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Toyota Tundra New Owner Reports



  • Don't thank ME all at once!!!

    I wish I had read the forum on Problems with the Tundra BEFORE I purchased it.
    Unfortunately, I am one of the original owners of the Tundra; I own a 2001. Advertised Truck of the Year back then :)
    NOW: 2006 :lemon:
    Just replaced the transmission - $3500. :lemon:
    Never towed; service according to the scheduled maintenance, and Toyota dealer service dept., Toyota Regional Rep., Toyota national, and dealership owner said I was on my own for the cost of repair.
    Read the postings about transmissions on Tundras BEFORE you consider a purchase.
    I have owned two Toyota trucks: there won't be a third.
    Buyer Beware - :lemon:
  • I was at our Toyotathon Launch at cowboys stadium today. I was privelaged enough to get a good look at some "secret footage" of the tundra. They went so far as to make sure we didn't even break out our camera phones. It was a 9 minute demonstration of the Trucks ability. Sort of cheese ball infomertial type thing, with Terry Bradshaw. They gave us a ton of specs. One they skipped though was the horse power. The only thing they said was it's industry leading. Truck looks good. It's HUGE, they had Terry Bradshaw, over 6 feet tall, in the front seat. Then they had Karim Abdul Jabar in the back seat!!! Plenty of room I hear. Anyways, first on rolls of the line tomorow. They won't hit the dealership untill end of January. See you there folks!!!
  • The 2007 Tundra is scheduled for release early 2007.I work at TMMI and we don't start production of the new model until January.
  • The dealership said they would have the new Tundra by next week?Bullcrap,I work at TMMI and the 07 has not gone into production.We have built some (in fact we built 2 last night),but they are trial vehicles.The public will never have access to them.Want to see something that will make you work we have a new D-cab that the roof has been cut off of with a sawzall.I haven't heard about the "crew max".At work,they are still refered to as B,C,or D cab.If you have any questions,feel free to ask but I can only tell you so much.I can say this...anyone interested in a "crew max" or D cab,start saving your money boys.It is a big,awesome truck.
  • DrFill,I'd like to know who your "good authority" is because I work on the engine line at TMMI and I have not been told any numbers.We have asked,and they won't even tell us,and we're the ones building the truck.
  • Where can i find spy photos and the best research regarding the supposed "mega cab" version of the new tundra ?
  • Does anybody know if they changed the transmission in the 2007 Tundra?

    There are problems surfacing in the "original" fleet of Tundras.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    The transmissions in the NGT are entirely different than yours since yours is a 4AT and all the new ones are either 5AT or 6AT.

    5AT in the 4.0L and 4.7L
    6AT in the 5.7L
  • Hopefully, the changed transmission does not start to fail as the original Tundras have.
    The old transmission didn't stand up. :lemon:
    And Toyota did not stand behind the vehicle. When the drivetrain warranty is up (60,000 miles); the customer is on his own. It's an expensive "bet" to make for a vehicle that hypes 100,000 - 200,000 miles.
    I have owned two Toyota trucks, and I was considering a new 07 Tundra.
    After my recent transmission experience and the response from Toyota's customer service, I won't buy another. :lemon:
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Many current owners over on TS have had different experiences and are waiting impatiently for this NGT. I'm sorry yours had problems.
  • 1972ck1972ck Posts: 56
    3rdiopen...Toyota asked us not to mention Terry Bradshaw being in those videos. It was for "internal use" only due to his contracts with other companies. And yes, it was a major cheesey video.
  • 1972ck1972ck Posts: 56
    I am sorry to hear of your woes with your Tundra. I have personally owned three Tundras. One of which I had put 78,000 miles on. I sold it privately to a local woman who has 145,000 miles on it last I psoke with her with no issues. This truck has towed over 6,000 lb.s numerous times when I owned it. The 2nd Tundra I owned I put 89,000 miles on and it is still on the road. (I'm friends with it's new owner) He using it for his general contracting business and it now has 107k plus miles on it without any tranny issues. He tows a trailer behind it everyday to and from his job sites. Did you have your transmission flushed every 30k miles or so? Unfortunately, Tundras are machines and machines break occassionally. "If it has wheels it'll give you problems." I wouldn't call every Tundra a lemon. I currently own a 2005 D-Cab it has 22k miles on it. I plan on buying a 2007. (If I can afford it that is.)
  • Yes,the 2007 transmission and transfer case are different than the current model.The maual transmission will no longer be offered either.
  • You said "When the drivetrain warranty is up (60,000 miles); the customer is on his own."....isn't that the case with any auto maker,once the warranty expires you are responsible for all repairs?They are not warranteed for the life of the vehicle.
  • More importantly, MANY owners are currently having transmission problems.

    Toyota advertises about the durability of the truck: commercials of vehicles of over 100,000 miles; yet when the warranty is up at 60,000 miles, they don't stand behind the vehicle.

    If you buy the Tundra you might be lucky; you might be not.

    Is it worth the "roll of the dice" to be hope you don't ultimately have this kind of expense.

    It's not going to happen to me again.

    Toyota "reliability" ends at 60,0000 miles.:lemon:
  • You're one of the lucky ones who did not have to contact Toyota Customer "Care :lemon: ???" with an issue. Also smart enough to bail out at 78,000 miles.

    You would think with my 2001 that never towed, never heavy hauled, and maintained according to the service schedule, it could have made it to the 100,000 mark.

    Most people I speak to indicate that the major components of a drivetrain should last 100,000 miles, and a manufacturer should be willing to stand behind those major components. The dealer service department indicated that there was not a maintenance problem with the transmission.

    It was an "unusual" event; however, they had a replacement in less than 24 hours. Curious that such an unusual mechanical problem has the parts on-hand so readily.

    I am happy for you making it without problems. If you DID have problems, you would have experienced another facet to Toyota. I had the experience and it's not worth hoping I don't have a second experience. As you indicate, these trucks are pricey, and customer care :lemon: should be better.

    Here's a thought: Do you think that the new Tundra could be an answer to the fact that these problems are beginning to show up in the original "Truck of the Year"?
  • I have owned cars and trucks (American and foreign) for over forty years. This is the FIRST :lemon: transmission I ever had to replace.

    I don't consider that luck. I maintain my vehicles, meticulously. This "truck" :lemon: did not tow or heavy haul. The service manager who replaced the transmission indicated that it did not fail for maintenance issues.

    I don't expect to replace the major components of a drivetrain under 100,000 miles, and I don't think any realistic truck owner buys a TRUCK thinking that he/she will have to replace major drivetrain components. Radiators, belts, oil, filters, tires etc. need to be replaced. Major drivetrain components of vehicles, particularly in this day and age, should make it to 100,000 miles.

    I bought this Tundra and my previous T-100 for its advertised durability. It was "babied" by truck standards, and the transmission failed.

    Don't pitch a vehicle for durability with 100,000 mile+ ads if you only stand behind it to 60,000 miles.

    As I recommended to others:
    After 60,000 miles get rid of the Tundra it's not worth the gamble.

    When you buy your next Tundra, do you really anticipate the transmission, serviced according to Toyota's recommended maintenance, will fail BEFORE 100,000 miles?

    If it does, would you buy another Tundra?

    When you look at the price tag of the 2007, is it worth the bet?
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    More importantly, MANY owners are currently having transmission problems

    Verifiable stats please. Your personal difficulties seem to have clouded your perception. As noted previously there seem to be many more very happy owners at TS or TN for example who have had few or no problems.

    Over on the Problems and Solutions forum your similar rants are receiving similar replies. You seem to be the only one of the 'MANY' having this problem. I'm sorry it occurred to you but it's hardly a trend.
  • It doesn't change that he did everything according to maintenance and the transmission still failed. Even if it was a lemon, Toyota should have good willed the repair and left it at that. Their paltry warranty compares to the only "one leg in" nature of most domestic manufacturers. To sum it up, even if this was an isolated incident, the circumstances demand some sort of recompense or help on Toyota's behalf for a product that was/is obviously poorly manufactured. I can only imagine what the response would have been if this had been about a Dodge Ram, a Ford F150 or a Chevy Silverado, etc. Toyota simply dropped the ball on this one.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Often this is done if the mileage at the time of the report is close to the upper limit, but not at 87,000 miles. To do so creates no upper limit and the warranty is open-ended. It was clear from the time it was purchased that the upper limit was 60000 mi. 87,000 is too far above IMHO.

    To sum it up, even if this was an isolated incident, the circumstances demand some sort of recompense or help on Toyota's behalf for a product that was/is obviously poorly manufactured.

    Since neither of us were parties to the 'discussions' your last statement is not accurate. Sell your 8 y.o. car to someone in the newspaper AS IS, then 4 months later have him come back and sit in your driveway demanding that you fix the leaky oil seal or he won't move.

    'Honey, call the police.'
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