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2004 Rust Frame

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 95pickup, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. Mar 21, 2018 at 7:02 AM
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    95pickup

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    My 2004, 4-door, 4x4, off road package Tacoma just qualified for frame replacement under the extended warranty. Any input on what I should spend out of pocket on replacement parts? The dealer's initial quote was $6500! I think they're trying to get me on parts AND labor for a whole bunch of stuff they're going to be disconnecting anyway. I'm willing to shell out a couple grand on parts ($2K or $3K) but I feel the dealer is taking advantage. Any input? Thanks!
     
  2. Mar 21, 2018 at 7:28 AM
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  3. Mar 21, 2018 at 7:34 AM
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    That is way out of line. Toyota reimburses them for all parts to put truck back to whole. My dealer made a couple of suggestions for wear items that made sense to swap out, i.e. lower ball joints, steering rack bushings. I paid for the parts, but no labor for those additional items. The "kit" from Toyota includes obviously the frame, but also rear springs, brake and fuel lines, emergency brake cables, and lower control arms. Other items that you might consider are shocks, coilovers, etc. but parts only. Some have even provided aftermarket items to be installed with no labor, if part of the frame swap.

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  4. Mar 21, 2018 at 7:48 AM
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    unless your axle housings are rusted through you shouldn't have to really get anything. as @Seagull233 mentioned, normal wear and tear items are maybe a couple hundred $$$ at most and they should be "willing" to put them on while moving everything over to the new frame.

    even if they charge labor it will be less than another couple hundred (depending on what the book deems as time/labor).

    the labor cost for the frame replace is on Toyota's dime, not yours.
     
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  5. Mar 21, 2018 at 8:08 AM
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    The above posts by @Seagull233 and @frizzman are spot on. Also this is a great opportunity to have them install new parts that they have to take off anyway. If you buy them aftermarket / third party most dealership will install those parts (especially if OEM) during the installation since they're doing the work anyway. Welcome to Tacoma World!
     
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  6. Mar 21, 2018 at 8:17 AM
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    On my old '01 (225K 2.7l 4x4), I had them fix the engine oil leaks, which I think were from the valve cover and rear main seal. The parts/extra labor was minimal. What I wished I had done was replace all the front suspension parts LBJ, UBJ, ITRE, OTRRE as they recommended. I had recently done the rear suspension and coils, so I kept all that. When I got the truck back, the steering was very loose, so I ended up having to do the front suspension work anyway. I would have been further ahead if I let them do it with OEM parts.

    My dealer reinstalled my non-toyota suspension parts, and I think they would have installed any new parts I had. Not all dealers will do that based on reports found here. I would take advantage the "free" labor while they are in the process as much as may be needed, or desired, to tighten things up.
     
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  7. Mar 21, 2018 at 8:26 AM
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    Just got my 2003 trd replaced 3 weeks ago. I replaced front coils, 4600’s all around, new front catalytic converter, rear axle housing with bearings seals and abs rings. Found the housing out west and shipped it in. I spent about a thousand on all parts and only labor I paid during swap was about 800. They charged me 55 bucks an hour instead of the typical 148 an hour during swap. Greens Toyota in Lexington was great. Truck rides awesome now.
     
  8. Mar 21, 2018 at 9:45 AM
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    each dealer is for the most owned by someone else .

    So what ever deal you make is up to your dealer

    To them it is just another day at work
     

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