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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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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.
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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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Well, I guess my reasoning is 2 things:
1- The older Tundras will be cheaper, and again, you won't be losing too much equity over night when the 2014's come out.
2- If you do spend less money on an older Tundra, and the new ones come out and you gotta have one, you won't be losing much if you sell your older tundra

But he is right, the brand new Tundras have had some pretty good deals on them in the past, and I'm sure they will only get better, once the new ones hit the showroom floor.
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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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I would get the newest one you can afford. If looking at the 07-10 I would do the 10 it is in the 4th year and many of the production issues are worked out except that is the year the steering rack failures were introduced, so when the 2010+ guys blow their steering racks, they are replacing them with re-manufactured 2007-2009 steering racks.
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.
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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?
I'm pretty sure a Rock Warrior is very similar to a truck that is equipped with the TRD offroad package (same upgraded suspension), except the RW has a different wheel/tire package (17" wheels with 33's I think), a black rear bumper, and a color-matched front bumper and grill...I believe. There may be a couple other things, not sure. Oh, and you get the Rock Warrior sticker down the side of the bed
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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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Welcome to the club....let the mod madness begin !
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oh and one more thing...whats a nannie?
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