Introduced in 2007, this generation of the Tundra was bulked up to take on Detroit's full-sized workhorses. Growing dramatically in size, but losing much of the refinement of the previous model, the Tundra, once considered the Camry of pickups -- fully-modern and easy to live with -- became one of the least refined and most dated. Shortcomings abound.
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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 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 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 2013 Toyota Tundra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Keyless entry

"The drivers side door will not lock with the key fob. The other doors seem to lock fine"

Greg D., IA (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)

"3 out of 4 electric lock actuators have failed"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)

"Intermittently recurring failure of the keyless entry system"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)

"Door lock actuator assembly on three doors failed. Dealer wants $500 per door to fix. This is a known problem with Toyota Tundra trucks"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"Remote would not unlock or lock driver's door"

Anonymous, KY (2013 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.6-L V8)
Warning lights

"The popper sonar system would fail by constant warning tone in a heavy rain when nothing was an obstruction I was going to come close too or possible hit"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"Mice chewed through sensor wires resulting in warning lights going on and engine going into limp mode. Problem due to all wiring coating being soy based instead of plastic"

Sean S., BC (2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"All the dash lights lit up and stayed on. Took to dealer they fixed under recall, 2 months later same thing happen dealer fixed again. working fine ever since"

Robert G., OH (2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"Tail light failed, filled with water"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Keyless entry and alarm will not work because of faulty door lock actuator"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Interior lights

"Dome light not working properly. Door switch on driver door was bad and got replaced"

Mark W., PA (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Had to replace calipers rotor brakes on all four wheels bc of premature wear"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)

"Brake wear was indicated in the first 20000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)

"both front and back brakes were squeaking bad and were replaced under warranty 6 months apart. They were prematurely wearing out. Front set at about 14000, back 18000 miles. way to soon"

John N., CA (2013 Toyota Tundra Unsure 5.7-L V8)

"All brakes needed to be replaced after 30,000 miles"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"rotors warped for no good reason"

Ted D., TN (2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"Rotors Severally warped at 8000 miles without hard USge. Trailer towed once and the trailer had its own brakes"

Mark M., NY (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)

"squeaking was from the premature wearing of the brakes"

John N., CA (2013 Toyota Tundra Unsure 5.7-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

Shocks or struts

"One strut required replacement"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"leaking shock"

Bejamin W., AB (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Rack and Pinion pump, or other went out. Replaced, no other problems"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Tie rods

"Bent during manufacture. Not inspected properly at factory or dealer prior to shipping or delivery"

Anonymous, ID (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)
Tire wear is uneven

"Wear was due to factory defect in steering gear"

Anonymous, ID (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)
Wheel balance

"The wheels on the truck were not aligned properly from the factory, tires were worn after 1 year, needed to be replaced. Multiple visits to the dealership to get it corrected"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-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)

"Particular vehicle is a west coast flexfuel model and the ethanol sensor resets to zero (0) or no-ethanol fuel detected causing start failure. Dealer resets software/sensor. This happens about every 18 months. Dealer suggested using only non-ethanol fuel"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"Check Engine Light P2445, replaced Air Pump. Later Toyota updated the ECM Software, do to recall"

Raymond L., NV (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Fuel injection system

"See above"

Timothy B., CO (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Fuel pump

"difficult to start"

Ted D., TN (2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"multiple issues with the flex fuel mode. caused hard starting, smoking at start up, fuel milage down to 8 MPG. Dealer had been helpful in getting the ECU reflashed. sill concerning"

Timothy B., CO (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"all warning light came on with cold weather starts. was reset by dealer. has not been a problem since but truck is now garage kept"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-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

Driveline vibration

"At speeds over 35mph, you would get a vibration in the steering wheel and could hear a medal on medal sound from the right side of the truck. After 2 served calls and multiple hours of diagnosis, both the front and rear right side bearings had to be replaced"

Mark F., OH (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Stability control (ESC)

"ESC would not engage"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)
Electrical failure

"flex fuel computer malfunction"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
4WD/AWD components

"It was repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)
Transfer case

"The vehicle disengaged 4 Wheel Drive on an incline of 40 degrees (uphill)"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The picture on the mirror will not show up at times. This rarely happens but has happen approximately 3 or 4 times"

Greg D., IA (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)

"Pretty much quit working recently. Works periodically"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"will not retain phone numbers"

Anonymous, AR (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Out of date when purchased and dealer will not update without cost - will not navigate on gravel or secondary roads"

Sheila M., MO (2013 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Radio

"The satellite radio has difficulty locking in a signal during wet or extremely cold weather"

Robert N., CO (2013 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The trim on the top of the cab came off. The piece that runs front to back about 6" from the side. Apparently this is a common problem, the dealer keeps the piece in stock"

Robert R., GA (2013 Toyota Tundra Unsure 4.6-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint scratches easily"

B B., TX (2013 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"paint surface marks easily,not durable"

Dale D., NB (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)
Rust

"rust was evident on entry floor panel at the bottom of driver and passenger doors. Same issue with 2010 Rav4 plus paint peeling of Rav 4 top-pearl white paint"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"According to Toyota The noise is from a cable bracket. There is no fix for it"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)

"brake line brackets attached to the firewall"

Anonymous, VT (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"brakes squeaks but toyota service says its not the pads. just dust. really?"

Anonymous, NV (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)
Wind noise

"I did not realize how bad the wind noise was till I started using hearing aids"

Richard W., TX (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"minor engine leak repaired under warranty also battery cables were replaced do to corrosion"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Toyota Tundra Unsure 4.6-L V8)

"Cam tower oil leak on both cylinder banks. A common problem with 2013 5.7L engines"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"I've had to have two act blower motors replaced"

Todd M., FL (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
A/C compressor

"Compressor replaced. Seems that it was a softwawreupdate that fixed this issue"

Chris S., AB (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-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

Doors or sliding doors

"The back door handles sometimes stick in the open position and I have to push them back down. I've never had a handle do this"

Robert R., GA (2013 Toyota Tundra Unsure 4.6-L V8)

"3 tries to fix a globe box latch"

Chris S., AB (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"only 80Kmiles water pump started to leak. Larry Miller dealership quoted an abnormally high price for fixing it. A local Toyota shop did the work for over $200 less"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Valve spring broke, fried injector, bent valve. Truck down in Montgomery, Al for 10 days. I live in Nashville, Ar"

Robert W., AR (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Truck battery barely starts truck after not being driven daily. Had battery checked four times in last year. Told it was fine every time. Problem still not resolved. Toyota dealer suggests replacing battery. It is a five year battery & just out of full warranty"

Robert W., AR (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"computer software upgrade"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Toyota never updates the software to be compatible with phone software updates. Have never been able to use Entune since day one with my Iphone"

Mark M., NY (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission would slip badly when truck was cold/initial start"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

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Recalls
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WHEELS:LUGS/NUTS/BOLTS
May 11 2017
Lugnuts that crack and detach may cause the wheels to separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2013-2017 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia vehicles accessorized with Southeast Toyota accessory 20-inch Rockstar wheels installed by Southeast Toyota or a Southeast Toyota dealer. The Rockstar wheels were installed with lugnuts that may crack and detach.
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and dealers will install new replacement lugnuts, free of charge. The recall began June 23, 2017. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226. SET's number for this recall is SET17A.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V311000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1325
WHEELS:LUGS/NUTS/BOLTS
Jul 16 2014
If the lug nuts loosen, or the wheel studs fracture, the wheel may separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Gulf States Toyota, Inc. (GST) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Toyota Tundra vehicles modified by GST as part of certain vehicle packages to be equipped with a combination of non-Toyota-brand 20-inch alloy wheels and chrome plated lug nuts. The coating on the lug nuts may give, causing the lug nuts to loosen or the wheel studs to fracture.
What should you do:
GST will notify owners, and dealers will replace 20 lug nuts and torque them to specification, free of charge. The recall began in August 2014. Owners may contact GST customer service at 1-800-444-1074.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V429000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 16249
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Apr 09 2013
An inaccurate label could lead to owners overloading their vehicles and tires. An overloaded vehicle can result in a tire failure which may result in a vehicle crash, personal injury, or property damage.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota is recalling certain model year 2008 and 2010-2013 Toyota Tundra, 2010-2012 Rav4, 2012 Toyota Sequoia, 2010-2011 Toyota Corolla, 2010-2011 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid, 2010-2013 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid, 2010-2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser, 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser, 2010-2013 Toyota Venza, 2010-2011 Toyota 4Runner, 2010-2013 Toyota Tacoma, 2011-2012 Toyota Sienna, 2012 Toyota Prius, 2013 Scion FR-S, 2011 Scion XD, 2011 Scion XB, and 2012 Scion TC vehicles. These vehicles were sold with labels that were outside the allowable one percent of accuracy of actual weight added. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) Number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."
What should you do:
Southeast Toyota will notify owners and provide a corrected label with instructions concerning its installation. A small group of the affected vehicles will need additonal remedies which are still being developed. The recall began on May 28, 2013. Owners may contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V123000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7525
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
Jan 16 2013
If the front passenger seat occupant sensing system is out of calibration, the front passenger airbags may not deploy or they may deploy inappropriately for the passenger's size and position. This could increase the risk of personal injury during the event of a vehicle crash necessitating airbag deployment.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain models interspersed through model years 2009 through 2013 as follows: model year 2009-2012 Tacoma, 4Runner, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Prius, and RAV4; model year 2009-2010 Avalon, FJ Cruiser, and Highlander Hybrid; model year 2010-2013 model year Corolla, Sienna and Tundra; model year 2009-2013 Highlander and Venza; model year 2012 Prius V; and model year 2010-2012 Sequoia. During modification by SET to include accessories such as leather seat covers, seat heaters or headrest DVD systems, these vehicles may not have had the passenger seat occupant sensing system calibration tested. Without passing the calibration test, the occupant sensing system may not operate as designed.
What should you do:
Southeast Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will test the sensitivity of the occupant detection sensors, and recalibrate them as necessary. The recall began on March 21, 2013. Owners may contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V014000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3235
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