We've had our green machine since July 2008 and in the last couple of weeks the stereo has started intermittently turning itself off. Happens for radio, CD (MP3) or the Aux. Sometimes it will come back on immediately, other times it can take 10 or 15 minutes till it powers up again. It cut out on me 3 times this morning in a 40 minute journey, and wouldn't power on at all after getting back into the vehicle for the return journey an hour later.
We've got a replacement on order under the warranty but it's going to be 5-7 weeks till it shows up.
Also, since day 1 the sound volume through the Aux input has been abysmal. tried ipod nano, zune, and the mp3 player in my cell phone. The volume has to be cranked up to max on both the device and the head unit, and it's only just audible over road noise, and doesn't sound great either, very flat and distorted.
Is the intermittent powering off a usual problem for Tacoma factory units? is that why there's such a long wait?
Other thing we've noticed is that the sound quality is much better for MP3 CD's than it is through the FM stereo.
Is getting it replaced with the same unit likely to take care of the Aux volume/sound quality issues or should we be looking to upgrade, and not having to wait over a month.
The model # is AD1808.
I'd appreciate any feedback you have to offer.
Thanks in advance