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Toyota Tundra Owner Experiences



  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,241
    1 & 2 are identical issues I had with my '03 Chevy. Brakes were replaced three times under warranty by 20k miles, always with a smile. Plastic door stop broke after wind caught door and bent it backwards. Dealer happily replaced under warranty. Still really liked that truck and would have bought another if they offered crew-cab with 6' bed.

    '05 Tundra has 50k miles and only back to dealer for one recall....thank God...Toyota dealers never treated me as well as their vehicles. Love this "light-weight" 9/10 truck that can't tow 10,000# yet suspiciously has MORE payload capacity than the new Tundra.....makes ya go hmmmmmm.
  • We have had our Toyota Tundra for just over a year and we adore it. It's a shame you are having soo many problems with yours. We have never experienced a single problem. We have even towed a 10000 lb. 40 ft. Travel Trailer over 2100 miles and still haven't had any issues. A truck is meant to work hard, not look good, but we got a hard-working truck that looks awesome! Can't argue with that.....
  • thanks and yes the four door sr5 is a wonderful truck mine is a regular cab 5.7l with sr5 upgrade, like comparing an orange and a lemon
  • thanks sebring not clear on which truck is the light weight but when i traded a half ton dodge for a 3/4 ton dodge i went from clunker to john deere
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,241
    I just don't buy into the outrageous tow ratings on the 1/2 ton trucks. They really don't have the payload capacity to back it up. '07 Tundra CM rated for 10,100# towing and has 1,500# of payload capacity. One tank of fuel and you're overloaded...never mind a driver or anything else. My '05 is rated for 6,500# towing and has over 1,650# of payload capacity. I'm not saying Toyota is better/worse than anyone else because they all do it. Toyota just didn't do it with the prior gen Tundra.

    I also have an '03 Ram 3500 with over 180k miles pulling 12,000#-15,000# horse trailers nearly 100% of the miles. Big difference between that and any of the 1/2 ton out there.
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    You replied to the wrong post. Just one problem with my 06 Tundra, fixed under warranty the first week I had the truck, so far 27K miles and haven't been back since.
  • The Proof

    Just look how Toyota's bed shakes in the durability demo. I wouldn't take the truck down a dirt road.
  • mule4mule4 Posts: 36
    Another toyota basher. I own a tundra 5.7 engine most powerful 1/2 ton on market fair mpg. ford might make a good truck some day if they get rid of that low power 5.4 gas hog engine. Go to the ford truck form & see if you can find all the problems ford is having. maybe vibration & lots more.You know i don't think there are any toyota owners on there bashing ford.Because they don't want the owners to feel any worse than than they already do.Hope you have good luck with your truck if you have one.
  • mtolosomtoloso Posts: 1
    Does anyone know if the Tundra Grade truck has the same shock absorbers as the SR5 and Limited?
  • hammaahammaa Posts: 79
    hi - i was hoping some of you experts could help me!! i need to buy a new (used) truck, and i wanted some opinions. first of all, it would be a daily driver (i drive about 15K to 18K/year). secondly, it needs to look nice enough for a banker to show up at a customer's office and not be embarrassed. (but i only have about $8K and won't finance.)

    i'm currently looking at a 2001 tacoma, prerunner, w/ 115K miles. it appears to be in excellent condition, from original owner, asking $7,500. OR, 2003 tundra access cab, excellent from original owner, asking $8,200.

    i'd like to keep the truck forever, and give it to my 10 year old son to drive when he turns 16.


  • cruemax08cruemax08 Posts: 2
    I think that year tacoma is part of the frame watch, where many of those yearly 2000's tundras are now failing inspections due to frame corrosion. You might be better off with the Tundra.

    As far as the "look", I think you would be sitting higher off the floor of that Tundra (remembering my pals '99 tacoma) so your pant legs might stay cleaner.

    Hope that helps!
  • wyorebwyoreb Posts: 45
    wondering why there are so few 2009s available?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Not that many were made... Toyota had a very abbreviated 2009 run. They had closed the Texas plant for 3 months in the summer and fall of 2008 for inventory control, then opted to launch an early 2010 a few months ago.

    kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host
  • I finally will be selling a 1989 F250 nicknamed the 'Big Ugly' because it is. I have owned it for 7 years. The truck has been good, but time for a Toyota. The Tundra and Tacpo appear to be good trucks. I want a manual transmission because of preference for highway driving and in the snow. I would like a crew cab, or possibly extended cab for the Tundra only. I will be driving 500 miles or more with people in the back, camping or trips. The Taco extended cab seems to be too small and upright for people for long trips. What is the extended cab like for comfort in the Tundra? Is the extended cab too small and sit upright too much compared to the crew cab? What is other experience for manual transmissions for the Tundra and mpg? Thanks. :)
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,241
    I assume you're considering the 1st generation Tundra (2000-2006), because I don't believe the new one comes with a manual transmission at all. Of that generation, only the reg. and ext. cab V6 models come with manual. The access (ext.) cab in that generation is not comfortable for adults IMHO. Plus the performance is mediocre and mpg really isn't much different than V8 auto. So I think you should scrap the Tundra if a manual tranny is a requirement. That narrows you down to the Tacoma double-cab which doesn't have a manual transmission until the 2005+ redesign. Not a bad truck and close to Tundra size, but narrower. I personally think the Tundra double-cab is a better all around truck and the V8 is a very good performer. That's the route I went and have been very happy with it. Cost wise, the Tundra of a similar year isn't much difference in price and you get a much roomier interior, stronger motor, etc. But you've got to give up the manual tranny.
  • Thanks, but I really do not want to give up on a manual transmission. I have driven many vehicles and realized most manufacturers, including Toyota, have not figured out to program a transmission as well as I can when I drive a manual. The transmissions jump too much on rolling hills, which I do not like at all. I think a Tundra access cab came with a 6cyl manual. I read how some did not mind the change in the back seat, but I need more information on preformance and the back. I would consider a manual Taco 6 cyl or Frontier 6cyl. I hope to hear about a manual Tundra access cab owner on back seat comfort, towing, mpg and other issues. If only more options existed for trucks with manual transmissions.......Thanks.
  • gus79gus79 Posts: 1
    I just had new winter tires installed on my Tundra 2005 and the TPMS light now stays on all of the time. It did nor come on with the old tires. The new tires are on the old rims with the same sensors as before. I have checked that all tires have the correct pressure. On net I have found several postings saying the TPMS switch must be used to reset the system. The problem is -- where is the reset switch. A person who identified himself as a Toyota tech said it was located at the lower end of the steering column and had a symbol like the TPMS light in the instrument cluster. Searching with a good light I could find no switch. Another said it was near the hood release -- to slide your hand along the lower edge of the dash and you would find a button. None there. Another said it was combined with the odometer/trip selector -- but no combination of pressing reset buttons has any effect. There may have been another suggestion given, but the bottom line is that I cannot find the TPMS on my 2005 Tundra.

    Do any of you know where it is?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
  • I'm looking for a new car/truck/SUV and here is my dilemma: I like Avalanche’s look, but Tundra’s reliability. Currently I have 1999 Ford F-150, and never had any problems with it. I bought it brand new and now it has 140K miles on it. Once a while I need a pick-up truck, and I’d like to enjoy the nice look of it. The bed in a new F-150’s appears much bigger to what I’m used to and I don’t like it. I like the appearance of Chevy Avalanche, but I’ve read that people are having some problems with it. On the other hand Tundra would be more reliable, but it is rather a typical pick-up truck. I might also add that my teenage sons dream of Avalanche. Can you advise me please which car to choose from, or give me some thoughts to start with?
  • webgoodwebgood Posts: 95
    That's a tough one. I've been a Toyota guy since 1991 when I got my first one, and for good reason...reliability. I'm not nuts about "working" on cars and I hate it when the transportation "tool" (read: vehicle) that I depend-on and 'need right now' when I go out and turn the key, doesn't work or craps-out while going somewhere. I'd been a GM customer for many years, as had my family, until I got sick of the excuses, idiotic engineering, poor build quality, and constant problems; never again.
    Having said that, seems to me if you really like the looks of the Avalanche and you buy a Toyota, you're going to be looking longingly everytime a nice-looking Chevy goes by and feel 'geez, I really should've got one'. And you may very well have good luck with the Chevy. Suggestion...check out Consumer Reports (takes a lot of the emotion out of it) and the threads on Edmunds here (caution...more people write to complain than those who write and praise on just about anything). Regards, BGood
  • Thanks for your thoughts. I looked at the Edmunds forums and it looks that much more people are complaining on Avalanches than on Tundras. I think people usually complain on out of warranty cars, since they have to pay for repairs themselves. I’m looking for a new car so how do I adjust these complaints for the possibility that the factory may have already fixed these problems that people were having in their older cars? I guess that if there were a lot of problems with any aspect of the vehicle, the factory would rather fixed it on a production/assembly line than later at the dealerships, what would costs them much more. You are right saying that people who are happy with their cars do not post their excitement. Is there any way to find the number of Avalanches and Tundras sold within last year or last two years? These complaints would have quite different meaning if there are much more Tundras than Avalanches. That would be a big warning for me. On the other hand if there area more Avalanches that would ease my uncertainty. What do you think about this reasoning? Thanks.
  • webgoodwebgood Posts: 95
    Once again, I'd put a fair amount of stock in Consumer Reports as being the most objective gauge of reliability. If you live near a decent library they'll have either the Buyers Guide or maybe even a back issue where they may have tested pickups.
    Another factor to consider is dealership honesty/character/quality in terms of their service reputation. I've been to 2 Toyota dealerships within 10 miles of each other over the years: one has been "fairly" honest in their maintenance/service advice and costs and did me several cost-reduction "favors" on specific service (reduced-cost oil changes regularly, a free tire rotation now and then), and always got me in when I needed to. The other has just bent over backwards to accomodate me (oil changes never take more than 20 minutes, price is always reduced to the "coupon-special" of $22 without the coupon, once accidently over-charged me on an item by $10, apologized and gave me a free oil change, work always done exactly the way I want it, minor warranty items taken care-of with no hassle, etc, etc) and that's from a BIG dealership with genuinely NICE, FRIENDLY people. I can't say enough good about them and I trust their service people. That's a BIG plus. Regards, BGood
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,241
    Sounds like everyone is in the right area. It's located under the steering column toward the bottom of the dash. I'm not looking at it now, but it seems like there's also a vent in that area as well. I know I can reach it while driving as I reset it awhile back after getting tires rotated. Also, did you check the pressure in the spare tire?

    And the person recommending the odometer reset was confused, because that's used to reset the maintenance light. Your manual covers all of this.
  • Hi All.

    I just noticed an engine oil leak in my 2005 Toyota Tundra ( 2wd, dc, 99k mi ). I have been keeping it very well maintained and have never towed anything with it. The high miles (mostly highway) are due to my long commute to work.

    I thought, being a toyota, it would be trouble free ( except maitenance ) for at least 200k miles.

    I've seen similar complaints on lower miles tundras and it seems to be the rear main seal. Do you know how much this would cost to fix ?

  • I have a 2010 d-cab with a 4.6 and i cant get used to gas pedal, it kinda has a delay when driving around town like when i come to a stop sign and still rolling 5mph + - and give it some gas to take off ( keep in mind i dont have a lead foot try to save gas) the tranny seams like its in a higher gear than it should be so when you give it some gas it seams like it slips trying to get to a lower gear. the problem is between 5mph to about 20 mph,the truck is great for getting on the highway its like a rocket and rides great just dont know if there is a tranny prob or that is just how the electric gas pedal works, if anybody eles has the same prob or is it me? p.s. the truck has about 1200 miles on it.
  • wyorebwyoreb Posts: 45
    i have noticed the same thing, mostly when engine is cold, and it seems to go away once warmed up. it's a little quirky, but i've gotten used to it. have seen other posts that refer to it, but no one has said it's a problem.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
    If you own one of the models listed in the recall and have actually experienced the unintended acceleration, please send an email with details of the experience and how it felt.

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  • revitrevit Posts: 476
    How about all those Rustundra owners???
  • PMOPMO Posts: 278
    I have an email about the tailgate problems,buckling when useing box extender from Toyota? Tail gates falling off?Then anyone out there with information or is this another crock to discredit Toyota?
  • Hi,
    I'm trading my 2005 4.7L V8 4Runner 77000 miles for a 4X4-5.7L tundra(SR5)Payoff for 4runner is $15,200... after much searching the best deal I got from a dealer is $36,000 @ 0% for 60 months(downpayment of $3000) and a monthly payment of $600.This includes my trade-in.
    I live in NY long Island.
    Please kindly advice if this is worth.
  • Im kinda in the same boat. I leased a 07 Tundra, and am looking at getting out of it. The 0% sounds good, but still having to put anything down doesnt appeal to me. Ive been looking at 09 tundras. They are almost 2 years old, theres no difference between the 09 and the 10s. And seems dealers are willing to bargain a little with them. Might be worth checking out.The other option would be to go with the new 4.6 L engine, rather then the 5.7. you lose about 80 hp, but saves about $2000 too. Option 3, would be to buy my 07 Tundra ;) good as new, and only 27K miles... Good luck.
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