2004 Toyota Tundra SR5 Double Cab 4.7L i-FORCE V8 from North America
Wonderful pickup, but not as reliable as Toyotas of old
(1) Early on, the wiring for the overdrive on/off button was pinched in the shift lever knuckle. Didn't have this problem with my 2002 Access Cab; I think it was simply a manufacturing defect.
(2) The front tires wore poorly from the time it was new; outer side wear and cupping overall. The 2002 Access Cab had the same problem. Upgrading the front shocks to Bilsteins fix this.
(3) The rear transmission seal had to be replaced at about 50,000 miles (8 years old) and again at 65,000 miles (10 years old).
(4) The steering rack was leaking and had to be replaced at 65,000 miles (10 years old) - $14,000.
This is a California car -- no rust. I maintain it more aggressively than is required by Toyota (30K transmission service, etc).
I've driven pickups since before I had my license (compacts, full-sized from 1/2 ton to 1-ton duallies) and love the way the Tundra drives. The 2002 Access Cab has much more power than the 2004 Double Cab. It was like trading in a sports car for a station wagon. On the other hand, the roominess of the Double Cab is fantastic. It's like a full-size car in comfort without the wallowing suspension. Still, the power is acceptable. I'm not sure why, but the Double Cab seems to corner a little better than the 2002 Access Cab. The truck tows well (6,500 lbs Blazer/car carrier).
The steering rack has me concerned. This isn't what I'd expect from Toyota -- my son is driving my mother's 1989 Hilux that has never needed any major repair. I hope the steering rack doesn't prove to be a consumable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 19th November, 2014