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#1684 of 2007 2007 TUNDRA WAY TOO BOUCY
Oct 20, 2007 (2:45 pm)
My husband and I were thinking about buying a new 2007 Toyota Tundra pickup, and we did our first test drive today. We drove a quad cab (not a crew cab) with the large engine in the truck, 6-speed auto transmission. Two negatives for me: visibility when I turned around to change lanes--the rear side posts combined with the rear seat neck rests obscured vision for the driver.
The second negative: the bounciest cab ride I have ever had. I thought my 1990 Ford Explorer 4-door was bouncy. In the 2007 Tundra as we rolled down I-10 at 70 mph, whenever I or the salesman (riding in the front passenger seat) spoke, our voices came out with tremors in them from our bouncing: ah - ah - ah, like when you speak directly into the spinning blades of a box fan.
What's up with that bounce? I felt like my breath was being bounced out of me with each syllable. The salesman's explanation? This is a "truck" ride. Well, that's not a ride I've had in any trucks I've ridden in, and I've ridden in and driven a lot of trucks.
I really, really, really wanted to like the 2007 Tundra. I have a 2000 Toyota Avalon with 138,000 absolutely trouble-free miles on it (unlike prior Detroit brands I have owned), so I wanted my old man to get a Toyota pickup.
Maybe Toyota hasn't been making full-size trucks long enough to get it perfected yet.
#1685 of 2007 Re: 2007 TUNDRA WAY TOO BOUCY [txtoyota]
Oct 20, 2007 (4:21 pm)
Hey!!! check out the 08, maybe they have fixed something and not making it known yet...... gotta be the frame and there should be some way to make it go away. If I put about 500 lbs behind the rear axle, it rides normal..... you have described the ride better than any I have heard, exactly ...
#1686 of 2007 Please no flame throwers
Oct 20, 2007 (7:03 pm)
I've had my crew max for a month now (1000 miles) I know thats not much but I have not had any of the problems mentioned here except for the rumble strip syndrom,and I hope anything that my go wrong with that will be handled by warrenty.This is my fourth toyota truck, they have all been bullet proof so far hope the trend cuntinues, Just my opinion h20
#1687 of 2007 Great Truck, and question about performance
Oct 21, 2007 (6:31 am)
Bought a 4X4 Limited Doublecab with 5.7 engine. Just love it. Did not get TRD package. Mine does not bounce. Better gas mileage than what was expected. Great sound system. Extremely strong acceleration(very important to me).
Is there anyway to get even stronger acceleration(0-60MPH)times, such as duel exhausts or supercharge, which would not void the warranty from manufacturer or adversely affect gas mileage?
#1688 of 2007 Re: Please no flame throwers [h20]
Oct 21, 2007 (8:42 am)
I have the same rumble strip syndrome. I took it to the dealer and like always they don't know anything about it. The supposedly align the drive shaft but still with the same problem. Now they said to wait for more information from Toyota.
#1689 of 2007 Re: Great Truck, and question about performance [jerabaub]
Oct 21, 2007 (5:21 pm)
you can put duel exhaust on your truck it will not break the warranty i have a 4x4 doublecab with a 5.7 and the TRD package i had toyota put the TRD duel exhaust system on my truck for about $1100.00 and it is all stainless steel system also was told by the service department that it would add about 20 more horsepower to the truck if you get the toyota duel exhaust system u will love it sounds real nice not to loud
#1690 of 2007 Re: tranny issues [h20]
Oct 21, 2007 (5:21 pm)
Yes...me too!...but my dealer is investigating.
#1691 of 2007 Re: Great Truck, and question about performance [truckrbob]
Oct 21, 2007 (7:02 pm)
I was tould by friends that if you don't have it put on by toyota they will give you a hard time when it comes to getting your warrenty work done. This includes flowmaster or any other system you install. Its about the $ as usual so beware. h20
#1693 of 2007 My experience with my new Tundra
Oct 23, 2007 (9:03 am)
I bought a 07 DC limited 4X4 TRD 5.7, Timberland Mica, Beige lthr., Nav. & sonar, about 2 months ago. It has about 2800mi. on it now from a mix of in town and highway driving. I have not had it off road yet. I also have yet to tow my boat or load heavy but will report on those things later.
To give some background,I have been driving pick-ups for over 25 yrs. and have had several 1/2 and 3/4 ton models in many cab and bed configurations. Mostly Fords, but have used some late model Chevys and a Dodge too. I traded my 02 F250 mod'd (380hp) Powerstroke, 4X4 CC SB Lariat for the Tundra. I am certainly not an expert but do have quite a bit of experience and see things through the eyes of an engineer. I'd like to share what I have experienced and observed for what it's worth to anyone interested.
First of all, the Tundra is (by far) the nicest,most refined and best performing truck I have ever driven. It is quiet, smooth ,tight and extremely comfortable. I am 6'2" and 240. To say I love my truck is an understatement.
Now for the nuts and bolts about the "issues".
"Bed bounce (frame)".. I have yet to experience it at all. I have driven (empty) over many surfaces including concrete hwy and have even tried to find a surface to get the problem to surface. It has not. I do not doubt that it exists for some and may "find" the right road someday out of my area. Therefore, will accept any fix Toyota may come up with. I do not however, believe the reported problem to be solely related to the frame. It seems more than adaquate for a 1/2 ton truck even though not fully boxed. Take a look at any heavy duty truck, 3/4 ton through big rigs, and see how many have boxed sections in the rear you see. I expect nearly none. I think it's more likely related to a combination of things combined to create just the wrong set of circumstances.
"Transmission shudder (rumble strip syndrome)".... I have not seen a hint of anything wrong done by my 6-speed. It has been flawless so far.
"Gauges hard to read"... Not mine. Perhaps because the Limited gauges "dayglow". I have no problems whatsoever, with or without polarized sunglasses. Because they're recessed, my wife can not see them from the passenger seat but that's just fine with me.
"Ugly plastic Dash"... This is one area I do think is a significant shortfall. To remedy that, I dealer optioned the wood grain dash kit which is a MAJOR improvement. It now looks fantastic. Everyone who gets in the truck comments on how nice the interior looks.
"My minor gripes"... It's hard to find fault in this truck but there are a few things. Yes, there is a bad blind spot at the rear cab quarters enhanced buy the rear headrests. The mirrors (mine are non-towing) are excellent though, which helps, and in my case, the sonars help at least while parking.
I also wish the door lock controls lit at night. Especially with a new vehicle, fumbling for controls at night shouldn't be part of the deal.
Although the truck is very comfortable once in it, getting in requires a little more contortion than I'm used to. Not bad, but more than my past Fords.
All in all I am very pleased with my Tundra. I will report again after I've worked it out some. I expect it to do well.