really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
141,543 miles

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2001 Toyota Tundra suspension problems

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2001 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #10

May 282011

Tundra 4WD 6-cyl

  • 214,000 miles


There was no warning of an impending failure. While traveling on a straight level interstate highway at 70 mph the front driver-side wheel collapsed under the vehicle. Control was regained and the vehicle was negotiated to the shoulder. Since the front suspension was recently serviced, I suspected an installation error. I later discovered that the lower ball joint had separated. Having not been informed of a multi-year recall, I was unaware of the potential danger that could have been corrected for under $300 during the last servicing. Current repairs are being made at a cost of over $3000.

- Castroville, TX, USA

problem #9

Mar 202011


  • 154,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tundra limited. While driving approximately 5 mph, the driver side ball joint fractured and caused the vehicle to come to immediate halt. The contact noticed that the vehicle was tilted and as he exited the vehicle, noticed damage to the tire, fender and the driver side door. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic where he was advised that all the front ball joints would need replacing. The ball joints were all repaired and the contact was awaiting the arrival of parts to have the body damage repaired. The failure and current mileage was 154,000.

- Mililani, HI, USA

problem #8

Aug 172010


  • 132,000 miles
I own a 2001 Tundra SR5 access cab trd pickup. I put 75,000 miles on it in through 8 ne Iowa winters before moving to a warmer part of the country. My truck now has 132,000 miles on it. On August 17th, 2010 I drove through a pothole and heard a crack from the front left suspension. Upon inspection after work I found a busted left sway arm link. The link had rusted severely and sheared at the sway bar bushing location. I replaced the link myself with factory Toyota parts and torqued to factory specifications on August 22nd. I figure the new link will last at least as long as the previous one, but I'm guessing the right link is not in much better condition. Pictures and the what I have left of the old link are available. No injuries or significant damage occurred, but this could be a safety issue in certain conditions, and probably should be subject to a recall.

- Ridgeland, MS, USA

problem #7

Jul 152010


  • 118,000 miles


My girlfriend was driving my 2001 Toyota Tundra, traveling approx. 30-35 mph, when all of the sudden she heard a terrible crashing sound, the passenger front side of the truck hit the ground and the truck became impossible to steer which forced the vehicle into a lane of oncoming traffic, thankfully nobody was traveling in it at the time. She got out of the truck to investigate and found that the front passenger tire & wheel had come completely off of the truck, as well as severing the brake line, when I arrived at the scene of the incident, I found that the ball joint had completely come unattached at the knuckle.

- West Valley City, UT, USA

problem #6

Dec 262009


  • 81,000 miles
We own a 2001 Tundra with severe rust problems on the frame, brakes, body parts, spare tire, suspension and nuts and bolts all over the vehicle. The spare tire dropped from the rear of the truck due to rust and damaged the rear bumper. We have spent thousands of dollars to repair rusted items on this truck.

- Shady Cove, OR, USA

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problem #5

Jan 022010

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 180,845 miles
On January 2, 2010 the right front wheel fell off due to a failure of the lower ball joint. The wheel happened to come off of the vehicle while I was driving less than 25 mph. My vehicle is a 2001 Toyota Tundra, 8 cylinder 4 wheel drive truck. I demand that the government take appropriate action to prevent death and injury from this apparent defect.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 012007


  • 100,000 miles


Frame/chassis is rusting at weld joints and mounts. Paint is bubbling and rust is visible below the cracked paint areas, which concerns me since I tow a 6,000 lbs rv trailer. I am also concerned that the vehicle might not pass the Virginia state vehicle inspection.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 142009


  • 255,456 miles
On 10/14/09 while driving on la 15 the left front ball joint came apart on my 2001 Toyota Tundra pickup. There was no warning, just a loud bang leading me to believe, at first, I had a blowout. What followed next was a loss of control and brake failure before I spun out on the side of the road and came to a stop. Luckily I was unhurt. I know there was a recall on the 2002-2004 vehicles but I am more than a little sure something is wrong here too.

- Simmesport, LA, USA

problem #2

May 242007

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tundra. While driving 55 mph, the front tire detached from the disc brake, but the tire bearing was still attached. The cause of failure was due to the ball joint. The consumer lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a concrete wall on the highway. The contacts husband sustained mild bumps and bruises. She stated that her husband would have died if it weren't for the concrete wall. A police report was filed. The vehicle was completely destroyed and cannot be driven. The contact notified the dealer who stated that the manufacturer is liable for the failure. The current and failure mileages were 104,000. Updated 07/24/07

- Van Couver, WA, USA

problem #1

Feb 152005

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,128 miles
Purchased truck new in 2001. Excessive front brake pad wear out since new 6,000 to 10,000 miles per set. Noticed a looseness in front end early on and progressively worse as time went on including wobbling and lurching while braking. At 36,000 + miles Toyota replaced complete front and rear brake system with a heaver duty system at no cost. Front end still felt loose. At 52,000 miles dealer repalced front rotors and second set of pads since system up date at my expense. Still the front end felt loose. At 76,000 miles F/L wheel assemble breaks off the truck while driving over a small speed bump at less then 10 mph damaging fender and door. A Toyota dealer fixed the truck. The front end still feels loose and the dealer will not check or work on the truck because I filed a complaint with the bureau of auto repair. My complaint was the dealer did not return to me the repalced parts which I requested several times. The dealer told me he did not have to give mt the damaged parts and that nothing would happen to him because he was friends with the local consumer rep. I was contacted by a consumer rep and he told me the same thing and there was nothing he could do but put a note in the dealers file. I have not gotten any official report since filing my complaint. My truck is unsafe and I have no choice but to continue to drive it.

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

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