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Pros: overall quality
Advice: Ford, Chevy, & Dodge people - keep an open mind...I traded in my 1998 Toyota Tacoma for this 2002 Tundra. I've owned alot of vehicles thru the years, this is pretty much as close to being the ideal. Comfortable ride, especially with the leather captain chairs, good acceleration with the V-8, all in all just a solidly built (in Indiana USA) vehicle with alot of versatility and style. Now let's hope all the oil fields in the Middle East don't get blown up....
Pros: Smooth, powerful I-Force V-8 engine
Cons: Bland styling and lack of real color choices
Advice: Look for the sales and avoid the high cost Limited versionsWhen I first got into the Toyota Tundra, the shutting of the door let me know that I was in well put together machine. My initial impression of the dash and switchgear was that they looked cheap and the steering wheel felt thin and slick. All of those thoughts went away quickly when I started the engine. I have driven F-150's, Rams, and Silverado's, and none of these gave me the impression that this engine did even before I got the thing out of park! Full throttle accelleration does not bring forth uncontrolled lurching, rather a strong steady pull that lets you business is being taken care of without upsetting things much. The ride is quiet and supple. Not quite a car ride but better than any SUV or truck that I have ever driven before. The turning radius is tight and lane changes do not induce much body roll or fishtailing. The rear seat is not a good plan. Any adult that has to ride back there is not going to put you on their Christmas list. The seat back is straight up and down and not at all comfortable. The kids, pre-teens, won't mind this a bit. It is pretty much like a school bus seat with softer materials. My company vehicle is a Ford F-150. I really like the looks of the Ford better but that is it. The Tundra has rather cautious styling and an extremely limited color and styling selection. The configuration limitations may proove to be a good idea based upon the target market, but there is no reason for 50% of these trucks on the road to be white. We are not in Japan. The Tundra has an excellent build quality. I have only about three thousand or so miles on mine, so it is still early in the game. My company F-150 has 2,800 miles on it and has had air conditioner work (twice), a blown light bulb, and a faulty starter relay. This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship. I intend to keep my Tundra until it reaches the 1,000,000 mile mark. Then we will think about buying another one! This is the smart man's truck. If you need a serious work truck, this is not your best choice. If your use of a truck is more transportation than work, then you are fooling yourself if you think for one minute that the products produced by Ford, Chevy, and least of all Dodge are more worthy of your hard-earned dollars. I am an American and a proud member of the USMC. But I believe more in getting the absolute best return on every dollar I invest than in turning a blind eye towards quality workmanship to be a homer. Do your homework and make the excellent choice.
Pros: roomy cab
Cons: lack of locking differential on TRD (available on Tacoma)
Advice: Do your home work on price, Toyota dealers are not easy to work withgood power with v8
Pros: It is cute
Cons: No off road useage per Toyota without voiding warranty
Advice: All you girls out there need one, its cuteI have driven a few of the other trucks out there, but by far the Toyota Tundra is the only one made for a woman. I like the big truck kinda look without the big truck. The only thing I wish about my truck would be that it could handle more things. I drove it down a dirt trail and caught the right front cv boot on a rock and Toyota told me off road useage void the warranty, so no more off raod use. Other wise all my girlfriends like it and think it is cute.
Pros: power and smooth transmition
Cons: vibration in front end/hispeed instability/ seats
Advice: try a dodge dakota 5-7k less expensive and about the same sizeI have owned this vehicle for 2 months and I cant wait to get rid of it. It has a serious vibration in front end at 30-40 mph . The dealer says ,'all is well' Toyota says ,'try another dealer.' The vehicle wanders at highway speeds even after I paid out of pocket for a wheel alignment that the dealer said wasnt necessary. Oh what a feeling!
Pros: The in breed looks of and Ford and Dodge child
Advice: If you really want a real truck, you need to rethink buying a TundraMy experience with this truck since purchasing it. First thing , it was not my choice, but the wife likes Toyota so we bought it. The Tundra in looks is like a Dodge Ram and a Ford F150 mating and this is the child. The power, what power? We were landscaping the new house and needed a few loads of top soil. Took a full bed load in the Tundra and was glad once I made it home. Glad because I could pick up my old 1995 S10 and haul the same amount in the bed, yet have not troubles hauling it home. I had to take the Tundra in to have the rear end fixed after one load of dirt, blew out the limited slip Diff. Everyone talks about quality of a Toyota, I have yet to find it. Nothing but troulbe and maintaince fees. I have since let the wofe have the truck and now driving a Real American Mans Truck a Chevy Silverado 2500HD. The deal with the wife was to buy the Toyota and if I could prove it to her it wasnot half the truck. I could buy what I really want and I want a real truck to do some real work
Pros: CHEAP PRICE FOR A CHEAP TRUCK
Cons: THE TRUCK ALL TOGETHER
Advice: BUY A GM FRIST OR A DODGE, HELL BUY A FORDI got caught up in all the talk. Toyota the highest resale value. Toyota Upgrade to something better. I have owned a good many trucks ranging from mini to mid to full size. Out of all the types of truck I have owned, the Tundra I will never by again. I have to admitted I have been a true GM owner for most of my life, but when I comes to trucks I have owned atleast one of every type. Ford has been at the bottom of my list of vehicle to ever own. Sorry Ford owners, but I had yet to find a stronge dependable Ford. After purchasing my Toyota Tundra I have relooked at my list and Ford is no longer the bottom. I gave the Toyota to a worker of mine to use for short haul, but nothing of any real weight. Even as a free work truck, he wants to dump it quick. Out of all the truck I own, this one has been time and time again getting either plan maintanace done or just broken down and in the shop. NEVER AGAIN WILL A TUNDRA SEE MY DRIVEWAY, NEVER AGAIN.