TRD Sport 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
I?ve been using Toyota Tacomas as my daily drivers for the last 15 years. What has kept me coming back is the peace of mind of knowing that the vehicle has been built with quality and reliability at the forefront. I have now owned a 2017 double cab TRD sport for a year and I can attest that that is not the case anymore. In a year, my truck has been in the shop several times for issues with the drive train. First, the transmission was low on fluid from the factory and I only noticed once it would not shift. Bear in mind that the owners cannot check the transmission fluid level; this can only be done by a mechanic under specific conditions. Even after the transmission was topped off, the transmission continued to perform sluggishly which required a second visit for an ECU reflash. A third visit to the shop required replacement of the transfer case and drive shaft after it started to generate a whistling noise. Currently, the vehicle is scheduled for another visit to the shop for a rear differential recall for fluid leak due to improperly torqued bolts; bad quality control. In addition to that, the suspension is squeaking which I?ve only been able to solve temporarily by soaking the leaf springs and shocks with lubricant. I?m not a picky person and don?t mind the run of the mill features or regular glitches of the infotainment system but the constant visits to the shop are really frustrating. Truck looks great but I?m currently looking at the Colorado and F150 to trade in this piece of junk. This Tacoma is not worth the $38,000 sticker price.
TRD Sport 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
After doing a lot research and talking to people who own other tacomas, I decided to get one. After previously driving a 13 Camry se and 14 RAV4 limited, I've got to say for a truck, Toyota has done an incredible job. Everything seems more durable and a lot easier to keep clean than my previous Toyotas. The look of this vehicle I can't stop looking at it. My parents just bought 16 Chevy Silverado 2500hd and although it's an amazing truck as well but impressed that a truck that's $13k less comes with a bed liner. The ride is great and people complain about the seats, I'm 511 and body builder build and I'm perfectly comfortable. I do wish there was height adjustable but I'm still comfortable. I love that the speed limit pops up on the instrument cluster. Gas mileage, this is a truck, not an unibody vehicle, but averaging 20.4 in mixed driving and lots of Boston traffic. Wish I got tech package with blind spot etc like rav but can't have everything. After test driving a 17 Colorado, I feel I got more bang for my buck. Bedliner, bed power outlet, keyless ignition, and the best resale value of any value on the road and it was kind of no brainier. Everyone I ask how you like your Tacoma always says I love it. I couldn't be happier and can def feel this truck will last a long time. My daily commute is hour to work and back and I don't regret getting rid of my rav. I'm comfortable and just love the ride after all this is a truck and seems to me lot quieter than I thought it would be. But this is my opinion do your research and test drivers, ask people how they like their tacomas and make your decision, personal preference is key these days....
This is my ninth Toyota product, to include two previous Tacomas, a Tundra and a T-100, so I've come to expect a lot from Toyota based upon previous experience. This truck has been a big disappointment and has been at the dealership more than all my other Toyotas combined (talking weeks at a time). Beware of dealership modified vehicles. Toyota will not fix an issue with my front differential because the dealership installed a level kit. So I have a new truck with a 100,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty that Toyota will not fix; even though the dealership assured me the lift was covered when I purchased the vehicle. Issues with this truck are front differential grinding noise (which Toyota has a Technical Service Bulletin for, but refuses to perform on my truck), automatic transmission that wants to run in fourth gear instead of sixth at highway speeds, poor highway mileage of 18.5 mpg, squeaking rear leaf springs, etc., etc. etc. Now Toyota is recalling most 2016/17 Tacomas because of leaking rear ends that could cause a catostraphic failure. Toyota ain't what they used to be...... Update - It's been 10,000 miles since my initial review of this truck. During that time, my Toyota dealership has replaced the seals in the rear end (under a Toyota recall) and replaced the front differential under a recent TSB specific to 2017 Tacomas. On a good note, a recent 300+ mile trip yielded close to 20 mpg; an improvement over my initial review. Though I enjoy certain aspects of this truck, the quality issues and the gutless engine/transmission/gear ratio combo would keep me from purchasing another Toyota Tacoma if I had to replace this one tomorrow.
Poor engine response, acceleration and performance
written on 09-12-2017
TRD Off Road 4dr Double Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (3.5L 6cyl 6M)
I was very excited to buy this truck, and thought it would be the perfect vehicle for me. Everything is great about it, except the power-train. I cannot pinpoint the issue to fuel delivery, mapping, engine stuttering, misfire, or transmission, but it can be horrible to drive at certain speeds and RPM's. On top of this, the rear differential howls at certain speeds, and began leaking fluid with under 2K miles. My vehicle was not on the recall for this known issue. When I brought the truck in to a dealership, I was told it is "normal characteristics for the vehicle" The power delivery is so unpredictable it can be borderline dangerous, and the rear differential is leaking fluid and apparently that is "normal" I am seriously considering taking a huge financial loss on this truck and trading it in for something that is not so horrendous do drive. With this many issues so early in its life, I am seriously questioning the reliability of this truck, and will be looking at other manufacturers in the future. Other than the POWER-TRAIN! the truck is great. Awesome off road, comfortable inside, and does everything I need.
I have the 2.7 ltr 4 cyl and the truck was making a whining noise which I almost didn't take to the dealer because I thought it was no big deal.....well I was wrong for sure as the truck had a bad engine block from the factory and now Toyota is having to put a new engine in the truck. I hope this isn't the first of many problems but I have seen other issues w the truck from other owners such as the real diff going out etc. I would consider another truck and Toyota won't buy this one back and the dealer is refusing to swap for a new truck only saying if I give them more money then I can get the exact same truck I have.....I have purchased 4 other Toyotas and I am really disappointed with the lack of quality in this one....