I bought my Tundra in 2013 with 40000 miles and it was perfect (SR-5, 5.7l srd package). No problems whatsoever and all scheduled maintenance as completed by dealer where I bought the truck. Then at 79000 miles The RADIATOR CRACKED! The crack was so severe it drained the radiator in a matter of minutes. I did not damage the radiator, it has not been off road and I have cared for this truck like it was a child. Fortunately the engine was not damaged as I pulled over and had it towed. The Platinum warranty had expired by 26 days. I bought the 7 year warranty in 2013 BUT THE 7 YEARS STARTS THE YEAR WHEN THE ODOMETER IS 0, not when you buy the truck. SO in reality the warranty was only for 4 YEARS. Toyota wanted 1400$ to replace the radiator and I am having it done by an independent for $400.00. Now I am not sure I trust this truck and thinking of selling it. My main focus on any vehicle is reliability and when a supposedly “tough”truck built for off-road and heavy towing has a defective radiator the reliability becomes a major concern. Toyota should have covered this defect because the radiator seperated at the bottom seam weld. Im disgusted and now looking at other vehicles
The truck has been great, one our 3rd one, plus had a Rav 4. However, now that we need help Toyota & the dealer (Toyota of Vero Beach) threw us to the curb. Said we got contaminated fuel, so our platinum policy that cost us $2160, won't cover anything, even towing! We are up to $2000 and they are not done yet. They have had the truck for 4 days and now it's the weekend. What a joke! Drove the truck for a couple of days with no problem, then all of a sudden it just died! Hard to believe that after 200 miles of driving all of a sudden contaminated fuel kicks in. Quite sure they figure they found a sucker when 2 retired people showed up!!
Bought brand new about a year ago to replace '05 GMC 1500 which we use to tow our 30 foot camper.
The GMC was a little on the light side...great truck but we needed more. Test drove '11 crew cab f150 xlt first. Nice truck, but both my wife and I agreed that this was just not the truck for us.
Next, we drove an '11 Tundra with Rock Warrior package. Unlike the F150 this truck comes with load range "E" tires, perfect for towing. Also, the suspension is nice and firm. Power is exceptional while towing our camper. Stability is also excellent.
The transmission always seems to be in the right gear, and it gets anywhere from 8.5-11 MPG pulling out 7500 lbs brick of a camper.
Love the rugged simplicity of the Rock Warrior. Has everything you need including bluetooth, xm, hand free ect. Sometimes we listen to xm or we stream pandora via bluetooth. Heated windshield/mirrors, mud flaps (not standard on other trucks!), rear view camera. Manual seats and rear window mean less things to break in the long run. Powertrain on this truck is really beefy for a 1500 class vehicle. Suspension is a bit firmer than most, but it appears this truck was designed more for towing/hauling than for comfort.......less compromise.......fine by me
Gauges are weird. I give the nod to the new Ford and Dodge offerings for their displays. However, everything works fine and you do get used to it. I wish they offered a versior with heavier duty suspension to go along with the beef the powertrain has. I'm sure the take rate would be small, but I see lots of Tundra's running around with air bags helping the rear suspension......