hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,239 miles

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2002 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #14

Jul 192013

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles


We had taken our vehicle in for a recall to our local dealership and they said the frame of our vehicle was not bad but they did the undercoat option. That was less than a year ago and now our frame on our vehicle is severely rusted and they are saying there is nothing we can do about it because the time has expired. We also called Toyota and they said that it was expired and it is up to the dealership to decide what to do. In our opinion they should have just done the frame replacement at the time of the first visit! if the undercoating was to take care of the issue why now are we having issues!! what is more important than the safety of a customer and the people surrounding them when they drive!!!

- Bemus Point, NY, USA

problem #13

Aug 072013


  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, a loud noise dragging noise was heard. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that the fuel tank was dragging on the ground. The vehicle was towed to a dealer and diagnosed that the universal joint had become fractured and as result, the drive shaft and fuel tank were dropped. The contact decided to take the vehicle to a second dealer for and the technician stated that the frame was cracked. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 170,000.

- Bridgeport , NY, USA

problem #12

Feb 282012


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 09V444000 (structure) and after the repair, the corrosion protection undercoating that was supposed to remedy the failure peeled off and allowed the frame to rust. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #11

May 092012


  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tundra. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 09V444000 (structure: Frame and members: Underbody shields) and the vehicle was taken to the dealer for repairs. After the repairs, the contact noticed that the rear cross member was rusted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the dealer refused to further inspect or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was contacted and the contact was awaiting a response. The failure and current mileage was 150,000.

- Atlantic Beach , FL, USA

problem #10

Mar 152012

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Severe frame rust causing rusting on brake lines, rusting and hole in the gas tank, steering rack, and rear axle is almost rusted threw. The frame rust is very severe and at this point I am sure it is a safety concern.

- Riverdale, NJ, USA

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problem #9

Jul 012010


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tundra. While parked, the contact noticed the frame and underbody was corroded. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V444000 (structure: Frame and members:underbody shields) but was advised by the manufacturer that the recall only pertained to vehicles in certain states and that his vehicle was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #8

Sep 022011


  • 162,052 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the rear frame mounts were rusted and the rear cab of the vehicle was no longer connected properly. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for repairs under NHTSA recall campaign id number: 09V444000 (structure: Frame and memebers: Underbody shields), but was advised that the frame mounts were not included in the recall and would have to be repaired at the owner's expense. The failure mileage was 162,052.

- Crafts Spree, VT, USA

problem #7

Dec 242010


  • 53,935 miles
Took my 2002 Tundra to a local Toyota dealer for a second time to inspect frame after being told by an independent licensed mechanic that my frame was perforated/rotted, the rear end housing was leaking, the spare tire hanger was broken, (tire missing), all heat shields were either broken, loose or missing and front brakes were in need of being replaced again. Front brake rotors, pads and calipers were replaced 11/09/07. All of this had occurred since 05/06/2010 when the truck was last on his lift. Harr Toyota performed a frame inspection and verified all of the above failures. They also did the frame crossmember inspection in 01/10 and the truck passed. They specified that the frame failure was @lt rail/trans mt. They also said the rt ft sway bar link was broken, and noticed an exhaust leak. They declared that in spite of the frame failure it was safe to drive just don't do any offroading! so I guess that hitting a pothole would not be advised.! they told me that the brakes were unsafe, and not covered under any recall. I am very upset at the condition/value of my truck. I am also very upset that NHTSA is letting Toyota get away with the "warranty enhancement" of replacing the frame only of these trucks. Toyota and its dealers denied the rust problem for years. My problem started when the vehicle was still under warranty, and I was blamed for the failure. In the years that Toyota has denied a problem with the Tundra, the frame rust has infected, most if not all, of the truck. Both bumpers are rotting off. The gas tank had to be patched (05/2010) because it was leaking fuel from a rust spot under one of the support straps. Toyota will replace other compromised parts at the owners full expense. In my opinion they are using the frame replacement to generate part sales and repair business to help defer costs. NHTSA- please force a more comprehensive recall! !

- Oakham, MA, USA

problem #6

Mar 172010

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
My 2002 Tundra recall on the frame. Passed rear cross member inspection, however the rest of the under body is severally corroded. Dealership is telling me that the truck needs about $4500 to pass inspection? the front end is rusted out. As of now, my truck is still at dealership, waiting for Toyota rep to inspect my Tundra. I feel that im getting the bad end of this recall. I need help.

- Holden, MA, USA

problem #5

Nov 152009


  • 50,000 miles
2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 has significant rust damage to undercarriage of vehicle. The damage is located on frame components including cross members, brake lines, spare tire holder, suspension parts, front & rear bumpers where they attach to the frame, etc. The bottom of the vehicle is totally covered in rust.

- Utica, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 052009


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tundra. While driving approximately 40 mph the spare tire disengaged from the rear spare tire carrier without warning. He pulled over to the side of the road. The tire was retrieved from the roadway. The carrier bracket had fractured because of severe corrosion. The manufacturer was notified of the malfunction. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 140,000. The current mileage was 141,841.

- Craftsbury Common, VT, USA

problem #3

Oct 272009


  • 65,000 miles
Dealer discovered rust all over my Toyota Tundra truck. He said he has never seen that.

- Mill Valley, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 152009


  • 125,000 miles
The spare tire just fell off the truck when the tire carrier rusted through. Consumer is adding picture. 10/26/09.

- Auburn, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 022005


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the lights on the instrument panel to indicated what gear the vehicle is in suddenly shut off and have not illuminated since. He also noticed that when the driver's seat belt is fastened the warning light on the panel illuminates regardless. There is also a rust issue on the on the rear doors causing a structure damage. When he took the vehicle into the dealerships they informed him that they were unable to provide assistance despite the fact that he has warranty on his vehicle. The failure mileage was 50,000. The current mileage was 100,000. The vehicle has not been repaired as of current date.

- Webster, MA, USA

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