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Rusty Frame?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ToyotaDave, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. Apr 29, 2011 at 5:20 PM
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    ToyotaDave

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    Any one get a letter from Toyota saying "frame rust corrosion limited service campagin"

    My 97 has rust on the front skid plate, i was going to remove it and paint it but got this letter. Is the skid plate considered part of the frame? I'm sure the axles have rust on them as well.
     
  2. Apr 29, 2011 at 5:28 PM
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    no, take the truck to a toyota dealership. The first gen tacos have a recall out for frame rot. you may not even see the rust on the frame, it could be bad. You'll probably be fine, most are, but take it in anyway.
     
  3. May 1, 2011 at 3:42 PM
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    I got the letter from dealer carried it in they checked it said it was ok, but i have painted mine several times they said that may have saved it but the rust keeps coming back.Was wondering if it will still be under warranty in a year or so if it rust out?
     
  4. May 1, 2011 at 6:52 PM
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    Well the warranty I think is 15 years, so it'll expire in 2012. Did they spray the frame there?
     
  5. May 4, 2011 at 4:34 PM
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    no just looked at it, and said it was fine. But it has surface rust coming back. were they suppose to spray it under the recall?
     
  6. May 4, 2011 at 4:36 PM
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    from what I hear, yeah. idk if you have to pay for it or anything, but I think they're supposed to... hopefully somebody else will chime in here and give you a definitive answer.
     
  7. May 4, 2011 at 5:42 PM
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    They spray er for free long as it passes the hammer test if not they replace the frame.
     
  8. May 6, 2011 at 3:49 AM
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    Yes, I have a 2000 Tacoma & got the letter. I brought it in over a year ago & it passed. Then I get the next letter this spring that mentioned a free under coat for the truck. I bring it in again, 1st the frame inspection, it passed again.

    Then I bring it in for the under-coat. After lifting the truck the mechanic says it's not worthy of the under-coat job. Upon closer inspection the frame had serious corrosion issues, mounts holding the shocks & other places. I've been looking over the frame since the letter came out. I did see some issues & felt it could go either way. This is the result of 10+ years in WI.

    I am now just a few days into the 'buy-back' program. They took pictures & sent the info off to the folks that handle the buy back. I faxed in copies of my title & registration yesterday. Now I wait for the call to see what price they offer. I have one in mind without being to crazy.

    I recently bought some tires that will go on Craigs list, 15" Firestone Destination AT's. 2 are new(never mounted) & 2 less than 15k easy miles.

    Anyhow, I was still happy with the truck, Prerunner 158,000 miles & was lining it up for the Son who will be 16 next year. I don't need to buy a new vehicle right away, we have a Vibe & a 2500HD GMC Crew Cab. I am eyeballing a Camry though.
     
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