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Things to look out for in a high mileage Tundra

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by 2ski4life7, Jun 20, 2017.

  1. Jun 20, 2017 at 12:26 PM
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    Hello, I just joined this forum coming from Tacomaworld. I've had a 2012 tacoma that I recently sold and now looking to buy a used tundra. I am hoping to gather some info on the first gen tundra. I am looking to purchase one specifically a double cab 4x4 with hopefully around 125k-150k miles. I presume the tundra has the same reliability as the tacoma, I am mostly looking for the extra towing power in general.

    Anything I should worry about with this kind of mileage? Typical wear parts, etc? I noticed the first gen tundra has a timing belt compared to my 2nd gen Tacoma timing chain. Any info would be great. I will search the forum as well
     
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  2. Jun 20, 2017 at 12:34 PM
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    Timing belt (and water pump at same time) on those are supposed to be done at 90k, but are often put off until the early 100's. On my first gen I didn't realize it needed to be replaced until I had about 120k on it. Make sure that it has been done if you buy one in that range.

    Had mine for 5 years and aside from the belt/pump the only thing I ever had to replace was U-joints.

    Good luck in your search!
     
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  3. Jun 20, 2017 at 2:31 PM
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    yep bank account is running low from it..
    First gen tundra, timing belt, water pump, rollers for timing belt and cam seals. 90,000 or 5 years. This is a interference engine.

    Rare ,the back seal or front seal leaks in these engines. It's a solid engine just don't supercharge it without major work.

    Long as the service is done as per manual from Toyota rare you have any really pop up problems.

    Only thing that goes bad is the aip in the engines 2004 and above.. some are recalled some are NOT..... Imo bypass it with the kit and your golden. EPA bullsh!t.
     
  5. Jun 20, 2017 at 4:23 PM
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  11. Jun 20, 2017 at 8:21 PM
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    Things to watch out for in a high-mileage Tundra.

    - Too many bugs on the bumper
    - Chewing gum under the seat
    - excessive wear marks on the accelerator
    - rusty hitch ball

    that is all
     
  12. Jun 20, 2017 at 8:32 PM
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    Welcome!!

    Have the brakes looked over. I had a gen 2 that caused me 3 brake jobs in a year. Other than that it was golden until I traded it at 125,000 for a 2016 gen 3 tacoma.

    I'm now back in a tundra if that tells you anything. Good luck with the search!
     
  13. Jun 28, 2017 at 11:15 AM
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    Hey there, looking for something very similar, first gen double cab , have you had any luck yet?
     
  14. Jun 28, 2017 at 5:42 PM
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    Hold the Line! If you are not holding the line, abandon your ship. Destruction is inevitable without more to hold the line!
    I have to disagree with you on this one aspect, sir. Can I ask why you mention this one as being a bad indicator of poor maintenance/problems?
    Whenever I buy a high mileage vehicle, people always say that it is "all Highway miles". One of the methods i use to determine the legitimacy of that statement is look for bug impacts on radiator, grill, bumper, etc. Usually if they are travelling at highway speeds, impacts with bugs will leave small 'nicks'. While driving at city speeds it is less likely that the 'nicks' occur.

    However it is likely I am interpreting something incorrectly. I am curious now! :)
     
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    I admit I had to do some serious straw-grasping when attempting to compile a list of what might be wrong with a high mileage Tundra.
     
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    Also check the rear end for leaky seals. The drums may have to be taken off to do so. Rear wheel bearings and bent axles happen with the 1st gens, it's just a wider taco rear end with a V8 and lots of guys overload them. Wimpy payload capability. That's the main reason I moved up to the 2nd gen. Make sure you check for rust on the frame to
     
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    I have a 2002 Limited Access Cab 4.7 V8 with 217,000 miles. I bought it new in October 2001. It has been a great truck with no major problems except the drive line. Tundras have a 2 piece drive shaft with three universal joints and a center support. Long story short, I started getting a vibration in the rear wheels beginning at about 35 miles per hour. I asked the dealer to inspect the universal joint (I did not know it had 3) and they replaced one universal joint. This did not correct the problem.

    I took the vehicle back to the dealer and they told me that I had a bent axle and wanted $6000 for a rebuilt rear axle assembly. I took the vehicle to a transmission shop (Cottmans) that did a lot of work for off road vehicles and they checked it out. In 10 minutes they told me that I did not have a bent rear axle as they put the rear wheels off the ground and ran the engine in gear and there was no bouncing in the rear wheels. They then sent the drive line off for to a specialty shop and they determined that one of the drive shaft members was out of alignment. Cottmans then acquired a new OEM drive line part and installed it, three new universal joints and a central support. Total cost was under $900 and that was 25,000 miles ago. The old 2002 Tundra with 217,000 miles on the clock drives like new. IMO, either the dealer maintenance people did not know what they were doing or they just shot me a large repair cost to get rid of me.
     
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    You can wash the bugs off the bumper.....what if they use cruise control all the time? Gas pedal wont be worn.........but you can't fix the sandblasting of the windshield unless you install a new one. Besides normal wear and tear parts, the only problem I had was the volume knob on the original radio stopped working and installed and aftermarket radio. Also, to rebuild a driveshaft with all 3 joints and a center support, and balance should cost no more than $200. I also heard the re upped the recall on the rusty frames, not 100% sure, but just worked on a 2003 Tacoma and the guy just got a new frame.....and he even got new leaf springs, something my Tundra didn't get. ummmmmm Welcome from RI and good luck..................and check out this beauty. I Know some like the double doors, I do myself, but a 2 door truck just looks so much better.

    20180318_100233.jpg
     
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