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Has anyone had theharsh ride tsb done after the warrantee ran out?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by OldDog, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. Jun 11, 2011 at 12:58 PM
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    OldDog

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    Did toyota pay for it?
    Thanks for looking
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  2. Jun 11, 2011 at 2:58 PM
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    You say harsh ride, mine rides almost the same as before after I had mine done. I highly recommend it. I had to do an emergency dash a few states over to Alabama and had to bring back about 500 #'s of personal belongings after a death in the family and all the way back the truck bottomed out on the springs. That changed my mind about having it done. Since then had a 500 # ATV in the back and she rode level and did not hit the bump stops.

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  3. Jun 11, 2011 at 5:31 PM
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    How many miles out of warranty are you?
     
  4. Jun 11, 2011 at 6:50 PM
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    I have a 2008 Tacoma that I had looked at by the dealer for a harsh ride this past March. I told them that I noticed it didn't quite feel right since the previous fall, but as it was so gradual I wasn't sure if it was a problem.

    I called Toyota first, got a case number, then went to the dealer and they wrote up an estimate of $2400 for having weak leaf springs and bottoming out. Toyota is telling me that they will only pay 50% because my truck is over mileage (right now it is at 86,000) I explained that I recently found out about the TSB bulletin and had I known that I could have had defected parts I would have brought it in sooner. They claim it isn't a safety issue so owners weren't notified. I tried to explain that I thought it was an issue as aside from not being able to put any weight in the truck now, that I also transport my dogs in the back.

    My first 97 Tacoma was recalled for the rusted out frame. Nothing at all wrong with that truck, everything original at 272,000. I bought a new Tacoma based on my experience with that truck. I'm very disappointed that I have to spend what I feel is a significant amount of money on a vehicle that I bought on it's reputation of dependability.

    Has anyone been able to get their truck repaired over the warranty/miles by Toyota? I really don't have the $$ to be putting into what I consider a "new" vehicle.

    Thanks for any responses.

    Jeannine
     
  5. Jun 11, 2011 at 9:20 PM
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    You can buy a SkyJacker AAL kit for $120. Shouldn't cost more than an hour of labor to have them installed.
     
  6. Jun 12, 2011 at 7:18 AM
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    Brinng the truck to a local spring shop...they can rebuild your existing spring packs for probably a few hundred with an extra leaf and retain stock ride height.

    If it was me, I would order some leaves, right width and thickness from www.espo.com, springs and things, trim to the correct lenght with a cut off wheel, install with new center pin and u-bolts. No need to even pull the spring bolts. Last time I did this, parts were under $100.

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  7. Jun 12, 2011 at 6:25 PM
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    I'm not sure I understand. Replies are that I can fix this for a few hundred bucks? why is my quote from the dealer for leaf springs, u bolts, and hardware, and I assume labor, $2,300.00?
     
  8. Jun 12, 2011 at 6:34 PM
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    ^ Quite simply, markup on OEM parts at the dealer is very high (Toyota's markup is ~300%, the dealer then tacks on ~40%). If you have a non-TRD truck, the TSB work also includes new shocks. Does your quote from the dealer include new shocks?
     
  9. Jun 12, 2011 at 7:21 PM
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    the quote does not specify shocks but I would think for that amount it does. It's not TRD, but it is an access cab 4x4 and is in the bulletin. I would have had it taken care of earlier if I knew about it. I noticed that I couldn't put as much weight in the back and the ride is very rough.

    I guess I should just accept the 50% that Toyota is willing to pay, I just feel that for a truck this young even with the mileage this shouldn't be happening. I didn't have replace a leaf spring on my 97 until 5 yrs and that was only because I drove it in a ditch.:(
     
  10. Jun 12, 2011 at 8:32 PM
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    1.5" AAL = $50. Bilstein 5100 front shocks = $182. My time and effort = free.

    That's what I did.
     
  11. Jun 12, 2011 at 8:46 PM
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    This is actually not a defect per se. The original soft springs are in fact the best for the way most Americans use mid-size pickups - with the bed empty. This is why Toyota continues to produce new Tacos with soft springs and offer the stiffer springs as a TSB.

    Like other have said, if you are past warranty, there's no sense in paying so much for the TSB parts (which aren't that good, just severely marked up). Add-a-leafs are in the $100 range. Complete replacement springs are under $400. All-Pro springs as an example: https://www.allprooffroad.com/05tacomarearsuspension/05tacomaleafsprings
     
  12. Jun 13, 2011 at 6:41 AM
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    I haven't had much luck with the add-a-leaf kits, they tend to add too much arch...and I don't think new shocks are required on the NON TRD trucks.

    The dealer is making money on the 1/2 offer they are trying to sell you...

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  13. Jun 13, 2011 at 6:54 AM
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  14. Jun 15, 2011 at 12:50 PM
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    Toyota offered me 50% of repair cost. My truck needs front and rear shocks and leaf springs. The dealership has been great (Balise) and I will be getting the work done. My truck currently has 86K.
     
  15. Jun 16, 2011 at 8:24 PM
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    Buy an aftermarket: www.trdparts4u.com Original Toyota Tacoma leaf springs and shocks are junk!
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    Old Man Emu / Dakar Leaf Springs much better!
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    Mine was TRD, but even TRD suspension was junk. Old Man Emu (OME) shocks work great!
     
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