by the3rdfinger on Nov 11, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Tundra 4dr Access Cab SR5 4WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 4A)
I just purchased this truck used with 100,000 miles on it. Since then I have discovered two things you need to watch out for on this truck:
1. The 4.7L V8 is an interference engine. The service interval is 90,000 miles. If you allow the timing belt to break, it will destroy the valves. Be sure you take this maintenance item into consideration. Have the water pump and idler/tensioner pulleys replaced at the same time you have the belt serviced. Expect to pay $500-$900 for parts and labor.
2. Toyota has issued several recalls for excessive frame corrosion. Check to be sure the frame is not excessively corroded and that the recall items are taken care of.
by Jo on Dec 11, 2009 Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Tundra 4dr Access Cab SR5 4WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 4A)
I purchased this truck new about 8 years ago. I love my truck. V-8 is always responsive, no hesitation, a/c works great even in south Mississippi summers. Transmission is as flawless as the day it was born. The interior has held up wonderfully, only one temp control knob has split on the inside, looking for a new one! On long trips, it's good for about 8 hours before my back gets sore. Exterior has also held up well due to frequent oil changes, tire rotations and wash and wax frequently and this truck will last. No rust. Bed is smaller than a full size pickup, but this is great for parking and moving small loads. Big loads I use the trailer hitch and find a trailer.
by Billinin on Mar 1, 2009 Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Tundra 2dr Regular Cab 2WD LB (3.4L 6cyl 5M)
I've been a Toyota guy for the past 20+ years. I was looking for a vehicle to pull a mid-size fishing boat. Got the base 6 cyl long bed. It's been an okay truck but not on par with other Toyotas I've had. No serious problems-- just not as nice. I've had it for 7 years and it's served us well. Getting about 15 mpg in town...21 on hwy
by shawnl2 on Jan 25, 2009 Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Tundra 4dr Access Cab Limited 2WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 4A)
I have owned this vehicle for nearly 7 years and have been very pleased with the overall quality. I work in the construction service industry and thought I would regret not buying 4WD. Glad I did not waste my money this truck handles very well off road with the 2WD. The ride is very comfortable both on and off road, could be the TRD package assisting with this? My overall gas mileage is approximately 16-17 mpg (this is using cruise control and driving a little over the speed limit). I have 133K miles on this truck and have never had to replace anything major on the engine (just routine service i.e. timing belt and bearings). My only complaint is how touchy the O2 senors are. Very dependable!
by Luke on Jun 11, 2008 Vehicle: 2002 Toyota Tundra 4dr Access Cab SR5 2WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 4A)
Truck handles great and I have damaged it a lot and never any damage to the tough frame. Toyota has made a very reliable truck, I have put 80000 miles on it and have had no damage to any parts or engine, all damage has been cosmetic due to me. The only thing you have to do is change the oil and brakes. I would recommend this truck to anyone.