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Mark Rechtin

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May 28, 2007 - 1:00 am

LOS ANGELES -- A batch of camshaft failures in 5.7-liter V-8 engines has dinged the launch of the Toyota Tundra pickup.

Camshafts in 20 engines have snapped, says Toyota spokesman Mike Michels. The outside camshaft supplier, which Toyota declined to identify, has traced the problem to "a metallurgical defect in the casting, a flaw in the metal which they have corrected," he says.

To date, Toyota has built 30,000 of the engines, and the company is determining how many might be affected. Michels says that it was "an early batch," and that "Toyota is confident in the production from that point on."

Full article: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dl.....;/70525073/1128

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Mark Rechtin

Automotive News

May 28, 2007 - 1:00 am

LOS ANGELES -- A batch of camshaft failures in 5.7-liter V-8 engines has dinged the launch of the Toyota Tundra pickup.

Camshafts in 20 engines have snapped, says Toyota spokesman Mike Michels. The outside camshaft supplier, which Toyota declined to identify, has traced the problem to "a metallurgical defect in the casting, a flaw in the metal which they have corrected," he says.

To date, Toyota has built 30,000 of the engines, and the company is determining how many might be affected. Michels says that it was "an early batch," and that "Toyota is confident in the production from that point on."

Full article: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dl.....;/70525073/1128

Another in a long line of Toyota miscues.

$400 million over budget.

At the very tail end of the announced opening schedule.

Sales figures far below expectations.

Door handles that are not color matched.

Wide panel gaps supposedly attributed to "a tougher looking" truck.

Tundra Autoshow sales men that wear ridiculously small tool belts that show no signs of wear. Pee-wee Hermanish to be sure. Yeah, that's a real working truck.

An absurdly constructed disconcerting interior awash in a sea of grey and black blech.

Stamped metal suspension parts.

Still selling a V-8 with a timing belt in 2007.

A cheap-*** C-frame that only a mother could love.

A truck that can't even muster a 5-star safety rating in any trim.

Let's not forget the "tough" 5-bolt lug pattern.

And styling strongly indicative of a beached whale in heat.

All followed by engines that quickly blow apart.

Yet another sunny day to bash the Tundra.

Did we leave anything out?

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Another in a long line of Toyota miscues.

$400 million over budget.

At the very tail end of the announced opening schedule.

Sales figures far below expectations.

Door handles that are not color matched.

Wide panel gaps supposedly attributed to "a tougher looking" truck.

Tundra Autoshow sales men that wear ridiculously small tool belts that show no signs of wear. Pee-wee Hermanish to be sure. Yeah, that's a real working truck.

An absurdly constructed disconcerting interior awash in a sea of grey and black blech.

Stamped metal suspension parts.

Still selling a V-8 with a timing belt in 2007.

A cheap-*** C-frame that only a mother could love.

A truck that can't even muster a 5-star safety rating in any trim.

Let's not forget the "tough" 5-bolt lug pattern.

And styling strongly indicative of a beached whale in heat.

All followed by engines that quickly blow apart.

Yet another sunny day to bash the Tundra.

Did we leave anything out?

Poor fuel economy?

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Another in a long line of Toyota miscues.

$400 million over budget.

At the very tail end of the announced opening schedule.

Sales figures far below expectations.

Door handles that are not color matched.

Wide panel gaps supposedly attributed to "a tougher looking" truck.

Tundra Autoshow sales men that wear ridiculously small tool belts that show no signs of wear. Pee-wee Hermanish to be sure. Yeah, that's a real working truck.

An absurdly constructed disconcerting interior awash in a sea of grey and black blech.

Stamped metal suspension parts.

Still selling a V-8 with a timing belt in 2007.

A cheap-*** C-frame that only a mother could love.

A truck that can't even muster a 5-star safety rating in any trim.

Let's not forget the "tough" 5-bolt lug pattern.

And styling strongly indicative of a beached whale in heat.

All followed by engines that quickly blow apart.

Yet another sunny day to bash the Tundra.

Did we leave anything out?

Priceless!

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Mark Rechtin

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May 28, 2007 - 1:00 am

LOS ANGELES -- A batch of camshaft failures in 5.7-liter V-8 engines has dinged the launch of the Toyota Tundra pickup.

Camshafts in 20 engines have snapped, says Toyota spokesman Mike Michels. The outside camshaft supplier, which Toyota declined to identify, has traced the problem to "a metallurgical defect in the casting, a flaw in the metal which they have corrected," he says.

To date, Toyota has built 30,000 of the engines, and the company is determining how many might be affected. Michels says that it was "an early batch," and that "Toyota is confident in the production from that point on."

Full article: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dl.....;/70525073/1128

metalurgic defect = manufacturer had to skimp to hit a cost target.

'20' engines. This means there is a buttload more and probably every one is subject to this happening over time. The SHO v8's had cam sprocket issues that happened more and more over time, even if the press over blew it. For this to happen out of the chute is an incredible emabarassment for hoyotha. It basically shows they don't know what they are doing yet.

God I hope this gets plastered all over the press.

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Funny Stuff. :lol:

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The Toyota Tundra: More camshaft snapping power than Chevy OR Ford!

toyota's solution to eliminate the camshafts snapping is to make the timing belts flimsier so they snap first before the cams do.

problem solved. :)

DID I SAY TIMING BELTS AND PICKUP IN THE SAME SENTENCE?

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Tough to play with the Big Boys...

This is a real shot to Toyota's long-term hopes in this market. It's tough enough to get buyers out of their Silverados and F-150s to try a Tundra for the first time; a bad experience will resonate for a long time.

Note to GM: This is good news, but don't think it's OK to relax now...step on their throats.

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