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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
407,992 miles

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2004 Toyota Tundra drivetrain problems

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2004 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

May 272013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 130,303 miles


My wife was stopping by the house. She already had her foot on the brake. The vehicle accelerated w/O warning and went through the front of the house.

- Comanche, TX, USA

problem #5

May 252013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 90,704 miles
rear differential and brake housing left and right are rotting from the outside. Large parts of the differential housing are already missing! front transfer case and transmission are perfect! entire rear trans-axle is rotting from the outside. Emergency brake adjustment turnbuckle is rotting. *structural mounts for the emergency brake are rotted. Steel in the frame and most factory welds are de-laminating. *brackets holding the brake line and junctions are rotting. *capture plate and hardware holding spare tire in place are rotted. I will need a cutting torch to remove the spare tire. I have excellent photos to send. Respectfully,

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #4

May 062013


  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that there was corrosion on the casing of the rear differential that caused the differential fluid to leak. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or repair shop for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The approximate failure and current mileage was 128,000.

- Edgewood, MD, USA

problem #3

Dec 042012

Tundra 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


Noticed small oil spot in driveway. The differential was leaking. I took it to colonial Toyota in smithfield, ri and they checked it for a recall and told me there was none. They did note the axle was not in good shape and should probably be replaced as the differential is part of the housing. Not ready to drop 3K for a poorly made product. Research and other recalls tell me that the metal used was of an inferior quality and will not hold up in the northeast. Toyota of course, wants no part of this and will not take responsibility for anything. Also had spare tire fall off on highway due to severe corrosion. I cannot understand how this vehicle is not on any recall list, I guess no one has been killed yet. Leak progressively getting worse.

- Greenville, RI, USA

problem #2

Sep 072012

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 62,900 miles
Excessive rust throughout underbody and drive train components. Porous, rusted through differential now leaking oil. Rust issues started while vehicle still under 3/36 warranty. Belt tensioner bracket, bracket mount and ball joints at 33,921 miles, sway bar linkages rusted through at 45,168 miles. Both issued repaired as warranty matters. Toyota claims current problem not covered but admits defective material and offers to provide replacement parts only, requiring estimated $770 to complete the repair. Have initiated complaint with Toyota, file number available upon request.

- Brewster, MA, USA

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problem #1

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

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