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Old 09-28-2007, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any Toyota Tundra owners?

Got a friend that's looking for a new truck. He's considering the Tundra, Duramax and Powerstroke. He would like a real world road report from a real owner. Can any of you Tundra owners give us a short report on the pro's and cons? Thanks
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Old 09-28-2007, 04:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Why is he looking at 1/2 tons and 3/4 or 1 tons? Depending on what your towing anyone of them would be fine.
Does he want or need diesel? Does he tow heavy?
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Old 09-28-2007, 04:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Great truck 04 Tundra 4x4 AC 12 mpg towing 19 around town.
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My dad has one of the new ones with the 5.7, So far the only bad thing about is, that its such a pain in the ass to get to the oil filter and its an element filter instead of a cartridge.

Thats a small sacrifice for that nice of a truck. He uses it on the farm and tows his 27 ft fith wheel with it, and he loves it. Plus it sucked to get smoked by a stock tundra in a chipped diesel, when we raced. fyi my diesel is an 05 6.0 with edge juice box. My 2 cents
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Old 09-28-2007, 08:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Great truck 04 Tundra 4x4 AC 12 mpg towing 19 around town.
damn you get 12 mpg towing? ive got an 03 4x4 limited tundra and i get 13 just regular driving. how does the tundra tow the jeep? i wouldnt even attempt towing my jeep with my tundra. i hooked the trailer to the tundra and drove the jeep on it and the back wheels of the tundra nearly came off the ground.
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We have an 07 Tundra Dbl cab, av mileage is 16 by the computer. I wanted a crew cab diesel, but couldn't justify it since it was going to be my wifes daily driver. It will only be used for towing my 72 Jimmy maybe once or twice a month.
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The Tundra tows great a little slow in mountains but always get there. I have a featherlite car trailer, weight is around 1000 lbs, jeep weight 4000 lbs. So total tow weight of about 5000 lbs. Trailer has brakes on both axles and that makes all the difference in stopping. Mileage is base on old man driving style.
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damn you get 12 mpg towing? ive got an 03 4x4 limited tundra and i get 13 just regular driving. how does the tundra tow the jeep? i wouldnt even attempt towing my jeep with my tundra. i hooked the trailer to the tundra and drove the jeep on it and the back wheels of the tundra nearly came off the ground.
Yeah... my 04 d-cab hasn't gotten over 15 yet. Get 10-11 when towing, though.
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ya, i dont know why youre comparing apples (a marginal at best 1/2 ton gasser) to oranges (a 3/4-1 ton diesel) here. i own a tundra and tow with it some, but ive also got some mods on it including airbags for the back (the stock springs in the back are made to ride like a car and so they suck for towing casue they are way too soft). ive towed up to 7500 with it (emergency situation towing a fullsize bronco on a trailer with brakes on both axles) and it did ok, but got 11 mpg on a completely flat drive. i tow a horse trailer and horses with it often, 2 horse slant bumper pull with weekend quarters in the front (its a goofy custom built trailer a friend had built) totalling about 6k. it does ok with that, but struggles in the hills.

just go with the diesel, youll thank yourself later

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damn you get 12 mpg towing? ive got an 03 4x4 limited tundra and i get 13 just regular driving. how does the tundra tow the jeep? i wouldnt even attempt towing my jeep with my tundra. i hooked the trailer to the tundra and drove the jeep on it and the back wheels of the tundra nearly came off the ground.
Do you drive around with just the front tires of your jeep on the very back of the trailer? No? Then wtf does that have to do with anything? Most smart people put a jack on the back of the trailer, throw jackstands under it, etc., and drive on and set the proper tongue weight.

If you can't figure that out, you shouldn't be towing anyway.
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I have an 07 5.7L dbl Cab. I love it. I get anywhere from 14 to 18 mpg depending on how much skinny pedal I use that tank. Big selling point for me was a 6.5 foot bed with the 4 forward opening doors. No one else has that size bed with "crew" cab style doors. I cant stand the suicide doors in the back of some trucks. The power in the truck is amazing (ran a 14.9 1/4 mile the other day at the track)
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Big selling point for me was a 6.5 foot bed with the 4 forward opening doors. No one else has that size bed with "crew" cab style doors.
Nissan does
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Do you drive around with just the front tires of your jeep on the very back of the trailer? No? Then wtf does that have to do with anything? Most smart people put a jack on the back of the trailer, throw jackstands under it, etc., and drive on and set the proper tongue weight.

If you can't figure that out, you shouldn't be towing anyway.
well me being like most "smart" people dont tow a heavy load with the 1/2 ton tundra. when i load the jeep on the trailer hooked to the crew cab long bed f250 PSD (my tow vehicle) it hardly budges the bed of the truck. i never even thought of jack stands because i never have needed to.
it was just a one time thing putting the jeep on the trailer hooked to my tundra because the tundra is a lot more manuverable than the ford. so i was just telling it like it was of what happened loading the jeep on the tundra vs. a full sized tow vehicle.
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well me being like most "smart" people dont tow a heavy load with the 1/2 ton tundra. when i load the jeep on the trailer hooked to the crew cab long bed f250 PSD (my tow vehicle) it hardly budges the bed of the truck. i never even thought of jack stands because i never have needed to.
it was just a one time thing putting the jeep on the trailer hooked to my tundra because the tundra is a lot more manuverable than the ford. so i was just telling it like it was of what happened loading the jeep on the tundra vs. a full sized tow vehicle.
You also bought a Tundra before it became a real truck. A new tundra is a full-size. The thread asked about NEW trucks. Not 4 year old, wanna be a true half-ton, but I'm not trucks. The new tundra's have plenty of tow rating for a jeep. Once again, loading is irrelevant, how it handles towing is what matters.
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Try going to this web site for new and old Tundra info. Hope this helps.
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Big selling point for me was a 6.5 foot bed with the 4 forward opening doors. No one else has that size bed with "crew" cab style doors.
Apparently you haven't see any Dodge Ram's from say 2002 (1/2ton) and newer?

A buddy of mine has a new '07 double cab SR5 5.7 4x4 and he loves it. He gets on average 15 mpg and it tows his tractor and trailer with ease. Total weight about 4500#. As far as I know he hasn't towed a real load with it yet. The 6 speed tranny always seems to be in the right gear and one nice feature is the manual shifting. The Tundra rides awesome! Just like a car! I would like to see it tow an 8-9,000# load and see how it handles that. My guess is it will be a little scary.
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Big selling point for me was a 6.5 foot bed with the 4 forward opening doors. No one else has that size bed with "crew" cab style doors.
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Apparently you haven't see any Dodge Ram's from say 2002 (1/2ton) and newer?
Hopefully what you typed was not what you meant because in additon to above you can add in Ford and GM for 4 forward opening doors and 6.5" beds.
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LOL. This thread got good after redranger 4.0 posted his inaccurate drivel
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I have an '01 4.7L Tundra that I tow with and the only complaint I have is that the rear springs are too soft. I tow my '85 4runner (38's, no cage yet) on a heavy, busted ass old trailer with a WD hitch and it tows fine, without the wd hitch I would be SOL. I plan to throw a helper leaf or air bags in there to help me out, but I have no complaints about the power. I run about 10-11 mpg towing and 17-18 commuting (60 miles a day, 5 days a week) and I drive like a prick. If I drove like an old man I could probably nurse 19 out of it.
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Really depends on what he is going to use it for - as others have pointed out, there is little comparison between what a Tundra will tow compared to a Duramax or PowerStroke. Light towing and DD duty and I'd be leaning towards the Tundra. Heavier towing and I'd be leaning towards one of the other two.
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07 crewmax tundra with 15000 miles love it so far. The towing mirrors are the biggest complaint I have. No convex on the passenger one and you can't see crap out of it. I tow a 26 foot flatbed with 2 rigs 10000# all the time and it does fine. better than my 03 chevy 1500HD. Milage sucks towing but 5 guys can ride a long time in comfort with plenty of room. I would buy another. Oil burners don't fit my needs well. This Truck does what I ask it to do.
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My friend bought the Tundra. $37,000! He went out ang bought it after reading this trend. Being a Ford guy (I tow my offroad Ranger with a 2004 F-150) I did not know much about the Tundra until now. I hate to say it but I think the Toyota is going to take a massive hunk of the light truck market. Look how fast the FJ caught on, the Tacoma outsells the Ranger already and the Tundra has the big 3 in it's sights.
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My friend bought the Tundra. $37,000! He went out ang bought it after reading this trend. Being a Ford guy (I tow my offroad Ranger with a 2004 F-150) I did not know much about the Tundra until now. I hate to say it but I think the Toyota is going to take a massive hunk of the light truck market. Look how fast the FJ caught on, the Tacoma outsells the Ranger already and the Tundra has the big 3 in it's sights.
Toyota already has a massive chunk. The Tacoma has the highest resale value of any vehicle in the United States. Tundras do better than any of the big three in resale. For example, you can actually lease a Tundra. I am leasing mine. Ever priced a lease for a Chevy/Ford/Dodge? $$$$$$$$!!!!!!
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