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Tacomas are made in Mexico???

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by trdracing5, Dec 24, 2007.

  1. Dec 24, 2007 at 5:07 PM
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    trdracing5

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    I have been looking at some 05-08 Tacomas in the past few days.
    I ran the VINS on a couple through carfax and some say made in Mexico and some say made in USA.
    Is there any research that shows whether the Mexican made Tacoma is better or worse than a US made Tacoma?
    I guess that I just was not aware that Tacomas were made in Mexico.
    Does anyone have any input on the reliability of a Mexican made Tacoma versus an American made Tacoma?
     
  2. Dec 24, 2007 at 6:59 PM
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    ForeRunner

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    I can't say for sure what percentage of Tacoma's or what model Tacoma's are Hecho en Mexico but if the VIN starts with a 3 then it is made in Mexico. If it's a 1, 4 or a 5 then it's made here in America.
     
  3. Dec 25, 2007 at 6:38 AM
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    IMO, this should not be a concern since its quality controlled by Toyota no matter where it's assembled. However, I would bargain harder on a Mexican built Taco and if the dealer wont play, I'd specifically ask for (put on purchase contract) a US built Taco or the deal is void. They may have a higher profit margin on a Mexi-Taco due to lower wages and production cost's.

    FYI, many new BMW's are built in Mexico.
     
  4. Dec 25, 2007 at 6:59 AM
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    I would hope that Toyota has a very high standard of Quality checks in place to make sure their products are the same (in quality standards) no matter where they are produced.

    However - the Quality checks are only as good as the employee's who build the trucks and the employees conducting the quality checks.

    Toyota should have the properly skilled/trained employees building these trucks no matter where they are built.
     
  5. Dec 25, 2007 at 7:16 AM
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    concrete jedi

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    I just checked mine and it begins with a 5, so U.S. made, and it has been a great truck, very happy. :D
     
  6. Dec 25, 2007 at 7:31 PM
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    Mine begins with a 3. Hey I might be chicano be there are still things that worried me coming from Mexico.

    Except the Tequila!
     
  7. Dec 25, 2007 at 8:39 PM
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    CNW

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    My dealer told me the one I ordered is coming from Mexico. He said that was good. They have had good products out of this plant.

    Craig
     
  8. Dec 25, 2007 at 8:40 PM
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    I can tell you this: I researched a Camry for quite a while before buying the Tacoma and the Camry's with the majority of problems (trans issues for one) were built outside of Japan. There simply isn't the work ethic in Mexico or the US that exists in Japan.
     
  9. Dec 25, 2007 at 10:29 PM
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    lol i thought everybody knew that!
     
  10. Dec 26, 2007 at 4:48 AM
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    Well according news this morning, Toyota quality has fell some per JD Power and Consumer Reports they attributed it to growing pains. They forecast Toyota will pass GM as largest auto mfger in 2008. JFYI.
     
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    You seem so suprised in this day and age we live in. Hey at least its not made in china like all those toys with lead in them!
     
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