2008 Toyota Tundra
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Best Tundra Yet......

by from Massachusetts on February 27, 2012

This is the second Tundra we have owned. The first being a 2000, the first year they were introduced. Our first Tundra was given to our daughter when it was 9 years old, she used it for two years and ...
This is the second Tundra we have owned. The first being a 2000, the first year they were introduced. Our first Tundra was given to our daughter when it was 9 years old, she used it for two years and traded it in for a 2011 Toyota 4-runner! She loves her new Toyota 4-Runner. Our 2008 Tundra has such a wonderful turning radius for a big truck. We bought the V-8, 5.7 liter, TRD at the end of 2008 and went on a cross country trip from MA to CA. Went up those mountains of Utah and Colorado so easily, with no hesitation. If you are looking for stability, excellent performance, and trade in value in a truck..........buy a Tundra!
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Highly Recommend Tundra

by from Atlanta, Georgia on December 6, 2010

So after doing multiple test drives and long hours researching pickup trucks, I went with an 08 Tundra. I was in the market for a used pickup truck, and found that the Tundra's for sale within $16-20,...
So after doing multiple test drives and long hours researching pickup trucks, I went with an 08 Tundra. I was in the market for a used pickup truck, and found that the Tundra's for sale within $16-20,000 are newer, faster, etc. all around better than the other comparable trucks for around that price range. I have a 4.7L V8 and, although it may not be the big 5.7L V8, it is a rocket ship for a truck. I cannot believe how quickly this thing gets off the line (not to mention the PHENOMENAL sound it makes when you put the hammer down). I love the looks of it, and you have SO much storage for things on the interior. My tundra is a 4X2 Double cab normal bed. I have 11 cup holders, a gigantic laptop center console, two glove compartments, etc. I could store so much stuff in my truck that I wouldn't even need. The rear seats may look cramped like other trucks but don't be fooled, the angle at which the rear seats in the tundra have you sit angle you back so you get a significant amount of leg room. Everyone who rides in my truck always talks about how much leg room there is in the back. Also, i get a lot of people telling me how comfortable, quiet, and smooth the ride is. It is almost like a Lexus in a sense that it has very Lexus-like features in terms of comfort. I added after market running boards (essential if you don't do a lot of heavy off-roading). My only two complaints about the tundra are this: 1. This car is fun when you floor the pedal - thus you can get as little as 8.5 mpg while doing so. My first week owning the tundra I had so much fun getting up to 60 mph from red lights that i didn't realize how much fuel i was wasting. Drive conservatively, however, and you should get anywhere between 12-15 mpg. My second complaint has nothing to do with toyota, but rather the stock tires (at least for me) that toyota chose. I currently have a set of bridgestone dueler H/T's on my truck and, while they may be quiet and smooth, they get awful traction and treadwear. I would advise anyone buying a tundra to make sure that the dueler H/T's are not on the truck before buying (if used), and request that different tires be put on or buy a new set the instant you buy the tundra because these tires are terrible. The create a vibration in the steering wheel at 75 mph. Alternate tires that are good that some of my buddies have are the Pirreli scorpions and the Hankook Dynapro ATM. Other than that, the tundra is a handsome, powerful, comfortable, reliable, half-ton pickup truck that has served me well and will continue to serve me well for many more years to come. I love it, and recommend it for anyone, especially those who like to get the best "bang for their buck". Quality pickup truck.
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The best overall

by from Catskill, NY on January 4, 2010

In november of 2008 I test drove the the Chevy, Ford, Dodge, and Toyota. All were equiped with similiar features. The Tundra was a doublecab with the 5.7L, SR5, TRD packages. I found compaired with ot...
In november of 2008 I test drove the the Chevy, Ford, Dodge, and Toyota. All were equiped with similiar features. The Tundra was a doublecab with the 5.7L, SR5, TRD packages. I found compaired with other trucks that had the offroad pack., it drove smoother. And was quieter than all except the Ford. The truck has fantastic acceleration, although tip in is alittle abrupt. Brakes are strong with a little more travel then what you would expect. The interior materials are not on par with what you would expect from Toyota. With the floor shifter it comfortably seats five. And the center console is so large you could put a small child in there. Check with local traffic laws before attemting. I have now owned the truck for 13 months. Gas mileage has increase for 15/18 to 16/20. However I do not have lead in my shoe and I run Amsoil synthetic 0-20 Signiture series. Changeing the oil is a long process with the TRD. All in all the truck is a Toyota that says quality. I would recommand this truck.
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Tundra- Hasn't held up- terrible fuel economy

by from Texas (Where else?) on September 1, 2008

I bought my Tundra expecting Toyota quality and a tough truck. Tailgate bent badly the first week I owned it. Bed seems loose after carrying a heavy load of dirt. So far, getting 13mpg, which is 4mpg ...
I bought my Tundra expecting Toyota quality and a tough truck. Tailgate bent badly the first week I owned it. Bed seems loose after carrying a heavy load of dirt. So far, getting 13mpg, which is 4mpg less than my 07' F150 and 5mpg less than my Sons Silverado. Beautiful truck, runs like a bandit, but it hasn't held up to the abuse like my last 2 F150s. I was expecting a larger version of my 98' Tundra in stregnth and reliability, but I have been disaappointed. As an in town play truck it is great, except for the poor fuel economy and the3 fact that it is overpriced.
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Seven in the fleet

by from Hershey,PA on May 3, 2010

In 2007 I went with a Toyota fleet salesman's advice and ordered 3 DC SR5 Tundra's to add to our fleet of pickups. We were pleasantly surprised with how well these trucks performed out in the work sit...
In 2007 I went with a Toyota fleet salesman's advice and ordered 3 DC SR5 Tundra's to add to our fleet of pickups. We were pleasantly surprised with how well these trucks performed out in the work site. These trucks were used to shuttle men and women for crew changes on the pipeline. In the three years that we have had them we have had zero problems after putting on from 98,000-112,000 miles of mixed driving [hi way and off road] We have since signed on for 4 more in 2010.
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Not worth the coin..

by from MD on March 2, 2009

Lots of problems, in the shop a dozen times for various issues over the last 8 months. 13mpg on HWY. Cheap plastic interior rattles and creaks, seats rattle, bed bounces, hard to reach controls on das...
Lots of problems, in the shop a dozen times for various issues over the last 8 months. 13mpg on HWY. Cheap plastic interior rattles and creaks, seats rattle, bed bounces, hard to reach controls on dash, transmission slams into drive from park and sounds like its going to fall out.. I could go on and on. I will say that it is the best looking truck on the road, but for $46k I expected way more quality.
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Best truck I have driven....

by from Anna, TX on April 24, 2008

I bought the 2008 Tundra earlier this year. It is an excellent truck. The interior has better features than most of the Escalades and Navigators. There is storage space for everything including your l...
I bought the 2008 Tundra earlier this year. It is an excellent truck. The interior has better features than most of the Escalades and Navigators. There is storage space for everything including your laptop. The truck has exceptional power and torque. I am getting about 16 mpg in town and 19 mpg on hwy. It has the 5.7 liter V8 which I love. To sum it up this is the best truck money can buy and I am very happy to own one.
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Best truck ever!

by from Los Angeles,Ca on November 27, 2009

Love my Tundra!Best truck in my life. Only what i do not like - MPG. From other hand - safety first!
Love my Tundra!Best truck in my life. Only what i do not like - MPG. From other hand - safety first!
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Comfortable

by from Saint Cloud, Minnesota on May 14, 2008

After driving smaller trucks for many years, I decided to go with a regular cab, long bed 4x4 with the 5.7 liter and 6 speed transmission. I'm getting older and I really wanted something that was goin...
After driving smaller trucks for many years, I decided to go with a regular cab, long bed 4x4 with the 5.7 liter and 6 speed transmission. I'm getting older and I really wanted something that was going to be comfortable to drive, especially on those long trips. I was looking at the double cab until I found that the cargo area behind the bench seats is bigger than some domestic's with seats. I can get 4x5 gallon pails back there! I've gotten many a surprised comments about how the passenger seat feels more like a recliner. The front seat slides back more than enough for my legs attached to my 6'4" frame. I had considered dropping the reliability rating as there were some initial problems in the first 10k miles, but with the service I recieved AFTER the sale, it was no big deal. What cinched it for me was a no sales tactic/no antics dealer - a pleasurable buying experinece and a great truck. The truck sells itself and the buying experience should be considered a feature of a product in my opinion, so I included mine.
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Great truck, thirsty, but a great truck.

by from Manhattan, KS on September 22, 2008

I have owned My 2008 Tundra for about 3 weeks now. First of all, I got a super deal on it. Brand new out the door for $24k. The dealer had a 2005 Tundra on the lot with 35k miles and they wanted $20K!...
I have owned My 2008 Tundra for about 3 weeks now. First of all, I got a super deal on it. Brand new out the door for $24k. The dealer had a 2005 Tundra on the lot with 35k miles and they wanted $20K! No brainer there. I traded in my 2006 Pontiac G6 for the Tundra. I have had trucks before, went to the G6 to save on gas for a while, but hated it. Drove by the dealership and saw my Tundra with an $8000 rebate! MSRP on the sticker was $32k, got what I needed for the G6 and could not be happier. This is an awesome truck. I got the double cab, 5.7 V8. Inside the truck is so comfortable. I sometimes forget I'm driving a big fullsize truck. The backseat seems to have plenty of room for passengers. I really like the safety features of the truck. Standard side curtain airbags is something really cool. The center console is HUGE and it also has a lot of little storage areas in the cab. I'm not exactly sure what the "second" glove box is all about, but it is kind of a cool feature. My only complaint with the interior of the truck is the cupholders are a bit of a stretch from the driver's seat. The big 5.7 is plenty of motor, but then again this is a big truck. I like the biggest brakes in the class, and the frame that is used. The tailgate assist feature is really cool. I love the looks of the new Tundra, big and mean. It is a little on the thirsty side, but then again, I was driving a G6. My 2000 S-10 got about the same mileage as the Tundra. When you put your foot in this thing, it really goes. 381 horses is amazing. Overall, this truck is the best truck in it's class on the market. I drove the F-150, Silverado and Sierra. (Sorry, no Dodges or Nissans for me.) This truck was more comfortable, more truck and overall a better buy. Toyota quality and reliability is a big reason why I purchased this vehicle. I would still have my first Toyota truck today had it not been totaled. If you are considering a half-ton truck, check out all of the options, and you will like the Tundra.
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