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 2018 Toyota Tacoma owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"It up-shifts too soon and don-shits too late so acceleration is very poor once you get to the upper gears"

Scott V., TX (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)

"shifting is rough and when in cruise control it is always shifting"

Anonymous, OH (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Rough shifting is not as bad as it was when I first purchased the truck. However, sometimes when I am parking, I get slight surges that make it a little difficult to park."

Anonymous, (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)

"This transmission is the clunkiest transmission I have ever driven. In my opinion, this transmission cannot last long because the jerking, clunking, etc. has to accelerate the wearing out of the gears. At the dealership, when I took it in for scheduled service and told the employee, he acknowledged that others had complained about the same thing. I am absolutely certain that Toyota has major transmission problems down the road with this particular unit."

Ted P., VA (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"The transmission came from the factory low on transmission fluid."

Anonymous, MT (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)
Transmission computer

"At highway speeds the transmission continually hunts for the correct gear. Dealership updated the ECU but it didn't help at all."

Anonymous, MT (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

"every time I go to the dealer they ay Toyota knows of the problem and working on it big as Toyota is they should have the problem fixed"

Anonymous, OH (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed a service bulliton update to correct shifting issues."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)

"When traveling at highway speeds, the transmission shifts from 6th gear to 5th at the slightest hill or head wind. In many cases the transmission stays in 5th gear."

Anonymous, (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Auto cruise occasionally starts to creep closer to the vehicle being followed especially when it slows down. Also, in one instance, emergency braking engaged when the vehicle being followed pulled into a left turn lane and stopped."

David K., AZ (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

"Recall issue, corrected by Dealer"

R N., CA (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

"front sensor failed & has a recall"

William W., ID (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

"front sensor failed & is under a recall"

William W., ID (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

"I have experienced the truck slowing down around corners when approaching a large truck in the other, same direction, highway lane. I have had to turn off the cruise control to be able to pass these vehicles."

Timothy N., NV (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

"The truck started arbitrarily applying to brakes when I would come up behind other cars stopped at an intersection. The truck was recalled for a screwed up radar sensor. This problem hasn't repeated since I had that recall repair completed."

Timothy N., NV (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

"Truck tried to brake in rainy conditions when there was no hazard. This was subject to a recall and was fixed after 2 trips to the dealership (they didn't have the parts in stock)."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Toyota Tacoma 3.5-L V6)

"Toyota issues a recall doe to faulty weather protection for the sensor."

Kirk M., KS (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

"Recall to replace master cylinder , not done yet !"

Anonymous, NS (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)

"I actually had no problems, but there was a factory recall on the master cylinder which Toyota replaced."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Master cylinder replaced as part of factory recall"

Anonymous, NM (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a recall on the Master Cylinder. I was not experiencing any issues. I went in for oil change and a recall came up at the dealership and they swapped out the master cylinder for a new one."

Patricia N., FL (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 2.7-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall because of possible failure"

Anonymous, WI (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 3.5-L V6)

"there has been a recall on the master cylinder"

Anonymous, OH (2018 Toyota Tacoma Limited 3.5-L V6)

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

"I had a roof rack installed by the dealer. They damaged the rear-window seals during installation. Later, the front passenger seat belt got wet repeatedly, due to a leaking roof seal."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"the noise is caused by both driver and passenger the mirrors. Its awful with the windows down in warmer months, same problem as my 2015 model."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Toyota Tacoma Limited 3.5-L V6)

"It's loud in the cab"

John C., ME (2018 Toyota Tacoma Limited 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

Display screen goes blank

"In dash entertain and navigation system malfunction. It was replaced by dealer at no charge"

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)
Software update fixes

"company recall"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer replaced sensors"

Anonymous, LA (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-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

"Passenger door we seal. Fixed by dealer, still a problem! To much time involved to go back."

D R., CA (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint inside driver's door is cracking and peeling- appears there is no primer in this area."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR 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

Alignment

"Noticed front tires cupping on outside edge of tread. Dealer rotated tires and did an alignment to correct problem."

Alan S., WV (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"At 4 months the right side fog light was missing the dealer said it was a case of vandalism and not covered under warranty. Light had four mounting points with only one screw holding in the front bumper."

Pete C., NV (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Engine stuttering and hesitation. After repeated visits to dealer, who acknowledged the engine problem, and said they were unable to adjust and were waiting on a computer fix from Toyota, I complained to national and regional customer and technical service. Finally the dealer had me bring in my vehicle to have the computer re-formatted with new software to fix the problem."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Toyota Tacoma SR 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

Driveline vibration

"I experienced a severe vibration when braking. I got a brake job that was supposed to fix it at a cost of $250. It did not fix the problem. There is a TSB covering an axle but this did not fix it. Turned out to be a bad front wheel bearing."

Rick M., AZ (2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-road 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.

Engine Major

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

Climate System

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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Jan 13 2020
If the fuel pump fails, the engine can stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) recalled certain 2018-2019 4Runner, Highlander, Camry, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma and Tundra, and Lexus RC 300, RC 350, GS 350, GX 460, IS 300, LC 500, LS 500, LX 570, RX 350L, and 2019 Toyota Avalon and Corolla, and certain Lexus NX 300, and ES 350 vehicles on January 13, 2020. On March 4, 2020, Toyota expanded the recall to include certain 2014-2015 Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser, 2018 Avalon, Corolla, 2014 FJ Cruiser, 2017 Sienna and Lexus 2018 ES 350, 2018-2019 GS 300, 2013-2014 GS350, 2014-2015 GX 460, IS 350 and LX 570, 2014 IS F, 2018-2019 IS 350, LC 500H and LS 500H, 2013-2015 LS 460, 2015 NX 200T and RC350, 2017 RC 200T and RX 350. Toyota also removed the 2018-2019 Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser and 2018-2019 Lexus GX 460 and LX 570 and 2019 NX300 from inclusion in this recall. On March 19, 2020, Toyota expanded the recall to include 2015 Lexus GS350 vehicles. The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may fail.
What should you do:
Toyota notified owners of the safety risk with an interim notification between February 17, 2020 and May 4, 2020. Toyota will send a second notice to owners to have the fuel pump replaced once the remedy is available. 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 20TB02 and 20TA02 for Toyota vehicles and 20LB01 and 20LA01 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: 20V012000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1830752
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:MASTER CYLINDER
Dec 13 2018
Reduced brake performance can lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Toyota Tacoma vehicles. Improper machining of the brake master cylinder may result in internal damage of one of the seals, affecting brake performance.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake master cylinder, free of charge. The recall began January 28, 2019. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's numbers for this recall are J16/J06.
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: 18V888000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 44121
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