really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,253 miles

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2005 Toyota Tundra engine problems

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2005 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 012011


  • miles


2005 Toyota Tundra. S10 appropriate handling- letter to the secretary from regarding Toyota problems the consumer stated the oil pan was cracked on the side, the rack and pinion assembly and fan had to be replaced. The drivers side door was loose, the spring was sticking out of the seat cover. The consumer has since sold the vehicle.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 012005

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 0 miles
Long delay between depressing "drive-by-wire" gas pedal and engine responding. My 2005 Toyota Tundra has an electronic gas pedal. It's unacceptable behavior may explain some of the current "surging" people are seeing in other Toyota. This is a 100% software problem (I am a electronic engineer). Description: When the engine is at idle, or even worse, when you are decelerating at idle power, and you increase the throttle position of the gas pedal, there is a nearly 1-second delay before the engine responds to the throttle input. If the driver, not sensing any response to throttle, applies more and more throttle during that one second delay, when the engine electronic throttle finally does respond it will immediately go to the highest throttle setting the driver was selecting, causing a huge lurching forward action of the vehicle. For example, if the driver applied throttle in this fashion: 0sec=5% throttle; 0.25sec=10% throttle; 0.5 sec=20% throttle; 0.75sec=35% throttle; 1.0sec=50% throttle. The engine's electronic throttle will respond like this: 0sec=0% throttle; 0.25sec=0% throttle; 0.5 sec=0% throttle; 0.75sec=0% throttle; 1.0sec=50% throttle. Causing the huge lurch at 1.0 second. This has been especially dangerous while changing lanes during stop-and-go traffic in the san francisco bay area. Please note that if I am running at partial power/throttle, this behavior does not happen, and the gas pedal response is proper. Only from idle or decelerating. I have complained numerous times to my Toyota dealer, to which the service manager finally replied to me "you think the Tundra is bad... you should try driving the sienna! it's worse!" so apparently the folks at Toyota know about this and think it's funny. I can demonstrate this defect at any time. I have changed my driving style to protect me from the vehicle's defect.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 102005

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,009 miles
2005 Toyota Tundra quad cab. Front end alignment problems, extreme pulling to the left and right, consistent rattling in the front end. Control issues at 5 mph, extreme shimmering over 65 mph. Recommended parts by service department knuckle sub assembly, bearings, ring hole, seals. Vehicle loses power, and steering control, caused accident. Manufacturer refuses to honor warranty and repair vehicle. Problems began at 2000 miles, taken in at 5009 miles for service and reported problem, 4 attempts at repair with no success.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #1

May 212005

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2 miles
When the engine is started cold it idles very high. When taking foot off brake or putting vehicle in gear it accelerates quickly. No accidents reported. Also, no other problems. Taken to dealer to inquire about this, dealer stated that this is normal. It seemed twice as fast as a normal vehicle in idle. When the engine is hot this problem goes away.

- Paramus , NJ, USA

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