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Advice needed

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by Sean266, Aug 4, 2015.

  1. Aug 4, 2015 at 1:42 PM
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    Sean266

    Sean266 [OP] #ThinBlueLine Staff Member

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    posting this for a TW mod. I thought the '07 had a water pump issue..or was that '08? Anyone here with an 07'ish that can chime in?

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    A friend is trading in his Tundra and I could probably get a stellar deal if I bought it from him.

    2007 Tundra, double cab, 5.7 L, 70,000 miles. The truck is immaculate. Within the year, I would probably buy new tires, camper shell, and stereo/backup camera.

    My Tacoma is 2007 double cab, SR5, 70,000 miles.
    Good:
    • mechanically perfect (except as noted below)
    • running boards
    • clean interior
    • nice stereo with backup camera
    • camper shell
    • newish tires
    • seat covers
    • heavy duty rear bumper

    Bad stuff
    • big dent in driver's side, rear quarter panel
    • assorted scratches all over
    • cracked windshield
    • heavy duty rear bumper isn't exactly safe
    • 14 MPG (not sure why)
    • sounds like it is hanging in 4th gear on the highway (but the RPMs say it is in 5th)
    • some leakage around the top cover on the engine
    • add coolant every 2 years
    • AC works but struggles a little when idling

    It would probably pass a mechanic's inspection, but I know there are some issues with it.

    On the financial side, I can purchase my friends truck for $14,000, and hopefully sell mine for $17,000.

    $14,000 Tundra
    $1000 Tires
    $1200 Stereo/camera
    $2200 Camper shell
    $1500 tax
    =$19,900 total
    -$17000 private party sale of Tacoma
    =$2900 out of pocket expenses

    I'd like the Tundra. It has better gas mileage, much better condition, more interior space (I have 3 young boys,) more cargo space (but not needed,) OEM rear bumper makes it safer, more comfortable front seats, and it is something different.

    Here are my questions:
    1. Would you do it and why?
    2. Am I dreaming to think I can get $17000 for my Tacoma?
    3. Is this worth the hassle? I'd have to get a car loan, sell my old truck, buy camper shell, tires, register truck, pay taxes, and spend several weekends installing a stereo/camera.
    4. Do you know of any issues with the 2007 Tundra? I'd rather not buy a truck and have the engine blow. My friend has babied this truck and never towed with it, never off-roaded, etc...but I don't know how many more miles I can expect without major maintenance or expense
     
  2. Aug 4, 2015 at 6:41 PM
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    bobeast

    bobeast really old member

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    - Bull Bar, - HID Bunny Burners - AMP retractable running boards, - Headlight leveling retrofit - P1 Brake Controller - 60% rear seat delete - relocation of Sub to rear wall. - 3/1 leveling kit - Firestone Air bags - on-board compressor with auto-leveling, - Dual Undercover Swing Boxes. - P285/65/R20 (34.6") BFG TA KO2's - TRD Front skid plate - Pop & Lock Tailgate lock (soon) - Remote Tailgate mod (soon) - LED Headlights (soon) - Nav Bypass - iPhone integration - Serius/XM retrofit
    1) Yes, because Tundra
    2) Yes,
    3) Yes,
    4) No
     
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  3. Aug 4, 2015 at 6:50 PM
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    matluth

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    18"X9" FN BFD's rims, 295/70R/18E Cooper Discoverer STT Pro's, upgraded to Old Man EMU coil-overs/shocks. Toytec shackles Next: true dual exhaust, new UCA's.
    Ditto on everything. Unless you never ever do a vehicle buy/sale/trade in again in your life, you will have to deal with the "hassle". My 07 is so good , I don't need a new one. How many Tundra 5.7L owners have blown engines do to poor mfr'ing? Chime in the crickets now.
     
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  4. Aug 6, 2015 at 7:45 AM
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    Clint

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    I had the water pump replaced in our 2010 5.7l at 40k miles because it was leaking. Is the only issue we have had in 67k miles and 5yrs (we bought it new)
     
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  5. Aug 6, 2015 at 7:54 AM
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    matluth

    matluth Fish On!

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    18"X9" FN BFD's rims, 295/70R/18E Cooper Discoverer STT Pro's, upgraded to Old Man EMU coil-overs/shocks. Toytec shackles Next: true dual exhaust, new UCA's.
    Fortunately the water pump is one of the easier items to DIY. At least I can see it. heh heh. Anything can go wrong/bad prematurely. I don't lose any sleep thinkin about it. Main thing is proper/regular preventive maintenance to minimize any potential issues. (AIP's are another issue altogether)
     
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