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Old 12-03-2020, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by kheid View Post
lol a tundra with no frame rust?....not buying it

I live in the north and absolutely no rust on my 07.
Old 12-03-2020, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by high life View Post
Wife’s 18 sequoia with 44k purchased new goes in every 5k for regular service.
At 25k developed the cam tower leak, leaving puddles in garage. At 40k air injection pump. 2 well documented items on the 5.7 that is old tech.
The real pisser for me is the tiny old radio out of the old Tacoma’s that will not let you talk on BT for more than 5 minutes. Toyota says it’s apples fault. Phone works fine in other vehicles. This is unacceptable to me in a vehicle that is old. Boringly reliable was absent when this one was built.
both issues covered under warranty? Which of the 2 would leave you stranded?
Old 12-03-2020, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by CruiseToFish View Post
I have one of my 454's down at the machine shop for a rebuild. 310,000 miles. Zero ring ridge, crank mic'd out as if it were brand new, doesn't even need polishing.
Then why are you rebuilding it?
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Old 12-03-2020, 07:57 PM
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Our 2009 Lexus GX 470 has 234K with zero rust. It’s needed other repairs, so not perfect. My 05 Tacoma on the other hand had the frame replaced and the AC died after 10 years and only 80K. Sold that truck and still miss it. I’ve had 5 Toyota trucks and loved all of them.
Old 12-04-2020, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
I guess since we dont have salt all over our roads in the winter we are lucky. Also, what other manufacturer replaced frames free of charge on ten year old trucks?

None of the four Tundras I have owned had rust. And I have launched boats regularly with them.

What I have noticed is that they run forever and dont cost an arm and a leg to own.
I believe the frame issues were mandated since the frame warpage and failures that are caused by excessive corrosion are a huge safety concern, not to mention the lawsuits that would results if not recalled.
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Old 12-04-2020, 11:41 AM
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Running long times and distances extends the life of an engine. One of the worst things you can do is constantly let the engine cool off. As it does it draws in moisture and the moving components in your engine shrink.
The first 5.9 Cummins that went 100k miles went there in 7 years. He pulled travel trailers from the manufacturer to dealers across the country. Today there are a couple with over 3 million miles on the original engine.

I had a little Toyota that had a 2.4l injected engine and was rated one ton. I drove it 240k miles in 13 years, pulling a bass boat over half the time and traded it in on my Cummins. I kind of wish I had kept the little Toyota.

Old 12-04-2020, 05:12 PM
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Here's my testimonial and truth is I'm a bowtie guy having owned lots and lots of Chevy trucks over the years and still Have a few. But needed a Family hauler with a 3rd row so traded in my 2006 2500 HD ext cab 4x4 in 2010.

My Yota is a 07 Sequoia with 173k. I bought it in 2010 as a copo with 50K. No frame rust at all but now some on rear wheel well. Anyway 123k in 10 years so at that rate I won't make it to 1M in my lifetime.
The 4.7 has been a great engine. No major repairs just OXY sensors way to often and the stupid rear hatch debacle. I use synthetic and oil looks clean at each oil change.
I will just keep running it. My BIL bought a tundra 4.7 from a NY cable company he is buds with the owner and the truck had received a warrantied frame replacement. Truck had well over 300K when he bought it years ago would guess well over 400 and change now. Runs like new.
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It would be nice to know the maintenance schedule and oil used. I'd also like to see the dyno curve. Pretty impressive though.
Old 12-05-2020, 08:40 AM
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Machines like to run. The power plant I worked at years ago had had machines, pumps, turbines, generators, etc that have been running continuously for abut 45yrs. Take things apart for a maintenance cycle and things still look great.

This truck certainly had an unusual duty cycle. 1M miles in 13yr. 80k miles per year. Most cars/pickups log about 10-20k/yr.

A lot of degradation (don't want to say wear) of an engine or machine comes from sitting and thermal cycles from starting and stopping. Head gaskets scrub with thermal expansion. But once up to temp and at highway cruise, almost nothing bad is happening to the machine.

The real test of a Toyota is to find one that has been in service for 40yrs and do the same tear down. Don't see many out there!!

I've got a 30yr old Chevy 4wd truck. Very little has gone wrong with it that could be related to wear. But lots of little niggling problems related to age. But it still does what I need it to do.

But Yota still gets kudos on this one.
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Old 12-06-2020, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Corndog38 View Post
Then why are you rebuilding it?
I slapped a cam in it, bent a pushrod. Slapped a bigger cam in it, wiped a cam lobe. Going for more power now, more compression, and a 3rd bigger roller cam this time instead of flat tappet.
Old 12-22-2020, 10:06 PM
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Originally Posted by kheid View Post
lol a tundra with no frame rust?....not buying it
I owned a 2004 DC for a while, traded it in for a 2013 5.7L DC. Spray bottle with waste oil and some road grime keeps the rust off the frame.
Old 12-23-2020, 11:10 AM
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no pictures of the truck without the front bra on it lol. A few coats of any good synthetic wax and the paint should look brand new (I know someone will say use a sealant). Same with synthetic oil and other fluids. I am impressed the seat held up, the owner was not a small fella.
Old 12-23-2020, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by acteg View Post
Love my Tundra. I've had Toyotas for years and they have been dead reliable with minimal maintenance.
I have a 2000 Tacoma with 146,000 miles. Just routine maintenance/ replace shocks and radiator. Tough little truck.
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Just bought a same year tundra with the same engine. Paid a more compared to an American truck of the same year. But it has 150k miles, and looks great. I can't find a single thing that doesn't work, and there is not a single rattle inside. I just did the timing belt and water pump, the mechanic says I should be good for another 100k miles.

Plan on driving the truck until it dies and isn't worth fixing. It was a Texas truck so there is not any rust to be seen. I was set on a Tundra when I started my search, hoping this truck serves me well for years to come. It is cool to see a couple break a million miles.
Old 12-24-2020, 07:05 PM
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Had an 01’ with the 4.7 bought new. No corrosion on the frame and short of an O2 sensor or two over the years, not a single issue. Sold “easily” in 2018 and bought another new Tundra.... 5.7 engine this time and absolutely could not be more satisfied. Not sure why some don’t like em’ but who cares.... if this one is half the truck the 01’ was, it’ll likely last longer than me.
Old 12-25-2020, 07:08 PM
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Air injection bypass kit is less than $200, easy to install, dashlights go away.

My '06 Sequoia runs like new, rides like new, no more frame rust than any other 2006, and has 207k miles and counting. Almost as off-road capable as a Landcruiser. Great vehicle.
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Originally Posted by Tomfootloose View Post
2006 tundra with 97000 miles v6 is great but on my third transmission. One made it 42000 and the Toyota rebuild made it to 96000. Wouldn’t buy another one.
If your having transmission failures that often. You have other issues with the truck. Did you change or add a transmission cooler? The likely hood of a transmission failing twice in the same vehicle means other issues USUALLY, but for a 3rd to fail is a dead giveaway of heat/flow problems
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I had a 2005 Tundra with the 4.7. While I did like the drivetrain, I will also say WTF with the rusty frame. Mine only had 60k on it (owned by an old timer who just liked having a pickup) and the front driver side frame rotted right out. I asked repeatedly about the frame replacement, no luck. They replaced frames on the 2005 Sequoia and Tacoma, but Not the tundra, with its shared frame with the Sequoia. Sold it on Craigslist, was honest about what was up, and a guy bought it and welded a cap on it.

I guess in a way, Im glad it happened. Now I have a 1997 F-350 with a 7.3. Classic truck, lot of fun, and solid.
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I've got a 2007 Tundra 5.7 TRD 4x4 with 145K. The truck looks damn near new and runs and drives like a new vehicle. It pulls fantastic for a non diesel truck and is comfortable to drive. I would bet this thing will run for many hundreds of thousands of miles. I researched these trucks extensively and was hard pressed to find any bad stories about the motors or transmissions. The only thing I don't like are the small fuel tank and fuel mileage when towing. Other than that, it is a fantastic truck to own.
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Originally Posted by Windham14 View Post
I've got a 2007 Tundra 5.7 TRD 4x4 with 145K. The truck looks damn near new and runs and drives like a new vehicle. It pulls fantastic for a non diesel truck and is comfortable to drive. I would bet this thing will run for many hundreds of thousands of miles. I researched these trucks extensively and was hard pressed to find any bad stories about the motors or transmissions. The only thing I don't like are the small fuel tank and fuel mileage when towing. Other than that, it is a fantastic truck to own.
The new ones come standard with the 38 gallon tank. Absolute must have.

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