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Toyota Tundra, Truck
Feb 21, 2002 (10:33 pm)
" You can read about Tundra transmission problems reported on the NHTSA website. Right now Tundra is generating complaints for 2000-2002 models at double the rate of G.M. or Ford "
While you didn't directly say the complaints were transmission related, I think many of us took it that way since that was topic at time. I for one am not a number cruncher because sometimes the differences are hardly noticeable. Does no good to get all worked up like some, over tenths of seconds and inches.
I am not disagreeing with anything you've posted. It seems to me that in keeping up with these threads, the Toyota complaints Vs. GM / Ford / Dodge are minor in comparison. Is that to say that NHSTAs numbers correlate, not at all.
I like to stay open minded about all trucks. Personally i have a chev 1500 rado out front that roomate drives. I like the room it has, like look of truck, and definitely feels capable of going to work. As a mechanic, I've always enjoyed working on GM vehicles, chevy in particular. Engines had some room to roam around and it was a nice change up from the foreign cars that were most times compacted together.
As far as my postings, I personally feel that Toyota is superior in reliability to all trucks. Will I be able to work the thing like a F-350 super duty ?? maybe not. Yet I dont feel any other truck maker offers a better truck in reliability. I guess when I have heavy stuff to tow and need to work the farm, then i'll give the domestics a look, until then gonna try Tundra.
Feb 21, 2002 (10:37 pm)
is for all you domestic truck owners to leave our thread ALONE. We only read your thread and we do not post there. PLEASE give us the same courtesy. LEAVE US ALONE.
Feb 21, 2002 (10:37 pm)
As far as forums, I will have to spend a little more time in Tundra solutions I suppose. I do credit the Chev guys with conducting a decent thread, they certainly have enough to post about.
#1489 of 1986 For Clarity - brucec35 and f1jules
Feb 22, 2002 (9:34 am)
Thanks for the input. Perhaps my disillusionment is attributable to the fact that my expectations are based on my previous (exemplary) experiences with the Toyota cars I've owned. I never had second thoughts about buying Camrys in the new model years (having purchased those in 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002). As long as my wife is happy with the Camrys, and they provide the same level of service and reliability to which we've become accustomed, I'll continue to own them. However, Toyota set the bar pretty high, and my Tundra, in my opinion, failed to make the hurdle. Certainly, if this transmission performs without failure to 100,000 miles and beyond, my opinion is subject to change!
Having had no previous experience with full-sized trucks of any make or model, I was not aware of the shorter warranty periods provided by domestic manufacturers. This is good information, indeed.
brucec35, you were right. It was the dealership's call to replace the transmission. I suppose I just figured they were the specialists, and never questioned the decision.
f1jules...hey a witty, accountant surfer-dude. I can appreciate that, and I bet you're all the rave around the water cooler!
Feb 22, 2002 (3:58 pm)
You may have already mentioned, but I'm curious as to how many miles you have on truck now, and what total problems you've had with it. I personally think that you made out ok by getting a new trans. while still under warranty. Did you necessarily new a whole new trans, i dont know, possibly not. I think the dealer did an honorable thing in replacing unit free of charge, only a plus.
I understand the somewhat of a let down after so many other quality Toyota vehicles you've owned. The funny thing is, that you may feel a little cheated in having a trans problem at 52,000 but if you look through the other domestic threads, youll see that trans probs at 50,000 miles are not a fluke but more of a common issue. I'm not talking just the overdrive going out either, more like partial / complete failures. That isn't meant as a knock against non Toyota trucks but it seems to be truth. This isn't based only from the threads, but from my personal experiences as truck owner and mechanic.
Im interested to see how the rest of your truck has performed. By your own admittance you haven't owned any other full size trucks so you might not know exactly just how well Toyotas quality and reliability differ from the others. Toyota makes a heck of a product for most part, but its a whole lot easier to set themselves apart, when the domestics continue to fall short of mark.
Feb 22, 2002 (6:42 pm)
Why are there so many problems with Chevy, I guess they could care less about quality! Their problems got me ROFLMAO!! is that the cool computer thing to say. I hope I didn't ruin any GM owners weekend.
Feb 23, 2002 (8:28 pm)
Now that I have over 1000 miles on my second Tundra, I can make some points.
Gas mileage is roughly the same. (as in the V6)
Short bed / Extended Cab gives mysterious feeling that something is always in the blind spot.
Automatic transmission much smoother than manual.
Since the extended cab V8's are more popular, I do not have a unique vehicle anymore.
Rear seat is tolerable. Perfect for one adult, Tolerable for two.
Front seats are very comfortable. (Captain Chairs). The V6 bench was just as good except the height adjustor.
Passenger front seat is much better than one piece bench seat. (Wife shorter than me)
Towing will be tested soon.
Short bed is also tolerable. I really would like to see Toyota offer long beds on more models. ( I miss the long bed.)
I am hoping the truck will get louder over time. The V6 did. (This is a good thing.)
Feb 23, 2002 (9:45 pm)
On your post #1382 you stated Dodge powertrain warranty is this, Dodge recently announced a 70,000 mile powertrain warranty!!! Since the toy boys have been saying the 60,000 mile warranty makes toy the best......I guess dodge had to do something to sell their junk. It is not a 70,000 powertrain warranty. The new Dodge powertrain warranty is 7 Years or 100,000, Before you make a comment make sure you have your facts straight will you please thanks.
Feb 23, 2002 (10:26 pm)
The poster who incorrectly stated the Dodge warranty was an unfortunate Ford Stuporduty owner.
I admire Dodge (actually Daimler-Chrysler) for stepping up to the plate with a fantastic standard powertrain warranty. Now the pressure is on Ford and GM to upgrade their measley 3yr/36k powertrain warranties.