I don't know exactly why, but my trusty companion flamed on me last night. It was a tragicomedy.
I was on the way home from my weekly shooting match when I felt drag (a lot of drag) from what I thought was the transfer case. Then the clutch slammed to the floor on it's own. Then I saw sparks from the left front wheel well. I stopped immediately and got out to look. The entire front left engine compartment was in flames.
I pulled out my rifle and gear bag (with ammo) as I dialed 911. First things first, you know. Then I could only watch and inhale toxic fumes while I actually thought about having to search for a new Tacoma. It was sad and exciting at the same time.
My Tacoma is on fire for unknown reasons and I'm actually thinking about replacing it with another first gen. Tacoma. Hmmm.
My favorite photo is 110 when the firefighter hosed the inside.
Anyone else experience flaming first gens? Or know anything about this problem popping up with others?
I talked with Toyota Customer service yesterday. I'll be careful about what I say here because I don't know if this is going beyond the insurance and into Toyota's hands.
The man I talked with was, in a way, stern. There was no love there. I get the feeling he has to fend off everyone that wants a new truck because their blinker doesn't work.
He took my statement and then asked me what I expected from Toyota. I told him I expected them to investigate this issue to see if it warrants notification of other Tacoma owners.
Then he asked me what I expected Toyota to do for me? From the tone and implication I thought it was a fishing question and I did not expect it.
I said I wanted my truck back, but knowing that was impossible I was only in search of a replacement of the same. I also noted that I did have full insurance and that they were in motion as well.
He responded that Toyota was not in the used car business and that they made new cars.
More fishing. Shit. Where do you go with that? I didn't know if he wanted me to ask for a new truck from Toyota. Seriously, "Hey, give me a new truck." Yeah, I'm that kind of guy. A little naive.
But, he made no offers and seemed that he was not going to either.
Then I spoke with insurance. He was a different tone. A great guy at Travellers. I was prepared for a fight for the full value. He gave me a higher value than any truck I have looked at over the weekend. Of course mine was in great shape with only 55k miles. By the way, they said anything I want to keep from the truck (Brand new tires, except the melted one.) would reduce my payout price. Sorry to you who have asked about salvage parts. Trust me, I spent part of the weekend scrubbing toxic BBQ smell out of everything. Yuck, man!
I am now looking for a 2004 xtra cab TRD replacement. Unless Toyota ponies up with something different.
More news as it happens.