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Toyota Tundra Owner Experiences



  • Hi,

    I'm going to buy the Tundra sometime this April. I'm torn whether to brake my bank and go for the $30,000 decked out 4x4 V8 TRD SR5 or just go with the $23,000 supercab with v6, buy the big black fender options listed in the TRD catalog and get the nicer aluminum wheels.. Folks with the v6, how do you like it? Has anyone driven both, and if so, is there a noticeable difference in normal driving?

    How is the selection of Tundras with Anti-lock brakes outside of Texas? I can't find a single tundra that isn't at least $28,000 with anti-locks. Toyota must have been smoking crack when they decided to make that one an "option".. that's the only thing I'm really upset about with buying the Tundra.. ohh well. I'm curious how much some of you have "talked down" the dealerships.. ie, what was the msrp and how much did you actually pay? Thanks for any advice in advance!
  • cub4cub4 Posts: 11
    My rule of thumb has always been to get the biggest engine available for the particular model vehicle. You'll always have the extra umphh to get out of traffic and when its time to sell you can get rid of it quicker. On the Tundra the MPG for V8 or V6 is the same so gas will cost you the same. On the 4x4, I asked around and here in Florida is so flat that people that do have 4x4 have never or very seldom used it. (not enough to justify the initial or higher manitenance costs)so mine is 2WD. The dealer did not have any trucks with ABS so I didn't get it. I don't trust ABS anyway and when they brake (and they will) they are a major expense to repair ($1,000s). I have a 2000 Limited with MSRP of $26,968, paid $23,500 plus tag, tax, and title. 8 months old now.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    I have driven both engines. I have the V6. I paid 17000 for mine including all the taxes. The V8 has more standard features and incrementally more expensive than the V6 in the extended cab models. I would forego some things and get the slightly more expensive V8 among the SR5 4x2 models. However, there are some exceptions. If you want a manual you have no choice in the V6.

    The V8 has more power with slightly less gas mileage. My V6 averages around 17 in city and 20 on highway. It also averages around 11 pulling my camping trailer.

    Overall, I love my Tundra. It was a fantastic buy for the money. I would suggest trying both engines before you buy.

    One more thing, whichever model you get, get the FOG LIGHTS.
  • trdhiluxtrdhilux Posts: 4
    i wish the offset rear axle were a joke, but it isnt, and i own one and i have measured many others that are also crooked. i align my race car so, i noticed the difference even thow it is difficult with the vehicle sitting so high above the wheels. the tape measure confirmed my eyes. yes, the way the thing is bolt together, it hard to see how it could be wrong, unless the leafs are both bent.
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    Could it be that the bed was not perfectly aligned when it was bolted onto the frame? It would not take much to give you 1/2" difference. This would make the truck appear to be misaligned. I measured my truck ('00 4WD V8 extended cab) and could not find any offset(and it is silver).
  • toddstocktoddstock Posts: 268
    what the deal is with the manual stating to have 27psi in the front tires and 35psi in the rear... Totally don't understand...I put 35 in the rear and 33 in the front... Also, is there a huge difference in maintenence costs between the 4x4 and the 4x2? TIA
  • cub4cub4 Posts: 11
    Learned the hard way that Tundras use 6.4 L of oil instead of the normal 5L. I should've read the manual but who reads the instructions anyway? Spilled oil all over the place. Still cheaper than paying $30 to jiffy lube.
    Changing the filter is also a major hassle. Has anybody tried relocating the oil filter with one of those relocation kits? Where did you put it? Any risks to using one of those?
  • trdhiluxtrdhilux Posts: 4
    sorry for the delay in reply, my compter ate it, so now running a borrowed one. the mechanics at the dealer also thought the problem was the bed and twisted it around for me. but, i measure the offset from the frame rail, so the body has nothing to do with it. they have since returned to bed to original position, thou i have seem several tundras with the beds crooked. also, have only seem the offset axles on 2001 tundras(mine built 10/00).
  • ken0ken0 Posts: 29
    Will any body out there in never never land give me the measurement (in inches) from center of rear axle to cab on a Tundra extended cab.Also the distance from the cab to the wheel well (at the floor)
    I called the local dealer.A sales man said sure the Tundra would handle my fifth wheel (He still don't know if I have a 3000 lb. 20 ft or a 12,000 lb 36 ft)I asked him for the measurement and he said they didn't have it in the specs , so I asked him if he had a tape measurer and a Tundra .Then he said he wouldn't get under the truck to do that. Duhhh
    I said just put the end against the cab and eyeball center of wheel.His response was that I should come in and he would be glad to talk about it. - No way am I gonna listen to a sales pitch from some one who don't know what he's talking about. (Still say that Toyota needs to educate their people on trucks and trailering)
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    I would take a tape measure and go in to a Tundra dealer to check for myself. You could probably get the measurement before those salesmen decide which vulture should attack. LOL!!
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    You are right about most salesmen. My dealership established a truck department because of this. There are only 5 of us who are allowed to talk to a truck customer. I've trained all of them on how to listen and work with the truck buyers.

    Now, on to your question. I don't have my tape measurer handy, but you'd be best off making those yourself anyway. Obyone has the right idea.
  • ken0ken0 Posts: 29
    Cliffie - where is your dealership , it would be a pleasure to talk with knowledgable people,
    I hope it isn't too far from northeast Texas
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Yep your pretty far away from cliff. Hes in the DC area correct cliff?

    I know its not in texas thats for sure.
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    Ryan is correct. I am in the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. If you click on my profile, you will get all the info. I never mind answering questions even for those whom I will never sell a car or truck to , so feel free to e-mail me with any questions.
  • ken0ken0 Posts: 29
    I will be in Leesburg and Staunton either this fall or the next spring and will try to contact you just to be able to have a chat
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    If you show up in Staunton in the fall, you'd better bring a rifle. Deer season is taken very seriously in these parts. I can also promise you that the Tundra will hold several deer quite nicely.
  • ken0ken0 Posts: 29
    Cliffy - My sis lives in Staunton and all I have to do is show up with a Bambi and family relations would be ruined forever ( I have a deer rifle son-in-law gave me and 100 rounds but have not had a chance to fire it (I am a bow man)sides we have pretty good whitetail and mulies in east Texas.
    Son lives in Leesburg and feels same way. Wife loves venison but rest of family goes bonkers at the thought of eating Bambi - this leaves me and wife and one daughter and son-in-law to do the eating (their loss)
  • kcowboykcowboy Posts: 33
    I'm looking at getting either a Tundra or Tacoma DoubleCab, any advice or info anybody might have. I like the V8 Tundra 2WD with the TRD package but the back seats seemed to be a little cramped compared to the DoubleCab, but of course on the other end the Tacoma is smaller over all. How does the gas mileage on the V8 Tundra compare to the V6 in the DoubleCab, is there very much of a difference. I would like to go with the bigger engine in either model. Just curious on how ride,handling and quality compare. Thanks,
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    First thing you need to do is decide how important back seat room is. If this is the primary reason for buying the truck, get the D-Cab Tacoma. If ride comfort, front seat space, power, towing capacity and size are more important, the Tundra is the logical choice. There is nothing wrong with the Taco, but it clearly is a lesser truck than the Tundra. Drive them both on the same day and you'll see what I mean. The back seat is much better on the Taco, but the Tundra has everything else. Fuel economy will be slightly better on the Taco as well.
  • reddogreddog Posts: 3
    I would like to install 17 or 18 inch wheels.
    Does anyone know what the tire size limit on the Tunrda V8 4x4? Will this affect the MPG if I install tall wheels and tires? (+) or (-)MPG numbres? Will taller wheels and tires restrict the turning radius? Will this affect the computer?
  • ken0ken0 Posts: 29
    Cliffie - for your info - 33" from cab to rear axel center.Didn't do it fast enough and salesman said I wouldn't have any problem with a fifthwheel
    (Yeah- like a dented cab and trailer corner the first time I made a turn)told him it was 10" too short for me to safely use it.
    Alson sent email to dealer in adjacent town and in it asked for email reply - no phone calls and guess what - next morning first thing - the phone rings and--------
  • ken0ken0 Posts: 29
    anybody there have an educated guess as to when Tundra will get a longer wheel base?
  • mjhammermjhammer Posts: 7
    First of all I would go to and look around. They are very knowledgeable and if you give them a call chances are they will know maximums for clearance purposes etc.
    I looked at some info. there and the stock 265/70-16 tires are 30.7" in diameter (in Bridgestone, other brands may vary 1/10" or so) the following sizes would probably work without affecting MPG, speedo, or computer much: 265/60-18 (30.4"), 285/60-18 (31.4"), 295/45-20 (30.5"). I believe tire rack says you can go + or- 1/2" and be within acceptable tolerances. The 285's above maybe a little tall. I would think you could go up to around 33" tall tires also and still stuff them in the wheel wells, but keep in mind you will have slower acceleration, longer stopping distances and more unsprung weight which I would think would adversely affect your mpg a little and definately throw off your speedo by about 10%. I'm not sure about the computer. My personal experience is that if you are just looking for the big tire look, as in 33" or bigger, they will work. If you are looking for improved or comparable performance to stock you will need to stay about the same total diameter using a bigger rim and lower profile tire. Other than extensive off-road low range use where taller tires and more aggressive tread would actually help. The tall ones are usually very noisy on pavement, too.
  • lcaldwelllcaldwell Posts: 2

    I need some advice on buying a new truck. All I need is a very dependable, low cost truck to drive back and forth to work. I drive 42 miles one way each day. don't want to be cramped up for space though. I want something to haul things in, and it will seat 4 people comfortably. I am considering the Toyota Taco ma. Probably V6. Are there any out there in the 4 cylinder range that have good pick up on the freeway?

    Also I am considering the MC Sonomas. If you that drive pickups can give this single mother some great advice as to which way I should go, I would greatly appreciate it.
  • quadrunner500quadrunner500 Posts: 2,728
    Want to have a beer after work? (kidding)

    The problem having all things at once. You are going to rack up miles fast, so I understand your need. Taco would be a good choice, except seating 4 confortably? The 4 banger will last just as long as the six and give better economy, but leave you very disappointed with acceleration, especially highway acceleration.

    You'll have to compromise somewhere, because there is no perfect truck. If you could at all afford it, the six will make your commute much more secure feeling, but you'll pay at the pump, and on the sticker.

    Sonoma has more room, more comfortable and a better ride, about the same fuel economy, not quite as sturdy.

    Ranger is a good choice, maybe the best choice.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    ranger is the best choice...better not let the taco owner hear that....but bang for the buck, I'd go with the ranger.
  • jwhaelen1jwhaelen1 Posts: 27
    I should have stuck with buying the Dakota,I was passed on a 6% grade by one the other day! I was empty and the Dakota was pulling a 25 foot Bayliner!?! Talk about having no power......Could stand some more ponies under my hood.Probably gonna go get a Dakota next time around.One of my neighbors has one and it rides soooooo much better than any Toyota out there!! I know because he let me borrow it to help move some of my things to a storage unit.Is anyone else having any power problems out there?
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    GMC Sonoma? Were you embarassed to say Chevy S10? What a joke. If Single mom wanted to get to know her Chev service manager better - I guess it might be a good choice. GM has consistently rated "much worse than average" quality and reliability by Consumer Reports across its whole product line.

    I would guess that Single mom wants a quality, solidly built vehicle - the Toyota Tacoma quad-cab would fit her perfectly.
  • lcaldwelllcaldwell Posts: 2
    So the Ford Ranger would be a better deal than the Toyota Sonoma? I just want something dependable, economical, and easy to drive. I don't want a big truck, with gas being too expensive. On a side note. Any suggestions of where I can go to get information on how to maintain a vehicle. My daughter and I tried for an hour to change a tire this past weekend. We finally gave up and had to ask for a man's assistance.. :-)
  • ratboy3ratboy3 Posts: 324
    test drive.. it's gotta be the best thing to do when shopping.. test drive all of them no matter what brand.. it's your money and your satisfaction that's important
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