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#1874 of 1986 Considering a Pre-Owned Tundra
Jul 17, 2007 (10:44 pm)
Hey all, just thought I'd get your input on this.
I have a 2002 Dodge Durango R/T, which I've been very happy with over my two previous vehicles (A '99 Explorer and a '98 Sidekick). However, while taking my sister car shopping, I came across something I don't think I can pass up.
A 2002 Toyota Tundra Limited Access Cab 4x4, black with the tan leather interior, TRD package, and get this...only 27,481 miles, and is a local one owner. This is one that you just don't come across very often.
I was going to see what those of you who have older tundras have experienced as far as problems (which I'm sure aren't many), gas mileage, etc. I've considered a Tundra once before, but I passed on it because it was 2wd. This one is gorgeous, and it drew me in. I'm going to miss the extra room for passengers that my durango has, but I'm sure I won't be sad when I hit 80, 90, 100k miles and still going strong, whereas the durango will probably need a transmission by 75k, based on Dodge's history.
Let me know what you guys think, and I'm looking forward to joining the Tundra Club!
#1876 of 1986 Re: Considering a Pre-Owned Tundra [idntnvu]
Jul 18, 2007 (12:16 pm)
I have an 02 Access Cab 4x4. I tow close to 6000 pounds on a regular basis. My truck had the ball joint recall and I received the extended warranty on the oxygen sensors from Toyota. I have an ongoing shake that can be felt in the console at highway speeds. Toyota regional guy could not fix it and declared it to be normal. With the exception of this problem the truck has been extremely dependable. It now has 70,000 miles. I get 16 mpg on the highway and about 10mpg when towing.The verdict is still out to see if it will be as dependable and long lived as my 93 pre tacoma but so far I have to give it at least a high B for a mid term grade. If you can buy this truck right it will more than likely serve you well. Thanks.
#1877 of 1986 Brand new DC SR5 TRD on the road.
Jul 22, 2007 (7:00 pm)
I just used my tundra for the first 4 days. I am in the construction industry and required a 3/4 or half-ton for the job. I traded a 2001 3/4 silverado (company's truck) for a Black 07 TRD Tundra. I just put 1100 kilometers on it, it averaged 10.7 litres/100 kilometers which is about 22.0 MPG (US gal, not the 26.4 imperial). I basically gained about 120 miles of range per tank over that 3/4 ton (exact size match of tanks). I drove mostly highway miles at the limit to achieve that fuel mark, and it is very easy to turn 22.0 MPG to 16.0 MPG if you like to hammer the pedal. I love to drive fast, but making 160 extra bucks to take an extra 2 hours on the road was worth it. (The company pays a fuel rate that could almost cover a V10 triton's fuel bill).
As far as the truck itself, love it so far, but i am almost positive that the dampened tailgate (major favorite on the job site) is not going to make it in the long run. It was showing signs of wear after a few heavy loads. Time will tell I suppose, and hey its on warranty for 3 years. That and they advertised it being used as a work truck, and thats exactly what its going to do.
Next to the great gas mileage the truck *can* deliver, my second favorite thing was having 2 die hard ford fans I work with finding out that Toyota's puny little Tundra has more grunt than both of there super duties V10 triton's and has enough payload to more than cover general site work. In my years of experience, anything over 1000 lbs is going on a 5-ton flat deck with a HIAB crane, and most trailers coming to site are behind a Kenworth, not an F-250, not a tundra, or any other light duty pickup. That being said, I am working on 300 yard bridges, not new home construction.
Hope everyone else is having a good time with the new Tundras.....
Oh, one last thing, all the flag girls loved the truck and one of the die hard ford guys is going to test drive a tundra after i showed him the fuel reciepts for my trip.
Jul 23, 2007 (2:01 pm)
i went to bank of america online site to fill out a pre-aproved auto loan app. i was denied like 2 seconds after i hit the enter key on my keyboard. i called them and they say because i have not used credit in almost 7 years the enhanced auto bureau credit request that they pulled would not rate me. they also say that i would get a very high interest rate because i have not used credit in so long. they said i had what is called DORMANT credit. what in the world should i do. i have worked my but off to pay of the things on my credit report and i saved and bought everything in cash. i do not even open credit card offers. they go straight to the trash. i pulled my credit report and it says i have a 708 beacon score. what is going on. i was shocked to hear this info. is it true and how do i get around the high interest rate just because i have not bought things on credit for a long time. i am in the market for a 2007 toyota tundra. PLEASE HELP........
#1879 of 1986 Re: credit shocker [quest67277]
Jul 23, 2007 (4:34 pm)
Very surprising. I've heard of people who have had their car ins sky rocket when the ins companies started using credit history as a factor. These are the same people as yourself who just have never had to borrow money. Kind of ironic isn't it?
All I could say is to shop around for financing. Others here who are more familiar with financing may be able to help. I'd suggest to get a credit card with no anual fee, which I'm sure you would pay off each month.
#1880 of 1986 PO 430 error code.
Jul 23, 2007 (5:15 am)
Morning all, po430 code on a 03Tundra, Any best location where to look it up exactly for my vehicle??
#1881 of 1986 Re: credit shocker [quest67277]
Jul 24, 2007 (12:51 pm)
I never use credit either but I just wrote a check for the Tundra. Talk to Toyota finance guys at your dealer if you have not done so.
#1882 of 1986 Re: credit shocker [quest67277]
Jul 24, 2007 (1:07 pm)
Welcome to the wild world of credit. Where NOT using it is worse than a bankruptcy by many standards. Try another lender, some have different requirements. Your beacon score isn't all that bad so it's just a credit history issue. You'll probably need to visit a local bank and speak with a human that makes decisions.
#1883 of 1986 Broken window latch
Jul 24, 2007 (4:05 pm)
Just bought a 2002 tundra access cab, and the passenger side rear window latch broke a couple of days after I got it. Besides going to the dealer to get a replacement (about $30) is there another place I might check? I've looked online, haven't been able to find anything, nothing on ebay either. Thanks!