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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,669 miles

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2004 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 202013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 148,000 miles


Vehicle vsc trac and vsc off light flash at random at any time any speed. Appears to effect thousands of Toyota's. worried it will cause and uncontrolled throttle/brake application.

- Miles City, MT, USA

problem #6

Feb 112012


  • 158,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was shifted into reverse when it abnormally accelerated. The brakes had become unresponsive and the contact crashed into two vehicles, injuring one bystander. The contact was able to shift into neutral to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken and the dealer contacted the manufacturer. The contact stated that the manufacturer was going to send an engineer to further inspect the failure of the vehicle. The failure and the current mileage was 158,000.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #5

Aug 102007


  • 27,484 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that when driving at highway speeds, the check engine warning light would intermittently illuminate. She would attempt to accelerate yet the vehicle would not respond before stalling. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the throttle would need to be replaced. The throttle was replaced. The failure recurred and the throttle was replaced a second time at a local repair facility by a certified mechanic but to no avail. The throttle was replaced a third time yet it did not correct the failure. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer who advised that the throttle was defective. The contact advised that the throttle was replaced three times to no avail. The dealer then advised that there was water leaking into the connector through the windshield glass. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was concerned with the safety of the vehicle stalling and the possibility of a crash. The failure mileage was 27,484 and the current mileage was 42,556.

- Queen Rapids, MN, USA

problem #4

Mar 112005


  • 34,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph before approaching a stop sign. There was an unintended acceleration. The brake pedal was engaged and the vehicle continued without slowing down. The ignition key was removed from the ignition and the vehicle crashed into a wall. There were two passengers in the vehicle that sustained injuries. The air bags failed to deploy with the impact involved. A police report was taken. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileages were 34,000.

- Eagle Pas, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 272009

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The brakes failed to disengage the cruise control and the vehicle continued to gain in speed as I was exiting the freeway. I turned the ignition off and tried to navigate a left turn at 70+ mph. With the rear end hopping somehow I negotiated the turn but could not turn again. I crossed the next street and ended up going thru the wall of an apartment building and stopped in the middle of the living room. It was only god's design for me not to die this day. Had I not made the first turn I was going to run into a small grove of mature trees. Also, if any other cars had been on the street I could not have avoided them. Luckily the single mother of 3 small children were not in the living room.

- Fresno, 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

Nov 072009


  • 79,200 miles
I was in line to go through the gate at the lake. I had 6 cars in front of me and I had my foot on the brake waiting for the cars to move. The RPM went up in my 2004 Tundra and the truck started to move forward. I pushed harder on the brake but it did not stop. It connected with the bumper of the car in front and started to push it. I put the truck in neutral and turned the ignition off. The truck stopped then. The damage was only a scratched bumper.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

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