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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.
Mar 25, 2002 (3:19 pm)
I have done a lot of reaserch on the Dodge Ram Quad Cab and the Toyota Tundra XCab. I decided that even though the Tundra is somewhat smaller than the Ram QC the reliability and quality factor of the Toyota is superior to the Dodge. I do like the styling of the new Dodge, it passed the IIHS safety tests and has received many positive reviews.
When I compared both vehicles from my research on the internet. The Tundra was the best value overall. It has the quality and reliability reputation, excellent resale value and scored consistently well in reviews.
I also spoke to several mechanics I know and they all favored the Tundra over all other makes.
I will hopefully be buying this month a red Tundra SR5 V8 access cab 4X4 with ABS, slip differential, fog lights and other options.
Do you think it is worth getting the TRD OffRoad package?
Appreciate any advice from Tundra owners.
Mar 25, 2002 (4:09 pm)
I dont own a Tundra yet, but I wanna say I think its a good decision. I can't speak as an owner, but from a mechanics point, I've always been impressed with the condition of Toyotas engines whether they had 100 miles, 100K, or 200K. I can't tell you how many Toy engines our shop rebuilt, and it always amazed me just how smooth the heads/cylinders looked, and almost all of the moving parts (valvetrain etc.) were quite clean.
I've yet to see an engine that will run as quiet and smooth as a Toys. You can expect reliability that is superior to Dodge and many others for that matter. Truck has been rated well in crash tests, and as a firefighter/emt for last 10 years or so, I must say, the Tacomas/Tundras I've seen in wrecks have held their ground and fared well for most part. Best of luck to ya my friend.
Mar 25, 2002 (5:59 pm)
I think you made a wise choice. I have heard good things about the New Dodge, but it is too new to judge. So far people are not complaining about it, but it has too few miles. The Tundra is a couple of years old and a lot of the early model gremlins have been worked out.
As for the TRD package, I did not get it on my 4X2. Here in CA it was very hard to find the TRD with the limited slip. So I got the limited slip w/o the TRD and then got the HD Bilestin TRD shocks and installed them myslef. These shocks are even stiffer than the OEM TRD package sold to the public. I really HATED the stock shocks. They were too soft for my taste. Some people like a soft ride, but I do not. I prefer a stiff controlled ride, but not jarring. I love the way my truck rides and handles with the aftermarket TRD Bilestin shocks.
I did not care about the TRD sticker and the fender flares. The fender flares made the rims/tires look too small and tucked in under the truck. The TRD fender flares makes the truck look wierd.
Mar 25, 2002 (8:49 pm)
Have you checked out www.tundrasolutions.com ? Its got anything and everything you wanted to know about Tundra's on that website. And if it doesn't, just start a new thread.