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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,515 miles

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2004 Toyota Tundra suspension problems

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2004 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 182011


  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. While driving, the contact stated that the lower front control arm broke on both the passenger and drivers side of the vehicle. The dealer and manufacturer were notified, but did not assist the contact with the failure. The failure was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 65,000.

- Brisbane, CA, USA

problem #7

May 212011


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra. While driving approximately 25 mph, the contact heard a cracking sound coming from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle suddenly dropped to the ground and the contact was unable to control the vehicle. The vehicle came to a stop independently and was towed to the contacts home. A mechanic inspected the vehicle and informed the contact that the front, driver side upper and lower ball joints were broken and caused the wheel to detach from the vehicle. The failure caused damage to the brake lines, ABS lines, lower control arms, drive shaft and control arm shaft. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- Caliexico, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 152009


  • miles
My 2004 Toyota Tundra double cab has an excessive amount of rust on the undercarriage. Because of this rust, the camber bolts cannot be removed to properly align the vehicle. I have been told that they will have to use heat to remove them, along with a lot of force, and in turn may do frame damage in the process. I have been quoted by my dealer $5,200 to fix the problem which initially started with a small shimmy in the steering wheel which grew into a big shimmy especially while towing. That quote does not include any possible charged from the body shop if damage to the frame should occur. I do not have $5,200 so I ended up with a new set of tires and half of an alignment because the camber bolts were not able to be removed. Here I am months later and my new tires are so bald on the front that I am actually seeing the tread showing through. I have always loved my Tundra, but all of this rust on the frame and undercarriage is very concerning regarding the longevity of my vehicle. I was told that Toyota last forever. At this point I feel that my truck is dangerous to even drive but it is my only vehicle. I have owned and maintained many vehicles and never had rust issues like this, nor have I ever been faced with such a costly repair on a not so old vehicle. I am stuck in a bad place and just don't know where to go or what to do. I desperately need my truck. Without it I lose my source of transportation as well as my ability to earn a living. I just simply cannot afford... meaning I just do not have this kind of money to bring my truck back to health. All of this stress and frustration is a result of this excessive rust. Included in the estimate is remove and replace camber bolts $1,957 --- steering rack boots $400 alignment 90.00---- driveshaft assembly $2,003---- rear U-joint $433---- differential fluid $330 it does not include any possible damage to the frame/body in their attempt to remove the camber bolts or another brand new set of tires.

- Chagrin Falls, OH, USA

problem #5

Aug 092009


  • 54,000 miles


2004 Toyota Tundra double cab SR5 with 54000 miles- front swaybar links breaking. I just brought my truck into the dealership for an oil change and both front sway bar links are broken. Looking on a couple of sites, this appears to be a common problem. The truck is factory original and is a personal vehicle, not used for off road travel.

- Danvers, MA, USA

problem #4

Apr 122005


  • 35,000 miles
I had two auto repair shops tell me that my ball joints were bad I went to haddad Toyota to have them checked haddad Toyota told me there was nothing wrong with the ball joints. I then proceeded to have new tires put on because of excessive wear at the time the tire store said you have to replace your vball joints so at a cost of 500 dollars I had them replaced when the first recall came out after I had the joints replace I sent al, L the information to Toyota for refund of my money. They said because I had the replacement done by someone other than Toyota I could not get my money. Is there any way I can recover the money I spent after Toyota denied there was anything wrong with the ball joints?

- Averill Park, NY, USA

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problem #3

Aug 172006

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
I have a 2004 Toyota Tundra four wheel drive. I have increased steering effort in the steering and my tires have excessive wear on the outside. The tires have no thread on the outside. I only have a little over 18,000 miles on it. I have had it aligned and it hasn't done any good. I have taken it to the dealership as well as written Toyota themselves. The Toyota corporation said that there is a recall. The dealership itself said that it is not part of the recall on the ball joints and lower suspension. They want do anything about it.

- Natchez, MS, USA

problem #2

Nov 092005

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,123 miles
Vehicle was purchased on June 30, 2004. After only a few thousand miles, the front tire began to wear excessively on the outside edge, and the vehicle pulled hard to the right. The dealer replaced the front tires and aligned the end at around 4K miles. The wear continued, and now at 18K, the tires are worn out. The vehicle still pulls to the right, and the dealer states that no additional front end alignments or tires will be replaced under warranty.

- Lagrange, GA, USA

problem #1

Aug 132004

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The front end shimmied and the outside of the frnt tire began to wear. The dealer did wheel balance and alignment bu the shimmying continued when driving slow. Had the vehicle to the dealer at least 3 times but the deale R could not find anything wrong with it. The ball joint recall did not include the consumer's vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer the first time on Aug ust 13, 2004.

- Bonita , CA, USA

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