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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,504 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.

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2008 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 222015


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tundra. While driving approximately 40 mph and attempting to engagr the brakes, the brake pedal sank to the floor and the vehicle failed to stop crashing into a deer. The contact mentioned that immediately after the crash, the vehicle stability control, ab, S and 4WD warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle would no longer shift into 4WD. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and diagnosed that there was an internal failure in the ABS actuator pump and a faulty speed sensor. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #8

Nov 282014

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 74,500 miles
2008 Toyota Tundra 5.7L double cab w/74,500 miles 4hi, 4lo, ABS, vsc lights come on and flash at random intervals. The first time this happened, the cruise was set at 65 when all four lights started flashing. All other indications are normal. The truck will not engage 4hi, 4lo or vsc until it is turned off and restarted. The same day after approximately 10 miles of driving all four lights started flashing again, this time the cruise was not engaged. Sometimes one or two days pass before it happens again. No error codes are indicated on the computer.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #7

Feb 032010

Tundra 4WD

  • miles
When I started the car a bunch of lights illuminated and stayed on. The 4X4, stability control traction control, etc. It has happened 9 times over the last two years. Turning the car off then on would not make it go away. I had to disconnect battery and reconnect before it seems to be working right.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #6

Apr 162012

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 99,435 miles


Check engine light is lit. A few weeks later vsc light started blinking.

- Baytown , TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 172011

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 88,500 miles
2008 Toyota Tundra double cab 5.7 4X4. Vsc/4hi/4lo/ABS/brake lights all start flashing. Have brought to dealer 3 times. Have 88,500 miles on truck. Warrenty runs out at 100,000. Dealer states they can not reproduce problem. Showed them online articles of same vehicle with same issues and how it was resolved. They refuse becuase there is no code.

- China, ME, USA

problem #4

Dec 082010

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
The 2007/2008 Toyota Tundra has a design defect with its air injection pump that allows the pump to injest water when driving for an extended period in rainy weather especially at highway speeds. When the water is then transferred to the switching valves. The vehicle will loose speed rapidly on a medium grade with no ability to accelerate. The cruise control causes the tranmission to downshift repeatedly trying to accelerate. This is extremely dangerous at high speed. In addition the vehicle stablization control is disabled. This condition also short circuits and disables 4W drive and cause the check engine light to come on. The inability to maintain speed or to accelerate creates a very hazardous condition. I have had this problem corrected twice at a cost of $1600. The dealer has informed me that the problem will continue to occur because of a design flaw. Toyota acknowledges the problem in a service bulletin to the dealership (T-sb-039-08 rev 2 dated 10/28/08). There is a remedy for this problem but the dealership claim it has no authorization from Toyota to implement it. As a result I am forced to drive a vehicle that becomes unsafe when it rains.

- Salem , MO, USA

problem #3

Mar 242008

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 34,100 miles


On my 2008 Tundra while pulling a travel trailer on occasion the check engine light comes on along with the vehicle stability control and traction control lights. The last occasion was while on a return trip a little over half way back home the lights came on after a brief stop. After about two days the lights go out. This is the 3rd or 4th time this has happened. I took the truck to the dealer to have it checked out and they said that because I had a after market oiled air filter on the truck it was contaminating the mass air flow sensor, and refused any further service because of the modification, and said that there were not any codes in the history of it happening before. After getting back home I pulled the mass air flow sensor out and there was not the first bit of oil residue at all on the sensor. I believe that since the truck is still under warranty they did not want to go it any further and to just blame it on the after market air filter which has proven to not cause the problem.

- Middelburg, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 012010


  • 21,000 miles
The vehicle had been sitting in the driveway overnight. When I got in to go to work in the morning several warning lights were illuminated. The slip, brake, 4X4 hi and lo, vehicle stability control, and lsd lights stayed on until I stopped and turned the vehicle off and then back on. When I restarted the vehicle the lights were out. This has happened six times in the past 12 months. Two other times the brake light was on and stayed on until I turned off the vehicle and restarted. There has never been an acceleration issue. On two occasions, while driving on a dry road the traction control engaged and took the power out of the vehicle. On both occasion was driving in town at less than 30 mph. The local dealership has never been able to duplicate the fault.

- Minot, ND, USA

problem #1

Jan 152010


  • 21,000 miles
I have a strong belief after my experience that Toyota has a defect with "speed sensor wires┐ and may know and is keeping it under wraps. Maybe because of safety problems or that it's contributing to a short circuit and unintended acceleration as professor gilbert had demonstrated on abc with what could happen with a short circuit in some Toyota vehicles. Someone from Toyota headquarters that was visiting my dealership personally investigated my 2008 Tundra's speed sensor wires which on one side had completely failed (snapped completely through) and was failing on the other side (partially broken through) at the same spot. Toyota chose to repair both but rather classified the repairs as a ┐courtesy replacement┐ versus under the vehicles warranty. This I have a strong belief was done to keep it off the books back at headquarters and under wraps. This happened in Jan of 2010. Other indications this is wider spread but unrealized as to being a defect problem: 1) the dealership had to wait a long time because they had a hard time retrieving replacement parts, probably low on stock due to other replacements. 2) the local dealership had repaired another Tundra at the same location for the same problem right before mine, which I heard about through a contact. 3) internet search indications. Note: At first glance a torn or split wire may appear to have been caused by road debris or in the case of a vehicle crash if wire already was exhibited problems may be thought to have been caused by an impact if discovered after an impact. Because of these two reasons if this problem is a defect it may explain why it's not reported so readily. That's my fear. From my findings I┐M convinced what is creating this defect is in design. The wire passes through a harness which is clamped down to the frame and the A-arm which pivots up and down tugging on the wire which is also near the hot manifold and after time the constant bending and tugging breaks down the speed sensor wire.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

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