1998 Toyota Tacoma SR5 2.4 Litre from North America
Great truck nice driver, but hate that frame rot!!!
Nuts keep coming off the O2 sensor. Had to wire it on. No biggy.
Seat slider cable on passenger side seat broke.
Frame totally rotted out on both sides from cab back to the end. So far cost is up to $600. and the welding shop is not done yet. This is a PA truck. Anyone else have this problem?
Nice truck body wise. It has the TRD kit and goes super in the snow even in 2 wheel drive. I've driven in 9 inches of snow without kicking it in to 4X4. I did use the locking rear-end button once to get me out of a serious ice jam situation so kudos to Toyota for that little feature.
The 4 cylinder engine is a bit under powered especially for towing. It's hard to keep up highway speeds unless kept in 4th gear with the hammer down.
The frame leaves a lot to be desired. Even though it is boxed it is very prone to rust through. I did not know mine was bad until a trip to the car wash blew holes in it. Has Toyota cured this problem in later years?
I've hauled a lot of heavy stuff in and with this truck and the suspension never left me dragging my tail in the dirt.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th March, 2008
27th Mar 2008, 20:47
Yeah I live in Northwestern PA and I had the same problem. Talk to a local Toyota dealer... they are recalling all 1995-2001 Toyota Tacomas because the frames are rusting out, but they have not sent letters out yet.
14th Jun 2008, 07:51
I never got a letter either, but Toyota has already bought my truck back, and treated me more than fairly to say the least.
The whole deal went off without a hitch. I paid 12,500 in early '05 for my '98 Tacoma with 29,000 miles on it, and I sold it back to Toyota for over $14,000 two weeks ago with almost 90,000 miles on it, and bought a brand new car. Can't really beat that. Drove it for three years, put over 60,000 miles on it, and MADE money on it in the end.
Take yours in. The worst you can do is, you'll find out your truck is actually good and they'll give you 15 more years warranty on corrosion.