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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,788 miles

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2004 Toyota Tundra body / paint problems

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2004 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #35

Sep 212015


  • miles


Frame rusted through unsafe to drive. Received very first letter in July about a recall. It is September 21, 2015 and the recall ended August 31, 2015.

- Orrington, ME, USA

problem #34

Sep 152015


  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. After the vehicle was inspected, the technician stated that the frame of the vehicle was rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 138,000.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #33

Aug 152015


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag cover on the dashboard was sticky and unable to be cleaned. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Brooks , GA, USA

problem #32

Mar 152015


  • 105,000 miles


Was driving with 2 family members in truck.had back window down which was a good thing, when sunroof exploded it inbedded glass in the topper that was on the was all over us, luckily we were not cut and I dont know how we wasn't I stopped immediately and got away from the truck because I thought we had been shot at with a shotgun.I called Toyota to report it and they said they had no other calls like insurance company paid the whole bill which was a lot.I do not open the sunroof at all now because I have a fear of it happening again. I keep the cover slid over it.

- Bedford, KY, USA

problem #31

Aug 082015


  • 98,000 miles
Anytime it rains water leaks in behind the dashboard on the passenger side, leaking water through the electrical wiring and into the floorboard of the truck there are lots of wires and a blower motor in this area where fire could cause any number of unsafe conditions. The cause has been narrowed down to one or both of two things. The first is a crack that originates in the seam behind the dash board of these vehicles due to production error. The second is rotting grommet plugs under the windshield wiper cowl. The first being much more severe as it could also cause structural integrity.

- Hopewell, VA, USA

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problem #30

Oct 162013


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the vehicle's frame was rusted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for inspection. The technician stated that there were no holes in the frame and painted the frame with crc paint. The contact stated that the remedy failed to repair the failure and the rust returned. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000. Updated 09/09/15

- Richmond , NH, USA

problem #29

Dec 312008


  • miles


Rust on everything under the truck as well as the rear bumper. Parts that have had to be replaced because of rust and/or rust perforation or need to be replaced: 1) entire frame żż perforation greater than 10mm found on passenger siderail 2) rear differential (leaking from rust perforation) 3) brake lines 4) power steering line (leaking from rust) 5) skid plate (support brackets rusted - fell off while driving) 6) brake calipers (multiple times) 7) coil springs 8) axles (front and back) 9) control arms 10) cv- joint 11) boots 12) hitch receiver 13) exhaust 14) muffler 15) camber bolt 16) multiple sets of tires (unable to align tires properly due to rusted/seized camber bolt) causing premature tread wear. 17) brake drums (warped and pitted) 18) wheel bearing 19) truck tailgate support wires żż wires rusted and broke. Tailgate won't open/close without extreme effort because it is not aligned properly. 20) shocks/struts 21) seals, brackets, nuts and bolts - the parts listed above is not complete. Basically, everything you see under the truck is suffering from extreme rust and/or perforated. *truck has had a horrible shimmy for years that no one has been able to figure out, particularly bad when towing. Steering wheel shakes violently as well as the entire truck. Improved slightly when rear differential and axles were replaced. Most likely related to frame warp or instability. *truck has had issues with getting in and out of 4WD. Inconsistent with how long it takes to get in and out of 4WD. There is a loud and jarring clunk when engaging or disengaging 4WD. *truck feels like it is on the verge of going out of control when a hole or bump is hit. The truck will literally jump sideways. *traction stability control comes on randomly when hitting a bump or hole. Another mystery to mechanic.

- Chagrin Falls, OH, USA

problem #28

Dec 012009


  • miles
Excessive rust pretty much everywhere. Just had to replace the rear differential and associated parts because rust caused differential leak. Cost was over 3,500. Replaced rusted brake lines and calipers. Tailgate wire rusted and broke. Opening mechanism to tailgate is rusted and is extremely difficult (if not impossible) to open/close. Rear bumper is rusted through, and not safe to step on. Hitch receiver is completely rusted and cannot remove hitch now. Skid plate and brackets rusted through - skid plate fell off. Dealer just inspected the truck and will be replacing the entire frame because of excessive rust.

- Chagrin Falls, OH, USA

problem #27

Oct 182014

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 135,698 miles
Vehicle frame has excessive surface rust, also on rear axle casing. Flaking delamination of frame/cross member where cross member joins rear frame. Frame not protected correctly when vehicle was manufactured.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #26

Nov 012012

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The undercarriage of the truck is completely corroded. Cannot remove the spare tire, the parts holding it will fall off. The truck is unsafe due to the possibility of the undercarriage and crossbars falling off. Same issue as the recall of the 2003 thunderous. Called Toyota local, regional, and us customer service who keep telling me the truck is not part of the recall therefore they cannot help me. The truck was purchased in ri, moved to nc in October 2012. Local Toyota dealership also contacted customer service with no luck.

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #25

Jul 182014


  • 35,000 miles


Rust all over the undertruck, even the catalytic converter is rusted. I was part of that recall and the dealer is going to spray the frame to stop the corrosion. Can the corrosion process ends with the spraying?

- Williston, VT, USA

problem #24

May 072014

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 129,000 miles
Rear differential cover is rotted out and leaking oil. It is very rust.

- Londonderry, VT, USA

problem #23

Feb 012013


  • 30,800 miles
During our 2013 inspection we were told we have severe corrosion in the under carriage... we took it to the Toyota dealership where we were told there has been a recall on 2000,2001,2002,2003. Not 2004. Our Tundra was built in March 2004 and has the same corrosion. However, no recall yet. We just had our 2014 inspection done and the vehicle failed. We can no longer put it on the we have a 10 year old vehicle, 30,800 miles and if we want to have the corrosion repaired it will cost approx. $10,000... is there anything you can do to help" are there any class action law suits we could join" I'm sure there are other similar makes and models on the road with this very issue. Unbelievable possibility of accidents. We even had to take the spare tire off from under the vehicle as we feared it would fall off on the highway...

- Dover, PA, USA

problem #22

Aug 282013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 67,500 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated the he took his vehicle in for a check up and was informed that his subframe was corroded and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 67,500.

- Carmel, NY, USA

problem #21

Dec 262013


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that while at an independent mechanic for routine maintenance, he was informed that the frame was severely corroded. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Arnold, MO, USA

problem #20

Dec 012013


  • 145,000 miles
The T bracket that holds spare tire up under bed of truck broke due to excessive rust dropping spare tire out on road at 30 mph...very unsafe to say the least. Also, front torsion bar frame mount passenger side has broken off frame due to excessive rust. 2 inch by 5 inch hole in the frame bottom at this location.

- Jefferson, MA, USA

problem #19

Nov 142013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 105,419 miles
Took my truck in for an oil change at the local Toyota dealer. After the routine inspection they told me the truck was unsafe to drive due to holes greater than 10mm found in the frame caused by severe rust. Toyota has said the 04 model is not part of the recall, and I appear to be in limbo. This issue is still unresolved.the truck will need new frame and components for it to be road worthy again.

- Forest Hill, MD, USA

problem #18

Sep 242013


  • 178,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that power steering fluid was leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the rack and pinion was defective. In addition, he stated that while he was inspecting the vehicle he noticed that the frame was corroded and the cross members were fractured. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 178,000.

- Pine Bush, NY, USA

problem #17

Oct 172013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
I recently noticed a leak under the rear of the vehicle. Upon inspection, the differential was found to be rusted right through and leaking. I examined the frame as well and noticed severe rusting in various places on the frame. I never received a notice of recall on the frame. Apparently there is not only frame damage to many Tundra, but also to necessary working parts. I have never had an axle rot out on any of my cars and because of the inability to simply repair a seal, the entire axle will need replacing? seems a bit extreme. I like the Tundra and will base my decision to remain a customer on how I'm treated in the recall appointment.

- Kingston, NY, USA

problem #16

Aug 102013


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the spare tire dislodged from the spare tire well and onto the road. The failure was contributed to the under carriage being excessively corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Bedford, NH, USA

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