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Tundra Motor Trend Truck of the Year!

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How could they go from CTS to... this? One Tundra owner started an excited thread over in the Motor Trend forums, his nick is "xtreme". I had to smack him down a little bit. If anyone ever gets over there to the MT forums, check it out. Here's what I said:

A word of caution: please don't put the trophy on the tailgate. It's not meant for such heavy use. And try not to Move Forward with too much enthusiasm, you might break a camshaft, torque converter or u-joint. Oh, and don't wreck it, you might hurt yourself with your 4-star crash rating. One more thing, please don't forget to put a bag over your head before going for a drive... you really don't want people to see you driving such an out-of-proportion, ugly Atomic Tadpole, do you?

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This will go down in history like when they picked the '83 Renault Alliance, the '81 K-Cars, and the '02 Thunderbird.

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It sounds like M/T gave them the sympathy vote because of all the problems this truck is having. Personally I wouldn't even have included it in the competition due to the unpredictable reliability.

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This is one reason I wasn't all that excited when the CTS won the car of the year...even though it had stiffer competition in its class. MT OTY awards are trash. The Turdra...with all of its problems so far...won this. I think it cheapens the victories of the CX9 and the CTS...

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This doesn't make sense. I thought because it came out as an 07 it wasn't eligable to be 08 Truck of the year. I guess the Silverado couldn't win 2 years in a row. :AH-HA_wink:

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unfortunately, reliability is not a factor in that judging, at least not numerically. They see the hoyotha badge and subjectively uprate every other catagory based on the 'reputation'.

MT comes off as even more ridiculous now.

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Obvious choice...what else was new for '08? The Ford Super Duty was just a hideous restyle and update of the '99 model.

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Obvious choice...what else was new for '08? The Ford Super Duty was just a hideous restyle and update of the '99 model.

Exactly... what was the turd's competition, did it even have any? This award applies to ONLY new (redesigned?) vehicles, right?

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My challenge to MT:

Name ONE... ONE... aspect or feature of the Tundra that is not available from another manufacturer.

Variable solidity camshafts

Quick release rear differential

Perma-Lock torque converter

Dynamic tailgate shaping

automatic bed cargo settling

Sport lock parking brake <allows maneuvering even with brake engaged>

rear wheel drive active stability control

best ever crash test rating*

</Toyota PR Department>

*on a Toyota truck

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unfortunately, reliability is not a factor in that judging, at least not numerically. They see the hoyotha badge and subjectively uprate every other catagory based on the 'reputation'.

Apparently, otherwise the gmord's wouldn't have won. (/sarcasm)

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Exactly... what was the turd's competition, did it even have any? This award applies to ONLY new (redesigned?) vehicles, right?

The GMT-900 HDs and the F-Series SD were the competition.

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Obvious choice...what else was new for '08? The Ford Super Duty was just a hideous restyle and update of the '99 model.

THE SUPERDUTY is a category killer, and provides capability for truck buyers almost not seen before. However, its not a real mainstream product for metrosexuals in California, which is the only crowd Motor Trend writes to these days.

I don't think the Super Duty Launch has been a debacle like the Tundra however.

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Judging by all the past winners, it's usually based on "significance" or "game-changer" status.

well in that case they picked the right truck because it's going to significantly change the game in regards to Toyota's perceived reliability

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My challenge to MT:

Name ONE... ONE... aspect or feature of the Tundra that is not available from another manufacturer.

Self cancelling ESC when 4 x 4 is engaged...no other truck I know of has that.

- also included are: Bad cams, transmissions, brakes, driveshafts, tailgates and a bed that will make a martini shaker blush.

So there! :rolleyes:

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Self cancelling ESC when 4 x 4 is engaged...no other truck I know of has that.

- also included are: Bad cams, transmissions, brakes, driveshafts, tailgates and a bed that will make a martini shaker blush.

So there! :rolleyes:

beat you :P

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&#036;h&#33;-san Titan was also the truck of the year. What did it achieve?

No it wasn't. The F150 was. The Titan just won comparisons, never MT's big award. :P

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No it wasn't. The F150 was. The Titan just won comparisons, never MT's big award. :P

I am going to play with semantics. I did not say Motor Trend truck of the year. Although Tinyton was a truck of the year by these buffoons. :smilewide:

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well in that case they picked the right truck because it's going to significantly change the game in regards to Toyota's perceived reliability

Preach it, Brother.

Chris

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I think MT rated the Turd second in a comparo test against the Silverado. So they basically ate &#036;h&#33;, and the worst part is I get that rag. Keep in mind the truck wasn't out when they tested in 2007 for it. But still it makes them eat ass because those bastards basically gave a truck all new for 2007 truck of the year for 2008. Talk about stupid. For Toyota they think its great but if the Turd had been out in 2007 for testing GM still would have got it. I feared this happening all year because I knew they didn't have out for 2007 test. &#036;h&#33;, but in away its a good thing it makes them eat &#036;h&#33; with there obvious relability issues. GM, Ford and Dodge will have the last laugh here.

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