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Toyota Tacoma Engine Problems and Repair Histories

650 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Toyota Tacoma. 90 of these members (13.8%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 65 engine repairs to Toyota Tacomas--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Toyota Tacoma problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Toyota Tacoma problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Toyota Tacoma problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Toyota Tacoma repairs by problem area

29% of the Toyota Tacoma repairs were to the engine, 12% to the transmission, 7% to the brakes, 21% to the suspension, 22% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 5% to the body and trim, and 3% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 224 repairs.

Toyota Tacoma engine repair cost distribution

Of the Toyota Tacoma engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 11% cost less than $100, 61% between $100 and $499, 14% between $500 and $999, 13% between $1000 and $2499, and 2% more than $2500.

Chart based on 56 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 Engine problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2009 Toyota Tacoma 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

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

Toyota Tacoma in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2010 28000    
34000 35 Idler pulley bearing was noisy. Happens because of offroading in dirt/mud. Bearing is unsealed from factory. Replaced with sealed bearing. 
60000  

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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

Toyota Tacoma in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2010 9000    
10000 0 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

Toyota Tacoma in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 18000    
29000 200 Air/Fuel ratio sensor went bad - replaced by me with Denso sensor from Advance Auto. 
46000  

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2007 Toyota Tacoma 4dr Extended Cab 6ft bed

159-horsepower 2.7L I4 4-speed automatic RWD

Toyota Tacoma in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2009 11000    
20500 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. 
32000  

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2005 Toyota Tacoma 4dr Crew Cab 5ft bed

245-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic RWD

Toyota Tacoma in New Mexico, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2010 73000    
80000 600 Engine Light came on trouble codeP0430. O2 sensor and catalytic converter.  
85000 700 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. 
112000  

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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

Toyota Tacoma in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2010 79000    
80000 302 O2 sensor in front of cat went bad 
 
Toyota Tacoma in Newfoundland / Lab., Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2010 76880    
77500 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 570 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

Toyota Tacoma in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2010 179800    
182900 1050 Engine light on/ Oxygen sensors replaced 
269700 660 Muffler had a hole. Design required replacement of front pipe, muffler and tail pipe (one piece design). No universal muffler available. 
272800 0 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 291 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

Toyota Tacoma in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2010 189000    
190000 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

Toyota Tacoma in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2011 152000    
153000 0 squeaking in power steering pulley. Ignored and it went away. Check engine light is on...its a exhaust sensor...ignoring. 
168000  

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