After reading every comment about the Tundra, I can't say that there are any consistent complaints on specific mechanical or interior problems. General arguments back & forth over which is better, foreign or domestic is the only consistency, none the less, take out all those comments and there is not much left here to complain about the Tundra.
I have a 2003 Access Cab V8, 66,000 miles. Only had to replace tires brakes & battery. Pretty solid, I hauled and moved a lot of stuff. Unfortunately, my new job is a 50 mile round trip commute and gas mileage is killing me. I've got it up for sale but nobody wants to buy a truck with the current gas prices. When gas prices are up to $5/gallon it's not going to matter what truck is better; Tundra, F150 or a Silverado because nobody wants a $100/week gas bill.
I am glad I have a company vehicle... my Dakota Extended Cab with 170,000 miles is filled nearly every day or at least every other day averaging $60.00 a pop! I drive at least a 1000 miles a week in my territory mostly interstate, but go into some dusty plant environments as well. The down side is we are keeping vehicles longer over fuel pricing. I have been quite impressed with the minimal repairs and durability of this vehicle. Another individual has 225,000 on his Chrysler and still going strong. This is a nice truck besides hearing only about Ford, GM and some imports.
If you want to know about reputation for reliability, see consumer reports for the trucks. The Toyota gets above average. But so does the F150.
For me the F150 is the far better value, it has comparable reliability. Affordable parts if you need them. Perhaps some of the interior fit and finish is not quite Japanese quality, but the drivetrain is, and it's capable for towing hauling and looks good.
My 98 F150 has nearly 200k with no problems from new. Uses no oil and still looks great.
Here goes. I am 50 years old, live in the rough northern Ontario, done enough hunting and fishing trips to last 3 lifetimes. Over the years I have owned every kind of truck; Ford, Chevy, Dodge, and the last 8 years Toyota, and I just bought my 2nd Toyota. Up here the truck has to be reliable; it's just too dangerous to be out there with an unreliable truck. The last Toyota had 340,000 miles and I would still be driving it, but the body disintegrated, but what a truck. Like that good old dog, I am gonna miss her for sure, but I got an 03 Tundra, and so far so good.
Is the Tundra a good truck?? It depends on what you call "good" I suppose. Our friend swears by Toyota, but has asked us for rides to his dealership to pick up his truck on numerous occasions because of near-constant brake, steering and suspension issues. He readily admits the truck averages 11-14mpg.
On the other hand, our GMC is approaching 90,000 miles and has had NOTHING with the exception of ONE battery and ONE light bulb in 8 years. It routinely gets 19mpg. Even the brake pads on it are original.
Now our friends Camry and Tundra are BOTH under recalls, and the dealership is dragging its feet in dealing with them.
I'll stick with Ford or GM.
I got this truck in 07. It was a great truck until 09.
Since then I have had to change the brake pads, new tires, new headlights (because I literally couldn't hardly see @ night). I have had the check engine light on for numerous months & it's 2010 now & my alternator belt broke, my battery died (while driving!) and the ABS light came on AGAIN!
This is a truck I'm scared to drive now. I have hit two deer in this truck & neither time the airbags deployed! I'm scared it's going to die on me or lock up on me & throw me into another vehicle!
Never again will I own a Tundra.
I'm here to say that it is possible to get a lot of miles on your Tundra. Mine has over 312,000 miles and still going.
I bought my Toyota Tundra 2WD 4.7 V-8 new in 2003. It now has 135,000 miles on it.
I had to have my gas filler neck replaced, because it would send a false signal that there was a fume link.
After 10 years I had my timing chain replaced.
Other than switching out 12 volt batteries, it runs just as strong as the day I bought it. It's a fast son of a gun.
Too bad Toyota execs decided to make their new trucks so big. I'm not interested, and I really don't want to go to the smaller Toyota truck frames. My 2003 was the perfect size. Should be good for another 150k miles I guess.