1st Generation (1995—2004) Tacoma Problems

Tacoma owners with a 1995—2004 model year have the most problems with the body (34%), brakes (11%), and the engine (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Frame Rotted 3 complaints at an average of 191,333 miles in the 1997 Toyota Tacoma.
  2. Threw 2 Rods 1 complaints at an average of 52,970 miles in the 2003 Toyota Tacoma.
  3. Frame Has Premature Failure 3 complaints at an average of 160,667 miles in the 2001 Toyota Tacoma.

What Tacoma Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Toyota model years.

Watch out for the 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2004 18 5 102 4.19
2003 13 5 98 5.7
2002 18 5 94 2.79
2001 13 6 90 3.56
2000 6 5 55 0.85
1999 11 5 69 2.96
1998 6 5 70 1.98
1997 6 4 65 3.07
1996 1 6 51 0.23
1995 7 6 43 1.55

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