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: You're going to burn through a lot of dinosaurs while chugging around town, and any rear passengers you may have to carry are going to feel real cramped, but at the end of the day this is a solid truck.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,763 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Toyota Tundra body / paint problems

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2004 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 062014

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


My son borrowed my 2004 Tundra to help a friend move. When he arrived, he walked to rear of truck and the spare tire fell to the ground. Upon checking I found that the winch mechanism that holds the spare tire was rotted. This is definitely a safety hazard. I have read horror stories about tires falling off while in traffic and serious injuries incurred. There should be a recall on this.

- Amesbury, MA, USA

problem #5

Oct 152014


  • 109,400 miles
The blowout panel on the passenger dash airbag has become very tacky and gooey. The finish comes off when rubbed.

- Jamestown, SC, USA

problem #4

Nov 042014

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
Spare tire assembly has excessive corrosion. Spare tire could fall from vehicle while traveling. The Tundra frames are under recall for rust, this assembly is included with the new frames. My truck frame is in good condition and does not need to be replaced. The only area of my truck with rust is the spare tire assembly but Toyota refuses to replace it. How can this be part of the replacement package if my entire frame was rusty, but not if it is the only area with rust ? sure seems like a safety issue to me.

- Brewer, ME, USA

problem #3

Sep 102013

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 110,280 miles


There is extensive corrosion damage to all metal fittings and metal fuel and hydraulic lines. The rear axle is severely corroded and leaking oil through the casting requiring replacement. There is a fuel line failure next to the exhaust manifold. The corrosion damage to the steering system fittings requires replacement of the rack assembly although the system operates properly. There is corrosion damage to many of the suspension connection points to the frame including rear springs. Dealer deems the vehicle unsafe in it's current condition and recommends it be sold for salvage. There is little to no corrosion damage to the body that can be seen from a visual underside inspection and vehicle looks in excellent condition from the outside. Vehicle was dealer maintained per the manufacturer's maintenance schedule.

- Annaoplis, MD, USA

problem #2

Sep 072012

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 62,900 miles
Excessive rust throughout underbody and drive train components. Porous, rusted through differential now leaking oil. Rust issues started while vehicle still under 3/36 warranty. Belt tensioner bracket, bracket mount and ball joints at 33,921 miles, sway bar linkages rusted through at 45,168 miles. Both issued repaired as warranty matters. Toyota claims current problem not covered but admits defective material and offers to provide replacement parts only, requiring estimated $770 to complete the repair. Have initiated complaint with Toyota, file number available upon request.

- Brewster, MA, USA

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problem #1

Mar 032011

Tundra 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
[xxx], the owner of Toyota 2004 Tundra vehicle id [xxx] for Toyota case #[xxx]. as reported to the Toyota customer experience center (center) on March 7, 2011, [xxx] and his vehicle were involved in a very frightening and traumatic incident on March 3rd. The front arm, joint, and wheel of the vehicle suddenly broke apart and fell off the vehicle while driving 65 mph on the highway. With other drivers watching, [xxx]was able to control and maneuver this crippled vehicle 2,000 feet - from the inner most lane to the shoulder of the road without causing injury to him and others, drivers/vehicles. As stated by the police at the scene and others witnessed the incident, it was simply a miracle. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- San Francisco, CA, USA

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