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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,260 miles

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2004 Toyota Tundra suspension problems

suspension problem

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2004 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #6

May 052006

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,316 miles


: the contact stated while attempting to make a right hand turn at 15 mph the lower ball joint fractured and bent the driveshaft and front fender. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection. The insurance Agency notified the contact there was a recall. NHTSA recall # 05V225000 regarding the suspension front control arm lower ball joint. The dealership determined this vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN. The manufacturer was contacted. Updated on 05/30/2006.

- Fort Gibson, OK, USA

problem #5

Mar 062006

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving at 10 mph the front drivers side wheel fell off. The vehicle was towed to the residence where the contact replaced the lower ball joint. Four months later the front passenger side wheel fell off due to the same problem. The vehicle is at the dealership currently for the second repair. There is a NHTSA recall, # 05V225000, regarding the lower ball joint. The vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall; however it is not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #4

Feb 282006

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
We have a Toyota Tundra a 2004, my husband said it was steering like something was catching he took it to a repair shop they could not find anything wrong, so we picked it up that same day, took it on a trip, on our way back going 70 mph on the highway it felt like the whole front drivers side of our truck fell off, it was a terrible terrifying jolt my husband knew that we had lost the tire and rim sparks were flying everywhere as we were sliding down the highway on the axel, luckily we were on a straight away with no traffic but one vehicle behind us. The friction slowed the truck down, we pulled it off the highway, we were surprised to see that the ball joint had collapsed and the tire and wheel were folded under the truck so that the truck was actually sliding down the highway on this tire and wheel, the sheriff said he had never seen anything quite like it. We called the Toyota dealer to see if there had been a recall that we had missed they said no recall on that VIN number. After checking on the internet we found that they do have this problem on the 2004 Tundra's but ours was not part of the recall. Toyota is saying that it is not there fault or problem. Our truck is only 2 years old, with 52,000 miles. Before the ball joint collapsed we were coming down a mountain pass with a lot of curves if it had of happened then our outcome would have been much worse. We were lucky to come away with only sore muscles. The cost of repairs is going to be over $6,000 dollars. I don't even want to get back in that truck, I don't feel safe to ride in it. How can you sell something that you know is not safe. I am very upset that Toyota takes the stand that it is not their responsibility. We had faith in the Toyota brand. Not anymore. Toyota's bottom line is money. They don't care about safety. Who wants to buy our defective truck, any takers" who wants to put their family at risk" if you do, buy a Toyota.

- Twin Bridges, MT, USA

problem #3

Nov 302005

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles


The contact received NHTSA recall campaign 05V225000 concerning the lower ball joint. This vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall. According to the dealer and manufacturer this vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN. Although the lower ball joints failed the vehicle had not been repaired. Update 2/21/2006 - the consumer was driving when the right lower ball joint failed without warning. As a result the front right tire separated from the vehicle.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 062005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact states there is a NHTSA recall campaign 05V225000 concerning the front lower ball joints. This vehicle has the same problems as indicated in the recall, but it is not included in the recall due to VIN. The contact repaired the vehicle at his own expense.

- Riverside , CA, USA

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problem #1

Aug 312005

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,595 miles
2004 Toyota Tundra. The consumer stated the lower ball joint on the front passenger's side separated and the tire fell off. The consumer found recall, 05V225000, but his vehicle was not included. This happened on August 31, 2005. The consumer noticed the steering felt funny, like there was low air pressure in the tire. The vehicle was towed to a dealership, and they would not cover the repairs. The whole front end was damaged; it pulled out of the axle from the 4 wheel drive. It bent the under carriage, the fender, tie rod ends and steering. Also, it ruined the tire. Consumer stated the vehicle was going between 30-35 mph and he was able to keep it on the road. There was no crash.

- Fairfield, ME, USA

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