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Is there any full-size truck other than Tundra that is actually reliable?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by TacoManTaco, May 21, 2020.

  1. May 21, 2020 at 9:37 PM
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    TacoManTaco

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    Thinking about upgrading to a full-size since there just isn't enough backseat room in the taco to haul the in-laws around. I have been doing research on full-sizes, and I read a lot of anecdotal bad reliability problems on f-150, silverado, and (to a lesser extent) the titan.

    Is this really the case, that the tundra is the only reliable full-size? Hoping to get 20 years / 200k miles out of it, which I should hit no problem with the tacoma. The fuel economy on the tundra is the zinger compared to the competition.
     
  2. May 21, 2020 at 9:43 PM
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    Bishop84

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    Honestly, 20 years without major repairs, Tundra is the only answer.

    The 5.7 is thirsty but I've only changed transmissions on the first model year 2007 and thats it.

    I've never changed a rear diff, only fronts, again 2007-2010.

    I've replaced one 5.7 due to owner abuse. Seen 2 others die, both superchaged.
     
  3. May 21, 2020 at 9:58 PM
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    jmauvais

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    My buddy got a titan with a cumins diesel, is pretty sweet. But I’d say tundra is your best bet.
     
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  4. May 21, 2020 at 10:14 PM
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    I have replaced 2 rear diffs on pre 2010 Tundras. Cross pin comes loose and eats the carrier. Known issue, usually from doing burnouts. Best full size out there for sure.
     
  5. May 21, 2020 at 10:18 PM
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    How about those starters? Major job to replace I hear.
     
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    most reliable full size=Tundra
     
  7. May 21, 2020 at 10:32 PM
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    shakerhood

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    The UPS Guy said the starter failed on his and he had to pay $1800 to get it replaced, Ouch!
     
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    2022/2023 Tundra.... get all them first year bugs and come back to a Tacoma lol
     
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    Is everyone saying “tundras are the most reliable” cause we all drive Toyota’s and we are all biased or is there proof that tundras outperform all full size trucks?

    I’m not hating. I Never owned a full size truck. I might one day since my family is growing. Only owned Tacoma’s.
     
  10. May 21, 2020 at 10:42 PM
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    It's 5 hours, you're supposed to remove the passenger exhaust manifold. It's a bear.

    Some guys can do it by removing the passenger cv axle.

    The old 4.7 tundra it was under the intake manifold haha.
     
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  11. May 21, 2020 at 10:43 PM
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    He said he had it done at the Dealer so they probably charged him quite a bit for labor.
     
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  12. May 21, 2020 at 10:50 PM
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    I would guess any full size truck made by anyone could get you to 200k with proper upkeep these days. We are all biased for toyota, but my work truck is an f150, it has made it more than 20 years without a major issue. The other work truck is a Ram.... can’t say the same. But there are plenty of Silverado’s and Titans with 200k on the clock.

    point is, no company really makes a crap car anyone when you compare to the 70s or 80s or 90s. But they all can make mistakes. They all have recalls, and it falls on the owner to keep the vehicle up and follow recalls.
     
  13. May 21, 2020 at 10:55 PM
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    GM 1500s are fairly reliable in my opinion. In most cases you'd have small things go bad that most rookie mechanics can do on their own if they're up for the task. When they switched to 0w20 on the newer ones we saw a lot of camshaft issues, not sure if they resolved that or not. I left around 2017.
     
  14. May 21, 2020 at 11:24 PM
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    Have had nothing but fullsize trucks till a couple years ago. All vehicles will break eventually. I've had only minor issues but stay on top of maintenance. Aside from the old ford diesels (6.0/6.4), I can't think of any modern truck that's really any less reliable if taken care of properly.....people do dumb shit or neglect and then blame. I'd be more concerned with resale.
     
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    does the truck have to be new?
     
  16. May 22, 2020 at 12:02 AM
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    You're all way biased, you all hear a story about someone you don't know, that had a bad time with a certain truck, and BINGO, it's what all trucks do in your minds.
     
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    I'm sure I'll catch shit for this, but I had little issues with the Silverado 1500. Put 260,000 on it. Other than routine maintenance, all that was replaced was thermostat, fuel pump, and a couple of wheel bearings. (only one bad, but changed both). Gave it to brother in law, and still going today. It's got close to 300,000 now and he thinks the trans might be on the way out. I've never owned a Tundra, but have owned all of the big 3, (Chevy 1500,2500,3500. Ram 2500,3500 and F350, F450) and they each have their own issues. :crapstorm:
     
  18. May 22, 2020 at 4:37 AM
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    Nope...it is the oldest design but it's the most reliable period!, the rest don't even come close!
     
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    The others have been around longer than the Tundra and many are still on the road today. They might not be as reliable as a Tundra but that has to skew the numbers. What is this reliability factor based on?
     
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  20. May 22, 2020 at 4:50 AM
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    Least amount of visits to the dealership!, the fact that they've been longer means nothing if they other manufacturers choose to not change because they know people will buy their stuff regardless.
     

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