Not surprisingly, some Toyota dealerships are still replacing whole frames for Tacoma, Tundra, and Sequoia
According to VW Vortex Member “VeeDubGTI” earlier this week (May 24, 2019) there’s a stack of fresh Toyota Tacoma frames ready for frame replacements behind a Toyota dealership presumably in Maine. Confirmed by several other members, this means Toyota is still knee deep in its settlement deal with a “recall” that set them back $3.4 Billion in 2016.
Here’s what the stack of frames looks like behind his dealership below.
As per “VeeDubGTI”
…I noticed an abundance of Tacoma frames. New ones sitting on pallets, and rusted out ones in a pig pile. Is this still an on-going thing? I vaguely remember the frames being replaced or the trucks being bought back in the early 2000’s. 15+ years later, I see this.
If you didn’t already know, back in 2016, Toyota agreed to set up a fund of $3.4 Billion that would go towards a settlement, without admitting guilt, for 2005-2001 Toyota Tacoma, 2005-2008 Sequoias, and 2007-2008 Tundras, potentially 1.5 million Toyota’s.
The rust issues were from a batch of improperly, or lack therof, coated frames for rust proofing from Ohio based Dana Corp. Although Toyota won a multi-million dollar lawsuit against them, they end up in the red with so many frames needing to be replaced.
If you have one of the aforementioned Toyota trucks and live in a cold climate where slush and road salt can corrode heavy metals, most likely your frame would start to rot beyond repair, necessitating a full frame replacement.
By now, if you’re an owner affected by this settlement and haven’t taken any action, I’d be hard-pressed to believe you because Toyota’s sent out numerous letters to owners and it’s been in the news for years.
Googling around, according to some in the know, there are garages where all they do is frame replacements. It is, to say the least, labor intensive.
Check out this photo of a Tacoma mid frame replacement.
There are even videos on YouTube of Toyota techs taking you through a step-by-step process.
No one knows when the last new replacement frame will be ordered but it looks like not anytime soon.
Have you had a frame replaced by Toyota? What are your .02? Let me know in the comments below!