1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Reliability Concerns for Potential Buyer

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by FightinGator, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. Apr 6, 2010 at 1:33 PM
    #1
    FightinGator

    FightinGator [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2010
    Member:
    #34609
    Messages:
    6
    Gender:
    Male
    Hello everyone! I know this is not the introducing forum, but it said to post my question in the appropriate forum and so I guess this is it. I'm not a rookie to car forums, but I am a rookie when it comes to TW. This forum seems like a great place. Anyways, I am going to sell my car because it just is not practical for a college student and I am very interested in a new 2010 DC 4x2 Taco, probably short bed. The reasons that I was interested in this truck was because of its dependability, reliability, looks, and reliability... did I mention reliability?

    I live in Atlanta, GA but go to school at the University of Florida in Gainesville so I am commuting from ATL to Gainesville not a lot, but throughout the course of the year, I would say 10 times, in addition to taking road trips for away football games. It is about 350 miles one way from ATL to Gainesville. My dad owns a 2004 V6 EC PreRunner with about 48k miles on it and it runs like a champ. He has not had any problems whatsoever with it and this has led me to believe that a new 2010 would run in a very similar manner, considering it does have the same engine.

    However, after visiting this website, I am not so sure anymore. It seems as though there are many threads on mysterious 2010 issues such as this one: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/85267-help-stranded-2010-wont-start-after-stopping-gas.html. I am not sure what to make of this. I know from my experience with my previous car, it seems as though car forums can turn into just a whining forum about topics, but that one thread really has me concerned. Not only does the OP have the issue, but it seems as others with 2010's have had similar encounters.

    Can the 2010 owners please chime in and let me know if this is a common problem across most of the 2010 trucks, or if it really is more of an isolated incident? I understand that most cars have problems and I am ready for that, but I cannot be stranded on the side of the interstate in some random south Georgia town at 2 in the morning going back to school. I want to have confidence that when I need to get somewhere, this truck can do it, no problem. The last thing I need is an unreliable vehicle when finances are already super tight. I do not have the time or resources to put up with a truck that is going to have problems... no one does. Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!
     
  2. Apr 6, 2010 at 2:06 PM
    #2
    Isthatahemi

    Isthatahemi Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2009
    Member:
    #16582
    Messages:
    1,156
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    TRD OFF ROAD
    BFG AT's, Weathertechs, Hoppy's brake controller.
    Tacomas have become something of an unknown. Most think that they will be a long lastin truck, based on previous years. But frame rust issue is an unknown. Most other aspects of the truck are annoyances, not deal breakers. I like mine, but I wouldn't have bought, I leased, so I have the option to walk away. If frame rust pops up on any 2nd gens, resale will take a beating. Sounds like a lease might be right for you.










    Now watch everyone call me an Infidel.
     
  3. Apr 6, 2010 at 2:09 PM
    #3
    Jester243

    Jester243 mod status????

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    Member:
    #7552
    Messages:
    10,004
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dan
    Spokane, WA
    Vehicle:
    2016 Trail Premium 4Runner w/ KDSS

    Infidel!!!!




    :p
     
  4. Apr 6, 2010 at 2:13 PM
    #4
    PB65stang

    PB65stang Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2009
    Member:
    #26900
    Messages:
    1,636
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Patrick
    Kansas City
    Vehicle:
    2006 Infiniti M35x
    I don't think you have any more reliability concerns with a Tacoma than you do with any other particular model. However, I also think you're correct in not assuming that because it says Toyota on it that it's indestructible. I don't think it's any secret that the quality has slipped a little in the past few years for Toyota, but these are still, for the most part, very solid and well-built vehicles. Most, like mine, have their quirks that can be mildly annoying. Some people have even had major issues. But for me, if I did it over again and was shopping the mid-size truck segment, the Tacoma would still be on top.

    My biggest issues: a faulty radio and a transmission that my dealer refuses to do the recalibration TSB to, even though I've printed it off and showed it to them.
     
  5. Apr 6, 2010 at 2:40 PM
    #5
    BlueT

    BlueT Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2009
    Member:
    #15341
    Messages:
    5,645
    Gender:
    Male
    NorthEast
    Vehicle:
    07 Dbl Cab LB with LSD
    I moded 1999 Taco so much it had turned to Land Cruiser
    If you are that concerned then find your self used 07 Tacoma in good condition and low mileage and just enjoying watching 2010 guys fighting with electronic gremlins :thumbsup:
     
  6. Apr 6, 2010 at 2:46 PM
    #6
    mattleegee

    mattleegee Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2010
    Member:
    #33672
    Messages:
    513
    Gender:
    Male
    Tacoma, WA
    Vehicle:
    04 350z
    I think Toyotas are great cars
    I purchased a 2009 Toyota Corolla in 08 and since then have gotten a recall for some pedal issues and just the other week i also picked up a 2000 Taco... im not concerned about reliability.. they are good vehicles that will last a long time, and have awsome resale value.

    (BTW my Corolla and my Taco are my first Toyotas i have ever owned, ive had a handfull of Hondas a few Mazdas and one Saturn in my lifetime)
     
  7. Apr 6, 2010 at 2:52 PM
    #7
    jandrews

    jandrews Carolina Alliance Southwest Region Ambassador

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2009
    Member:
    #18122
    Messages:
    12,180
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    '09 FourDubDee TRD OR
    A-TRUCK, Fat Kid in the Bed, Custom Pinstriping, Ported and Polished Muffler Bearing, Hi-Performance Bed Mat
    You will see more mention of problems on here than anywhere else because this is a Tacoma forum...people with problems will flock here.

    If you you go to ACTUAL sources of information (Consumer Reports, JD Power, etc) you will see that Tacoma reliability hasn't changed since they introduced the truck back in 199whatever. The odds of you having a serious reliability problem are among the lowest in the industry.

    Word of mouth on forums is in no way statistically valid. Ignore it, and seek information sources that actually tell you what you want to know.
     
  8. Apr 6, 2010 at 2:57 PM
    #8
    Kyouto42

    Kyouto42 Iron Beard

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2008
    Member:
    #8614
    Messages:
    9,243
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jake
    Ahwatukee, AZ
    Vehicle:
    BSP '10 4x4 TRD Off-Road DC
    See build thread in signature
    Welcome to TW!

    The thread you linked... the answer is simple, don't run out of gas. It will cause issues with almost any modern EFI vehicle. You really can't blame the truck for that one...

    As for reliability, my 08 is rapidly approaching 40k... really no issues to speak of. Had some crap stock tires, the a/c cabin fan was making some clicking noises (nuisance only, still worked perfectly fine), and I did the TSB for weak rear leaf springs... (again, optional and original set was fine just not the load capacity I want/need). Toyota's fixed everything so far. Well there is one issue they haven't, my steering wheel leather cracked. Cosmetic.... whoop de do my Infiniti did it too.

    Please note, the V6 in the first gen taco's is NOT the same on the second gen. That said, I've yet to have issues with it, and it still brings a smile to my face at WOT... even though I come from sports cars :D

    The only regret with me is not getting 4x4. I can say though, I'd hunt down a 06-08 myself and avoid the new traction control crap... but that's just my personal opinion. I also don't care for most of the other 'improvements' they did 09+.
     
  9. Apr 6, 2010 at 4:16 PM
    #9
    Isthatahemi

    Isthatahemi Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2009
    Member:
    #16582
    Messages:
    1,156
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    TRD OFF ROAD
    BFG AT's, Weathertechs, Hoppy's brake controller.
    The new traction control adds a level of capability and versatility that, if not wanted can be shut off. But when you need it, will be there. The added features in '09 were the factor that convinced me to buy....
    Different strokes for different folks.......
     
  10. Apr 6, 2010 at 4:19 PM
    #10
    Kyouto42

    Kyouto42 Iron Beard

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2008
    Member:
    #8614
    Messages:
    9,243
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jake
    Ahwatukee, AZ
    Vehicle:
    BSP '10 4x4 TRD Off-Road DC
    See build thread in signature
    Yea I can't argue that but, I had VSC in my G35... and it could be turned off too. I did get extremely tired of every time I got in the car.... pop in neutral, clutch in, engine on, hold VSC for 3 seconds to disable, then go... Just got annoying :p I will say it was handy in the snow though... but not completely necessary either.
     
  11. Apr 6, 2010 at 4:51 PM
    #11
    BlueT

    BlueT Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2009
    Member:
    #15341
    Messages:
    5,645
    Gender:
    Male
    NorthEast
    Vehicle:
    07 Dbl Cab LB with LSD
    I moded 1999 Taco so much it had turned to Land Cruiser
    new electronics turn truck into sports car. Why? Its a pickup not a Ferrari. It needs to have crawl capability not a take corners fast capability.
    US auto market is completely screwed up because companies cater to wrong crowd the same that will crucify company when one of the gizmo's dont work. In the meantime companies in other countries build trucks that are trucks still with solid axles no TPMS, no traction control. Front rear lockers factory option, interior rugged so it can be washed with the hose or driving through deep water.
    My 2Gen is probably the last new pickup I ever bought. Not planning on anything new anymore as long there is no simple version (no electronics )
     
  12. Apr 6, 2010 at 5:17 PM
    #12
    DBZ 2010

    DBZ 2010 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2010
    Member:
    #29399
    Messages:
    139
    Gender:
    Male
    Kahului, Maui
    Vehicle:
    2010 Wht Dbl Cab TRD Off Road PreRunner
    Gaylord TL Series Tonneau, 3 TSB's (Trans Re-flash, Rear Leaf Springs, Intermediate Steering Shaft), 5100 Bilsteins x 4 set at 1.75, Silver TRD FJ 16 inch Wheels, Wet Okoles
    Yo,
    got myself a '10 trd Prerunner and I don't regret it. had the TSB's done and the truck runs great, none of that stalling issues that the other member posted. But then again in Hawaii we don't have the weird weather seasons like you mainland folks got, usually we stay in the 80 degrees area on average. The 2010's seems to be a good truck and with the deals I hear Toyota is throwing around it might be worth checking it out.

    2010 Tacoma front debadge.jpg
    2010 Tacoma side.jpg
    2010 Tacoma rear debadge.jpg
     
  13. Apr 6, 2010 at 5:43 PM
    #13
    Kyouto42

    Kyouto42 Iron Beard

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2008
    Member:
    #8614
    Messages:
    9,243
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jake
    Ahwatukee, AZ
    Vehicle:
    BSP '10 4x4 TRD Off-Road DC
    See build thread in signature
    Sports car? The traction control systems slow you down son!

    Though I'm mixed on the new stuff. There is something to be said about manual T-cases and rugged endurance of tried and true tech. However, electronics aren't exactly the most unreliable setup either... as tech progresses it's natural it'll be implemented for convenience. Let's face it, it's nice to engage the locker without getting out in the poring rain. Over time as the tech becomes more mature, it'll get more rugged and things will progress.

    At least... I hope so, because I'll agree it doesn't seem like it is with the automotive industry as of late.
     
  14. Apr 6, 2010 at 5:59 PM
    #14
    WilsonTheDog

    WilsonTheDog Kylie's dad

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2007
    Member:
    #3496
    Messages:
    4,837
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Eric
    Myrtle Beach SC
    Vehicle:
    07 Prerunner SR5 DC/SB V6
    Magnaflow 12576 muffler & chrome tip, Westin step bars, 27% tint, Pop N Lock, AFE ProdryS, bed mat, Husky liners, D-rings added, Access Literider tonneau, Pioneer 4-ways all around, GY Wrangler Duratracs 265/75/16, 5100's @ 1.75", 1.5" AAL
    People in other countries also live in huts (like Obama's brother). Maybe you would like to live that way as well?
     
  15. Apr 6, 2010 at 6:26 PM
    #15
    Isthatahemi

    Isthatahemi Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2009
    Member:
    #16582
    Messages:
    1,156
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    TRD OFF ROAD
    BFG AT's, Weathertechs, Hoppy's brake controller.
    That doesn't even make sense.....
    VSC has nothing to do with fast, it has to do with safety and control. Like black ice, snow,

    Yeah, let's cater to the large "mud hut" crowd in North America. Jeebus.
    Get serious.....
     
  16. Apr 6, 2010 at 7:25 PM
    #16
    dbarn

    dbarn Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2010
    Member:
    #31641
    Messages:
    203
    Gender:
    Male
    Texas
    Vehicle:
    Tacoma 4X4 V6
    Chalk up another vote for VSC on the newer Tacoma. Let's face it, these are pretty light trucks. We do not get a lot of ice and snow here in East Texas but we get our share of wind and rain. Unless you carry some weight around most of the time, and even then, w/o VSC these trucks will slip, slide, and loose traction in bad weather like most light weight pickups in 4x2. Can remember back in the 80s with my extended cab first gen 4x2 going across a interstate bridge that unknowingly had black ice. The truck started skidding side ways all the way down the opposite lane and wound up facing backwards on the other side. Fortunately no one was coming. It was an extremely helpless feeling and there was very little I could do. So yes, thank goodness for modern technology if for no other reason than my family's safety.
     
  17. Apr 6, 2010 at 7:56 PM
    #17
    tuckr2

    tuckr2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2009
    Member:
    #26115
    Messages:
    739
    Gender:
    Male
    Western Washington State
    Vehicle:
    2010 Silver dbl cab LB 4x4 It's Purdy too!
    LT265/70/17 BFG A/T's, Disabled Seat Belt Buzzer, Black and Gray Covercraft Seat Covers front and rear, Matching SnugTop Supersport Canopy, undercoat, bed mat, window vent shades. Black Weathertech Liners. Trans TSB, Rear Spring TSB Installed.
    Buy the truck. As with most newer vehicles with all the bells and whistles there will be some glitches. Most are minor. I own a 2010 dbl 4x4. The issues I have had to date have been minimal. Everything has been covered by Toyota Service Bulletins and repaired with no hassle from the dealer.
    If you are uncomfortable with a later model, get one a couple of years old. That way someone else has fixed the little stuff and you can save some dough for more mods if you chose.
    Toyota's are nice rigs. Enjoy.
     
  18. Apr 6, 2010 at 7:58 PM
    #18
    BlueT

    BlueT Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2009
    Member:
    #15341
    Messages:
    5,645
    Gender:
    Male
    NorthEast
    Vehicle:
    07 Dbl Cab LB with LSD
    I moded 1999 Taco so much it had turned to Land Cruiser

    [​IMG]

    I would trade my 2gen truck in a heartbeat for that. And Australians don't live in huts :D
     
  19. Apr 6, 2010 at 9:38 PM
    #19
    kulitxplod

    kulitxplod Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2010
    Member:
    #28978
    Messages:
    162
    Gender:
    Male
    Middle TN
    Vehicle:
    2010 DC PreRunner

    I'm the OP of that and think you must have read something incorrectly. I didn't run out of gas, I had a 1/4 tank when I filled it up. Before you post something maybe you should make sure you post correct information.
     
  20. Apr 6, 2010 at 9:40 PM
    #20
    WilsonTheDog

    WilsonTheDog Kylie's dad

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2007
    Member:
    #3496
    Messages:
    4,837
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Eric
    Myrtle Beach SC
    Vehicle:
    07 Prerunner SR5 DC/SB V6
    Magnaflow 12576 muffler & chrome tip, Westin step bars, 27% tint, Pop N Lock, AFE ProdryS, bed mat, Husky liners, D-rings added, Access Literider tonneau, Pioneer 4-ways all around, GY Wrangler Duratracs 265/75/16, 5100's @ 1.75", 1.5" AAL
    Who said they did? You're clearly missing the point.
     
To Top