really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,974 miles

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2008 Toyota Tundra drivetrain problems

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2008 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Mar 012010

Tundra 8-cyl

  • miles


2008 Toyota Tundra. Consumer states floor mat issues interfering with the operation of the accelerator and slow shifting problems the consumer stated he purchased a full set of all weather mats from the dealer designed for his truck and the mat still did not prevent the pedal from becoming trapped under the mat. The radio was replaced due to an internal short.

- Plymouth, PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 122009

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns 2008 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that when the weather was humid, the check engine light illuminated. The contact stated that he was driving 5 mph when the check engine light came on. The check engine light would come on for a week at a time, then it would go off for a couple days, then back on 3 more times throughout the day. The owner took the vehicle to the dealership for testing. The dealer said that the computer was not showing a code so there was nothing that could be done. The failure mileage was 5,000. The current mileage was 13,5000. The consumer stated the transmission would hesitate during take off as well as during cold temperatures and the engine made a rattle sound. The radio would come on and change stations by itself. The consumer stated the accelerator pedal became stuck even before a recall was issued. The blower motor did not always work properly, the re-circulator would shut off by itself even if the button was held down for 3 seconds. Updated 04/20/10

- Bessemer, AL, USA

problem #5

Dec 042008


  • 24,500 miles
We began leasing our new Toyota Tundra 12/07. We noticed thumping in the drive train and complained of the thumping to Toyota dealer 4 times prior to 12/08 and they continued to say nothing was wrong. There was an accident 12/08. Was driving on road the vehicle lost control after locking up. Dealer had vehicle for almost 2 months repairing accident damage. Upon return thumping continued and rear tires wore out in a few months after purchase of new tires (originals needed replaced previously). Returned vehicle to Toyota, they changed rear end housing 4/09. Insurance paid as continued damage from 12/08 accident. The thumping is still continuing and appears there is something still wrong with the vehicle. We did complain to insurance company that we felt the accident was due to an auto defect immediately following the accident. They were to do an investigation. Now I am being told it was closed but were never informed of results of the investigation by allstate. We are unsure what steps to take at this point but are dissatisfied with the performance of our vehicle still at this point and feel dealer and insurance company have been of no help.

- New Brighton, PA, USA

problem #4

Apr 152009


  • 19,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tundra. While driving approximately 10 to 30 mph when he took his foot of the gas pedal the vehicle continued to accelerate and when his foot is on the brake pedal the vehicle lunged forward. Two separate Toyota dealers diagnosed the failure six times and also experienced the failure; however, the dealer is waiting for a response from the manufacturer on how to repair the vehicle. He also filed claim number 0904137238 with the manufacturer who followed up with him to find out if the dealer repaired the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 19,699 and the current mileage was 34,850. Updated 3/4/2010 the consumer stated he had difficulty shifting gears at low speeds. Updated 07/07/10.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 242008


  • 3,000 miles
The transmission and transfer case on our 2008 Tundra 4WD drive has failed, repeatedly this past week while operating the vehicle on a public street. In this "fail" condition, the transfer case makes a grinding nose, the transfer case alarm buzzer makes nose and irrespective of transmission position or transfer case selection (2wd, 4WD hi, 4WD lo) fails to engage in low or hi, and most troubling, the vehicle will roll in any gear, no gear will engage, and the car can roll forward or backwards out of control. I was almost hit a by a car today because I could not get the truck to engage in any gear, in any setting, inspite of attempts to roll the vehicle slightly down the hill to allow for the transfer case to engage, as suggested in the owner's manual. While I am not pleased with the (failed) condition of the drive train for this new truck, this is an issue I will address directly with Toyota. In the fail condition of 4WD, the transfer case merely 'beeps' and refuses to engage transmission, resulting in a free-rolling, uncontrolled vehicle. Had this failure happened today as we attempted to enter the freeway, we would have likely been in a accident. This is unacceptable. I am most concerned that other Tundra owners (and the similar sequoia) would have a loss of vehicle control and power, resulting in injury or death. How troubling Toyota would put this vehicle on the road without addressing this issue.

- Madison, WI, USA

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problem #2

Aug 152008


  • 59 miles
Bought a new 2008 Toyota Tundra double cab 5.7 liter V-8 4X4 had 52 miles on it Aug 8, 2008. During the drive home from the dealership the transmission exhibited the rumble strip vibration under light engine load as described in the quote from automotive news October 22, 2007 - 12:01 am et I found on the world wide web. See quote below. Motor trend also mentions it in an online review. I expect the dealer will fix this issue but other online blogs suggest the issue can become severe enough to prevent shifting into or out of gear. If the reports are correct this becomes a safety issue possibly stranding driver and occupants in a dangerous setting with a vehicle that won't move. Toyota should address this and current owners should be notified of the possible safety concern. A google search of Tundra rumble strip vibration will yield information on the issue. Los angeles Toyota motor sales officials have nicknamed the problem "the rumble strip" because the slippage causes vibration similar to the sensation of driving over the wake-up strips at the side of highways. The rumbling usually lasts several seconds. But the problem sometimes worsens to the point that some owners can't shift into certain gears. The problem has been reported only in six-speed transmissions, which are linked to the popular 5.7-liter V-8 engine. Since the 2007 Tundra's February launch, the 5.7-liter engine has been installed in 70 percent of about 135,000 Tundra sold. That means the problem could affect nearly 100,000 vehicles.

- Florissant , MO, USA

problem #1

Mar 152008


  • 3,000 miles
The truck is a 2008 Toyota Tundra 4X4 limited supercrew. The drive train thuds and clanks when accelerating and decelerating. It is getting progressively worse. The truck was taken back to the dealer on three occasions. They advise that they can not duplicate the thuds and do not feel them. I have had no less than five people drive my truck and they all advised they can feel the now violent bangs and thuds. Earnhardt Toyota service tech's advised they don't feel the thuds. If they would just tell me the thuds are normal instead of lying to me saying they don't feel anything it would be much easier to swallow. On one occasion I stopped abruptly and the driveline made a very loud noise and felt like the entire undercarriage came out of the truck. I had to pull off the road due to the incident scaring me. The drivetrain in this truck is absolutely junk and I feel dangerous.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

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