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Toyota Tundra Owner Experiences



  • quadrunner500quadrunner500 Posts: 2,728
    Ford Ranger is the top rated small truck. Dependable, economical, and easy to drive. No one makes a bad small truck at this point.
  • rander14rander14 Posts: 2
    Not to spoil the fun here - but I have a 2001 Access 4x4 which is a beautiful truck, but I am having some vibration problems that Toyota has not been able to fix. I consider this a serious quality problem and I am disgusted with Toyota right now. It is a shame because I think there are some fairly simple fixes that could solve the problem (see, but my local service people have been inept and the Toyota regional people have not contacted me.

    I am on the verge of litigation to give them back their truck. Toyota quality is not what I had expected.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    They are most effective when battling a large corporation especially at cutting through red tape. Plus it won't cost you anything.
  • quadrunner500quadrunner500 Posts: 2,728
    Rander, did you read the posts about increasing caster? Might have to get an independent alignment shop to do it.
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    Yes, my truck has been perfect. I did not mean to infer that all Tundras are perfect. I just am saying that the chances of getting a perfect Tundra are much better than the chances of getting a perfect Chev.

    On a side note: While I am a member group of far less members than you, I make it a point to post under only one name. Sorry to disappoint you.

    This attack surprises me coming from you, I have respected you because you have mainly posted just about trucks. Oh well, I guess you joined the rest of the Chev pack. Too bad!
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    There is a fix for what you are describing. It has to do with the alignment specs. Unfortunately, most dealers don't have the know how, nor equipment to align some of these to eliminate the vibration and you will need to see an alignment specialist. E-mail me and I will forward you the specs. My address is
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240

    How have you been?

    selling lots of vehicles?
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    Very well thanks. This topic has been a bit dormant lately, but I post when something come up.
  • jwhaelen1jwhaelen1 Posts: 27
    I really should have gone with buying the Dakota.This thing is already starting to turn into a "rattle-trap" and the driver's side door won't always fully close like it used to unless you push down slightly just before it shuts.....Took truck to dealership and they said my latch was fine?? they said: "all it needed was a minor adjustment."(on a new truck??) Also, I asked them if it was normal for the engine to still burn 1/2 a quart every 500-600 miles. Truck has just over 12K on it and is broken in properly. The dealer said it was normal until it gets near 15k.I'm not very impressed so far.......Only time will tell.
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    It seems that the insecure Chev pack will be here whether I am here or not! Just wanted to post the facts!
  • 19491949 Posts: 59
    Check out this might find a TSB that addresses your door problem or oil issue. It's a very informative site for anyone doing research.
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  • lake5lake5 Posts: 56
    so i hope i'm asking in the right place.
    i'm looking to buy a tundra and need advice as to whether the tundra will perform 5th wheel duties. all i get from the dealer on this subject is "sure you bet". uh huh
    i usually find it smarter to inquire with people that have used a vehicle in this manner.
    thanks in advance for any replies.
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    My answer is that the Tundra will perform 5th wheel duties as well as any other 1/2ton. What trailer do you have in mind?
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    I am a Toyota salesman and I would be the first to tell you the Tundra is not ideally suited to 5th wheel towing. The wheel base is a bit short and this mounts the attachment point pretty close to the cab. Also, the payload of the Tundra (like most 1/2 ton trucks) is in the 1700 to 1800 pound range. The weight on the rear axle counts toward this capacity. In most cases, you are better off with a 3/4 or 1 ton truck.

    Now, if your trailer will fit behind the cab and the weight is fairly low, the Tundra will do fine. The I-Force engine is very strong, the transmission is up to the task and it is a pretty stable platform. I tow a 4200 pound boat with mine and love it. I barely notice it behind me. I'm just not sure I'd put a 5th wheel on it.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    very nice post

    exactly what i was thinking about the wheelbase. With any shortbed a fifth wheel is tough. Turning might get close or hit the cab.

    Best bet is to go with a long bed just for sufficient room
  • lake5lake5 Posts: 56
    thanks but, i'm looking for serious advice on this subject.
  • lake5lake5 Posts: 56
    so how much is this new truck gonna cost me(wink).
    thank you for the advice. very well put, and clearly opens my eyes to look at all possibilities when considering a vehicle for doing the type of towing i plan on. before i go to far though, i notice that most people in towing disscusions don't even recommend the tundra for towing large trailers that are near the tundras wieght capacity due to the short wheelbase. do you have any recommendations as to what trucks are best suited to my needs in the 3/4 ton size?
  • lake5lake5 Posts: 56
    else that knows. i'm determined to buy the tundra, but at this time i have not bought a trailer for 5th wheeling, my question is this, does anyone have any suggestion for a combo that will work?
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    I can't answer your cost question without being banned from Edmunds.

    As for general towing issues, I really like the Tundra. With the exception of 5th wheel towing, I think the Tundra will have no problems right up to its weight limits. As I said before, I'm pulling 4200 pounds and don't have the slightest problem. I know people who do a lot more than this as well.

    If my needs required 5th wheel towing, I'd probably look at a long box Chevy 2500 or wait until the 2004 Tundra came out with the larger engine and wheel base.
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    c'mon - you can do it - tell us WHAT YOU WANT TO TOW? Good luck on this one now!
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    If you went with a long bed model, and you got a ultralite or lite fifth-wheel, then it can be done.

    I tow a 26 foot sunnybook (travel trailer) with mine. I tow around 4900 pounds.

    I would personally not get a fifth-wheel. Its nice to fill the bed of the truck with camping stuff you do want to put in the trailer.

    If you wanted a serious fifth-wheel, go buy a F-250 or a Chevy 2500 with a long bed.
  • jwhaelen1jwhaelen1 Posts: 27
    Hi Folks, I just took my truck in AGAIN for another vibration problem(3rd time)It's doing the same thing it's done before.Vibrates wicked bad between 50-70 mph.Last time they found loose X-fer case bolts!!!!!(imagine that falling out going down the highway.....)I didn't find any loose this time upon a brief inspection underneith.Anyway,It's still at the dealer as I type this....Oh-yeah, the Oil problem is getting better after changing pCV valve out.I'll keep you posted on the results if I hear anything.At least I'm not paying for the Re-repair work.For now I'm driving my other truck(Ram 2500 QC 4x4).Any Ideas on vibe problem would be greatly appreciated. (Anyone wanna buy a freshly squeezed Lemon??) Bye for now. Jon
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    Most vibrations on the 2000 and some early 2001 Tundras can be traced to the wheel alignment. This issue has been discussed at length at another web site and a "fix" has been found. The problem is, most dealerships will not align it to the specs you need. This means you will have an out of pocket expense for an alignment but this will cure most vibration issues.

    Due to liability concerns, I will not post the specs here. If you want them, send me an e-mail at
  • jmessjmess Posts: 677
    I just spent the week driving a 2000 Ford F150 Harley Davidson Edition 2wd truck which included towing an enclosed car trailer (5000 lbs). It was the super cab; they went to a 4 door this year. It's suspension is tuned more towards a sport truck, sits about 1.5" lower than a standard F150, has 20" wheels and tires, and a limited slip diff. It had no vibrations, the drive line didn't clunk, the transmission shifted smoothly, it handled better, towed better, had a much better sterio, and got a little better mileage than my Tundra. It had a 260HP 5.4 engine which is a little more than the standard 5.4 via a SVT Lighting style exhaust system.

    I have owned my Tundra for a year now and it has not come close to meeting the expectations I had for quality and refinement when I bought it. Driving the Harley edition F150 showed me how much I had been in denial/ ignoring all the built-in shortcomings the current Tundra suspension and drive train has.

    Today a guy asked me how I liked my Tundra and I told him if I had to do it all over again I would buy a Ford F150 and set it up like the Harley edition minus the Black paint and Harley labels; after spending a week driving one I couldn't recommend a 2wd Tundra anymore.

    If you are happy with your Tundra then I am happy for you. I am expressing my opinion so forgive me if it doesn't match yours. I have had my truck into the dealer and read all the posts in I think there are still problems with the design. The dealer doesn't have any answers and Toyota can't fix the design problems with the existing trucks. In 2002 Toyota should get it right, until then you are better off with a F150 for ride and drive quality. One closing thought, never buy a 2wd V8 powered truck that doesn't have a limited slip differential.
  • lake5lake5 Posts: 56
    as it is, i've decided on the chevy HD with a 6.0 and 4.10 rear. evrything else i want on the truck is still being worked out. big difference between the tundra and the chevy though, it's like comparing a chicken egg to an ostrich egg. LOL
    the tundra is a cute little pickup, but no where near the size of the fullsize trucks. also it's great to be able to learn what i have learned about trucks here at edmunds.
  • lake5lake5 Posts: 56
    thanks to those for pointing me in the right direction. i came on here with the dtermination of buying the tundra, but after seeing all the reasons why the bigger trucks are better known for the type of towing i intend to do, it makes sense to buy a fullsize truck with at least a bed that's long enough to use for 5th wheeling. also that any of the 1/2 ton trucks made by chevy or ford and dodge are good candidates. i did however like the responsive attitude that the chevy 6.0 has. but it's only available in the HD versions i believe.
  • johnmeijohnmei Posts: 44
    Folks- I need some honest advice. I am sold on Toyota quality, reliability, OK. Currently own an Avalon. My wife and I are retired and live in Maine. We need to know how good the Tundra 4 x 4, V8, automatic is in snow/icey conditions. I noticed at a dealer that the off road package has different tires with more aggressive threads. Better in snow? We live where we must go up and down a fairly steep hill with one switchback and a 90 degree turn. We are considering a Tundra vs a Subaru Outback with snow as the ONLY consideration. Would also like to know the Tundra's true gas mileage experience, highway as well as around town.

    In advance, I thank you for your time and responses.
    John (
  • jwhaelen1jwhaelen1 Posts: 27
    Hi John,As far as getting around in the snow and ice in Maine go,You will do fine on level ground,but getting around in the driveway you described,You are going to have problems(more than nice tires are needed).Mostly due to the light weight of these types of trucks and the lack of usable torque to the wheels if you get the automatic.I know because I live in NH and own one myself,But am considering selling mine due to the repeated problems that mine is having.I also own a '99 Dodge Ram 3/4 ton 4wd w/the diesel in it that absolutely loves the snow and gets around just fine(haven't gotten stuck yet),and averages 22 mpg hwy and 17 in town thanks to the diesel engine. As far as MPG's are concerned on the Yota(summer truck),mine averages 19 hwy and 15 around town in mostly level areas.It's your $$$ and your choice(forget Subaru,Long story). I'm either getting a Dakota or a Jeep Liberty next time. Good luck in your selection & happy motoring!
  • johnmeijohnmei Posts: 44
    Give me a hint please. Why not Subaru?
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