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Tundra Tailgates Tearing Apart

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This is a public service announcement.

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http://www.tundrasolutions.com/forums/tund...ures-i-am-club/

By the time you reach this link, it may be dead.

In some cases, I've had to go to the website directly and then nagivate down.

There is another Tundra storm abrewing.

And it's not looking good for Toyota.

Is the liftgate really considered another door by Toyota?

Should anyone be able to use their truck to haul ATVs?

Could someone get hurt from this?

As one of the owners experiencing this problem stated, we need to let everyone know.

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Yes they had another problem. A Chevrolet or GMC will not have that problem. The Jap's can't build a good fullsize truck!

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Yes they had another problem. A Chevrolet or GMC will not have that problem. Toyota can't build a good fullsize truck!

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Well, the obvious problem is that people are trying to put things in the bed. If you don't load things in the back of the truck, there won't be an issue. This is clearly an owner-caused problem.

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Some of the comments in that forum amuse me.

I load my tractor in the back of my truck the same way........ Guess I'll be using my utility trailer for that now...... Although, my 07 Tundra is a perfect truck, so I doubt anything like that will ever happen to me ........

If it's so perfect, why would you have to use the utility trailer?

What do you guys think about lining the bed with plywood? Work similar to a bed liner but the plywood would give the tailgate increased strength? I am considering doing it since I will be loading a snowmobile into the bed....

Well... yeah... plywood is stronger than balsa..

Dont get all upside down over this tailgate thing. Every first model year with a completely new body design is gonna have growing pains. This is a great truck, they just cut a few corners trying to make this thing suburb friendly and affordable.

ORLY!? Did we hear about this when the new F-150 came out? Are we hearing about this with the new Silverado?

If we all start calling Toyota and running the issues through our dealerships Toyota will do something about it.

Don't count on it bub.

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I think they are using the cheap metal from the lightly armored Zero fighter planes from WWII, melting them down and using the metal to make the Tundra. :smilewide:

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That is completely inexcusable. First we have Camry transmission problems then the Tundra bed dancing, FJ structure cracking, and now this. I see a big backlash brewing for Toyota...and it can't come fast enough.

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OT: I disagree with the description on this thread. Tundra is changing everything. It's changing everything you knew about Toyota's reputation.

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I prefer the original!

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Some of the comments in that forum amuse me.

LOL... Yep, that shows how brainwashed and stupid americans are now...

When the EV1 tanked or when the 8-6-4 motors blew up, GM was destroyed and is even still getting what for today (Who killed the electric car?) Yet, now that the Prius is having problems; "Toyota should be cut some slack for being so innovative and trying a new technology."

These are the same people that will tell you to buy Abercrombie over Gap because Abercrombie is 'it' eventhough they're the saem damn thing... It's pure ignorance; or bias?

That is completely inexcusable. First we have Camry transmission problems then the Tundra bed dancing, FJ structure cracking, and now this. I see a big backlash brewing for Toyota...and it can't come fast enough.

'cept it never will come simply because the media isn't honest enough to eat crow and admit that Toyota isn't the savior they made it out to be... Not to mention the yuppies that read/write the media slander in favor of Japan Inc./against Detroit are probably too blinded by ignorance and bias in the first place. They probably don't even realize whats happening.

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These are the same people that will tell you to buy Abercrombie over Gap because Abercrombie is 'it' even though they're the same damn thing... It's pure ignorance; or bias?

OMG! THat is So Not truE! ABErcromBIe is teh cooliEst.

Actually abercrombie is different.... abercrombie stuff looks like I ran over it with the lawn mower before I marked the price up 75%

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OT: I disagree with the description on this thread. Tundra is changing everything. It's changing everything you knew about Toyota's reputation.

The Tundra cannot take all the credit. Some of that goes to the FJ and the Camry too.

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Once again, Toyota cuts corners. One of the posts talked about how a Tundra owner who weighs 180 lbs could feel the tailgate flex when he stood by himself on it, while another said that him and two other 200 lb buddies would sit on the back of their Chevy tailgate and everything was fine.

If the tailgate can't even take the weight of an ATV or some plywood, how is the rest of the truck going to fare after 200,000 miles? I foresee junkyards full of 2007 Tundras in the near future. Toyota already knew about this problem on the 2005 Tacoma and yet they didn't resolve it. This truck is turning out to be a major embarrassment.

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So maybe I wasn't crazy when I though I saw that Tundra's tailgate looking warped that night!

I wonder how many of these $h!boxes will last 10 years?

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Once again, Toyota cuts corners. One of the posts talked about how a Tundra owner who weighs 180 lbs could feel the tailgate flex when he stood by himself on it, while another said that him and two other 200 lb buddies would sit on the back of their Chevy tailgate and everything was fine.

If the tailgate can't even take the weight of an ATV or some plywood, how is the rest of the truck going to fare after 200,000 miles? I foresee junkyards full of 2007 Tundras in the near future. Toyota already knew about this problem on the 2005 Tacoma and yet they didn't resolve it. This truck is turning out to be a major embarrassment.

if anything goes wrong on the gm tailgate it would be the cables that support it. my dads 97 had one to break but the other never let go. even my colorado tailgate is stiff as a board. i had the heads, crank, and intake off of my 350 sb along with 180 pounds of me on my tailgate yesterday.

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Once again, Toyota cuts corners. One of the posts talked about how a Tundra owner who weighs 180 lbs could feel the tailgate flex when he stood by himself on it, while another said that him and two other 200 lb buddies would sit on the back of their Chevy tailgate and everything was fine.

If the tailgate can't even take the weight of an ATV or some plywood, how is the rest of the truck going to fare after 200,000 miles? I foresee junkyards full of 2007 Tundras in the near future. Toyota already knew about this problem on the 2005 Tacoma and yet they didn't resolve it. This truck is turning out to be a major embarrassment.

There is a major problem with your statement...you see my friend you are assuming these things will make it to 200,000 miles! :P

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I really wonder if Business Week, Newsweek, CNBC and the others that seems to love Toyota's dirty underwear admit to Toyota's growing quality problem.

For all the bitching and complaining about the domestic automakers it's nice to see that the mighty Toyota has problems too!!

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if anything goes wrong on the gm tailgate it would be the cables that support it. my dads 97 had one to break but the other never let go. even my colorado tailgate is stiff as a board. i had the heads, crank, and intake off of my 350 sb along with 180 pounds of me on my tailgate yesterday.

There was actually a recall for those cables I think.

I don't remember exactly, but I think my avalanche has metal supports in place of cables.

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There was actually a recall for those cables I think.

I don't remember exactly, but I think my avalanche has metal supports in place of cables.

yeah, my sister has a 98 s10 and both of hers let go. i am pretty sure i heard about a recall on those cables too cause i mentioned it to my dad. his response " should have never stopped putting chains on there to begin with"

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There was a TSB on the cables for Early GMT800s. A supplier used standard steel cables instead of the stainless GM specified, as these cables are wrapped in a plastic sleeve, owners didn't know that the cables had corroded and decayed. The ones on my 02 Silverado snapped simultaneously as I was loading heavy supplies into the truck. It was a dangerous problem, but GM replaced the cables under warranty and the problem was solved. I still believe that braided cables are a bad idea vs. the bracket style supports GM used for years (those simply never fail), even though a small weight savings comes with using the cables.

With all of that said, I have never had an issue with tailgate structure on a GM truck. That sort of failure is much more significant and inexcusable on any pickup. I work my 05 Silverado hard, and the gate takes a beating with all sorts of heavy equiptment and materials loaded in and out of the truck on a regular basis. The gate has developed a slight bend in the middle over time ( I would call this normal wear on a work truck) but it is still strong and stable and I have no fears of it failing.

As I've said before, the current Tundra is strike three for Toyota in the full-size truck market.

A substandard product plagued with poor design and a host of problems.

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