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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
128,306 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Toyota Tundra brakes problems

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2002 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 162012


  • 171,145 miles


My first issue was 3 years ago when my muffler was so rusted away I felt something dragging pulled over and seen my muffler had fall almost off hanging there. The next year I pulled into my work and all my studs on my tire broke and my tire and rim went one way and me and the truck went other way. Now my brakes keep sticking then they finally just stopped working all together after replacing pads. I have went thur 3 sets of tires in 4 years. I have it in the shop and they are saying my brake lines are completely corroded and falling apart.

- Mt. Pleasant, UT, USA

problem #6

Jan 032016


  • 98,000 miles
We have a serious rust issue with our 2002 Toyota Tundra. Toyota replaced a frame but reattached all the already rusted pieces back onto the new frame. The break line has rusted through on several occasions. We have gone through a red light & stop sign. No was hurt, we were lucky but this truck is a death trap. We have hit the side of the garage trying to get it out of gear because everything is so rusted. We have contacted Toyota & have been told it's a maintenance issue not a defect. This truck 100% a defect! it is a pile of metal sitting in our driveway because I refuse to put my family in it. It us irresponsible to drive this vehicles, so in our & the publics best interest it sits in our driveway.

- Westport, MA, USA

problem #5

Oct 072015


  • 164,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tundra. While driving 50 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the driveshaft of the vehicle. The contact stated that the vehicle became very difficult to stop, but the vehicle was eventually able to come to a complete stop. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the fuel tank strap fractured and fractured the brake line. The brake line was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 164,000.

- Bellefontaine, OH, USA

problem #4

Nov 012012


  • 80,000 miles


I have a 2002 Toyota Tundra that I bought from del Toyota in thorndale pa. I bought this truck new from this dealer. Toyota sent me a letter for the recall of the frame. I took my truck to del Toyota to have the frame looked at in 2012 and they said the frame just needed sprayed. I was fine with that. The problem is now my frame has 4 inch holes in it up by the engine on both sides. There is not whey my frame would have rusted out that fast since the dealer looked at it in 2012. So I took my Tundra back to the dealer to have them inspect the holes and they told me they would call Toyota to get a new frame on it because I had the truck in during the recall period the first time. Little did I know Toyota said they will not replace my frame because the recall period is over. Then del Toyota told me to call Toyota Corp and talk to a case manager. So I called Toyota Corp and talked to [xxx] (the case manager) and she told me Toyota would not replace the frame because the recall period is over. I told her my truck was in for the recall and they sprayed it when the frame should have been replaced. She told me again Toyota will not replace my frame. So now I am stuck with a unsafe vehicle that I feel unsafe driving and will not pass inspection anymore. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Elverson, PA, USA

problem #3

Jun 012012

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 250,000 miles
While coming to a complete stop at or below 10 mph, the anti skid system begins to pulse the brakes which is felt at the brake pedal. No warning lights or system errors noted by Toyota of rockwall, Texas. Service manager advised the owner/operator of the 2002 Tundra to "drive it until a warning light illuminates on the dash".

- Heath, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 132013


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds and depressing the brakes, the brakes exhibited an abnormal increase in stopping time. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised that the cable for the emergency brake was severely rusted, causing the rear brakes to fail. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were approximately 135,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lake Geneva, WI, USA

problem #1

Sep 072012

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
The 2002 Toyota Tundra has known issues with the front rotors and pads and service bulletin about the problem for corrections to be made. I complained to the dealer about the problem in 2003 with maybe 20,000 miles if that. The problem was corrected under warranty, that is, the rotors and pads were replaced, so I was told, but with the same problematic parts that were issued with the truck. The calipers, which have been reported as undersized for the vehicle, were not touched. Eventually the shimmy becomes bad enough it negatively affects the brake system. Toyota knew of the issue but did not follow through in truly correcting the problem.

- Clarkdale, AZ, USA

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