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Avoid the 2014 Toyota Tundra, It Has the Most Expensive Repairs

Boy howdy! If there was ever a used Toyota Tundra model that you should avoid, it’s the one from 2014. Sure, the 2007 Toyota Tundra has more than its fair share of problems too, but the 2014 model is a little more updated and tempting to buy. However, if you do buy the 2014 Toyota Tundra, you could face expensive issues. 

Avoid the 2014 Toyota Tundra 

To provide a little background on the 2014 Toyota Tundra, it can tow between 4,000 to 10,500 lb. It also has pretty good engine options available, including a 4.0-liter V6, 4.6-liter V8, and 5.7-liter V8. 

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2019 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

The fuel economy isn’t bad, either. The 2014 Toyota Tundra gets up to 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. That’s actually a better fuel economy than the 2020 Toyota Tundra has, but the 2020 base model only comes with a V8, so that could be why. 

2014 Toyota Tundra electrical issues 

The 2014 Toyota Tundra has notable electrical issues that drivers have faced. One of the most common problems includes the automatic door locks failing. With power locks, the locks would only work if they were manually pressed down. The lock and unlock buttons on the keys and inside of the truck stopped working. 

Also, the alarm would not turn on unless each of the locks was manually pushed down. Sometimes these issues spread to other areas of the truck, causing the radio to turn off while driving randomly. Replacing these locks could cost up to $500 each. 

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Electrical problems with the radio could cause you to lose Bluetooth connectivity. Some drivers would lose power to their radios for days. However, replacing the radio could cost around $3,400. That’s a pretty expensive issue to get your music working again. 

2014 Toyota Tundra engine issues 

Do you like buying a lot of oil? Because the 2014 Toyota Tundra blows through oil. It’s prone to leaking from somewhere in the engine compartment. Some drivers noticed the leak before their trucks had 30k miles on them. However, with the warranty ending after 36k miles, your engine probably won’t be covered in the 2014 Tundra. 

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The 2021 Toyota Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner trail editions | Toyota

Other drivers detected the leak in the camshaft towers, which is a fire hazard. Some drivers would hear pops then see black smoke billowing out the back of their trucks due to this issue. Other drivers had trouble getting their Toyota Tundra to go over 35 mph, and the truck would quickly stall if it did. To replace the engine is roughly about $3,400. 

2014 Toyota Tundra body problems 

The 2014 Toyota Tundra is also known for a variety of random body problems. One driver had their sunroof explode for no apparent reason. Nothing hit it, but it randomly shattered, sending glass everywhere. This caused an $800 repair. 

Another driver had their side mirror melt in the sun. Goodness, Toyota didn’t use quality materials to handle the heat? Once the mirrors melt and possibly fall off, it can cost up to $800 each to fix them. 

Other drivers had to deal with the front lugs or studs breaking in their front tires. They would suddenly snap, causing the front right tire to detach from the truck. This issue was incredibly dangerous at high speeds. It could also send the tire flying into traffic, causing multiple wrecks.