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Our good buddy Mike Levine over at Pickuptruck.com has updated his report on the story surrounding the failure of 20 camshaft in the 2007 Toyota Tundra's 5.7L V8 engine. Levine noticed that Toyota has already posted on two internet forums expressing regret to Tundra owners over the incident. Though the author's name was not provided, identical posts were published by "TMSUSA" on ToyotaNation.com and TundraSolutions.com that address customer concerns and provide this expression of remorse:

"Although the number of affected Tundras is very small, we very much regret that even one of our trucks was manufactured with a camshaft processing flaw and certainly any inconvenience caused to our customers."


Meanwhile, Levine also tracked down a consultant who confirms the estimate we originally reported that it will cost $5,000 to swap out each engine that experiences a failed camshaft. Toyota will certainly pay the estimated $100,000 to repair the 20 trucks already known to have experienced a camshaft failure, but the looming question that's yet to be answered is how many more trucks might need to have their engine replaced? Toyota Spokesperson Bill Kwong told Levine, "Our dealers have approximately 1,600 new Tundras nationwide for disposal as a loaner vehicle while a customer's truck is being repaired, and that doesn't include older Tundras and Tacomas." While meant more as an assurance that the company will do whatever it can to help out customers who find themselves with an affected engine, that statement also implies Toyota is at least prepared for the number to grow.

[Source: Pickuptruck.com]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      My Silverado had an oil pump failure at around 1,000 miles. The light went off and I immediately shut it down and had it towed. If I hadn't happened to have been in a driveway, it might have destroyed the engine before I got to a place to pull off and figured out what was wrong.

      These are all complex machines. There's bound to be some percentage with problems. I think the best you can do is go with the reliability reputations/statistics available and hope for the best.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Sure you're sorry, I say buy a GM crate motor and stick it in the Tundra.

      Hey Toyota, how do ya like being the BIG CHEEEEEEEEEEEEESE??
        • 7 Years Ago
        This wasn't funny the first time you posted it, and it's not funny now either.
          • 7 Years Ago
          Okay Viktor.... have it your way. Since you didn't think that the best Tundra on the road, would be one with a GM crate motor, How about a Hemi or a PowerStroke?

          I'm just trying to give Toyota owners some options here.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Turd.
      • 7 Years Ago
      AndrewQ, we're talking about a company here whose success is based upon the notion that its new vehicles will last for 20 years. We're talking about a company whose entire truck line sells because of the common notion that domestic trucks don't come with Toyota's "legendary" reliability. THAT'S why this is a big deal.

      Now the question is whether Toyota's success has been developed by the ingenious marketing ploy of supposed reliability. And I ask this question in honesty since I know people with Ford's who’s Ranger's look like they've been through hell, and they still roar to life defect free, for example.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like Autoblog spelled internet correctly to me. As much as I hate Toyota, at least they are fixing the problem, but it seems like they aren't perfect anymore...Mmm a meatball sub! rrright.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think its cool Toyota has someone checking all the forums. That is such a good way to get involved!

      http://www.tundratalk.net
      2007 Toyota Tundra Forums
      • 7 Years Ago
      90% of the Weblogs people need to learn how to spell Internet correctly.

      (I hope that bold thing worked, lol)
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      K --- thats a lame excuse. My 04 F150 is at 70,200 miles today with no major problems. Yeah it had a bad sensor when I first bought it and the Michelin tires were a bad batch, but otherwise, no engine trouble, no transmission failure, no electrical problems, nothing. Mine was built and designed in America thank you. Toyota has had problems source from Japan, as well as a first test drive of the new Camry by the import lovin hubby and wife on Detnews. They said they were shocked to see the quality was poor--especially one that came from Japan. Toyota just needs to face it, even building and selling less than 200k Turdras a year, they still cant hack it with trucks. Do they really think an apology is going to make up for the fact that someones BRAND NEW TRUCK is now worthless until the engine is replaced. The fact that they knew since February states that they are no better than what Detroit did in the 80's and early 90's. The sludge issue put them way beyond the sleeze factor than Ford, GM, and Chrysler could have EVER dreamed of doing. When your engine breaks or sludges up, remember, its your fault!
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        "When your engine breaks or sludges up, remember, its your fault!"

        Well at least Ford didn't say it was my fault when the manifold gasket went. They just told me I had to pay for the repair and they would sell me the right gasket. No sludge in that engine because it was all washed out. I guess you figure that's quality (No sludge)
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great now we are name calling already. I do not like that the first thing Toyota does is blame someone else "Bob Lutz made it so our camshafts would break!!!" and it also bugs me when people compare the Toyota 5.7 to GM's 5.3 the GM 6.0 is more of what I'd compare the 5.7 to, unless the Toyboata lover boys think that's unfair to compair GM's larger small block to Toyota's largest and give them the same amount of gears. Now comparing GM's simular sized engines with the same gear count is totally unfair for the truck of snapping cams.
      • 7 Years Ago
      THIS is what happens when Toyotas are built in America.

      In fact, these are the kinds of messes that Yanks do to everything that's foreign to them.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Let's not forget that it is the American unions and weak myopic American management that have sabotaged and keep sabotaging the true American spirit. The Nips saw an opportunity and build good vehicles - they owe a big Domo Arigato to General McArthur.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As many have stated before, toyota quality has never been as good as people say. And the Tundra will NEVER be as good as a domestic. Because toyota has no idea what they're doing. Not to mention all their vehicles look like CRAP.
        dan
        • 7 Years Ago
        Dear Sir
        You are entitled to your feelings and opinions. Keep in mind however that Toyota reliability has proven itself along the years. They have established themselves as such. It is not a marketing ploy. There is a reason as to why people buy Toyotas. You say that their cars look like crap. Have you seen the Chevys? But on this we are quarrelling about taste which is always subjective due to people's uniqueness.
        And now for my biased opinion: whenever I think about buying a domestic car, I feel like I have to make a decision to give domestics another chance. An alternate way to describe it would be like trusting a person again despite the fact that you know that he/she will deceive you, again.
        Finally, please take a look at hoe well the trim on the Toyota (and other Japanese cars) is attached versus the American cars, especially GM. The difference is collosal compelling me to deem the domestics pitiful.
        • 7 Years Ago
        toyota has no idea what they are doing? you base this off of what? and i suppose you could do a better job than they can?

        everybody says if this was one of the big 3, people would be constantly bashing them, but because it is toyota, everybody forgives them. however, in every metion of toyota having a problem with one of their vehicles, it is the exact opposite. the majority of these comments are some sarcastic remark about how toyota isn't so great. so far, i see only a couple comments that arent completely biased towards hating imports.
      • 7 Years Ago
      By the way: whether they regret it or not (why the heck wouldn't they regret it anyway?), put the blame on a supplier rather than themselves, they lose.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Aprime1 @ May 31st 2007 4:38PM

        By the way: whether they regret it or not (why the heck wouldn't they regret it anyway?), put the blame on a supplier rather than themselves, they lose."

        Just like Ford did with Firestone. Keep in mind that Ford had plenty of engineers at those tire plants.
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