Notes: You're going to burn through a lot of dinosaurs while chugging around town, and any rear passengers you may have to carry are going to feel real cramped, but at the end of the day this is a solid truck.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,531 miles

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2004 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #13

May 062013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 119,500 miles


Frame rotted through. Dealer stated( approx) 75 percent of frame where swaybar was welded to frame is gone..swaybar is rotted off passenger side frame. Advised not to drive anymore. Took to dealer as requested by Toyota motor corporation. They took pictures and sent them to Toyota representative.

- West Brookfield, MA, USA

problem #12

Apr 012013

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Frame appears to be excessively rusty. When I had tires replaced at tire dealer, they raised vehicle and it sounded like frame was going to break a lot of cracking and loud popping sounds. Is there any recalls for my vehicle?

- Independence, WV, USA

problem #11

Nov 012012

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
At the service center I was advised that my truck had extensive frame rust. I contact local Toyota dealership (wappingers dch) and service manager said it is know problem with this generation Tundra. Toyota currently buying back 2000-2003, but my 2004 was not yet included. He advised that I wait to hear back. Contact Toyota and was told maybe, but I needed to wait. I was also told that there was an inspection recall and frame repair option for this, but they did not have me on file as owner, so I was not contacted. I have owned this truck for 4 years and serviced it at a registered Toyota dealer. They were not able to answer what happened and recommended that I wait. Now I can't pass inspection or drive my truck and I'm stuck. Please advise.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #10

Feb 072013

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


Noticed extreme rust on frame and other metal parts flaking and falling off. Condition appears unsafe to drive.

- Hurricane, WV, USA

problem #9

Dec 122012

Tundra 6-cyl

  • 67,500 miles
Severe frame rust. Will not pass inspection. Local dealer took pictures and forwarded them to local field rep. Toyota has recalled Tundra from 2000 to 2003 for this same problem, replacing the frames. My vehicle, although a 2004 model, was assembled in December of 2003.

- Altamont, NY, USA

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problem #8

Dec 032012


  • miles
2004 Toyota Tundra. Consumer writes in regards to frame rust. The consumer stated there is currently a recall for the 2001-2003 later models.

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #7

Oct 182012

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 107,400 miles


My vehicle needs an alignment. I was told by the Toyota dealership that the frame on my vehicle is rusted and needs to be replaced. Toyota Tundra do have a recall for the rusted frame but my vehicle isn't part of this recall since its 3 months newer. I was told by the Toyota service rep at the dealership that my vehicle is unsafe to drive. I contacted Toyota and they claim that they cannot do anything about this.

- Hamilton, NJ, USA

problem #6

Oct 082012

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
I had the check engine lite checked at the Toyota dealer. The Tundra required a complete exhaust system including catalytic converters at a cost of $4000. The dealer found that the frame was rusted through and notified Toyota. Toyota will pay to replace the frame. However the 2004 model year is not part of a recall.

- Wakefield, RI, USA

problem #5

Aug 232012


  • 147,526 miles
During the course of routine service at independent garage mechanic pointed out three major components with severe corrosion issues that need to be addressed immediately: 1) frame severely rotted by rust, a perforation was identified on front driver's side 2) rear axle body severely corroded by rust, not leaking yet but likely will soon 3) power steering rack severely rotted by rust on passenger side, not leaking yet but likely will soon, described by mechanic as "tender" failure of any of these items could cause an accident leading to serious injury.

- New Hampton, NH, USA

problem #4

Aug 062012

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 44,318 miles
The 2003 Tundra have reported frame rust the 2004S are the same we need help in getting Toyota to do something they are good trucks an mine can be fixed if it is done early the rust is falling off in my driveway this is a real problem so if we owners can get help from the gov. To get this addressed thank you.

- Milford, OH, USA

problem #3

Apr 152012

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 109,000 miles


Rear end leaking oil. Mechanic able to put finger through housing due to severe rusting. Entire rear end replaced under extended warranty I purchased. Entire frame rusted heavily. All welds severely rusted. Frame integrity gone. Front arm rusted so badly mechanic says it will not pass inspection in October, 2012. Front arm so rusted it is likely to collapse. Emergency brake not functioning due to heavy corrosion...advised to replace. Body immaculate. No rust anywhere but frame.

- Windsor, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 032008

Tundra 4WD 6-cyl

  • 100,742 miles
Extensive rust is located on the frame of the truck. This 2004 Toyota Tundra was built on the Toyota Tacoma frames before Toyota made the larger Tundra and frames. It's therefore likely that the same extensive rust recall for the previous years Tacoma's should extend to the Tundra's that were once built on these frames. Since the delivery date on this truck is December 31, 2003, it is believed that this vehicle should also be recalled under the same premise. The pictures from the recalled Tacoma frames look very, very similar and there should be a check on whether or not this 2004 Toyota Tundra frame has the same exact problem.

- Pottsville, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 222012

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Excessive rust accumulation on frame of truck. Recall campaign # 09V444000 states Toyota will initiate a field action on 2004 through 2006 models. Call to Toyota customer relations (case # [xxx]), proved to be useless. No action being taken by Toyota. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- New Haven, CT, USA

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