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Toyota Tundra Owner Experiences

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  • That boy's been eatin' his Wheaties, gettin' up early, workin' after school! If testosterone can have polite manners, that's Ryan.

    But Oby...well...be careful. He's rich, educated, good looking, lives on an island in the Pacific. A definite heart breaker, that one.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    "Ryan's a little kid"

    :(

    not what my gf says.
  • f1julesf1jules Posts: 288
    You're better off without that loser. Any man who would treat a woman like that is dirt. I give his marriage 1 year.

    And yes, I have driven the Tundra. I drive one every day.

    BTW-I think these Chevy guys are just after you for your truck. Hehehe.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    f1jules said,"BTW-I think these Chevy guys are just after you for your truck. Hehehe. "

    Puhlease....give us a break....

    We are not that shallow...course if you're talking M5....
  • f1julesf1jules Posts: 288
    Oh, I see, you're just trolling for women here. I got it now. Thanks for clearing that up.
  • I know you're all Tundra owners but here is a question for you...I'm looking for a tow vehicle for a 16' open aluminum fishing boat. Boat, motor, trailer topping out at appx 1,200 lbs. Would like to do it with my 89 accord but seems just a tad under-sized. So, tacoma or tundra? I don't want to small and confined, yet don't need too big and heavy....Also would like to stay with a V-6 for mpg...but dont want an under-sized engine working too hard on wknds and thereby cutting down the mgp anyway. input?
  • bugwizrbugwizr Posts: 50
    Everybody is rich, educated, and good looking on the internet.

    Didn't mean to put you down, Ryan. Just horsing around. It's easy with strangers.

    My truck is really driving well. I kind of hydroplaned on the freeway. The big tires felt much better in the correction.

    Eric, drive the Tundra. You will be surprised at the difference in feel. I was so close to getting the F150. To me, the Tundra felt more well mannered and solid.

    I have to say, though. I have seen some gorgeous Chevys and some rough looking Rams. I just was worried about the reliability. The Ram gets really poor marks. And the Chevy was really expensive.

    At our local Chevy dealer, they have a lot of trucks that are already lowered, or highly suspended. Teak wood strips in the bed, fancy wheels, and extremely high priced. Some are bright yellow! I think buying a truck that's already modified musn't be as much fun.
  • bugwizrbugwizr Posts: 50
    Tundra, hands down. I think the Tacoma is the best looking. I love that truck. However, you can always pretend a truck is small. You can never pretend that a truck is big.

    Get the V-8 Tundra and see how quickly you will grow into it.
  • fischdafischda Posts: 272
    Before my hour-long test drive in the Tundra last week, I repeatedly slammed the door of A Tacoma on the showroom floor (was probably really irritating the sales staff). There was this tinny noise like a spring vibrating everytime I closed the door.

    Outside, I did the same to the Tundra, and no such noise, just a satisfying clunk. I'm big on that "solid" feel! I had just driven an F-150 and liked Tundra so much better!
  • fischdafischda Posts: 272
    See, I knew once BUG's story came out the rest of you would start filling those drool buckets.

    Looks like Eric and young Master Ryan are Tundra drivers 1 and 2 - whose number three? Let's get this game show going and see who gets to say, "My Tundra or yours, Marie?!"
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    "Looks like Eric and young Master Ryan are Tundra drivers 1 and 2 "

    Sorry to disappoint you buddy but i have a great gf.
  • bugwizrbugwizr Posts: 50
    I am still at home with the flu. I have been off work since the day after Christmas-complete with a doctor's note.

    Still raining.

    Thanks for the kind words. Now what do we talk about? PF Flyer will throw us off if we continue with this "Casablanca" knockoff.

    All I know right now is my truck is very dirty and I am supposed to get the bedrug installed today. It will make my truck look complete. I also found some kind of cargo thing on one of the websites. Like a pet gate for the bed. Only this one is to hold groceries, etc. Looks like it would work better than those shower curtain rods that go across the back. They are worthless.

    I haven't tried those pieces of wood that apparently fit perfectly. 6X2's or something like that from the lumber yard. Too ugly.

    This is good. My truck is kind of like my house. I want it to be just right. With a bedrug, I can run away if I want to and sleep in the back. You can probably pull over in some parking lot and nobody would ever know you were there sleeping. A Gypsy life for me.
  • fischdafischda Posts: 272
    Sorry you're sick - gives you a chance to surf the net for truck accessories, I guess.

    Here's a topic for all: truck caps, hard/soft tonnau (sp?) covers, tool boxes, or nothing? What do you have and what brands?

    On my last truck, I had a Glasstite cap that was very good, but a pain to take off and put on if I had to haul something big. I basically got it for the dogs to travel in the winter - and to lock stuff in the bed.

    Do most buy Toyota truck accessories or go aftermarket?
  • eric2001eric2001 Posts: 482
    Sorry, can't talk about being the tundra driver yet, we haven't discussed $$$.

    Bug: I am not interested in the Tundra in its current form. Don't get me wrong, I am not knocking the truck, I just wanted a full size crew, which they don't currently make.
    -Eric
  • ak4x4ak4x4 Posts: 126
    Before I bought my Silverado I was looking at the Tundras. The miss really wanted one!. had certain squabbles that might interest other people. First what bothered me was the interior space. I had none compared to the Silverdo. Second, the price. Why would I pay 28K for a base 2wd v8 Tundra when I can get a LT Z71 for that much?? Third safety. This was the clincher after I put a '01 Tundra 4x4 on hold(Sticker was 30K got it down to 24K demo truck) On my way home I actually saw a Tundra and a Silverado get in an accident. The Silverado T-Boned the Tundra. The Silverado was not an EXT cab, the Tundra was! The Toyota was totaled while the Silverado had front end damage. Keep in mind this was a 30-35 mph T-bone crash. No offense to [non-permissible content removed] cars my Miata was great before I sold it(100K with no probs) but the truck in my opinion is a waste!. I mean it's funny all u Tundra owners think u can beat A silverado off the line. Look at the HP ratings! And yes I do have the 4.8. Toyota makes a fine luxury car(Camry, Lexus line) but the pickups need work. Plus I would never buy a Toyota for the fact that half the dealers ignore you when you walk into the dealership. nd half don't even have a Tundra in stock!(I mean what's a dealer in here in Anchorage doingwith a 2wd!) Plus I hear they take you in F&I for everything. I guess that's why haf the country is driving them same as Honda high payments=Car. My 2 cents.
  • fischdafischda Posts: 272
    While it's true that Silverado offers more space and more features for the money, I'd personally pay a bit more initially for Toyota quality. I don't know about the two trucks, but I have enough experience with GM and Toyota to tell which would be more reliable over time. Do all the research you want, Toyota will beat GM in initial quality and long-term reliability hands down.

    I drove a 1500 LT a while ago and was generally pleased. While more powerful, it lacked the smoothness of the Toyota engine, and torque was more noticable in the Tundra. I also give Tundra the egde in interior parts quality and ergos. I'll have to drive them back-to-back again soon.

    As for the interior volume question, as many have pointed out, the Tundra's size makes it more drivable in everyday situation. For most of us that means an urban setting.
  • ak4x4ak4x4 Posts: 126
    I will agree with you on Toyota's long term engine quality. If I was buying a car my money would indeed go to Japan!. My primary concern was the safety issue. Had the Toyota been the price of my Silverado I would have bought it. I will admit that the Chevy engines do lack he quietness and smoothness of Japanese engines bu you bought a truck, Not a Lexus. I am not saying in any way that the Tundra is a bad truck, it may be my Toyota experience was not good (Getting ignored). Look at a Tundra and a Silverado from the front sometime. Big diffrence in width. But If I wanted a Lexus I would have bought one. Trucks need that certain sound. I guess it's the same as a Vette you just have to hav that sound.
  • f1julesf1jules Posts: 288
    Uh, the base Tundra is not 28k. Don't know what dealer you were shopping but it isn't even close to that.

    Actually, comparing similarly equiped F-150s and Tundras the Tundra was actually cheaper. So much for the "imports are more expensive theory."
  • f1julesf1jules Posts: 288
    "I will admit that the Chevy engines do lack he quietness and smoothness of Japanese engines but you bought a truck, Not a Lexus."

    Yes, but if you can get Lexus smooth driving in a truck (and you can with the Tundra) then why would you choose the less refined Chevy?
  • ak4x4ak4x4 Posts: 126
    And Dave,

             Nothing bad intended but I did have 3 VR6 GTI's and a Jetta GLX. GTI's were 96,97, and 98 models while the GLX wad a '99. they were all warrenties lemon law for the electrical system failure. VW's suck(New ones for that matter) I'll keep my '87 16V for rainy days. Other then that find Me a Corrado SLC VR6 anyday! My advise get rid of that thing. Check out http://www.myvwlemon.com and http://www.vwvortex.com


    Info that can help you.

  • ak4x4ak4x4 Posts: 126
    Why would I buy a truck thatI know was that quiet?? Up here in Alaska alot of people tend to stay away from [non-permissible content removed] cars for a point. I think trucks need to be just a little aggressive sounding that's my opinion. Your's may be diffrent. But if I lived where you live I would probably have a Lexus IS. But if you have owned the big "3" trucks which one including the Tundra would you trust in a side-impact accident with your family? Also does your engine have the Glycol problem?? Check my post regading my accident this Sat.
  • ak4x4ak4x4 Posts: 126
    My main point is that The Silverado can out muscle, out tow, out haul,and comes with more for less! Granted my wallet is $500 lighter every month. It is a nice looking truck. I just think 28kfor a base model is spendy.
  • ndahi12ndahi12 Posts: 235
    "Before I bought my Silverado I was looking at the Tundras. The miss really wanted one!. had certain squabbles that might interest other people."


    So you do not own a Tundra. Please tell me what was the title of this thread? "Toyota Tundra OWNERS: RATE Your Truck!" So why in the hell are you posting here. I am glad you have a Silverado. Now go and post in the Silverado threads; there are plenty of them.


    "First what bothered me was the interior space. I had none compared to the Silverdo."


    First the difference is not that huge up front. Let us look at some numbers


    ------------Rado------Tundra

    Fr Headroom-41in.-----40.3in.

    Fr Legroom--41.3in.---41.5in.

    Fr Shoulder-65.2in.---62.4in.

    Fr Hiproom--61.4in.---59.3in.


    The Tundra is close to the Rado up front. what the tundra lacks is rear room. We all know that already.


    "Second, the price. Why would I pay 28K for a base 2wd v8 Tundra when I can get a LT Z71 for that much??"


    Where do you live? On the moon!!! I got my 4x2 Tundra with options for 25,700 OUT THE DOOR. That is with taxes and fees included. Please do not go quoting MSRP. Go price a Tundra and a similar Rado and you will find that the Rado is MORE expensive. I have done it many times. The Tundra is cheaper than comparably equipped Rados and F150s.


    "Third safety."


    Don't make me laugh. Did you see what ratings the Rado got in the IIHS test. Here take a look:


    This is for the Tundra:


    http://www.hwysafety.org/vehicle_ratings/ce/html/0108.htm


    This is for the Rado:


    http://www.hwysafety.org/vehicle_ratings/ce/html/0107.htm


    As you can see ONLY the Tundra got a GOOD crash rating. The Rado was MARGINAL.


    "The Silverado T-Boned the Tundra. The Silverado was not an EXT cab, the Tundra was! The Toyota was totaled while the Silverado had front end damage. Keep in mind this was a 30-35 mph T-bone crash."


    Did you see a Rado getting T-bonned by a Tundra? Not likely. So how do you know how the Rado will do in a similar situation. The IIHS reapted the same test on all the trucks.


    "I mean it's funny all u Tundra owners think u can beat A silverado off the line. Look at the HP ratings! And yes I do have the 4.8."


    Have you heard of the term HP/weight ratio. The Rado is heavier than the Tundra. So let us look at a 4.8 Rado 4x2 and a Tundra 4x2 and compare. The Tundra weighs 4133 lbs and the Rado weighs 4534 lbs. The Rado has 270hp and the Tundra 245. So the hp/weight rating for the tundra is 16.87 and the Rado is 16.79. Sounds very close to me. so here again the empirical data shows that you are wrong.


    What about torque. The Tundra has 315 lb-ft and the Rado 4.8 has 285. So the torque/weight rating is 13.12 for the Tundra and 15.9 for the Rado.


    Do you still thikn that your 4.8 can beat the Tundra?? The Rado 5.3 will beat the Tundra, but not the 4.8.

  • ak4x4ak4x4 Posts: 126
    Why are you so defensive then?? I live in Alaska try buying a 4x2 here and actually driving it! and yes I do. And I stated that I can beat the Tundra. I don't race around in a full-size pickup. And if you want to play around with me on numbers there guy, see what I do for a living. I do have a BSAE, and a MSME. Look at the facts before you speak. The crash ratings for the Tundra are from 2001-2002 model years. Thse ratings mean squat. Crash your Tundra and see what happens! Real world. Also your fact on torque was correct, but look at the HP ratings. Also the main reason you my be able to beat a Silverado is that your truck is lighter. But then again you don't have a 4x4 so you can't go off-road or pull as much. You I think are the type of guy who would put a big wing in his bed and put "type-R" sticker on his truck. Come up to Alaska in your truck sometime(I'll pay for that matter) and let's see how well your 4x2 does! You are just sodefensive about this whole thing. Also learn to read. I rather liked the Tundra But it was the "Price and Real world" crash that turned me off. And due to the fact yours in not a 4x4 I guess I can go off-road and haul more then you!
  • ak4x4ak4x4 Posts: 126
    Oh yeah, look at some of your numbers you might learn something. And I can post here because I have comments that effect this forum. What if I told you to go post in the "Terrorist Nation" forum?? Since you don't have a US flag?? You don't like it! so be nice. Oh yeah I see you also posted in the Tundra problems forum. I guess you've had a problem. Just chill bro. Go get an oil change or drive down the 405 or something.
  • ak4x4ak4x4 Posts: 126
    Here's some real life figures for ya(Alaska prices)

    '01 F250 4x4 22,500
    '01 F350 4x4 23,500
    '01 Tundra 4x2 26,500
    '01 Tundra 4x4 28,500
    '01 Rado 1500 4x4 22,500
    '02 Rado 1500 4x4 24,500

    Now you tell which one's cheaper?? And there is no tax. Just the fees which amount to $300.
  • hutch7hutch7 Posts: 88
    After being a domestic truck owner for over 20yrs, I'd finally had it with 2nd tier quality control. Who cares if you get more bells and whistles if they break or fall off in 2 years!
    As for driving a pickup on a daily commute, the '97 F-150 I traded for my Tundra was a nice truck (sans the engine problems and hardware failures), but the Tundra is a flat-out nicer ride. I've driven the new Chevy, it was a nice truck but I always felt like the turn signal lever was going to break off when ever I used it (this goes for pretty much every lever or button).
    Finally, my SR5 4X4 TRD V8 ext.cab (26K)was less than a comparable Ford or Chevy
  • hillhoundhillhound Posts: 537
    ""The Silverado T-Boned the Tundra. The Silverado was not an EXT cab, the Tundra was! The Toyota was totaled while the Silverado had front end damage. Keep in mind this was a 30-35 mph T-bone crash.""

    Did you see a Rado getting T-bonned by a Tundra? Not likely. So how do you know how the Rado will do in a similar situation. The IIHS reapted the same test on all the trucks."

    Gotta love that. The guy doesn't like what you saw so what's his comeback? He calls you a liar! Fact is, the passenger injuries for the Tundra in the crash article he posted were more severe than the Silverado's passenger injuries. Hope you don't need the use of your leg because it's gonna be crushed if you get into a similar wreck in the Tundra. Judging by the test results you'll walk away from the same wreck in the GM. Which truck is safer??

    Several months ago, someone else posted an article in the Tundra vs. Big3 thread that compared the three fullsize trucks (GM, Dodge and Ford) and the Tundra in a 5 mph crash. A fender-bender, if you will. The GM not only had a less expensive repair bill than the Tundra, but the Tundra could not be driven after the crash! Sorry I can't find the link and don't remember if it was a frontal or rear crash test. And Toyota is supposed to have "superior build quality"!!

    Sorry for posting in the sacred "Tundra Forum", but I can't stand blatant misinformation.
  • ak4x4ak4x4 Posts: 126
    As an engineer I am looking at "Test Data" every day. Real world data is diffrent. Real world data is what you get!. And yes I did see the accident since it was in fron of me in busy intersection. And belive it or not I hav seen my share of all Trucks hit including numerous Rado's Ford's and Tundra/Sequioa's So all you guys can belive what you want about "Test Data and test crashes" Fact is you go out and get hit from the side by a car/truck going 30 MPH let's see what differs from the test!. Same test?? Are you on crack? How do you think a Rado vs a F350 powerstroke would do in a side impact? Not to mention lets say a Tundra and a Benz? So according to you all these tests have the same conclusion?? And if what I am reading is true, you actualy agree with me that the Rado/Sierra is a safer truck?? you can check my post for my accident info. If I were in a Tundra I would have flipped butdue to the fact that half you guys have 4x2 the weight and performance is going to be different for thes trucks! I gues this is why I will never buy a Toyota product(Besides a Lexus) Everyone that sells or ownes one is rude. As for you, belive what you want. All I can say is when you get in a crash look at the differences. For example look at MB's 500 and 600 Sl coupe and convertible ratings. Now you can belive it. But do you think you would live after a 85 mph rollover with the top down??

    I wish people would do research before speaking. And read what I have posted before hand. It's stupid to comment on things that I have said if you haven't read fully.
  • f1julesf1jules Posts: 288
    I won't buy Toyota because you Toyota owners are rude!!! Is that supposed to make me feel bad? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA...Thanks for the laugh.

    BTW-I checked and a comparably equiped silverado costs exactly $27,581 MSRP. This is equiped exactly as my Tundra for which the MSRP was $26,300. Last time I checked 27 was greater than 26. All I gave the rado was tinted glass, bucket seats, a CD player, aluminum wheels and I even deleted the 5.3L engine for the 4.8L engine. I have all these options on my Tundra for less than the chevy.

    ak-if you're so concerned about crash safety why didn't you buy the Ford F350 power stroke? It's one of the biggest heaviest trucks made, wouldn't that be even safer than your silverado? Also, vehicles react differently to front impact and side impact crashes. You cannot compare the damage to the front of a vehicle with the damage to the side of another. It's like comparing apples to oranges.
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