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Tacoma Update
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Zenia    Posted 12-28-2004 at 16:50:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
My Tacoma is in the shop, the dealer just called. The problem was in fact the main bearings, the clearance was off and it was clear that it was not my fault - no owner neglect. But, it is a year out from warranty, even though only 56K miles (well, I think 57K now).

So... the bill is $2,000.00, and Toyota will split it with me, so it will be $1,000.00 out of pocket for me. Sure is a lot better than $3,100.00. Thanks again everyone who has kept up with me on this, and for your advice. Had I not listened to the advice here, I'd have rolled over and taken it to another shop where I would have paid nearly the entire the $2,000.00. But I did tell the dealer that hey, I bought two Toyotas from them, and this truck should NOT be having this kind of problem. I was afraid they would think I did not change the oil often enough, but I have always changed it every 3 - 5K. The mechanic said he could see how clean the engine was, and he knew I did not abuse the truck.

It is raining cats & dogs here, no trip to the snow in the near future, I won't even get the truck back until mid next week.

Thanks again!

OH Boy    Posted 12-29-2004 at 08:14:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think you got stiffed by Toyota AND the dealer here and I would make no bones about telling them I felt that way and would not be buying another Toyota when its time to trade, if that is the kind of quality product they are selling and not standing behind.

My brother in law took this stance with his Dodge dealer over a transmission that crapped out at around 75,000 miles and they ended up covering it completely despite being out of warranty.

Just a thought.

marlowe    Posted 12-28-2004 at 18:52:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
just food for tought daughter has a 99 kia sportage timming belt went at 123,000 miles went to dealer [belt and labor only] $1237.78. calls me tell me of bill BUL- S%$# i call dealer and chew AS- after a hour on phone bill is $478.35. i live in wisc. she in nc thats why i didn't fix as for 2000.00 for mains and labor that is why high but to be honest i have never worked on a tyo but 2000.00 is twice what it should cost ARE THEY PULLING THE CRANK SHAFT FOR A REGRIND IT SHOULD BE DONE THEN TWO GRAND IS IN LINE if not your paying the hole bill at 1000.00 because thats all the job is worth

Zenia    Posted 12-28-2004 at 19:16:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am sure you are right, but the other shops around here would charge $1600 - $1800 at least, so I am coming out slightly better. I know it's a rip, but there's not much else I can do.

Bob    Posted 12-28-2004 at 17:37:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Let's see... main bearings and gaskets, maybe $80 to $100, [lus some fluids and incidentals. That still leaves a little money out of the $1000.00 to pay the mechanics (who would be paid anyway) to "help" you out.

This deal would sure leave a bad taste in my mouth. I would contact Toy's regional customer service and squeal like a stuck hog over this "flattening of the wallet".

There's no reason for bearing problems in a well-maintained vehicle at 57,000 miles, they should go 150,000 to 250,000 miles in a modern fuel-injected vehicle. Especially in a "cream of the crop" highly-rated Toyota!

But then, there are those who insist on buying imports, because American vehicles are junk!

...Bob... who says the "economy" of owning a foreign car quickly disappears the first time there is a problem!


Zenia    Posted 12-28-2004 at 17:48:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
LOL... well, I have learned that Toyota cars are very, very good, but their trucks are no better than American made. Heck, my last Corolla was assembled in San Diego, I believe. From parts, and things were always coming loose/ falling off in the interior.

The service shop quoted $1700 plus on labor, based on 19.5 hours flat rate (I don't recall exactly what he said). I said I did not think it should take so long, but he said they don't charge by the exact hour, they go by their guide book that says it should take X hours, so if they go over or under doesn't matter, the cost is the same. Phooey. Oh well. He said a new engine is $3500.00, not installed.

bill b va    Posted 12-28-2004 at 17:30:23       [Reply]  [No Email]

i have the oil changes done by the dealer to insure a record of recommended service . they are competaive with the quick lubs for oil changes but not repair of out of warrenty.

Zenia    Posted 12-28-2004 at 17:43:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I might start doing just that. I have been going to Chevron Oilstop mostly, but I get tired of the constant sales push there. They do maintain a computer record of services, though. I am just glad I am not going to have to hunt down all my oil change records. I have them, and I also am always right on target with the recommended services 30-60-90K etc. It's just that, well, my papers are very unorganized!

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