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Old 04-22-2019, 10:45 AM
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My ladies looking to upgrade, are there any years to avoid?
We're thinking about five years old and near 50,000 miles, we're seeing prices in the mid to low 20s
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:17 AM
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IIRC, some of the earlier ones had frame corrosion issues. That led to Toyota replacing the frames on several. Also, some early ones had Air induction pump problems. My 2010 had zero issues, and racked up over 100K miles over the 6 years I had it. I’d most likely still own it if my boat was a bit lighter. Truck did not enjoy pulling the boat around on the highway.

Apart from towing, the only thing I didn’t like was the transmission. It shifted fine, but when stopped for a bit, it would sometimes clunk pretty hard. Almost felt like a car bumped me from behind. My 4Runner did it as well, but it was more pronounced in the Tundra. Dealer checked it out, but all was normal.
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Old 04-22-2019, 02:16 PM
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Just rolled over 200,000 on my 2003 Tundra. Great truck. Still runs like new.
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Old 04-23-2019, 10:45 AM
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Love my 06 tundra. I have towed over 10k with it.

MY parents have a mint 3rd gen. 5.7. Pull gooseneck trailer with it. They love it.

Oil undercoating is the only way to make frames last in salt areas.

Look up Krown undercoating if you live north.

if you need a nice riding reliable truck, canít go wrong. Not heavy duty enough for some people.

And the secret to towing heavy is to manually downshift before hills, not on them. Like we all did back in the early days when everyone drove a manual trans.

Also all 1/2 ton trucks Are sprung very softly and ride better with rear airbags unless passenger use only. Weight distribution bars for towing just like the manual says and the sticker on the hitch.

It iwill make the difference
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Old 04-23-2019, 02:30 PM
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Thank you gentlemen.
My lady drives a T 100 that's really tired, she wants to get into something that will tow our boat.... and has a Toyota emblem on the grill.
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Aren't the engines kind of a PITA to do maintenance/repairs on?
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Old 04-23-2019, 03:15 PM
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We are into our 11th Tundra in our immediate family, with nearly 1.5 million miles between them all. So far the most expensive repair was a $210 thrust alignment the ex-wife got talked into...

These are solid trucks....and a lot more truck for the money than domestics. I do most all of my own maintenance, along with my son...and neither of us have any issues with access. The bottom pan drops down quickly. The cartridge oil filter can be changed almost as quickly as the canister style.

If you dont tow a lot, check out the ones with the 4.6 motor. It was in the 2012 DC SR5 we owned and we put 68k trouble free miles on it, and when my wife drove it she regularly saw 20 mpg...

I dont have to sell you on Toyotas if you own a T100....those were solid trucks as well...and kicked off the Tundra line

I just love the looks of the new Platinums...so I bought one for my birthday last November.... The ride is great, the leather is plush and the truck tows our 7800# rig just fine.

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Old 04-23-2019, 03:43 PM
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Toyota tundras are junk
my 2002 needed spark plugs, air filter, tranny flush, diff flush, valve cover gaskets, and the D light on the dash burnt out. You’d think someone would invent a bulb to last over 18 yrs. guess I’ll change the gas line filter tomorrow so it doesn’t fall apart.
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Originally Posted by Misterfu02 View Post
Aren't the engines kind of a PITA to do maintenance/repairs on?
Aren't they all?
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I had to replace the seals on one front axle that was leaking and just replaced a slow moving window motor last month. In 200,000 miles I've replaced only those items and the "fan" belt and rear brake pads and spark plugs at about 150,000.

Other than oil changes and a couple of air filters I bet I haven't spent $500 on total maintenance. That's on a 4.7 engine. It hasn't been back to the dealer for anything since I bought it.
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I had to replace the seals on one front axle that was leaking and just replaced a slow moving window motor last month. In 200,000 miles I've replaced only those items and the "fan" belt and rear brake pads and spark plugs at about 150,000.

Other than oil changes and a couple of air filters I bet I haven't spent $500 on total maintenance. That's on a 4.7 engine. It hasn't been back to the dealer for anything since I bought it.
No timing belt? Should be done every 90000 miles, just did mine. 2002 tundra 240000 miles and counting
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Old 04-24-2019, 08:41 AM
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No timing belt? Should be done every 90000 miles, just did mine. 2002 tundra 240000 miles and counting
I know! Been thinking about it but also been thinking about a new truck.
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Originally Posted by KBH View Post
I know! Been thinking about it but also been thinking about a new truck.
The 4.6 liter has a chain I think.
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Old 04-24-2019, 10:03 AM
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Got a 2002 4.7 that has 290k with no issues.


buddy also has the 4.7 and has over 420k miles. Same thing, no issues.

I only dislike the gas mileage but whatayagonnado
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Have a 2013 5.7 with 80k miles. Needed a sensor for I forget what replaced several years under warranty. Had a noisy rear wheel bearing last year that needed to be replaced. Other than that it has been mechanical flawless.

Only annoying issue Iíve had are the door lock actuators which are a common component that fails. 450 or so at the dealer if you donít do it yourself. 3 of my 4 doors have failed. Luckily only 1 was out of the bumper to bumper warranty.
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We had a guy on the lot the other day with a 2004 Tundra with OVER 700k on it. Still running strong. Really can't beat a Tundra.
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Old 04-24-2019, 04:53 PM
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This has been posted before but if you havenít seen it, one million miles on a 2007 Tundra with the 4.7L:

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Old 04-24-2019, 05:11 PM
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One thing I did forget is I replaced a couple of O2 sensors but that was quick, easy and cheap.
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Old 04-25-2019, 11:43 AM
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2010 Crewmax 5.7L just coming up on 100,000 miles.

Not counting maintenance, tires, brakes, fluids, bulbs, etc.

Door actuators, replaced all 4. Cost about $11 on amazon for the motor or $450 at dealer for whole assembly.
Vacuum Valve, covered by warranty. Toyota extended coverage for this part out to 120k miles
Water pump seal started to seep. Covered under warranty.
Noticed a hum lately. Think it's a wheel bearing going bad or something in the driveshaft possibly???? Not bad enough to fix yet.
A/C takes a long time to cool cab in the dead of summer 100+ degrees after sitting in the parking lot. Last year I took the cabin filter out and it helped significantly. A/C blows cold so I'm thinking it might be a bad design or weak blower motor. Not bad enough to fix yet.
Tailgate shocks still work but in a free fall, allows the gate to drop slightly faster than it did 9 years ago. Still doesn't slam.

Honorable mentions:
Battery lasted 8 years.
Have only changed the driver side brake light. All other bulbs are original.
Have hit 3 deer, bumper has a very slight angle but no other damage.
Tows boat with pep. Comes off the line with everyone else. Tow in 5th gear in towing mode. Makes a huge difference, stops all the shifting on the freeway.
Never buy new tires again. Facebook marketplace is full of stock Tundra tires to last a life time. Many are new take offs. My current set came with OEM rims that match my originals and sensors. $150

Cold dead hands as the saying goes.

Might consider a new used truck if the market crashes again.
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Old 04-26-2019, 03:20 AM
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I have a 2014 with about 48k on her. New tires recently but still on the original wiper blades. Can be a boring truck if you like going to dealers with issues. I love mine. Resale value is so high that most owners never make it to sell or trade them in only furthering that logic. Thought about a new F150 but could not think of an actual justifiable reason to move away from what is working so well.
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