Buyer’s Guide: 2000-2006 Toyota Tundra

The 2000-2006 Toyota Tundra models are perfect used truck candidates. They can run well over 200,000 miles with proper maintenance. However, there are a few minor squabbles to look out for, as well as some options to be aware of. Should you be in the market for this generation of Toyota, known also as the XK/30 or 40 generation, this is just about everything you need to know before buying.

2000-2006 Toyota Tundra known issues

A half-cab Tundra with doors open
The first-gen XK30 Tundra | Toyota

First, it must be said that two of the issues we’re about to discuss were recalls issued by Toyota. Ideally, that means that most models have already had the issue dealt with, and all you need to do is a little homework to be sure they got handled. Now, the airbag propellant in certain XK/30 and 40 models degraded at some point in the early 2000s. Luckily, both Toyota and airbag maker Takata issued a recall for the airbags.

Second, these iterations of the Tundra also had a mechanical issue from the factory. A suspension component called the ball joint would wear prematurely, eventually causing the joint to separate from its housing. This is the second Tundra recall to be aware of. Thankfully, like the Takata airbag issue, it should have already been handled. All you have to do is ensure that’s the case.

Trim levels, options, and what to look for

The interior of the XK30 Toyota Tundra
The first-gen XK30 Tundra | Toyota

The XK/30 Toyota Tundra could be had in either two or four-wheel drive, automatic or manual transmission, and single or double cab. From there, engine options vary based on trim level. Those being either the SR5 or the Limited trim. The powertrain in the Tundra was either a V6 of varying displacement or Toyota’s legendary 2UZ-FE V8. Naturally, you’ll want the V8. The 2UZ is just about as good as motors get, with nearly perfect reliability.

Regardless, the body style doesn’t have much effect on the value of the truck. The “stepside” variants are by some margin the most desirable, largely because of their unique looks. As for the cab, get whatever suits your needs best. However, know that the double cab models are worth a bit more. If you’re looking for ultimate resale spec, and willing to pay for it, you’ll be wanting the V8 double cab with the six-speed manual.

You get what you pay for

Toyota's logo on a Tundra pickup truck
The Toyota badge | Joe Raedle via Getty Images

Speaking of resale, let’s talk pricing. For full resale spec, expect to pay anywhere from $15,000 to $25,000 depending on mileage. This one sold on Bring a Trailer for $20,000. If you’re willing to be more flexible on the options and trim, examples can be found anywhere from $8,000 and up.

Bearing in mind the issues discussed earlier, the Toyota Tundra is a phenomenal truck. Do your homework, be patient, and wait for that nice clean one to come up for sale, and you’re sure to get your money’s worth. Capable four-wheel drive and strong reliability means it’ll be this truck and the roaches left at the end of time.

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