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Buying my first tundra help!!!!

like the title says im looking at purchasing a new to me tundra.. i work at a car dealership so i can usually find vehicles at a pretty good price.. for the past 5 yrs i have owned dodge cummins and thats it... dont really like dodges but i love the cummins.. anyways i just sold the latest one and i now want a gasser..
i have done a little research on the many options and have made up my mind i want a tundra.. i will be purchasing between an 07 and 10 model.. i need suggestions on packages and what years to stay away from and the difference if any thanks guys and i look forward to gaining knowledge on this forum
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I would get a new tundra. I recently did the same thing and I found that it was cheaper to buy a new one and that what I did. I looked at many used trucks and the bank will only go three years on a used truck. If you dont mind paying for a little while longer you may find the note to be cheaper. I have great credit and I was looking at a used truck for 16000 and my note was right at 450 a month if i remember corectly and I got my first new tundra for the same price at 0% fpr 72 months. Since then I traded up for the 4x4 louisiana edition but it was worth it to me to just go ahead and buy the new one but its all in what you want to do, how long you want to pay, and how much you can afford. good luck!

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If it was me, I'd get a 2007 Tundra Crewmax with SR5 and TRD packages, because the 2007's are the best

The truck may be getting a new look, exterior, interior, and motors for 2014. I think if you get into a newer truck (2010 or so), that you'll lose more equity quicker, when the redesigned Tundra comes out. If you get a 2007/2008, you are getting one of the first years of this model, and you'll probably lose less in value.

The differences between 2007 and a 2010 is that, after 2009 (I think), the "packages" changed, and you had to spend more for less (i.e., buy more packages/spend more money to get the same features as a 2007-2009 truck came with for a lower cost).. .something like that. Also, the tail lights are different on the 2010+ trucks, and so is the front grill. Both of those things can be changed/upgraded on a 2007-2009 truck for a few hundred dollars. Easy to change out, and really a minor change. Aside from that, almost everything is identical, except again, some of the interior creature comforts were deleted on 2010+ trucks, that the 2007-2009 trucks have

There may be some other minor differences that I don't know about, or forgot, but none of them are important enough to take into consideration, especially when you are comparing a used truck that may cost you high teens, to a used truck that will cost you mid to high twenties. If you can find a good condition, decent/low mileage 2007/2008 at a great price, that would be a win, IMO.

Also, if you have any plans of lifting or leveling the truck, stay away from 2010+ Tundras. Something changed in the manufacturing process of the steering racks, and those guys are blowing them left and right. (not everyone, but a lot of them). I have yet to hear of a 2007-2009 Tundra with a blown rack, and if there are some out there, it isn't as widespread as the 2010+ trucks.
he makes a good point. I ofton wonder if i should have waited for the 2014's but i settled for a 2013 and i love it!

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I think whats awsome is either way its a good decision new or old its a tundra and thats what counts!

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Years smears... your getting a tundra!

Lol, no really the previous two posters both make great points. I have a 2011, 54K miles and not a wrench turned on it for any problems at all. Tows my 21' bass boat amazing and can stop the thing like no other.
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THANKS GUYS!!! didnt know if there was any specific year to shy away from...looks like i will be purchasing a 07-09 this week!! i will def post pics then ask lots of questions haha... one more thing whats a rock warrior?
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I would get the newest one you can afford. If looking at the 07-10 I would do the 09 or 10 it is in the 3rd or 4th year and many of the production issues are worked out.

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Fixed, lol.

I'm unaware of any major "production issues" from the 2007-2009 trucks, maybe you can elaborate?

There are some components on these trucks that are known to fail prematurely, and all of the trucks are at risk, not just the first few years models. They aren't widespread problems, but they happen. Water pump, AIP, driveshaft leak, etc. All replaced/repaired under the 5 year 60k warranty. Which, I guess, maybe you'd want to look at a 5 year or newer truck (2008+) if you are worried about a water pump leak or driveshaft leak, but those things seem to show their ugly faces before the warranty expired, so chances are that you may be able to find a 2007 Tundra that already had the repairs and won't have anymore issues with those things, or that you'll find a truck that will never have those issues.

Not trying to sound like I'm defending my '07, but if I was in the market today for a used Tundra, and knowing what I know, I would be looking at purchasing a 2007-2009 Tundra. Period.
maybe it is just me but seams the choppy ride is worse on my 09 (TSB work done, and working with dealer to get regional involved) than the 10 11's that I have driven. (2009 Limited crewmax TRD).

I know they are small items but from the limited standpoint i wish mine was 10 or newer and had the ventilated seats, USB input and the bluetooth audio streaming from the 10+ radios.

All in all there are features on the 07-09 that are not on the 10-13 and vice versa.
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oh and one more thing...whats a nannie?
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lol... i like nannies then i hope i get one with my truck!!
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like the title says im looking at purchasing a new to me tundra.. i work at a car dealership so i can usually find vehicles at a pretty good price.. for the past 5 yrs i have owned dodge cummins and thats it... dont really like dodges but i love the cummins.. anyways i just sold the latest one and i now want a gasser..
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I have an 07 CM Limited 5.7 with over 151k miles on it. Bought it in 07/07. Changed my original brake pads at 130k, plugs at 135k, rear shocks today at 151k. I still get 20mpg.

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I have an 07 so I can't speak for any other yrs only what I read on here, but I have 183k n it still feels new. A lot of people including me don't like buying things when they first come out because they could have issues do to redesign, but I went for it n I'm completely happy with it. U can read about more problems on the newer tundras on here, I'm thinking because they have changed a cpl things here n there. It does seem like I got more for the money I spent in 07 than I would now. N if there is things that u like on the newer tundra u can change em out for a few hundred like bdt said. But u r getting a tundra no matter what so be wise with ur choice n when u get it try to stay away from speeding tickets.

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ok guys went to the auction yesterday and passed on a 2007 white cm limited with the 5.7 bc of the mileage... it had 112000 on it which is a little more than i was looking for.. it went for 15200 but i know who bought it and i could still get it.. its clean clean only thing that worried me was the mileage.. it checked out on the car fax... should this high of mileage bother me?
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yes i would spend more than that for the right one but at the same time im not against saving money for a great deal!! just didnt know if this was that great of a deal with the miles... i want my tundra to last me a while and i do drive a lot
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