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I own a 2008 Toyota Tacoma which I bought second hand in 2012. About three years ago I received a notice that there was a frame recall so I took it into my local dealer to have inspected. There was a four to six month waiting list at the time so I had them spray the frame as a bandaid measure. They offered me a car but it was a week before hunting season and I needed my truck.
Two weeks ago I took my truck in for the frame replacement and they finished it up yesterday. It’s a sweet deal if you own a vehicle that’s on the recall list. You have fifteen years from the date it was originally sold to qualify for a frame.
They replace the frame, lower control arms, steel break lines, rear springs and other hardware.
I elected to pay extra to have the front struts and Bilstein shocks replaced which only incurred a one hour labor charge plus the price of the parts. OEM dealer parts are expensive and I did barter them down on the parts and labor.
If you own one of these vehicles or know someone, get it to your local dealer as soon as possible.


Here’s a picture of one hole in my frame.

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A few pictures of the work completed

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I kept my HD springs that my brother and installed a few years ago.

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my buddy has several of these Tacomas a few have frame damage from collision I wonder if they would still replace the frames

I see this regards 1995 to 2004 Tacomas which I own several my buddy has those as well as several 2005 to 2009's

My trucks are all AZ rust free but still might be worth looking into
 

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my buddy has several of these Tacomas a few have frame damage from collision I wonder if they would still replace the frames

I see this regards 1995 to 2004 Tacomas which I own several my buddy has those as well as several 2005 to 2009's

My trucks are all AZ rust free but still might be worth looking into
I’m sure they will replace them plus the dealerships don’t bat an eye... they want the work. When I took my truck in two weeks ago I was concerned how it was going to go. I pulled into the bay and got out of my truck, the service writer said “you in for the frame replacement” and at that moment I knew then I was golden. They took me over to the rental car area and gave me a free RAV4 to drive while my truck was in the shop.
 

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Placerlode, I ask the service writer if Toyota sent out recalls and do secondhand owners slip through the cracks. He replied yes but his dealership uses the DVM to locate truck owners.

I was on my way home yesterday before I picked up my truck when I saw a truck like mine pulling into a Walmart I couldn’t help it to follow him into the parking lot. I pulled up next to gentleman (Melvin) and ask if he had his frame replaced yet. He replied no so I gave him all the information where I got mine replaced.
My service writer Derick was delighted that he has a new customer but he was off today. The only information I had on the guy was his first name, but my service writer was a little upset that he was on vacation and was going to miss his commission. He has one of his colleagues watching for Melvin today so he could come in from vacation to write him up.
That should answer your question whether your friends qualify for a frame replacement.
 

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I like Toyota Motor Corporation.
Their products age good. Their recall and warranty services are excellent but their dealer network's normal service prices seem prohibitively expensive. Their stock continues to give me good returns and their P/E is acceptable. I have faith in their future earnings in North America as long as they avoid liability with autonomous and battery fire issues, let Tesla's legal department take the hit and charter solutions.
Since Ford announced plans to phase out US sedan production in favor of SUVs I predict Toyota will capture even more market share for basic people movers.
Good parent company tied to typical dealer issues not unique to Toyota.
 

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It's really nice that Toyota will stand behind their stuff.

Will a American company stand behind any of their junk?? Ask the Jeep guys about all the frame failures. Anything from Chrysler, nope. Spring shackles and mounts on Ford's and Chevy's, nope.
 

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I used to work as a Mazda mechanic and rebuilt maybe four transmission per year. When I switched to Toyota I told them I was willing to do their transmission rebuilds and they told me they don't bother taking them apart as they only have one or two tranny problems per year. I know mechanics that work at Ford GM and Chrysler and they all have guys that do nothing but transmission every day. I used to drive nothing but GMs but those days are long gone. My daughter driving my 1986 Toyota below.
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Been driving Toyotas for north of 30 years. My wife as well. About 20 years ago, my Father (A very stubborn Ford guy) was miffed when I bought my third 4 Runner. He stuck his nose up at it and said Does it have a good warranty? giving me the cocked eye Dad look. I said Dad, it's a Toyota...I'd buy it if it didn't have a warranty. I can still see the confused look on his face when I said that :)
 

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See the link on the first post this recall is due to a class-action lawsuit.
 
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Congrats. It sorta seems ridiculous to swap everything to a new frame, but the dealer service departments I’m sure are happy for the hours. Did they offer you big discounts on a new vehicle trade. Good idea to have them do the Bilsteins while they were at it. My 96 does not qualify. Luckily the frame is in decent shape for a saltbelt truck and it’ll never see salt again. Great little truck even though it’s 2wd. Cheers
 

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My brother was a sales manager for Toyota when this started. The real deal was they would buy your truck on the spot for unbelievable high dollars or trade in value on a new truck and then just trash the truck. A friend had a real ratty 2006 with well over 200K and not a straight panel anywhere plus years of garbage in the cab and he traded it in on a new Tacoma and only paid about $10K total.

At that time I had a gorgeous 2002 F-250 Super Duty diesel sitting in my driveway with under 60K on the clock and every time I backed it up I had pieces of the rusted frame on the ground under it. The Ford was rotting in my driveway right before my eyes and Ford told me to go pound salt. Brother got me a great deal on a new 2011 Tacoma and took the F 250 on trade. Wife has now owned 3 Rav 4s and a Lexus RX 350 and I drive a 2016 4 runner limited and will be staying with Toyota for all our future vehicles.

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Congrats. It sorta seems ridiculous to swap everything to a new frame, but the dealer service departments I’m sure are happy for the hours. Did they offer you big discounts on a new vehicle trade. Good idea to have them do the Bilsteins while they were at it. My 96 does not qualify. Luckily the frame is in decent shape for a saltbelt truck and it’ll never see salt again. Great little truck even though it’s 2wd. Cheers
It only took the mechanic a day and a half to replace the frame. They did not of offer me a trade in which probably would not have accepted since I paid cash for my truck and I bought a cap for it. Plus it’s in excellent condition with only 125,000 miles on the clock.

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