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:
101,000 miles

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2004 Toyota Tundra drivetrain problems

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2004 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 082008


  • 101,000 miles


2004 Toyota Tundra leaks gear oil from rear differential cover plate. Cover plate is so thin a pin hole developed. Cover plate is pressed on so in order to correct problem, a whole new rear axle is needed according to dealer. When I brought truck into dealer, dealer told me he seen 6 of these like this already. Metal plate is too thin and doesn't hold up to winters in New York and is rusting out due to metal being too thin. Cost for repair is $3500. When I contacted Toyota, they just said there isn't any recalls on this subject yet. They did recall Toyota Tacoma due to rust eating out the frames but no recalls on rear differential cover plate. If gear oil for rear differential leaks out, due to metal fatigue, truck is not drivable and heat caused by friction of gears could cause a fire.

- Constantia, NY, USA

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