About Toyota Tacoma
Toyota Tacoma is a pickup truck manufactured by the famous Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota since 1995. The first Toyota Tacoma was introduced in February 1995 to replace the Toyota Hilux as a compact pickup. It has been produced through three generation till now. Backed up by Toyota, Toyota Tacoma has been awarded as Motor Trend Magazine's Truck of the Year for 2005 and received IIHS's Top Safety Pick award in 2009.
The second generation Toyota Tacoma (August 2004-August 2005) was unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show on February 3, 2003. As a pickup, it offered X-Runner, which is the replacement of S-Runner from previous generation, TRD packages, TRD Extreme or T/X Baja, TRD Pro, Ironman edition and X-Runner. There were two engine options: 2.7 L 159 hp 2TR-FE inline 4-cylinder and 4.0 L 236 hp 1GR-FE V6 engines, which were coupled with 4-speed and 5-speed automatic transmissions as well as 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmissions. Then at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the third generation Toyota Tacoma (September 2015-present) debuted. It now is available in 5 trims including base SR, mid-level SR5, TRD Off Road, TRD Sport and range topping Limited. It still has two engine options other than the 2.7 L engine from previous generation, it now adds a new 3.5 L 278 hp 2GR-FKS V6 engine. Engines are mated to 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmissions and 6-speed automatic transmission.
Toyota Tacoma Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
As a pickup, Toyota Tacoma has to deal with more complicated road conditions than usual cars. In order to enjoy a longer lifespan, you should notice these common problems:
First, engine problems. Experienced Toyota Tacoma drivers complained that engine would misfire and had difficulty in starting the vehicle. At the same time, fuel economy became worse as well as engine performance deteriorates. Metallic sounds or squealing noises would also become audible. Not to mention the visible illuminated Check Engine Light and dirty exhaust. If you have suspension that your Toyota Tacoma also has similar symptoms, you can check the spark plug, oil filter, intake manifold gasket, oxygen sensor and speedometer cable first.
Second, suspension and transmission failure. According to Tacoma owners, as time passes by, clunking noises and excessive vibrations would keep coming from the front. At the meanwhile, uneven tire wear appears as well as steer unintentionally. This could be suspension problem caused by a bad ball joint. As for transmission failure, it shows as difficulty shifting gears and grinding noises come from underneath the vehicle. In general, its failure can be attributed to bad bellhousing and transfer case seal.
In order to increase your Toyota Tacoma's lifespan, other auto parts need routine maintenance. Seat belt needs to be replaced after every car accident. Wheel seal works for wheels needs change regularly as well. And the fog light bulb, which plays an important role in adverse weather conditions such as windy, foggy and heavy rain, should also be added to your routine maintenance.
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