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Frame Rust! Toyota can do nothing about!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by agrant2312, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Dec 30, 2011 at 7:59 PM
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    agrant2312

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    So I got a letter in the mail a few weeks ago about taking my truck in for a frame inspection! I called and made a appointment and they came back and to me they have good/bad news? The good news the frame failed the inspection! Not so good news to me but... The bad news was they couldn't do the buy back because it was 2 moths out of the 15 year warranty. I told the guy I just got the letter 2 weeks ago and he said there's nothing he can do about it. So I called cooperate to file a claime because the yota guy said it was unsafe to drive, I finally got to the head claim manager and she said that she couldnt do anything about it because it's out of the warranty!!! What should I do? I can't sell it cause I won't get much out of it due to the problem and I don't have the money to buy another Tacoma. Any suggestions? Anyone had this problem?
     
  2. Dec 30, 2011 at 8:01 PM
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    what? that sounds like a load of crap. your truck is a 96, that should be in the year ranges of the recall
     
  3. Dec 30, 2011 at 8:03 PM
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    sounds like a legal claim brewing to me...they send you a notice for a frame inspection, then tell you you aren't covered after it "fails?" sounds like a layup for a decent lawyer.
     
  4. Dec 30, 2011 at 8:04 PM
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    humanoid

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    Not based on the year, but the month in the year it was placed in service.
     
  5. Dec 30, 2011 at 8:05 PM
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    i could see that for a 1995. but for a 1996?
     
  6. Dec 30, 2011 at 8:06 PM
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    Yeah it is my truck came off the floor in September of 96 and I took it up there in November so it's 15 years and 2 months old? The warranty was for 15 years only.
     
  7. Dec 30, 2011 at 8:06 PM
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    I always find it interesting when people are angry that a company won't provide warranty coverage for a product that is not under warranty.
     
  8. Dec 30, 2011 at 8:10 PM
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    seems like it should go more than 15 years. what do they do with the 95 tacos?
     
  9. Dec 30, 2011 at 8:13 PM
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    Mine was in the recall. It was only good till 2009 after that im on my own for my 95. I did my own frame test so :D
     
  10. Dec 30, 2011 at 8:16 PM
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    My cousin had the exact same problem and he called and they said there was nothing they could do so he got a new frame from a junk yard and plans on putting it on this week. that is the most affordable way of getting rid of the problem.
     
  11. Dec 30, 2011 at 8:16 PM
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    huh. thats interesting. so in a year none of the 95 or 96 tacos will be in the recall?
     
  12. Dec 30, 2011 at 8:30 PM
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    All in the salt belts where recalled. Mine(95.5) was also because i bought the truck in chicago and lived there for 4 years before moving down south. toyota gave me till 2009 to get it to toyota for recall or i lose the recall warranty.
     
  13. Dec 30, 2011 at 8:32 PM
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    Yeah but what was weird was I never got a letter before except for something about another recall on the front end suspension or something then I got that letter after the truck was out of warranty.
     
  14. Dec 30, 2011 at 8:34 PM
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    When was the letter concerning the frame rust post dated?
     
  15. Dec 30, 2011 at 8:35 PM
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    I don't remember but I called for the appointment the day I got the letter.
     
  16. Dec 31, 2011 at 2:48 PM
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    My truck was just undercoated and they said that there had been some issues with this, honestly legal action will be your best bet at this point...even letting toyota know that you have started the legal process might get something done.
     
  17. Dec 31, 2011 at 4:39 PM
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    Again, what's he going to sue for? Not getting warranty coverage on something that's not under warranty?
     
  18. Dec 31, 2011 at 4:56 PM
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    I don't understand why they sent the letter so late. If the letter was sent earlier then he might still be under warranty.
     
  19. Dec 31, 2011 at 5:41 PM
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    I'm not sure it even really matters.
     
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    It sucks that you just got the letter but that's how warranties work. It's not a lifetime warranty. Did you buy the truck within the last couple years? If so, the previous owner probably got a letter but didn't send it with the truck. Toyota sent follow-up letters to trucks that weren't inspected yearly.
     
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