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2008 toyota tundra, adventures in long term ownership and a question.

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by 7skulls, Oct 10, 2018 at 6:26 PM.

  1. Oct 10, 2018 at 6:26 PM
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    7skulls

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    Hello all,
    I am new here and would like to relate the story of my truck to you all and ask your opinions. I bought my truck new (green double cab, 5.7, 4x4, trd) in 2008. This was my first toyota (I have since bought a 2014 scion frs) and I paid 46 000 tax incl (can). The first 5 years were great, no problems, superb in winter with a set of blizzaks and 16 l/100km average (14.7 miles/gallon). Right now, she stands at 171 000km (106 000 miles) on the odometer. Still love that big V-8 on the highway.
    In the first 5 years, the truck really only went back to the garage for routine maintenance. Had a wiring harness chaff through. Lucky, it was a small one and only cost me $200. In year 6, a rear wheel bearing went out and a rear wheel speed sensor broke. $1800 and 2 weeks later, I had the truck back. The following year, the exhaust pipe fell off on the highway. Rusted through right behind the muffler. A couple of hundred bucks to the local muffler shop and I was back on the road. Another year goes by, I fly back from work and go to start my truck at the airport parking lot. The alternator was seized. A week later, $1200 for a new alternator install and $800 for a rental, I had my truck back. Another year rolls by and I see that the antifreeze level is dropping. A quick look found that my rad was leaking. $300 for a new rad, which I put in myself. Then this summer, the front diff actuator went out. Expense on that one wasn't too bad. In between these breakdowns, I've averaged new pads and rotors every 2-3 years as well as 2 new front callipers.
    Now, I still love my truck and since the value had bottomed out ($8000) I plan on riding her into the ground. My question is: Have I had a typical tundra experience?
    If/when, my truck does die, those new tacos look nice but I don't know if I could ever go back to toyota expecting to keep it for the long term. (The scion is more subaru than toyota.)
     
  2. Oct 10, 2018 at 6:31 PM
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    18"X9" FN BFD's rims, 295/70R/18E Cooper Discoverer STT Pro's, and S/T Maxx's, upgraded to Old Man EMU coil-overs/shocks. Toytec shackles. Custom dual true dual exhaust. Body Armor Rock Steps, Smittybilt X20 winch, DV8 winch bumper
    My 07 with 93k+ has had none of your issues yet.
     
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  3. Oct 10, 2018 at 7:26 PM
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    My 08 has been in the family since new. Truck has had regular servicing since day one and the only unexpected issue so far has been the water pump at around 110,000 km. Truck now sits at 132,000 km, looks and runs damn near like new.
     
  4. Oct 10, 2018 at 7:55 PM
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    I don’t think it’s the typical tundra ownership. Plenty of folks on here with high mileage trucks that have required no repairs.

    FWIW, my 4runner has over 182k miles and I’m not afraid to take it anywhere because it’s been extremely reliable.
     
  5. Oct 10, 2018 at 9:51 PM
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    I don't think that's abnormal costs. Still cheaper than a car payment.

    I'm about 120k. I just made a 2k mile trip last week and planning a 3k trip next months.

    You will hate a 3rd Gen Tacoma after experiencing the Tundrs power.
     
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  6. Oct 11, 2018 at 7:50 AM
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    Almost forgot... AIPs went out at 120 000km. Repaired under toyota warranty thankfully. Also add a rear diff. seal when the front diff actuator went.
    I have test driven the 3rd gen taco and am willing to trade (alot) less power for better mpg. Hell, I've even cross shopped a mazda cx-3 and a nissan titan, just thinking ahead since I am wary of another long term toyota. Right now, I am at about $12 000 in repair cost. It's not even the money so much as waiting for an appointment at the dealer. A 2 or 3 week delay for a repair isn't fun.
     
  7. Oct 11, 2018 at 8:20 AM
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    That sounds how it was with my ecoboost f150. I wanted to like that truck and I did at first but then I started having a bunch of issues with it. Most of the issues were fixed under warranty but I did have to take it to a dealership 80 away for repairs because the local dealership was helpless. Near the end of the warranty, I experienced the condensation issue with it (it’s a real thing) and the truck was never the same and lost a bunch of power and developed a knock. The dealership acknowledged there was an issue and it wasn’t running right but ford corporate wouldn’t approve a tear down. Their advice was to drive it until it broke. Not wanting to be left holding the bill or be left walking again, I traded it in.

    Every company makes a lemon. I can say that 4 good friends of mine each own newer Tacomas and they’ve all been good so far. One has close to 80k miles on his.
     
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  8. Oct 11, 2018 at 8:29 AM
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    My 2008 has 138k on it and I fortunately have not had any of those big repairs. I think you just got a "bad" one.
     
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  9. Oct 12, 2018 at 1:28 AM
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    123k on my 2008 and nothing but regular maintenance items done...hope you find a great vehicle soon.
     
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  10. Oct 12, 2018 at 7:25 AM
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    Thanks for the replies everyone. I thought lack of use might have caused some of my issues but seeing tundras here the same year with fewer kms, it doesn't seem like it. Forgot to add that the muffler split open.
    For the high mileage guys or those who live with salt in the winter, watch that rear diff. vent. It will corrode and stop working. Had mine replaced the last dealer visit. Secondly, no one can believe the great condition of my frame. I had the truck done with rust proofing at the dealer before purchase. Every year in the spring, I crawl underneath the truck, with the front tires on ramps, and hose off underneath and wash out the frame rails, getting all that saltly sand from the highway out of there. Then a through application of green can Rust Check. It really works. On the body, I had some rust starting on the door sills and above the windshield due to rock chips. Nothing beyond surface rust but something to look at and catch in time.
     
  11. Oct 13, 2018 at 8:02 AM
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    I ALSO BOUGHT MY FIRST TUNDRA IN '08 AND THE TRUCK HAS BEEN SO GOOD I KEPT IT AND GOT A NEW ONE.
    CHANGED THE OIL REGULARLY AND HAVE HAD ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEMS AT ALL. 145,000 MILES ON SAME BRAKE PADS! SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR ISSUES THOUGH.
     
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