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:
68,378 miles

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2004 Toyota Tundra electrical problems

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2004 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 192016


  • 176,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that there was an electrical failure in the vehicle. The horn, door locks, power windows, and all other electrical components except the alarm malfunctioned. The horn sounded while the vehicle was in motion and parked. The contact also stated that the steering wheel made a loud noise while driving. The seat belt warning light was the only light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact felt that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The dealer and manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not under warranty and the contact would be responsible for the repair costs. The failure mileage was 176,000. Updated 08/16/16

- Pamona, CA, USA

problem #7

Aug 152015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V285000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer has exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #6

Aug 082015


  • 98,000 miles
Anytime it rains water leaks in behind the dashboard on the passenger side, leaking water through the electrical wiring and into the floorboard of the truck there are lots of wires and a blower motor in this area where fire could cause any number of unsafe conditions. The cause has been narrowed down to one or both of two things. The first is a crack that originates in the seam behind the dash board of these vehicles due to production error. The second is rotting grommet plugs under the windshield wiper cowl. The first being much more severe as it could also cause structural integrity.

- Hopewell, VA, USA

problem #5

Dec 072012

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 55,023 miles


Catalytic converter failed at 55,023 miles and was replaced under warranty. The same catalytic converter failed again at 110,000 miles and when I went to a dealer was told that it wasn't under warranty and that I would have to pay $1200 for the part alone and labor would be extra. I also told the dealer that the high rear brake light housing was melting from the heat of the lights. They did nothing. The frame is rusting badly and is becoming a safety hazard. I called Toyota customer service and they said there was no recall for any of these items and there was nothing they could do. "adaptive equipment" is listed as a choice under "affected parts". how about explaining exactly what is the definition of "adaptive equipment"?

- Norwell, MA, USA

problem #4

Aug 102010


  • 123,000 miles
Column shifter overdrive on/off switch wire leads in 2004 Toyota Tundra fails or shorts out causing loss of control of overdrive setting on automatic transmission. This can cause downshifting at highway speed or your vehicle to not shift into overdrive causing poor fuel economy problem occurs after so many shift cycles of the column shifter from park to drive cause the wire leads to break from metal fatigue causing the failure or short in the switch my truck started this with about 123,000 miles on it. I found numerous posts on the web detailing the fix on this problem. Upon investigation I found the routing of the wires is causing the issue and you can see where Toyota has tried to tape the wires to give extra protection in a poor routing of the switch wires.

- Smyrna, TN, USA

problem #3

Apr 142010

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Toyota Tundra. Consumer states electronics malfunction. Tape enclosed. The consumer stated when the vehicle was in overdrive, the RPM's were 2,000 and when the overdrive was turned off, the RPM's read 3,000 which was opposite of the normal function. Updated 09/24/10

- Bella Vista, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 172009


  • 34,000 miles
Started truck, connected small trailer to hitch. I noticed lights on trailer not on got out of truck to plug and unplug connector. Lights came on. Entered truck, put foot on brake to put in gear. The engine revved up and the tach. Was fluctuating between 1000 and 6500 RPM without ever touching the accelerator. I turned the ignition to the off position. Scared to restart, I let it sit for five minutes then started engine. Everything ran normal and I proceeded to drive home. This had never occurred before or since this incident. I did not report this to Toyota since the recall models were other than my 2004 Toyota Tundra.

- Brusly, , LA, USA

problem #1

Mar 222004


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that there was a shortage in the electrical system in his vehicle. The failure affected the cruise control, door locks, power windows, and all other electrical components. He called the dealer and manufacturer and was informed that the failure was not under warranty; therefore, he would be responsible for the repair costs. There were no recalls available. The failure mileage was 61,000.

- Gloucester, VA, USA

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