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Toyota Tundra Problems

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  • Im with Ndahi, kinna wondering what Toyota did for ya. Im guessing you've been fairly happy with Toyota after so many vehicles. Wondering in general how the rest of your Toyotas faired. Certainly i can't say the tranny goin out at 50,000 is acceptable, but I dont know if i would go so far to curse Toyota pickups for life, unless you've had other pickups with similar probs.
  • darubedarube Posts: 10
    Probably be buying a Tundra in the next few days....and I saw 2 different security systems options. Code V3 is "VIP RS3000 Deluxe Alarm System" and Code V5 is "VIP RS3000 Plus Security System". Does anyone know the difference between these? I saw nothing about them on the Toyota site. Or should I go with Lojack?
  • f1julesf1jules Posts: 288
    I don't know what the difference is between them. Do you live or work in a high crime area? If so, I would get the lojack.

    I got the VIP alarm system more for the keyless entry than anything. I had it on my last car and liked it enough to get it on my truck. Dealer gave it to me at cost installed when I bought the truck.
  • If you get the "VP" convenience package option on the Tundra, it comes with keyless entry already. I would go with the Lojack if you could grind the dealer into giving you a good deal on it. I got mine at "cost" or $325. Depending on where you live, your insurance co may give you a good discount for anti-theft devices that are installed.
  • I've loved every Camry and Corolla I've owned. All my previous Toy's have been sold with at least 135,000 miles. One at 212,000 miles! That's why I tried the Tundra. And it was repaired under warranty. What happened? Well, I'm sure not a mechanic, but I first noticed a "clunky" shift at about 35 mph while pulling away from a stop sign. Noticed periodic rough shifting from 2nd to 3rd with OD on. No symptoms with OD off. Also noticed the shifter more difficult to pull down into forward gears. A friend unhooked the cable, and it was not binding...which implied internal problems. First service visit, it was diagnosed with the computer as no apparent problem (and, of course, it showed no symptoms during the test drive!) Occurred off and on for a week before total failure of the OD, and "check engine" light came on. When the pan was removed to check solenoids (?), metal shavings were found in the fluid.
  • ndahi12ndahi12 Posts: 235
    I agree that what happened to your tranny should not have happened. But it is not a chronic tundra problem. Most of the boards that I read do not mention tranny problems. They mention brake problems, some vibration problems, rattles and squeaks, but no tranny problems.

    Second, only the tundra offers 60K powertrain warranty. Had this happened to a Chevy/Ford/Dodge truck owner, then they would have been SOL. You did not have to pay a penny out of you own pocket to fix this. You would have been royally pissed had you paid to fix it.

    Third, no truck is perfect. But from reading the many posts in Town Hall and the surveys, the Tundra is far and away better in reliability than the other big trucks.
  • Complaints reported to the NHTSB number about 0.6 per 1000 vehicles for Tundra, almost double the number reported for GM or Ford full size pickups.
  • ndahi12ndahi12 Posts: 235
    At least his tranny failure was fixed under Warranty. The tranny failure by a GM/Ford/Dodge will not be fixed under warranty since they only have 36K miles warranty. If he owned a GM/Ford/Dodge he would have been SOL.
  • ndahi12ndahi12 Posts: 235
    You like to make things up. I found similar tranny failure complaint for the 2000 Tundra as for the Chevy, Dodge and F150 at NHTSA

    ODI ID: 724076 Make: CHEVROLET TRUCK Model: C1500 Year: 2000

    Incident: No
    Fire: No
    Number of Injuries: 0
    Date of Failure: 03/17/2000
    Component: POWER TRAIN:TRANSMISSION:AUTOMATIC
    Summary: 1. THE FIRST INCIDENT WITH THE TRANSMISSION GOING OUT WAS A FACTORY DEFECT. IT HAD PROBLEMS GOING INTO REVERSE AND IT WOULD GET STUCK BETWEEN 1ST AND 2ND GEAR IT WAS REPLACED FREE OF CHARGE. 2. THE SECOND INCIDENT WAS A O-RING BUSTED LOOSE FROM THE RADIATOR THAT CONNECTED THE TRANSMISSION LINE TO THE RADIATOR AND SPURTED TRANSMISSION FLUID ON THE EXHAUST MANIFOLD AND SPARK PLUG WIRES WITH CAUSED THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT TO CATCH ON FIRE. THE REPLACED WHAT THEY FELT NEEDED TO BE REPLACED.

    ODI ID: 756417 Make: TOYOTA TRUCK Model: TUNDRA Year: 2000

    Incident: No
    Fire: No
    Number of Injuries: 0
    Date of Failure: 12/13/2001
    Component: POWER TRAIN:TRANSMISSION:AUTOMATIC
    Summary: INITIAL SYMPTOM BEFORE FAILURE - DIFFICULTY PUTTING STEERING COLUMN SHIFTER INTO FORWARD GEARS AND "CLUNKY" ROUGH SHIFTING FROM DRIVE GEAR (3RD) INTO AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE. OCCURRED PERIODICALLY FOR 1 WEEK PRIOR TO TOTAL FAILURE OF OD. TOYOTA SERVICE DEPARTMENT COULD NOT IDENTIFY PROBLEM ON 2 OCCASIONS IN THIS PERIOD. ONLY AFTER TOTAL FAILURE AND "IDIOT" LIGHT (CHECK ENGINE) CAME ON WAS TOYOTA SERVICE WILLING TO LOOK INTERNALLY, ONLY TO FIND METAL SHAVINGS IN THE PAN.*AK

    ODI ID: 879887 Make: DODGE TRUCK Model: RAM 1500 Year: 2000

    Incident: Yes
    Fire: No
    Number of Injuries: 0
    Date of Failure: 02/02/2001
    Component: POWER TRAIN:TRANSMISSION:AUTOMATIC
    Summary: WHILE VEHICLE WAS IDLING, CONSUMER LEFT IT IN PARK AND EXITED VEHICLE WITH WIFE IN PASSENGER SEAT, THERE WAS A LOUD NOISE AND VEHICLE JUMPED TO REVERSE AT A FAST SPEED INTO A STORE. *SLC

    ODI ID: 561471 Make: FORD TRUCK Model: F150 Year: 2000

    Incident: No
    Fire: No
    Number of Injuries: 0
    Date of Failure:
    Component: POWER TRAIN:TRANSMISSION:AUTOMATIC
    Summary: THE TRANSMISSION FAILED. NLM

    All trucks are prone to tranny failure. So do not go around spreading misinfromation.
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    Don't pay too much attention to Quad - he is just a poor misguided Chev owner with a raging case of Tundra envy.
  • I don't see your point. When I said Tundras are generating complaints to the NHTSA at a rate double G.M. or Ford, I wasn't specifically referring to transmissions, just complaints in general. But it doesn't matter, because the rate of complaints for Tundra transmission woes also exceeds the rate for Silverado even by your numbers of 7 for Tundra and 28 for Silverado, since Silverados outnumber Tundras by 6.75 to 1 over the same period of 2000-2002

    Since I've already stated for you elsewhere that Tundra is generating complaints to the NHTSA at a rate of 0.6 complaints per 1000 vehicles, compared to 0.3 complaints per 1000 vehicles for Silverado, and a similar number for Ford, please explain exactly what misinformation you think I'm spreading?
  • brucec35brucec35 Posts: 246
    Did a Toyota Salesman run off with your wife or something? You don't seem to have much good to say about them. I think they call it a "vendetta" in Italy.

    As for Chevy out-accelerating the Tundra, I haven't seen that yet in reports I've read. But anything less than a .3 seconds to 60 difference is considered unnoticable according to Motor Trend editors. What is noticable? The Tundra's much quieter and smoother reving DOHC engine that is simply more sophisticated than the pushrod 5.3L engine in the 1500 Chevy's. It's a nice engine too, but hard to say it's better.

    Oh, in case you think I'm biased..... I spent the last two days putting offers in on Silverados LT's. Didn't get a price I liked though, and the rebates are ending before I'll have time to negotiate any more. So I have since decided to get another Tundra. I was mainly going Chevy to avoid the boredom of owning two Tundras and experience a more spacious truck. But when I thought about how easy it is to own a Tundra and how fun it is to drive, I decided to get a Tundra.
  • brucec35brucec35 Posts: 246
    Unless someone needs to haul more than 1950 lbs on a regular basis, why would they want a rougher riding HD truck that costs more to operate? And if you own a boat heavy enough to overwhelm a Tundra, maybe you should be able to afford to keep it docked somewhere instead of the hassle of hauling it around. Then again, some people buy boats mainly so people can see them towing them around.

    You know, Home Depot will rent you a flatbed for about $50 if you need to haul some crossties once every 5 years. You could buy a Tundra, rent a big flatbed twice a month, and still probably come out even in costs vs. a heavy duty truck.
  • >You don't seem to have much good to say about them.<


    I said a few nice things about them when I wrote this account two years ago. http://members.aol.com/sturbridg1/utahtrek.html


    The problem a few seem to have with the one sentence I wrote in #568, is the fact of the matter. No opinion was stated, except in response.

  • brucec35brucec35 Posts: 246
    I think I'm starting to hear faint braying noises here. 6 feet shorter braking isn't like the difference in a semi big rig and a Porsche, but it could be significant. What's more important is that in real world situations the Tundra will stop shorter and give more easily modulated and CONTROLLED stops than the Silverado, based on my test drives and ownership of a similar '01 Tahoe.

    To put 6 feet in perspective. Edmunds says a '98 BMW 540i , widely considered to be the ultimate dream sports sedan, the personal choice of the (former) Editor in chief of Motor Trend magazine, stops in 136 feet from 60mph. A '98 Camry is shown as stopping in 140 feet. If you can't tell the difference in how a 540i stops and how a Camry stops, you obviously haven't driven anything even remotely like one. So yes, 6 feet matters, but what matters more is how it stops in the real world, away from test pads. I've owned them all since '95 (dodge, ford, chevy, toyota), and the Tundra seems to stop the best of them all.

    To me, nothing says "redneck" more than unwavering biased cheerleading for domestics, and bashing of imports, regardless of the reality. And I'm a Georgia native.
  • ...a few posts ago you mentioned not having seen any reports about the Chevy out-acclerating the Tundra. Here's a couple good self-explanatory performance comparisons:

    http://www.edmunds.com/reviews/comparison/articles/43902/page015.html
    &
    http://www.trucktrend.com/editorial/article_popup.jsp?id=30189&sidebar=1

    Not meant as a bash on the Tundra! One of GM's selling points for me is the 5.3L engine! The articles have alot of good info worth reading. Catch you later-have a good weekend and good luck with the truck shopping down there in Georgia!!
  • ak4x4ak4x4 Posts: 126
    Every brand of Car or truck will have defects. It's not an anti-toyota thing here. Even I don't own a Tundra But a Rado, they are both good trucks. If you asked me which one I thought was better I would probably answer this way:

    I like the Rado for everything. But I know the tranny will only last 100K. But I should have a newer truck before that happens so I'll keep it.

    The Tundra: In my eyes Toyota, Honda, And Mazda all would get my money again for a car. Not a truck. I know Toyotas are known for 200K or more on the original driveline and I have seen this personally. If I was to go back and make the decision between the Tundra and the Rado again, I would probably still go with the Chevy because where I live the re-sale is higher. But as for a truck I could keep all my life, I would probably take the Tundra.

    Maybe if I see a Tundra with 200K and the original driveline, it might persude me in the future to buy one!

    Also just on a lighter note: something good about a GM. Just saw a 77 1500 series van(Called the 15) with 775,000 miles on the original engine and tranny. Sad as the guy had gotten T-boned and got nothing for the thing. That in my eyes is a peice of "union pride"!
  • ak4x4ak4x4 Posts: 126
    If you take a look at the 01 5.3's you see that they make 285HP with 300 ft/lbs tourque. Yes the Tundra only has 245 Hp, but it also has over 300 ft/lbs of tourque. So what would you rather have?? Tourque is what makes a truck a truck. Can't pull anything without tourque. And for that reason is why I will give toyota credit. But yes we do have 45 more hp then them, so I guess it all evens out.
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