Toyota Truck Rust Problems – What’s Going On?
Despite Toyota’s long-standing reputation for quality production, one thing the carmaker can’t seem to shake is persistent rust and corrosion problems. Over the years, Toyota continues to have a pattern of rust and corrosion problems. Why? What’s the deal with Toyota trucks and rust?
Frame Rust Issues
The Tacoma, T100, and Tundra have all had frame rust issues. The rust problems were severe enough that Toyota has:
- Bought back numerous 1995-2000 Tacomas dust to rust problems, paying owners 150% of Kelly Blue Book “excellent” value
- Replaced the frame on many 2000-2003 Tundras with frame perforation caused by rust at a substantial cost (upwards of $18k per vehicle)
- Endured complaints from Toyota T-100 owners who have the same kind of rust problems found on the 1st Gen Tacoma and 1st Gen Tundra
2nd Generation Tundra Rust Problems – Bumpers, Lug Nuts, Beds, and Bed Bolts
More of a minor annoyance than an major problem, some truck owners with 2007 models and later started seeing corrosion on the wheel lug nuts of their Tundra trucks. Some theorists posited the issue was due to the chrome mixture used in the finishing of the lug nuts, which allowed rust to set in under the right conditions. Long story short, severe cases saw owners having to pay for new lug nuts when they got their tires replaced.
The 2007 through 2010 Tundras again saw corrosion problems, this time with the rear bumper of the truck. Some owners reported small spots of rust, while others had their bumpers replaced because they were rusting underneath.
What’s the Problem?
While many of the most troubling rust issues have predominantly occurred on trucks in the “rust belt,” by Toyota’s own admission theses problems have been due to deficiencies in manufacturing.
The fact is, Toyota has a rust problem, even if they don’t actually have a rust problem. Consumers aren’t going to forget about this.
What’s more, Toyota’s response to rust complaints has been less than exemplary. When the 2nd generation Tundra’s frame rust issues first came to light, it took Toyota more than 6 months to acknowledge them, and more than a year to come up with a solution.
A guess – and it is only a guess – is that Toyota’s cost-conscious executives woefully underestimated the need for rust protection between the years of 1995 and 2010. Here’s to hoping that Toyota has finally figured out how to build a rust-proof truck.
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