really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,485 miles

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problem #7

May 282001


  • 14,000 miles
I have a 2000 Toyota Tundra which has had numerous problems with the front and rear brakes. The front brakes were "repaired" within the first 4,000 miles of driving but the front disc rotors continue to warp within 10-15,000 miles of additional "repairs". the rear brakes are frequently bathed in oil from leaking rear-ed seals caused, I'm told, by plugged rear-end vents. The vent has been cleaned or replaced and the rear seals replaced five times in the history of the car (now 109,000 miles). The bias between the brakes is extremely favoring the front brakes and the ABS has not worked for some time. Panic braking, especially in rain-soaked or snow-covered surfaces entirely is entirely insufficient and dangerous. I have been very disappointed by Toyota's responsiveness to these problems and seeming inability to fix these problems. I've read numerous similar complaints from other Tundra owners. This is a pervasive, persistent and life-threatening design flaw that is, apparently, unfixable.

- Davis, WV, USA

problem #6

Sep 112008


  • 120,000 miles
2000 Tundra having emergency brakes rusting all the time along with crank bell and rear diff.housing.

- Centerville, PA, USA

problem #5

Oct 182009


  • 60,992 miles
Our 2000 Toyota Tundra (with ~60,000 miles) was parked it in my relatives driveway on 10/18/09. When we went to drive it out of my aunt's driveway on 10/18/09, she started yelling, "stop, something is leaking!" looked at the front drivers brake line and saw a hole that was pushing out brake fluid with high pressure when brakes were applied. Thankfully, the brakes failed in the driveway instead of on route 2 between albany, NY and Massachusetts. If they failed on the drive, my husband would likely have been killed on the mountainous road. Carefully drove the truck to the nearest dealership, lia Toyota of colonie on 10/18/09. Told them about the broken brake line and asked for a frame inspection to be done first, as we did not want to put money into the truck if the frame had issues. On 10/26/09, we finally received an estimate for the work and documentation stating "the frame has normal rust wear for the age of the vehicle" and "the frame has no perforation at this time". the estimate said that the front driver brake lines and junction box were rusted through. The emergency brake pivot was rusted & seized on both sides and completely inoperable, and the front sway bar link was rusted through. Since we were told by lia Toyota of colonie that the frame was intact (no holes) we authorized the work. We picked up our repaired Tundra on 11/02/09 and kept the old parts. The emergency brake did not hold the car and needed adjustment, so the following day, 11/3/09, we took it to our local dealer, colonial Toyota of milford. We asked for a brake adjustment and a frame inspection. The next day, 11/04/09, I received a call from colonial Toyota, saying that our Tundra frame had holes in it and we "should not put another dime into it" and "it is not safe to drive". colonial service took pictures of the perforated frame and called the Toyota reps, who came and looked at our Tundra. On 11/10/09, we were notified that Toyota declined to repair or replace our frame.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #4

Feb 162009


  • 76,000 miles
I own a year 2000 Toyota Tundra, which I purchased as a new vehicle. The truck has approximately 81,000 miles on it and has been garaged for the entire time that I have owned it. The underside of the vehicle has shown extreme rusting, especially the brake system which has failed twice due to corrosion. During the most recent brake failure I could not stop the vehicle while descending a hill and downshifted the transmission to slow down. Additional rust problems have included replacement of all front and rear brake lines, including the rear proportioning valve. The front rotor caliper pins have also seized due to rust. The emergency brake seized due to rust and was not operational. Both sway bar links and bushings failed due to rust. The heat shields around the muffler and catalytic converter rusted off the Tundra and may have posed significant safety hazards to drivers traveling behind me on the highway. These corrosion problems were reported to Toyota and the truck was inspected by a district service representative for frame rusting only (summer 2009). The other problems with the braking system, etc. Were completely ignored, even though I brought this to the service rep's attention. In addition, the district manager was contacted several months ago and has not addressed my concerns. All the above problems above were repaired at the local Toyota dealer, whose mechanics commented that the underside of the truck was severely corroded. Also, the repairs are documented in my vehicle's service history.

- Warren Center, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 262009


  • 95,000 miles
Excessive rust on frame and undercarriage. Emergency brake rocker pivots lock up.

- Watertown, NY, USA

problem #2

May 192009


  • 130,000 miles
The vehicle was parked in a flat parking lot and the parking brake failed. The first time, the parked car rolled backwards and hit a sign. No person was injured. I thought that perhaps the pedal was not fully depressed. The second time, about 3 weeks later, the vehicle rolled backwards and hit another vehicle. I had to call the insurance company and file a claim. I intend on bringing the car to the dealership, however after doing a bit of research on the internet, it seems to be a common problem, and I wanted to make sure to report it, because it has the potential to be fatal.

- West Greenwich, RI, USA

problem #1

Jan 192006

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,400 miles
: the contact stated the column gear shift was placed into park atop a hill with the emergency brake engaged and the engine running, the vehicle rolled forward and crashed into a tree. After initial parking of the vehicle, the contact exited the vehicle. While attempting to reenter the vehicle and stop the forward motion injuries were sustained. The vehicle rolled downhill 60-70 yards and totaled due to the extensive damage. After the crash, the contact inspected the vehicle and the column gear shift was in park and the emergency brake was still engaged. The vehicle was not seen by an authorized dealer or repair shop. Updated 03/28/06.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA