This is the nicest pickup I've ever
driven and really enjoy driving it. I
just wish I could afford to drive it
more. It gets real bad gas mileage
(16mpg) is the best I've achieved so
far. I'm guessing Toyota put the 4.08
rearend in it to compensate for the
less horsepower than the competition.
They could have improved this by
putting more horses in the motor (I've
seen the racing cars, I know they can)
then put a 3.50-3.73 rear in it. If I
were pulling something big I wouldn't
have bought it, I would have gone
diesel. They aren't catering to their
buyers. It does what I wanted just the
mileage is sad.
Toyota reliability, the reason I still
love it anyway.
As I've already stated, give it some
more horses, then change that rearend
ratio to something more roadworthy.
This is my second Tundra. My 2001,
with ABS, skidded on a wet curve when
I braked, and was totaled (I was hit
by a Camry doing 50 - 60 mph and
walked home!) This time I got the
Vehicle Stability Control package,
along with the Double Cab. I just love
this vehicle (and I'm almost 60). I
get 17.5 miles to a gallon in mixed
city/freeway driving, but I drive
sensibly - gas is $2.20 a gal. The
driver's seat seems worse than
the '01, though. The initial shifting
also appears jerkier.
The smooth, noiseless ride. The best
fuel economy of the big trucks. The
SAFETY of the Tundra!
A more ergonomic driver's seat and a
smoother shifting tranny - and this
would be a dream ride.
My Toyota Tundra has been the BEST
Vehicle I have ever owned!!!!
Ford, Chevy or Dodge can not hold a
candle to its performance, workmanship
and above all its reliability. I have
owned Ford Chevy and Dodge and I am
sorry to say that they have a long way
to go before they can produce a vehicle
that will not fall apart with in a few
years. Let me make it clear, I DO NOT
ABUSE my vehicles, I guess all I'm
trying to say is that our domestic
trucks may be beautiful machines but
they just don't hold up!! Sorry for
being so honest. I'm just sharing my
experience as a consumer.
DEPENDABILITY & RELIABILITY! Of
course the Tundra's Gotta have it
factor also played a major roll as
well. ANY vehicle you look at, has to
have a certain "look" which simply
makes you want that vehicle. The
Tundra has TONS of this! In fact,
we've only owned our Tundra for just
about a month and I STILL catch
myself standing in the garage just
looking at the truck, or worse, just
sitting in it! I NEVER thought a truck
could ride this good and be this quite
even with the TRD package! There's
PLENTY of room for my over 6' frame.
EVEN IN THE BACK SEAT! The most
comfortable we tested! Owning a 95
Tacoma with 122K didnt hurt either!
DEPENDABILITY & RELIABILITY: The
Toyota name speaks for
itself! Exceptional looks, including
interior fit & finish! High resale
value! WONDERFULLY designed
electronic rear window:
Why didn't any of the other
manufacturers think of this before
now? Oh well; their loss, our gain!
Gas mileage is pretty disappointing,
even though it is the best of all 5
brands of full-size trucks; but then
again, it "IS" a full size pick-up! The
limited models are a bit pricey for
what you get.