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Old 05-04-2008, 05:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tundra in Africa

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Finaly Im able to post. Have register more than 20 days ago but only now got the message from the adm. in order to post
Well I have now a new Job which will make me fly between Europe and Africa every two months, so Ill be living there half the year. Recently I went to the USA and saw a Tundra Crew Max that got my attention.

Im thinking on buying this car and send it to Africa, problem is that theres now Toyota representetive there, so if I have any electronic problem which will need specific assistance i wont have any possibility to solve it
There are already two 07 Tundra drving aroun town with no aparent problems and the owners are more than happy with their trucks.
Car I saw is a 07 model Crew Max Limited 4x4 with 30000 Mls on the odometer which is alot, but in my case it ends up to be an advantage because for a first year production car, every litle bug must have been solved by now with that kind of milage. Car is blue with brown leather interior which i love.

So my question for all of you Tundra pro owners is , what do you think about the price for such car, and should I take the risk of buying the beautiful blue beats, or should I just buy a lousy and reliable Land Cruiser with Diesel engine and a mechanic that even my 5 year old sun can deal with? Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-04-2008, 06:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Forgot to mention the price. Toyota dealer is asking 29500 usd for this truck . What do you think?

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Welcome to the forum !
Now onto your question . I love my truck and would not trade it for anything .
With that being said , I would not import a vehicle knowing that if something major went wrong there was no dealer or service support .I would stick with the Land Cruiser since you do have alot of parts and mechanic support .
That's my opinion , Bill .
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hard decision but i probably agree with bill on this one .. it would be too much of a hassle if something did go wrong
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As much as I would like you to drive that truck I think Bill's right.
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J.Seven, Are you absolutely sure that truck is a 4X4. From the pictures it appears to be a 4X2. A better picture of the dash with the 4X4 switch would confirm it one way or the other. I hate to see you get ripped if indeed it is a 4X2 and the dealer is calling it a 4X4.
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J.Seven, Are you absolutely sure that truck is a 4X4. From the pictures it appears to be a 4X2. A better picture of the dash with the 4X4 switch would confirm it one way or the other. I hate to see you get ripped if indeed it is a 4X2 and the dealer is calling it a 4X4.
Couldn't see anything also. Did it have a dent on the front fender by the headlight? The reflection is warped.
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Sorry to say, or break ur heart, but thats a 4x2 if you notice the knob between the AC and the steering wheel its just a black semi circle with three small wells the size of about a ring. doesn't turn or anything. on Pic 9 you can see the black thing through the steering wheel, on the right side about the 5 oclock position.
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That price for a 30k mile vehicle and 2wd!? That is way too pricey. The dealer would be making a lot of money off you in his pocket! I paid that much for my 08 with less than 20 miles on it. Go with the LC.
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Admittedly.... I thoroughly enjoy my 08 tundra,,,,,and have had good service from the 10 or so differing Toyota's that I owned at one time or another.

,But for a DD in Africa I'd jump all over a Defender 110 TDi.

Figure getting the tundra serviced in Africa would be liken me trying to get the series serviced here in the states.

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Admittedly.... I thoroughly enjoy my 08 tundra,,,,,and have had good service from the 10 or so differing Toyota's that I owned at one time or another.

,But for a DD in Africa I'd jump all over a Defender 110 TDi.

Figure getting the tundra serviced in Africa would be liken me trying to get the series serviced here in the states.

Great looking Defender , thanks for posting it .

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Sorry to say, or break ur heart, but thats a 4x2 if you notice the knob between the AC and the steering wheel its just a black semi circle with three small wells the size of about a ring. doesn't turn or anything. on Pic 9 you can see the black thing through the steering wheel, on the right side about the 5 oclock position.
Thanks to all of you for the advices.
The dealer mention the car was a 4x4 and even told me they were the ones who sold the car brand new. The old owner needed 4x4 because he lived in the high mountains with snow or something similar. But I will ask him again if hes sure of that. Didnt make up my mind yet, but Im very inclined to buy the damn truck and take the risk

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Thanks to all of you for the advices.
The dealer mention the car was a 4x4 and even told me they were the ones who sold the car brand new. The old owner needed 4x4 because he lived in the high mountains with snow or something similar. But I will ask him again if hes sure of that. Didnt make up my mind yet, but Im very inclined to buy the damn truck and take the risk

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Well , if you decide to get the Tundra , you should look into getting a Tech stream computer for all the computer componets as well as the diagnostics .
If you know a mechanic , ask him about it .
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This was one the option the dealer gave. Its a small computer that can read the main parameters of the ECU /motronic box. This way I can check the main problems and then with their help solved them.
Of course this is not a 100% reliable solution, and there are many problems that can occur withouth the possibility to be solved this way.
I didnt decided yet, still thinking

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just a thought

careful with whatever you do. If this dealer already lied to you about the 4X4 go figure about their intentions. In my opinion pick another truck, I know it's hard to wait but do a bit more research around, you can get a new one for a great price. I think you can do way better.

In yuor position I would probably get the truck and I would take it to Africa

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