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Old 05-25-2013, 06:35 AM   #21
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yes I have the inspection repory saying it won't last much longer
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:23 AM   #22
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My 96 was checked in 2010 by the previous owner. The report said it passed but was rusty and to bring it back in 6 months. He never did. I bought it last fall, currently inspected, drove perfectly fine, but once I started hammering on it I went through in a few places on the passenger side. Even with it being inspected previously the time was up and I was on my own. It wasn't anywhere near as bad as some of the older Toyota's I've fixed before for the same issues. A little plate, a little welding, some real rust-preventative coatings, and it's perfectly fine. I'm just glad Toyota stepped up on this as much as they did. I've had 10 year old Toyota trucks in the past rusted way worse than mine was with a fraction of the miles. My dad's 98 got bought back and for I think $800 more than his check he drove off with a nice 02 from Grappone. Same basic truck with 50k less miles 5 years newer for $800. Yes please!

BTW they are now going through the same thing with second gens. They rot out next to the cat on the driver's side.
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Mine frame is getting replaced next week.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:47 PM   #26
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My trucks laid up for at least a month getting a new frame separation anxiety
a month?? Why so long?
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a month?? Why so long?
they said 2 to 3 wks for parts to get in, and another 2 to 3 for the work its only been two weeks and i HATE the suzuki rental pos
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they said 2 to 3 wks for parts to get in, and another 2 to 3 for the work
Dang!! Does the tech take one turn on a bolt head and then go drink a cup, come back, take another turn, go have a smoke, come back, take another turn, talk to his buddy.....

Toyota allows 60 hrs to do the conversion. Most shops can do it in less than 30.
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Dang!! Does the tech take one turn on a bolt head and then go drink a cup, come back, take another turn, go have a smoke, come back, take another turn, talk to his buddy.....

Toyota allows 60 hrs to do the conversion. Most shops can do it in less than 30.
I can't speak for that dealership of course, but depending on the current workload, even if the parts were to arrive in 2-3 weeks, it may take a week or two to get started on the job because of other customer vehicles in the shop? Just my guess since I have seen this type of thing first hand.
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Dang!! Does the tech take one turn on a bolt head and then go drink a cup, come back, take another turn, go have a smoke, come back, take another turn, talk to his buddy.....

Toyota allows 60 hrs to do the conversion. Most shops can do it in less than 30.
Yeah mine was in the shop for 2 days....took about 6 days to get the parts, but they said I could keep driving while they ordered everything. Are you getting new leaf packs too?
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Dang!! Does the tech take one turn on a bolt head and then go drink a cup, come back, take another turn, go have a smoke, come back, take another turn, talk to his buddy.....

Toyota allows 60 hrs to do the conversion. Most shops can do it in less than 30.
Lol! i used to work there so i know its really busy, and there are dedicated techs who do frames, but also have another bay to do regular work. they're a pretty small dealership so i guess it'll take a while hah
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Im so glad I live in California and dont have to worry about this issue. My truck has 150K on it and the frame looks almost as new as it did when it rolled off the showroom floor.
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Just how dangerous are these early frames? My 96 frame likely needs replaced, but that seems quite pricey. Any instances of outright failure on these, or is a gradual thing?
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Any instances of outright failure on these, or is a gradual thing?
It's just sort of "gradual".....

Actually, I've seen a couple where the truck went over a bump or some railroad tracks and the frame started to crack and the bed was jammed against the back of the cab - but nothing catastrophic.
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Mine frame is getting replaced next week.
Stupid cellphone auto correct... made me look stupid again...LOL "Mine" WTF?
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