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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.

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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.

Frame settlement details can be found here. 

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.

Just another frame replacement, nothing to see here. from r/Justrolledintotheshop

 

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!

7 COMMENTS

  1. I Have a 2002 Tacoma 4×4 in Alaska & have never been notified by Toyota of a Frame Warranty extension. I only found out of the problem when my frame broke apart a few weeks ago & Toyota says the Program is Closed. Is this True or are they trying to get out of this ?

    • From what I understand, the settlement is not over until 2022 since the settlement covers the newest eligible vehicle, a 2010 Tacoma, for up to 12 years. That being said I’m reading the FAQ on ToyotaFrameSettlement.com and unfortunately, I don’t think your Tacoma is covered under the terms of the settlement.

      Since I’m not an expert on the matter and I might’ve missed something, I’d encourage you to join a Tacoma specific forum, like this one, and ask some Tacoma owners on what to do.

      You can also contact the lawyers involved in my first link with the list of eligible vehicles.

      Finally, I’d call around other Toyota dealerships in the area who are more familiar with the settlement and/or warranty extension.

      The program is definitely not over, that I can say for sure.

  2. I have a completely rusted (broken) frame 2000 tacoma only 60 k miles. Toyota and my dealers said years ago that I was too late.

    • I bet there are still a lot of Tacoma owners that are at a lost like us. We have a 2000 Tacoma pre runner that still runs good but the frame is badly rusted and is dangerous to drive and Toyota’s response is sorry about your luck your chance to have it repaired by Toyota had expired. It’s your choice to drive it around knowing it’s dangerous to be driven in the road, sell your headache for cheap to the next unfortunate owner but you will never get any help from Toyota for repair because they don’t care about their customers. I brought this truck to the service center and they didn’t do anything. They said it was fine. 8 years later, it is a hazard to drive.

  3. I own a 2002 Toyota Tacoma 4 door crew cab. My frame rusted through and the rear of the bed dropped. Called Toyota corporate and was told nothing they could do to help me. I never received a recall notice. In fact I had my truck at the local dealership in 2015 for a spare tire bracket, and they never said anything about the frame. Is there anything I might be able to do?

  4. I own a 2002 Toyota Tacoma 4 door crew cab. My frame rusted through and the rear of the bed dropped. Called Toyota corporate and was told nothing they could do to help me. I never received a recall notice. In fact I had my truck at the local dealership in 2015 for a spare tire bracket, and they never said anything about the frame. Is there anything I might be able to do?

  5. I live Massachusetts my 2007 Tacoma was undercoated in 2014,September 30,2019 had the truck in for the rear spring safety recall and low and hold the dealership found holes in my frame the body mounts to be more specific.When I dropped the truck off the day before the frame had no holes in it.The manager told me the tech did nothing to my frame.Toyota corporate says the campaign is over nothing they’re going to do.Dealership says there not responsible.The frame had surface rust no gaping holes on the body mounts that I have now. Stay tuned I’m not going away yet

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