Having owned a 1996 Toyota 4-Runner and a 1998 Toyota Tacoma, I never thought twice about going down to special order a new 2006 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab 4x4 when my 1998 Tacoma was totaled in a wreck. Given my past experience with Toyota, I never considered another car company.
After 4 months, my new vehicle arrived from the assembly plant in California. It looked beautiful and felt like I had made the right purchase. I drove it during the warranty period and kept a punch list of things that needed to be fixed before the warranty expired, but nothing that made the truck inoperable occurred, so I waited until about 35K miles and took it to the dealership to fix the issues. The issues listed above were brought to the first dealers attention, and they kept the truck for approximately one week and returned it in the exact condition it was in when I dropped it off. They said the warranty repairs ran about $9000!!! And yet as far as I could tell, they did nothing to the vehicle.
I brought this to Toyota Corporate's attention, and they had me take it to another dealership to make the same repairs. This dealership corrected some of the problems, but at the end of the day they say they can't fix all the problems, because that's just the way all the vehicles are.
For 73K miles I have dealt with an exhaust leak until it warms up enough to expand the manifold, a clanging noise from the drivetrain when you go over bumps, and a squeaking from inside the clutch housing.