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:
16,064 miles

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2003 Toyota Tundra brakes problems

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2003 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 062003

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles


I have had my rotors resurfaced twice once at 20000 and just now at 40000. Just about went off a cliff last time because of the vibration. Warped rotors every 20000 miles seems quite much.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 172006

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The rotors on my 2003 Tundra are warping every 1,000 miles or so. This is a known safety problem and Toyota should be responsible for remedying the issue.

- Homosassa, FL, USA

problem #5

Dec 162004

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,500 miles
The front rotors and pads have had to be replaced four times because of vibration. Consumer was involved in a rear end collision because of the brakes.

- Encinitas, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 292003

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles


3 days after purchase of vehicle the rotors were warped. Brought vehicle back to dealer they pointed out the fact that there was already a recall on the brakes. The dealer installed the recall parts which consisted of new calipers, resurfacing the existing rotors, and various other axle related parts. The recall service did not include new pads. 3 or 4 days after the recall service the brakes were again warped!!! they stopped fine for just driving around town, but when you have to panic stop at freeway speed, they fade badly and then warp rotors. This complaint isn't about warped rotors as much as it is the brake fade at high speeds. Very dangerous doesn't stop well at all. Please consider a larger pad and better proportioning between the front and the back brakes.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 072003

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
When applying the brakes they pulsate.

- Guthrie, OK, USA

problem #2

May 092003

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,900 miles
Toyota Tundra truck front rotors I had a problem as I bought the new truck. Brakes would pulsate when stopping. I was told from Toyota there was a problem at the factory with warped rotors. Took it to the dealer, and all they did was machine the rotors down. The invoice said"out of round rotors. Im' concerned this could reoccur and cause a real safety problem. I also found a "plug" in my tire. Brand new truck and there was a plug in it. Was told by the dealer they couldn't do anything about it.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #1

Jul 302003

Tundra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying the brakes, brakes pulsate, and vehicle is going side to side. It is hard to control the vehicle. Dealer has inspected vehicle, and could no duplicate or correct the problem. Tundra V6. There is also a problem with the slidding doors not shutting properly.

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

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