Why This 2008 Toyota Tundra Is Still Worth Thousands After 600,000 Miles

The Toyota Tundra hasn’t updated its design in over a decade. Toyota trucks have their issues, but overall they tend to be reliable. A 2008 Toyota Tundra still retained some value after racking up an incredible 600,000 miles. Are used Toyota Tundras really that reliable?

This used Toyota Tundra just got a new owner after 600,000 miles

A blue Toyota Tundra full-size pickup is unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, Thursday, February 9, 2006.
The Toyota Tundra full-size pickup is unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show | John Dziekan/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

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Most modern vehicles are built to last up to 200,000-250,000 miles with regular service and maintenance. The average reliable new truck can last most drivers almost 15 years without presenting any major issues. Trucks that are heavily used can last about 13 years. Vehicles that last above 300,000 miles without needing costly repairs are anomalies.

According to Motor1, A 2008 Toyota Tundra with over 600,000 miles was being offered at a CarMax auction. The model was a red 2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab that seemed to be in decent condition. Bidding for the truck started at a measly $1000.

The 2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab sold for $3,000. Tack on transportation costs and the auction’s fee, and the total cost ends up being closer to $4,000. This may not sound like a lot of money for a truck, but this Tundra has accumulated more miles than double the life expectancy of most newer trucks. It’s hard to believe a vehicle with 600,000 miles on it is suitable for anything but scrap metal.

The 2008 Toyota Tundra model may not be the newest, but it was heavily used. Plenty of 2008 Tundra Double Cab used models can be found under 200,000 miles nationwide, so this truck is special. Still, one has to wonder why a car dealership would spend almost $4,000 on a 13-year old truck with over 600,000 miles.

Are used Toyota Tundras good trucks?

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The Toyota Tundra doesn’t have the smoothest ride. Most used Toyota Tundra models have reliable engines and transmissions. Some consumers have found reliability issues with the 2007 and 2015 model years.

The 2008 Toyota Tundra actually doesn’t differ much from other used Toyota Tundras. It provides a decent driving experience. The 2008 Toyota Tundra is also very powerful and has great trunk and cargo space. It comes in three different engine options that range from 236 to a whopping 381 horsepower.

Used Toyota Tundras have decent reliability, but they aren’t the most dependable trucks in their class. The new 2022 Toyota Tundra model aims to change how consumers view the Tundra in overall truck rankings.

What to expect from the 2022 Toyota Tundra

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Consumers have been waiting on a Toyota Tundra refresh for years. The 2022 Toyota Tundra is finally shaking things up and making some changes to the truck’s design. The Tundra will receive a new chassis. Its payload and towing capacity should improve with its new frame.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra is expected to trade the Tundra’s typical V8 engine for a V6. It is unlikely to sacrifice any power because power is so integral to the truck’s overall appeal. The new Tundra will feature rear coil springs. The goal of the 2022 Toyota Tundra is to compete with vehicles like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 that have dominated rankings for years. Will the 2022 Toyota Tundra’s changes be enough to make a good truck great?

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