hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,443 miles

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2001 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #19

Jul 012009


  • 95,000 miles


I have a 2001 Toyota Tundra 4X4 extra cab. The frame has heavy rust in the rear above the spare tire and many other spots on the frame. I wash the truck at least once a week in the winter time, rinsing the frame clean every time. I contacted Toyota and they told me there is a open investigation into this matter. My truck is safe to drive at this time, but I don't think it will last to long. I hate to see a truck that cost 20+ thousand dollars eight years ago junk in a year. I don't want a new truck, I just want Toyota to fix the frame.

- Perry, ME, USA

problem #18

Jul 142009

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 173,744 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the shock absorbers were not functioning correctly. The steering would also pull the vehicle to the side while driving over a bump on the highway. Moreover, the power steering was leaking oil. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the frame was unsafe. The manufacturer has been notified. The current and failure mileages were 173,744. Updated 08/19/09 the rear cross members were rusted through on both ends. The front stabilizer bar was rusted through and broke off on the drivers side. The rear differential rusted out and leaked oil. Updated 08/20/09.

- Newbury, VT, USA

problem #17

Jul 132009


  • miles
Excessive frame rot.

- Cheshire, CT, USA

problem #16

Jul 062009


  • miles


2001 Toyota Tundra. Severe amount of frame rust. Local oil change shops refuse to do an oil change because of fear of getting vehicle on lift and having it fall due to frame being so rusted. Toyota needs to fix these problems on all of their trucks. This is a major safety concern.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #15

Jun 132008


  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tundra. The contact noticed that the frame of his vehicle had excessive corrosion. The manufacturer was aware of the issue, but have not developed a remedy. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000 and current mileage is 86,000. Updated 09/11/09 the drivers side frame had excessive rot from front to back. Updated 09/15/09.

- Natick, MA, USA

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problem #14

Jun 012009


  • 95,000 miles
Truck frame rust through.

- North Falmouth, MA, USA

problem #13

Apr 262009


  • 134,000 miles


The frame on my 2001 Toyota Tundra is rusted and cracked; despite the fact that I still owe 2 years on the loan.

- Bristol, NH, USA

problem #12

Apr 302009


  • miles
I have a 2001 Tundra that is experiences severe rusting of the chasis. The frame, crossmembers, and suspension components are rusting at a rate that is abnormal. No parts have rusted through or failed yet.

- Ware, MA, USA

problem #11

Jan 012009


  • 139,000 miles
Severe rust on my 2001 Toyota Tundra. Rear cross member is completely rusted through while there is absolutely no rust anywhere on the body metal.

- Sedgwick, ME, USA

problem #10

Apr 272009


  • miles
I have notice a significant amount of rust on the frame of my 2001 Toyota Tundra. I have contacted Toyota and they appear to be giving me the run around on this. I did take it to my mechanic and he has noted there was a good amount of frame rust on the rear of the vehicle. Is there anything I can do?

- Greenville, NH, USA

problem #9

Jun 182007


  • miles


My frame is also rusting out. I have already had to replace leaf springs. I can here pieces of rust falling off while driving.

- Provincetown, MA, USA

problem #8

Jun 102008


  • miles
My 2001 Toyota Tundra has rust scaling off of the frame. The rust is scaling off up to 1/8" thick. Heavy rust covers much of the frame and continues to grow deeper. Removal of the scale during the summer of 2008 and use of rust converter and paint slowed continued rust until this past winter. The frame is now mostly covered in rust and continuing to scale. The frame has been washed in the winter to avoid corrosion but preventative measure have not helped as rust continues to spread.

- Salisbury, MA, USA

problem #7

Jan 012005


  • miles
I have a 2001 Toyota Tundra that has a ruinous amount of rust on the undercarriage. I have spent thousands on exhaust work and can no longer justify putting money into this truck. The check engine light came on within months of my having purchased the vehicle. After many attempts to repair the problem, the light will go off, but then something else goes wrong with the exhaust system and it comes back on. It's on right now despite my having just gotten it out of the garage a few weeks ago. The heat shield continuously rattles because of the rust. Also, the parking brake line is rusted to the point of being unusable. This is my work vehicle and I'm afraid I'm getting close to being without my truck. I am very disappointed in this truck. If I'm not helped out by this situation, Toyota will lose a life-long customer.

- West Roxbury, MA, USA

problem #6

Mar 242009


  • miles
I have contacted Toyota several times. I have a 2001 Tundra access cab with only 61K. The frame is rusting off the truck and is going to be worthless in a years time. I took the truck to a local Toyota dealership and they put the truck up on the lift. The guy looked it over and said that I should have a couple of years left before it wouldn't pass inspection and it would be unsafe. This is a problem since I won't have many more than 75K on the truck. I bought a Toyota for the long haul not just 75K. They did register my complaint but said there was nothing they could do. Many other owners are starting to see the same problem.

- Saco, ME, USA

problem #5

Feb 172009


  • 130,000 miles
2001 Tundra my brakes let go due to rusty line. When replacing the line the mechanic pointed out excessive rust to cross members of frame. When the body was lifted off to replace these cross members a crack was found in the frame. The truck is no longer safe to drive and has a value of $0 compared to the $9000 value before the discovery. Toyota will not back their product. Update: Spare tire fell but did not separate from the truck.

- East Machias, ME, USA

problem #4

Oct 152008


  • 130,000 miles
I sent vehicle in for front brakes service again! and the mechanic informed me of severe rust to the cross member on the frame all the way to the bed. He did not want me to put more money into the vehicle due to the extent of damage to the frame.

- Baltic, CT, USA

problem #3

Apr 052006


  • 90,000 miles
Excessive frame/chasis rust on 2001 Toyota Tundra. I had to replace the driver's side anti-sway end link due to it completely rusting through. A vast majority of the undercoating has failed and continues to fail in large sheets.

- Ware, MA, USA

problem #2

Aug 272008


  • miles
Severe frame rust. While repairing a trailer wiring harness I noticed my frame is rusted very badly.

- Mount Vernon, ME, USA

problem #1

Mar 202008

Tundra 8-cyl

  • miles
The truck is rusting away despite regular maintenance and care. The bolts that secure the truck bed are completely rusted and the dealers response to my inquires is that is a common occurrence- absolutely not acceptable-I am not going to wait until the bed falls apart and cause an accident to take action. More over, this truck had all the required maintenance "check ups" at the dealership and not once they have alert me about this problem or recommended any action.

- Dover, NH, USA

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