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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,322 miles

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2004 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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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

problem #15

Jul 262013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 265,000 miles
The frame has severe rust. Also rear differential is leaking fluid through the steel bowl.

- Palmer, MA, USA

problem #14

Jun 302013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • miles


Frame is badly rusted in many areas including where suspension and brake components mount. I am concerned a major failure could lead to injury to myself or a member of my family. I understand there was a recall for 2000-2003 Tundra for the same issue but my 2004 was not included in the recall.

- Towson, MD, USA

problem #13

Jan 012010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that upon inspection, it was determined that the frame was rusted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was confirmed that the frame was perforated due to rust. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure mileage was not available.

- Kent, NY, USA

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problem #12

Dec 042012

Tundra 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Noticed small oil spot in driveway. The differential was leaking. I took it to colonial Toyota in smithfield, ri and they checked it for a recall and told me there was none. They did note the axle was not in good shape and should probably be replaced as the differential is part of the housing. Not ready to drop 3K for a poorly made product. Research and other recalls tell me that the metal used was of an inferior quality and will not hold up in the northeast. Toyota of course, wants no part of this and will not take responsibility for anything. Also had spare tire fall off on highway due to severe corrosion. I cannot understand how this vehicle is not on any recall list, I guess no one has been killed yet. Leak progressively getting worse.

- Greenville, RI, USA

problem #11

Nov 152012


  • 157,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that while replacing the front passenger side tire, it was noticed that approximately six inches of the frame was extremely rusted. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 157,000. The VIN was not available.

- Nantucket, MA, USA

problem #10

Mar 102010


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the entire frame exhibited severe flaking rust, which separated in chunks. The corrosion became progressively worse over a period of time. The vehicle was inspected by an authorized dealer who stated that the frame rusted without any perforation. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- New Castle, PA, USA

problem #9

Jan 012011


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the spare tire fell from the vehicle due to the carrier being rusted. In addition, he noticed that the frame was severely rusted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where they advised him that the carrier was rusted and needed to be replaced. Also, the frame was not completely corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 80,000. The current mileage was approximately 123,000.

- Norwell, MA, USA

problem #8

Dec 212010


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the frame was severely rusted and could possibly fracture in half at any time. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis however, the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 55,000.

- Benzonia, MI, USA

problem #7

Dec 122012


  • 48,000 miles


My 2004 Tundra has a rusted frame that is not safe. The truck has 48,000 miles on it and the frame has rust holes through it. This is not normal surface rust. The truck has no other rust issues. Toyota needs to recall this vehicle.

- Tallmadge, OH, USA

problem #6

Nov 182009


  • 113,369 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the frame exhibited an excessive amount of rust that was surrounding the rear tires and the fuel tank. The contact did not take the vehicle to a dealer or mechanic for inspection. The contact called the manufacturer regarding the rust issue and the manufacturer advised the contact that rust was not covered under any specific recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 113,369.

- Norwell, MA, USA

problem #5

Sep 012012


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for unrelated repairs when the mechanic informed the contact that the entire frame was corroded. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and a complaint was filed. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Stowe, VT, USA

problem #4

Jan 282012

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
My 2004 Toyota Tundra limited, purchased in 2004 directly from Toyota dealership for 39000 dollars has an extremely rusty frame. The steel peels away in layers at the welds. The proliferation can be described as "layers of a biscuit flaking a part." The dealership pounded on the frame with a tool and said that it did not fail the "Toyota frame tool" test and since the vehicle is a 2004 they would not do anything about it until it fails or becomes part of a recall. I haul a travel trailer with my family and I feel that it is extremely unsafe. How can a 7.8 year old truck rot out this quickly? there has a to be an issue here that Toyota is not willing to acknowledge. Please advise.

- Hyde Park , NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 152009


  • miles
My 2004 Toyota Tundra double cab has an excessive amount of rust on the undercarriage. Because of this rust, the camber bolts cannot be removed to properly align the vehicle. I have been told that they will have to use heat to remove them, along with a lot of force, and in turn may do frame damage in the process. I have been quoted by my dealer $5,200 to fix the problem which initially started with a small shimmy in the steering wheel which grew into a big shimmy especially while towing. That quote does not include any possible charged from the body shop if damage to the frame should occur. I do not have $5,200 so I ended up with a new set of tires and half of an alignment because the camber bolts were not able to be removed. Here I am months later and my new tires are so bald on the front that I am actually seeing the tread showing through. I have always loved my Tundra, but all of this rust on the frame and undercarriage is very concerning regarding the longevity of my vehicle. I was told that Toyota last forever. At this point I feel that my truck is dangerous to even drive but it is my only vehicle. I have owned and maintained many vehicles and never had rust issues like this, nor have I ever been faced with such a costly repair on a not so old vehicle. I am stuck in a bad place and just don't know where to go or what to do. I desperately need my truck. Without it I lose my source of transportation as well as my ability to earn a living. I just simply cannot afford... meaning I just do not have this kind of money to bring my truck back to health. All of this stress and frustration is a result of this excessive rust. Included in the estimate is remove and replace camber bolts $1,957 --- steering rack boots $400 alignment 90.00---- driveshaft assembly $2,003---- rear U-joint $433---- differential fluid $330 it does not include any possible damage to the frame/body in their attempt to remove the camber bolts or another brand new set of tires.

- Chagrin Falls, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 152009


  • 43,741 miles
Vehicle frame and undercarriage seems to have an excessive amount of rust and deterioration. As I perform maintenance on the vehicle, I am replacing rusted parts including bolts, drain plugs as well as spraying the undercarriage with wd-40, 3M undercoating spray and corrosion stop. This issue is an on-going fight to keep the rust at bay.

- Dover, NH, USA

problem #1

Jul 192004

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,700 miles
Sun roof exploded and glass fell inside of vehicle. Also, damaged outside of cab and hard cover on bed of truck. The temperature was 79 degrees and there were no vehicles or obstackles around to have caused this problem.

- St Peters, MO, USA

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