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Old 03-20-2008, 01:53 AM   #1
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Default Early Taco owners~check your frames

I have been meaning to post this topic for about a week now, and it keeps slipping my mind, sorry.

Anyway there is evidentally a toyota authorized TBA on the frames of Tacomas from 95-00 in year model regarding rust particularly in the ice belt regions in the country.

for more information on the subject here is a link from the national board regarding this issue.

http://ttora.com/forum/showthread.ph...75875#poststop

supposedly the frames are rusting prematurely due to road salt used to de-ice the roads. I have read quite a few post on the thread above where Toyota has actually just bought the truck from the owner instead of trying to repair the damage. and at top retail value and not just a low ball figure.

Within that same thread "Show Stop" included a bulletin that has the vin number tables that are effected within the "concerned" model years.

I have printed it out for the 97 year model for my truck to check for my vin. but I highly doubt I will be effected as my truck spent most of it's life in (let's all say it together) Texas. But this notice is going to be good for 15 years of manufacture date.

This matter is definitely worth 10 minutes under your vehicle inspecting the frame! and if you find excessive rust by all means take it immediately to the dealership.

ON that thread, there are reports where members have actually taken their trucks in for inspection not thinking much about it and drving off the dealership with a new vehicle. Also in many cases (depending on the dealership) within the process of turning over their vehicles they have removed every after market accessory they put on the vehicle without penality ( so as an example, if I find rust on my SAS'ed truck, I would be able to remove every piece of equipment from the axles, tires, stereo, seats or anything else I changed as the owner. so I could put those items into my replacement truck if they would fit.)
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:56 AM   #3
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did you read the thread? I was kinda alarmed having a '97. But if they are doing buy backs without worrying about all the mods, It maybe not such a bad idea…I would be getting rid of those bed dings I have

but I really don't see my truck being effected. Just wanted to put it out there for our other members.
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Old 03-20-2008, 01:42 PM   #4
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1.5 x KBB retail value price is pretty nice, i have almost no rust on my frame... altough i love my truck $11000 would be good to have, thats what we bought it for back in 2000!
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Old 03-20-2008, 04:02 PM   #5
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you were one of the ones, I specifically thought about with this issue. Since I have never seen your truck up and close, I didn't know what the frame looked like.

I am having a hard time deciding if my truck actually falls within the vin range! I think it does, but then again it may not.

I also got to thinking about how much of a pain it would be to dissemble it if it would fall prey to this buy back.

But I think there was one guy on the national board that did actually remove his solid axle and the dealership still paid him the full 1 1/2 KBB price
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So how do i get the frame on that 99 i drove up to indy to rust out quicker, got some surface, but no perferation, any ideas. maybe spray it down once a week in Calcium Cloride?
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Old 03-21-2008, 01:06 AM   #7
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that would work. I know tooth paste will eleminate rust, but I am not too sure which chemicals promotes it.

you can always put a osolating sprinkler under the truck, might take a while though!

I hve the print out on the vin numbers, but I can't determine if mine is covered. I first thought so, but then on second glance, I second guessed myself, and now I am just not sure!
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Not that my truck applies, but where can I get that VIN info? I have a few friends up north that don't have intarweb access...
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Not that my truck applies, but where can I get that VIN info? I have a few friends up north that don't have intarweb access...
its a PDF file

http://www.showstop.org/images/truck...nty-policy.pdf
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with any luck Toyota is gonna be buying two from me in short order..........I will then be buying and 01 from my local dealer that has 132000 less miles than my current 97 and I will have a fair amount of cash and all my current aftermarket parts left to start building the new truck
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:43 PM   #11
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My truck finally goes in on Thursday to have the treatment done and I'll have a loaner vehicle for a day. Anyone up for seeing what a Corolla (or whatever they give me) can do at Interlake?

I'm sure my frame is OK, but I'm still praying they don't decide to do the buy back.
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you won't have any surprises if you do a quick visual for yourself. You need to look at the area around the spring hanger and just at the point the frame transitions from a boxed section to the c channeling.

Also look at the area around the front crossmember of the front suspension. From what I have been told that is where the frames begin to "dissappear"
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I've crawled under it a couple times now and can't find anything.

Has anyone seen any buy back percentages? I'd like to see some numbers on how many frames are fine vs bad.
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it might be buried on the national thread somewhere, but that thread is so long now, I can't even open it!

Besides, "some of us" have more important things to do other than keep up with statistics!
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Old 06-28-2010, 01:40 PM   #15
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it might be buried on the national thread somewhere, but that thread is so long now, I can't even open it!

Besides, "some of us" have more important things to do other than keep up with statistics!
You mean like spend 2 years troubleshooting a problem with your truck?
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Naw! take two years replacing parts that were about to wear out, while avoiding the real issue!
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Old 07-01-2010, 01:15 PM   #17
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Dropped the Taco off this morning, I'm stuck driving this till tomorrow.

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Well, my luck apparently has no bounds, got this voice mail today.
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Picked up the truck today and the frame looks all shiny and clean.

The mechanic actually asked if he could talk to me and said "Uhm... It was really dirty under that truck, above the the skid plate was packed full of dirt. Where have you been driving?"
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thought you knew to clean every knook and Crany of the truck before taking it to the stealership? Especially for any recall or warranty work! It just gives them one less excuse to deny working on your vehicle on their dime.

Glad it passed! now I won't have to hear you whine about loosing your ride!
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My cousin just had a 94 bout back. I didnt think it applied tho that gen, but his frame was toast and he got an 8500 check out of the deal.
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This was hanging on my mirror when I picked my truck up and I didn't think twice about it since I live in a apartment.

They werent kidding, there are a few huge piles of goop under my truck. I wouldn't enjoy having to clean that stuff off my garage floor! If you still need to get this done you might want to put some newspapers down or something.

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I thought I heard that the buy back went back to the 90-91 year model, but I didn't put much stock into that rumor. I guess there was something to it afterall.
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another way to clean the stuff "off" your frame would be to go wheeling...I guess your truck is safe!
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another way to clean the stuff "off" your frame would be to go wheeling...I guess your truck is safe!
You and Joe should "clean your frames" together then
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another way to clean the stuff "off" your frame would be to go wheeling...I guess your truck is safe!
That would also explain why you haven't taken your truck in to get the frame treatment yet.

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You and Joe should "clean your frames" together then
no, I actually have taken my truck to the orv park. Still counts because I did drive around the parking lot!
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That would also explain why you haven't taken your truck in to get the frame treatment yet.


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Dont worry...Joe will be out quite a bit coming up...
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I like to hear things like that! I am hoping by the end of the summer I will be able to hit the trails more which will prompt more activity up here as well.

We just have to keep promoting the opportunity for people to get out. Be instigators I guess some would call it.
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Dont worry...Joe will be out quite a bit coming up...

Rumor has it he may be getting some sliders soon...
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