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What's new for the 2003 Tundra?

grazkgrazk Posts: 18
edited March 6 in Toyota
Anyone know anything about the 2003 Tundras? I read in Motor Trend magazine that there was supposed to be a significant update and an engine upgrade, but there was no additional info. Any ideas?
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  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,652
    a crew cab? That's a rumor I heard a while back. I also heard the V6 may grow to 3.8L.

    Bob
  • tgravo2tgravo2 Posts: 70
    They are showing a stepside version at all the car shows this year, I dont particularly like them though.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    They had the stepside at the chicago autoshow.

    That color of the truck (nice blue) looked real good. very shiny
  • tgravo2tgravo2 Posts: 70
    I like the color and design, I just dont particularly like the rims and rear lights. I think they could have fixed that up a little better.
  • jaguar0027jaguar0027 Posts: 387
    making the stepside in a 4X4 version as well?
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,652
    at the NY auto show on Tuesday. The bed is indeed deeper than the current Tundra, and it appears to be just as wide between the the wheel houses.

    I gotta say, I absolutely hate the gimmicky styling.

    Bob
  • What's the scoop on when Toyota Tundra will be offered in a TRUE four-(4) door????
  • I believe there was a pic of the step side in one of these threads. Was blue and lowered, and I gotta agree that the gimmick styling was horrible. The tailights, as well as other pieces, looked like they were straight out of the Jetsons, very cartoonish. Can't necessary say the rest of the truck was to my liking but it was different, which is what auto shows thrive on.
  • quadrunner500quadrunner500 Posts: 2,728
    ...it should haul more than the regular tundra, due to the deeper cargo bed. Which by the way, to get that, looks like they slapped fender wells to the outside of the regular width bed, and widened the track, allowed room for the bed to drop down. Agree it sure is ugly, but probably more useful.
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    I agree, plug ugly. I never have liked newer stepsides. The stepsides from the 50's are another matter - beautiful!

    I like the fact that Toyota kept it full size by not compromising bed width. The tail lights are hideous!

    If I was going to buy a stepside, I would spend $5-10K on a 50's model Chevy or Ford.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,652
    is spot on; it's a great idea. Unfortunately every late-model stepside out there is nothing but a joke. The "step" is 1/3 the way up the rear fender, which makes it useless. GM, Ford, and now Toyota too, took a great idea, and screwed it up with their execution.

    Bob
  • quadrunner500quadrunner500 Posts: 2,728
    I have stepside on mine. Step right up on the rear tire. Works for me.
  • plutoniousplutonious Posts: 799
    because when you load/unload a boat on the ramp, it allows you to get from the truck's cabin to the bed without getting in the water. That's the only useful aspect of the stepside I can think of.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,652
    it's just the execution of today's stepsides that's bad. The step should be at or near the bottom of the rear fender, just like they were 40 years ago.

    I'm 57, and my old body doesn't work like it used to, so I'm looking for something that's easy to use. Steps that are high on the fender just don't cut it for me.

    Bob
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    Quad is right, the best stepside is the tire. My daughter has been climbing in the bed since she was 5. She uses the inside of the rim as the first step, the top of the tire as the second, and then she easily steps into the bed.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,652
    works if the rim is designed so that your foot can find a place to to step. With some rims, that may not be possible, especially if you have a large foot. Also this may require a bit more dexterity and effort for someone who is older and/or less nimble (such as myself).

    I still say a properly "located" fender step is the best answer.

    Bob
  • The stepside is more of a flair side in the Tundra. No bed space is lost on this stepside. How do i know? My father works at the Toyota plant in gibson county Indiana. As far as looks go, i've seen it close up. It is amazing! Best damn looking truck i've seen in years and I'm used to seeing Chevys in my family. If you go to www.toyota.com you can see the concept which is a little different from what they will really produce. In the pic you see the truck is lowered 4" and has cool 17" rims and a painted grill (also special shocks). The stepside will only be available in extended cab which is perfect for me. The stepside will not come out of the factory lowered with the cool wheels and grill. You can get this package by ordering it special through the dealer and right after it gets off the line, toyota has a specialty company change the suspension, grill, and wheels. I would definitely buy this over a regular tundra
  • Isn't that the same design they pulled out in the Detroit auto show or somewhere recently. The lowered blue one that looked quite cartoonish. It's definitely a different idea for Toyota, but the tailights looked like something off the Jetsons lol. Maybe if the factory version isn't as gimmicky looking, it might be worth a try.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,652
    I saw the concept truck in person at the NY auto show. Sorry, but it's not to my taste.

    I did like, however the deeper pickup bed.

    I'd much rather see Toyota do a full-crew cab on the Tundra.

    Bob
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