18th Nov 2008, 13:50


Agree about people not buying a second Tundra. My neighbor had a Tundra that came and went, after he had previously owned an F-150 and the Tundra was replaced by an F-150 after not too long respectively.

I do not know what the straw that broke the camel's back was with the Tundra, but I know the valvetrain was very problematic among many other severe issues.

Another neighbor has a Tundra that is plagued with suspension and brake problems, but he is still making payments on and cannot get rid of it. Thus, every Tundra that I know of in my neighborhood is a complete disaster.

The latter neighbor sold a perfectly running 200K+ mile Chevy van that he had no problems with for the Tundra. I guess the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence, as some people have found out the hard way.

5th Dec 2008, 21:03

An attempt by Toyota to play in the truck field. It reminds me of the 4Runner competing with the Jeep Cherokee. Blinded by its alleged reputation for reliability, they turn to be head gasket blower, axle breaker in the rough and a rust nightmare in the north east.

6th Dec 2008, 07:50

The lack of a standard 100,000 mile warranty says it all on this review.

6th Dec 2008, 17:25

I totally agree about the 100,000 mile warranty. A company that won't offer to match a competitor's warranty has no confidence in their products. If Tundra offered a 100,000 mile warranty they'd go out of business in a few months with all the repairs required.

And incidentally, a lot of import fans and import dealers are trying to scare people by spreading the BLATANTLY FALSE claim that if the Big Three go bankrupt, the warranties are no good. This IS NOT TRUE!! By law provisions have to be made for honoring the warranties. That's the LAW. If you buy a 2009 Chevy tomorrow, it IS covered for 100,000 miles no matter WHAT people are posting on here and spreading in unfounded rumors.

3rd Jan 2009, 19:47

Have owned my Toyota Tundra SR5 4X4 since 2000.

Have had to replace front brake pads at 68,000 miles.

Had to replace O2 sensors at 80,000.

Truck had otherwise performed flawlessly. Rides as nice today as when it was new. Looking forward to many more mechanical free miles. Love the truck.

4th Jan 2009, 15:11

19:47 I doubt you ever towed anything then, went up or down hills, or drove much more than 25 mph to stop... referring to brake pads on full size trucks weight. I usually get 25-30,000 miles with better brake pads. Involves hard towing stop and go traffic in my full size domestics and I have a fairly steep incline just coming out a long driveway alone.

Please indicate how and what the vehicle tows and/or carries in its bed with add'l weight added to stop on the brakes mentioned. I suspect it is I don't know or hardly ever.

9th Aug 2009, 21:20

It's not surprising that there is no reply to the questions asked in comment 15:11. It's been my experience that Tundra and Tacoma owners are a bit evasive about questions to document their comments. I still have not known of even one repeat buyer of a Tundra, and I really doubt there are any. The few people I've known who bought Tundras went back to a real truck (Ford, Chevy or Dodge) once their Tundra's brakes, steering, suspension, transmission and engine started failing (which was usually well before 100,000 miles). I'll take a reliable GM truck with a 100,000 mile warranty or a reliable F-150 any day.

11th Aug 2009, 00:33

It's covered for 100,000 miles as long as you fork over the extra cash for the extended warranty. This argument that domestics are better than imports because they have longer warranties is totally false. Every car I've ever purchased, import or domestic, has come with the exact same 3 year, 36,000 mile standard warranty.

11th Aug 2009, 07:35

How people can blurt out info without never stepping into a dealership to confirm standard warranties is amazing. I have a considerable investment to tow. I cannot afford to say I think so it must be confirmed in writing.

11th Aug 2009, 13:30

Neither poster is exactly correct. GM offer a 100,000 mile powertrain warranty and a 36K generally warranty. How do I know this. GM is currently doing $1400 worth of work on my sister's car under the powertrain warranty because the part that failed actually falls under the 36k warranty, but my sister has 45k on her car. The car is only 2 years old and the part that failed (leaky fuel pump) should not fail period in 2 years, so GM covered it with no problem. Car has been dead reliable other than this instance.

My mom has an 07' GM car with 50k on it and it has never been to the dealer for anything. Not even a brake job. Glad GM stood behind their product, because if they had made my sister pay anything, I would have never purchased another GM vehicle.

11th Aug 2009, 22:00

"It's covered for 100,000 miles as long as you fork over the extra cash for the extended warranty."

No, it's covered for 100,000 miles for FREE. It's standard with GM. Chrysler now has a LIFETIME warranty. No Japanese maker matches these... NONE.

12th Aug 2009, 16:26

You'll need those warranties with how often GM and Chrysler vehicles break. And by the way, the Chrysler lifetime warranty covers the powertrain only.

12th Aug 2009, 16:29

For those of you who say Toyota trucks are never used as work/fleet vehicles, your wrong. The True Value Hardware store in my town uses Toyota pick-up trucks ONLY. And, the autoparts store in my town uses Toyota Tacoma's as their delivery trucks.

12th Aug 2009, 16:31

While you're right that no Japanese automaker has these kinds of warranties, Hyundai has a standard 10-year 100,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

12th Aug 2009, 22:52

The Honda dealership I bought my Civic from offers a Lifetime warranty. It may be the only Honda dealership that does this, but it does match the domestic warranties and you can't say that it doesn't. And yes it's free! Don't believe me? Check out this website:


13th Aug 2009, 09:04

"Chrysler lifetime warranty covers the powertrain only."

Well, what else would you expect? The engine and transmission are the most important parts of the car, and are what import fans are always claiming (incorrectly of course) that require frequent replacement in domestic vehicles. This is just another example of the ambiguity of some of these comments.

13th Aug 2009, 09:37

00 33. You made such a big deal over warranties so now is the time to buy a 2009-10 with a better domestic warranty. I found weak warranties glut of used cars on market hurting resale. I switched from Honda and am happier now.

13th Aug 2009, 09:44

Wow a Honda dealer, not the manufacturer offers a warranty that matches domestics. Maybe we can get plane fare for the other 49 states to buy theirs. That is a weak alternative.

14th Aug 2009, 00:57

Have you read the Ford Windstar, Mazda 626, and Ford Escape reviews lately? The transmission in all of those cars is a total nightmare! So no, import fans are not incorrectly claiming that the drive trains in domestics need frequent replacement. And Mazda may have originated in Japan, but since they are now owned by Ford, they really aren't imports anymore, and Ford has closely related, if not almost identical vehicles to Mazda. The Mazda 6 and the Ford Fusion, the Mazda Tribute and the Ford Escape, and the Mazda B-series Truck and the Ford Ranger just to name a few.