2003 Toyota Tacoma SR5 TRD V6 3.4L from North America


Pricey, but worth every penny.


All cosmetic, but here they are:

The tabs on the cup holders wore out.

The little plastic arm that holds the driver's side floor mat in place broke.

Tires needed to be replaced @ 50,000 miles.

Ball joints needed to be replaced due to a recall... fixed for free (obviously)

Foam rubber gasket on driver's side door wore out.

General Comments:

Great truck! All I've done is change the oil (missed my 30k service, but I'm going to take her in for the 60k).

The rear end is a bit light in the snow... just added a few sand bags and it handles much better (even with 4WD).

The seat belts don't retract and are constantly getting slammed in the doors, which drives me nuts! This seems to be the case with every Toyota I've ever been in, though.

Why must everything be cheap plastic these days? I skidded out on a snow-covered dirt road and hit a snow bank going about 10 mph... Didn't even think anything of it, until I got home... the whole bumper needs to be replaced! Even the chrome had a big dent in it. Oh well, that's what insurance is for.

Seats are a bit uncomfortable for long drives.

Gas mileage is a killer... I've hit 21 mpg once, since then never topped out above 19. Still, better than any other pickup on the market.

Great power, decent handling, fun on the beach, seems to be nearly impossible to get it stuck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2007

9th Apr 2007, 15:24

Yes, the seat belt problem is true. I've been involved with multiple tacomas and all of their seat belts will not wind up (always getting stuck in the doors very annoying!).

7th May 2007, 15:26

During my test drive of an '04 Tacoma that I'm considering buying used I noticed the same thing with the seat belts - thought it might be something with the particular truck. But all the other one's I test drove do the same thing as does my sister's '04 Corolla. It is annoying.

Most everything else about Toyotas seem so well-engineered I guess they had screw at least one thing up!

2003 Toyota Tacoma SR5 3.4L V6 from North America


I fixed the dash rattle! Great Truck


Squeaky dashboard... I fixed this with a small post it note pad placed in between the dash and the windshield. Cheap and simple.

General Comments:

Great off road. The only time I almost got stuck (I had water up to my door) The locking differential got me out. Really takes abuse well. Gas mileage is not great. 4dr is enough room for me, wife and child. Narrow body is good for hunting trails. Low gears are amazing! Gas tank should be bigger (but I think you can order a duel tank). Plenty of power, even when under load. High ground clearance. I like the ECT PWR button, but use it seldom. Sound system is good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2006

2003 Toyota Tacoma X Cab 4X4 4 cylinder 2.7L from North America


Very reliable, but flawed


Cheap, annoyingly squeaky dashboard.

Some engine fittings already prematurely rusted.

Recalled for lower ball joints.

General Comments:

Bought my first "new" vehicle after several used Toyotas. Seems this Fremont assembled not as quality fitted as previous Japanese assembled Toyotas I've owned.

Power train, suspension, paint finish though are all quality manufactured.

Still great value for money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2006

2003 Toyota Tacoma SR5 PreRunner Extra Cab 3.4L V6 from North America


Great Pick-up Truck


Power Steering Pump unit leaks small amount of fluid at approximately 30,000 miles. Didn't catch it until recently. Service tech says he's seen it before on this model and has changed several units out.

Parts are $300 and labor $200.

General Comments:

Good truck so far. Lots of power and is pretty quick. Not the most comfortable for long trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2006

2003 Toyota Tacoma XTra Cab SR5 4x4 2.7L 4-cylinder from North America


Great, reliable truck with superb mechanics, but has an uncomfortable, problematic interior


Everything that has gone wrong with my truck has been superficial.

The moulding around my drivers side reclining handle is split and keeps splitting even after several dealer replacements.

The dashboard rattles annoyingly.

The tabs for the cup holders are completely destroyed.

Passenger side floor mat continuously bunches up.

General Comments:

Reliable as sin. I have done nothing to this vehicle except change all the fluids at the specified intervals and she runs like a champ. The big 4 cylinder engine is moderately underpowered, but gets me where I need to go and will haul tons of weight. The clutch on this thing sucks and can be a pain to learn, however it has not gone out. The windshield on my truck is thoroughly pitted, even though I installed a bug guard in the first 5k miles. The seats are uncomfortable as sin on any trip over 100 miles. I am 6 foot tall and 235 lbs and the interior could use a little more room (thanks Toyota, 2 years too late). But overall I cannot complain, and as of now, it looks like this puppy will run forever. The 20 mpg TOPS hurts the wallet a little bit, but is better than most trucks. Get the newer mid size model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2005