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Toyota Tundra for spearing

Postby Shadrshe » June 4th, 2019, 3:26 am

Hello to everybody!

I have been wanting to buy a used pickup just to have one available when I need to haul something for the odd jobs around the house. I would not need it for daily use and figured I would drive it less than 10,000 miles per year.

I now have the opportunity to buy a 2002 Tundra 4WD extended cab from my son-in-law. He's buying a '08 Tundra as he needs this type of vehicle for his job as a salesman. It's in good condition but needs new tires. Here's the kicker - it has 215,000 miles on it. They are mostly highway miles, and I know he took good care of it since he bought it new. It has a top on it and a factory hitch. He will sell it to me for $5000.

I would buy it in a minute except for the fact that it has so many miles on it! I also know that Toyota builds a very good, reliable product. I've never owned their truck but I bought a new Camry and drove it with high miles and it was the best car I ever owned.

What do you guys think? Should I consider this deal any further?

What kind of mileage should I expect?

Just interested in your general thoughts on this, and specifically the high mileage.
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Re: Toyota Tundra for spearing

Postby NaClAddict » June 4th, 2019, 5:22 am

Plenty of them run for a lot longer. You will need maintenance and it’s getting to the iffy area. Most will go 300k + if taken care of. A few of my coworkers have that exact same truck with 300+ with no major problems. If it’s for utility work and diving, not your daily driver I would do it. It really depends on how well it’s been maintained. Mileage is okay on those trucks. I personally think they’re a great size truck.
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Re: Toyota Tundra for spearing

Postby chris oak » June 4th, 2019, 12:41 pm

I had a 2003 Tundra I think, mine had a camper shell and I got 15 mpg city/hwy and 11 mpg on tow. The truck was bulletproof and when I got it smogged they said that that particular model ran forever and was in demand. I can tell you that one of the common problems is that the solenoid goes out on the charcoal canister, it will cause a check engine light that will cause you to fail smog and a new canister is about 700. The solenoid cost me like 20 bucks on amazon and I was able to swap it in myself.

The tundra is a big truck, even bigger than my tacoma I had previously but it tows pretty much anything. It's a little hard to park in small lots for everyday driving but I was using it as my 3rd car and only towed my boat or hauled stuff in it. I liked it a lot and if I were looking for trucks I'd go toyota again. The only thing I did was change the oil and filter, everything else except that solenoid held up. I think I had about 200k miles on mine when I sold it and it sold pretty quick for 7500.

It really depends on what you plan on doing with it. I replaced it with a highlander hybrid. I get 28 mpg avg and 17 mpg towing my 4k lb boat/trailer. I cant haul full sheets of plywood in the hybrid or move couches or large items though, anytime that happens I'll just rent a truck because thats a rare occasion.
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Re: Toyota Tundra for spearing

Postby Steve G » June 5th, 2019, 1:21 pm

Buy it! I have a 2005 Tundra with 230k miles on it mixed city and highway. It hasn't cost me much to maintain and I am confident enough in the vehicle that I plan to run it up to Casper, WY and back this August for my vacation.
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Re: Toyota Tundra for spearing

Postby dariian » June 10th, 2019, 6:35 am

I have a 2000 with close to 200k and would trust it up to 300s. Ive driven it across the country twice and up to Idaho and everywhere else. Great trucks.
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Re: Toyota Tundra for spearing

Postby phil herranen » June 10th, 2019, 11:09 am

Good trucks but crappy mileage
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Re: Toyota Tundra for spearing

Postby Steve G » June 11th, 2019, 12:50 pm

And just like that, the OP was gone.
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