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Toyota Tundra Owner Experiences



  • river7river7 Posts: 17
    I currently have a 2001 Tundra V8 and it is fine when it isn't in the shop. If I ever buy something new I am done with Toyota after driving Toyotas for 20+years. Started with an 84 Supra, to an 88' Pickup, 98 Tacoma, to 01' Tundra.


    Sick of paying a premium for a false idea about the current Toyotas being bullet-proof and exponentially more reliable than other vehicles. Without Lexus Toyota is 9th in quality behind Chevy, Caddy and Buick........CHEVY !!!!


    $1100 for brakes, $600+ for exhaust manifold, seatbelt issues, etc. Being $close to $2000 deep in out of pocket repairs after paying a premium for a Toyota is BS and the thing that is driving me away is their attitude. Flaws are acceptable their customer service is non-existent, frankly they suck.


    Too bad, the new Tacoma looks pretty nice but I just can't do it knowing they don't stand behind their designs and product, so why pay a premium.


  • I am looking at puurchasing a 2005 Tundra access cab. This is my 1st Toyota truck purchase. Are ther any major issues/things to be aware of. I always have a f-150. I dod not know if I should switch or not. Thanks for any imput
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  • I am going to purchase a vehicle in the next 2 weeks, I have decided between the Tacoma Double-cab 4WD, and the Tundra Access Cab 4wd. both are somewhat equal in price.. any suggestions?? Thanks for the input
  • Biggest question is probably cab room. If you plan on having anything other than small children or a dog riding in the rear seats, you're better off with the double cab. If that's not an issue, test drive them both extensively to see which one you feel rides better, feels more comfortable to you.
  • I'm going to buy a slightly used Tundra Double Cab in about a month and have a question regarding the tow package. If I see a truck with a receiver hitch, is there any way to tell if this truck is equipped with the tow package (radiator cooler and 130 alternator) or if it was added after market by a previous owner? Can you tell by the VIN or any other method? I want the full tow package and not a truck that just had the receiver hitch added as after market. Thanks.
  • Toyota really messed up when they removed the standard cooler. This only applies to 03 and up.
  • oagroagr Posts: 2
    Hey all, I've got a 2005 Dbl Cab SR5 4x4. I love off-roading with it, I've got a great pic of me pulling my friends jeep out of the mud... however, that mud trip required a trip to the dealership.

    Beware, that alternator is mounted down low, protected by the skid plate, but not from any mud that may get splashed up there and right into the brushes... note to self, mud makes a better insulator than conductor!
  • I have a 2004 Doublecab...and using regular unleaded I have only gotten over 15MPG on highway once...usually is down around 14 for highway/city mix. But I have heard of others who consistently get around 18MPG highway. Anyone have any suggestions to increase MPG?
  • The Tundra has a much better ride. The gas mileage will be close between the 2. I had a 2000 Access Cab and moved up to an '04 Dbl. Cab and just love it. No problems whatsoever with either of these trucks. I put 60,000 miles on the 2000 and have 10,000 miles on the '04. I just changed the oil every 5,000 miles and rotated the tires. New brakes and tires @ 45,000 on the Access cab, that is it!
  • Hello. I just won a brand new '05 SR5 4X4 Double Cab from the ESPN 25/Gatorade sweepstakes. It is silver in color with foglights, electric rear window, bed rail caps, cloth interior, and moonroof. I need to sell it. I already looked at it yesterday. I pick it up in about 3 days. If anyone is interested or needs more info, email me at I am in New Orleans, LA.
    Again, this is BRAND NEW. I'm just driving it home.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    Most manufacturers put a label in the glove box - on this label will be all the option codes that were installed on the vehicle when it was built.

    Toyota uses the code "TO" to indicate tow package.
  • I have a 2003 tundra and it gets 13 to 16 city depending on weather
  • Just bought a Dcab sr5 4x4.

    Interested in the MAAP Challenger running boards that Toyota sells as an accessory.

    Anyone have these? How do they look? Other info?

  • idahoronidahoron Posts: 18
    I just got a 05 DC 4X4 TRD. I am getting 15 just running around, and 18 on the interstate. Ron
  • dmoreldmorel Posts: 3
    I just purchased an '05 Tundra SR5 DC and had the dealer throw in the running boards that you mention. Very sturdy and look real nice. Can send you a pic if you provide an email address.
  • dmoreldmorel Posts: 3
    What's your secret? I think you're the 1st I've heard of getting 18 mpg.
  • idahoronidahoron Posts: 18
    I just put in the premium grade gas and went out and got on the highway. I set the cruse on 75 and drove just over 150 miles. I stopped and got gas. No secret, but the city driving I got 15. I drove out a half a tank of premium and filled it with premium. Ron
  • Yes, I'd like to see some pics of the running boards. You can send to

  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    I did not think the Tundra required premium - does the owner manual say to use premium?

    If it is not designed to run on premium - using it does not improve MPG - or increase power - the only thing it does is cost you $.20 more per gallon.
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