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#2641069 - 12/12/08 2005 Tundra 4.7 motor, any issues  
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Tomorrow morning I will be going to check out a 2005 Tundra with 4.7 motor. This truck has the Access Cab and 55k miles and asking price is $12,995. Car fax shows it was bought at auction I think. Anyone hear of issues with any of these Tundras in the year range of 2002 to 2005?

Its either this or the Tacoma. Found a 2003 Tacoma with 68k miles on it for $12500

Cannot make up my mind. I know for my needs the Tacomas will work for me but with two growing kids (girl is 7 y/o and boy is 5 y/o) I would appreciate the space. However, the kids will not ride in it much anyway.

I know all about the Tacomas and may look at the 2002 - 2005 Double Cab Tacomas but the bed is smaller than I want it.

Cannot...don't want to buy a new truck and tie up alot of my money so looking at a used truck. Tundra seems pretty good but what problems are folks having with it? What is their maintenance requirements?

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#2641091 - 12/12/08 Re: 2005 Tundra 4.7 motor, any issues [Re: valad]  
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Three of my friends have 2000 to 2002 Tundras with the 4.7 engine,and all have been extremely reliable despite our harsh climate.The biggest maintenance cost is changing the timing belt.The only weakness of the 4.7 is that it doesn't get great fuel economy considering the size of the engine and the weight of the truck.The 5.7 get's the same fuel mileage while producing 110 hp more and hauling around a heavier truck.

#2641226 - 12/12/08 Re: 2005 Tundra 4.7 motor, any issues [Re: stubblejumper]  
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Well the Tacoma also states to change the timing belt at 90k miles too. I just thought since you mention this in another thread that the timing belt needs to be changed more frequently. So at 90k miles the timing belt should be changed as well as the water pump. the only problem with getting the Tundra 5.7 is the 2007 and up cost more to buy and this is a weekend truck for me. I forgot what the 2007's sell for but will check this out. Many folks on TTORA in the Tundra section state they get slightly less gas milege than the Tacomas so I thought this was pretty good for a V8 motor but guess it varies more than one like to admin.

Thanks for chiming in. I'll think it over.

#2642479 - 12/13/08 Re: 2005 Tundra 4.7 motor, any issues [Re: valad]  
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I've got an 03 Tundra aprox 70000 miles and 0 problems

#2642659 - 12/13/08 Re: 2005 Tundra 4.7 motor, any issues [Re: timat46]  
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Several in my family, including myself, have owned Toyota trucks of all varieties. By with peace of mind because you will NOT have problems. Just be sure the VIN is clear and get it checked out. For VIN #, I ALWAYS use both services, Autocheck and Carfax, as I have found that sometimes one service will report something that the other did not. PAY FOR BOTH, AND BE SURE.

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#2643673 - 12/13/08 Re: 2005 Tundra 4.7 motor, any issues [Re: valad]  
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If they say to change the belt, you'd best do it. Some engines (I don't know about these specifically) will self destruct if the belt breaks. The pistons will hit the valves and destroy the heads.


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#2643700 - 12/13/08 Re: 2005 Tundra 4.7 motor, any issues [Re: Rock Chuck]  
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The 4.7 Tundra engine is an interference engine meaning that if the belt breaks,the valves can contact the pistons.

#2648263 - 12/15/08 Re: 2005 Tundra 4.7 motor, any issues [Re: stubblejumper]  
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stubblejumper,

Is this due to the design of the 4.7 engine? I don't presume a timing belt can break otherwise we would hear alot more on this.

To recap, I went to look at the 2005 Tundra with the 4.7 engine. It looked pretty good except the bed looked like it had been worked over. But the truck itself looked clean. I decided to wait a week and go back and probably buy it. This is the first time I sat in and drove a Tundra. Had good power and is probably all I need as I don't haul alot of heavy stuff and maybe down the road if I got na ATV this could handle the ATV.

This morning I checked their website and it is not showing on their website. Looks like its gone but will wait until the end of the week and try again. I know this Tundra was on their website for at least 2 months or so. Sometimes a dealer will remove the listing from their website and autotrader and wait a few days and relist to make it appear they got it etc. Of course, if it sold then Ilost out on a fairly good deal.

Been thinking maybe I should go for a 5.7 Tundra since the gas mileage is the same for both the 4.7 and 5.7. So I will keep looking.

Heck...even my wife liked it and she told me at the lot "you better get it or it will be gone"... laugh

One thing I found out is they are 218" long...which is 18 feet long. My garage is about that long lengthwise so I have to move some chit in my garage!

Thanks for your help.

#2649032 - 12/15/08 Re: 2005 Tundra 4.7 motor, any issues [Re: valad]  
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Timing belts can and do break if left in service too long.This is true for all belt driven can engines ,not just the 4.7.By the way,the 2007 Tundra doublecab is 228" long.

#2715550 - 01/10/09 Re: 2005 Tundra 4.7 motor, any issues [Re: stubblejumper]  
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I know I am chiming in a little late, but the only problem I had with my 2006 Tundra with the 4.7L was that my wife traded it in on a Nissan Maxima.

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#2772187 - 01/29/09 Re: 2005 Tundra 4.7 motor, any issues [Re: Hudge]  
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The 2005 Tundra will get better gas mileage than the earlier models because they came out with the 4 speed tranny ini 2005.
I've got a 2005 Sequoia and my average fuel economy since the day I drove it off the lot is 17.6 mpg (figured via actual fuel used and miles driven). The 4.7L is plenty for me.


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#2773083 - 01/29/09 Re: 2005 Tundra 4.7 motor, any issues [Re: Kimber7man]  
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I have a 2005 Tundra double cab and have had zero problems in 66000 miles. Great rig and I pull a 25 foot Holiday Rambler TT everywhere. The 4.7 seems to have plenty of power for my use and the ride is outstanding.

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#2776665 - 01/31/09 Re: 2005 Tundra 4.7 motor, any issues [Re: Hudge]  
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Well...never got around to posting a reply until this post got buried deep and jimmy brought it up smile

I went back to buiy the said Tundra I mentioned above and it was gone eek but this was the first one I rode in. Also I found it to have 282hp and this was pretty good but the newer ones come out with close to 100hp more.

After a few weeks I stumbled on a 2006 Tacoma 4x4 and it had slightly less than 65k miles. This is a weekend car for me...for the most part. So I am ok with slightly higher miles than the norm. I got it for way less than KBB. Even my mom said it lookjs practically new. I know I will not tow alot so the Tundra would be more power I need, especially if the gas goes up to $3 a gallon laugh So all in all...I am happy. Oh, yeah its white but color is secondary in importance to me. This Tacoma drives really nice for auto and with the tow package, can tow 6500 which is plenty for me.


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