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:
99,366 miles

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2003 Toyota Tundra steering problems

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2003 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 022016


  • 261,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tundra. After the vehicle was started, the driver side air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that an unknown part related to the steering wheel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 261,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 032015


  • 148,740 miles
Gear shifter broke while trying to place in park. The vehicle was in drive and as I attempted to move the shifter up to the park position it broke when it got to neutral. I was stranded away from home and had to call someone to come help me get it home. When looking up on youtube there are over 27,000 views on one post about this. This is faulty parts and should be recalled and fixed.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 092008


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tundra. While driving any speed, an abnormal winding noise emitted from the steering wheel. The contact mentioned that the steering wheel seized when driving at low speeds. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- New London , NC, USA

problem #4

Oct 292012


  • 124,505 miles


For the third time since I have owned the vehicle where the shift control goes into the steering column, where it connects has broken. This is a piece of metal that has again snapped making it unable to shift the car. What happens if I was in drive and could not shift into park? I have had this fixed twice before, once when I was stuck on the road and once towed to Toyota.

- Verbank, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 202010


  • miles
I have a 2003 Toyota Tundra which developed an exhaust leak. The aft oxygen sensor became detached from the exhaust system. Upon further inspection I noticed the attaching hardware was missing, it corroded. I inspected other hardware and noticed the steering shaft attach point has severe corrosion. The hardware that attaches the shaft to the steering gear rack and pinion is halfway corroded and will eventually fail. If the hardware fails loss of steering will occur. I live in New York and the truck has 100,000 miles on it. The truck is in great shape but frame and associated parts have corrosion. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #2

May 072010

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
We own a 2003 Toyota Tundra with 47,000 miles on it and are the original owners. On Friday while putting the truck into reverse in a parking lot, the shift mechanism snapped off in my hand. Our certified Toyota mechanic came and managed to get it into drive and drive it to his shop, and in opening the steering column, found the entire thing was broken within the steering column. Our mechanic, who is a certified Toyota mechanic says that this should have never happened. As with another complaint lodged on this problem, it is not as if the mechanism has experienced rough handling in any way.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 232009


  • 79,318 miles
The frame on my 2003 Toyota Tundra is rusting badly. Toyota was unable to align my front end due to rust, and it has caused the emergency brake system to completely freeze up and the brake will not work. It is a complete failure of the emergency brake system, I have no brake. Toyota tried to free up the brakes but were not able to. They gave me a can of lubricant and told me to keep lubing the frozen section. They were completely unable to align my front end.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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