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#102 of 598 Possible 2003 Tundra - HELP
Jul 12, 2003 (5:05 pm)
I am seriously considering purchasing a 2003 in a few days or waiting about 6 weeks and also look at the 2004 Tundra 4x4, Access Cab, V8 with the towing package, etc. The other vehicle I am considering is the totally new 2003 GMC Sierra 1500 with the 5.3V8, Z71, and towing package. I have heard that the problems of the past few years were elimated with the new 2003 model? I am retired. I have heard from a few friends that they get 18-19 1/2 mpg on the highway and 15 or better around town with the 5.3 V8. True or false, I don't know. Do you? The Sierra 1500 has nice style, a lot of space and comfort. The other vehicle I am considering is the Toyota Tundra 4x4 V8 although its rear seat is VERY small and the gas mileage I am told is about 16-17 on the highway and 13 - 15 mpg around town. However, it is a "bullet-proof" vehicle as far as safety, reliability and fit and finish. I have had 3 Toyota vehicles (not pickups but currently an Avalon) and they are virtually trouble free with a very strong front end that hardly ever needs alignment, regardless of the road condition.
I read alot of negative comments. What are the positive comments about the 2003 Tundra and/or Sierra 4x4, 5.3 V8? Has anyone had both vehicles and honestly can compare the two from personal experience. I really need your input, advice, and experiences. Many thanks-John
#103 of 598 96 T100 V6 SMOG ISSUE
Jul 13, 2003 (9:38 pm)
just bought this truck and it had the heads recalled and repaired by dealer..3.4LTR barely passed smog .89000 miles
mphs rpm %co2 %02 HC C0
15 1697 14.9 .2 52/6/50 .66/.02/.38
25 1661 15.1 .1 36/6/12 .80/.02/.04
15 mph 517/82/489
25 mph 770/74/38
do I have a bad Cat or 02 sensor ???? no check engine lights on ... HELP!
#105 of 598 Low oil pressure
Aug 12, 2003 (12:44 pm)
I just recently purchased a new 03 Tundra. I noticed right from the beginning that after the engine is warmed up and at idle the oil pressure drops very low, almost to the bottom of the gauge.
Is this normal?
I've seen somewhere that there is a TSB about replacing the gauge, is this really a guage problem and the pressure is really ok?
#106 of 598 2002 PreRunner - transmission problem?
Sep 19, 2003 (1:35 pm)
Dear PreRunner owners,
Does anyone but me hear clunking from under vehicle when changing gears?
During the shift into “Drive” or “Reverse” you feel a slight pause, then hear a clunk. It sounds like it is coming from the tranny area. On my truck it first appeared at about 15K miles.
Toyota's mechanic said it's a well known problem specific for all PreRunners. I think this is BS.
Before I go back and rip him another one I'd like to hear from other PreRunner's owners with similar problems... Anyone?
#107 of 598 RE: 2002 PreRunner---transmission problem?
Sep 20, 2003 (6:08 pm)
I have an 03 4x2 PreRunner and I've never heard any clunking associated with the tranny. Sorry, but I think your mechanic is full of a brown substance which isn't motor oil.
#108 of 598 RE: 2002 PreRunner---transmission problem?
Sep 23, 2003 (11:03 am)
How many miles do you have on your Pre-Runner?
I first noticed this problem at about 15K miles.
#109 of 598 prerunner tranny problem
Sep 23, 2003 (12:35 pm)
I'm having the same problem on my 2002 Dcab w/ 27K mi. Also on approaching an intersection and braking, just as I stop I have an audible "pop" which sounds like it's coming from the transmission. When in traffic(start/stop driving)it pops when going from neutral to first, first to second and vice versa. On occassion it "lurches" from first to second. I was looking at some older postings on edmunds and it doesn't look good for us alko. One fellow has had his taco in and out of the shop with no fix. Some have replaced the tranny, replaced center drive shaft carrier bearing. I also read something about axle warp. When I took mine in, the service dept manager drove it and had it about half the day. They said there was nothing wrong with it; I call BS on that one. I bet if it had 36001 mi on it, it would have plenty wrong with it. Let me know if you come up with a fix and I'll post a message if my service dept comes up with a remedy. I live in an area where there are at least 7 toyo dealers, so I may try another service dept. Good luck
#110 of 598 enginr check light on
Sep 23, 2003 (11:30 pm)
My 2000 V8 Tundra has about 36K miles and running fine. The problem that I have is with the Engine check warning light staying ON. Once the battery is removed and reconnected, this Engine check will be off for a day or two. Manual said bring the car to the dealer. Engine oil, Transmission fluid, Coolant temperature are all OK. Truck is running normally with no extra fuel consumption. Any suggestions?
#111 of 598 2003 PreRunner
Sep 26, 2003 (4:08 pm)
I have the above w/automatic. I have <4000 miles and have experienced the clunking as described by alko. I took it back to the dealer at 75 miles and they said 'no problem'. This was in Orlando, Fl. Now, I am in Tucson and took it to a dealer today. I was told that this is 'characteristic of all AT Tacomas'. It has nothing to do with the tranny, but is movement of the rear end. They said the problem doesn't exist with the manual tranny. I wonder why this 'characteristic' wasn't disclosed prior to the sale.