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#767 of 1322 Tundras Transmissions
Mar 17, 2002 (10:29 am)
My brother owns a 2000 Tundra V8 SR5/XCAB with about 53,000 thousand miles when the transmission went out on him. It was repaired under warranty and the mechanic had told him that there was a defect in the trannies for that year of vehicle.
They fixed his Tundra without any problems. His Tundra is now fine but he is thinking of selling it and getting the new Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab.
I have read some posts here with other owners having transmission problems too. Prior to the Tundra he owned a 1986 Toyota pickup with a manual transmission that never gave him any problems even with 287,000 miles on it. That pickup was sold to a cousin and it is still going strong.
Have you guys heard of a defect with the transmission in the Tundras? I do see some posts complaining about transmission problems.
I am thinking of buying a Tundra or a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab. The Tundra did great in the offset crash test and are considered reliable. The new Dodge looks good, lots of interior room, nice ride, decent speed and comes with a 7 year/100,000 mile warranty on engine/transmission plus a $1500 rebate if you buy on or before March 31,2002.
I like both pickups but the problems with my brother's Tundra makes me think twice.
Mar 17, 2002 (2:18 pm)
You are only the second person I heard from complain about a tranny failure. There was another post that complained about losing overdrive and the tranny was replaced under warranty. I have looked at all the complaint posts on the NHTSA board and found one tranny failure mentioned on a 2000. Nothing was mentioned on the 2001 and 2002.
There is the half shaft binding thump that seems to happen in the Tundra as well as other trucks when you come to na abrupt stop. Otherwise, I have not heard of tranny failures. yours is only the second one I have read about.
I would not buy a first year production model of any truck. The 2002 ram is getting good reviews, but it is a first year model. I waited until 2002 and thn got my Tundra and I was rewarded. No brake problems, an LSD and I am very satisfied with it.
Mar 17, 2002 (3:23 pm)
This is also only 2nd trans. complaint I've heard of as well. This includes internet threads as well as countless people I work with and in the town. What I do see is a few Tundra/Tacoma owners who have a relatively minor problem or so, lose all faith in truck and then decide the answer lies in Ford, GM, or Dodge. Then when they get to the other side of fence, most are astounded to find out the problems are even worse and more abundant. I can't say this is true in every case, cause it's not. From what I've seen, its more often than not.
I dont wanna put down the new Ram, but I tend to agree with Ndahi. I'd be a little leary to dive into a first year model. I give a thumbs up to Dodge for stepping to plate with a great standard warranty. I personally dont think you will find a more reliable make than Toyota, regardless of competitors warranties etc. .
Also if you look at a lot of the Tundra complaints, they mainly stem from the 2000 models. This was first year of production and it was to be somewhat expected that there were going to be glitches to work out. The 01/02s seem to have faired a little better. Perhaps this is due to fact that they have less mileage, and/or fact of Toyota ironing out a few wrinkles. Either truck should be a winner when compared to whats out there.
Mar 17, 2002 (10:09 pm)
Did your bro notice any warning signs before the tranny went caput?
Mar 18, 2002 (3:37 pm)
He said that it had stalled on him a couple of times but thought nothing about it and a few thousand miles later it went out. Toyota did good and replaced it with a new one without any problems. He is a carpenter and works in construction and drives all his trucks hard. I was just surprised that auto trans went out so fast.
My boss just bought a 2002 V6 Tundra X Cab and the power steering unit went out on him after 2500 miles. He had it replaced under warranty. He still loves his Tundra though.
I am leaning towards the Toyota over the Dodge.
Mar 18, 2002 (4:34 pm)
I can tell you that the power steering unit problem is the first one I have heard of in two years of reading both this group and Tundra Solutions. It must be a very rare occurrence.
The transmission problem is also very rare, in over 40,000 posts on Tundra Solutions, I have only read of one other transmission failure. The owner apparently submerged his truck in mud and caused the tranny to fail. I think that Toyota still warrantied it.
Toyota has the most bulletproof powertrain of any 1/2 ton pickup. They have 40% more powertrain warranty than anyone else. If your buddy had a GM or Ford tranny fail at 59,000 miles (a much more likely occurence) then they would be paying out of their own pocket.
#773 of 1322 Transmission Thump
Mar 18, 2002 (4:39 pm)
Thanks to Arkie 6 who posted the "Tundra Drive Line Thump", #632, on 2-26-02. I got the truck back today after warranty work at the second dealership I dealt with. I copied your remedy for the dealership and gave it to them. They told me they did everything that was listed on the post. We'll see?? Only drove it home tonight (about three miles) and did not get the thump. Was wondering if Arkie 6 is a Toyota mechanic? How did you ever figure this to be a remedy? Just curious. Will report later if "thump" is fixed. I certainly hope so. Anyone else out there with a brake vibration after taking off from a dead stop?? Why didn't Toyota light all the dials and buttons on the insdie of the doors for night time driving? Thank you for your help.
Mar 21, 2002 (7:38 am)
I am sure that the problems I posted are rare but do happen. I spoke to three fellow workers who own Tundras and all three had ZERO problems and each of them have over 40,000 miles on their Tundras.
I'll be buying either a Tundra or the new Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab this month. Both are rated high in safety.
Mar 21, 2002 (9:41 am)
take my advice and wait a year before buying the ram. By that time reliability ratings will be out and you can judge the truck better. The new Ram truck did rate good in the IIHS recent crash test. That is good news indeed.