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4.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,248 miles

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2001 Toyota Tundra brakes problems

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2001 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Feb 072006

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Toyota Tundra limited 2001. Replaced rotors on (2) different occasions, due to vibration when stopping. Warped rotors were to blame. Toyota refuses to replace or repair defective items.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #32

Jun 142006

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Brakes on my 2001 Toyota Tundra are not working properly. Going down a hill, it is hard to control the truck because of he vibration coming from the front end. I have discovered recently their have been many complaints about brakes on 2000-2001 Tundra.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #31

Jan 122008

Tundra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tundra. The contact had to replace the brakes in August of 2007. In November, the vehicle was taken back to the dealer because an adjustment was needed. Recently, the contact's husband heard grinding noises coming from the tire area while driving 60 mph. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the bearing completely failed. The technician stated that whoever worked on the brakes set the rotors too low, causing the bearing to malfunction. The purchase date and powertrain were unknown. The current mileage was 80,350 and failure mileage was 79,000.

- El Monte, CA, USA

problem #30

Jul 022007

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When braking a 2001 Toyota Tundra entire vehicle vibrates to the point of diminished control.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #29

Jun 052007

Tundra

  • miles
Brake rotors have prematurely warped. Three sets of brakes in less the 75,000 miles. Truck has never towed anything, is driven by 45 year-old. Violent vibration occured every time pedal was dpressed.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #28

Jun 162004

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Brakes vibrating; warped rotors.

- Newport, RI, USA

problem #27

Jun 302006

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I own a 2001 Toyota Tundra. After 30,000 miles my brakes began to shudder when trying to slow down from high speeds (greater than 40 mph). It is obvious that the rotors are severely warped. This is a severe safety issue.

- Seabrook, TX, USA

problem #26

May 102006

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Toyota Tundra access cab SR5 purchased new. There has been no complete failure yet, but quite often the front brakes shudder so bad when I apply them hard it feels almost like a speed wobble on a motorcycle. It has gotten so violent at times that I have had to grab the wheel with both hands as tight as I can. The lions share of my driving is on the freeway and as I am aware of the problem I do my best to maintain a safe distance from others. Knowing that Toyota does their best to push the issue aside (I have read the tsb and all the complaints) I have never even contacted them about this issue. I have put 4 sets of pads on in just over 120 miles so I don't think they wear out any faster than any other brands but from what I have read, there are no replacement discs or pads available that are any better. I know the rotors are warped but not worn out. I have learned to live with the problem but this issue is serious enough that I won't be buying another one. There are 5 other full size truck mfgs. Out there.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #25

May 032006

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
2001 Toyota Tundra 72,000 miles. In today for the 6th brake job. Rotors warped and disks drums fail. Real brakes out of adjustment. Truck won't break correctly and shudders violently. Toyota knows about the problem and tried to fix it but now has another "fix" that will cost me 2,000 dollars. This is a major safety issue, thousands if not 100 of thousands of Tundra owners have this design defect and Toyota refuses to issue recall. The internet has lots of examples of this documented problem. If GM would issue a recall for a tail light, what should be the response to trucks that won't stop and shudder violently?

- Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #24

Mar 312006

Tundra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
2001 Toyota Tundra front brake shimmy so severe that truck was unsafe to drive. Began at approximately 40K miles and progressively got worse until entire front brake rebuild required costing over $2,200 at 56K miles.

- Doylestown, PA, USA

problem #23

Jun 232005

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2001 Toyota Tundra. Braking shakes truck violently. Through experience (auto racing) I believe the problem to be warped front rotors. The design of these rotors are obviously defective.

- Indianapolis , IN, USA

problem #22

Feb 152005

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,128 miles
Purchased truck new in 2001. Excessive front brake pad wear out since new 6,000 to 10,000 miles per set. Noticed a looseness in front end early on and progressively worse as time went on including wobbling and lurching while braking. At 36,000 + miles Toyota replaced complete front and rear brake system with a heaver duty system at no cost. Front end still felt loose. At 52,000 miles dealer repalced front rotors and second set of pads since system up date at my expense. Still the front end felt loose. At 76,000 miles F/L wheel assemble breaks off the truck while driving over a small speed bump at less then 10 mph damaging fender and door. A Toyota dealer fixed the truck. The front end still feels loose and the dealer will not check or work on the truck because I filed a complaint with the bureau of auto repair. My complaint was the dealer did not return to me the repalced parts which I requested several times. The dealer told me he did not have to give mt the damaged parts and that nothing would happen to him because he was friends with the local consumer rep. I was contacted by a consumer rep and he told me the same thing and there was nothing he could do but put a note in the dealers file. I have not gotten any official report since filing my complaint. My truck is unsafe and I have no choice but to continue to drive it.

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

problem #21

Mar 052005

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
I have brake problems. I have less than 36000 and my brake pad needed to be replaced. I have also had a abnormal vibration in the truck when applying the brakes. This has been the case since I purchased the vechilce new. Thought it was normal for the truck but guess not. Toyota is paying for the parts, and I'm paying for labor to replace rotors, pads, calipers to resolve the issue. Costing me $400.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #20

Mar 202005

Tundra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45 miles
There is vibration in the steering system, when applying brakes most noticable when braking from speeds over 45 mph or on down hills. I have had the brake pads replaced, rotors turned, and the problem returned in a few weeks. I asked Toyota dealership to repair, they refused, the vehicle is out of warranty. I'm the original owner.

- Marina, CA, USA

problem #19

Jan 112005

Tundra

  • 64,000 miles
Dealership informed consumer that premature warping of front brake rotors was repaired.

- Jefferson Hills, PA, USA

problem #18

Jun 152004

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Front brake vibration that has made truck unsafe to drive.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #17

Jan 042005

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
Severe vibration in the vehicle almost resulted in loss of control. This occurred on 3 different occasions each time resulting in brake problems. Under warranty I had the front brake rotors turned and dealer refused to do anything else at the time. Since then the front rotors had to be replaced and then I developed rear brake vibrations.

- Moscow, PA, USA

problem #16

Dec 102003

Tundra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
My 2001 Toyota Tundra is having major problems with the breaking system. There is a violent shaking when you apply the breaks from higher speed. I have had the rotors turned 4 times and nothing seems to fix the problems. Toyota denies any safety problems with the breaks. The back brakes won't tightened up causing more pressure on the front brakes. Toyota is fixing some of the brakes on trucks that are under warranty, but only when you complain enough. The trucks that are out of warranty are told it will take over $2000 to fix it. They keep saying that the problem is not a safety issue so they want issue a recall. My truck is not used for any thing but back and forth to work, so it is not under any excessive strain.

- Cleveland, MS, USA

problem #15

Sep 252004

Tundra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying the brake pedal consumer heard a loud squeaking noise coming from the front. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the brakes needed to be replaced, and replaced them. Ten minutes later while driving the driver applied the brake pedal and the brakes failed. Vehicle was towed back to the dealer for inspection. The cause of the failure had not been determined.

- Spring Valley, CA, USA

problem #14

Nov 032004

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
I have experienced brake shudder since the mid 30000 miles. The brakes have been replaced twice (rotors turned twice). The problem still exist. I understand that Toyota has a design problem with there brakes and there tsb's to make major corrections (approximately $2000 cost). On at least two occassions I have had to make an emergency stop and almost lost control due to the severity of the brake shudder.

- Durham, NC, USA

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