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:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,574 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 #3

Jul 172009


  • miles


My 2003 Toyota Tundra with only 73000+ miles on it has significant rusting in the truck bed. The truck is not used for commercial purposes and is only used for periodically carrying normal household items. There is also signs of significant rusting underneath the truck. Since Toyota had a recall with certain Tacoma's for a similar condition, I am very concerned of the safety of this truck.

- Shrewsbury, MA, USA

problem #2

Nov 302008


  • miles
2003 Toyota Tundra has serious frame rot. The paint on the frame has bubbled up as the rust has proliferated leaving the entire frame in a compromised state. The rear axle and leaf springs are completely coated in rust. Driver's side rear drum brake locked up due to corrosion, which required replacing a tire and brake shoes. Vehicle has been dealer serviced since day one, with the exception of oil changes.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 272005


  • 37,488 miles
I purchased a brand new 2003 Toyota Tundra pickup truck, , from a local dealer on December 2, 2002. On 9/9/05, I discovered various sections of the frame and brackets that attach to the frame had excessive corrosion. The vehicle at this time had 37,488 miles on the odometer. Today the mileage is 47,569 miles and the rust condition is getting worse. I brought this condition to the service advisor at this dealership and he concurred that the vehicle had excessive corrosion. I contacted Toyota customer service and spoke with a rep who gave me case number 200509090921. Both the local dealership and Toyota motor Corp. Refused to repair the excessive corrosion. Due to this condition, this will continue to develop and subsequently the truck will have frame rot, causing an unsafe condition to operate. In 2005, two independent autobody shops inspected my truck and gave me estimates to repair the rust.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

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