2006 Toyota Tundra Reviews from North America

2006 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4.7 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Ability of a small pickup, with the gas mileage of a full size truck

Faults:

Water pump went out at 80,000 miles.

Seats show wear.

Paint chips too easily.

A lot of creaks and rattles.

General Comments:

A good truck for the weekender who doesn't need it for real work. The payload for this truck is low. It can't handle much in the bed without maxing out its springs.

The gas mileage has been disappointing. I get 14 MPG in the city, and barely 16 highway. The 5 speed auto keeps the RPM down below 2100 most of the time, but it makes it lag when you need the power, and jolts up when you gun it. I need to take the OD off, to pass or maintain 70 mph on a grade. I take a lot of road trips, and that is why I thought it would be a good truck. I got better gas mileage in my old 2003 Silverado 5.3 (17.5) than I ever got with this rig. It seems like it is underpowered for the size of truck (crew cab).

Some of the little things bother me; sunroof rattles, side mirror rattle, the bed rails warped, carpet stains easy, you can't check the AT fluid (no dipstick), funny shift pattern, and the way the rear seats flip forward with a strap to hold the up (hokey).

The dealer treated me okay as long as it wasn't warranty work. Every time they opened the hood, there always is an extra $400 worth of work to do. I am pretty mechanical, so I keep them honest. But someone who doesn't know better, should take someone with them who knows. I thought to myself, "No wonder Toyotas last a long time, they are completely rebuilt by 120,000 miles." Ha Ha.

I will look at the new Tundra, but the reviews are mixed. This is a good truck, but not enough truck for my needs.

Quiet cabin, car like demeanor and narrow.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th August, 2012

2006 Toyota Tundra SR5 Access Cab 4.0L 1GR-FE V6

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 4.0L 1GR-FE V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 miles
Most recent distance131000 miles
Previous carToyota Pickup

Summary:

Love my Toyota

Faults:

So far for me, absolutely nothing. But this truck has seen every recommended maintenance check up to 120,00 miles. From what I can tell through online services and Toyota's records, this truck hasn't seen any major problems yet. New front brake pads are the most common listing. I took mine into the dealership for the 120,000 scheduled check up and expected a big price tag. I ended up spending $700 on it! Front and back brakes, changed out serpentine belt, oil, air, spark plugs, and other things. Toyota's service was very good, I hate to see where this is a problem for others, but in my town we have 2 different Toyota dealerships, and they seem to keep each other in check.

General Comments:

This truck is awesome!! It is only the V6 Access Cab, but it's the new 4.0 with a timing chain rather than belt, has good power, and has OK gas mileage.

I was running Michelins, and the truck was a very solid all around performer, smooth driving experience and good handling. Have had over 600 lbs in the back, and have towed around 2000 lbs, and it rode even better.

Recently I put plus sized rims and tires on it with a leveling kit (adjustable shocks all the way around), and I have noticed a difference in ride and handling. It drives more like a truck now and less like a car. Gas mileage isn't all that good, but it looks amazing. Might as well be a 2011.

This is a solid truck; it's not a full size, it's more like 3/4 or 7/8. If you do more towing and heavy construction, this probably isn't the truck for you. Get the V8, but if you do light duty and have long distances to travel, the drivability and comfort are hard to beat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2011

2006 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7 V8

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.7 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous carToyota Tundra

Summary:

The Tundra is a high quality truck at a good price

Faults:

Nothing yet, but there is a recall for the ball joints. Had the same problem with my 2002 Tundra.

General Comments:

The 5 speed automatic is a nice feature, I get 15-16 MPG around town, better than my '02 Tundra.

This truck feels solid, handles well, and is very comfortable.

Early indications are this truck will be as reliable as my 2002 Tundra so I guess I won't complain about 1 factory recall.

I don't like the OEM tires, they are fine on dry pavement, but don't perform that well in the snow. I would have chosen something with a bit more aggressive tread.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2007

25th Jan 2007, 12:48

I hope you are ready for the steering, brake and air bag problems, as well as lots of others the newer Toyotas seem to be experiencing. Our friend just had to take his back in for the brakes again.

26th Jan 2007, 11:04

Good luck in the long term!!! With the mounting recalls and toy-like quality of your rice burner, you better dump it while you can... no wonder Toyota offers only a fraction of the warranty GM does!!!

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 3 reviews