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Hi all,

I am looking to retire my old 99 Silverado K1500 daily driver. It has served me well. But due to current half ton offerings, I am very much considering the Tundra. I have real reasons that are too in depth to share here to cover what I consider inadequacies by GM, Ford, and Dodge.

So what I`d like to know from current Tundra owners is: how do they perform for you? What kind of performance and mileage are you getting from either of the V-8 engines and the 6 speed auto trans in a 4 wheel drive Double or Super Cab? Have you had any serious repair issues?

I drive about 40-45K per year, and tow or haul approx 10% of the time for short distances loads that range from 3K to 7K, so that`s why I`ve excluded the V-6.

Your thoughts and experiences would be very much appreciated. Thanks!!


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You have over 400,000 miles on a Chevy and your looking for something else?

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I;m pulling a Keystone Outback 277RL, loaded aprox 8000lbs with a Reese WD and Dual Cam anti-sway. The sweet spot is around 60mph, trailer tires are only rated for 65, so that's fast enough. My Tundra is a 2011, 5.7L with the tow package, rated to pull 10,100lbs. The Tundra tow package comes with a 4:30 rear end and it hums along all day at around 2000rpm. It has plenty of nads to pull my trailer, but if I ever upgraded to a bigger trailer, I would probably go with a bigger truck. I chose the Double Cab as opposed to the Crew Max because the DC has a little more payload capacity, and that's going to be the weak link with any 1/2 ton truck. If it were any more than DW and myself and we didn't load the truck light, I would have gotten an 3/4 ton Ford. I wanted one but I couldn't get the numbers to work the way I needed, but all said, I have no afterthoughts about buying or towing with this truck. It was a short distance between fuel stops so I had a Transfer Flow tank put in. All said, I love this truck and would buy another. It's a capable TV and it's great as a daily drive.
My first Tundra was a 4.6L and even with a smaller trailer, it was a little weak.


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bgum wrote:

You have over 400,000 miles on a Chevy and your looking for something else?


Hmmm, I have to admit that is puzzling. Inadequacies in the current 1/2 ton domestics? I don't think so.


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Posted: 05/17/11 08:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fla-gypsy wrote:

bgum wrote:

You have over 400,000 miles on a Chevy and your looking for something else?


Hmmm, I have to admit that is puzzling. Inadequacies in the current 1/2 ton domestics? I don't think so.

I guess everyone defines "inadequacy" in their own way [emoticon]


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Back to the topic.....our Sequoia has the engine & drivetrain as noted in my signature. It is a common combination in the Tundras. I'm towing 6,000 lbs with two adults and two children in the TV. I often get about 19-21 mpg on the highway solo and nearly 13 towing, depending on terrain & headwinds. It has more than enough power, in fact unless I'm paying attention the speed can easily creep up to 65 or 70. No serious issues so far and the dealer is top-notch.


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Posted: 05/17/11 08:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"what I consider inadequacies"
Have you googled a Toyota Tundra frame?


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A lot of non-Tundra owners chiming in on a post specifically addressing Tundra owners. Hmmm.

Here's the scoop; if this was 2007, I'd say, buy the Tundra without hesitation as it spanked the competition hard due to it's superior drivetrain at the time. 381 hp, 400 ft lbs of torque, 6 speed trans, 4:30 rearend, and a few safety features that were not even available at the time. Further, it won every towing shootout I saw, easily. No other 1/2 ton could match it, though you'd get an argument from the Titan owners. It summary, it was a "great" truck IMO in 2007.

But this is not 2007, it's 2011, and everybody else has caught up. They all have good drivetrains and about the same power. In terms of current competition, the Tundra is a "good" truck, no longer a "great" truck as the gap has narrowed. As to current offerings, I like the new F-150 very much as it is now more refined and offers a few things the Tundra doesn't, so if I was looking today, I would probably go with the F-150 as I feel it's a nicer overall "package". I'd buy the Tundra over the F-150 only if there was a big difference in price, as they're both good trucks.

As to repairs, the only one I've had was the serpentine belt tensioner (there was a TSB out on the early Tundras) that I easily replaced myself for about $65.00 because my Tundra was already way out of warranty. They corrected the problem sometime in 2008. Other than that, it's been reliable. Mileage towing depending on conditions is 9mpg on the low side and 11 mpg on the high side. Not towing, it depends on how much you keep your foot out it; I've gotten as high as 19-20 mpg on flat highway driving, and about 15-16 around town.

* This post was edited 05/17/11 09:03pm by Ron3rd *


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Posted: 05/17/11 08:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maybe this thread should have been titled
"Touchy Tundra owners...please share your thoughts"
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rick83864 wrote:

"what I consider inadequacies"
Have you googled a Toyota Tundra frame?


Nothing wrong with the frame on the new generation Tundras, unless you're referring to the old Tundra that had a corrosion issue in areas that used salt. Never affected me on my old 2000 Tundra as I live in So Cal and never heard of the problem until I read about it on the net. I don't think the OP is looking for an old Tundra.

But if you are into google research, just google "6.0 PSD nightmares" or V-10 Spark Plug spitters and read on.

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