Toyota Motor Corporation Informative - Toyota Vehicle Parts Costs Are Absurdly Excessive
NATION WIDE -- I am a Toyota owner and overall they are quality cars and trucks. Unfortunately, when repairs become necessary, the costs of replacement parts is absurd. My wife's 2003 Corolla that I bought brand new and has 47,500 miles on it needs a replacement front brake caliper. The quoted cost of this simple part is $371.88. To put this in perspective, the cost of a new brake caliper for a Ford F-150 1/2 ton truck is $70.00. The Toyota caliper does not come with brake pads so there is an additional cost there. Previously, when my 1990 Toyota truck needed a new alternator, the cost was $500.00. Consider this a warning to all who are considering buying a new or used Toyota.
Overall they are a great car but when something mechanical goes wrong, it will cost you an enormous amount to repair. This is where Toyota makes a significant profit, however, this also demonstrates an extremely greedy company that takes advantage of its customers.