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2010 5.7L VS. 2013 4.6L

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by insaneruffles, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. Mar 12, 2019 at 10:31 PM
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    So I'm entering the trucking world and decided to get a Tundra. After about a week and a half of looking, I narrowed my search down to two Tundras. One is a 2010 5.7L with 100,000 miles for $19,000. The other is a 2013 4.6L with 80,000 miles for $20,000. They are both double cab, with the 2010 model being a FFV. I do certainly prefer the bigger engine, but the 2013 is newer and with less mileage. What do you guys think? Are there any major differences between 2010 Tundras and 2013 Tundras?
     
  2. Mar 13, 2019 at 4:41 AM
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    I don’t know if this will help but I love my 2010 5.7 DC Tundra and I wouldn’t trade it for a 2013 4.6 Tundra.
     
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  3. Mar 13, 2019 at 4:50 AM
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    love my 4.6.... and the 2013 will be even cheaper with the gas savings....even at 2mpg's, that roughly 10%...thats 50 miles more per tank....

    good luck, can't go wrong
     
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  4. Mar 13, 2019 at 5:17 AM
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    Go with the 5.7L. You won't regret it. My 07 has 96K and I wouldn't swap for a newer tunny with the 4.6L and same miles.
     
  5. Mar 13, 2019 at 5:52 AM
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    Assuming both are being sold by individuals (rare case for me to consider buying used from a dealer):

    Look for evidence of how well the trucks were generally maintained and treated. Cleanliness and condition of engine compartment, chassis and interior. Look for evidence of any recent mechanical repairs or maintenance; disturbed fasteners, components cleaner than surrounding environment, etc. Look for evidence of careless or unskilled mods. Look down the body sides for waviness or anomalies, and any changes in paint color, gloss or condition that may indicate body work.

    Ask the owner why he's selling, what kind of gas mileage he gets, and who does the maintenance. Ask each owner if they kept any receipts or records of maintenance or purchases; if you are proud of your vehicle, you'll keep them. If you do find discrepancies, that doesn't mean it's a deal-killer, just that you need to question the owner about it. If he doesn't share info openly, then crank that into your assessment.

    (1) The difference between 80K/100K, and three years lifespan, is not that significant on equally cared-for Toyotas.

    (2) Engine size depends on your requirement. If you tow heavy loads frequently, or PLAN to tow frequently in the future, you'll likely be happier with the 5.7L. Keep in mind, that the 5.7L has additional maintenance/reliability risks, with potentially higher maintenance costs, as Flex Fuel Vehicle. If you are interested in performance and performance mods, you will definitely be happier with the 5.7L.

    If you use your truck for occasional hauling and infrequent towing, you will probably be happy with the 4.6L. If you primarily use your truck for daily transportation and occasional hauling, you will likely be happy with the 4.6L. In very hilly terrain, I find my 4.6L downshifts often if I keep it in cruise. I've gotten used to that characteristic, and it seems to be improving as the truck gets more miles on it. I get 16.9 mpg (dash indicated, not calculated) in mixed city/highway driving.

    (3) The three year difference in age is a minor factor in my mind. Market value will always be slighter higher for the 2013, but the difference will diminish every year you keep the truck. Cloth, rubber parts (hoses, weatherstrips, etc), and plastic parts (interior parts age faster than you would think) will always be three years younger. But, you will able to keep this Tundra until the plastic crumbles, and interior replacement parts are unobtainable...can't say that about the others.

    Since I already own a 2017 SR5 DC 4.6L, I am biased. The 2013 would be perfect for my purposes.
     
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  6. Mar 13, 2019 at 7:19 AM
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    Welcome to the party!
    I just traded in my 2013 DC w/4.6 4X4 for a 2018 5.7
    JohnLakeman said it all correctly and not much I can add.
    Both of the trucks off road are the same, towing it's different, larger heavy loads regularly the 5.7 is better. The only reason I wanted the 2018 was I got a 25' trailer, with the 4.6 against a headwind I could not pass anyone. Mileage is much better with the 4.6, 18-20 mpg on long trips, the engines and trucks are identical in every way except the stroke is longer on the 5.7 capacitys everything else is identical. The Kelly blue book value seems high on both rigs. Use that to your advantage. Good luck
     
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  7. Mar 14, 2019 at 2:47 AM
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    Of those two choices, I’d pick the newer truck with 20k fewer miles for nearly the same price.
     
  8. Mar 14, 2019 at 3:36 AM
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    I would most definitely go with the 5.7 but that's just me.
     
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  9. Mar 14, 2019 at 6:51 AM
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    Did I miss the trim differences (if any). I agree with the bulk of thought on this. If your use justify the 5.7, then get it. Heck.. If you want the added HP get it, but both will serve you well.

    Their must be other differences after the maintenance clues... Gas tank size, sensors, back window, etc.

    Either engine will outlive you.
     
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    This is a big truck, you need that bad boy 5.7L in there, mileage is irrelevant as these trucks can go to 500K miles with proper care. I'm at 200K miles now and it drives like the day it came off the showroom floor.
     
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    I would go with the truck in the best condition all around and whoever will deal on price. If you’ve got 2 to pick from, you can let seller know you’ve got options
     
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    Both trucks are over priced. I paid $16k for a 2010 Crewmax 5.7 with 101k mi and a supercharger with the upgraded TRD big brake kit. Keep looking.
     
  13. Mar 14, 2019 at 10:04 AM
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    Yeah but what drive train does your truck have?
     
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    4.30 gears with 6sp tranny and tranny cooler. also has intercooler for the SC. Granted, it was a sweet deal but I was patient and did my research. I bought from a private seller because the stealerships ask way too much and I didn't want to be in competition with multiple people willing to overpay. This was late last year and the best deal I could find from a dealer anywhere in Houston was a ragged out 2012 with 120k mi and a big ding in front of drivers rear tire that they said they would fix if I paid the asking price of $19k. Sorry.
     
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    I’m wary of flex fuel. I’ve read of people having issues with it. That doesn’t excite me.
     
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    I agree that private sellers give way better prices but 1. I'm using a carloan. This is way easier to do with dealers.
    2. I have a car I need to trade in, and it's beat up enough that I can't sell it privately. I can still get some value out of it at trade in, however.
     
  17. Mar 14, 2019 at 10:41 AM
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    Yeah you do seem to be in a pickle. I would opt for the 5.7 over the 4.6 any day. Driving habits are a better dictator of MPG in this case. Even with a SC I average a hair less than 18mpg on the highway, and it's a pretty much bullet proof motor, aside from the rare instance of the cam tower seal leak. Be sure to shine a light at the engine through the front wheel wells. If you see gray sealant and any oil pooling or dripping from that area, run as fast as you can away from that vehicle. If you see black sealant then it's already been addressed and you should be good to go. Good luck.
     
  18. Mar 14, 2019 at 10:48 AM
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    5.7.....
     
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    What are your uses for the truck, intentions, etc? Are these trucks 4x4? I don't have the 4.6L, but I do have a 4.7l 2008 model. While the 5.7L would be nice, for my uses, the 4.7L is just fine.
     
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    This will be my only vehicle, so I'll be pretty much using it for everything. Some off-roading for sure, and most likely a little bit of towing in the future. The 5.7L does appeal to me, but so does a newer car with less mileage.
     
  21. Mar 15, 2019 at 12:03 AM
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    Offer $16,000 on the 5.7, what do ya got to loose! Bet they take it!
     
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