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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,712 miles

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2003 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 082012

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 125,550 miles


The vehicle's third brake light assembly has melted holes all the way through the internal plastic structure above the both cargo lamp bulbs. After investigating this problem on the internet it is apparently very common problem. There are also previous complaints filed with the U.S. department of transportation, addressing the same issue. My concern is of fire and/or failure of the third brake light. This is a safety problem that Toyota has not addressed.

- Rohnert Park, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 052007

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,875 miles
Last week I purchased a 2003 Toyota Tundra limited 4X4 from a used car dealer. After getting the vehicle home (8.5 hours away), I noticed the left side cargo light (exterior next to the 3rd brake light) was burned out. When I removed the lens to determine the light number needed for replacement, I found the housing to be melted. Upon inspection, the bulb was the recommended bulb by the manufacturer. My concern is that this is a manufacturer defect that could cause a fire in the vehicle. I can provide photos of the housing and the bulb if required.

- Lagrange, KY, USA

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