Hello Scotty, Tony here. I am so grateful I came across your channel, I've begun learning plenty…

Tony83

Hello Scotty,

Tony here.

I am so grateful I came across your channel, I've begun learning plenty lately.

However, I'm kind of in a mess over here.  I purchased a used vehicle over the weekend, a 2004 Tundra w/216,000 miles, base model, Automatic 2WD for $3995 out the door.  My intent is to use it only for trips to and from hardware stores, Home Depot, Lowes, etc, for my own home improvement tasks and giving my family a hand whenever a pickup truck may be needed.  My daily vehicle is a 2015 Honda Fit. The Tundra really helped me with carrying plywood over the weekend.

However, I do want to keep it around for a long time and intend on taking good care of it with maintenance and such. And here's the thing, I chose to take it to my town's Toyota Dealership service dept for replacement of timing belt and water pump and for further inspection of it since it is past 200k miles and dont know what kind of service it had before me - because, who else would be better to take care of this besides Toyota themselves.

Anyways, I'm the 3rd owner of this vehicle, and through my carfax report, I found out the first owner of this truck was some city's amusement company.  I believe they had installed the Eagle power lift tailgate and side rails that the Tundra came with, which that is mostly why I got the truck.

Well, today Monday I dropped off the truck at Toyota and got a call back a few hours later saying they found lots of things needing repair and the transmission fluid was one of them.  Overall, the total for all things would be $4,100!  The rep did say the manager approved to take a few hundred dollars off from a few of things needing fixing.  I asked him to send me an email w/notes of what is most important for now so I could make a decision, and so I can take care of the least important at a later time or own my own.  Here is the list for everything they found:

WHILE DOING TIMING BELT PACKAGE FOR $899.95PLUS TAX WE NEED TO INSTALL NEW RADIATOR HOSES =$69.00 PLUS TAX FOR HOSES NO CHARGE FOR LABOR (VERY IMPORTANT)

VALVE COVER GASKETS INTAKE PLENUM GASKETS, REAR CAM CAPS AND HALF MOONS LEAKING OIL ON VEHICLE (THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO GET FIXED) SUPPOSED TO BE $698.00 PLUS TAX TO FIX WE WILL DO JOB FOR $598.00 PLUS TAX

TRANSMISSION OUTPUT SEAL LEAKING TRANSMISSION FLUID FOUND TRANSMISSION FLUID LOW(THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO GET FIXED)=$202.00PLUS TAX

TRANSMISSION SERVICE IS DUE ON VEHICLE HIGHLY REC. DOING TRANSMISSION SERVICE AFTER FIXING TRANSMISSION LEAK=$335.00 PLUS TAX

OUTPUT SHAFT SPEED SENSOR WIRES ONLY ATTACHED BY ONE STRAND NEEDS TO GET FIXED ASAP BEFORE CAUSES OTHER ISSUES=$170.00 PLUS TAX SUPPOSED TO BE OVER $200.00 PLUS TAX TO FIX

CORNER MARKER LAMP ASSY BUSTED=$169.00 PLUS TAX

4 WHEEL ALIGNMENT NEEDED-$79.95 PLUS TAX

BRAKE FLUID FLUSH=$139.95 PLUS TAX FLUID VERY DARK AND VERY THIN

POWER STEERING FLUID FLUSH=$119.95 PLUS TAX

REAR DIFF. DRAIN AND REFILL=$129.95 PLUS TAX

FUEL SYSTEM CLEANING SERVICE TOP ENGINE CLEAN ELECTRONIC FUEL INJECTOR SERVICE DUE BY CARBON BUILD UP IN THROTTLE BODY AND UPPER INTAKE ASSY.=$189.95 PLUS TAX

SPARK PLUGS DUE TO BE REPLACED AND NEW WIRES=$341.00 PLUS TAX

RADIATOR STARTING TO LEAK COOLANT VERY MINOR AT THIS TIME=$400.00 PLUS TAX

Scotty, I've watched your video on transmission fluid change/flush.  The Toyota rep is recommending a flush for the transmission service but I'm worried if that may hurt the transmission.  I had checked the transmission fluid before dropping the truck off, and it showed it was low but not sludgy nor smell burnt.  It was black w/a slight hint of reddish color. Since I do not know if the 2nd owner (I'm the third now) messed with the fluid at 186,000 when they got it (per carfax report, which does not show details of service) or if the transmission has been well maintained, I do not know what to do.  

Should I let Toyota flush, or ask them to just change the trans fluid (which Toyota did not even offer to do, but I asked them about it anyways) or take the truck to my town's Transmission shop for a specialist to look at and work on?

Also, I did go ahead and tell the Toyota rep to perform the repairs from the beginning of the list down to the speed sensor, excluding the transmission service, and to also repair a few other things from their last paragraph. Which are going to cost about $2600 for now.  With that being said, in the short amount of time I've driven it since Saturday, the truck feels really good and strong.  Suspension, power, and handling are all performing exceptionally well.

I know I should have taken it to a mechanic or have a mechanic come with me before purchase, but my town is small and I had to go 45 min away for pickup truck shopping and dont know if any mechanic would have gone with me for shopping around.  

I would really appreciate your feedback, Scotty.  What is your opinion and recommendations on this?

  • Tony

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don't let toyota do anything, they are crooks. It's an old truck, lots of that stuff you can live with. The timing belt, for example. 'they are non interference engines so if it breaks, you just then have a new one put on, no damage done. I would never try to sell all that crrap to a guy with such an old truck. Find a guy like me in your area