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Interesting article concerning frame rust

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Phantom_X-SP, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. Nov 24, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Phantom_X-SP [OP] Rude Boy |><|

    Jan 29, 2009
    High Point, NC
    08 DC Black Sand Pearl X-SP
    Toyota takes blame for part from Dana

    Kathy Jackson
    and Robert Sherefkin
    Automotive News
    November 23, 2009 - 12:01 am ET

    Toyota Motor Corp. is taking the blame for rust problems on 2000 and 2001 Toyota Tundra pickups. But in a highly unusual move, the automaker identified Dana Holding Corp. as the supplier of the trucks' frames.

    Dana also built the frames for 750,000 1995-2004 Tacoma pickups that faced similar rust problems and were the subject of voluntary recalls and buybacks last year. Toyota was to submit information to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week in response to complaints about rusted frames on the pickups. Dana spokesman Chuck Hartlage said, "We are assisting Toyota with this investigation" on the Tundras. Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons says there is no connection between the Tacoma and Tundra frames. "The frames were built to a different design and at different plants" for the Tacoma and Tundra, he said. "So this is not apples to apples." He said Toyota does not blame Dana. "It is too early to speculate what we will do for Tundra," Lyons said. "They're only looking at one specific portion of the frame -- the cross member that supports the spare tire -- not the entire frame." NHTSA is investigating 20 reports that relate to spare tire separation and brake system failures as a result of frame corrosion on the vehicles. NHTSA has received 238 complaints about the 2000 models and 48 about the 2001 models. The complaints range from brake-line corrosion to corrosion of the entire frame. More than 70 complaints had been posted since NHTSA launched its preliminary evaluation of the problem on Oct. 6.

  2. Nov 25, 2009 at 6:19 AM

    STLharry Lube: It's the key to penetration.

    Oct 11, 2008
    First Name:
    Yeti Rescue Package with 270k miles
    '95-'97 camouflaged, ARB bull bar, RAT Products skid plate kit, sliders, Green Mountain Customs rear tube bumper and overland bed rack, King coilovers with Icon neoprene covers, defenestrated sway bar, OME Rear Suspension: CS046R leafs + AAL/5125 shocks/NWOR greasable hardware/U-bolt flip kit; S13WL Tundra calipers/pads/rotors, IPF H4 lenses and bulbs, IPF 968 DCG 100W lights, clapped out CB radio, Aussie-spec FJ60 inclinometer, ARB CKMA12 compressor, Superwinch S9000 with 12V Guy clock switch, 4' Hi-Lift, deckplate mod/grey wire mod/dif breather extensions, Duratrac tires, Sockmonkey bedside decals, boat cupholder, Dakine bike pad
    I hate rust.
  3. Nov 25, 2009 at 6:23 AM
    Dark Knight

    Dark Knight Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2008
    First Name:
    4Runner Trail
    people are treating this like rust is a new problem with Toyota. All-be-it a problem that should not still exist but definitely not a new problem. with the above being published that 238 complaints on 2000 model year and 48 for the 2001 will skyrocket in the next couple weeks as people freak out!!!

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