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Butchr
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re: The Tundra is the best full sized truck on the market. (Change my mind)
I owned a chevy 3/4 ton 6.0 L before the tundra, a silverado 1500 before that, and was about as gung ho chevy as someone could be...in 2010 when i figured i would try something different by trying the tundra (based on my dad's lack of maintenance on his 2001 tundra as it exceeded 200k miles), i was well aware of what my maintenance costs were starting to run, especially after passing 100k on the odometers of the chevys. I was between buying another chevy and trying something different with the Tundra. I went with the Tundra and couldn't have been much happier with the choice. So if i'm a "Toyota guy" now...that's why. So if you're just a Chevy guy because you like the way the look (or for whatever reason), and can't follow/respect my reasoning for buying Toyota, just say so. Probably deserving of another board or thread, but Chevy/GM running their business into the ground and having to take taxpayer handouts/bailout is something else that didn't sit too well with me.
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YawBaw7
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re: The Tundra is the best full sized truck on the market. (Change my mind)
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i figure i spent $700 more/year on gas. The way i look at it, i more than made up for that over the time i owned it for lack of having to put it in the shop for anything mechanical/maintenance


There it is.
Don't know where you figured that you "more than made up for" the extra $700/year on gas by owning a Tundra.

Again, I'm telling you that other full-size trucks do NOT cost an extra $700/year on repairs/maintenance.


aTmTexas Dillo
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re: The Tundra is the best full sized truck on the market. (Change my mind)
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Again, I'm telling you that other full-size trucks do NOT cost an extra $700/year on repairs/maintenance.



So here's the problem with Tundra owners like me. My Tundra is 12 years old and I suspect it will last another five easily. From the get go I had to become comfortable with the crummy gas mileage. That's my major complaint. Given the high cost for a new nicely equipped GM, Ford and Tundra and the longevity of my current Tundra I can never save enough money with a better gas mileage truck to overcome the tens of thousands of dollars of additional expenditure. I'm frugal so I'll just keep the 2007 Tundra and money in my bank. By the way, I've had some maintenance along the way. The most expensive repair Toyota covered. I've handled the rest for under $1,500.


highcotton2
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re: The Tundra is the best full sized truck on the market. (Change my mind)
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. My Tundra is 12 years old and I suspect it will last another five easily.


Thats kind of the situation I am in my 2002 Silverado has over 300000 miles on it and I have paid someone to work on it a total of 1 time. That was at 280000 miles when I had the transmission replaced. I could buy a new truck every year and write off the expense but my truck does everything today just like it did when it was brand new. I don’t really get caught up in having to have the latest and greatest truck as long as mine does what it is supposed to do.
But having said that if someone has the money to spend on new trucks I see no problem with buying whatever you want whenever you want.


Barneyrb
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re: The Tundra is the best full sized truck on the market. (Change my mind)
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Again, I'm telling you that other full-size trucks do NOT cost an extra $700/year on repairs/maintenance.


If I had a truck costing me $700/yr in repairs someone else would be owning that one.



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nolaks
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re: The Tundra is the best full sized truck on the market. (Change my mind)
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That was at 280000 miles when I had the transmission replaced


how much was the transmission?


CrawDude
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re: The Tundra is the best full sized truck on the market. (Change my mind)
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Given the high cost for a new nicely equipped GM, Ford and Tundra and the longevity of my current Tundra I can never save enough money with a better gas mileage truck to overcome the tens of thousands of dollars of additional expenditure. I'm frugal so I'll just keep the 2007 Tundra and money in my bank. By the way, I've had some maintenance along the way. The most expensive repair Toyota covered. I've handled the rest for under $1,500.


Describes my experience with my 05 Tundra, with 190K to a T, though the 4.7 L V8 in my vehicle appears to get better gas mileage than today’s Tundras. Knock on wood - no issues what so ever with the big 3 - engine, transmission, AC. My previous truck prior to the Tundra, Chevy Silverado, which I liked by the way, needed a transmission replacement at 85k @ $4K - more than I’ve spent on repairs (excluding maintenance, tires) to the Tundra in the 13 years I’ve owned it.


SeaPickle
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re: The Tundra is the best full sized truck on the market. (Change my mind)
My 2013 f150 5.0 with 139k miles has always had something going wrong every 4 moths it seems. It has all been minor tedious stuff that i was able to warranty or fix myself but its getting close to things that i wont be able to do and $$ is starting to get up there per year. Im up to $300 in 2019 already. 2018 was right around $500

The most recent issues were:
TSB for fuel pump relay fuse - had to wire in a new fuse after i was left stranded with a burnt fuse that was undersized from the factory. Didnt show a problem until 120k miles

Coolant leak from a failed gasket - while driving truck overheated and had lost all coolant. Replaced hose with gasket. 5k miles later it happened again with another gasket downstream of the new one.

Yesterday the truck was completely dead. Key fob wouldnt unlock it, door buttons wouldnt either. Had to use the key to get in and still not one light, bell or anything would work. Battery is 3 months old and had 12V. 20 min later, it started and worked like nothing happened. When will it do this again? how long will it be "dead".

I was hoping to get 2 more years out of this one but i may need to start looking at a new one and tundra is on the list.
I also only get 15.9 lifetime with the 5.0 4x4 w/ 33" AT tires. Previous to this f150 i had 240k miles split between two tacomas and never had an issue.


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highcotton2
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how much was the transmission?


I went with a GM factory remanufactured transmission which uses all brand new internals. Came with 5 year unconditional warranty from General Motors. The cost Including labor was $2600. Keep in mind this is a 17 year old truck.
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