I've been lurking here for a couple of years now but never posted. I have an 03 Taco TRD O/R with 51K miles. The truck is basically stock except for the deck plate mod and 5100's all around.
First problem. I've had the common growning / vibration coming from the front of the truck for appox 4 years. I first took the truck in back in 05 and the dealer could hear and feel the problem but could not find or fix it. The truck has been back in for the same problem about 5 times all with the same results. The truck is now out of warranty and the vibration is really bad. I know it's the bearing in the front diff. I've told the dealers it's the bearing. Toyota knows there is a problem yet they refuse to help out.
Second problem. The truck wanders around and the steering wheel jerks from left to right on rough roads due to the steering shaft sleve problem. Again. Toyota knows there is a problem with these trucks but refuses to help out. I've had the truck in for this problem several times as well with no help. Always got the "It's normal".
I recently spoke to a rep from Toyota and she basiclly told me I was SOL. After reading all of the posts here and on other forums I know both of these problems are common, well documented and still affect the models built through 08.
I've already decided that there will never be another toyota owned by myself or anyone in my family. I've had enough of the crap. I'm ready to take this to the next level. I have contacted the local news stations here and asked if they would be interested in running the story. one answered yes. They would consider it but I would need to give them something to start with. I'd like to know if anyone on here would be willing to come forward with their problems / repairs on the front diffs or steering columns. Having completed warranty papers for these problems would really help.
If you would rather not post your problems please feel free to PM me and we'll discuss.