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5.7 Toyota Tundra Blows Up
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On May 26 2011 we left to go camping for the Memorial Day weekend. We had driven 35 miles when the engine started to knock. I stopped and checked the oil It was full. The oil pressure was normal as was the temp. I started the truck and turned around, Shortly the engine made a bang and seized up.

On May 27th I hauled the truck to Larry Miller Toyota in Salt Lake City, Utah. After two weeks I met with the Toyota rep, he stated that water had gotten into the engine causing the engine to throw 4 rods through the block and that Toyota would not honor the warranty.

Today is July 7th I finally got the truck back at a cost of only $ 10,700 dollars. Toyota could not tell me how water entered the engine. I feel this really stinks.
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trmn8r on 07/07/2011:
Specifically what part of the warranty have you identified that Toyota is not honoring?

How many miles? What year? The 5.7 was available 2007 and later.
Slimjim on 07/08/2011:
If they are claiming water ingestion, like you ran through a puddle and dump water down the intake someway, then yes that isn't something a warranty would cover. It happened on a Mustang I had, but your comprehensive insurance should pick that tab up, minus deductible as mine did. That's a strange occurrence on a truck though, compared to a mustang whose air intake was in the wheel inner fender wall (unless you were driving it through a river).
Other than that, I can't think of any other scenario where water is in the engine that wouldn't be covered by a warranty.
MDSasquatch on 07/08/2011:
Nice comment Slim!
Whiteduck on 07/08/2011:
Seems like bad head gaskets will let water into the oil, but without any overheating or indications, that too should have been covered under warranty.

Maybe a lawyer would be the next step...
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Dealer ripped us off
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WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA -- We purchased a Tundra double cab pick up and had a vehicle picked out that the salesman said had all the options we wanted except the navigation system. The vehicle was to be delivered from another dealer as it was a fully loaded with almost all options. After agreeing to a price in writing via email (and we still have copies of all) we made an appointment to drive the 75 miles to purchase the truck. After several hours of paperwork the salesman tells us the truck to be delivered has several thousand miles on it (he knew that before we went there as he hadn't called anyone after we arrived) and that he would sell us a truck off the lot of the same color and put all the options the other truck had on it except the nav system as the truck on the lot was a 4x4 not a 4x2 we asked for and the diff would be a wash between 4x4 and nav. After we did all the paperwork and the finace guy kept "making mistakes" and having to redo the paperwork over and over again we finished the pile of papers and went home. After looking over everything again we realized they had changed the price of the vehicle and then they wanted to deny ever saying they would put the options on the truck but why would we pay 40k for a truck with no options when we could buy a fully loaded one for the same price? We are so mad at the way we were RIPPED OFF by these people it makes us steaming mad!!!!! DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM WILMINGTON TOYOTA OF NORTH CAROLINA. We have filed a lawsuit in with the courts there and are waiting to hear back from them on a date to go to trial over it and can't wait to show the judge the book of evidence we have to prove it. I will go sit in front of the dealership also with signs of on the truck saying how we were ripped off also and I am permently disabled and they took advantage of me and my family in a bad time of our life. If you have had similar exp with these people let us know. Thanks
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Caliope on 01/30/2007:
I am so glad that you are taking them to court!! You go!! Good luck.
Anonymous on 01/30/2007:
If I was able to afford a 40k vehicle, it would put me in a much better "time in my life" than I am now. Read what you are signing. Ask specific questions while looking the person in the eye. Even honest sales people can make contract mistakes that are hard to reverse. Don't rely on what was said. READ! ASK!
MRM on 01/30/2007:
As I was reading this review, I was furiously mad as you were that they ripped you off. Yes, fight your case in court with solid evidence backing you up. Please keep us updated in your case.
lepearso on 01/31/2007:
You should not have gone through with the purchase from the moment you started finding these "mistakes". However, I'm glad that you're taking them to court and that you're picketing. If they had an ounce of ethic they'd fix this for you right now and spare everybody a trip to the courthouse!
Emmyjune on 01/31/2007:
ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS read what you are signing! Unfortunately, if you go to court, both you and the dealership have copies of the paperwork you signed stating the condition and mileage of the vehicle, terms of the contract, price of the vehicle, etc. Read everything carefully. When a dealer tells you that they will "include" or "throw-in" something after the purchase of the vehicle, they SHOULD give you something called a "WE OWE" or "DUE ON DELIVERY". This will clearly state everything the dealer is supposed to do after the contract is signed. That protects YOU. Also, by law, they were supposed to give you a copy of the contract you signed (if you financed the vehicle). AND, you should always ask for a copy of each and every document you sign. If a dealership refuses or hesitates to give them to you, red flags should go up. By NO MEANS do I think what this dealer did was ethically right. I understand what you are describing in the exchange of the internet quote and the price agreed upon by both parties via e-mail. Unfortunately, dealers often have fine print associated with these quotes, giving them an "out", and many times these quotes are not legally binding regardless. I'm sorry that this happened to you, but I can't stress enough to make sure you read everything you sign. Don't trust just what they tell you! And, if they verbally promise you something, get it in writing and have both parties sign it. A reputable car dealer would do this anyway. Again, I'm sorry about this pickle you're in, and if I can answer any more questions, please let me know!
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Lemon Owner
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MILWAUKIE, OREGON -- I own a 2000 Toyota Tundra and have had to replace the exhaust manifold two times and now it need it again for the third time.. This is a manufacturer default not mine and Toyota won't do a recall because its not a safety issue. I am a very disappointed Toyota owner and its paid for so all they will say is trade it in and get a new one. Some of us cannot afford a new payment or want one...

I have wrote the BBB to tell any one I can how Toyota doesn't care about their consumers...
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ttooley on 04/04/2009:
they have a frame recall on all 1995 to 2000 They buy your truck back a 1,5 times KBB value. 2001 to 2005 they will only undercoat it or replace the frame. The 2009 have an open frame rail so they don't rust out from collecting salt and stuff in side.
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Bad Paint
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61853, ILLINOIS -- Bought a Toyota Tundra Crewmax in June 2007 three weeks later paint chips started to come off passenger side doors. Toyota said while I was messing with the dealership I got it from. By the time I got back with Toyota consumers in California they said your thirty days are up its no longer there concern. Should have stayed with Ford at least they would back you up.
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Anonymous on 04/09/2008:
I am assuming that it isn't a newer truck since there was only a 30 day guarantee.

You are not alone though. There are several Toyota owners web sites and blogs devoted to paint chipping issues.

I can only suggest looking through some of them to see what other owners have done to resolve their paint issues.
Anonymous on 04/09/2008:
There are any number of consumer sites and a few class action attorneys with sites dedicated to chipping paint (poor paint adhesion). From what I've learned, this has been a problem since about 1987 when the industry went to water-based finishes. They simply do not adhere to the surface, no matter how well it is prepared. NONE of the manufacturers wants to address poor paint adhesion. It is not limited to Toyota. Every domestic make is affected...especially Ford and GM. Good luck!
frstrtdcnsmr on 04/14/2008:
Toyota is an excellent product for me but they will not stand behind their paint job. I had a Solara that had a paint chip problem on the front and the company rep passed it off as a gravel chip and told me it wasn't covered. It really pissed me off but he who holds the gold makes the rules and when I traded it in they marked me down for the chip that had never gotten bigger in the one year it was there. Still there's no way I'd drive and American vehicle any more because in my experience they won't stand behind anything.
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2007 Tundra a big disappointment
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COLVILLE, WASHINGTON -- Hello. I have owned two Tundras and have been quite pleased with both trucks. So when they came out with the bigger engine and the heavier payload and towing package I was excited to go check one of these new Tundras out. But to my disappointment my 05 tundra has nicer doors and nicer interior. The 07 has cheap doors like a ford and more plastic on the dash then a recycle center. The buttons and knobs are huge and ugly. What were the engineers thinking. Why couldn't they have just left well enough alone.

I need something that will pull a heavier load but have no faith in the American car companies now it seems Toyota has joined them. Not impressed and very disappointed in Toyota!
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Pomona Guy on 06/26/2007:
Tundras have always been a joke. The three American truck makers rule. Except be careful, many "American" trucks are made in Mexico.
Slimjim on 06/27/2007:
How can you have no faith in American trucks??? Come on, who really can say with a straight face our trucks are inferior.
Anonymous on 06/27/2007:
Slim, how can you say THAT with a straight face. As a reminder of what a WHINER you are........
Slimjim on 06/27/2007:
What the he!! does that have to do with this or frankly anything pirate? Trolling around looking for fights again? I still hold hope someday the powers to be will rid the cancer that you are from this site.
reddogg on 06/27/2007:
Well hello slim pickins! Come on now we all know what junk
ford,chevy,and dodge has been making for years. Where have you been. I was raised on fords and chevys. But every time I
talk with one of my many friends they are having transmission, front end or rear end problems with there trucks. Who wants to own something that is in the shop all
the time. The last to tundras never let me down. That is why toyota has and is taking over the car industry.
Anonymous on 06/27/2007:
Don't get slim whining about his broken down old junker with no A/C, LOL!
Slimjim on 06/27/2007:
But I'm not saying I don't respect tundras. I may hate to admit it but they seem to be a very competitive truck. I just don't believe they, nor any other import, are better and I don't think I'm in the minority.
TANM on 10/23/2007:
We purchased a 07 Tundra CrewMax Ltd. and yes we are disappointed that after paying $52,000 and the dealership kept us in the Dealership for 8 hours and before we could take the truck, the Manager had to come and shake my hand THEN we had not driven it 2000 miles and the power steering fluid resovoir ruptured and after they said they had fixed it, it still continued to leak! Because I could not pick up truck immediately after the 2nd attempt to fix it The Dealership called me up threatening me that they were going to charge me storage fees if I did not come and pick up truck immediately! I think the Manager of American Toyota Only came out to shake my hand to call me a SUCKER for paying $52,000 for the Truck and too they were glad to rid themselves of this LEMON! I filed a claim to return Truck for replacement BUT I was DENIED!!!!
Anonymous on 10/23/2007:
Why would anyone pay $52,000 for a gas guzzling truck? WHY??
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