Last post on Mar 29, 2007 at 5:33 AM
You are in the Toyota Tundra
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Toyota Tundra, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Truck
#1908 of 2059 Re: NEW TUNDRA A SALES FLOP ????? [geo9]
Mar 21, 2007 (5:19 pm)
Correct, city didn't use Tundras because they weren't available then. Tundras didn't come out until 2000. Most trucks were considerably larger anyway. Silverados were almost all 1 ton duallies including what the foremans drove. There were some large cab-only trucks from Ford such as was used on the grain trucks and the big dump trucks, etc. So, the short answer is no, Toyota wasn't used, but they only had compacts then and were not capable of doing the jobs required (at least for our department).
And no, I don't sell vaccum cleaners, I'm in IT now but keep busy on various building and woodworking projects around home. If you want to shock or surprise me, try making a post without a personal attack -- I'll have a heart attack!
#1910 of 2059 Re: NEW TUNDRA A SALES FLOP ????? [roadking218]
Mar 21, 2007 (8:38 pm)
I have a flapping noise in my windshield since the truck was new
Hey Roadking - for that flapping noise look REAL CLOSE at the gasket that holds the windshield in place, and/or the metal molding around the windshield (if it has molding). I've seen vehicles of several makes with a loose gasket or molding. Sometimes it's not obvious, you have to pry on the gasket slightly to see that it isn't cemented in place. When driving at faster speeds, the vacuum created by the airflow over the windshield lifts the gasket and it vibrates, causing the noise.
I hope that solves the problem.
#1912 of 2059 I, for one,
Mar 22, 2007 (4:21 pm)
Am glad GM is getting their stuff together, and the Silvy seems like a fine truck, at least good enough to take sales crown from Ford.
#1913 of 2059 Re: Ok, I'll make a deal with you [dirtguy99]
Mar 23, 2007 (12:55 pm)
Pg. 191 Transmission
Do NOT drive your vehicle in gear range "3", "2", or "1" at elevated engine speeds or up a slope or grade for extended periods of time. Engine or transmission overheating may occur.
Now really, How else do you tow a trailer uphill?
Mabey your supposed to push it up the hill in reverse
#1914 of 2059 Why Doesn't Every Manufacturer Do This?
Mar 23, 2007 (7:19 pm)
Toyota had a big two page ad spread in the current issue of Time Mag. (Yeh, I know. I thought I was picking up the Economist when I leaned over the coffee table at the dentist's office.) They had lots of tid bits about the new Tundra including info about the six speed tranny and also the tranny cooler and, get this, the tranny oil warmer. As someone who lives in New England whose lube oil temp gauge in the Porsche sometimes never even gets off the peg on my morning run down to the docks, this is interesting. I wonder why everyone doesn't have a tranny oil warmer? How about also an engine lube oil warmer, too? Moreover, why does the aftermarket overlook this? If you screw up, cheap out and don't buy the tow package with the oh-so-necessary tranny cooler, the aftermarket has got you covered. But, I've never seen an aftermarket tranny oil heater. Given that tranny's have a significantly shorter life expectancy than the engine, I wonder why ALL trannys don't come with heaters and coolers?
On a different issue, I'm puzzled about the number of comments about the fit of the body panels on the Tundra vs. other pickups. At first glance, it seems that to compare panel gaps on pickup trucks is a complete waste of time. Or is it that the people who complain about panel gap see wide panel gaps as symptomatic other other, less visible assembly deficiencies?
#1915 of 2059 Re: Why Doesn't Every Manufacturer Do This? [blckislandguy]
Mar 24, 2007 (6:00 am)
Toyota's ad campaign for the new Tundra centers around pointing out "work-related" advantages of the new Tundra. Every ad I've seen to date (including the Tundra brochure) focuses on these kinds of details.
These ads remind me more of the type of ads you would see for HD commercial trucks rather than lifestyle-oriented 1/2-ton trucks. They're really making an effort to point out that the Tundra meets or exceeds the domestic 1/2-tons in terms of work capability. Very little marketing effort is being spent on so-called "comfort" features that most 1/2-tons focus on.
Mar 24, 2007 (6:35 am)
I've caught the end of ads on certain channels. They all seem to propagate the theme that Toyota is American. They show fields of grain and Midwestern theme scenery. Apparently their research has told them most Midwesterners view them as a Japanese company... which they are... and they're trying to change that perception.
Do they use different ads in different areas of the US?
Mar 24, 2007 (7:27 am)
No, nothing like that here in MA. The only ads we get are the "You asked for it" tranny, power and brake rotor ones mixed in with the "Springtime sales event" ones.
Imports outsell the domestics by a huge margin up here, we don't really look at a brands origin before we buy. In fact I bet you'll find a lot of Mazda, Volvo and Saab owners who have no idea their cars are owned by domestic nameplates. A common sight in driveways here is usually a foriegn sedan (or Honda Pilot) shared with a domestic pickup.