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2001 Tacoma DETAILED Rust Photos

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by tacomarustingaway, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. Nov 29, 2009 at 8:21 AM
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    tacomarustingaway

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  2. Nov 29, 2009 at 8:31 AM
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    I think you will pass based on just the pictures. There is no way of knowing for sure until you get the inspection done. I had a 97 that failed. It seemed to me they were very fair about the inspection and really want to get bad frames off the road. Your truck looks real nice by the way. If the frame does fail, they are replacing them for your year. Good luck.
     
  3. Nov 29, 2009 at 8:38 AM
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    Thanks for the opinion. I try and take care of my vehicles. I even replaced the tires with factory originals last year. Had to order them special. I'm heartbroken over this. Resale value on 01's has tanked due to the rust issues. Nobody wants them around here and the dealers are offering pennies for a trade in. So sad. I'm stuck with it either way and I'm reluctant to put any money into it. I have an exhaust leak near or in the cat converter that will probabaly be expensive. I may just let it go.
     
  4. Nov 29, 2009 at 8:41 AM
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    this is why i hate toyota now and will never but another taco ( i think :) )
     
  5. Nov 29, 2009 at 8:42 AM
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    surface rust isnt the issue...its frame rot...with them rusting from inside out...however since you live in a heavy road salt use area...you may just end up having the rot too

    the good news is that toyota will replace the frame if it fails inspection at no cost to you...including some other parts (i dont recall which)

    everything ive heard from people who have their frames replaced is positive experiences with it

    hope it works out for ya
     
  6. Nov 29, 2009 at 2:03 PM
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    Yeah. I don't think this is surface rust only. Again, what is the LEAST I can expect from Toyota after my inspection? Would you walk away and be satisfied if they said the frame was fine and no action is required after seeing these photos? Thanks
     
  7. Nov 29, 2009 at 2:17 PM
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    Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your truck will probably pass. My 02 looks very similar to yours (worse in some places) and Toyota passed it during the inspection. The part that frustrates me is my state hasn't approved the rustproofing treatment yet, so there's nothing more Toyota will do for me.

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  8. Nov 29, 2009 at 2:28 PM
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    I have a few of those open cracks like in your first photo. I can't beleive they passed that thing. Cracks in the FRAME? Sounds safe to me. Would you fly in a plane that had cracks in the wing? I can't say I'll ever buy a Toyota product again. Resale value alone has cost me plenty. Have you checked the Kelly Blue book on these trucks? Better yet, take one into your local Toyota dealer and ask them what they give for a trade in. You'll find out that Toyota has screwed you big time! Your Tacoma is worth how much less since this issue hit the news? What's Toyota doing for the destruction of my resale value due to crappy steel and rotted frames? My friends Chevy S-10 is the same year as mine. It's got over 100,000 miles on it and the frame looks nothing like my Tacoma! He hardly ever washed the thing in the Winter! Mine was garage kept, undercoated with Rust Stop and it still looks like this!

    If you live in the desert, buy a Tacoma. Anywhere the snow falls? Look for other options. This company can't seem to produce vehicles with proper corrosion protection and this has been going on for decades.
     
  9. Nov 29, 2009 at 4:25 PM
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    Yea, my Tacoma has been great except for the dang rust problems. Now I feel like I'm stuck because resale has gone into the toilet, the frame just keeps getting worse (will be interesting to see it come Spring), and since I had the inspection in October, Toyota says I have to wait until October 2010 before I can get it re-inspected. Toyota knows it has problems (look at the Tundra recall now for rust), I just wish I knew what I was in for before I paid top dollar for my truck based on Toyota's reputation for superbly built vehicles. I traded in my 97 Sonoma on this truck in 02 and it lived its entire life in the snow belt. The frame on it looked practically like new when I sold it (yes, minor surface rust on some spots but that's it). Sorry Toyota, but this will be my last product from you.
     
  10. Nov 29, 2009 at 4:33 PM
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    putting a car away into the garage when there is salt on it will promote rusting quicker. once it warms up and the snow melts it just eating that frame. If it stays outside it will stay frozen most likely and be a lot better off. fwiw, i put mine in the garage and we get snow here :cool:
     
  11. Nov 29, 2009 at 5:10 PM
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    Yeah, washing a car and putting it in a garage during the Winter is very bad. I should just leave the salt on it all Winter long and let it rot. Never wash it. You sould like you'd make a great Toyota customer relations rep. They told me my rotting frame was just part of normal wear. These trucks SUCK. Anyone who buys a used Toyota Tacoma in the snow belt is a complete idiot. Tacoma resale value around here is pathetic. Especially the trade in quotes you get at the TOYOTA DEALERSHIPS!
     
  12. Nov 29, 2009 at 6:01 PM
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    Where are you guys determinining the drop in resale value? Is KBB giving a much lower value for rust belt area vs others?
     
  13. Nov 29, 2009 at 6:13 PM
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  14. Nov 29, 2009 at 6:13 PM
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    Take an '01-'04 Tacoma into your local Toyota dealer and see what they offer for a trade in value. Then look at the Kelly Blue Book. It's not even close!
     
  15. Nov 29, 2009 at 6:16 PM
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    Then why are they selling used 1gen at KBB prices?
     
  16. Nov 29, 2009 at 8:35 PM
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    I musta missed the part where I said not to wash it :rolleyes: who washes their undercarriage after every drive anyways??
     
  17. Nov 29, 2009 at 11:29 PM
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  18. Nov 29, 2009 at 11:51 PM
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    if i herculined the undercarriage would that help?
     
  19. Nov 30, 2009 at 5:24 AM
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    Nonsense. This applies to any dealer with any older vehicle.

    You see, they like to make money on the vehicle when they re-sell it, all while taking advantage of the seller who is at a disadvantage in most instances.


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  20. Nov 30, 2009 at 3:10 PM
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