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Toyota Tundra Problems



  • lman333lman333 Posts: 10
    Hi lariat1/Ed:

    thanks for the good idea of the pipe insulation. I did purchase
    some regular insulation, and we will see how that works, but I can visualize the pipe insulation and that it might work well.
    If the other stuff doesn't work, the pipe insulation will be my
    next choice.

    Thanks for the input.

  • hutch7hutch7 Posts: 88
    I always check the "trouble with..." site before I buy a vehicle...My F-150 with 49K is turning into a "real FORD" Fix or Repair Daily. Seems like most of the gripes on the Tundra are pretty minor. None of the engine blew up at 8K!! I guess I'll order the SR5 4WD. Any thoughts on whether the TRD package is worthwhile??
  • Plenty of gripes about the brakes though...
  • I was thinking the V8. Do you think that's overpowered for someone who is unlikely to tow anything and will use it primarily for hauling mulch, junk to the dump -- you know, household kinds of things. I mean, he's not going to load fence posts or wire. I was thinking the bigger engine because of the mountain driving. I thought I picked up from reading some thread that you can only get an automatic with the V8. Is that true? If so, then it will likely be the V8. He's getting older and the ol' clutch knee is giving out.
  • seeligseelig Posts: 590
    sounds like you are a great wife. personally, i'd rather have more power than not enough, and i forgot that there is only one v8 available for the tundra, so with the intended use you've outlined, the v8 should be just fine. hope he enjoys it. good luck.
  • ricschricsch Posts: 540
    I installed one called Trail Seal, works great on my Silverado. I'll check to see who makes it, I thought it was better than the one in Cabela's.
  • ricschricsch Posts: 540
    Here you go, try this site:

    I've had mine on for a year and it works great!
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    You are making an excellent choice. The Tundra has won the J.D. Power award for initial quality in full size pickups for 2000 and 2001 (What do you want to bet they win 2002 also?)

    Consumer Reports has ranked the Tundra "better than average" reliability (The best rating that they have awarded to full size pickups).

    I have owned my Tundra 2 years and have not had a single problem. I have an SR5 V8 extended cab 4X4. It is silent and smooth on the interstate while delivering up to 19.5 mpg. The brakes are the most powerful of any 1/2 ton pickup. Add Toyota's legendary reliability and you have an amazingly good value in full size pickups.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Can i nominate you to do tundra commercials?
  • Thanks for your advice. I think I'll buy it in Colorado rather than Maryland. The issue of whether trucks delivered to high altitude dealers are calibrated for the low oxygen, steep grades of the mountain west remains unresolved. Therefore, I think I'll play it safe and wait to buy it there.

    Thanks, everyone.
  • I live in Colorado. There is no difference. As long as truck meets N.E. federal emissions, it's fine.

    In days gone by, when vehicles used carburetors, garages used to tweak 'em for the altitude, advancing the ignition timing, leaning out the air screw for better driveability. Thing of the past. It's not even legal for them to touch that stuff now.

    Might be moot for you at this point, since it's already Friday. Could be driving that 83 Landcruiser out here afterall.
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    Modern fuel injection systems do not normally need to be recalibrated for changes in altitude. I would buy the truck wherever I could get the best deal.
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    Sure - I would be glad to do Tundra commercials. Feel free to nominate me.
  • Well, that's a bit more definitive. I still have until Monday....
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    now the hard part color?
  • ratboy3ratboy3 Posts: 324
    I like green! Get green! ha!
  • seeligseelig Posts: 590
    is one of the best for looking clean all the time, and has been the color of a few of my vehicles. although i now have a red and blue vehicle, i'm thinkin about how much more time i would have if at least one of them were pewter. doesn't show the scratches either like dark colors, and the tundra looks great in that color, but the rado looks better.....sorry, i had to say it.
  • hutch7hutch7 Posts: 88
    Seems the ABS option is kind of hard to find. My 3wk wait for my SR5 4X4 (only 2 wks now!) was because I wanted ABS. I was sort of ho-hum about getting this truck...mainly I just wanted to get rid of my F-150. Now I'm really looking forward to driving the Tundra.
  • I am going to buy the tundra access cab and need info. I have a terrible tacoma and am looking for some warning before changing models. How come noe problems in the "problems board". Is the tundra that good?
  • dch0300dch0300 Posts: 472
    The Tundra is a good truck....but not perfect.

    A lot of discussions on the Tundra can be found at.....

    Good Luck.


  • lman333lman333 Posts: 10

    Thanks for the link! I think this sealer will do the trick.

  • ricschricsch Posts: 540
    Post how it works for you, It's simple and effective. Best part is it's a soft rubber type which works well when it gets cold too.
  • Tundra V8 Ltd 4x4


    Arrogant Toyota dealers rip you off
    Poor after sales service (deny problems)
    Vibration from front end
    Rough gear shift
    Vague handling on bends
    Rust spots where paint chipped
    Rust on underside
    Pieces of interior trim fall off
    Center console latch broken
    Front windows rattle in wind
    Gas guzzler

    Wife's is even worse -serious transmission problem.
  • hutch7hutch7 Posts: 88
    Are you sure your not driving a Ford??
  • I changed the oil in my '02 TRD Tundra at 3500 miles. I put Mobil 1 Tri Synthetic oil in her. How long are some of you going on your oil change intervals with little or no off roading?
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    I do not own a tundra but i run mobil 1 (5w-30) in my truck and have for 12K miles (last 4 changes)

    I do mostly city driving now that summer is over.

    I always change at 3K.

    Also check at your local walmart every once in awhile they get 5qt jugs of mobil 1 and its usually under $20 (very good price)

  • I change at 3500.
  • arkie6arkie6 Posts: 198
    After switching to Mobil 1 Synthetic 5W30 at 9,000 miles, I change my oil every 6,000 miles or 6 months, whichever comes first (about the same for me since I put about 12,000 miles per year on my truck). I also run a Bosch Premium oil filter. Last oil change I inadvertently went to 7,500 miles, but the oil still looked honey brown on the dipstick and it hadn't used any oil.

  • Thanks Guys. That gives me some base lines. I think I will extend out past the 4000 miles theory I have used in the past.I will probably go with 5k or 6k. I don't want to dump good oil. Also, I use Toyota filters. I want to stay with spec. parts. My dealer sold them to me for $5. I didn't think that was too bad.
  • I've had a problem with 4wd not engaging. Push the button and the light flashes. Took it to the shop and they changed the switch. It worked for about two weeks then the same thing thing happened again. This time they changed the actuator. So far it is working. Hope this doesn't continue after the warranty expires. BTW, other than the fact that I had to take it back a second time, I am happy with the service I received from Toyota.
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