99-06 Toyota Tundra

1999-toyota-tundraFirst Generation (1999-2006)

The Toyota Tundra is a pickup truck manufactured in the US by Toyota since May 1999. The Tundra was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award and was Motor Trend magazine’s Truck of the Year in 2000 and 2008. Currently the Tundra is assembled in San Antonio, Texas, USA where production was consolidated in 2008.

The first generation Tundra had many similarities with the older Toyota T100 and the compact Toyota Tacoma. The biggest of those similarities was the shared use of a 3.4-liter V6 engine which was the top of the line engine in both the Tacoma and T100. The V6 engine would serve as the base engine for the Tundra. Engine choices available in the Tundra were a 24V 3.4-liter V6 engine that produced 190 horsepower and 220 lb·ft of torque and an LEV certified 32 valve 4.7-liter “i-Force” V8 engine that produced 245 horsepower and 315 lb·ft of torque. A Toyota Racing Development (TRD) supercharger was already available for the 3.4-liter V6 (2000-2003 models) that bumped horsepower to the 260 horsepower range and 260 lb·ft of torque. TRD introduced a second supercharger for the V8 (2000-2003 models) engine late into its second year of production that pushed the V8 numbers to the mid 300 horsepower range and torque to the 400 lb·ft range. Although the V6 supercharger is still widely available, the V8 supercharger is rarer and harder to find because TRD stopped its production once Toyota released the updated VVT-i equipped 4.7-liter engine.

A Stepside version of the Access Cab and the Double Cab version were added to the lineup in 2003. The Double Cab model was a true crew cab with four normal doors and with interior / exterior details copied from the Toyota Sequoia. Its bed is nearly 5 inches longer than the competing Nissan Titan or Ford F-150. It is also 13 inches longer and 3 inches taller than the Regular and Access cab versions.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the Tundra “Good” overall in their frontal offset crash test. It was the first full-size pickup awarded a “Good” score, its then competitors from Ford and Dodge were rated “Poor” and in the case of GM’s entry “Marginal”.


Rust problems
Many complaints about the rear crossmember, gas tank, rear brake lines.

Secondary Air Pump Failure
On average at 100k miles, the secondary air injection system begins to fail.

Transmission lunges at a stop or transmission slipping
Seems as though it is common for the solenoids to fail in this transmission. Additionally, the main shaft is weak and prone to breaking.

In 2009 Toyota issued a recall on 2000-2003 model year Tundras regarding rust problems of the rear crossmember.

2012, Toyota issued a recall due to possible steering and suspension problems caused by faulty ball joints. A ball joint in the front suspension may wear out causing the vehicle to be difficult or sometimes impossible to steer.