I bought this truck new and started having problems after the first year. Wiring harness under spare tire burned off,the frond drive housing was not properly tightened and stripped the threads causing the 4wd to be replaced. the dealership said it was fixed and it happened again,so i took it to a back yard mechanic and he fixed it again replacing the frond drive AGAIN. Then cracked manifolds. check your rear bumper it is also probably rusted off. MY LAST TOYOTA.
Constant problem with front brake rotors warping. No help from Toyota, turned rotors 1 time during warranty. After 36,000 miles, cost were my own. Occured about every 15-20k miles. Poor support from Toyota. Internet posting confirm that I was not the only one with the problem. Other than that no major problems.
Handling, performance, size, style, quality other than brakes.
I was very concerned with the reported
steering vibrations when I was buying
my truck. I just got 'something'
installed that Toyota developed to
eliminate the problem. I have no
complains so far, my dealer was able
to fix all issues for me, e.g. arm
rest storage space lid flying open
when upright, initial tire wear (got
new Michelins) etc.
This truck runs very nicely and
handles well. It looks good, too.
Good workmanship on body work, no
squeaks or gaps in plastic.
Seat belt doesn't retract well. Middle
console opened when upright. Back seat
should be more ergonomical.
I've had numerous minor problems until
summer of 2000 whereby the O2 sensor
went & required the entire manifold to
be replaced. Then the transmission
started making a "klunking" noise
around 60,000 miles. Dealer unable to
diagnose the problem. Last week it
broke down -- whole transmission needs
to be replaced -- even worse, I don't
even tow anything or haul heavy items
in the bed. This is all normal driving
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