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:
89,060 miles

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2004 Toyota Tundra suspension problems

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2004 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #40

Apr 162014

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 165,000 miles


Had truck in for oil change whole frame, drive shaft parking brake cable is rusting through.

- Bokeelia, FL, USA

problem #39

Nov 132013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Excessive rust on frame, under body, and suspension. Rear axle / differential has large flaking rust so bad that it will not hold lubricant. Filed complaint with Toyota on 11/13/2013 and was given a case # and turned in photos at local Toyota dealer in early December 2013. Contacted Toyota in January 2014 and was told that a recall was going to be issued but it would cover frame only and no other components would be covered for rust. I personally took it upon myself not to drive this vehicle because I feel it is unsafe and not road worthy due to rust. I also feel that a company that I had a lot of respect for because of their reputation for quality and safety has let me down. Vehicle has been parked since 11/13/2013 and will not be driven until properly repaired or replaced.

- Denniston, KY, USA

problem #38

Aug 292011

Tundra 6-cyl

  • 77,151 miles
After a scheduled oil change the mechanic suggested I take my truck to a Toyota dealer to check out the undercarriage rust. When to massey Toyota, white oak, pa. They said I need to deal with it but it would cost several hundreds of dollars because Toyota doesn't have a recall on 2004. I've talked to other Tundra owner with the same problems. When is Toyota going to acknowledge this manufacturing problem as you did previous models? I currently own two Toyota's: Tundra and Camry.

- Manahawkin, NJ, USA

problem #37

Oct 172013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 160,000 miles


I recently noticed a leak under the rear of the vehicle. Upon inspection, the differential was found to be rusted right through and leaking. I examined the frame as well and noticed severe rusting in various places on the frame. I never received a notice of recall on the frame. Apparently there is not only frame damage to many Tundra, but also to necessary working parts. I have never had an axle rot out on any of my cars and because of the inability to simply repair a seal, the entire axle will need replacing? seems a bit extreme. I like the Tundra and will base my decision to remain a customer on how I'm treated in the recall appointment.

- Kingston, NY, USA

problem #36

Sep 102013

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 110,280 miles
There is extensive corrosion damage to all metal fittings and metal fuel and hydraulic lines. The rear axle is severely corroded and leaking oil through the casting requiring replacement. There is a fuel line failure next to the exhaust manifold. The corrosion damage to the steering system fittings requires replacement of the rack assembly although the system operates properly. There is corrosion damage to many of the suspension connection points to the frame including rear springs. Dealer deems the vehicle unsafe in it's current condition and recommends it be sold for salvage. There is little to no corrosion damage to the body that can be seen from a visual underside inspection and vehicle looks in excellent condition from the outside. Vehicle was dealer maintained per the manufacturer's maintenance schedule.

- Annaoplis, MD, USA

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problem #35

Aug 242013


  • 105,112 miles
While driving the spare tire fell off of the truck due to a badly rusted spare tire wench, as I looked under the truck to see if their was any other damage I noticed a lot of rust on the frame. Most notably around the suspension.

- Chapmanville, WV, USA

problem #34

Aug 012013


  • 68,000 miles


Brought my truck in for an oil change. I was called at work by my garage, they told me the truck was unsafe to drive due to several holes and cracks in the frame due to severe rust. I brought the truck to the dealer I purchased it from and they agreed that the truck was not drivable. Toyota has said the 04 model is not part of the recall, and I appear to be in limbo. It has been 3 weeks and this issue is still unresolved. The only certainty is that the truck will need many new frame components for it to be road worthy again.

- Chester, VT, USA

problem #33

Aug 082013

Tundra 6-cyl

  • 75,200 miles
I took my truck to the Toyota dealer because of a noise in the front end. It turns out the frame at the attachment points for the stabilization bar was badly rusted. There are rust holes in the frame and the attachment point on the left side had rusted free of the frame and the other side is not to far behind. Toyota has a history of rusted frames but according to the VIN number it is not part of the current recalls. I was told sorry we can't fix it. This is not right!!!! can you help.

- West Hartford, VT, USA

problem #32

Jun 302013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • miles
Frame is badly rusted in many areas including where suspension and brake components mount. I am concerned a major failure could lead to injury to myself or a member of my family. I understand there was a recall for 2000-2003 Tundra for the same issue but my 2004 was not included in the recall.

- Towson, MD, USA

problem #31

Jun 252013


  • 95,000 miles
Brought vehicle in for new muffler and tailpipe. Mechanic showed me a leaky rear seal because the metal cover was rusting through. Also showed me main frame and suspension points which are, in his words, "like rust holding hands".

- Montgomery, NY, USA

problem #30

Sep 182012

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


Main frame support front of vehicle ; wholes have rusted through. Supports engine!

- Aurora, OH, USA

problem #29

Jun 022013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 120,080 miles
While driving on freeway at approx. 50-55 mph, the front left side suddenly jolted downward, sparks and smoke were viewed by both side view and rear view mirrors, I slowly applied brakes thinking it was only a blow out but from the grinding metal against cement sound, I realized it was much worse than a blow out.when finally coming to a complete stop, I saw the whole wheel completely sheared from the front suspension, fortunately, the wheel lodged itself inside the wheel well and the running board on the driver side door. It could have easily gone underneath and caused the vehicle to flip over or even into other vehicle's on road. Fortunately, no one else or other vehicles were involved. After insurance company adjuster inspected they determined it to be totaled. I find this extremely upsetting, do I have any recourse? there could have easily been two fatalities. Please help!!! I believe after reviewing other incidents like this, there should have been some type of responsibility from Toyota. I had no idea there were so many suspension issues with this vehicle... the insurance will not give me enough to offset the loss I incurred.

- Oakley, CA, USA

problem #28

May 252013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 90,713 miles
2004 Toyota Tundra worse than 2003 for metal fatigue. Front of rear differential is flaking apart. Tension adjuster for emergency brake is disintegrating. Adjustment bolts are seized. Spare tire attachment is flaking apart. Please help.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #27

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 #26

May 182013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 80,700 miles
2004 Toyota Tundra taken in for service on 05/18/13. Well cared for vehicle and serviced faithfully at every interval.told by service manager that the frame has a hole in it.this is a known problem by Toyota. Frame is very rusty and was part of a problem Toyota had with a bad batch of metal used for frames.service manager could offer no relief for this problem and referred me to Toyota customer care. Customer care complaint number [xxx]. customer care advised they could do nothing about this and basically have a nice day. Service manager advised that I should be careful when going over bumps. What should be a 14 to 16 thousand dollar vehicle is now worth nothing. Shame on Toyota for selling faulty and unsafe equipment. Accident waiting to happen. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #25

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 #24

Feb 232013


  • 189,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the lower front ball joint separated from the knuckle and caused him to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and was not diagnosed. The dealer stated that the vehicle already was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 07V013000 (suspension). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 189,000.

- Springfield, TN, USA

problem #23

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 #22

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 #21

Jan 162013


  • 263,000 miles
The contact owns 2004 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle swerved to the right and the driver's side wheel detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic, who inspected the failure and advised the contact that the upper and lower ball joints snapped, causing the tires to collapse inward and under the vehicle. In addition, the front axle was found to be fractured. The mechanic replaced the lower ball joints, control arm and the axle. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact that the vehicle was included in and repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 07V01300 (suspension: Front: Control arm: Lower ball joint). The manufacturer offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 263,000.

- Spokane, WA, USA

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