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Toyota Tundra Owners - Meet the Members

Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
edited March 2014 in Toyota
Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your Tundra!

My name is KarenS and I am the host of the Owner's Clubs. Please let me know what discussions you would like to see in your Club folder. I will create them ASAP. You may want to take a look through the other clubs to get ideas for discussions.

Also, if you are interested in a live chat, I can arrange that for you. All Club chats are set up on

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Let me know if you are interested in a chat and the day/time convenient for you.

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  • I am an office manager of a law firm and I teach college (finance and accounting).

    My tundra is a 2000 regular cab V6 manual with currently just around 30,000 miles.

    Option when bought are:
    air conditioning
    sliding rear window
    towing package
    variable intermittent wipers and tilt steering
    rear bumper

    Options I added after I bought it are:
    7 plug wiring harness
    trailer electric brake control
    fog lights
    Kenwood cassette and cd
    wheel covers
    bigger tires: 265/70 16 MIchelin LTX MS

    The tundra is mainly used for camping. It pulls my 26 foot Sunnybrook. It is also used for hauling wood and my siberian huskies.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
    So that all models can be included, the name of this forum has been changed to Toyota Truck Owners.

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  • paul_ppaul_p Posts: 271

    Thank you very much for updating the name of this forum. I appreciate having a place to post and share information with other Toyota truck owners!

    My name is Paul - I live in Georgia & own a basic 1993 Toyota pickup. I bought it with 101k miles on the clock figuring it was just starting to get broken in. Well, two years and 33k more miles later it is still going strong - after minimal maintenance to bring it back to the way it was supposed to run from the factory. These were small things such as a tune up, fuel filter replacement, changing the brake and clutch fluid, valve cover gasket replacement, and water pump replacement. OK, so they were not all really small things, but I could do them all myself and saved a TON of money doing so - unlike the horror stories I hear from people about other used vehicles and repair facilities.

    What I like best about the truck is that it is extremely dependable & reliable - even when the water pump "went" it did not break down, just started to leak a few drops of coolant that I noticed during an oil change. Also financially this vehicle is amazing: I paid $4,000 for it and could probably still sell it today for $3,000+ even after having two good years and 33k miles of use from it. If one wants to own an affordable vehicle with minimal repairs, this is definitely one way to do it!

    People tell me this truck should be good for at least 250k to 350k miles. Does anyone out there have such a story of your truck running well with high mileage?

    Also, I would like to install a cruise control in the truck, but it seems to be too old for dealers to have a kit. Has anyone tried to install an aftermarket cruise control in their truck? I'm also trying to find one on another truck in a junkyard, but I'm having a hard time because these trucks don't seem to die as early as so many other vehicles.

    I look forward to reading your posts. Cheers!

    - Paul
  • hutch7hutch7 Posts: 88
    Hey Guy's...after 20 something years driving Ford's I am in my 2nd month of Tundra conversion. My '02 SR5 4X4 drives better than any other vehicle I have ever owned. I can even park it at Home Depot on Saturday without having to "analyze"
    the parking spot. Gotta love Toyota!
  • eng208eng208 Posts: 10
    Hello to all. My name is Chris and I am a Tacomaholic. I bought my Toyota August 2 in 1998. It is a 98 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner V6. It is the somewhat rare Cool Steel color. I have 35000 miles on it and have really enjoyed it so far. It has had headers and an aftermarket exhaust system (not too loud-just "throaty" sound)added along with a minor intake change. I have been a member over at another Tacoma web site since 1999 but have lost interest in that site as language has become increasingly foul as younger people have gotten involved. I would like for this club to mature into a great site to visit. I am truly fanatical about Toyota pickups and believe them to be the best in the world, especially the overseas models.
    Somewhere in South GA.
  • paul_ppaul_p Posts: 271
    Awesome - glad to hear you enjoy your Tundra! Can't beat a Toyota truck and Home Depot, what a combination!

    I'm about to make another GA to MA run tomorrow. Will have 136,750 on the odometer upon arrival. Amazing to know the truck WILL get there on time as scheduled, when you have to cross your fingers with most other vehicles that even make it to that mileage range. Oh what a feeling! I swear these things are as dependable as a Greyhound bus, if not even more so.

    Enjoy your Tundra!!

    - Paul_P
  • paul_ppaul_p Posts: 271
    Hi Chris and welcome to the forum,

    I too am somewhat older depending on your perspective, and love my very simple 1993 2wd Toyota pickup. It has A/C and I added a factory clock, but I'm still trying to find a cruise control from a junkyard to add on to it. My other car is a 2000 Mercedes-Benz, but I love both equally for their superior engineering.

    Great to hear that your Tacoma is holding up well after it's initial 35k miles. I'll be interested in hearing how your V6 continues to perform - please keep posting!

    Thanks Chris & take care.

    Paul_P, somewhere in North GA
  • I have had my Tundra since April of 2000 and love(ed?) it. Best driving, braking!!!, accelerating
    Truck I've ever been in. Had 26K miles on it, but unfortunately a van tried to get off on the shoulder, spun out of control and into me on the superhighway. Had I been driving my old old Chevy van, I might be dead; my current Chevy Tahoe and the passengers would be injured, but these were Toyota brakes and they saved lives. Problem now is that I have misgivings about a "repaired" anything, and I may-when the dust settles- be looking for a new one. What "deals" have any of you within 150 miles of Columbia SC come across?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Should come with the Subaru-Isuzu owners crew to a light off-road trip to the Pine Barrens of NJ. Check this thread out:


    '00 Trooper

    '88 XT6

    '91 XT6

  • paul_ppaul_p Posts: 271
    I don't know of anything near Columbia, SC but you may want to consider expanding your search to the Atlanta metro area. That's where I bought my '93 2wd on Yahoo classifieds. There are also plenty of new Toyota dealers here that might give you a better deal than those in SC, you may want to give them a call to see.

    - Paul
  • Hello -

    I have a 2001 Dbl Cab Prerunner V6, love the truck, but don't necessarily agree with the manufactorer recommendation of towing with the O/D off. I'll be towing a Jetski, with a single trailor, maybe 1500lbs. This just doesn't seem right. I realize that if I'm going on a grade or uphill to take it out, but routine towing? Anyone have any thoughts??

  • paul_ppaul_p Posts: 271
    My only Toyota towing has been with my 5-speed '93 2wd basic Toyota pickup. I killed an automatic transmission once in a 1980 Pontiac Grand Prix by towing a trailer weighing about 3,000 lbs total. It was not smart - 15 years later and over 40 now, I know better.

    I don't know the difference between O/D and not - could be some kind of lock-up torque converter installed that would be affected if you left it in O/D. To be safe I would follow the manufacturer's recommendation unless you hear otherwise from a reliable source.

    You might want to check the trans. fluid after you tow to make sure it is not brown or burnt, and if so change it.

    - Paul
  • Hi All,

    My name is John and I live in the Los Angeles area. I'm a proud owner of a new '02 Tundra SR5 2WD. Just got it yesterday. It's the natural white exterior w/ light charcoal interior. I just love the V8 power and the music it sings. And the cab is the quietest I've had when driving on the freeway. So far, I love the truck. This is my first Toyota truck(although my wife has had a couple toyota cars in the past and they were pretty good cars).
  • I have had 4 4-Runners and 3 pick-ups starting with a 1980 (20R engine, 4-speed, 4WD). That one was purchased used with about 80K and I drove it to 200K. This truck was used for work (ladder racks and a cross bed tool box, fully loaded!!) It performed flawlessly. Paid $3000 sold it for $2000.

    At the same time I also had a 1985 SR5 4-Runner. It was a 22R-E, 5-speed, 4WD. No A/C. Purchased this new. First one in NE Ohio. It got a lot of looks. This was the original SUV. Drove it well over 100K. Very harsh ride. Had leaf springs over a straight axle. Never had it aligned. Didn't wear out tires either.

    Next I purchased a used 1986 4-Runner 22R-E, 5 speed, 4-WD. The 1986 had 60K on it and I drove it to 200K. Finally sold it and kept the 1985 4-Runner.

    Sold the 1985 and replaced it with a 1995 4-Runner. Again 5-speed, 4WD. This time I got the 150 HP V-6. Didn't like this engine. No power; poor gas mileage. Sold it after 25K and purchased a 1998 4-Runner SR5 with the 4-cam V-6, 5-speed, 4WD. Love this 4-Runner. Dune color. Still have it. It has 45K on the clock and has never been back to the dealer for anything.

    I also had a 1997 Tacoma, 150HP 4-cyl, 5-speed, 4WD. It was an extended cab with all the options. Loved this truck. Towed a 3000# boat all over with it. Never had a problem and still was getting almost 19MPG. Had 60K on the clock when I sold it.

    I wanted the V-8 power so I purchased a 2002 Tundra SR5 4Wd. It's a Thunder Gray access cab. Got the off-road package with LSD, Like this truck so far. Haven't towed with it yet but I know it will have plenty of power. Installed a tonneau cover and probably won't do too much more to it. First truck with an auto. Supposed to be better for towing. I'll find out soon. It does do well off the road. I think I will like the transmission after I get used to it. I still have the 1998 4-Runner for when I feel like shifting gears.

    The only items I replaced with these Toyotas were mufflers, brakes, tires and batteries. These components wear out regardless of the manufacturer. I have never had a major breakdown or any engine problems. I did replace the clutch in the 1985 and also the 1986. I change oil every 3-5K and use synthetic after 50K. I perform all my own maintenance when I need to do any.

    I'll stay with Toyota until something better comes along. They may cost a little more initially but in the long run they are actually cheaper to operate. And fun to drive!!!!
  • paul_ppaul_p Posts: 271
    Thanks for sharing your experience. My 1993 just turned 142,000 miles the other day & runs fine. Good to know I will probably get at least another 100k out of it!

    Looking to get a cruise control out of a junkyard, but these trucks last so long it may take forever to find one! :-)
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
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  • wishnhigh1wishnhigh1 Posts: 363
    I own a 95 Toyota base model pickup. 279,000 miles and still running strong. Tranny rebuilt at 260k. Only thing broken is an air vent, a few things dented up, torn etc.

    Only problem is it burns about a quart of oil every 1000 miles or so, and I get a little engine knock from time to time. I guess all the miles have put some deposits in the cylinders and it has raised the compression.
  • tgravo2tgravo2 Posts: 70
    Had a 98 Xtracab SR5 V6 5-speed 4x4. Had all power, cd player, bucket seats. Had a 3" lift with 32" Goodyear Wrangler MT/R's, grill guard, roll bar with lights. Sold it early 2001 with 43,000 miles in perfect condition. Never had one problem with it. I regret getting rid of it, and I will be looking to buy a Tacoma later this year, or early next year if the 03 Tacoma is going to be re-designed.
  • mkstringmkstring Posts: 53
    Hi group! I sold my wife's 90 Buick Regal and found my 92' Xtra Cab V6 Pickup from an individual in 2001. She was the original owner, and kept great logs (and all receipts) of work on the truck. I bought it in 2/2001 with 53,000 miles on it (yeah, i know :) ) with the head gasket already replaced (an issue with the V6s i believe). Got it for a little over blue book (due to some new tires/shocks and an upgraded stereo). After a year, it just turned 66,000, and I haven't had any problems with it. Its 60,000 oil change was done with Mobil 1 Synthetic, and I'm changing oil and filter again this weekend (5/30).

    I hope to be able to raise it up about 2-3", but current reports have the suspension kits for my 4x2 at about $1200 or so. Did Toyota drasticaly change the design of the front suspension in their trucks in 95 when they became Tacomas? I've seen a site with a shock absorber spacer for the front of a Tacoma that might work in mine. any ideas?

    Also, anyone have preferences on rims for the older style of trucks. There durn hubcab covers keep popping off. I'd like to keep my 14" BFG AT TA's.

  • Hello, everybody! I own a 2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4x4 V8 with the AccessCab. It's Black on the outside and Tan on the interior. Very nice truck. It's my first truck, but my second Toyota (first was a Camry) and I have no troubles with the vehicle's size (even here in cramped Connecticut). Drives just like a car. Gotta hold myself back with the V8, though, especially comming from a 4-cylinder automatic Camry. It certainly puts a grin on my face everytime I get behind the wheel! :-) :-)

    Since purchase, I have had the following accessories installed:
    -black tube steps (installed at Toyota dealer)
    -Toyota bedliner (already installed upon delivery)
    -Ventvisors (installed by yours truely)
    -Roll n Lock bedcover (installed by reputable pickup accessory shop)

    As of today it only has about 2600 miles on it. Have had it since mid-October (still use aforementioned Camry as commute vehicle).

    Will provide pictures soon!
  • bryanembryanem Posts: 3
    Hello, after reading 100's of posts, still having
    a hard time trying to evaluate the ride of TRD vs Non TRD. I have been unable to find a dealer with
    a D cab in stock without TRD so I can test drive
    for comparative purposes.

    The TRD's I haven driven seem a bit bumpy and stiff, but other posts say non TRD's feel mushy and bouncy.

    Is the TRD truck just a bouncier and stiff truck,
    or is this due to the TRD? (I am new to Toyota trucks)

    Bottom line, would appreciate some guidance
    as to the pavement ride characteristics from someone who has driven both TRD and Non TRD 4WD Tacomas.

  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    I now have a Tundra SR5 V8 4X2. I traded my V6 Tundra in for it on 12-31-01. I enjoy having the back seat, but I comprised with now having the short bed.

    It came with the following options:
    Captains Chairs
    CD Cassette
    Convenience Package w/Keyless Entry
    Fog Lights

    The things I transferred from other Tundra:
    7-plug wiring harness

    My truck history:
    72 Landcruiser I-6 3-speed Manual
    93 Truck Regular Cab Standard Model 5-speed
    94 T100 Regular Cab Standard Model 5-speed
    00 Tundra Regular Cab V6 5 speed
    02 Tundra SR5 V8 4X2 Automatic
  • sc0rpi0sc0rpi0 Posts: 897
    As far as suspension goes, the only difference between TRD and non-TRD is the Bilstein shocks. The ride is supposed to be stiff: I have absolutely no desire to bottom out and hit the skid plates on rocks when I am offroading.
    I don't remember how non-TRD felt when I testdrove it. But my TRD feels great on highway.
  • paul_ppaul_p Posts: 271
    As of 10 Apr 02 my 1993 Toyota 2wd pickup has 146,000 miles on it and is still going strong, and I'm about to take it down the east coast to Georgia for another trip. Nothing like it, I wish the people who designed the 22-RE 4cyl engine made everything else in my life!! Only problem in the last 25,000 miles has been a flat tire due to embedded nails.

    Got all new hoses and will replace them, flush & refill with Toyota antifreeze - the red stuff, I believe - at 150k for good measure.
  • larrmlarrm Posts: 1
    We are seriously considering purchasing a new Toyota Tundra SR5 4 X 2; however, I would like a V-8 and my wife thinks a V-6 would be sufficient since the sale price would be less. What do you think?
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    Had both. Go ahead and get the V8.
  • twowheelertwowheeler Posts: 89
    Not much of a fuel penalty between the two and resale value would be much better than a V6. I've got the V8 and couldn't be happier.
  • igloomasterigloomaster Posts: 249

    thinking of purchasing a 2002 Tacoma 2WD 4-cyl reg. cab in a couple of months.

    a few questions to clear up beforehand:

    1. Are Toyota pickup trucks 100% japanese design and 100% japanese motors?

    2. Where are Tacoma's assembled?

    3. I heard a rumour that Toyota's have japanese engines but GM bodies.... is that true?

    4. How does the 02 Tacoma compare with the 02 Nissan Frontier?
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    1. Design yes, motors mostly (some parts of the engine bay have Delco units)
    2. Freemont California
    3. No
    4. More HP, More Room, More Towing Capacity
  • twowheelertwowheeler Posts: 89
    the tacoma has better resale value than the frontier. But the frontier has a deeper bed than the tacoma (I'm pretty sure).
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