2016 Toyota Tacoma: A Fine First Service
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on April 20, 2016
Our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma calls for its first service at 5,000 miles. It's a relatively simple service compared to some other vehicles in our fleet.
The maintenance log lists the following:
- - Check installation of the driver's floor mat
- - Inspect and adjust all fluid levels
- - Inspect wiper blades
- - Rotate tires
- - Visually inspect brake linings/drums and brake pads/discs
All in all, the tire rotation seems to be the most labor intensive service. Additional service is recommended if you drive frequently on dirt roads or dusty roads, tow often, or a few other situations that don't apply to our truck. No oil change is called for in the first service unless the truck idles extensively or is driven at low speeds in freezing weather.
With just the simple service, I hoped we could get the Tacoma in and out of the dealer in a few hours.
I took the Tacoma to Toyota Santa Monica, just a few miles from our office. I managed to get there right as the doors opened, so there was no wait for a service advisor. The line was backed up to the street by the time I finished getting checked in.
I told the advisor I wanted the 5,000-mile service and asked for an estimate. He looked at the line and told me two hours or less. I received a call fewer than 90 minutes later letting me know the truck was ready.
As I was going over the invoice, I noticed that the dealer performed an oil change despite the Tacoma not needing one. This would have bothered me if I was being charged, but the Tacoma is covered by Toyota?s no-cost maintenance. I?m not going to complain about a free oil change.
Total cost - $0
Total days out of service - Zero
Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 6,274 miles