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Old 02-13-2018, 05:49 PM
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So the time has come to replace the trusty old 2000 F-150. The thing is literally falling apart before my eyes. The drivetrain is perfect but she has 155k on her and the body is just falling off. Really is infuriating it has been the best vehicle I have ever owned and towed my boat since 2002 every season all over the northeast.

So I am not a big fan of the new F-150’s especially the Eco-bombs. Not going to argue the merits just isn’t something I will consider. I have found a really nice 2007 Toyota Tundra with 42k miles. It is a Limited TRD model with a really nice blue paint. The price is $22,990 and that seems to be about right price wise.

So I am looking for the consensus here on the Tundra I-Force 5.7 V8 and the vehicle in general? Do you have one? Do you like it? Things to look out for? I was a professional dealership tech for quite a few years so do all my own work even though I would rather not LOLOLOL! I appreciate any/all your opinions or I wouldn’t waste my time asking you all what you think. Thanks in advance!
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Can buy brand new trucks with plenty of options for low to mid 30's all day long. 2 wheel drive. 4 wheel drive around 4 grand more.

Not sure I would buy an 11 year old truck for around 10 to 12 grand less than a new one

Is it 4 wheel drive? Then its a little better deal but still to high IMO.
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I have owned my 2013 since new, now 77k miles, not a squeak or rattle and outside of routine maintenance not one issue. Small gas tank is my only complaint.

Inspect the frame for rust

Their is some documented history of 5.7, as well as their 4.7 throwing codes, going into limp mode due to an evap system leak. Basically the fan blades are plastic and as they age are known to break off causing the valve on bank 1 or 2 to become stuck open or closed. The problem is, in order to access it, the manifold has to come off. Toyota recognizing the issue and has offered a 10 yr 150k mile warranty on the emissions system. Outside of the warranty and short of doing the repair yourself, there is a bypass kit available for $160.
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I had a 2008 that I put 158,000 miles on it with zero issues. I sold it for close to 20 grand and bought a 2014 that I put a little over 100,000 miles on. Zero issues and sold it for 25 grand.

Both were 4wd with the 5.7. I averaged 14 mpg with the 2008 and 12 with the 2014 with a 7" lift. So the 5.7 is a little thirsty by today's standard but it has a lot of power.

When I sold the last tundra I went against my better judgement and bought a new diesel canyon. It wasn't even 7 months old when it had to be towed. Still like the truck though.

If you can live with a dated interior and relatively low mpg, the tundra will serve you well for years to come.
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Can buy brand new trucks with plenty of options for low to mid 30's all day long. 2 wheel drive. 4 wheel drive around 4 grand more.

Not sure I would buy an 11 year old truck for around 10 to 12 grand less than a new one

Is it 4 wheel drive? Then its a little better deal but still to high IMO.
Especially for a salty NE truck. No chance I would spend 20k+ on ANY 11 year old north east truck. I’m in non salt country, and would not pay more than about 15k for anything that age, and that is here.

Not nocking the tundra. Great truck. Their weak point when shopping used is that the Toyota badge inflates their pricing way beyond their actual usefulness. On some models, specifically land cruisers and some 4 runner models, it is earned. On the rest of the fleet, it is just hyper inflation for no reason IMO. At the time the 5.7 came out, it and the hemi were the two power kings in the half tons. Compared to today’s offerings, they are run of the mill.

I know you aren’t an EcoBoost fan, but at least give the 5.0 a look. Offerings from GM and Ram are strong too.
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Yea the salt issue would be problem with me to. I started to mention that also.

Yota makes a good car and truck. But Ford, Chevy and Ram have caught up quite a bit over the years.

The Tundra has a 410 gear but if you look at the tranny ratios the Ford and Chevy make up for that in the ratios in 1st and 2nd gear while getting better MPG's

Guy I work with has a 2013 ecoboost with 170K miles. Loves the truck. Best truck he has ever owned. Not one problem with it. He drives them till they don't run anymore.

His last truck was a Z71 with 268K miles. The tranny gave out.

He drove my Eco and bought one that weekend lol.
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I have an '08 Tundra. It is, without a doubt the best truck I have ever owned. Just turned 70k. Can't wait until it gets broken in so I can REALLY beat on it. That's a decent price for a Limited with low miles. The resale value on these trucks is insane, but high for good reason.
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have an '07 with 140k on it. love it!

like others have mentioned, price might be a shade high for an 11yo NE truck... I think you'll like it tho.
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In my immediate family, we have owned nine Tundras and two Sequoias and put well over a million miles on all of them since the first one we bought in 2005. Most were 5.7's.

None of them have ever been in a shop overnight, or for any repair more than $200.

I find that phenomenal in todays world of complicated electronics, safety systems and government regulation.

My current sled is a 2014 Limited DC TRD 4X4 and is all the truck I could ever need or want. Having only 25k on her, I can imagine this truck lasting me 'till I depart this earth...
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Keep in mind it's 11 years old in the Northeast with snow, ice and road salt. Check the frame and floor carefully. I have seen ones that look great in terms of the body and paint and the frames can be fine or look bad for rust. Mechanically they are great. Just get down and look with a bright LED flashlight.
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Keep in mind it's 11 years old in the Northeast with snow, ice and road salt. Check the frame and floor carefully. I have seen ones that look great in terms of the body and paint and the frames can be fine or look bad for rust. Mechanically they are great. Just get down and look with a bright LED flashlight.
If rusty can't you just get a new frame from Toyota... it's built into the price?
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I think that program is over. A lot depends on how it was used, if driven a lot in snow & ice and not washed out right away it could be a real problem. I would not be paying that much for an 11 year old truck no matter who makes it. Up here in the Northeast, stick to used vehicles 3-5 years old. Run it to 10-12 years then start over. Unless you're like me and keep fixing stuff.
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I bought a 2016 5.7 Tundra to replace my 2004 F150; the F150 would not have been up to pulling my GB 2670.

I like the truck - pulls fine, but I'm in FL.

I get 8mpg towing; 17 city, 21 hwy. That's a bunch better than ny F150 did, but it's an 11 year difference.

My F150 had more bells and whistles, but it's a truck - not a sedan. Auto lights and a couple other minor items would have been nice, but not needed.

It does have integrated brake adjustments for the trailer - I have surge brakes, but nice to know it's there.

A/C is great (weak in F150), has great pickup, has a good towing capacity.

So far I only have 16K on it. I work at home. Bought it with 11K on it 9 months ago.

The apps of the radio are kinda a joke - scout navigation is worthless, traffic - useless. Tried to edit quick messages - still sends original one.

All these things are luxeries to me - I just want it to pull and stop the boat. So far so good...love it.
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I think that year has a recall on the frame. If it rusted they replace the entire frame and takes a couple months. If not to bad they do an undercoating to it which some places dealers do a shitty job of. I would look into that. I have 2017 with the 5.7 and love it but it drinks a lot of fuel.
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I have a 07 Tundra. If you have the tow package in that truck it will have 4:30 gears not 4:10.
Be ready for terrible gas mileage for daily commutes compared to today's vehicles.
There is a service bulletin out for frame issues. If yours is one the list they will inspect it and if like mine No rust they will coat it with some type of chemical (not a rustproofing) like you normally get. They will give you a loner vehicle for a couple of days.Had mine done. Again No rust
Toyota frames in these years were produced by Dana without the proper coatings

I don't know what they would do if it has rust. The only thing i have ever had to do with mine was brakes rotors and a serpentine belt. That was a real bitch to do.
Check for brake pulsating (down a hill) I'll bet there is some.
Second thought, with only 42000 miles your (most likely) going to need an exhaust system shortly. Lack of use will rust them out.

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Found it.
2007-2008 Tundra Corrosion-Resistant Compound (CRC) Campaign

Toyota has received reports that, on certain 2007 through 2008 model year Tundra vehicles operated in cold climate areas with high road salt usage, excessive corrosion may be exhibited on the vehicle's frame. Toyota investigated these reports and determined that the frames on some vehicles may not have adequate corrosion resistant protection. This combined with prolonged exposure to other environmental factors may contribute to the development of excessive corrosion on the frame of some vehicles....

What is Toyota going to do for you?

Any Toyota dealer will inspect the condition of the frame on your vehicle for excessive corrosion. Depending on the results of the inspection, one of the following will occur:

i) if excessive corrosion is not found, the dealer will apply a corrosion-resistant compound (CRC) to the frame at no charge to you. The CRC will be applied to both external and internal surfaces of the frame to enhance corrosion protection of the Tundra's frame.

ii) If the inspection of the vehicle confirms excessive corrosion to the frame, Toyota will, as necessary provide an appropriate remedy at no charge to you.

In addition, as the application of the CRC or any frame repair may take one or two days, your Toyota dealership will arrange alternative transportation as required at no charge to you.
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2010 Tundra SR5 5.7L 4x2. 95k on it.

Replaced brakes, rotors, and battery once. Had to replace every door lock motor twice. Now the A/C is acting up, Toyota said it was the fan but now it seems its the controller.... $1k part and I have to take the dash off to get to it.

That said, the drive train has never let me down. Mine is on a 6" lift wit 35" aggressive tires. 13MPG average between HWY and city. I get about 8-9mpg towing my little bay boat on the hwy.

I have only been stuck twice, and only one of those times would 4x4 have got me out.
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Originally Posted by Albiemanmike View Post
So I am looking for the consensus here on the Tundra I-Force 5.7 V8 and the vehicle in general? Do you have one? Do you like it? Things to look out for? I was a professional dealership tech for quite a few years so do all my own work even though I would rather not LOLOLOL! I appreciate any/all your opinions or I wouldn’t waste my time asking you all what you think. Thanks in advance!
I had a Tundra Crewmax with the 5.7 for almost 7 years. I put around 110K on it with no repairs needed. It's a pretty solid engine. Makes decent power, but definitely likes to drink the fuel. My boat was toward the upper towing limit, so it wasn't quite as happy towing as I would have liked. Lots of downshifting on the highway if I didn't lock out the top 1 or 2 gears.

A couple of friends have had them and haven't needed much work either, although one did recently have to change the starter. Changing that is pretty involved as they needed to remove the exhaust manifold. There is potentially a way to do this without having to remove the manifold, but not sure which is worse.
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Removing the catalytic convertor down pipe (three bolts) and the next flange bolts gives you access to the starter. Also the heat shields. About $1400.00 job at the dealer.
I think the 4.7's are under the intake manifold

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OP fwiw my father just bought a 2007 tundra 4x4 here in mass for $9900. 72k miles its in good shape

if your budget is $25k then I suggest spending a little more and getting a brand new truck with warranty (2017 Silverado custom 4x4 I got for $33k OTD)
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