Jason Lancaster is the editor and founder of TundraHeadquarters.com. He has nearly a decade of dealership experience buying, selling, and maintaining vehicles, and much of that time was spent working at Ford and Toyota dealerships.
Picture this: You’re in the market for a Toyota Sequoia. You’re at the dealership. The salesperson throws you the keys and says “take it for a spin.” You go to open the front door and you notice something moving at your feet. Startled, you lean forward to take a look and BOOM! An 8 and a half foot alligator!
“I’d like to see the Sequoia *without* the alligator option please.“
UPDATE: As of May 2010, Toyota has extended the warranty on 2000-2003 Tundra frames. Please see Toyota Tundra Frame Replacement Program for more details.
Investigative reporting by Boston’s WCVB (channel 5) seems to have uncovered evidence that 2000 and 2001 Tundras may be susceptible to the same type of frame rust that plagues same model year Tacomas. They’ve uncovered more than 2 dozen NHTSA complaints against Toyota from 00′ and 01′ Tundra owners.
UPDATE (10/7/09) – NHTSA has begun investigating Tundra frame rust issues.
Perhaps most importantly a statement from Toyota seems to admit some level of culpability:
It is important to understand that “manufacturing defect” is a generic term that globally defines an issue’s root cause, whether it is design, assembly, process, or manufacturing….Toyota’s Customer First approach dictates that using the information obtained from the Tacoma, we pro-actively investigate other vehicles of similar design and production elements. In doing so, our investigations have indicated that there are a small number of complaints for a similar condition on 2000 and 2001 Tundras. We are currently investigating each incident.
Translation: The 00′ and 01′ Tacoma and same model year Tundra shared many of the same design and production elements. According to the statement above, Toyota seems to have anticipated the fact that 2000 and 2001 Tundras could have the same frame rust issues as 00′ and 01′ Taco’s. The above statement (taken from WCVB’s website) also seems to indicate that Toyota is laying the groundwork for a warranty enhancement for the Tundra.
Our first-ever TundraHeadquarters meet-up took place yesterday, and while turn-out wasn’t as high as we had hoped, it was a good first effort.
Everyone knows that the 2007+ Tundra and 2008+ Sequoia are both based on the same basic platform. Same engine and transmission options, essentially the same suspension and frame (with some minor but important differences), same interiors (at least from the 2nd row forward), etc. Automakers strive to share parts between vehicles because it keeps costs down with larger economies of scale, and quality is often improved on shared parts because automakers can afford to invest in more engineering and R&D on a part that’s shared by multiple vehicles. But who cares, right? “Show us the featured truck already!”
Since so many parts are shared between the Tundra and Sequoia, it’s fun to mix and match. Everyone has probably seen a Tundra with Sequoia door handles, and some people have modified a chrome Sequoia grill to fit onto their Tundra, but how many people have seen this?
A Tundra with a Sequoia front bumper.
Toyota has announced the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) for the 2010 Tundra full-size pickup truck.
Prices for the 2010 Tundra will range from $22,960 for the Regular Cab 4×2 standard bed with a V6 engine and equipped with a Work Truck Package to $42,155 for the CrewMax Limited 4×4 with a 5.7-liter V8 engine. The new MSRPs reflect an average overall increase of $557.
The new 4.6-liter V8 engine will be available on all 2010 model year Tundras. With 310 horsepower, 327 lb-ft. of torque and EPA fuel efficiency estimates of 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway on 4×2 models, the new engine will deliver the best combination of power and fuel economy of any standard V8 in the full-size pickup segment. Like Tundra’s optional 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 engine, the new 4.6-liter V8 will be mated with a six-speed automatic transmission.