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Toyota Tundra Owner Experiences



  • frey4frey4 Posts: 30
    Get a big Dodge, Ford or GMC diesel. Forget the Tundra. You'll toast that tranny. You can't even get limited slip (ludicrous).
  • jwhaelen1jwhaelen1 Posts: 27
    My 67 yr old Aunt lives in Calais,ME and on one cold & snowy day and she was going down her driveway in her Subaru Forrester(basically,same type of car as the Outback w/ a different name)and slid right across the road and went approx.halfway into the ditch.The ditch is only about 2-3' deep and approx. 6-7'wide.It's only purpose is so the plows have a place to put the excess snow.Anyway,after shearing 2 out of 4 hubs & partially damaging the driveshaft(according to the dealer) trying to get out,it took her neighbors Kubota tractor to un- stick it and about $1,500.00 to fix the thing.That included the tow to dealership.NOT CHEAP!I wouldn't put up with that kind of B.S.Would you?She now owns a GMC Jimmy and doesn't worry about getting stuck anymore(in ditches or at the dealer).'Nuff said? I'm not trying to change your mind,just informing you that not all vehicles are created equal.That's why there are so may choices out there to fit different needs.Anyway,Take Care John.I hope this helps.
  • jwhaelen1jwhaelen1 Posts: 27
    I'm not trying to degrade Subaru's in any way But,plan on having rust repair done in about 3-4 years of winter driving up here if you get the Outback.The salt they use on the roads up here reiks havoc on the front areas of them,such as the:front of the hood,front area of roof,tailgate/hatch,& door lock areas& under sides.Keep an eye on the weld seams also.Roof rack attatch areas are prone to damage also.I have a friend that does body work at the Subaru/Toyota dealer I go to when my Tundra is sick And he constantly fixes these types of problems all the time.Take a look around, not too many Subaru's on the road up here due to these very reasons.....I'm on your side John, just giving you the facts and trying to help you out.Have a "wicked"good time;As Tim Sample says(LOL).C-ya
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    Here in VA, we don't get a huge amount of snow, but a fair amount of ice. My Tundra with the BF Goodrich tires does very well on ice, which surprised me. I get very little slip with them and they seem to grip better than most other trucks I see on the roads. Snow is a different matter. Those tires are not quite aggressive enough for me. They tend to cake up quickly in wet snow. Same goes for mud. If I lived in an area with more snow, I would probably replace them. Since rain and ice are a bigger problem here, I'm extremely satisfied with what I have.

    The other thing to consider for snow is ground clearance. "High centering" is a condition that occurs when the underside of your car or truck compresses the snow beneath you and prevents the tires from getting a good grip. The Tundra has the highest ground clearance of any full sized truck at about 11 inches. This combined with good snow tires should make the Tundra 4x4 a natural on snow.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    My bfg all terrain TA's are excellent tires. Great traction its very hard to spin the rear wheels

    I had a question. No one could answer it for me. Just out of curiosity whats the largest tire you can put on a tundra?

    I know stock is 265's. but can you go bigger

    My silverado came with 265's (largest offered) and i have since added 285's


  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    I don't know how big you can go. Beyond the obvious things like the speedometer, odometer and actual clearance in the wheel wells, there is one other thing to consider. If you have ABS, you could potentially mess up the system. I am NOT an expert on this subject, so don't kill me if I speak out of line here, but here is what I have been told. The ABS sensors measures tire rotation and anything affecting the rate of rotation will affect how the ABS functions. Point being, find an expert on this subject before moving to a larger tire if you have ABS.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    I used the HPIII to reprogram the speedo.

    I have 6K on the new tires and no problems
  • ratboy3ratboy3 Posts: 324
    are they the width? the 265's
  • quadrunner500quadrunner500 Posts: 2,728
    >The Tundra has the highest ground clearance of any full sized truck at about 11 inches.<

    Poor toy-odor salesmen just can't help himself. The question was Subaru vs Tundra.

    I'm going to put a tape under the differential, photograph it for the near sighted, serial exaggerators.
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    Exactly what is your point beyond badgering? My comment was not intended to denigrate the Subaru or even discuss it. I was simply pointing out that in snow, a high ground clearance is a benefit. Do you have something to add here? Do you dispute this?
  • quadrunner500quadrunner500 Posts: 2,728
    Didn't accuse you of denigrating the Subaru. And IF you were simply pointing out that high ground clearance is a benefit, you would not have been exaggerating it against "any full sized truck."

    I would have nothing to add here, if not for disputing your perpetuation of the 11 inch ground clearance myth, which by the way, Tundra does NOT have.
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    According to Toyota's literature, it does. Every manufacturer uses front ground clearance numbers in its specs. Don't ask me why, I don't make those decisions. The Toyota Tundra does have 11 inches in the front. Was it your point that the Subaru has more than the Tundra?
  • ratboy3ratboy3 Posts: 324
    are the 265's the width of the tires?
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Check out


    Tire A: 265/75 R 16

    10.43" (265.00mm) width

    31.65" (803.90mm) height

    Tire B: 285/75 R 16

    11.22" (285.00mm) width

    32.83" (833.90mm) height

  • quadrunner500quadrunner500 Posts: 2,728
    >Every manufacturer uses front ground clearance numbers in its specs. Don't ask me why, I don't make those decisions.<

    They sure DON'T. And you know it. Stop being a cop-out.
  • ratboy3ratboy3 Posts: 324
    thanks.. so when I see 265 on the side of the tire it is the width..

    but on the chart you posted the height is different from each other even though they are both 75.. I'm guessing the 75 is the height..

    obviously I'm an expert on tires.. "yeah they're those round black things in the bottom" ;)
  • lariat1lariat1 Posts: 461
    the numbers on the side of the tires are the metric way of measuring tire size.Take the 265 75 16 LT tire: the 265 is the tire width in mm, the 75 is the aspect ratio of the sidewall to tread width, the 16 is the rim size,and the LT is light truck. To figure out the tire size apply this formula.

    ((tread width x aspect ratio) / 25.4) x 2 + rim size = tire height.

    in this example ((265 x .75)/25.4) x 2 + 16 =31.65"

    hope this helps and does not confuse you to much
  • ratboy3ratboy3 Posts: 324

    I was just wondering if I could get wider tires (yes for looks) when the time comes that I need them to be replaced...
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    Quad knows the Tundra has 3" more ground clearance. He is just a little bit insecure about it. The Tundra easily outclassed the Chev in offroad performance when tested by Truck Trend. The Chev was equipped with limited slip and STILL lost.

    On top of ground clearance the Tundra has by far the best brakes. Truck Trend tested the Tundra loaded with 1350 lb. and it STILL outbraked the EMPTY Chevy. I think Chev equipped their truck with Chevette brakes.
  • hillhoundhillhound Posts: 537
    The Tundra still can't straddle a tree stump with a height that matches Toyota's ground clearance claims and YOU know it! The difference in ground clearance between the Chevy and Tundra is less than 1". Toyota doesn't care where they measure the G.C. of the Tundra from as long as it exceeds it's competitor's claims! To everyone who is confused about this, the proper spot to measure is the lowest point of the truck excluding the tires (hint; it's usually the rear differential housing). Not the transfer case which rides above the rear axle. Next Toyota will be measuring it from bottom of the back bumper !
    And Edmund's Fullsize truck comparison concludes the Tundra is the worst fullsize truck for offroad use. And I agree(no LSD, skid plates bolted to the trans case). Bama; go straddle a 10.5" tree stump in your Tundra driving about 15mph and tell us all what happens! Or do you not trust Toyota's GC claim?
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    You just need to go to Ford, Dodge, or Chevy's website and do a compare. Even they admit that the Tundra has at least 3" more ground clearance. They all measure the same per SAEJ1100. If you don't like it - write the Society of Automotive Engineers a nasty letter. I'm sure they will change their spec immediately.

    For the Edmund's off-road test, the Tundra had stock suspension and the Chev had the off road suspension. Hardly a fair test. Truck Trend tested similarly equipped trucks (except the Chev had limited slip) and the Tundra whupped it. Face the facts.
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    Quad - "Just the facts, Maam"

    Is Quad a Toyota owner? No. Is this a Tundra owner's topic? I do believe that Quad is doing a little of his own brand of spamming.

    Just a little insecure about his low rider Chev truck.
  • hillhoundhillhound Posts: 537
    Explain this to me; how can your Tundra straddle a 11" tree stump (which is within Toyota's G.C. claim of 11.2") when you actually have about 10" under your rear diff housing? My truck CAN drive over obstacles within it's manufacturer's measurement. Your's simply can't.
    Don't you see a problem with this?? Maybe for once you could try to explain this discrepancy rather than hiding behind Toyota's questionable numbers!
    And let us know what happens when you nail that 10.5" pine stump with your rear diff! "Oh gee! but Mr. Service Manager that stump was well within Toyota's SAE GC claim! Whaddaya mean I voided my warranty"?
    I'll await your explanation on the hypothetical tree stump situation! And good luck Bama!
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Bama's doing that personal attacks post #713. How long can this continue????
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    "Bama's doing that personal attacks again..."???

    My post #713 was in response to a post in which Quad posted a graphic file of a can of spam. I accused him of spamming. Either he or PF deleted Quad's original post. Hardly a personal attack.

    Here is a novel idea - why don't we both do as PF has suggested and start talking ONLY trucks? I'm all for it.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    It is you that's doing the personal attacks. If you look back over the weekend's posts, there was no attacks, no posts, no nothing. As soon as you does the soon as someone disagrees with you, here come the personal attacks. It seems that you're the one that doesn't get it.

    If you do believe it's spam, to not continue the personal attacks, you should report it. It's not like you haven't done it before. Right? Lastly, who made you the marshall. For you there is no damage control...just more personal attacks. Do you understand the problem? When you have nothing left to argue with...what do you do?

    BTW, you address Quad's post yet you ignore hillhound's which is a legitimate question. Why don't you start by answering hillhound's question regarding ground clearance?
  • bamatundrabamatundra Posts: 1,583
    You have a convenient (and erroneous) memory. There were many posts this past weekend including one where Quad called Cliff1 (a Tundra owner) a "Toy Odor" salesman. Pretty juvenile.

    If you guys could read you would notice that this is a Tundra owners topic.

    As I have said before - let's talk trucks.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    why are you trying to provoke things?

    hey could you please check out the tundra vs the big 3 I posted a question back there this past weekend and it wasnt answered maybe you could help me out. It was about a camry and orangish rust color spotting in the paint

  • rwellbaum2rwellbaum2 Posts: 1,006
    The discoloration could be anything from acid rain to pollen dust. Does it wash off or buff out? Is the paint chiped in those areas? Is the paint still under warranty? Could you use rubbing compound to get rid of it? If not, it may be necessary to take it to a reputable autobody shop. BTW, you may get better information if you post questions about your Camary in a Camary topic vs. a truck topic
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