The Toyota T100 is the first full-size Toyota pickup truck offered in the US. Introduced in 1993, the truck made quite an entrance as it already received recognitions such as "Best Full-Size Pickup" from JD Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey as well as "Best of What's New" from Popular Science magazine the same year. However, various criticisms are thrown against the T100 because of some common problems shared by most units. Owners should be aware of these issues to better prepare themselves of the issues they are more likely to encounter with the truck.
One of the most common issues with the Toyota T100 is the speed setting of the cruise control system. Toyota T100 owners from the past complain that even after setting the cruise control, their pickups still tend to accelerate at higher speeds. This makes them panic because it increases the possibility of an accident.
In 1996, Toyota made a recall of the cruise control assemblies where 5,145 units were affected. The dealers replaced the cruise control parts of the affected trucks to fix the problem.
Another known issue with the Toyota T100 is its steering relay rod. This particular part is reported by owners of breaking, making turning and handling very difficult. The breaking of the part is caused by excessive stress and force used on the steering wheel while trying to maneuver the truck. Such damage occurs especially during fully turning the steering wheel while the automobile is in a complete stop. This results in a crack or a total break in the steering relay rod.
In 2005, Toyota made a recall regarding this particular issue. An estimated 977,839 units were affected where the steering relay rod was replaced by dealers.
The clutch pedal bracket is also an infamous part which is commonly reported by owners of Toyota T100. The pedal bracket tends to bend, making it difficult to engage or disengage the clutch of the vehicle. In some severe cases, the drivers are not able to get out of gear at all. Needless to say, this is a safety issue, so the dealer should immediately be notified to address the problem. It is also advisable to have the clutch pedal bracket replaced or fixed before hitting the road again. To avoid the issue, drivers should be more conscious in pressing any pedal in their trucks.