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What an eye chart.
There is no question that GM/Ford still makes the best trucks.
Ahhhhh...........OK
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Buy a Tundra, you'll be happier and won't need to buy a new truck every 4 years!
The current one is a 99. Of the previous two, the first was run 190,000 miles as a tow vehicle and NYC to KY cruiser and I could not have been happier. The other met an untimely death at the hands of a garbage truck while parked.

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Who exactly is "Auto On"? If their data is no better than their charting abilities I can't give them much credibility.

What are their methodologies.

As for Consumer Reports. They are very good at determining how good your toaster or washing machine might be. Historically they have not been a good predictor of anything about cars.

I will be more than happy to use my 325,000 trouble free GMC miles as a better gauge.

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Ahhhhh...........OK
These are design issues. Don't be so naive and believe Camry reliability carries over to the Tundra which is designed for an entirely different market segment (of which you are probably not part of).


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Toyota Tundra Pickups Recalled
Toyota Motor U.S.A. is recalling 15,600 2007 Toyota Tundra pickups because a transmission part could fail.

Toyota Recalls 533,000 Trucks for Failed Ball Joints

Toyota Motor Co. is recalling 533,000 trucks and SUVs because of possible steering and suspension problems caused by faulty ball joints.

The recall marks a sudden shift in policy for the Japanese automaker after repeatedly denying consumer complaints about ball joint problems and failures in the Tundra and Sequoia.

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LOS ANGELES — Toyota's Tundra pickup was hit with a double whammy last week.

Angry consumers are peppering the Internet with complaints that the torque converter in the 2007 Tundra's six-speed transmission has problems disengaging during gearshifts — a problem that Toyota acknowledges.

Meanwhile, the Tundra 4x4 model took a broadside from Consumer Reports magazine, which rated it "below average" in projected reliability.

Toyota thought it had put the redesigned Tundra's teething problems in the rearview mirror. First there was a batch of defective camshafts. Then it received a four-star rating in NHTSA crash tests, one star less than its Detroit rivals.

The latest quality snarl involves a vibration coming from the transmission when changing gears under gentle acceleration or deceleration.

Toyota Motor Sales officials have nicknamed the problem "the rumble strip" because the slippage causes vibration similar to the sensation of driving over the wake-up strips at the side of highways.

The rumbling usually lasts several seconds. But the problem sometimes worsens to the point that some owners can't shift into certain gears.

The problem has been reported only in six-speed transmissions, which are linked to the popular 5.7-liter V-8 engine. Since the 2007 Tundra's February launch, the 5.7-liter engine has been installed in 70 percent of about 135,000 Tundras sold. That means the problem could affect nearly 100,000 vehicles.

Tundra travails
Since its February launch, Toyota's full-sized pickup has taken some hits related to quality.

* Bad batch of camshafts
* Crash rating below rivals'
* Consumer Reports snub
* Faulty torque converters

Toyota still is trying to trace what exactly is wrong with the torque converter.(Ed: They have no f*cking idea)

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These are design issues. Don't be so naive and believe Camry reliability carries over to the Tundra which is designed for an entirely different market segment (of which you are probably not part of).
The guys that I know that have bought Tundras find them just fine for going to the mall.

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The guys that I know that have bought Tundras find them just fine for going to the mall.
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Again, there is no accountability for the $350B.
Let's see, that's $7 Billion of funds transfered per employee.

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According to the G.A.O., as of Nov. 21, about 48 employees were assigned to TARP. Only five are permanent staffers; the rest come from other Treasury offices, federal agencies, and organizations providing temporary help.

What is needed is a small army of TARP analysts — a lot of former bankers are out of work, by the way — to conduct a worst-case analysis of the banks’ assets and capital cushion. In private equity circles, this is called a “burndown analysis.”
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Again, there is no accountability for the $350B.
Let's see, that's $7 Billion of funds transfered per employee.
The accountability exists, it has just not been allowed to be public yet.

Oh, and wrong thread. This is the auto accountability and responsibility thread not the financial sector accountability and responsibility thread.

The Pharma, healthcare and airline accountability and responsibility threads will be over the next month.

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The Tundra has not been a success, in my opinion. I have heard lots of issues about build quality and design problems, from the bed coming loose (!) to brake discs that warp at a glance. Overpriced, without a doubt.
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Somewhere there's a video showing the Tundra being tested at a Ford proving grounds, and the bed is twisting and shaking all over the place--very disturbing vid, fo sho
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