For a reliable truck, this is the BEST!
I bought my 2002 Tundra SR5 in February of 2020 with 197,000 miles on it. In the three years since then I have put 24,000 on it, and (not counting brakes/tires, normal wear parts), I have had no mechanical issues with it whatsoever. I changed the timing belt and water pump at 215,000. It pulled a double-axle Uhaul trailer through the the Ozark mountains with no issues ~ even passed a semi on an uphill climb. These trucks last forever and hold their value very well. My only real complaint is that on long trips the seats can get uncomfortable. That's really it. It is a simple, straightforward, and ultra-reliable truck. I will be buying another Tundra soon.
My 2002 Toyota long bed truck
I have a one owner 2002 Toyota Tundra long bed with automatic transmission with under 57000 miles on it. I installed a bed cover, running boards and fender flares (so people couldn't ding my truck. I never had any accidents, don't smoke, and everything works; radio, air, etc. I love my truck.
02 4.7L Tundra IS a BEST of 1st generation!!
I absolutely love my truck , there were a few issues that having a friend do repairs wasn't quite the way I should've handled this experience. My truck has an interference engine which he has never heard of, therefore instead of taking all the tundra gurus ' advice from the experienced and knowledgeable,he just kept throwing parts at it in hopes to miraculously get it right. But unfortunately,due to my lack of funds and the only person I could get to work on my truck at no charge, it now sounds like a diesel, mpg is not up to par, performance power not as it was prior. Imo he changed a few things that were not necessary. The timing belt is a critical component,especially when you are running interference! I tried to point out the main factors in the upkeep to avoid destroying the engine but he basically ignored what I was explaining. A timing belt replacement sounds easy enough...... there's much more to it if you don't want to dismantle the engine repeatedly. Water pump,hoses,radiator, along with the belt, I may not have nentioned the full line up,the point is that everything component that is in junction with the belt may as well all be replaced at approximately 80-90,000 miles. The last thing you want is the belt to break while in use!!! Yep if it does, look for a new ,used or rebuild engine,the damage will be disastrous. What I like most having the interference engine is the performance in power, I love the power my tundra had. Had will be a has been ,I'm determined to have it all corrected by a toyota pro. I trust my 02 tundra to never leave me stranded, as it never has. I am at almost 300,000 miles. NEVER SKIMP ON FLUIDS, I am OEM all the way when it comes to parts beneath the hood,AND I only feed NON ETHANOL FUEL to my tundra. Another tip when replacing anything under the hood, best to change both. If you tear down to change gaskets, best bet is all at once save your time for taking trips in your tundra. The headlights could've been better factory quality but when it comes to smooth comfort,reliability,2002 toyota tundra sr5 4.7L is most definitely worth every penny, imo one of the best years of tundra , most definitely out of the first generation. My granddaughter says she wants my truck, by the time she's able to drive I may not . I have no doubt in my mind that this tundra could be on the road with her for at least 10 or more years. She is only 13.