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Toyota Truck Owners: Problems & Solutions



  • I serviced the transmission by the maintenance schedule provided by Toyota - to the letter.

    The truck NEVER towed; it doesn't have a hitch. I didn't even haul heavy loads in the bed. Five sheets of plywood -max. :lemon:

    As I indicated in previous e-mails: get rid of Tundras as soon as you can after the 60K drivetrain warranty is up. To hope that you'll be the guy in the commercial at 100K or 200K is a "roll-of-the-dice." The cost of the new transmission is not worth it. More importantly, you are going to find that NOBODY in the Toyota customer service chain will offer help. :lemon: My son bought one on my recommendation: I told him to "dump it" ASAP. :lemon:

    I contacted the 800 national number - their answer "you are on your own" for the repair. They would not even allow me to speak to the regional Toyota rep - wouldn't even give me the phone number. National took my complaint, and said they would "put it in the file" but "nothing would change." Spoke to the dealership owner, and he said that he would call Toyota - called him back twice; he never returned my calls. :lemon:

    Every body I spoke to said it was so uncommon for this to happen. HOWEVER, they had a transmission to the dealer in less that 24 hours. I wondered why a part so "uncommon" to replacement was so readily available.:lemon:


    I have owned Toyota trucks before, was ready to purchase another Tundra next year - this one is the last. :lemon:

    :lemon: GOOD LUCK WITH AGING TUNDRAS :lemon:
  • I wish I had seen this forum BEFORE I had purchase my second Toyota truck. My truck began with the same issue and very quickly the transmission totally failed - no forward gears, no reverse.

    Recommend you get rid of your truck ASAP, especially if you are over 60K. After that the transmission is on borrowed time at your expense.

    I just replaced the transmission in my TUNDRA - 87000 miles, serviced according to maintenace schedule, never towed - cost $3500.00 :lemon:

    Neither the service department, or Toyota National, or the owner of the dealership wanted to stand behind the powertrain. I was on my own for the repair despite the claims and commercials of the 100K and 200K mileage Toyotas. :lemon:

    As I indicated in previous e-mails: get rid of Tundras as soon as you can after the 60K drivetrain warranty is up. To hope that you'll be the guy in the commercial at 100K or 200K is a "roll-of-the-dice." The cost of the new transmission is not worth it. More importantly, you are going to find that NOBODY in the Toyota customer service chain will offer help. :lemon:

    I have owned two Toyota Trcucks and was going to purchase a third. I am currently driving my last Toyota - the trucks are not able to sustain the "long haul" and Customer Service for loyal repeat customers is non-existent.

    :lemon: GOOD LUCK WITH AGING TUNDRAS :lemon:
  • suvshopper4suvshopper4 Posts: 1,110
    "TUNDRA - 87000 miles, serviced according to maintenace schedule"

    What maintenance / intervals does the Tundra service manual call for?
  • The maitenance schedule provided with the vehicle and on Toyota's website.
    Maitenance/intervals depend on use of the vehicle: scheduled mait is at intervals no less than every 7,500 miles.
  • This is a real issue that will ultimately be ignored by Toyota. Search the Tundra Problems Forum for "transmission." :lemon:
    I own a 2001 and the transmission was "acting up" on my way home - major highway, rush-hour Friday.
    Transmission totally failed - no forward no reverse. Had to be towed 80 miles.
    Toyota said I was on my own for the repair - $3500.00
    The truck never towed and the transmission was maintained according to the Toyota schedule.
    The Toyota transmission cannot stand the test of time and miles despite their commercials hyping 100K and 200K cars. :lemon:
  • Thanks for answering the first part of my question, but I'd still like to know on my second question:

    In that 87,000 miles, have many times, if any, was the transmission fluid changed?

    I am aware of what Toyota's maintenance schedule is, but my question is - was the fluid ever changed? If so, how many times, and by whom? (you, dealer, independent garage)?

    These tranny really don't have a trans filter as such, it is more of a metal strainer. When a dealership quotes a trans service price, it is simply a drain/refill proceedure.

    As one with an "aging Tundra" as you stated, just trying to get a better idea of what I'm up against.

    Thx, Steve
  • One other question - did you handle the repair at the dealer, or end up going to an independent transmission shop?
  • Transmission: Twice: as close as I could get to 24 and 36 months or 30,0000 and 60,0000 miles. Was ready to do it again at 90,0000, but instead I replaced the transmission.
    Engine: as close to every 7,500 miles.
    I change my own oil and filter.

    Keep in mind this truck was not "beat on." It never towed, and the most weight that I put in the bed was 4-5 pieces of plywood. When I got rid of my last truck, I had people interested in it because they know how I maintain my vehicles.

    I was purchasing Toyotas solely for their "reputation" to make it 100,000 - 200,000 miles. The biggest disappointment I had was with the Toyota customer "care." I presented the issue to the dealership service manager, the dealership owner. The dealer service manager called the Toyota regional rep, and I called Toyota National (800 number). Nobody wanted to hear it. The service manager agreed that it was not a maintenance issue; the truck was "out of warranty," which was 60,000 miles.

    Call the 800 Toyota number and ask to speak to your Regional Toyota Rep. - they won't even give you the number. The only person who can speak to the regional rep. is the dealership. Regional rep is the final word also; the person I spoke to at the 800 number said she would take my complaint. It would be filed but NOTHING WOULD CHANGE. There is no recourse beyond the dealership and regional rep. The dealership owner said he would call Toyota. I never heard from him; called him twice and left my number; he never returned my calls.

    They all told me that the transmission problems were so rare: they never happen. However, they had a replacement transmission at the dealership in less than 24 hours. They seem to have a supply on hand, despite the supposed rarity of the repair.

    If a truck that was basically "babied" cannot have the drivetrain components survive 100,000 miles, and more importantly, have a company willing to stand behind what is supposedly a truck, then I don't think the product is genuine. :lemon:

    If you look at the problems and solutions forum and search transmissions, you'll find the problem might be "rare" to Toyota; however, the original owners of the "Truck of the Year" are now seeing transmission problems. Sadly, Toyota's customer service ends at 60,0000 miles, not the 100,000 and 200,000 miles that they hype on their commercials.

    I had the repair done at the dealership - $3500.00. I was going to purchase another Tundra, not now. From my experience they don't stand behind their product.

    I'll give you the same recommendation I gave my son, who purchased a Tundra on my past experiences - Get rid of it soon. It appears you are already having transmission issues. Do you want to take a chance on a repair of this amount? :lemon:
  • Thanks for the explanation. No, I'm not having trans problems, as I said, just like to know what I'm up against. The only real issue I've had w/ the truck was handled under warranty - and that is the front & rear brake issue. I'm fairly certain you experienced them also, am I right? I went back several times, and the final fix was a major revised front caliper replacment. This fix has worked fine, but for those who did not force the issue w/ Toyota while under warranty, they too are now very disappointed with trucks that prematurely warp rotors and "eat" brake pads.
  • I'm considering a new 06 Tundra, or an 07. (192K on my T-100) Nice incentives and dealer motivation on the -06. As nice as the new 07's seem, the latter is perhaps a better value. Do I pick up the new 07 design on my next purchase cycle. I realize there is a difference in opinions as to the level of defective design. With enough similar postings, I'll assume brakes, ball joints and the unspecified transmission issues are fact.

    Have designs changed and the issues been remedied? Has Toyota ironed them out by the 06 model year, or are there just not enough miles driven yet for the same problems to surface?
  • I actually have 67k miles on it now. I work in the automotive dealership business and used to work for a toyota dealership her in florida. Thats actually where I purchased my tundra used with 29k. When I purchased the tundra it had brand new pads, but knowing about the front brake campaign that was going on I had them perform the new caliper swap and new rear drums replacement. I had the trans flushed at 45k, plugs, throttle body service, injector flush, just pretty much the 30k mile service I performed myself. I just installed a hitch about 6 months ago, but that was a just in case thing. I've towed my brothers jetski once and my friends 8X10 enclosed trailer with two dirtbikes in it for about a 50 mile round trip, but that was it. Every other weekend I would haul two dirtbikes with a round trip of 120 highway miles, but never constantly towing trailers. Still, its a truck thats what its meant for. I still haven't got my tranny fixed. My brother is a senior technician and actually works for a dealership that owns a toyota franchise. So I'm going to run my tranny to the ground then just get my brother's employee discount on a reman and hope that one lasts awhile. Goodluck with yours Steve.
  • Just picked up my new '06 Tacoma Double Cab V6 4x4 truck yesterday and I've been noticing that there is a ticking sound (I believe someone else referred to it as a "sewing-machine" type sound) when I accelerate but mainly at lower speeds. Anyone know if that's common with all of the newer model trucks or is it a problem that needs fixed. I had an early model V6 Tacoma for a few years and that engine sounded nothing like this one.

    Thanks in advance for your input!
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