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Tundra Platinum reliability?

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by Toondra, Feb 13, 2021.

  1. Feb 13, 2021 at 9:32 PM
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    Toondra

    Toondra [OP] New Member

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    Hey. I currently am leasing a 4runner. About this time next year i will be hopefully looking to buy a Tundra.

    My question goes to the Tundra Platinum trim level owners. I know overall these trucks are reliable, but what about your trucks? Do these fully optioned trucks have more issues because of the extra electronics or are they just as reliable as any other trim level?

    All info is appreciated.
     
  2. Feb 13, 2021 at 9:33 PM
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    NoRcptn

    NoRcptn Mediocre Poster

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    Mine is a 17’. No issues so far.
     
  3. Feb 13, 2021 at 9:47 PM
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    Chucko2340

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    3 inch lift, hdx running boards, under cover flex cover, nitto terra grapplers 285/65/20,trd exhaust, trd cold air intake
    2019 not a single issue.
     
  4. Feb 13, 2021 at 11:27 PM
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    Devius1

    Devius1 5150 Member

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    2019 no problem.

    JBL sounded like crap but it's not just the Platinums.
     
  5. Feb 14, 2021 at 12:07 AM
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    shapinoweno

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    14 no issues.... everything works as intended
     
  6. Feb 14, 2021 at 2:58 AM
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    preacher35

    preacher35 RIGHTEOUS MEMBER

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    2018: No problems and love the trim. One criticism, however, is that the "cooled" seats don't really cool well at all and everybody seems to agree. The seat heaters, however are great!
     
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  7. Feb 14, 2021 at 3:51 AM
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    MT Madman

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    My 2020 is too new to tell but I'd chat with shapinoweno to see how long he's had his, if it's been 7 years he's got some great insight.
     
  8. Feb 14, 2021 at 3:55 AM
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    Ellis_McPickle

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    Honestly, there really aren't enough "added gizmos" to cause reliability problems. Just get the trim you want and you'll be good. I picked the Platinum for the color (wasn't available in other trims), cooled seats (as mentioned, they are actually pretty lame), memory seating positions, and power telescoping wheel.
     
  9. Feb 14, 2021 at 4:28 AM
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    mgxsequioa

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    2018 with 25k on the odometer and not a single issue
     
  10. Feb 14, 2021 at 5:25 AM
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    Omohundro

    Omohundro 2018 Not a Pro

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    Bak Revolver, BedRug, Undercover Swingcase, PopLock, Bilstein 5160(rear), Firestone RideRite, TRD rear sway bar, Coachbuilder +2 rear shackles, Andersen 5” aluminum adjustable hitch, TRD dual exhaust, VLEDS interior leds including the footwell kit, VLEDS LPR backup tag mount led, Husky X-Act mats, Color matched cup holder bezel (silver), Ceramic 20% tint all around, 75% Ceramic windshield, Color Matched door handles & mirror caps, The “Stubby” antenna, AMP Research steps, 72” LED step lights, ToyTec/5100 Bilstein coil overs, 700lbs red ToyTec springs (2.5” lift), 20x9 +25 Black Rhino Tembe wheels, Gorilla spline lugs, Nitto Terra Grappler 285/55R20 (rubs front liner extensions), TRD skid plate, 19 Pro black LED headlights, VLEDS Triton V6 turns, Rigid SAE D series fog lamps, 19 TRD hood scoop, 2016 TRD Pro grille, Coachbuilder bumper shims, X-Pel protect under mud guards, X-Pel Ultimate wrapped from lower body line, Opti Coat Ceramic, Opti Coat Sealed. And some snakes and sparklers, because they are my favorite!
    On my 2nd Platinum, not a single problem that was not self induced. I’m happy that the seats have ventilation but they are not cooled. They should state the seats blow a mild breeze in your ass crack.
     
  11. Feb 14, 2021 at 5:42 AM
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    Bravo-Six

    Bravo-Six going dark

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    About this time next year you're probably either looking at the redesigned 2022 or going used for a 3rd gen.

    Mine is new so can't speak personally however interested in everyone else's input.
     
  12. Feb 14, 2021 at 5:42 AM
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    Chucko2340

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    3 inch lift, hdx running boards, under cover flex cover, nitto terra grapplers 285/65/20,trd exhaust, trd cold air intake
    I second the cooled seats are not great but love everything else about it.
     
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  13. Feb 14, 2021 at 6:31 AM
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    Gould71

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    2017 with 45k miles- zero issues. There isn’t a ton of tech upgrades in this trim so there’s really no issue with reduced reliability. The upgrades it has however are definitely worth it in my opinion. Now that I’ve had them I wouldn’t go back to a limited.
    I’ve upgraded wheels, tires, suspension and headlights and it’s now 99% of where I want it.
    It’s a great truck, you won’t be disappointed.
     
  14. Feb 14, 2021 at 7:30 AM
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    Toondra

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    Thanks for all the info eveyone. My gut feeling was reliability was not gonna be affected but there is no better way to know then real world experience.

    @Bravo-Six The new Tundra does look good, but if those renderings come true I'm not sure I like the Titan-esque styling of the side profile. Also not looking to have to use premium fuel to feed the v6 turbo motor. My CTS-V uses enough of that.
     
  15. Feb 14, 2021 at 8:03 AM
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    t4r2tundra

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    See sig for mods...
    2019 no issues. Use heated and cooled seats 80% of the time and no issues. Always have assisted power exit (steering wheel and seats) on 100% and no issues. Power folding mirrors used 80% of the time, no issues either.
     
  16. Feb 14, 2021 at 8:53 AM
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    LS Powah

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    2010 190,000 preventatively replaced working alternator at 188K because I often end up 50 miles away from another human or cell tower. No issues whatsoever.

    Best mod was to move the rear window switch to behind the gear shift instead of under the steering wheel.
     
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  17. Feb 14, 2021 at 8:53 AM
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    Velocity72

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    3/1 lift on day 2
    2018 1794 - had it for 2 years, no issues.
    2021 Platinum - bought in December, obviously no issues.

    Remember, they’re Toyota’s...

    It gets me, the reviews about Tundras you read here and there, talking about the “lack of technology”, “out dated”, etc. I think that’s why most of us like them. They are TRUCKS.
     
  18. Feb 14, 2021 at 9:06 AM
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    akmerle

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    2018 with 43k miles. Not a single problem.

    Couple things I wish were different:

    - Factory “Premium” JBL system is an absolute joke at how truly awful it is. On the plus side, it gave me a reason to do a full custom system. The JBL in my 4Runner is light years better.

    - Heated (work well) / cooled (kinda suck) seats, but no heated steering wheel or heated back seats? Come on Toyota, these aren’t crazy high tech things and should be standard on top of the line trim.

    - On my 18 there is only one USB port. I believe they have two or three now beginning in 2020. Still none in the back I believe, just a single 12v.
     
  19. Feb 14, 2021 at 9:21 AM
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    Lightning_Lad

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    Line x Bed liner Trifold Tonneau cover TRD PRO Dual exhaust TRD PRO sway bar TRD PRO air intake TRD PRO suspension TRD PRO LED 2019 Headlight conversion TRD 2020 Wireless charging tray TRD shift knob TRD PRO Grille TRD red anodized dust caps (+25 hp per wheel) Matt black mirror caps and door handles Tesla style Headunit KTJO 4x4 tail gate pop n lock upgrade Driver side grab handle Viper Remote start Viper alarm system 18” Method NV’s 33.5” Toyo R/T ESP Long box underseat storage 3M ceramic tint
    My 2017 Platinum is an absolute money pit.

    Everything works on the truck, the cooled seats are really just circulation fans though.
    Sound system is disappointing, change out the head unit and it will wake up the system to be tolerable until a proper upgrade. (Already bought my Focal system from a member on here, thanks George!)
    It’s been a financial black hole because it’s so effin’ reliable that I’ve been upgrading a lot of it. Wheels, tires, TRD Pro suspension, 2019 Pro Headlights + way more than I care to mention.
     
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  20. Feb 14, 2021 at 9:31 AM
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    2019 with 13k miles no issues - my favorite truck I have ever owned. By the looks of it I might better start putting some more miles on it.
     
  21. Feb 14, 2021 at 9:50 AM
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    NoRcptn

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    Couldn’t agree more lol
     
  22. Feb 14, 2021 at 9:52 AM
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    WhiteStar20

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    Platinums are more of an acquired taste. Once you've developed your palette, the results are better refined and these trucks take on whole new appreciation. Plus, with precision and focused attention to detail, your baby can preform like any other model, only difference, you already have all the extras.
     
  23. Feb 14, 2021 at 10:14 AM
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    Sumo91

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    2014 platinum with 210k miles. Everything works great. Anything that is considered an upgrade for this trim has never failed.

    Things that needed to be repaired

    Waterpump was weeping upon purchase at 173k miles, replaced waterpump, belt, and tensioner, filled with new antifreeze

    Tailgate strut is finally failing. Need to replace it. I use it ALOT

    Door seals on driver and passenger seat are torn on the bottom from PO probably dragging his feet across it

    Replaced fuel pump at 197k with a kit from URD and upgraded the fuel pump to an aeromotive and bypassed the internal filter for a replaceable external filter

    Leather is starting to wear on the bolster where your butt slides, which is expected at this age with this amount of miles, but no tears, I can post pictures soon if you'd like

    PO had a u joint changed shortly before I bought the truck, around 170k

    Had to replace the motor in one door actuator, cost me 5 bucks for the motor and a little bit of my time.

    Might replace the alternator soon, or just buy a spare to keep in the truck for a roadside repair.

    I consider all of these wear items that lasted plenty long enough to please me. I am completely satisfied with this truck in every way, it has plenty enough features to keep me happy. I work this truck hard, pull an 8k camper, and off road alot. I have my foot in it everywhere I go, and she never once struggled. It's a great feeling having this kind of reliability. I'll have 300k on her in about 2.5 years.
     
  24. Feb 14, 2021 at 7:56 PM
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    Toondra

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    @Sumo91 that's the type of things i like to hear and have come to expect from Toyotas

    @Velocity72 i understand what you mean. I bought my 4runner in the Trd Off road trim because it was simpler then most.

    My biggest reason for looking at the Platinum trim is because i plan on keeping this vehicle for a long time and figure might as well get a plush vehicle for what will be my daily. I am lucky enough to live 3 miles from where i work so mpg is not a huge issue. Reliability is more my concern and the Toyotas that i have owned prior to the 4runner where more old school(1989 and older) so my experience with newer Toyotas is limited.
     
  25. Feb 15, 2021 at 8:18 AM
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    Tundra14Platinum

    Tundra14Platinum Drink More Water

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    2014 70k Not a single problem that was not self induced.
    JBL agree, Cooled seats agree...I LOVE My Tundra. Up next, rims, tires, lift. TRUCK GANG
     
  26. Feb 15, 2021 at 10:21 AM
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    BehindenemylinesCali

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    Locker Down console safe Bakflip MX4 Spray in bed Bilstein 6112 Bilstein 5160 2019 TRD Pro wheels
    2018 with 40K and no issues. I've dragged that truck all over the country on and off road and it is solid. I leveled it with the 6112 coil overs and the 5160s in the rear so it sits better and isn't as splashy off road. All the extra stuff doesn't really amount to much in the way of things to breakdown...in my opinion. I also put the TRD Pro wheels on this truck so I could get a little larger tire on without lifting it. I like the luxury of the seats being heated and cooled but the TRD Pro didn't come with those options and here in Cali they were parking those rigs up nearly 20K making them like 70 grand out the door. Dealerships wouldn't even talk about price reductions at the time I bought mine. The tires that came on the TRD Pro wheels were garbage and left me on the side of a dirt road in Idaho last summer.
     
  27. Feb 15, 2021 at 10:32 AM
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    Bruiser47

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    Mine has a little over 3,000 miles and no issues lol.
     
  28. Feb 15, 2021 at 10:36 AM
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    Bruiser47

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    They were marking the Platinum up to 70K? That’s crazy. I just bought a brand new 2021 for 55k out the door.
     
  29. Feb 15, 2021 at 11:21 AM
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    akmerle

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    I believe he is talking about Pros.

    Up here in Alaska they have about $5k mark up I believe. They have them listed for $58K.
     
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  30. Feb 15, 2021 at 1:02 PM
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    Tundrafan23

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    If you plan to buy this time next year it will be a 2022 and the first year of the new generation Tundra, you might want to stay away for a couple of years until they work all the bugs out.
     

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