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So Far So Good
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By fteter
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2003 Toyota Tundra 4dr Access Cab Limited Rwd SB (4.7L 8cyl 4A)


Review

I purchased my Tundra Access Cab with the LTD trim package and the leather seats new in 2003. 2wd with Limited Slip Differential. So the truck is 12 years old with 130,000 miles on it as I write this. So far so good. Still comfortable, still reliable, still runs like new, carries or tows whatever I throw at it. Did change out the timing belt and water pump at 90,000 miles, but only because Toyota's maintenance schedule recommend it - no issues. Expect another decade from this truck.


Best Features

Strong transmission. Simple, elegant interior styling. Very comfortable front seats. Excellent acceleration and power. Smooth ride, especially for a truck. And quiet...blocks out external noises very well. And the best part...never, ever, ever fails to start and perform. With the Limited Slip Differential, I can handle offroading well. Not rock crawling, but basic offroading. Have even pulled a few 4wd vehicles out of trouble ;) Recently took the truck on a cross-country vacation. Never worried. Not a single issue...not even a funny noise. 12 years out - still runs like new.


Worst Features

Toyota painted this truck with water color paint. Very thin coat, easily scratched or chipped. It may need a paint job within the next two or three years. The front brake rotors are a bit overmatched by the weight of the truck. I went to cryogenically frozen Brembo rotors - harder surface, lasting much longer between rotor turns. Not much comfort in the rear seats of the Access Cab. Good for infants and small children, but not much else. Minor nits for the most part. All suggested improvements aside, love this truck!


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Tundra Limited Best of the Best
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By porsche
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2003 Toyota Tundra 4dr Access Cab Limited Rwd SB (4.7L 8cyl 4A)


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This truck is everything I wanted in a full sized pickup. It has plenty of power, and the tan leather interior is beautiful, matching the interior of many luxury cars. I would buy it again.


Best Features

The engine power, strong air conditioner, and the radio controls on the steering wheel. Also the styling is so much better than the Nissan Titan, which is pretty ugly.


Worst Features

It would be nicer if it had automatic climate controls, and if the optional rearview mirror would let me see both outside temperature and compass direction at the same time, rather than having to select one or the other.


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Tundra Access Cab Limited
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By Steve H.S.
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2003 Toyota Tundra 4dr Access Cab Limited Rwd SB (4.7L 8cyl 4A)


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Overall it's an excellent vehicle, with mileage a bit low but expected to be such (averaging 16 mpg). After 15,000 miles, I've had no maintenance problems. Smooth ride, great brakes. The bed is plenty big, but the back seat is too cramped for anyone to ride in.


Best Features

All the creature comforts for the driver and front passenger; the smooth ride; the bed, for the dog & boards & supplies & on & on & on.


Worst Features

Make the bed 2 inches shorter, giving the rear seat the extra 2 inches. Vertical sliding rear window on Access Cab models.


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My red tundra
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By RedTundra
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2003 Toyota Tundra 4dr Access Cab Limited Rwd SB (4.7L 8cyl 4A)


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I haven't had this truck long...it's been good so far. Good, not great. After 3,000 miles, I noticed a popping sound coming from the passenger glove compartment and rattling under the driver's side console. I'm sure this has something to do with the cheap plastic interior, and I didn't expect a $30,000 truck to have problems such as these. But for hauling, towing, and driving, it's been perfect so far. Great engine and ride.


Best Features

Easy interior to figure out, carlike ride, sophisticated V8.


Worst Features

More comfortable seats, something besides plastic in the interior (come on, Toyota), and a tad bit more leg room in access cab.


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Mostly excellent
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By nonesuch
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2003 Toyota Tundra 4dr Access Cab Limited Rwd SB (4.7L 8cyl 4A)


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I use my truck for towing a racecar and part time commuting. If you have heavy towing (I tow about two tons) don't bother with a six cylinder. Even if you think you might someday want to use your truck for "real work", get a V8! It cruises quite comfortably and quietly at extralegal speeds while not towing and the "pickup" is good. It even has very little trouble towing up steep California hills. It's too major faults is that the two rear seats aren't really useful, and the range isn't great (I get ~12mpg towing with a tank capacity of somewhat less than 30 gallons).


Worst Features

Bigger tank, maybe a diesel, usable rear seats.


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