Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: A dependable pickup option that does have a slight history of frame corrosion. Even though mud looks cool on a truck, it's best if you run this through the car wash every now and again.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,444 miles

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2003 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #9

May 282006


  • miles


Front suspension lower ball joint recall on 2003 Toyota Tundra. Consumer states that his son had a serious accident and was injured. The consumers son heard a loud noise and the right front of his truck dropped while he was driving. He was unable to steer the vehicle and hit a retaining wall. The consumer received a recall notice regarding the lower ball joint problem 9 months after the accident.

- Oak Park, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 152007

Tundra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tundra pickup. The contact stated that therewas a safety recall on the lower ball joints. The contact took the vehicle to have the safety recall repaired, and two weeks later while driving at 30 mph in beautiful weather, the lower ball joint on the front left side came apart, and the contact's vehicle hit a second vehicle. The contact stated that the police did not take a report. The contactwas employed as a senior engineer technician, and he needed the vehicle to do his job, and he has not been provided another vehicle while the vehicle was being investigated.

- Madera, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 122006

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
The bolts on my tudnra's left ball joint sheared off and the left front wheel collapsed on June 12, 2006. The failure occurred in page, Arizona while we were on vacation. The failure occurred after our dealer fixed the joints on April 17, 2006 pursuant to Toyota's recall notice for this problem. We consider ourselves fortunate to be alive. I am giving similar notices today to dealer and Toyota. Our Tundra is currently at the body shop in page, AZ. There was some body damage to the right front side. The work will be done by this Friday, June 7. we intend to pick up the car then. I have three of the bolts that came off (two of them that I picked up on the street were sheared) and have asked the repair shop to save all parts that they removed and replace. I also have photos of the Tundra at its point of rest in the street. Because of traffic control problems, the page police responded to this incident. The officer in charge was C. miller, badge 523. He also provided me with a another number (I don't know if this is an incident number): 06/06/1420.

- Tehachapi, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 302006

Tundra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles


: the contact stated the steering wheel was hard to turn. There is an NHTSA recall #05V225000 concerning the front lower ball joint. The contact has been waiting for six months to get a letter from the manufacturer so that the dealer will repair the recalled part.

- San Bruno, CA, USA

problem #5

May 302006

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
: the contact stated recall work was performed a month ago on the vehicle, while driving 40 mph, the front of the vehicle dropped. The vehicle was moved off the road and towed to the dealer. A NHTSA recall, #05V225000 was performed on the vehicle concerning, the front lower ball joint however, the recall did not remedy the problem. The dealership did offer a second repair without charge under the recall. Updated 11/21/2006 -

- Milpitas, CA, USA

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problem #4

Dec 062005

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact states there is NHTSA recall campaign 05V225000 concerning the lower ball joints. The parts needed to repair the vehicle are not available at the local dealership. He spoke to their manufacturer, who has confirmed that the parts were not available.

- Lanoka Harbor, NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 092004

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact's vehicle was involved in an accident while traveling at 50 mph due to the lower ball joint causing a reduced steering effort. He lost control of vehicle. He contacted the dealership, they instructed him to contact the insurance company. The vehicle was totaled as a result of the accident.

- Albq, NM, USA

problem #2

Feb 092005

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
Premature tire wear, the dealer did not know what is causing the front tires to show premature wear. This is on a 2003 Tundra T-3 with dunlap tires. I am not the only person with this type of tire wear, it starts on the vehicle at about 15,000 miles

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #1

Nov 152004

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
Right front ball joint separated, causing loss of control while driving, resulting in over $10,000 in damage.

- Highland, CA, USA

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