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An excellent pickup truck, Tundra is comfortable, quiet, handles relatively well and has a super smooth powertrain. It also performs towing and hauling tasks admirably. Good offset-crash-test results are a considerable plus. A crew cab with optional stability control was added to the lineup for the 2004 model year.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2002 Toyota Tundra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“top of roof molding is peeling off”

Anonymous, IL (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The window latches are cheap plastice and broke with in the first few years. The black window molding is fading”

John M., SC (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“fading, chalking on cab roof”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“paint failure on hood and roof”

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Bad clear coat failure”

House D., TX (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Started bubbling up while still under warrantee. Toyota refused to fix stating it was tree sap. Now (outside of warrantee it has spread all over truck. Every Toyota truck I see from this era has the same problem. This was a Toyota problem they re”

Mike V., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Paint clear coat chalking on roof and hood of vehicle; dark green paint. I've noticed that similar vehicles with lighter paint colors tend to have less tendency to have this problem”

Larry T., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Roof paint clear coat clouded and cracked, requiring an entire roof repaint”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Truck was parked in sun which degraded cab roof paint and encouraged rust”

Anonymous, NC (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Color is Green, and it has faded and peeled so much, it looks awful, down to metal now. I see a lot of this same truck and color doing exactly the same thing. We don't live in snow or extreme heat, this shouldn't happen. Think its a color flaw”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“FADING PAINT,DICOROLATION,MOLDINGS ON DOORS WARPING,INTERIOR DOOR RUST”

Aivars S., MN (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Vehicle has never seen the inside of a garage. clear coat was chalking and it had rock chips on front and hood”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Fading, eroding”

Gary K., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“paint on hood is disteriorating in areas”

Anonymous, OK (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Rear bumper clear coat faded resulting in chipping and flaking of the base color”

Anonymous, NJ (2002 Toyota Tundra Base 3.4-L V6)

“Roof paint fading, clear coat peeling”

Ray C., ID (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“The hood and roof have been fading for years. The rest of the truck looks almost new”

Michael T., UT (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Paint surface is no longer shiny, otherwise no problems”

Robert R., OR (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The clear coat is peeling off on large flat surfaces ,did OK for 15 years”

Frank S., KS (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 3.4-L V6)

“The paint is white and will not maintain any body or shine, if waxed it quickly goes flat”

Anonymous, NC (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Paint has been coming off on front of hood. Jades like a small pimple then erode down to the metal and get bigger and bigger then rust immediately. Gets worse every day right before your eyes. Have seen multiple other like vehicles with same problem. Toyota won't acknowledge”

Dana T., FL (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“IT IS JUST OLD. I NEED TO POLISH IT AND BRING IT BACK”

Jack W., KY (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“The Tundra is a great vehicle, but ours sits outside and now, after 15 years, the paint is faded and pealing all over. It looks terrible like we take poor care of it even though we regularly wax it and keep it clean”

D G., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Rust

“Due to salt, snow and rain, undercarriage has excessive rust”

Mark S., NJ (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“rust in truck bed”

Anonymous, IL (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“replaced the rear bumper cover. Needed to pass inspection”

Steve M., VT (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“RUST DEVELOPING UNDER THE VEHICLE”

Jack W., KY (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“This truck has required multiple front caliper replacements”

Jon P., NY (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 3.4-L V6)

“frozen caliper bolts, had to be drilled off”

Anonymous, NC (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Stopping power was weak. Had to upgrade to 2005 model calipers to improve stopping power ($1800.00)”

Anonymous, UT (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“sticking and wearing out the rotors in the front”

Anonymous, IN (2002 Toyota Tundra Base 4.7-L V8)

“Calipers are under sized for the vehicle”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 3.4-L V6)

“rust very quickly and cause overall brake pulsing and require complete redo of brakes if not caught orly”

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Brakes were wearing out and stopping became a challenge for safety reasons of course. The brakes were completely replaced and we decided it was because of the age of the truck. All is great since repair”

B G., TX (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“I had the brakes checked at the dealership a few years ago, and the brake pads were good. These were the original brake pads. At 112,000 miles, it was time to have them replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“About this time in Tundra life my reliable mechanic commiserates, the brakes need an job. This is not easy or cheap. Mostly for mechanics not a fun job”

Anonymous, MA (2002 Toyota Tundra Unsure 4.7-L V8)

“Have replaced a broken parking brake cable 4 times”

Jon P., NY (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 3.4-L V6)

“I had replaced the front brake discs at about 96,000 and they only lasted about 6200 miles, at which time I had slotted rotors and new disc pads installed because of intense pedal throb due to warping of the rotors”

Anonymous, OR (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“result of tundra 2002 design flaw undersized rotors, warped rotors caused pulsating vibration in steering when brakes are applied”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

“Road salts have caused premature brake wear”

Mark S., NJ (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“For some reason the Tundra goes through lots of pads and rotors”

Thomas E., FL (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The brakes on this model are undersized, causing warped rotors. I heard that newer models have larger brakes”

Anonymous, NC (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“warped rotors - the front brakes on this model are too small”

Anonymous, NC (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“they warped due to being undersized”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra)

“Rotors warp”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 3.4-L V6)

“had to replace rotors numerous times since they were undersized by Toyota when manufactured, dealer said there was no 'warranty' or recall for them...which was untrue - but only for customers who raised hell about it. A 'hidden recall' which Toyota r”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The rotors were turned to rectify the pulsation issue”

David H., WV (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Tundra rotors warp easily, causing pulsation”

Mark S., NJ (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Rotors were so worn down that they had to be replaced”

Manuel D., NJ (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Normal brake maintenance”

Anonymous, BC (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Squeaking

“front disc brakes, squeaking!!”

Anonymous, OK (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Some noise and pulsating - possibly due to improper installation of brake pads”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra Unsure Unsure)

“Breaks were squealing because the break shoes wore out as well as the rotors had to be replaced!”

Manuel D., NJ (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Started getting poor mileage and having other issues and found out the catalytic converter needed to be replaced. It was so expensive we had to wait months until we could get it done”

Deborah S., FL (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 3.4-L V6)

“Failure of Charcoal Canister system”

Anonymous, TN (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Failure of the front and rear catalitic converter units. They will not be replaced at $277.00 each as they do not effect mileage”

Anonymous, KS (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Replace”

Anonymous, SC (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The check engine light came on, the sensor had to be replaced, and we were given a choice of $1200 or $1500 to replace it”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 3.4-L V6)

“catalytic converter”

Anonymous, VA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 3.4-L V6)

“Have had several problems with sensors over the years and they are VERY EXPENSIVE to replace”

Deborah S., FL (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 3.4-L V6)

“Heater was faulty”

Anonymous, SC (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Not one but two of the O2 sensors went out. One was covered by warranty except that I could not get it into the shop in time, so I am stuck paying for both”

Robert J., FL (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“One of the oxygen sensors burn out every 12-18 months like clockwork. At $250 per, I stopped having the sensors changed”

John M., SC (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“o2 sensor failure”

Charles G., WA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Cost was $300+! Engine light warning came on”

Robert R., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“I've had to replace three sensors, which are expensive”

Anonymous, ME (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“check engine light, replaced O2 sensor this year and 1 other in previous year”

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Had multiple O2 sensors go out. I think these should be warranted for life, but they are not”

Denise J., FL (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Had 3 sensors cause the check engine light to illuminate one at a time within the year. Replaced remaining two when the failure occurred the third time”

Preston V., MI (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Engine trouble light: emissions control. Not serviced yet”

Anonymous, WV (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Nuts rusted off the studs allowing sensor to dismount and damage the internal element”

Anonymous, MD (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“All 4 Oxygen sensors failed, the two located after the catalytic converters were in such bad shape that the cats had to be replaced, mounting flanges were deteriated”

Dave C., PA (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“2 of the o2 sensors needed to be replaced, about 1 year apart”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The warning lite came on-I took it to a shop and their analsyler showed the problem was the 2 O2 sensors”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Power steering leaks

“Had to replace the entire steering rack due to leaking seals”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Steering rack assembly leaking at seals on left and right side. Steel lines from power steering pump to steering rack also leaking”

Stephen M., MA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 3.4-L V6)

“power steering leaks required repairs of $800”

Anonymous, MI (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“I replaced the power steering hose and it was quite expensive just for the part”

Minchella R., MA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Power Steering system was replaced when critical leaks and deterioration were found during routine service”

Anonymous, ME (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Entire rack rusted out needed to be replace I don't consider this to be outside of the realm of normal wear and tear for a 15 year old truck”

Minchella R., MA (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“required replacement at 80k miles. Would have expected them to go further”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“under carriage replaced free by Toyota on a recall”

Raymond G., MA (2002 Toyota Tundra Base 4.7-L V8)

“Strut snapped in half and this truck goes thru tie rods reguarly”

Minchella R., MA (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)
Springs or torsion bars

“Broken rear leaf spring”

Anonymous, IA (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“separated”

Anonymous, AR (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Steering rack was leaking; had it replaced”

David L., WA (2002 Toyota Tundra Unsure 4.7-L V8)

“/replaced rack and pinion for seal leaks”

Anonymous, HI (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“The rack an pinion had to be replaced because it rusted and a hole developed that allowed fluid to leak out”

Robert T., IA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“developed a leak in the rubber boot .Toyota dealership told me I needed a complete new rack and pinion . Cost $900”

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“same auto”

Anonymous, NY (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Wheel bearings

“had to replace rear wheel bearings, very expenive”

Anonymous, OK (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Ball joints

“Right front wheel fell off while driving on side street (lucky it wasn't the freeway!)”

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Tundra Base 4.7-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“Two cats' in a line, had to replace both”

William S., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“converter needs to be replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Check engine light on for years - replaced all oxygen sensors, check engine light mostly stayed on. Now replaced cat converter recently - waiting to see if ck engine light comes on again”

Anonymous, PA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“the entire exhaust system is beginning to show signs of age”

Minchella R., MA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“ther was a small exhaust leak around an oxygen sensor”

Sue P., MN (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Oxygen/fuel sensor failure”

C C., TX (2002 Toyota Tundra Unsure 4.7-L V8)

“manifold cracked. needed to be replaced. required replacement of the catalytic converter”

Steve M., VT (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Muffler and pipes required replacement. The truck was 12 years old and I live in a snowy area that uses salt on the streets in the winter”

Robert T., IA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“I find it amazing that the first muffler replacement was at over 140,000 miles”

Albert B., IL (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“After 125,000 miles, I FINALLY had to replace the muffler. Pretty darn good I'd say”

Stephen F., ME (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“There were a couple of leaks in the exhaust system and the muffler had to be replaced”

Michael S., VA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Nothing interesting”

Anonymous, AL (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Tail pipe rusted free of muffler”

Anonymous, NH (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“The hydraulic lifters for the tonneau cover failed last year so that it was unsafe to push the cover up”

D G., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Locks and latches

“driver power lock does not always lock”

Anonymous, AZ (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“fuel door lock seized up”

Mark S., NJ (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Door did not close flush and fixed free by toyota”

Raymond G., MA (2002 Toyota Tundra Base 4.7-L V8)
Seat belts

“Seat belts wouldn't retract. Toyota replaced free”

House D., TX (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“tailgate handle broke off”

Larry T., TX (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“The handle broke early on. The bolts that hod the cable and lock the tail gate in place come out all the time”

Dana T., FL (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“My fault”

Rick S., FL (2002 Toyota Tundra Base 3.4-L V6)
Windows

“Window latches for rear side windows both broke allowing water to leak in when raining”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Rear side windows have a hinged opening that allows windows to pivot out slightly. The latch device (not the hinge itself) that holds the window has failed on both windows. Failure mode is due to the latch device material cracking”

Larry T., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“driver side window doesn't seal well, always hear a slight whistle of wind coming in even with it rolled up. Have to stuff something in the corner to stop the noise and air coming in. Starting to do the same on the passenger side”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Belt replacement due to age and wear. Tensioner pulley replaced for lost tension. No down time other than the shop time to replace both”

Albert B., IL (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“serpentine tensioner idler bearing went bad after 260000 miles”

Richard D., AZ (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“serpentine belt tensioner bearing froze”

W H., OH (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Engine computer

“Check engine light came on and I took it back to the dealer several time before the problem was resolved”

Anonymous, FL (2002 Toyota Tundra Base 3.4-L V6)

“Engine computer had to be reset, wouldn't pass smog test until reset”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“#1 cylinder intermittently misfires; can't isolate the problem in the computer to remedy the misfire”

Clay W., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“rear end seal leak on to rear brakes. Replaced seals and rear brakes”

Neil F., UT (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“I had to replace gaskets because they were 15 years old”

Anonymous, TN (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 3.4-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Clock

“clock went out early in its life, then interior lights started failing”

William S., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)
Headlights

“Did not automatically turn off”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“left rear tail light went out, replaced bulb, went out again and found the connection loose”

Harry H., OK (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Repeated light failure”

Anonymous, OR (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Horn

“horn stopped working. dealer diagnosed as a short in the steering column which would cost $1500 to correct”

Mike T., WA (2002 Toyota Tundra Base 4.7-L V8)
Keyless entry

“Hit the keyless entry and the alarm goes off. Cannot shut it down with the fob. You have to go in start and then stop and clears”

Chris S., TN (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Warning lights

“engine waning light--need to replace 2 sensors”

Anonymous, IN (2002 Toyota Tundra Base 3.4-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Windshield and rear window leak after recall to inspect, clean and protect frame after lifting body from frame”

Vincent L., ME (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“When it rains, water drips in from under the dash on the passenger side”

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Rear wing window on one side won't stay closed”

Suzanne B., FL (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Seal was cracked and allowed water to drip in the side back window”

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Wind noise is very high as the seals are shrinking on all the doors”

Frank S., KS (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 3.4-L V6)

“The weatherstripping on my back driver door is peeling. I noticed it is where my son climbs in and out. Going to have to replace it in awhile”

Anonymous, HI (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Starting to get squeaks in the body when the truck goes over uneven roads. Also starting to get wind noise and the doors unlock once in awhile when I make a left turn. That one is strange. But the truck is getting up there in years, so I guess it's normal wear and tear”

Anonymous, HI (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“The A/C slowly stopped working and the solution was to replace the A/C Compressor. Works great now”

B G., TX (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“STAYS ON SO COST MILEAGE”

Anonymous, VA (2002 Toyota Tundra Base 3.4-L V6)

“A/C system leaks coolant and no longer cools vehicle interior”

Clay W., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Condenser

“This vehicle was involved in an accident a year ago, and I believe that contributed to this failure. The A/C system had never had any problems until last month”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

“had to replace radiator for cracked coolant out flow”

Anonymous, HI (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“had to rebuild the refrigerant device not sure what its called”

Anonymous, UT (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“Loss of lubrication where axle meets wheel. Replaced axle”

Sue H., DE (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Rear end went out after 130,000 miles and bearings”

Thomas E., FL (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Differential

“Rear differential had to be rebuilt @ 65000 miles $1000. Clutch pack failed”

Michael S., CO (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“It is a seal leak. It is apparently a very common design problem on Sequoia/Tundra's that cost $700 to fix. Should have been a class action issue”

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Oil from the differential leaked onto the brake shoes, bearings and rotor - all had to be replaced”

Jim C., CA (2002 Toyota Tundra Unsure 4.7-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

“cooler hose burst”

Garry M., KY (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Gear selector or linkage

“Gear shift fell off--obviously truck would not shift!”

C A., VA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Gear selector housing on steering column broke, thus couldn't shift into Drive. Had to tow to dealer, who charged about $600 to replace”

Anonymous, CA (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Transmission computer

“The 4 wheel drive light won't go off even when the vehicle is not in 4 wheel drive”

Anonymous, MO (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 Unsure)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Check engine light came on repeatedly. Solenoids replaced, but mechanic said transmission failure imminent. Have not had transmission repaired yet. Has not failed yet”

Anonymous, GA (2002 Toyota Tundra Unsure 4.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

“Loss of coolant and transmission fluid due to radiator failure”

W H., OH (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Transmission cooler line connection to radiator blew out while driving on the highway”

Dave C., PA (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“At time of timing belt replacement, advised to have the water pump replaced as precaution”

C C., MD (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“Bearings in pump failed at about 36000 miles, Had timing belt replaced too, though it was not required, $1200”

Anonymous, WA (2002 Toyota Tundra Base 3.4-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

“won't accept CD's”

Larry T., TX (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“6cd loader broke”

John D., KS (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

“replacing the timing belt every 100000 miles was a supprise cost of ownership”

Anonymous, TX (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

“only needed replacement cause of age”

Richard D., AZ (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“The truck would not move and cost $3000 to replace”

Anonymous, CT (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“Premature transmission replacement”

Anonymous, BC (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“Had to replace the battery twice. Third battery has lasted over eight (8) years”

C C., MD (2002 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.7-L V8)
Starter

“The starter is in the motor, requiring a full tear down. Very expensive”

Victor M., NY (2002 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

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Recalls
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STRUCTURE: FRAME AND MEMBERS:UNDERBODY SHIELDS
Nov 18 2009
SEPARATION OF THE SPARE TIRE AND DIMINISHED BRAKE CAPACITY COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
TOYOTA IS RECALLING MODEL YEAR 2000-2003 TUNDRA VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE FOLLOWING STATES: CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. EXCESSIVE CORROSION OF THE REAR CROSS MEMBER MAY CAUSE THE SEPARATION OF THE SPARE TIRE STOWED UNDER THE TRUCK BED WHICH WOULD PRESENT A ROAD HAZARD THAT COULD CAUSE A CRASH. ALSO, CORROSION OF THE REAR CROSS MEMBER COULD AFFECT THE REAR BRAKE LINES AND THE PROPORTIONING VALVE RESULTING IN DIMINISHED BRAKING CAPABILITY.
What should you do:
TOYOTA IS ASKING OWNERS OF THE AFFECTED VEHICLES TO REMOVE THE SPARE TIRE FROM UNDER THE VEHICLE UNTIL A REMEDY CAN BE OBTAINED. DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE REAR CROSS MEMBER AND RELATED COMPONENTS, INCLUDING THE BRAKE LINES, AND REPLACE THEM IF NECESSARY. IF THE CROSS MEMBER DOES NOT NEED TO BE REPLACED, IT WILL BE SPRAYED WITH A CORROSION PROTECTION COMPOUND. THESE SERVICES WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE, HOWEVER MULTIPLE VISITS TO THE DEALER MAY BE REQUIRED. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT APRIL 30, 2010. OWNER MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
TOYOTA SAFETY RECALL NO. SSC90/90M.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V444000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 110000
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS
May 11 2009
DECREASED LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
DOPE, INC. IS RECALLING 42,540 COMBINATION CORNER AND BUMPER LAMP ASSEMBLIES OF VARIOUS PART NUMBERS SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE LAMPS DO NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS.
What should you do:
DOPE, INC. WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND FOR THE NONCOMPLIANT COMBINATION LAMPS. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 28, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DOPE, INC. AT 1-626-272-1798.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON VEHICLES PRODUCED BY THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURER.IN ORDER TO DETERMINE IF YOUR AFTERMARKET LAMP ASSEMBLY IS AFFECTED BY THIS NONCOMPLIANCE, PLEASE REVIEW THE LIST OF MODEL NUMBERS PROVIDED TO US BY DOPE, INC.THE LIST CAN BE FOUND UNDER "DOCUMENT SEARCH" LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09E025000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 42540
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Jul 17 2006
LACK OF AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS IN THE LAMPS WILL DECREASE LIGHTING VISIBILITY TO OTHER DRIVERS AND MAY POSSIBLY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
CERTAIN AJ MOTORSPORT COMBINATION LAMPS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON THE ABOVE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES. COMBINATION LAMPS NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.
What should you do:
AJ MOTORSPORT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE LAMPS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 31, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT AJ MOTORSPORT AT 626-618-2026.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AJ MOTORSPORT AFTERMARKET LAMPS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES.FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE LAMP MODEL NUMBERS, CLICK ON DOCUMENT SEARCH AND VIEW DOCUMENT TITLED "LAMP MODEL NUMBERS."CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06E065000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3593
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Mar 23 2006
WITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
Summary:
CERTAIN PRO-A MOTORS CORNER LAMPS, TURN SIGNALS, AND HEADLIGHTS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. SOME COMBINATION LAMPS THAT ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.
What should you do:
PRO-A MOTORS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER TO REPURCHASE THE LAMPS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 3, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PRO-A MOTORS AT 323-838-2988.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO PRO-A MOTORS AFTERMARKET LAMPS AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON THE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES.FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE LAMP MODEL NUMBERS, CLICK ON DOCUMENT SEARCH AND VIEW DOCUMENT TITLED "LAMP MODEL NUMBERS."CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06E026000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 61944
SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER BALL JOINT
May 17 2005
THE LOWER BALL JOINT MAY SEPARATE FROM THE KNUCKLE CAUSING LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL AND A CRASH COULD OCCUR.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, DUE TO A MANUFACTURING ISSUE IN THE FRONT SUSPENSION LOWER BALL JOINT, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE SURFACE OF THE BALL OF THE JOINT MAY HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED. THE BALL JOINT MAY EVENTUALLY EXPERIENCE EXCESSIVE WEAR AND LOOSENESS, RESULTING IN INCREASED STEERING EFFORT.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT SUSPENSION LOWER BALL JOINTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 5, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
TOYOTA RECALL NO. 50J.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V225000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 768379
WHEELS
May 01 2002
DIFFERENT OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS CAN BE EXPERIENCED WHEN THE SPARE TIRE IS INSTALLED ON THE VEHICLE.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN 4X2 VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AN ALLOY WHEEL TIRE UPGRADE (OPTIONS WM4, WM8, ZL1-ZL4, DH4, OR DH5) INSTALLED BY THE PROCESSING CENTERS IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA OR COMMERCE, GEORGIA, A LABEL IDENTIFYING THE SPARE TIRE AS A TEMPORARY USE SPARE TIRE WAS NOT INSTALLED. THE UPGRADE INCLUDES 4 LARGER SIZE TIRES WITH ALLOY WHEELS. THE ORIGINAL SPARE TIRE/STEEL WHEEL IS NOT PART OF THE UPGRADE AND WAS NOT CHANGED.
What should you do:
OWNERS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH A CAUTION LABEL AND AN INSERT FOR THEIR OWNER'S MANUAL. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JULY 15, 2002. OWNERS WHO DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT SOUTHEAST TOYOTA AT 1-800-301-6859.
For more information:
CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 02V129000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3041
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