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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
All the creature comforts for the
driver and front passenger; the smooth
ride; the bed, for the dog & boards &
supplies & on & on & on.
Make the bed 2 inches shorter, giving
the rear seat the extra 2 inches.
Vertical sliding rear window on Access
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.
Easy interior to figure out, carlike
ride, sophisticated V8.
More comfortable seats, something
besides plastic in the interior (come
on, Toyota), and a tad bit more leg
room in access cab.
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).
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