The current-generation Tundra bulked up to take on Detroit's full-sized workhorses. Dramatically growing in size and losing much of the refinement of the previous smaller-scale model, the Tundra has so far failed to make inroads into the Detroit-dominated segment.
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There are 4 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 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 2016 Toyota Tundra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Caliper push pin frozen in one rear brake"

Jeffery T., MI (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"This truck is used primarily in the winter. Because I don't drive it more than once a week in the summer, the brakes suffered a lot of corrosion. The calipers were still under warranty. I had to pay for the rotors."

Anonymous, ME (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"Needed new brake pads at 34,000 miles and was told to have rotors re-surfaced. I thought this was excessive wear, but was told by dealer and Toyota corporate that this was normal wear."

Terry C., MA (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)
Pulsation or vibration

"A few month ago the vehicle developed a noticeable vibration in the front end when braking, both hard and normal. Research indicates this is likely caused by warped rotors and this is fairly common issue with Tundra."

Douglas B., NE (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Rotors

"Rotors needed to be turned after only 20,000 miles, never had this on any truck before"

John C., TX (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"Rotors on a vehicle with heavy-duty and off-road capabilities (TRD model) and 50K+ miles should not be an issue."

Douglas B., NE (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Squeaking

"Squeaks in morning when first starting out."

John R., CA (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 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

"Recall notice about rear bumber trim"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"The molding around the window was the first problem on the driver side. It started to come out from the top going to the bottom. Now the molding on the passenger side, top corner is coming up on both pieces that meet in that corner. Same piece as on the other side and now also the long piece that goes from the windshield back to the back window on the roof."

Anonymous, CT (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Handle passenger grabs to pull themselves into front seat of truck. Molding covering bolts would not stay on"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Chipping"

Anonymous, AR (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"Toyota could have made a harder paint for the Tundra. It's too soft scratches easy."

Rick J., NV (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Rust

"Some rust in tailgate interior components....kind of minor but unexpeded...Bumper are a joke...tissue paper front and rear....bad"

James L., NY (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Faulty sensor right front"

Ross M., AB (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"faulty sensor warning"

Anonymous, AB (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"One sensor quit working and had to be replaced"

Marcel D., ON (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-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

Display screen freezes up

"my iphone X causes the screen to freeze and reset while driving and then will not reconnect. replacement head unit ordered"

Anonymous, BC (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"infotainment system would crash and reboot when making phone calls. Resolved after software update"

Joseph C., CA (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Radio

"The radio's HD feature cuts in and out when listening to a radio station. Seems like the antennae is not hooked up correctly or not effective."

Robert K., WI (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 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

A/C compressor

"a/c apparently wasn't filled up with refrigerant at the factory, unit was filled and unit has operated satisfactorily since"

Frank U., NJ (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Condenser

"Not entirely a design problem, but it could be improved. A rock got kicked up by the car in front of me and it punctured my condenser coils. They could be made stronger, or have a grill that protects them better. I ended up zip-tieing some metal bug screen behind the grill to protect in the future. $1400 repair at dealership"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Evaporator

"Here was the problem. Water was leaking into the passenger side mat from below the dash when running the A/C. Brought in to get fixed and they said it was all set ( used a pipe cleaner to free up to blockage in the hose ). Couple weeks later same problem. Called Toyota and said I'm fed up with their service ( other issues previously ) which this got their attn. They finally gave it to a competent mechanic who found the problem. At the factory they left the plastic packaging on the foam part that is a noise cancelling part that goes around the transmission which clogged up the drain hole. Thus, to fix it they had to lower the transmission to get it out. He also gave me the packaging with some of the foam on it. I bought the Toyota for quality, but the issues I have been having they are slipping."

Anonymous, CT (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 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

Differential

"Started hearing a "growling" sound, similar to tire road noise. Rear differential was replaced. Ok now"

Anonymous, BC (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Driveshaft or axle

"Left rear bearing replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Power door locks don't always respond to the key fob or the lock button on the door handle. It is an intermittent problem and effects all doors randomly"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Keyless entry

"Locks on all doors intermittently would stop responding to the lock and unlock buttons on the key fob or the door panel and had to be manually locked or unlocked"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"just air leaks continue to increase interior noise."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)
Wind noise

"Wind noise continues to increase."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 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

Locks and latches

"Lock on tailgate would not lock all the time when locking vehicle. It would unlock every time when I unlocked truck but would not lock every time when I locked truck. It worked when took to dealership to fix so they did nothing. I finally disconnected electronic lock/unlock on tailgate. I lock and unlock manually with key."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"exterior door handles were sticking"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-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

Alignment

"Front tires were wearing unevenly. Dealer did front end alignment and rotated tires"

Anonymous, NH (2016 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)
Wheel balance

"Steering wheel shake at 60mph"

Anonymous, CA (2016 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

Alternator

"Alternator started whining after 100000 miles (3 years)"

Earl B., MD (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Serpentine belt was replaced while under warranty. Belt was squeaking. Did not think that was normal to have to replace the belt on a vehicle with <40K miles."

Bruce S., AZ (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 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

Rough shifting

"Seems when I take off it is long time shifting to second"

John M., FL (2016 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"When the truck sits for at least a week and then is started there is a lag between shifting and going into gear. The longer it sits between starts the longer the lag time is. If the truck is left to idle for about 30 seconds, or less, this problem does not show up."

Ray R., CO (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

Engine Major

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS:KNEE BOLSTER
Jun 29 2017
The incorrect bolts may cause the air bag module to loosen over time, affecting the performance of the knee airbag, increasing the risk of injury during a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2016 Tundra vehicles. The affected vehicles have a passenger knee air bag module that was attached to the instrument panel mounting brackets with incorrect bolts.
What should you do:
All of the affected vehicles have been inspected and any incorrect knee air bag mounting bolts have been replaced, free of charge. The recall began on June 22, 2017. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is H0K.
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: 17V416000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5
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
STRUCTURE:BODY:BUMPERS
Jan 24 2017
If a person steps on the corner of the bumper that is damaged, a portion of the bumper may break away, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Tundra vehicles equipped with a resin rear step bumper and resin reinforcement brackets (vehicles with chrome step bumpers are not affected). In the event of an impact to the corner of the bumper, the resin bracket may be damaged but not be noticed.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the resin rear bumper reinforcement brackets with steel ones, and replace the rear bumper tread, free of charge. The recall began on May 21, 2017. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is H0C.
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: 17V051000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 72847
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Jun 09 2016
An incorrect label may lead an owner to overload the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain model year 2016 Toyota Camry and Highlander, 2015-2016 Toyota Tundra, Scion FR-S, and tC vehicles. The Load Carrying Capacity Modification Label may not reflect the correct added weight of the installed accessories. As a result, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars."
What should you do:
SET will notify owners, and provide a corrected label for placement over the inaccurate label, free of charge. The recall began on July 14, 2016. Owners may contact SET customer service at 1-866-405-4226.
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: 16V420000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4253
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