I think the best point I like out of Toyota "defending" their product is "rigid does not mean tough" which makes sense parts and pieces DO have to bend to function. I remember the rep that sold me my first F150 would tell me this truck will not torque until over "XXX" pounds. At the time I thought shit that's strong.. now after going down trails and unpaved roads, pastureland like we have to do... I want some flex.
They had a whole series of videos on Youtube a few years ago of the Tundra they gave to some West Texas Ranchers. They overloaded the hell out of it with a gooseneck or 5th wheel. Then at 100K they showed the video of them tearing it down.
Is this the same thing or did they do it again? I am too lazy to watch it.
Too bad they never released the 2010 test data on the second truck after they started the budgeting down of the truck. The new steering rack to name one and the courtesy lights, and who knows what else.
I have absolutely no doubt that a tundra could handle a rough 100k on a ranch, get new brake pads, a fluid change and still have another 100k left in it, easy. So, let me just say that first.
However, that video didn't really prove anything.
It was 2 guys talking about driving it, there was a screen shot of an odometer and then video of people tearing a dirty truck down and saying, "looks good".
That entire video could be recreated with a few actors, a film crew and a group of mechanics, tearing down basically any truck.
Again, not saying it wasn't legit. Just saying that video wasn't proof of anything.
And keep in mind, if Ford or Chevy made the exact same vid, a lot of us might be thinking the same thing and even calling BS.
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