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#219 of 490 Toyota refuses to fix problems nowadays
Jul 17, 2005 (4:31 am)
I have a 2000 Tundra and I had the brake problems and the exhaust manifold problems too. I spent almost 2yrs fighting the brakes with them, I was one of the first to get the "fix" because I was ready to arbitrate it. For the most part its a good truck, but Toyota customer service is the worst I have ever experienced in my life... and I've had a handful of different brand cars. This exhaust manifold bit drives me through the roof... its a common problem, typically around 40k miles... how joyously convenient. They refuse to fix the problem, they refuse to show any level of concern on the phone or through their website. I have been spreadin the word about how crappy their customer service is, in hopes others don't get fooled like I did. Toyota customer service ended at the 3.0l V-6 head gasket issues. If anybody has any luck gettin their manifolds fixed outside of warranty I'd be surprised and happy for em... I'm fighting to get reimbursed for installing headers to fix their design flaw.
#220 of 490 recall lower ball joint
Jul 18, 2005 (11:44 am)
Hey everyone, I called Toyota today 7-18-05(1-800-331-4331) The recall started as of 7-15-05 and they are starting with the 01 Tundra's 1st and then 02-03-04.
I just bought my 02 in March of this year, so it was a good thing I called because they did not have my vin# on file. I gave them all my info. and they said I should get a notice in the mail within a few months. I told them I tow a 6000 pound travel trailer with mine and this would not be cool for me to lose control of everything.
They told me that the 1st sign of a bad ball joint would be vibration on the front end and then I should take it in, and that this is only hapenning to a few trucks.SO FAR !!!!
I bought a Toyota because consumer reports shows it's the most reliable truck out there.Just my luck they now have there 1st major recall !!! Own a 94 Ford Explorer also, been through the Firestone tire recall.
#221 of 490 Re: Brakes and transmissiion [fastfjr]
Jul 19, 2005 (4:31 pm)
I just started to do the same thing and then I put the screw back in.
What did the dealer do for you? How much did it cost?
Thanks for any help you can provide
#223 of 490 Re: Tundra doube-secret brake recall?
Jul 26, 2005 (5:42 pm)
My 2001 4x4 AccessCab Ltd (28,000mi.) needs new brake pads. Does any kind of recall apply? Should I be looking at OEM or aftermarket pads? My rotors are fine (but need to be turned), according to the dealer.
BTW: Had my 02 sensor replaced today under recall. No probelms. Cost me $zero.
#224 of 490 Tundra woes
Jul 29, 2005 (8:58 am)
I had my 04 Tundra DC 4x4 SR5 for just shy of a year. In February, an uninsured motorist broad sided the passenger side of my truck as he ran a red light while sleeping, nice (had 2200 miles on it). Me, my two young kids and the in-laws were in it. Luckily everyone was okay except for some aches and pains and my then-10-month-old son had a cut on his face from the harness(?) on his carseat.
The truck was spun a little over 180 degrees and the force of the impact sheered the spare tire cable and launched it into a yard nearby. The bulk of the force of the impact was absorbed by the rear axle. However, the rear driver's side tire was knocked off the rim and as it slid on the road the rim was ground down a half inch. There was some damage to the bed next to the rear passenger side door and the step was folded under the body a bit.
If I could have found my spare (which I thought had been stolen or ?) I think I could have drove it away.
The 90 Ford T-bird that hit us pretty much had the long front end compressed in to 3-4 foot ball of steel. Good thing for crumple zones for that schlepp. He was okay, except he declared bankruptcy pretty quickly after the accident.
I can tell the side impact rating from me is outstanding, it went onto two side wheels for a second but we never felt like we were going to roll.
Only one issue since I got it back from the body shop (Ream Auto Body, Marion IA - good folks, good work):
- a shrill squeak comes the rear suspension or bed mounting when going over minor bumps (TSB SU003-04 seems to address the same noise - dealer will check it out next friday)
- it pulls to right even after dealer 1-time free adjustment since purchase;
- popping and ticking after driving it (I figure its from hot/cold expansion) but now that I have 10K on it I figured it would be okay)
- it lurches at stops intermittently (dealer says it is okay ???)
- the power steering pump gets pretty loud after starting and cranking it like leaving the driveway or a parking spot - again the dealer says it is okay as the system is under 1200(?) psi and the pump is playing catch up.
If anyone has any ideas about the alignment, lurching or steering let me know. The customer service rep said that when the previous alignment was done, it was with factory tolerances. I would assume it was when it left the factory. GAH.
I hope no one has to test the safety your Toyota like we did.
The truck otherwise has been great...
#225 of 490 reply to Tundra woes
Jul 29, 2005 (8:16 pm)
First off I'm very happy you and your family are okay !! I too was hit by an uninsured motorist last Feb. After they fixed my crappy GM van I traded it in for a used 02 Tundra that had 45,000 miles on it.I forgot the Jap trucks(owned a Nissian 4x4 back in 1989) they like to idle higher when the heater/defroster or sometimes with the AC on ,so when I would leave a stop light or would brake to pull up to a stop it felt like it wanted to lurch forward. Bought a can of intake throttle body cleaner and sprayed down the accelerator linkage and sprayed inside the air intake and it seems to have helped also put in a $50 K&N air filter. The truck still had the factory Bridgestone tires(size-P2657016) and when I test drove the truck it didn't pull to either side.At 53,000 miles I replaced the tires with Dayton Timberline tires which is made by Bridgestone but they only had them in a LT2457516 size and now I noticed it sometimes pulls to the right and I checked to make sure all the tires have the same air pressure so I'm not sue what it is because sometimes it doesn't do it??
My exsust pipe pops only in gear and it reminded me of the noise new pipes make when you shut the vehicle off. Mechanic buddy of mine heard it when he was in the truck and said it was nothing to worry about. I sprayed lubricate on all 4 shock mountings and that took away the squeaking sounds although the dealerships have a new mount kit they can install to fix this problem.Brakes are great just had to have my buddy adjust the rear brakes and man they are right there but I don't know if the past owner had the problems with the rotors and I'm just running on what he replaced, same with the 02 sensors don't know if he replaced them but I don't have that famous check engine light on.There is a recall on the lower ball joints including the 04 Tundras.My buddy did say Tundras are indestructible !!! I believe it. Thanks for your posting, rvboy from Wisconsin says goodnight.
#226 of 490 Re: reply to Tundra woes [rvboy]
Jul 30, 2005 (7:34 am)
>size and now I noticed it sometimes pulls to the right and I checked to make >sure all the tires have the same air pressure so I'm not sue what it is because >sometimes it doesn't do it??
Sounds like a break caliper is hanging intermittently. Might want to check them or the brake lines. My truck had a failing brake line that made the caliper hang sometimes.
#227 of 490 transmission failures
Jul 30, 2005 (3:31 pm)
The transmission on our 2000 Tundra failed at 45,000 miles therefore was replaced under warrantee. Now the replacement transmission is having the same signs and symptoms of impending failure. The dealer and corporate offices of Toyota state that the next replacement will be at my cost.
Could anyone direct me to a source indicating what the transmission failure rates for the Tundra are? Also, can anyone provide any advice to compel Toyota to cover the cost of the next replacement?
#228 of 490 Re: reply to Tundra woes [sfh1]
Jul 31, 2005 (7:40 pm)
Thanks sfh1 for your reply, that makes sense that it would only do it some of the time.