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Farmers perspective 2003 3.4L- Tundra reliable - 2008 5.7L not so reliable

I am a farmer so I have work trucks.

Bought the 2003 3.4L tundra right off the lot and drove it 175,000 miles. No problems. Wanted to have abit more power.

I upgraded to a low mileage 2008 5.7L I force motor double cab. Drove this truck for a while. At 107,586 miles the engine seized on the interstate at 70MPH at a steady state speed. Had a slight ticking sound.....similar to the sound of having debris on a tire. About 5 seconds later got an engine caution light followed very quickly by a loud sound, smoke and steam from the engine compartment. The engine is seized (1000 miles after new OEM plugs, an oil change with synthetic...which it had been running on.). There was plenty of radiator fluid and oil after we came to a stop. I have owned several tundras and this was a great disappointment especially in view of the relatively low mileage.

This 5.7L failure is not the only one I have heard of. I see there are other threads in this forum calling out similar incidents. Hindsight....should have stayed with the 3.4 or 4.7L motors.
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Sorry to hear about your engine failure. I don't think the 5.7 is a piece of junk if that is the answer you are looking for. Not knowing the trucks trucks history with the previous owner, all I can say is failures do happen. Ive heard of a few engine failures, I have also heard of many of these trucks with 2-300K miles and still purring along.
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My truck was owned by a goat farmer, 164k nearly flawless miles. What failed on your engine?
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This 5.7L failure is not the only one I have heard of. I see there are other threads in this forum calling out similar incidents. Hindsight....should have stayed with the 3.4 or 4.7L motors.
I did my research before I bought my first 5.7 Tundra. Not after. Actually spent a couple months researching.
I also found a few stories of bad experiences.
What I paid more attention to were the other 99% of owners that loved their truck and had no real issues. Unlike what I found researching other brands.
There's always a chance of failure with a machine and buying used is always a gamble.
Sounds like the previous owner didn't take care of it. Probably knew something was wrong with it and got rid of it while it was still driveable.
It's people that suck, not the 5.7.
Hopefully you bought it from a dealer with some type of warranty.
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I don't advocate always buying new, but about 50% of people who buy used cars and light trucks report a major problem within the first 6 months. Ask yourself "why would a person sell a vehicle with only xx,xxx miles on it? If you can verify the original owner, and they are truthful, you might be OK. But off a lot (unless it is a lease-return, which helps a bit) trust ZERO percent of what the salesman says unless it is verified. Buying a car from an auction is really rolling the dice! You might get lucky...or not. Budget accordingly.
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