The Least Reliable Used Toyota Tundra Model Years Are Worth Avoiding

If you’re shopping for a used truck, the Toyota Tundra is among the best used trucks you can buy. It has a reputation for reliability and, according to iSeeCars, is the longest-lasting truck on the road today. Unfortunately, not every model year lives up to the Toyota truck’s reputation for being a reliable truck. Let’s talk about the least reliable used Toyota Tundra model years and which you should buy instead.

Consumer Reports Toyota Tundra reliability ratings 

A silver 2007 Toyota Tundra on top of rocks, the 2007 Toyota Tundra is one of the least reliable used Toyota Tundra models
2007 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

Consumer Reports consistently gives the Toyota Tundra high marks when it comes to the reliability department. In fact, the organization is pretty consistent. More often than not, it’s awarded the used Toyota truck with a five out of five reliability rating. The bad news is that not every Tundra model year was able to score such high marks.

For example, Consumer Reports gave the 2007 Toyota Tundra a three out of five reliability rating, making it one of the least reliable Toyota Tundra model years. According to the organization, the 2007 model faced issues with its engine and transmission. Owners of the Toyota truck also reported problems with its electric system, brakes, and paint/trim.

Consumer Reports gave the 2002 Tundra a similar low-reliability rating. The truck experienced several problems. The most common problems included issues with the pickup’s engine, transmission, and drive system. Owners also reported a significant number of issues with the used Tundra’s exhaust system.

CarComplaints.com says to avoid the worst Toyota Tundra model years

A black four-door 2005 Toyota Tundra parked next to a gravel hill, the 2005 Toyota Tundra is a used Toyota truck
2005 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

While Consumer Reports gave both the 2007 and the 2002 Toyota Tundra less than perfect reliability ratings, CarComplaints.com reports that the least reliable Toyota Tundra model years are worth avoiding. For example, CarComplaints.com reports that the 2012 Toyota Tundra has higher repair costs and experiences more problems at a lower mileage than other model years. Its most frequent issues include problems with its exhaust system, interior accessories, and engine. 

CarComplaints.com reports that the 2005 Toyota Tundra also experienced several problems. The most common problems include issues with the Toyota truck’s engine. Owners reported several instances of secondary air pump failure. According to owners, the truck’s secondary air pump failed after roughly 103,350 miles of driving. The problem allegedly cost $1,740 to repair.

“I have an 05 Toyota Tundra that has been a great truck until a check engine light came on and I started to lose power. Found out that I need a secondary Air Pump at $1,100 plus labor, so about $ 2000. And there’s more, it may be worse if there is damage to any of the vales it could be up to a $3,000.00 dollar job,” explained one Tundra owner.

Is the Toyota Tundra a reliable used truck?

The good news is that while certain Toyota Tundra models are worth avoiding, overall, the Toyota Tundra is a reliable used truck. Models like the 2019 Tundra were given a five out of five reliability rating by Consumer Reports. The organization awarded several other Tundra model years with similarly high ratings. Meanwhile, J.D. Power gave both the 2021 Toyota Tundra and the 2005 Toyota Tundra a Great quality and reliability rating.

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