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New Recall 2006-2008 V6 Models (Exhaust System)

I just received the attached 2 page recall notice in the mail.

It covers corrosion of the center no. 2 exhaust pipe sub-assembly.

It states the recall is for 2006-2008 V6 models driven in "Cold Climate Areas", so I'm not sure of how widespread the notice applies to.

EDIT: The letter is from Toyota Canada, but I can't remember any Canadian recalls that were not eventually issued to the US at a later date.
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I live in the Chicagoland area and would think it's covered under the "Cold Climate Areas." I didn't see any message pop up in the Toyota's owners website.
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Does that means it's too early to tell for 2009+ V6 models? Toyota may have used the same cat/pipe/muffler assembly part# since 2006 . . . . No reason for them to change as the 2GR engine and 4.3 chassis haven't changed much since 2006.

In my old 2000 Subie Legacy, the entire exhaust system was mint and rust free when the car was totaled at 250,000Km (150,000 miles) in 2010. It spent the entire life in the high salt environment the Rav4 now lives in. Why is the Toyota 'stainless steel' muffler that much inferior in quality? Why did they designed the assembly with a welded catalytic converter instead of flange attach/detach for ease of servicing?

I sure hoped they extend the same courtesy when my muffler shows the same rusting issues . . . .

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I live in the Chicagoland area and would think it's covered under the "Cold Climate Areas." I didn't see any message pop up in the Toyota's owners website.

It is signed TOYOTA CANADA INC. so I'd say that is strictly Canada.

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Does that means it's too early to tell for 2009+ V6 models? Toyota may have used the same cat/pipe/muffler assembly part# since 2006 . . . . No reason for them to change as the 2GR engine and 4.3 chassis haven't changed much since 2006.

I sure hoped they extend the same courtesy when my muffler shows the same rusting issues . . . .
Time to pull out the ramps and crawl under for a look see.

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It is signed TOYOTA CANADA INC. so I'd say that is strictly Canada.
Yes, I read that at the end of the 2nd page, I would think Chicagoland would be included if Toyota USA offers it.
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What are they replacing on the exhaust system, with this recall?? RUST!!!
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Does that means it's too early to tell for 2009+ V6 models? Toyota may have used the same cat/pipe/muffler assembly part# since 2006 . . . . No reason for them to change as the 2GR engine and 4.3 chassis haven't changed much since 2006.
Could be just a supplier issue, material issue, or manufacturing process defect that is applicable to the 2006 to 2008 models. Perhaps, as with other TSBs, the years will be updated to expand the applicable years. Time will tell.

I haven't received a letter yet.

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My muffler and exhaust pipe gave out last winter. Dealer told me there was no recall and replacement would cost $1700 plus tax. I got a local garage to do it for $300. So I can imagine the fight I'm in for now.
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The dealer told me to talk to Toyota Canada, who told me to go to the dealer with my receipt for reimbursement. Let the runaraound begin!
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