Amazing Tundra Frame Rust Photos
Here are some photos sent to us by commentor Lee-HSV of the rusted frame recently removed from his 2000 Toyota Tundra. As you can see, the frame structure was very compromised.
If you’re not up to speed, please read this post that completely explains the Toyota Tundra frame rust problem and what Toyota is doing to solve it.
Here are some more photos:
Tundra frame rust concerns were initially brought to Toyota’s attention because the Tundra’s spare tire attached to these rusting crossmembers. As the crossmembers became weakened, there was a strong possibility the spare tire would fall off. Obviously, this was a safety hazard…imagine a spare tire coming off the truck in front of you as you cruise down the highway.
However, as Toyota and NHTSA investigated these rusting cross members, it became clear that the entire rear section of the frame on many 2000-2004 Tundras had rust problems. After the fact, we learned that frame manufacturer Dana used a different coating/process for the rear section of 2000-2004 frames than they did for the front. This explains why most front frame sections look OK.
Anyone want to venture a guess as to how a rusted frame would hold up in a rear end collision? Toyota is lucky if no one sues them as a result of an injury brought on by a severely compromised frame…
Eventually, Toyota announced a frame rust recall program that entitled Tundra owners to a free frame replacement. Unfortunately, many dealers have refused to honor this recall, mandating that Tundra owners pay for some of the frame replacement costs.
Toyota’s frame warranty replacement costs are in excess of $18k per vehicle. As a result, many first-gen Tundra owners have wondered why Toyota doesn’t offer some sort of buy-back program. As near as we can tell, Toyota decided not to buy back trucks in the interests of customer service. Some Tundra owners (many of whom commented on our site) were adamantly opposed to a buy-back.
As I mentioned earlier, 2000 Tundra owner Lee-HSV sent us these photos. Prior to his frame replacement, the leaf springs on his Tundra broke off of their frame mounts. Unaware of the recall – and uninformed by his Toyota dealer that he might be able to get Toyota to replace his frame – Lee paid out of pocket to have a new section of frame installed. Lee has attempted to get reimbursed for this repair, but as of now Toyota and his local dealer have refused to reimburse Lee for this expense.
Special thanks to Lee for sending these photos. Best of luck!
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Filed Under: Tundra Recalls