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Toyota Truck Owners: Problems & Solutions



  • marauder1marauder1 Posts: 1
    I have a 2003 Tundra SR5 access cab,1203miles,16" Michelin street treads,V8 and 2WD. I thought I had a tire balance/or alignment problem,vibration @ 70mph +. After the third trip to the dealership and some growling they checked it a little closer and to my amazement are telling me the drive shaft needs to be replaced. Anyone else seen this issue?
    I'd just be curious to compare stories with what my dealer is saying, maybe a bigger problem lurking out there. So far the dealer has not been impressive. Thanks!
  • davedave1davedave1 Posts: 45
    When i was asking a mechanic about maintenance for my 2k2 tacoma, he noted that the drive shaft has weights welded to it. He indicated if the weights come off the whole shaft will have to be replaced. This could cause bad vibration.
    There also may be a problem with the center drive shaft carrier bearing (between the drive shaft sections on extended cab models); this may come as part of a complete assembly too.
    Not many items are reparable any more....r and r.

    Good luck
  • rlafaverrlafaver Posts: 70
    K&N air filters are supposed to allow better air flow, which logically will improve power and fuel efficiency. They achieve clean, high volume air through the use of oil impregnated gauze filter elements. However, the greatest improvement comes with the K&N air cleaner assembly, rather than just the oem replacement filter. The downside of the complete assembly is that it voids your warranty, I am told. The replacement filter does not, and you can get one for as little as $35, new on the web.
  • rlafaverrlafaver Posts: 70
    I have a 2003 Tacoma 2wd extended cab. It handles great, and the engine is the best 4 cylinder around, if you can swallow the poor fuel efficiency. But the seat... These things would have been a hot selling item for Spanish Inquisitioners. They could have made anyone confess to anything.
    I am about to drop a ton of money for after-market seats, and during my search I got an almost universal response from dealers. "Tacoma? Yea, some of our best customers are Tacoma owners. If the squeaking don't get'em, the back pain will. Of course we have mounting brackets for those." One dealer in Orlando who sells Cerullo seats and repairs car seats told me that Toyota seats are the lightest, cheapest constructed seats he has ever seen.
    Can anyone out there spell "S-U-C-K-E-R". I bought this thing before they started the rebates.
    A trip from Lafayette LA to Houston this week was the straw that broke this camel's back. Machismo is the only thing that kept me from crying like a bambino. Now I either bite the big one for Corbeau seats or just completely submerge myself for some Recaros. I need to drive to Wyoming next month, and I could never make with my factory seats.
  • allenkallenk Posts: 2
    I have 2000 Tacoma w/58k. Recently the transmission decided to randomly downshift and upshift while I was trucking down the MA. Pike. Eventually it got stuck in a lower gear and I had to creep it to a dealer. Of course when they took it out it was fine but eventually did act up one time. They replaced a sensor because there where no computer codes, but now it is doing it again. Is this a known problem?
  • lagitanelagitane Posts: 25
    Ya want good seats, get a Tundra with captains chairs. Big difference. Not as comfortible as some of the other big trucks, but FAR better than a Taco seat. Just be carefull, gas mileage is high if you get a V-8. The V-6 is very adequate for power and has the same chassis and style. Gas mileage is comparable to a V-6 Taco. Only thing I didn't like was that the head rest is too far forward, can't position it so your upper back can arch back a bit like it was meant to do on long trips. In my old 94 Toyo P.U., that head rest was positioned where it should be and quite comfortible.
    Anybody have any solutions for the headrest? Must I get an aftermarket on this to get the right position; and if so where?
    Makes me wonder if those Toyo engineers sleep on floor mats or something. Comfort in a Toyota is a problem.
  • rlafaverrlafaver Posts: 70
    I ordered some seats for my Tacoma because I just couldn't take it anymore. They have adjustable headrests, forward/back and up/down. But they cost more than I want to remember. They are Recaros, and they are firm but super comfortable. The only ones I ever sat in were in a Porche, and they were as advertised.
    You can get something good for $800 to $1000, but I'm not sure they have adjustable headrests. Corbeaus appear to be good, and there are Cerullos. Qualitex makes the kind with a console, and they are reasonable, compared to the other stuff.
  • jerry61jerry61 Posts: 14
    I have a 99 Tacoma and have the unenviable problem of mice taking up residence in the AC/Heater fan assembly where they build elaborate nests (three so far this year). I called a local dealership and they said it is not an uncommon problem and that the mice were problably gaining access to the ducts through the fresh air intake duct underneath the truck. Where is the fresh air intake duct exactly? I need to put a screen on it to deter these animals from seeking shelter in my truck. Thanks,jerry
  • zero260zero260 Posts: 14
    Has anyone tried removing the rear seats of their Tundra? Ive tried so many times but there is just no way it could come off. I also have a problem with a knocking sound coming from the rear right. Anyone else having these problems? Thanks
  • rjswoodrjswood Posts: 1
    I have a Tundra 2003 and started experiencing a popping noise in right front. Noise only happens after truck has been parked and engine cut off. Took it to the dealer and I was told that the popping noise is coming from the anti-lock brake pump. Said noise was normal. If it was a normal noise why didn't it start from day one. Have 3500 on truck. I am making an appointment with the factory rep. I want him to tell me that it is normal after we test a couple new trucks on the lot.
  • deminindeminin Posts: 214
    Toyota is adding a new feature to its 2004 Tundra's. They are installing a heated tailgate so that the owner has a nice warm place to sit while waiting for the tow truck when they run out of gas.
  • kermit66kermit66 Posts: 3
    referring to line entry 33. Did you go to arbritration...SP. I hope you won. It sucks putting all that money into a new toy and then have it crap out on you. I'm curious to know what happened.

  • jdman1997jdman1997 Posts: 1
    I am a first time toyota tundra owner. After the experience i had with a 1999 camry, i was convinced toyota was the way to go.
    I tow a small john deere tractor, model 955 which weighs in at 1990 lbs. The backhoe weighs 800 lbs and the loader weighs 450 lbs total weight is 3240 lbs. Trailer weighs approx 600 lbs. I tow this tractor maybe 2 to 4 times a year, short distances.
    My brake problems started almost as soon as i purchased the vehicle. When i took it back to the dealership, i was told they were aware of the problem, and they would install new rear drums due to a design flaw of being to lite weight. That was the beginning of a long jurney into toyota brake service problems. To make a long story short, my truck has 13767 miles on it, and the entire brake system has been replaced twice. This last attempt they replaced all 4 wheels and tires, and the only thing the service advisor said was call the company and file my complaint again.
    My truck is a 2002 SR5 Access Cab v-6 2 wheel drive.
  • johnmeijohnmei Posts: 44
    I am seriously considering purchasing a 2003 in a few days or waiting about 6 weeks and also look at the 2004 Tundra 4x4, Access Cab, V8 with the towing package, etc. The other vehicle I am considering is the totally new 2003 GMC Sierra 1500 with the 5.3V8, Z71, and towing package. I have heard that the problems of the past few years were elimated with the new 2003 model? I am retired. I have heard from a few friends that they get 18-19 1/2 mpg on the highway and 15 or better around town with the 5.3 V8. True or false, I don't know. Do you? The Sierra 1500 has nice style, a lot of space and comfort. The other vehicle I am considering is the Toyota Tundra 4x4 V8 although its rear seat is VERY small and the gas mileage I am told is about 16-17 on the highway and 13 - 15 mpg around town. However, it is a "bullet-proof" vehicle as far as safety, reliability and fit and finish. I have had 3 Toyota vehicles (not pickups but currently an Avalon) and they are virtually trouble free with a very strong front end that hardly ever needs alignment, regardless of the road condition.
    I read alot of negative comments. What are the positive comments about the 2003 Tundra and/or Sierra 4x4, 5.3 V8? Has anyone had both vehicles and honestly can compare the two from personal experience. I really need your input, advice, and experiences. Many thanks-John

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  • mlempiremlempire Posts: 34
    just bought this truck and it had the heads recalled and repaired by dealer..3.4LTR barely passed smog .89000 miles
     mphs rpm %co2 %02 HC C0
                           max/ave/meas max/ave/meas
    15 1697 14.9 .2 52/6/50 .66/.02/.38
    25 1661 15.1 .1 36/6/12 .80/.02/.04

    15 mph 517/82/489
    25 mph 770/74/38

    do I have a bad Cat or 02 sensor ???? no check engine lights on ... HELP!
  • jlohnjlohn Posts: 1
    I just recently purchased a new 03 Tundra. I noticed right from the beginning that after the engine is warmed up and at idle the oil pressure drops very low, almost to the bottom of the gauge.

    Is this normal?
    I've seen somewhere that there is a TSB about replacing the gauge, is this really a guage problem and the pressure is really ok?

  • alkoalko Posts: 13
    Dear PreRunner owners,

    Does anyone but me hear clunking from under vehicle when changing gears?

    During the shift into “Drive” or “Reverse” you feel a slight pause, then hear a clunk. It sounds like it is coming from the tranny area. On my truck it first appeared at about 15K miles.

    Toyota's mechanic said it's a well known problem specific for all PreRunners. I think this is BS.
    Before I go back and rip him another one I'd like to hear from other PreRunner's owners with similar problems... Anyone?
  • Hi Alko,

    I have an 03 4x2 PreRunner and I've never heard any clunking associated with the tranny. Sorry, but I think your mechanic is full of a brown substance which isn't motor oil. ;-)
  • alkoalko Posts: 13

    How many miles do you have on your Pre-Runner?
    I first noticed this problem at about 15K miles.

  • Alko,

    I'm having the same problem on my 2002 Dcab w/ 27K mi. Also on approaching an intersection and braking, just as I stop I have an audible "pop" which sounds like it's coming from the transmission. When in traffic(start/stop driving)it pops when going from neutral to first, first to second and vice versa. On occassion it "lurches" from first to second. I was looking at some older postings on edmunds and it doesn't look good for us alko. One fellow has had his taco in and out of the shop with no fix. Some have replaced the tranny, replaced center drive shaft carrier bearing. I also read something about axle warp. When I took mine in, the service dept manager drove it and had it about half the day. They said there was nothing wrong with it; I call BS on that one. I bet if it had 36001 mi on it, it would have plenty wrong with it. Let me know if you come up with a fix and I'll post a message if my service dept comes up with a remedy. I live in an area where there are at least 7 toyo dealers, so I may try another service dept. Good luck
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