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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,040 miles

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2008 Toyota Tundra electrical problems

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2008 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #19

Mar 162015


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tundra. While driving approximately 20 mph, all four wheels locked and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle failed to resume normal operation. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #18

Nov 272014


  • 97,000 miles
I have been having this on going problem with my 2008 Tundra 5.7 4X4 the 4X4 hi/L, vsc, ABS are blinking while driving at different times. Brought truck in ran test and nothing came back. Truck also feels like it bunny hops when going out of first into 2nd gear. Toyota still said nothing is wrong.

- New Lenox, IL, USA

problem #17

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 #16

Sep 152008

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 12,500 miles


Since purchasing my vehicle in November of 2007, I have noticed a "bug" in the electrical system. In particular, the radio and automatic door locks have given me "issues" since the day I purchased my truck. I've notified Toyota about the issue and they have replaced the radio and door lock actuators multiple times when the car was still under warranty. After the truck was out of warranty, no further work has been done to the electrical system because I, personally, feel that Toyota should replace the electrical system in the vehicle instead of attempting to have me pay for the repairs as they do things "little-by-little" instead of actually just fixing the problem. I truly enjoy my vehicle and have no plans to trade, sell, or get rid of it, but, the electrical system has always been an issue and the fact that some of the doors will not automatically lock when the vehicle is traveling at speed or when I exit the vehicle by key fob creates a safety issue. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone, ,, but, ,, I would be sure to include extra electrical system coverage in any future purchase contract as the electrical system for the vehicle seems to be unreliable and unsafe.

- Jasper, GA, USA

problem #15

Oct 132014

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 155,460 miles
Airbag light goes on and off, took it to the Toyota dealer as the owner manual indicates. Diagnose code B1801 open spiral cable part# 155740. When the light is on the air system is disabled and will not deploy if in an accident. When researching if this is common or not, there are a lot of Tundra owners with the same problem. This spiral cable is either a defective part Toyota used or a design flaw therefore should be recalled and fixed. Toyota dealer wants over 750 dollars to replace the spiral cable. Since it goes on and off, Toyota owners will have to be lucky if they get into an accident and hope the light is off at the time so the airbags will work.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #14

Jul 112013

Tundra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph, the drivers side air bag and the horn light illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that there was an abnormal noise coming from the steering wheel when turing left or right. The steering wheel was difficult to maneuver. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the spiral cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000. Updated 09/05/14 the consumer stated the tire warning light illuminated, the horn, ABS and cruise control were inoperative. Updated 09/09/14

- Pineville, LA, USA

problem #13

Jan 012013


  • 55,000 miles


My vehicle now has a little less than 70,000 miles on it, and has a feature which automatically locks the doors at 15 mph, then unlocks them when the transmission is put in park. However, the doors will no longer lock unless I do so manually with each door; the power mechanism has failed. The dealer claims that the central relay and controller of the power lock system is ok; but the power lock actuator (small motor) on each door has failed individually. I find it almost impossible to believe that each one of these parts has failed in the same vehicle relatively early in the life of the vehicle unless there is either a faulty design or extremely poor quality of the parts involved. In either case, the manufacturer should be responsible for the cost of the repair, which the dealer estimates at $1,746! please help me with this if you are able to put some pressure on Toyota. I would appreciate it.

- Smithfield, UT, USA

problem #12

Dec 122013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
The power windows on all 4 doors do not work when the weather goes to just freezing. I do not think there is enough insulation in the doors or water is accumulating inside the motors that run windows. I have only owned this truck since November of 2012 and did not drive it last winter as I work away from home for months at a time. This winter I was home and the power windows do not work when it is cold outside. I have never experienced this with any other vehicle in cold/frozen weather before so, I think there is something wrong. I live in Washington state and it does not get that cold overnight here where I live just down to freezing usually in winter. My wife drives an Acura rl 2006 and has never had this happen to her with her car.

- Gig Harbor, WA, USA

problem #11

Dec 302013


  • 58,000 miles
My 2008 Tundra suddenly showed multiple dash lights when I started it. It ran rough, tried code reader on it, again multiple codes at once. Every item can't bad all at same time. The main problem was air pump failure, have a feeling it's associated with exhaust problem. Truck has been ticking since about a month after I bought it brand new, I just assumed that's the way it was since it quiets after warms up. Turns out manifold is cracked by the pump. Of course warranty is up. After reading online seems like a lot of people are having same problem. Have had it several times over the years for oil changes etc.. the dealership's know there is a problem and ignore them. I have two other Toyota cars and this is the first Toyota truck I've bought. Toyota we'll have a bigger problem when go back to buying the Chevy, Ford, Dodge. They were buying before they came out with full size Tundra. Get your act together Toyota or you will lose a lot more money and respect than what the recall will cost.

- Toronto, OH, USA

problem #10

Jan 152007


  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tundra. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph and experiences issues with the transmission. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and repair. The contact was informed that there was a possible failure with the electrical connection. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 100.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #9

May 042010


  • miles


Reverse warning sensors that alert you that you are close to an object, sound when they get wet even though no object is nearby. This can be caused by rain, car wash, or simply driving on wet road after a rain. I had one replaced under warranty. Now another is failing and my truck is out of warranty. This can present a major safety issue in that owners would be used to the sensors going off in these conditions that they will dismiss it when possibly a real object, human or animal is present thus causing the "crying wolf" syndrome and possible injury.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Jul 152010

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
The radio/gps system just quit without any symptoms or warning of any type.

- Cameron, OK, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Jun 042010


  • 46,500 miles
ABS, trac, service engine, and 4lo lights on or flashing.

- Inman, SC, USA

problem #4

Oct 202008


  • 9,197 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tundra. While driving at approximately 15 mph through a puddle of water, service lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact pulled over and turned the vehicle off; upon restart, some of the service lights turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the computer system was replaced. The contact also stated that upon starting the vehicle, the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that water was in the vacuum pump. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was 9,197. The current mileage was 54,846.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #3

Mar 012010

Tundra 8-cyl

  • miles
2008 Toyota Tundra. Consumer states floor mat issues interfering with the operation of the accelerator and slow shifting problems the consumer stated he purchased a full set of all weather mats from the dealer designed for his truck and the mat still did not prevent the pedal from becoming trapped under the mat. The radio was replaced due to an internal short.

- Plymouth, PA, USA

problem #2

Aug 122009

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns 2008 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that when the weather was humid, the check engine light illuminated. The contact stated that he was driving 5 mph when the check engine light came on. The check engine light would come on for a week at a time, then it would go off for a couple days, then back on 3 more times throughout the day. The owner took the vehicle to the dealership for testing. The dealer said that the computer was not showing a code so there was nothing that could be done. The failure mileage was 5,000. The current mileage was 13,5000. The consumer stated the transmission would hesitate during take off as well as during cold temperatures and the engine made a rattle sound. The radio would come on and change stations by itself. The consumer stated the accelerator pedal became stuck even before a recall was issued. The blower motor did not always work properly, the re-circulator would shut off by itself even if the button was held down for 3 seconds. Updated 04/20/10

- Bessemer, AL, 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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