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Toyota Tundra Owner Experiences



  • river7river7 Posts: 17
    I currently have a 2001 Tundra V8 and it is fine when it isn't in the shop. If I ever buy something new I am done with Toyota after driving Toyotas for 20+years. Started with an 84 Supra, to an 88' Pickup, 98 Tacoma, to 01' Tundra.


    Sick of paying a premium for a false idea about the current Toyotas being bullet-proof and exponentially more reliable than other vehicles. Without Lexus Toyota is 9th in quality behind Chevy, Caddy and Buick........CHEVY !!!!


    $1100 for brakes, $600+ for exhaust manifold, seatbelt issues, etc. Being $close to $2000 deep in out of pocket repairs after paying a premium for a Toyota is BS and the thing that is driving me away is their attitude. Flaws are acceptable their customer service is non-existent, frankly they suck.


    Too bad, the new Tacoma looks pretty nice but I just can't do it knowing they don't stand behind their designs and product, so why pay a premium.


  • I am looking at puurchasing a 2005 Tundra access cab. This is my 1st Toyota truck purchase. Are ther any major issues/things to be aware of. I always have a f-150. I dod not know if I should switch or not. Thanks for any imput
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,025
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  • I am going to purchase a vehicle in the next 2 weeks, I have decided between the Tacoma Double-cab 4WD, and the Tundra Access Cab 4wd. both are somewhat equal in price.. any suggestions?? Thanks for the input
  • Biggest question is probably cab room. If you plan on having anything other than small children or a dog riding in the rear seats, you're better off with the double cab. If that's not an issue, test drive them both extensively to see which one you feel rides better, feels more comfortable to you.
  • I'm going to buy a slightly used Tundra Double Cab in about a month and have a question regarding the tow package. If I see a truck with a receiver hitch, is there any way to tell if this truck is equipped with the tow package (radiator cooler and 130 alternator) or if it was added after market by a previous owner? Can you tell by the VIN or any other method? I want the full tow package and not a truck that just had the receiver hitch added as after market. Thanks.
  • Toyota really messed up when they removed the standard cooler. This only applies to 03 and up.
  • oagroagr Posts: 2
    Hey all, I've got a 2005 Dbl Cab SR5 4x4. I love off-roading with it, I've got a great pic of me pulling my friends jeep out of the mud... however, that mud trip required a trip to the dealership.

    Beware, that alternator is mounted down low, protected by the skid plate, but not from any mud that may get splashed up there and right into the brushes... note to self, mud makes a better insulator than conductor!
  • I have a 2004 Doublecab...and using regular unleaded I have only gotten over 15MPG on highway once...usually is down around 14 for highway/city mix. But I have heard of others who consistently get around 18MPG highway. Anyone have any suggestions to increase MPG?
  • The Tundra has a much better ride. The gas mileage will be close between the 2. I had a 2000 Access Cab and moved up to an '04 Dbl. Cab and just love it. No problems whatsoever with either of these trucks. I put 60,000 miles on the 2000 and have 10,000 miles on the '04. I just changed the oil every 5,000 miles and rotated the tires. New brakes and tires @ 45,000 on the Access cab, that is it!
  • Hello. I just won a brand new '05 SR5 4X4 Double Cab from the ESPN 25/Gatorade sweepstakes. It is silver in color with foglights, electric rear window, bed rail caps, cloth interior, and moonroof. I need to sell it. I already looked at it yesterday. I pick it up in about 3 days. If anyone is interested or needs more info, email me at I am in New Orleans, LA.
    Again, this is BRAND NEW. I'm just driving it home.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    Most manufacturers put a label in the glove box - on this label will be all the option codes that were installed on the vehicle when it was built.

    Toyota uses the code "TO" to indicate tow package.
  • I have a 2003 tundra and it gets 13 to 16 city depending on weather
  • Just bought a Dcab sr5 4x4.

    Interested in the MAAP Challenger running boards that Toyota sells as an accessory.

    Anyone have these? How do they look? Other info?

  • idahoronidahoron Posts: 18
    I just got a 05 DC 4X4 TRD. I am getting 15 just running around, and 18 on the interstate. Ron
  • dmoreldmorel Posts: 3
    I just purchased an '05 Tundra SR5 DC and had the dealer throw in the running boards that you mention. Very sturdy and look real nice. Can send you a pic if you provide an email address.
  • dmoreldmorel Posts: 3
    What's your secret? I think you're the 1st I've heard of getting 18 mpg.
  • idahoronidahoron Posts: 18
    I just put in the premium grade gas and went out and got on the highway. I set the cruse on 75 and drove just over 150 miles. I stopped and got gas. No secret, but the city driving I got 15. I drove out a half a tank of premium and filled it with premium. Ron
  • Yes, I'd like to see some pics of the running boards. You can send to

  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    I did not think the Tundra required premium - does the owner manual say to use premium?

    If it is not designed to run on premium - using it does not improve MPG - or increase power - the only thing it does is cost you $.20 more per gallon.
  • I am planning on purchasing a 4 door pickup and I am looking at the Toyota Tundra, Ford F-150, or Chevy Silverado.
    Does anyone have any helpful information about the 4 door Toyota Tundra?
    We have a 1989 Toyota pickup that has almost 250,000. We have never had any trouble with it, but it is just not big enough for our family. I just usually drive it to/from work.
    We have 2 young children and an looking for something big enough for the 4 of us, with plenty of leg room. My husband is pushing for a Toyota Sienna van, but I really want a 4 door pickup.

    Just looking for some helpful information about the 4 door Toyota Tundra.
  • I just recently traded my 2004 Sienna for a four door dual cab Tundra. My main reason for the trade was the tires on the Sienna, which were the worst tires I have ever owned, Bridgstone Turenzas, 17". Only 24000 Km. and were worn out, also the poorest traction tires, I beleive Tirerack rates them 30th out of 32. Could not find a suitable replacement as very few tire manufacturers made the tire size required. I understand their maybe some more available now. Yes I would buy a Sienna again, once the tire manufactures catch on the demand for the tire size. I like my dual cab Tundra and since we have a cottage and a boat the cargo bed for carrying things is appreciated. I rarely used the third row seats in the Sienna and they were folded down most of time. I have a six foot 15 year old and he thinks there is more room in the back seats of the Tundra then what was in the Sienna. Since the Tundra is a v8 it sure uses a lot more gas, but I expected that. The traction was very good considering the terrable tires but the AWD on the Tundra has been a blessing with this past winter. Cosmectically the Sienna's interior is much more modern and appealing as the Tundra needs to be brought up to date ie. automatic climate control, electrophonic and dimming mirrors, gated gear shift intregrated into the centre consal, auto up and down window etc. If you need seating for more then five the Sienna is the way to go. It comes down to personal requirements. Test drive both and this may help make your mind up as the Sienna in my opinion has made great strides in the mini van segment and is a great vehicle. You cannot go wrong with either the Sienna or the dual cab Tundra. Hope this helps in some way.
  • surfdogsurfdog Posts: 2
    Hello I am searching for an 05 Tundra Access Cab 4X4 Limited.The dealer here in Northern Calif. says they are not available.Not made. All the on line & print literature shows it as an option.I want the leather seats etc, & dont want a double.
    Anyone know if there is another state that has em?
  • hvanhvan Posts: 56
    There's plenty of 05 Tundra Access Cab 4X4 in Southern California. You may want to look up Longo Toyota (the largest Toyota dealer in the nation). They are in LA.

    Ok, do I get a $50 finders fee?
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    Anyone know the pricing and details of this new option? It has leather seats, 18 or 20 inch chrome wheels, among other stuff. Edmunds doesn't have anything on it yet. I've seen lots of commercials on TV here in Orlando. has some info. if you go through their "build it" links. And there's some basic info. about it at
  • surfdogsurfdog Posts: 2
    There are plenty of Access Cab 4X4s here too but not the "Limited".Dealers here in Ca. are apparently offering only the SR5. The nice options such as limited w/leather buckets and Navigation are only available in the double cab.I don't understand why it would be available in the literature, and not on the ground.
    The trend in trucks is bigger and bigger while the reality of gas prices are making me want to go smaller,not bigger.The next Tundra will be bigger yet so I want one now.I am willing to buy out of state if need be. Thanks!
  • olddogolddog Posts: 2
    please explain, I am very interested in your opinion.
  • You lucky rascal! Why cant I have some luck like that?
  • motownusamotownusa Posts: 836
    I am interested in buy either a new 05 Tundra V8 or a slightly used 04 model (if I can find a good deal). I read somewhere that the 05 Tundra has a new engine that produces 280 Hp. I think the 04 Tundra V8 produced either 240 or 245 Hp. Is the extra horspower very noticable? Does it also increases towing ability. I am not going to do any serious towing anyway.
  • Both engines tow the same amount of weight, the 05's have a 5spd auto, vs the 04's 4spd. Its supposed to be 1mpg better on fuel.
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