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Toyota Tundra Owner Experiences



  • anythngbutgmanythngbutgm Posts: 4,173
    Great way to look at it... A good friend of mine has pretty much convinced me to steer clear of the GM twins based on two disappointing experiences with GMC Sierras. That and the horror stories that come out of the dealership that he works for (service manager).

    Stupid stuff, repetitive issues along with some serious, costly things that happened to both of his trucks. Tranny replacment, rear axle whine, O2 sensors, intake Manifolds, Int. steering shaft replacement, multiple early brake jobs, all of this happened on both of his trucks (combined). Not to mention they were just cheap and chintzy...

    So even his own personal service dept. couldn't keep him in the GM camp. Free fixes are still fixes no matter how he looked at it, it was still too much inconvenience than it was worth. So, he now drives a 5.7l TTDC. Didn't even give the new ones a chance... :sick:
  • I printed out all the codes that an '03 Tundra could report. Found them at, but had to become a paying member, but that was well worth it for all the information I picked up from this site. :)
  • I just filled my tank last night (17.38 Gal) and according to my ScanGuageII, I got 16.8 MPG on that last tankfull. All city driving, heavy foot, jackrabit starts.

    My highway varies between 23-26 MPG, and I'm REAL happy about that.

    How did I get there? Lots of performance parts $$$$

    CAI, TBS, Headers, Y-Pipe, Cat-Back Dual, Computer Chip, Electric Fan, ScanGuageII to monitor.

    Most info I got from, most of the parts from Runs nice and smooth, power to spare, will smoke those big 17 inch rear tires, even after a rolling start. :)
  • did you find anything to stop the "Tundra" from bouncing all aver the highway?????? like maybe a heavy duty frame???
  • yeah! they thought of everything except a heavy enough frame to keep the thing from bouncing all over the place....
  • no problem with bouncing bed??? this thing shudders for no reason at all, the frame is to puny.......
  • DaveDave Posts: 5
    If you're talking about the 5.7 I just returned from a vacation in Mamouth Lakes, Ca., max elevation 8500 ft., pulling a trailer with about 9,400 lbs. loaded weight. My
    Tundra Double Cab did exelent on hills (65 mph) super comfortable. MPG was only 8 1/2 but that was all my lifted F350 diesel got on the hills pulling the same trailer. Talked to another new Tundra owner who said that's what he got pulling an 8,500 lb trailer 2,600 miles on a vacation through Colorado. I have gotten around 14 1/2 mpg pulling my 5,200 lb concrete pump combination city/highway.(No windage on it like my travel trailer) Best I've done not towing straight highway is 17.12 mpg. Overall I'm super happy with my new Tundra. Just wish they had made it about 6" higher!
  • Thinking of buying a 4200# travel trailer. Wish to pull it in the mountains without too much of an issue. I have a towing package (I guess that means it has the wiring and a bigger transmission) and it is an extended cab if that matters.

    Any ideas?
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,950
    I have a 2003 Tundrs SR5 EXCab, auto, sportside, 2 wheel drive, TRD sprorts package. Recently a one time passenger asked me how I liked it and I told they I never had any trouble and it was great. We parked at a store, came out and took off. Guess what? Tranny wouldn't shift from 1st to second without running up to about 5000 rpms and jerking the foot off the gas it would shift to second. After an afternoon and evening of that, off to the dealer it went. Long story short and a week later, just picked up the truck with a remanufactured tranny. Bad news is it only had 43,000 miles and I drive it pretty easy. Good news is it was replaced under powertrain warranty. Never in life had a tranny go out anywher near that mileage. Hopefully, it was an anomoly.
  • not an anomaly, a somewhat common thing with that model tundra...
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,950
    I appreciate you providing the link but in it I could find only one consumer complaint about transmission shifting and it was not the same problem. I searched Edmonds forums for similar tranny problems and didn't see much about this either. So I guess I have to question that it is a "common thing". I know 4 other people that have 2002-2004 Tundras and none have had a tranny problem and they all have a lot more miles on their vehicle than I do. In four years this is the only issue I have had with the truck and the first time I recieved warranty work. The dealer supplied me with a new Camry SE to drive for a week and in general was very responsive. I just bought a Mazda6 the other night so I am not a shill for Toyota but I feel I have good luck with the Tundra and with the dealer. Thanks.
  • yeah my bad, probably shouldn't have said common, others have reported problems with their Tundra trans with relatively low milage was hoping the link would help you out some..
  • Highway veries between 23-26? yeah right, dream-on buddy. Unless you are going down hill both ways, or you have tail wind in both directions.
    TundraSolutions is such a BS site. Why would anyone in his right mind pays to be a member. Such BS.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    If you don't want to pay this site may be an option for a Tundra owner.
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  • What is your opinions on these comparisons?... 2007 Crewmax limited vs. Avalanche LTZ... both 4x4.... Toyota vs Chevy?
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    Not the same animal. One has coil springs one has leafs. One can be used to haul manure, the other, can but I wouldn't recommend it.
  • chastychasty Posts: 1
    Hi I just bought my first Tundra 2001 SR5 Limited. My keys are not original Toyota key and with all the options this truck has i was wondering if there is a way to see if it came with keyless entry?
  • A couple of interesting articles from Motor Trend"s Truck Trend concerning their truck of the year and its 3/4 and 1 ton competitors. Note the 0-60MPH times on all the trucks including the 4.7 Toyota especially pulling trailers. _2008_toyota_tundra/index.html


  • I agree. My father owns an 06 Tundra 2wd, V6, regular cab, auto, ac, with 8 foot bed. Best mileage highway he has achieved was 22 miles per gallon with cruise on set at 65 miles per hour in Florida, flat stretch of I 75 and temps around 75 degrees with tires at maximum cold pressure. That was under ideal conditions. Most of the time highway mileage at 65 miles an hour is around 20 miles per gallon and that is very attainable with that truck configuration at that speed. Now drive 75 miles an hour and of course you will get considerably less. He added a streamlined truck cap and lost about 1 mile per gallon due to drag. The truck for light duty use is without question a fine vehicle for his needs and after 58,000 well maintained miles, no reported problems to date.

    Still squeak and rattle free and he has hauled max payload items such as concrete blocks and drywall in the bed, plus towed at maximum quite a few times and the truck performed flawlessly. It rides like a car too. The new 07 Tundra however does need further refinement. Sometimes older is better.
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