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Toyota Tacoma Engine Problems

694 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Toyota Tacoma. 66 of these members (9.5%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 89 engine repairs to Toyota Tacomas--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently Toyota Tacoma problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Chart based on 327 repairs.

Toyota Tacoma engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 64 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Toyota Tacoma repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.

2009 Toyota Tacoma 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

236-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

34000 mi US $35 Idler pulley bearing was noisy. Happens because of offroading in dirt/mud. Bearing is unsealed from factory. Replaced with sealed bearing. 

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2009 Toyota Tacoma 4dr Crew Cab 6ft bed

236-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

10000 mi   Transmission shifted incorrectly. Truck computer reflashed, problem corrected. 

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2008 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed

159-horsepower 2.7L I4 4-speed automatic RWD

29000 mi US $200 Air/Fuel ratio sensor went bad - replaced by me with Denso sensor from Advance Auto. 

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2007 Toyota Tacoma 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

159-horsepower 2.7L I4 4-speed automatic RWD

20500 mi US $225 Two relays for the fuel pump replaced. Only 19,600 mi. so needless to say, I put up a fight (No longer under warranty, more that 36 months old). They charged me for parts only $225, no labor charge. 

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2005 Toyota Tacoma 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed

245-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

80000 mi US $600 Engine Light came on trouble codeP0430. O2 sensor and catalytic converter.  
85000   Have to replace the catalytic converter. Insufficient catalyst, below thresh hold. 1000k part. Aftermarket was cheaper but still had to install it myself. Warranty for emissions expires at 80000. 

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2001 Toyota Tacoma 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed

190-horsepower 3.4L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

80000 mi US $302 O2 sensor in front of cat went bad 
77500 C $350 Check engine light came on, with an OBDII code reader I found a problem code P0136 which indicated a O2 sensor, took to garage and had it replaced all okay since then! 
78120   Exhaust developed hole and got unbearably loud! Exhaust replaced at local garage. Engine crank sensor failed above 3200 RPM. Engine was running fine until reaching 3200 RPM. No trouble codes or engine lights came on... but the truck would shut off when the RPM reached 3200, and continue to run again when below 3200 RPM. 

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2001 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Regular Cab 6ft bed

142-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic RWD

182900 mi C $1050 Engine light on/ Oxygen sensors replaced 
269700   Muffler had a hole. Design required replacement of front pipe, muffler and tail pipe (one piece design). No universal muffler available. 
272800   Emission light. Required Oxygen sensor#2 replacement Emission light back on. Indicates Cat converter #2 needs replacement. Engine light back on. Indicates Cat Converter #1 needs to be replaced. 
319140   Ignition not working. Internet indicated to install key into ignition and smack end of key with a screwdriver handle to start truck. Once home I was able to replace the ignition switch in less then 10 minutes. Dealer charge was 2 hours at $110/hour. 

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2001 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

190-horsepower 3.4L V6 5-speed manual RWD

190000 mi US $575 Air Fuel Sensor and other Sensor needed replaced. 

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2001 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

150-horsepower 2.7L I4 4-speed automatic RWD

153000 mi   squeaking in power steering pulley. Ignored and it went away. Check engine light is on...its a exhaust sensor...ignoring. 

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