Notes: A dependable pickup option that does have a slight history of frame corrosion. Even though mud looks cool on a truck, it's best if you run this through the car wash every now and again.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
141,297 miles

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2003 Toyota Tundra body / paint problems

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2003 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Jun 082011


  • 81,000 miles


Received the recall notice, brought vehicle to local dealer which stated there was no corrosion, dealer did not spray under carriage. Family member also owns this truck and stated that his was sprayed and then subsequently eroded and replaced. I will be calling the dealer tomorrow for reevaluation as the fuel filler may be eroded or cracked.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #3

Sep 012011


  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tundra. The contact noticed a rusted hole in the rear frame. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the frame would have to be replaced. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V444000 (structure: Frame and members:underbody shields) but was advised by the manufacturer that the location of the hole was not part of the frame and it was not covered under the recall. The contact stated that the frame had been previously treated with a corrosion compound under the recall campaign. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

- Milford, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 222012

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the entire frame exhibited rust and corrosion, which caused extensive damage to the rear differential casing. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V444000 (structure: Frame and members: Underbody shields). The part was ordered and the contact was advised that it would be available within six to eight weeks. The contact expressed that the recall remedy should include the replacement of the rear differential casing. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000.

- Elka Park, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 012011


  • miles
2003 Toyota Tundra with low mileage and well-maintained but excessive frame rust that will eventually become unstable.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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