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Toyota Tundra : Used

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Justin Pritchard
Check used Tundra for front and rear differential issues
Vehicle Type: Pickup truck

The Verdict Of The Used Toyota Tundra :  Having the Tundra put on a hoist and looked at by a mechanic is key for confidence in getting a healthy used model. Issues with this truck seem to be easily identified and common, so a mechanic will be familiar with them. Careful and patient road testing with an open ear to “hear” any signs of trouble is also important.

2010 Toyota Tundra side view
Photo: Matthieu Lambert

Price: Prices span as widely as the Toyota Tundra’s available configurations. Expect to pay about $13,000 to $16,000 for a higher-mileage, earlier unit, and up to $50,000 for a slightly used 2013 model. There’s healthy selection in the $25,000 to $35,000 range for this model.

What Owners Like: The first word most owners put on their list of likes for this generation of Tundra? Power. Towing capacity, a quiet highway ride, overall comfort and smoothness, and looks round out the package. Some owners report good fuel mileage, which isn’t typical in a pickup review.

What Owners Dislike:
Numerous Toyota Tundra owners reported a low budget, plastic-y interior, bouncy ride on rougher surfaces, and cheap factory tires. Some also found issues during parking exercises given the Tundra’s size and large turning circle.

An updated Toyota Tundra pickup hits the market for the 2014 model year, meaning the second-generation 2007 to 2013 model has transitioned fully into used-truck territory.

This is the Tundra’s second generation, and it was available with numerous body and bed configurations, two- or four-wheel drive and standard V8 power, namely from a 4.7L or 5.7L unit.

Look for available leather seating, a premium stereo system, automatic climate control, a self-dimming rearview mirror, and more.

Common Issues With A Used Toyota Tundra: In earlier Toyota Tundra models, some owners reported a loud “slamming” noise from the rear of the truck, which could be caused by a faulty driveshaft spline. Some of these owners point at a Technical Service Bulletin issued by Toyota to address the problem (TSB-0115-08). A “growling” or “clunking” noise from the front differential area also indicates a problem.

So, be sure to listen to the Tundra you’re considering closely in a variety of driving conditions, and in particular at lower speeds while loading and unloading the driveline with throttle. Ensure no unwelcome sounds occur. If you’re suspicious, have a mechanic take a closer look. Note that these issues seemed to affect mostly earlier Tundra models.

While parked, wiggle the steering wheel of the Tundra you’re considering back and forth a half-turn or so. You’re listening for any popping or clunking sounds, which could indicate a problem with the power-steering rack. Other unwanted sounds could indicate a problem with CV joints or axles.

Water pumps tend to start leaking as a precursor to failure as the Tundra collects some miles, so be sure to ask the seller if the water pump is original. A leaking water pump will typically show itself with a small pink puddle after the vehicle has been parked, or a “dribble” down the body of the water-pump itself.

Other standard pickup truck checks apply, too. Ensure the Toyota Tundra you’re considering shifts from 2- to 4-wheel drive as outlined in the owner’s manual, check the condition of the tires and brakes, and have a look at the underside for signs of excessive rust or damage, possibly caused by careless off-roading.

2010 Toyota Tundra interior
Photo: Matthieu Lambert

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Justin Pritchard
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