1999 Toyota Tundra Reviews

1999 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.7 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance118157 miles
Previous carToyota Truck

Summary:

You can't buy a harder working more reliable truck for the money

Faults:

There were some small nuisance issues. The antenna base became loose. This was a defect with upgraded parts available.

At 75,000 miles the check engine light came on. I had it checked out and it was faulty oxygen sensors. This was a problem on the earlier tundras. I was informed the new units will last much longer.

At 118,000 miles the front seal on the transfer case began to leak and will need replacement.

The driver seat has a bracket inside that causes the leather to tear on the side. This happened early on. I did not repair it and it has not gotten any worse.

At about 100,000 miles the reflector on the right headlight broke loose and rattled around the inside of the light. I had to replace the entire unit.

General Comments:

The only maintenance I perform is oil and filter change every 5000 miles.

I have changed air filters and spark plugs twice.

I change the coolant with factory coolant and distilled water every other year.

I replace brake fluid and flush brake fluid system every other year.

Brake pads last about 60,000 miles and the brake shoes last about 110,000 miles.

This truck is quit and handles well.

When traveling cross country is cruises well at 90 miles per hour and is smooth and quiet.

I am 6'2", 250 pounds and 52 years old. This truck is very comfortable for me.

I have used this truck to tow an antique dozer and other equipment totaling over 10,000 pounds and the power braking and handling have been excellent.

If I have a complaint it is that Toyota needs to get better gas mileage from this engine. I get 15-16 miles per gallon no matter what speeds I drive with our without air conditioning. If I tow 10,000 pounds loads the mileage drops to about 13 miles per gallon. The v-8 is a small block and should get much better mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2004

7th Jun 2004, 13:26

The poor gas mileage is the most aggravating issue I have with my bone-stock 2002 Tundra SR5 4x4 ... it only gets 11 ~ 11.5 MPG (50/50 city/highway) and that's driving it like a grandma! It gets much worse if I put my foot in it.

I parked it in early 2004 with only 10K on it and went back to driving my 1996 Tacoma 4x4 when the California gas prices started getting out of control ... at least the Tacoma gets an average of 15 MPG (with a 100# camper shell on it).

I've though of looking into the 'VORTEX VALVE' for increasing the MPG ... I hope it will help???

30th Dec 2005, 00:45

If the engine is being worked to death, then why won't Tundra's engine die, like Detroit's trucks?!

30th Dec 2005, 06:31

What a joke, seeing how you could get comparable mileage with a Ford F250 with a V-10 under the hood. Come on already, 10,000 pounds behind a Tundra?

1999 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.7 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carToyota Truck

Summary:

The best buy for a full size truck, Hands down

Faults:

Front brakes at 10000 and at 22000 needed new rotors. Replaced by dealer free.

Slight vibration at 70 MPH, Dealer never found or corrected problem.

O2 sensor at 48000. Dealer replaced for $50. Deductible.

Front mud flap folds under at car wash. resulting in holes rubbed by tires in both.

General Comments:

All in all it has been a good truck.

Ford, Chevy, or Dodge would have given me more problems.

Truck has plenty of power and low end torc. It pulls my boat great and I don't have to spin my tires to get out of a wet boat ramp. I love it.

I have to admit I drive mine pretty hard sometimes. I just love the feel of power when it hits 3000 RPM.

I am very happy with mine so far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2002

28th Jul 2004, 19:50

Yeah man, at 3000 RPM, it rocks, this thing will take a mustang no problem!!

1st Sep 2004, 12:13

Get a TRD super charger and Frount Brakes will take a Ligthing and handle like a F1.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 4 reviews