hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
158,746 miles

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problem #10

Dec 272017


  • 220,000 miles
Structure. 220,000 miles I tool it in for an oil change the tech calls me over to show me the rotted frame member's. I took it to tarbox Toyota in ri, they took pics and sent it to Toyota. They also told me I should not drive the vehicle. Toyota said no outstanding recall on it so I am out of luck. I was never notified of any recall except for the one listed to replace a rear chassis member which I had done. The killer is I have put $5000 into it over the last few years thinking I would have the truck for another 10 years...its only used occasionally. Now what do I do?

- East Greenwich, RI, USA

problem #9

Dec 042017


  • 150,000 miles
The spare tire carrier/hoist rusted causing the spare tire to fall off the truck while driving down the road.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #8

May 012010


  • 150,000 miles
Frame has corrosion & perforation. Dealer said it will not pass state inspection. This is even after the phase one & two resolutions performed on this truck in 2010. In 2011 the rear gas tank strap broke. In 2012 the spare tire fell off while entering the interstate. This corrosion is an ongoing issue ever since I bought it new in 2002. Toyota's campaign it resolve this issue is nothing more than a bandaid to bide their time further down the road. I contacted Toyota, 4/2017 and they said the campaign to "fix" this is over. So, I guess I am stuck with it.

- Hernshaw, WV, USA

problem #7

Oct 182016


  • 60,500 miles
Vehicle frame has rusted through in places and has deteriorated by flaking in other locations on the frame. Also power steering rack has rusted through. The truck has less than 61000 miles on the odometer. I filed a complaint with Toyota in late October, 2016. After speaking with a Toyota representative, they said that they would not do anything to remedy the problem as their recall on the frame was good only until 12-31-2012.

- Homer Glen, IL, USA

problem #6

Oct 222016


  • 111,750 miles
Part of the frame on my truck has one large rust hole and a smaller rust hole. I spoke with Toyota about it for the first time on Saturday October 22, 2016 and I was told that the frame is still covered until December 2016. I received a follow up call like I was told on Monday October 24, 2016 only for my case manager to inform me it was not covered. She said the first lady I spoke with was wrong about what she told me. Now I'm stuck with a truck that has major rust issues.

- Millstone, NJ, USA

problem #5

Mar 232016


  • 286,200 miles
Frequently from a park position and then shifting and turning seems to lack responsiveness.

- Calgary, AK, USA

problem #4

May 172016


  • 160,000 miles
I recently found out about a problem with the frames of certain Toyota Tundra from a coworker. I found that my truck fell into the category, however I was never notified of any recalls or safety actions. I brought my truck into the dealership and was told that the spare tire carrier will be replaced as well as the fuel tank straps and a coating can be applied to the rear part of the frame. I asked how the rest of the frame was and was told there was major rot in the front section. I called Toyota and was told there was nothing they would do about it as the recall or safety action expired on 31 March 2016. I expressed to them that I was never notified of anything about the frames and was basically told there was nothing they would do. I am now stuck with a truck with a rotted out frame that Toyota is not willing to stand by, even though I only missed the deadline by a month and a half, due to them.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #3

Sep 142015


  • 99,400 miles
When installing side rails I discovered the frame of the vehicle had rusted thru at the location I was going to drill a hole. The truck will not pass inspection and there are safety concerns. Toyota will not address the issue. There have been recalls for frame issues in the past and it appears Toyota has not solved the problem. There may be many more vehicles out there and do not know they have a weakened frame. Toyota needs to do more to resolve the issue.

- Severna Park , MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 102015


  • 174,612 miles
Took the truck in for recall inspection of rear as per recall notice #bxd ssc. Was told by sunnyside Toyota that the rear part was fine but the other part of frame is badly corroded. They/and the Toyota manufacturer said that this portion of frame is not covered under recall. Estimate of repair cost $15,000. Remarks on vehicle inspection report: 99 front section of frame has a large hole that we feel is getting to the point of being dangerous/not part of bxd campaign

- Olmsted Falls, OH, USA

problem #1

Nov 022009


  • 175,000 miles
Toyota rust thru frame recall...... I had the rear spare tire carriage assy and cross member. Replaced. They forgot my free undercoating until I called them. And complained. But my complaint is they did not inspect the exanded front frame until the recall waranty had expired...then they took pictures and told me to "beg my case" to corporate. To which they denied; as the time limit had expired. My clam is :if the dealership had notified me, in time, they would have found the 4 inch long by 1/4 inch wide rust thru N my frame, definaely in the recall area. It took the dealer 1 year to warranty undercoat the frame of the recalled areas as the dealership had[ a] moved to a new location... and [B] they were not trained in the application. My settlement desired iis for Toyota to replace my frame.

- Woolwich, ME, USA