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Found a small rust hole on frame, what to do?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mbtech208, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. Dec 4, 2009 at 8:54 AM
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    mbtech208

    mbtech208 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Well, it happened. I was poking around under my beloved '97 yesterday, and I found a small hole in the right frame rail under the passenger door. It's very minor, and I can't even fit my finger in it yet, but I'm sure it'll be worse by the time the Chicago winter is over. This really stinks. I've owned the truck for only 6 months, and there was only surface rust when I bought it. It passed the dealer's inspection just months ago. What should I do? Take it in now, or wait until winter is over so I can get a few more months of enjoyment out of it? Wait until the warranty is almost up in 2012, and risk getting less money for it? I'm at a crossroads here, guys!
     
  2. Dec 4, 2009 at 8:59 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    Since it passed the first time, I don't think they will inspect it for at least a year. You can maybe plead your case with them and see how it goes because it is under warranty now. I would give it a shot and see what happens. The longer you wait (more miles any way), the less you will get for it.
     
  3. Dec 4, 2009 at 9:43 AM
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    BG04Taco

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    If its small enough see if you can find someone to weld it to fill it in. Thats what I would do.
     
  4. Dec 13, 2009 at 7:01 PM
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    gusotto

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    It's only going to get worse!

    The longer you wait, the less it is worth on KBB.
    You are only taking money out of your pocket by waiting.
     
  5. Dec 13, 2009 at 7:04 PM
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    blackhawke88

    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

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    sand it down, rustoleum it, and fiberglass bondo it
     
  6. Dec 13, 2009 at 7:09 PM
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    gusotto

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    Not safe!
    Only good if trying to sell to a sucker but Toyota is willing to give 1.5X KBB to the owners.
    DUMB not to take it.
    Some states have inspections and a rusty frame with holes won't pass.
     
  7. Dec 13, 2009 at 7:14 PM
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    blackhawke88

    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

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    damn sorry for trying to help OP sucker a buyer, let it rust bro
     
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