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#810 of 836 Re: Thinking about buying a 2001 Tundra [binski72]
Nov 12, 2010 (9:57 am)
When you find a truck with super low mileage ,you can pretty much toss the value book out the window. I drove a similar Tundra well over 100,000 miles. It was a good truck and I only got a newer one because I was nervous about the frame rust and wanted a larger cab. Is the truck a 4x4? I realized just over 9000 real dollars for my 02 4x4 access cab on trade last May. .Really nice lower mileage trucks are very hard to find.It will pull your camper at that weight wilth no problems. If you need to beef up the rear suspension, I suggest looking at Timbrens. I have used them on both both of my Tundras and they have worked great. Sounds like a real nice truck. Good luck
#811 of 836 Atlanta Area - Toyota Mall of Georgia
Nov 15, 2010 (7:05 pm)
I went over to Team Toyota Mall of Georgia today [Atlanta area] strickly to look at Tundra trucks. I didn't go with the intention of purchasing.
I went with my wife and little son. I wanted to get her take on the Tundra Double Cab seat to see if she thought that it has adequate room.
I had performed a lot of internet research on Tundra vs Tacoma, 4.7L vs 5.7L, and Double Cab vs Crew Max.
I originally wanted a Tundra DC, but started thinking about gas prices. About a year or more ago, our Super Gas prices had spiked to $4.50 a gallon when a hurricane had caused the gas pipeline from the Louisiana Gulf to Doraville, Georgia to be shut down as a precaution. We had gas stations that ran out of gas that was reminiscent of 1975 Oil Embargo gas shortages.
I decided to do a sanity check to determine if Tacoma was a better choice due to its smaller engine and better gas consumption.
I found that used Tacomas were selling close to Tundra prices. I wanted a crew style cab with a backseat so that family can ride in truck. It turns out that Tacoma 4 cyclinder did not come in crew style so 6 cylinder was the only option.
I then wrestled with comfort of Tundra vs better MPG of Tacoma. After reading various forums, it seems like the MPG between Tacoma 6 cylinder was close to Tundra MPG.
Once I came back to Tundra, I then had to decide between a 6 cylinder, a 4.7L 8-cylinder, and a 5.7L 8-cylinder.
I ended up going with 5.7L due to its efficiency if good driving habits were practiced and acceleration habits are followed. I read some postings that claimed that the MPG on the 5.7L improved over time. I don't know if this is due to the driver becoming more conscious about gas consumption and having a cost conscious driving habit that matures over time or if it really is true that the 5.7L gets better gas mileage with age.
I have Gas Cubby app for the iPhone and will record my mileage along each fuel fill up to map the performance over time.
Once I came back to 5.7, I started to read through the DC to Crewmax debate.
DC had less leg room in back seat but with longer bed. Crewmax had roomier backseat area with a short bed.
This debate covered various topics such as
1. DC rear seats did not provide enough room, which allowed backseat Kids in carseat to kick the back of front seat. This was not a problem in Crewmax due to longer distance between back seat and front seat.
2. DC rear seats are not so comfortable for people over 6' tall
3. DC was better for big dogs due to rear seat folding up to give dogs the ability to sit on floor. The Crewmax rear seats folded up so the dogs had to sit on the top of the seat.
4. DC rear windows did not go down. I went on two Tundra test drives and successfully verified that the DC rear electric windows DID GO UP AND DOWN.
I was leaning towards DC because it looks more sportier than box style crewmax, but I had to check the DC backseat with family. I had also become enamored with DC LWB Long Bed due to its 8-foot rear bed. I came close to getting one, but I was out of town and the dealer sold it while I was gone.
I came to realize that I couldn't get a hard shell matching color Tonneau cover for the LWB 8-foot bed. You could get a camper shell, but I like the hard shell Tonneau cover, which turns the Tundra bed into a large trunk.
I wanted a back up camera, but found that the only models that had this feature had a Navigation system. I didn't want a Tundra with Navigation because they were more expensive and the Map Updates for car Navi systems run about $600-700 dollars.
I didn't want leather seats because a child car seat will put a dent in the leather.
When I went with my wife and son to Toyota Mall of Georgia, the salesman showed me a few Tundras. No pressure. He was being very accommodating.
My wife like the first Tundra, a 2008 that had 12k miles on it. It looked brand new.
I got the upgraded 7 year 100k bumper to bumper warranty. The original 3 year 36k bumper to bumper warranty was set to expire next year so I figured that this upgrade was worth it. It covers electrical, brakes, and everything else.
This dealership offers a free lifetime warranty on the engine, tranny, and drive train. This is not transferable if I sell the truck.
The dealership appeared to be very customer service oriented. The service department area was very comfortable for customers who were waiting for their cars to be serviced. They had PCs with Internet Access, Wifi, Internet Cafe, and a kids play area with a TV tuned to Disney Channel.
The attitudes of the employees were very positive and they were attentive to customers to ensure that you were being taken care of.
I didn't know what to expect before I went to this dealer, but I did read a lot of positive feedback on this dealer before. I went in with my defense shields in the lowered position.
The truck had one posted sticker price, which didn't match the internet price. They tend to post lower prices on the internet.
I ordered the back up camera for $600. They replace your rear view mirror with one that has an LCD screen built in. When the truck is in Park, Neutral, or in a Forward gear, the rear view mirror looks and functions normally.
When the truck transmission is placed in Reverse, the left half of the mirror will go into LCD montor mode and display the rear camera picture. I wanted this option because this truck is huge, and we have a lot of kids in our subdivision. The camera will also assist when backing into parking spaces.
I would recommend Team Toyota Mall of Georgia if it is within reasonable driving distance.
One other note, I have noticed that there is a trend where a lot of dealerships are owned by a very large company and a lot of emphasis is placed on customer service.
When checking on dealership ratings, I used Google Maps, Yelp, and Kudzu. I also checked Edmund.com, but this can be hit or miss. Google Maps does a good job of aggregating ratings from various websites.
When searching for cars, I initially used Edmunds.com, but I went to Autotrader.com instead, which Edmunds.com does use. It was easier going to AutoTrader.com.
I used my iPhone so they site would format for my phone. I also liked the fact that AutoTrader.com allowed you to store profiles for Search Results and to store specific car listings.
I also took advantage of various Tundra websites like tundrasolutions.com, tundraheadquarters.com, and tundratalk.net.
In addition, I went to the following US Govt Website to look up fuel consumption of Tundras and Tacomas http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/FEG2000.htm
#812 of 836 Re: Thinking about buying a 2001 Tundra [apptun]
Nov 17, 2010 (7:03 pm)
Yes it is a 4x4. Access cab 4dr, Towing packing, just about everything except leather. Im picking up the truck this weekend. She took it down to the dealership to get serviced and for a recall on the brakes. The truck looks brand new so I cant turn it down I was just a little nervous about reading all the problems with the early years of the Tundra. Thanks for the reply!
#813 of 836 2011 Tundra crewmax price
Jan 21, 2011 (7:18 pm)
I am thinking about purchasing a2011 crewmax 4x4 5.7L the price I got out the door is 32,735. This is the Tundra grade, has the Sr5 pacakage, cold weather kit, heated outside mirrors, carpet mats, sunroof stainless step boards, fog lamps, drls,am fm cd with xm radio, pwer seats, 18 inch Alloy wheels. Is this agood Deal
#814 of 836 2011 Tundra 2WD 5.7L DC 8F bed
Jan 24, 2011 (7:02 pm)
Is 26800.00 a good price for this truck? It also has a towing package. This price does not include, tax, tags. I'm trying to compare to ford f-10 and chevy....so far this apears to be the best buy, but wanted to check other opinions.
#815 of 836 Tundra 4x4 CrewMax Limited with options
Jan 26, 2011 (8:06 pm)
Help please....been a while since I have traded cars. I am looking at a 2011 Tundra 4x4 CrewMax 5.7 Limited with the memory package, sunroof, backup camera, 20" wheels, and the stainless brushed stepboard. It is stickered at 47, 185 msrp.
I have been quoted 38935 plus ttl. Thoughts? This seems below the CR 'bottom line' price. They let me walk and compare prices at another dealership and that dealer said they would match. The truck is white with the red rock interior.
#816 of 836 Re: Tundra 4x4 CrewMax Limited with options [gr8smiles]
Feb 12, 2011 (12:10 am)
if you are not looking an further, can you please let me know the details of the dealership? thanks, abhay
#817 of 836 Used Tundra Buying Experience
Feb 12, 2011 (2:18 pm)
2008 Tundra Double Cab - Grade, 4.7L V8
28,000 miles - off lease
$20,775 including tax and title.
I'm coming from an '05 Scion Xb and 94 Toyota Xtracab so I'm still getting used to the size, power and MPGs. Love the smooth,quite ride and height. The 4.7 is fine for my needs...just a short commute to work, tooling around the burbs, dump runs..homowner stuff.
Tacoma would probably have been a better fit, but the Double Cab Long Bed resale and new value is just too high IMO. I also had a trade in without much leverage. Also read MPGs between the Tundra and Tacoma were not too far apart.
First tank - 350 miles driving 95% back roads and some highway. 13.5 MPG. Cold weather starts. I babied it after reading about hard starts. I also used the odometer reading to track mileage and avoided the 20% differential on the gas gauge on E. I was doing that on my Scion which had the same issue of the gas light coming on very early. MPG should improve once the weather in the NE warms up.
Keep on Truckin'......
#818 of 836 press request
by kirstie_h HOST
Feb 26, 2011 (7:01 am)
A reporter is interested in talking with recent new truck buyers and current shoppers. If you are interested in commenting on your experience, please reply to predmunds.com no later than Monday, February 28, 2011 and include your name, city and state of residence.
#819 of 836 Re: Atlanta Area - Toyota Mall of Georgia [scseh]
Feb 26, 2011 (7:44 am)
Thanks for this information. Are there dealerships that you would NOT work with at this time in the metro Atlanta area?