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Toyota Tundra Problems



  • nachnach Posts: 1
    Does anyone buy the V-6 Tundra 4x4?? I'm in the market for a new truck. Drive a F-150 now with a V-6 with no problems. Why do I need a V-8. F-150 is heavier than a Tundra. Any advice??
  • frey44frey44 Posts: 230
    unless you have a VERY heavy foot, you will be MUCH happier with the V8. the V6 when pushed hard will get the same mileage as the V8. you need the larger motor with this 4000 pound truck. buy a V8 with the 4 speed auto: the best combination in light trucks.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    There is nothing wrong with the V6. It makes the truck cheaper (in price).

    My V6 gets along find and my gas mileage is 17 - 20.
  • I'm thinking of buying a Tundra v.8 4X4 to tow a 2-horse trailer. That would be about 6,000 lbs. Anyone have any experience hauling horses with a Tundra. Can you accelerate on the highway OK, can you use the AC while towing?
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    "Fully loaded to its gvwr, the Tahoe would be way too heavy for the Tundra and we'd need a much higher-rated tow vehicle to safely manage it."

    This can't be true can it? Hot diggity dang!!
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    You can read!

    The Tundra was towing 6500lb during the test - which it did very capably. And no - the Tahoe was not loaded to its max GVR.

    Nugget was asking if he could tow 6000 lb. According to this article, it does it very capably and:

    "That said, the Toyota pulled as well as any of its Big Three counterparts"
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 01E041000

    Manufacturer: TOYOTA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Mfg. Campaign #: 01E041000
    Year: 2000
    Model: TUNDRA
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 70717
    Manufactured From: To:
    Year of Recall: '01
    Type of Report: Equipment

    Equipment Description: Trailer towing wire harness converters which integrates the vehicle's tail lights, brake lights, and turn signal lights with those equipped on the trailer. Manufactured between May 1, 1999, and August 31, 2000, these converters were sold for installation on 1999-2000 Toyota Tundra and Tacoma vehicles. Affected part numbers are: PT207-34000, PT207-34002, PT207-04981, and PT214-04985. In the Tundra vehicles, the circuitry utilized in the converter was inadequate to properly manage vehicle and/or trailer-side voltage spikes. If the converter is exposed to a voltage spike, it may cause an electrical short or open circuit within the converter.

    Tacoma vehicles, due to deficient waterproofing and improper installation location of the converter, which is mounted in the lower portion of the tailgate cavity of the vehicle, an electrical short circuit will occur if water enters the converter housing.

    An electrical short or open circuit can cause a fault in the converter and a non-operational condition of the trailer lights. A vehicle crash can occur, possibly resulting in personal injury or death, if the vehicle is driven without operational trailer lights.

    Dealers will notify the customers and install a redesigned trailer towing wire harness converter free of charge. Owner notification is expect to begin August 2001. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331. Also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

    Good luck on this one now!!
  • I noticed in your July 5th posting that you are having problems with your left seat belt making noise while driving. My '02 does the same thing. What did you do to stop it?
  • tomh12tomh12 Posts: 240
    Lots, if not most, of trucks that plow snow also spread salt.....Think this might give them a little more exposure to salt than your average vehicle?????
    Good luck on this one, now.
  • Until you post something to the effect of "The Tundra was rated below the industry average for..." your points will be considered null and void.

    The fact is the Toyota clearly exceeds the industry average for build quality and reliability, despite the spam you may post.

    Good luck on this one now!!
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    My last post consisted of a recall on the Tundra. I posted it under the Tundra problems topic. So please tell me, what is the problem with that? I didn't mention not once about the one star side impact rating of the Tacoma. Figured the owners of those years already either had it fixed or sold it.

    It's a good thing that the Tundra owners will read the recall as to not implement the fix may cause serious injury...similar to your Tacoma.
  • Have experienced persistent rattles in the dash and right rear door of my 2000 SR5 2WD. Worst one seems to come from the area of the passenger side airbag. Truck is never driven off-highway or subject to any hard use. This is unlike any of the 4 previous Toyotas I have owned. Avoiding this kind of problem is the very reason I have stayed away from domestics for the last 25 years.

    Anyone have similar problems and maybe a solution?
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    I would check for loose items. Sometimes I have had small items fall into the gap between the dash and the windshield. I would also check for loose items in the glove compartment. Lastly, I would check both the front and back storage bins on the doors for loose items. My daughters are always throwing things into the door pockets which I have to clean out.

    If these don't fix your rattle, definitely take it to the dealer for warranty repair. This is an unusual problem with a Tundra.
  • Can anyone out there help me? I am buying a new p/u within the next 3 weeks. First purchase of anything new,and have decided that I need/want a p/u over a car. But....I cannot decide between a Tundra with a v6 or a tacoma double cab with a v6. It may help me to know whether or not the v6 is enough to drive the larger tundra body (gas mieleage as well is a factor) I do not expect to be hauling anything larger than a U=Haul trailer this Spring, and in the future a mid size holiday trailer. I am leaning toward the larger tundra configuration because of the extra incab space. I need to lhave space in back for two small grandchildren and their carseats:) I am female and feel very vulnerable to predacious salespersons, so I am turning to Tundra/Tacoma owners for help. Thanx!!! PS/"Town HAll is a great service to potential p/u customers, thanx to all who contribute.
  • lariat1lariat1 Posts: 461
    I would test the car seats in the Tundra first some car seats are a tight fit back there. Last year I was in the truck buying mood and one of my requirements was the ability to place a car seat in the back seat, for the car seat I have the Tundra wouldnt work. You may be better off with the double cab tacoma but then you are limited to 5000# towing which may rule out towing the trailer.
  • Hey Quadruner 500. Thanks for the advise on my rattles and the links to TundraSolutions. I have a rattle free Tundra for the first time in two years, all fixed under warranty.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    a war but have any of you heard a knock in the tundras v-6 engine?

    I heard one this morning. Brand new tundra. It wasnt a cold start knock either the truck had been running.
  • I have never had a knock in my engine.
  • lman333lman333 Posts: 10
    Well, yet another piss poor design by Toyota. I have a 2001
    Tundra. I purchased a LeeR Camper Top. The problem is that when I travel off road, the sides of the tailgate have a
    heaping gap in it. This allows a tremendous amount of dust
    into the bed. Of course, it is within Toyota's spec and they have been ZERO help. After one trip on a dirt road, the bed was just covered with dust. Thank goodness there was nothing but the black rubber mat I bought from Toyota...which is now completely reddish brown.

    I have talked to many people, and they all say, "well, there is
    an aftermarket product, but I don't know where to buy it".

    I called Pep Boys, and they said just add the weather stripping like the stuff that is inside the cab doors. That should do it. Well, the question I have is two fold:

    1. Is there really an aftermarket product that someone knows
    where I can purchase it?

    2. Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, how did you
    resolve it?

    Thanks in advance,
  • lariat1lariat1 Posts: 461
    There is a product that I found for my friend who has a Tundra. He also has the "gap" problem. In the newest Cabelas catalog they have a tailgate seal I dont know how good it would work though it is only 3/16" thick and 1" wide. It costs $20 for a 10' length.
    Another solution that I know of is to use some preformed pipe insulation. If you cut it in half and glue it to the truck bed your tailgate will seal fairly good. I did this to my old 94 ranger, the one time I took my topper off I found out that the seal could hold about 2.5" of water.
    Anyway good luck with your truck and dont have to much fun in the dirt.
  • I have a question about altitude. I've decided to surprise my husband with a new Tundra -- he's wanted one for awhile, but can't bring himself to do a car payment again. We're moving from Maryland to Colorado in the next couple of weeks and I really don't like to see him drive his current vehicle (1983 Land Cruiser) that many miles. It's just not reliable anymore.

    Anyway, I seem to remember something about mountains and engine power. Are the trucks they sell in Colorado different from those sold in Maryland? Is there a reason to wait until we get to Colorado to buy the vehicle?

    If not, I'm going to call a buying service this afternoon and get the process going so I can hand him the keys by Friday.

    Any advice?
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    One suggestion make sure you get the color/options he would like.

    Maybe he is different but me as like with many guys we would like to option out our truck and if you forget one small thing that could be a bad thing

    On the altitude question the trucks will be the same whether its in colorado or maryland.

    Good luck!!!

  • I'm the one who's picky about vehicles. He would be thrilled to have me do all the details and, if I'm satisfied, I'm confident he'll be happy. We've been married a LONG time and I pretty well know what he likes. And, we've been out test driving Tundras on a couple of occasions -- he can't wipe the smile off his face. I just really want to do this for him.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Go out and buy one then. Sounds like its the right idea.

    Maybe I am wierd but I wouldnt want anyone buying me a truck. I like planning it through and stuff i guess.

  • ratboy3ratboy3 Posts: 324
    Identical vehicles may have differences (oxymoron) regarding the location it was shipped by the manufacturer...

    I think emissions control would be one of them. In AZ... dealers claim the batteries are different due to the high temps we get in the summer.

    Gave my Tacoma to my brother in NJ and he was told by a 'body' guy that the under carriage protection would be toast through one winter time.

    Things I was told and wasnt aware before.
  • I have a V6 engine with automatic trans. With only about 500 miles on it, it seems to me that it is a little too noisy. Has a roar going through the first couple of gears. Is this a typical "truck" roar, is it the V6, or just my imagination?
  • seeligseelig Posts: 590
    which engine are you picking for your husbands new truck?
    i know my wife would have a hard time with this, because depending on what the truck is being used for, the engine could make or break the usefulness of the truck. not to mention that rear end gear selection and tranny is also important.
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