06-26-2012, 01:12 PM
I have a 2000 Tundra 4.7 V8 4x4 Access Cab with 232,000 miles on it. It is my daily driver. Everything on the truck is original and works very well. I am the original owner. Never had a head gasket problem or over heating. It also has the transmission cooler that came standard. I run synthetic in the motor and transmission and differentials. My trailer probably weighs 7k when loaded. I tow over the mountains to the desert in southern California about 100 miles each way to get to camping and riding areas.
My questions are:
What to you guys think about towing with a gas motor with this many miles?
Should I think about a replacement?
What do you think my first problem would be worn out motor or transmission?
Does anyone have experience with a high mileage Tundra towing?
07-01-2012, 07:02 AM
I tow with my 2001 with 289,000. Just use od off and keep on maintaining it. What usually kills old vehicles is lack of maintaince and people who quit fixing the little things. I think the transmission is the weak leak. I have given mine an infusion of cash this year, rad,steering rack,lines, new drivers seat w/ power! and new seat covers thanks Ebay!
07-02-2012, 05:16 PM
Thanks for the reply. How much weight do you tow with your truck? Are your motor and transmission original?
07-02-2012, 08:49 PM
Ken, I tow 3000-4500lbs. The engine is all original with just normal maintance, the transmission was replaced at about 100k with a junkyard trans. So in this truck it has done 187K plus what ever miles were on it before.
07-17-2012, 07:47 PM
I also have a 2000 V8 4x4 Access Cab. I need to tow a corvette on a trailer from Utah to California. The total weight would be around 6000 lbs probably. I haven't done it yet because I've been worried about the weight, especially since I don't have a brake controller. Do you guys have a brake controller on yours, or do you just tow using the 4 prong plug with no trailer brakes?
07-18-2012, 03:56 AM
It is illegal to pull that much weight without trailer brakes. And stupid. It will cost about $200 - $250 to get one installed (including the brake controller). Just do it. Do not even think about towing that much without trailer brakes.
08-24-2012, 05:59 AM
I also agree that brake controllers are extremely important when it comes to towing. Hence, I would also recommend to get one installed in your Tundra for better safety.
08-26-2012, 05:11 PM
Thanks for the replies everyone. I've decided to rent a trailer from my work. It has surge brakes, so my 4 prong connector should work just fine.
11-12-2012, 03:16 PM
i know this post is old
dyanisis2 - how was the drive? i recently made the drive from boston,ma to san diego. took i-40 and man that last part going down the mountain was crazy!!! scary especially when driving straight for a little under 2 days.
11-12-2012, 03:55 PM
dppham, the drive from Utah went perfect. The total weight ended up being about 6500 lbs total, and the truck handled it just fine. I just made sure OD was off and I took my time on the road. The I-15 is a pretty laid back interstate, the only serious hills are around Baker, CA. It slowed down to around 40 on a couple of the hills, but I wasn't pushing it. Worst part of the trip were the gas prices, especially when I was getting probably 10-11 mpg, guessing.