Do not buy a Tacoma, you’ll regret it
October 15, 2018
Bought myself a new 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD off road crew cab 4x4 with the V6 and automatic transmission. Everything was fine at first, the dealership was great with the purchase. However, shortly after buying it is when the issues started. It always had issues with the steering pulling to the right, and eventually to the left as well, at random times. 3 trips back for service and 2 alignments and it was still there. The blind spot monitors malfunctioned the second week I owned it and had to be reprogrammed. The a/c leaks from the condensation line on the frame (eventually causing potential rust issues like previous generations) and inside the cab (causing mold & mildew issues). The sunroof malfunctioned after the third or fourth time it was ever opened, so after fighting it closed I never opened it again. The keyless start randomly decides its not going to recognize your key(s), so it will strand you until it feels like doing so. The rear end was leaking all it’s fluid out at 14,000 miles. It was in the shop being rebuilt for over a week due to the lack of parts available (tells me this isn’t an isolated issue). Upon picking it up for the rear end problem, the transmission decided it no longer needed to shift past 4th gear into either overdrive gear at 14,110 miles. The is the worst vehicle I have ever owned. I traded in a 10 year old GMC with 200,000 miles I’d drive cross country before this thing. The gas mileage wasn’t that great for the size of the truck’s engine and totally gutless. Don’t bother trying to use it like a truck to tow or haul anything beyond some groceries. The transmission was always hunting gears even before it stopped using 5th & 6th. The 4x4 system is overly complicated to use all the different features and even then they’d probably just break or act up. The stock stereo sounded horrible, even compared to other vehicles in the Toyota lineup. It’s noisy driving down the road and rides rough, probably partly due to the suspension package I had, but for a brand new vehicle it’s crappy. Some money should have been spent on sound deadening. All in all, after everything I experienced, I traded it in and even though I lost money, I’ll be ahead not wasting time sitting at the dealership for warranty service or paying out of pocket when the warranty expired. Do not buy this truck.