toyota Highlander, RAV4 and Lexus GX460 and 2017 Toyota Sienna and Tacoma vehicles. These vehicles may have incorrect load carrying capacity modification labels. As such, 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:
Toyota will notify owners and provide them with corrected labels, free of charge. The recall began on January 23, 2018. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's numbers for this recall are H0Z for Toyota vehicles, and HLF for Lexus vehicles.
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: 17V831000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 649
ENGINE
Jun 01 2017
An engine stall may increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Tacoma vehicles equipped with a six-cylinder engine. The affected vehicles have a crank position sensor that may malfunction, potentially resulting in an engine stall.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the crank position sensor with an improved design, free of charge. The recall began July 26, 2017. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is H0H.
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: 17V356000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 31824
POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:DIFFERENTIAL UNIT
Apr 27 2017
If the vehicle is operated with an insufficient amount of oil in the rear differential, the differential may seize and cause a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Tacoma vehicles. Oil may leak from the area where the rear differential carrier is assembled to rear axle housing.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear differential for oil leakage. Based on the inspection, dealers will either tightening the fastening nuts or replace the fastening nuts and gasket. If the rear differential components are damaged, the rear differential carrier assembly will be replaced. The repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall June 19, 2017. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is H0G.
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: 17V285000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 227732
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