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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,547 miles

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2001 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 132012

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 130,470 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign id number: 09V444000 (structure) however, since the repair the contact had noticed parts of the frame laying in his driveway. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic, who advised that there was an issue with rust and the recall repair had not been performed correctly. The vehicle was not further repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 130,470. Udpated 05/01/14

- Manteno, IL, USA

problem #9

Jan 012006


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the underside of the vehicle was completely corroded. The contact also mentioned that the fuel tank was corroded and as a result, there was a fuel leak. In addition, the rear differential housing was also affected. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced the differential housing and the fuel tank in order to remedy the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure persisted. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 98,000.

- Voluntown, CT, USA

problem #8

Sep 082010

(reported on)


  • miles
2001 Toyota Tundra. Consumer states rusting and corrosion of the bed truck the consumer stated the cross-member and frame on his vehicle checked out fine according to the dealer. The problem is with the truck bed that has rusted through. The consumer was informed the truck bed would need to be replaced.

- River Falls, WI, USA

problem #7

Oct 262009


  • 0 miles


There was no incident here, let me clarify that first of all. I am beginning to read quite a bit about the 2000-2001 Toyota Tundra vehicles in cold weather states, experiencing an unusual amount of frame rust. I live in Maryland and currently own a 2001 Toyota Tundra SR5 4WD. My vehicle has 36,000 miles on it and has always been garage kept. After the first year the rust started, I have used at least a case of rust-oleum to counter the effects of the rust. My biggest concern right now is the appearance of my steering column (located under the hood) this metal shaft is engrossed in rust. I own a 1987 Buick with 117,000 miles on it that does look no where near this bad. There is no doubt in my mind that this could at some point pose a safety risk. Just today I called the Toyota's customer experience center at 800-331-4331 and notified them of the problem. They acknowledged the frame rust, but said that I was on my own with any other rust. They told me to schedule an appointment with the dealership. Upon contacting the dealership, they only acknowledged rust problems with Toyota Tacoma. I just wanted NHTSA to be aware of this. Thanks

- Westminster , MD, USA

problem #6

Oct 152005


  • miles
Purchased my 2001 Tundra new. Frame has been rusted since 2005, always have been concerned for years on the amount of rust, especially around the from tie rod wheel area. Just heard through the media about a potential recall. Simply too much rust for my comfort level on truck.

- Manassas, VA, USA

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problem #5

Oct 072009


  • miles
I own a 2001 Toyota tundar truck that has very serious rust on the rear frame that is likely to result in complete failure of the frame. I understand this is a common problem and think that Toyota should be required to extend the buy back program that was offered on prior year trucks.

- Westport , MA, USA

problem #4

Sep 272009


  • 160,000 miles


2001 Toyota Tundra frame rust, causing holes in frame, spare tire mount, and shock absorber mount brackets. Spare tire mount is completely rusted and can no longer support the spare tire. If not found spare tire could fall off causing loss of control, damage and accidents. Toyota is aware of the problem and currently has no solution for the problem.

- Sandwich , MA, USA

problem #3

Jun 152009


  • miles
I have a 2001 Toyota Tundra SR5 4X4 truck. There is a severe rust problem with the underside of my truck. The main frame of the truck is rusted beyond repair. The metal from the frame is coming off in huge chunks. Also the rear bumper is rusted all the way through on both sides and cannot bare any weight. The frame has very bad rust at all the welded points. My truck only has 123,000 miles on it. Because of the severe rust problem with the frame my truck now makes alot of noise under routine driving conditions. I plan to have my truck looked at by a Toyota dealer to determine if it is safe to drive. I worry that the frame is going to crack and cause a failure of my suspension system or worse!! thanks for your time

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #2

Mar 242009


  • 105,000 miles
Premature frame rust-out.

- Putney, VT, USA

problem #1

Dec 142001

Tundra 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While parked at a stop light a car slammed in the rear of my vehicle, the front fender and bumper was knocked down on the wheel hood buckled, grille push back against the fan on the motor.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

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