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Pros: Ride and Room
Cons: All parts are Dealer Only
Advice: GMC, Chevy, Ford or DodgeTundra Tough?, I live on a ranch in southwest Texas. To survive in this hot dry dusty climate of hard working, whiskey drinking, bull riding cowboy’s sets the standard for “tough”. Somehow, someone in the Toyota marketing department does not understand the true definition of “Tough”. I purchased the new Tundra because it was “suppose to-be” tough and roomy. Fifty percent of my driving is on dirt or gravel roads and pastures. Since owning this Tundra, I have on a few occasion’s had loads that have bottomed out the springs on the axles. It is powerful, very roomy, comfortable and rides good. My disappointments started about one (1) month after the purchase. We had a heavy rain in the area. My drive is a dirt road off the highway. My wife attempted to turn into a parking area by the barn and came within inches of sliding into a large oak tree. The original equipment tires a “bad” (ref. www.tirerack.com) list these tires a dangerous on wet surfaces. I emailed Toyota and the dealer with digital pictures on the danger of these tires, only to get “politically correct responses by some office clerk. So be prepared to spend about $1200.00 for some good safe tires. After the initial warranty 36k miles the Tundra Tough started coming apart: Interior plastic clips started breaking off. The sun visor on the passenger side froze and cannot be moved. The cargo lamp lights burn out on a regular basis. The front ball joints came apart at 60k miles. At 65k miles the drive shaft rear U-joint completely shattered and the carrier bearing had to be replaced. The gas mileage is “terrible” does not come close to the advertised sticker on the window. The Tundra is powerful, very roomy, comfortable and rides good, a great “looks” for tough. It is “NOT” tough. Basically, this truck is a for a city want-a-be (Drug Store Cowboy) to driving down a paved highway. Every part is a dealer item, so you better live near a dealdr and be ready to fork over big bucks. The only after market ites are gas, oil and air filters. If you need a family work truck stick to the GMC, Chevy, Ford or Dodge.
Pros: Lots of room and a great 4x4.
Cons: Dash appearance and gas mileage.
Advice: Great truck.Truck drives and looks great!
Cons: gas mileage, and hauling and towing capabilities
Advice: do not buyWas sold as a replacement for full size chevy extended cab. Can not match Chevy in gas mileage, towing or hauling. Have had truck for over a year now and this is biggest disappointment I have ever had from a truck in 40 years.
Cons: dash appearance
Advice: get the 06 while they last, or pay a little more for the 07I just bought my 06 Tundra double cab 4x4 about 1000 miles ago and love it. They gave a $4000 rebate because of the new model coming out in 07. I have owened a loaded Titan 4x4 and did not like it as much. The Tundra does not have the bells and whistles on the inside, but is solid in quality and looks great. It also rides terrific and the V8 is pretty fast. I have no complaints and love this truck.
Cons: Quality and Reliabilty
Advice: When you hear 'quality and reliabilty' don't believe themBought a new Tundra and dealership kept talking about it's quality and reliabilty. The first time I needed the 4 wheel drive it wouldn't work. I took it back to the dealer for repair and was told the factory installed the front wheel drive actuator incorrectly and it was damaged. It also took out the electronic control unit. After a week in the shop it is working again. I hope the next 200 miles are less eventful. I've bought 14 new vehicles over the years and never had these kind of serious problems.
Pros: How the truck handles, the power and the value.
Cons: It's made in America, but the profits go outside the country.
Advice: Now is the time to buy $3,000 from factory, and the dealer are, well, dealing.I have Never bought a forgien car or truck before. I felt guilty buying it. The research I did lead me to buy this for myself. I will not tell you the proplems with the American vehicles I have owned, I still love the USA. This truck is excellent in everyway. If you like to buy American you will have to deal with that, but for me I could not be happier with the vehicle. the ride is awsome, forget it is a truck. The V8 is great. Talk about a deal I paid $18,988 on a sticker of $26,624, I guess beacuse a new modle is coming. Buy this one now. Great Truck.
Pros: Lightning quick acceleration and luxury car ride quality
Cons: There is absolutely not one thing wrong with this truck...even gas mileage is decent for a full size
Advice: No advice...just drive the vehicle...you won't regret itWhat else can one say about this truck other than it is the epitome and absolute paradigm of what a full size truck should be? I purchased a stock 2006 Toyota Tundra SR5 Access Cab with the optional i-Force 4.7L V8 engine (with VVT-i). Right off the lot, this truck makes 271 HP at 5400 RPM and a sturdy 313 ft./lbs. of torque at a relatively modest 3400 RPM. A month after the initial purchase, I installed an AIRAID Cold Air Intake system to replace the stock airbox as well as a Borla Dual Exit Catback Exhaust system (made from aircraft grade T-304 stainless steel). My horsepower jumped from 271 up to about 310 and torque improved to a mind boggling 350 ft./lbs. An already superior truck has become clearly better. Aside from the neck-snapping power boost, this truck has the ride manners of a Mercedes Benz E500 Sport Sedan (buttery smooth, in other words). A pickup that rides like a luxury car? Yes, indeed. Toyota continues to provide the benchmark for quality and performance in a full size truck in its Tundra line-up. The extensive retrofit planned for the 2007 model year will only make this truck far better than it already is.