I was cruising a local Toyota Dealer's lot this morning to scope a 2003 Sequoia. My wife is looking to get a SUV. It is a Michigan car with 129,xxx miles.
Sure enough, I was poking around the truck and looked underneath, and was appalled by the amount of rust underneath the car.
The way business works is companies beat the hell out of their suppliers to make things as quickly and cheaply as is humanly possible. Suppliers have little choice, turn down the contract and you are putting yourself out of business. So you rush like crazy to get everything setup and production running, and you do the best you can. Sometimes there are oversights that could have been corrected if you had the time to stop and think about what you are doing. Sometimes the issue is that you had to cut your costs so much that the process got essential parts skimmed off of it.
I am a production manager for an american manufacturing company. It's a tough business.
"I owe it to myself, and to my choir students, to not be upset about barns."
Is there any generation of Toyota truck that doesn't rust? I grew up lusting after late 80's Yota's only to see them all with the aftermarket 2x6 bed 8 years later. I wonder if the new thing is to build a pressure treated frame under the 95-05 Yota's Might have to get an alignment every time the humidity changes, like a fine piano.
Talked to Toyota, who gave me a Case#. They said that there is a "campaign" (not sure how this is different from a "recall") for Sequoias of my model year, and in cold-weather states (PA qualifies), but only for a certain window of VINs. Mine is not in that window. I'm not sure how they came up with the window. They recommended I go to a dealer to have the issue documented, but after that happens, I'm not sure what the next step will be.
So I talked to the service manager at the local dealer, and I'm dropping it off tomorrow morning for them to check out. I guess that's all I can do for now.
Only time it left the lot was to get gas (across the street)
Also note it was parked on asphalt not dirt or grass..
all I know is that Ford, ChryCo and GM would laugh and tell you to pound tar... Toyota is dropping $10K on average to fix these things
remember... over the past few years we've done about 1000 of em on average $10,000 each = $10,000,000.00 paid just to our dealership so far on this over a few years... multiplied by the number of dealers in the country doing this... THIS IS COSTING THEM BILLIONS!
Last edited by urogolf; 10-08-2012 at 11:54 AM.
I thought I remember hearing about QX4's and Pathfinders with this too.
Unibody from '96 on.