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#650 of 1986 Tengubuda, your story sounds like an exaggeration
Mar 14, 2001 (10:44 am)
but my answer follows;
1. Stop telling mechanics you are mechanically inept, many of them are dishonest and decide you are ignorant and can be overcharged, so go to a new car dealer who you can trust for service and trust them. Also, I've been in Texas the last 55 years and mechanics here aren't any worse than any other state when it comes to being inept or dishonest.
2. My personal advice is to buy a new Tundra, since it is more troublefree than any truck with similiar payload on the average, and purchase it from the biggest dealer in the state. They didn't get that big being dishonest, this works for domestics also. If you don't want to learn how to buy a new car, (right here on Edmunds), you can take a friend with you. I recommend Fred Haas Toyota in Houston for purchase and service if you live near, offer $4 or $5000 under sticker on a loaded 2001 truck, $3000 under on a stripped one. Hard to go wrong there. If you have a trade-in, look it up in Edmunds used vehicles and use the trade-in value, also use Kelly's Blue Book on the internet. Use as much detail on the evaluation as possible and stick to your numbers or go to another dealer. It helps to print out the evaluation and take it to the dealership.
3. Don't worry about the codes, find one on the lot you like, drive several and drive on the freeway at 70 mph and 55 mph with the radio and air conditioner off, windows closed and listen. If it makes too much noise or has vibration, look at another. Special options like TRD and 4X4 are for people who want to go off road or drive in snow and ice or pull a big boat up a slippery ramp, not essential in South Texas otherwise.
4. Try to forget your nightmares about domestic trucks, you got used vehicles which weren't properly maintained, properly maintained ones won't cause anywhere near that much grief. So take your vehicle to the new car dealer for scheduled factory service after purchase.
Mar 14, 2001 (1:19 pm)
Being a bit busy today, I didn't read your whole post but went to the summary. From that, I think you need to find a *good* salesman. Find one who knows what he is talking about and work with him to figure out what best suits your needs. I know this is easier said than done, but it will be worth it. My dealership actually has a truck department and we are not allowed to sell trucks until we demonstrate that we have a clue as to what truck buyers need. See if a local dealership has one of these.
Mar 15, 2001 (6:50 pm)
I read a review that said the TRD package did not make much difference. I want an off road package- is the TRD package worth the extra money??? Someone sell me... Thanks!
#653 of 1986 Jumpmaster
Mar 16, 2001 (7:42 am)
Buy the TRD package. Most Tundras that don't come with it, do have the alloy wheels and fog lights so it doesn't cost much more to pugrade the suspension and tires. The BF Goodrich tires are much better quality than the Dunlops or Bridgestones on the non-TRD trucks.
#654 of 1986 Re:575- Cliffie1 from Ken-o
Mar 16, 2001 (5:21 pm)
Read your response on fifth wheel . Had already figured it all out.
Finally saw a Tundra in the flesh and it is the greatest looking pickup I've seen. Only 1 problem with the Tundra and 1 with Toyota personel. The Tundra axle is way too close to the cab for a fifth wheel , so Tundra is out until they increase their wheel base. Toyota needs to school it's people (both dealers and customer service) on the aspects of towing .
I will be getting an 02 Silverado instead of Tundra because I am staying with my fifth wheel and I also found that the Silverado equipped the way I want it(which is impossible with the Tundra) is about $2500.00 less than the Tundra.The 2500 will buy an extended warrentee and let me get some extra goodies.
Thanks again for your come back
#655 of 1986 tundra shopping
Mar 17, 2001 (2:51 am)
I am presently in the process of purchasing a 2001 Toyota Tundra V8 4x4 access cab. The only other options I would like are the allweather pkg.the wheel and tire upgrade,a bed liner, floor mats,and the single CD player.I would like to get some input on what other folks have paid for similiar equipped trucks.Many thanks.
Mar 17, 2001 (7:28 am)
As much I as prefer to hear of people buying a Tundra, I'm glad you found something that meets your needs. 5th wheel towing presents a number of issues that I know the Tundra does not address. I also agree that far too many Toyota sales folks don't know the first thing about towing. At my dealership, I created a truck department and nobody is allowed to sell trucks until they can prove to me that they know what they are talking about with the trucks.
Mar 18, 2001 (6:40 pm)
You also need to get the fog lights!
I would look at the vinyl tundra mats.
You are also better at getting an aftermarket cd player instead of the factory one.
If you upgrade the tires, let the dealer get them so you can choose your tires.
Lastly, go ahead and get that towing package if you plan on doing that kind of thing.
Mar 20, 2001 (12:50 pm)
Hey cliff how are the sales coming?
I do agree with you BFG tires are much better than the crappy ones that come with these trucks. Dumped my fstones for bigger bfg's and they improved the ride and handling alot.
Plus i have a much better looking tire