8 Facts Toyota Owners Never Tell You

Toyota models have Good reputation for being affordable, reliable and long lasting. Some models are built to last for decades with proper maintenance, and the company has kept its vehicles to exceptionally high safety standards.
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But even the best manufacturers can’t always do it right. Toyota has gone above and beyond when it comes to safety, although the company has a proven track record of correcting such safety issues. Toyota owners will be quick to brag about how well their cars work and how long they last, so they’ll probably be shy to admit that sometimes Toyotas run into problems. This is what Toyota owners keep to themselves and what Toyota wishes we could forget.

8 Some models have issues with safety controls

Toyota comes with a variety of safety mechanisms, such as anti-lock brakes, stability controls, traction controls, and several digital safety alert systems. But problems with these control systems have been reported in the Prius 2019.

Some have reported that the brake booster pump malfunctioned on 2019 Priuses models, causing the stability controls and brake assists to malfunction. This could result in defective Toyota brake systems, including the emergency brake system.

7 Some Camrys have defective airbags

The Camry is by far one of the safest and most reliable Toyota models ever produced, which is why it is one of the most popular cars in North America. However, a streak of good fortune broke out in 2019 when it was recalled due to faulty airbags.

The problem was caused by an incorrect calibration of the OCS, or passenger rating system, which reads the number of passengers carried in the vehicle. Fortunately, alert systems warn most drivers of the problem and the company quickly corrected the problem.
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6 Tacomas can have gear and transmission issues

Some reports of the 2019 Tacoma show problems with the automatic transmission. Owners reported a heavy metallic sound from the transmission and difficulty shifting gears.

Transmission issues or slow gear changes are common problems for Tacomas with high mileage, too. So if your Tacoma approaches the 100,000-mile mark, check that transmission ASAP. Also, just FYI for Tacoma owners, water leakage into the brake lights is a common problem with the 2018 model.

5 Some RAV4s were subject to battery fires

While this may sound intimidating to some, it is important to note that not all RAV4s are exploding in flames as we speak. What has happened is that electrical issues have been reported and investigated on the fourth generation RAV4, which covers the 2013 to 2018 model years.

The power outage allegedly occurred when the positive port of the battery touched the chassis of the car, and the shortage led to sparks and fires. The investigation and lawsuit regarding the battery fires was pending as of March 2021.
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4 Engine sludge buildup is a common problem

This is a problem one can find across many Toyota models built between 1997 and 2005, particularly those built with a 3.0-liter Toyota engine.

A settlement was reached with Toyota car owners after a class action lawsuit was filed against the company claiming that they misinterpreted how their engines were susceptible to engine buildup. Models affected in the lawsuit included the Toyota Avalon, Camry, Celica, Highlander, Solara and Sienna, as well as the Lexus ES300 and RX300 models.

3 Some models have huge blind spots

The boxy, semi-military shape of the FJ cruiser may look great on the outside, but drivers know that the shape has some major flaws. Namely, a vehicle has a known huge blind spot, and these large blind spots can affect a driver’s ability to drive the vehicle safely.

FJs are far from the only cars with this problem. Toyota Sienna – the brand’s largest pickup truck – also had problems with blind spots. However, large blind spots are a common problem for minivans in general.
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2 Corollas can have problematic EVAP systems

Like the Camry, the Toyota Corolla is a popular, dependable sedan, and therefore one of the most popular production cars on the market. But even the best cars can have problems.

According to Repair Pals, the most common problem on Corollas built after 1998 is the check engine light turning on due to a malfunction in the EVAP system. EVAP systems collect and store fuel vapors for disposal to improve fuel efficiency and help vehicles meet EPA standards.

1 4 runner and other models working in long-distance transmission problems

The most common problem across Toyota models besides engine sludge buildup appears to be a series of transmission issues. Toyotas with long mileage on them could start to have problematic transmissions, or they could experience a drop in gear shift speeds.

Check out “Toyota Problems” at Repair Pals and one will see that transmission problems are the most common reported problem of all Toyotas, but no more so than the 4Runner. According to owner reviews, 4Runners that have gone or are close to 100,000 miles are not shifting gears properly. This is usually caused by the throttle position sensor falling out of its proper setting and is relatively easy to repair.

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