Toyota bull bar Recall

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 09, 2011 at 09:19
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noticed a cracked weld on a mounting bracket on our 2008 Prado and was told by a friend that toyota had recalled these so when we had our next service we asked to have the brackets replaced only to get Prado back no brackets replaced as they said it was a steel bull bar and was not under recall ( father in-law took it in for us ) and was 12 days out of warranty,i promptly called them an informed them it was black powder coated aluminium and was not a warranty claim but a recall claim . eventually we have had it done only 20 days ago and on the weekend i noticed a sight movement in the bull bar had to tighten up two bolts when we got to our destination. well yesterday i noticed still some movement and crawled underneath to find four more finger tight bolts. i recommend anyone who has had a recall or new bull bar to check the mounting bolts etc and yes toyota will get a serve today
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Reply By: Mr Pointyhead - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2011 at 09:45

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2011 at 09:45
Unfortunately the usual level of service quality delivered by Toyota service. IMHO Toyota make very good vehicles, but the quality of their service departments in Australia leaves a lot to be desired .

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Reply By: Kimba10 - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2011 at 11:00

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2011 at 11:00
David they had a recall for these put out last year

29 pages there. The bullbars on the 120's will always appear to be moving/flexing even when you hit the slightest pothole. The bullbar does shudder very slightly but most of the movement you see comes from the body moving on the rubber body mounts. Remember these things originally were a Lexus in other countries so the body mounts are very soft compared to say the previous model prado (90 series) to give you a softer ride I've had 3. Has nothing to do with wether the vehicle is out of warranty or not its a safety recall. The brackets they are replaced with are twice as think as the original brackets, you will certainly see the difference. As far as bolts been loose I was one of the lucky ones. When you read the pages on the link you will see why. Myn was done a few months ago. I let the rest of the crowd be the guinea pigs and let the rush die down before I bothered booking my'n in. Some have had paint damage, panel damage, bullbar way out of alignment, Mine is out by 2 mm to the passengers side but this is me been anal about it, I didn't bother complaining about that, it flex's more then that when driving. Don't think the ARB bars are a better option either, there's more on PP about their shoddy welds and workmanship and bars not lining up as well. Only advantage would be extra strength. I showed Penrith Toyota the website (printed the pages up) told them their name would be added to the list if they stuffed anything up. all good, no cut wires etc. Have you checked the wiring to your driving lights/fog lights/winch if you have one/uhf aerial ??? These have been some major issues when the recall has taken place. I will give credit when it's due and must say Kingswood Toyota here in Penrith NSW have been great even with servicing etc so as a satified customer I would recomend them to anyone else who needs the recall done although most would have been done by now I would imagine .....................But yes as you have said definately pays to double check things
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Follow Up By: Member - david t (INT) - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2011 at 12:14

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2011 at 12:14
i have seen some of these pages as when i was told about the recall i jumped on the Internet ASAP to see other issues etc . yes i did have cut wires too couldn't see a reason as to why they could not just unplug the wiring and re plug in . i am yet to drive since i tightened every bolt last night. i must say i feel better for venting at toyota this morning, would not be nice to be out travelling and find you run over the top of your bull bar due to ones lack of checking whether they have done all fittings up properly! i will make it a pre holiday check from know on to ensure all fittings on bull bar are tight before departure
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2011 at 19:18

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2011 at 19:18
A mate of mine had the bull bar on her 2008 Prado completely break of on the Gary Highway back in 2009.....she just left it there as we had nowhere to carry it not mounted. She had a new ARB bar fitted in Karratha some weeks later.
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Reply By: Jarse - Tuesday, Aug 09, 2011 at 19:27

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2011 at 19:27
David, I had mine done a few months ago, and had to take it back because it was misaligned.

They only allow a certain amount of time for these recalls, so it seems they tend to rush.

just take it back to them.. They have to fix it :-)
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Reply By: Member - Matt M - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 07:25

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 07:25

No issues with the work done on the actual bar when mine was recalled. But, a few days later I heard a noise coming from the front, stopped and found the winch hook dragging on the ground. Had a look and the wire was spooled back on terribly. I should have checked I guess, but attention to detail a bit lacking sometimes.

Not just recall work, but the dealers seem to jam so many services in a day that sometimes you wonder how anything gets checked or time taken to make sure everything is just right. It is like a rushed production line and things get missed as a result, not sure how much time gets dedicated to have the quality check done by a supervisor, suspect very little time.

I would rather wait a few extra days for services knowing that the whole process isn't a rushed flat out last minute effort.


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