Hooniverse Truck Thursday: For Consideration, A 333,917 Mile Possessing 2005 Toyota Tundra


So this olelongrooffan has previously shared that I am Hooning around a free to me 2006 Scion xBox these days at my new gig. When it came into my possession it possessed just over 200K on its clock and that number is now over 214,000. 562 miles on Wednesday alone. Anyway, on Tuesday this olelongrooffan climbed into the driver’s seat to move my peer’s 2005 Toyota Tundra from its resting place in our parking lot blocking my xBox from escaping. When I climbed inside the cockpit of this beast and shifted it into reverse, it took moment for the transmission to engage, and then it did so with a disconcerting lurch. Now this olelongrooffan does realize this later model Japanese offering is not as Hooniworthy as are a lot of other trucks, (wait ’til Josh’s story) its history is a bit interesting.


After I had relocated that truck out of the way of my xBox, its owner, BigMatt (as opposed to LilMatt who works out in the shop cutting up some stairs for this olelongrooffan) came out to share a coke and a smoke with his main man and this olelongrooffan. When I spotted him exiting the area where our cubes are located, I mentioned the the transmission in his old truck was shortlived. He laughed and asked if this olelongrooffan really needed to share that bit of information with him?

“I mean, really,” he asked jovially. “Did you have to say that?


So BigMatt, BigAllen and this olelongrooffan were leaning against the gunwales of his gray Toy and BigMatt was filling in this olelongrooffan on some of the history of his Daily Driver. Turns out he lives nearly 70 miles to the north of our Executive Suites and Wood Shop and drives that 70 miles each way, every day.


As such, it would be expected that there will be some periphery damage to its bodily parts. This olelongrooffan has been dispatched with locating a new driver’s side lens cover for BigMatt’s ride whenever I am out You-Pull-It parks looking for replacement parts for my xBox.


As these guys were scuttling out of the images I was gathering, BigMatt, who is aware of this olelongrooffan’s Hooniverse excursions mentioned a few things about his ride and challenged me to share those things with my fellow Hoons and gather up your opinions of them.


While BigAllen is puffing away on whatever those flavored things he prefers, BigMatt shared the fact that while the transmission on his grey Toy is not quite up to snuff, “Blog this fact and see what your fellow Hoons have to say about this.”


You see, my fellow Hoons, while BigMatt’s mobile office has nearly 334,000 miles on its clock, other than routine, albeit occasional oil changes and spark plug replacements, this beast has had only one timing belt replacement and two batteries in its lifetime.

When this olelongrooffan inquired about tires, his response?


So this olelongrooffan’s Bonus Hooniverse Question Of The Day. Do you perform regular maintenance on your Daily Driver regardless of the miles per day driven? Even if it is not at your expense?

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20 responses to “Hooniverse Truck Thursday: For Consideration, A 333,917 Mile Possessing 2005 Toyota Tundra”

  1. stigshift Avatar

    Nice truck. There is no higher praise for automotive goodness than a ridiculous odometer reading. Now please learn how to park correctly.

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      After 5 and the only folks around are management types….parking etiquette kind of fades away..at WallyWorld it is a totally different experience….

      1. stigshift Avatar

        Exception granted. This time.

  2. frankthecat Avatar

    I was out in California for a convention two weeks ago, and the shuttle that picked me up from the airport (an early 2000's Ford E350 'church' van) had, to my complete disbelief, 560k miles and change. Aaaand it felt like it had that much mileage. Everything rattle ominously, and even with the driver's foot to the floor, the brakes didn't seem to do a whole lot.

    1. CJinSD Avatar

      I worked for a fleet operator that had a number of E350s. They had about 100K miles a piece, and they drove like you describe. One time for a big event, we rented a few additional E350s. I was issued a brand new one with three or four hundred miles. Everything rattled ominously, the barn doors flapped in the wind on the highway, the passenger side power window was DOA, and the engine thrashed like it was on its last legs. I don't know the secret to building vehicles so badly that last so long.

      1. I Think Not Avatar
        I Think Not

        Loose tolerances, perhaps? Instead of something braking, it rattles around until the force that would have caused it to break has passed.
        Ever see videos from the horrible C4C days of some techs trying to nuke the old Ford 300 I6? Run without oil, coolant, and that nasty sodium silicate solution running through its veins, it still takes quite a while before the old motor coughs its last.

    2. I Think Not Avatar
      I Think Not

      No, that's just how the E-series is, since its bones dates back to the beginning of time.
      Having once lived about 90 miles from the ATL airport, I've taken those E-series shuttles numerous times. And they seem to all act the same regardless of how many miles they had. I think the highest miles I saw was something north of 700k.
      It does say something that nearly all of the vans you see in service like this are the Ford E-series. I have never once ridden in or driven a GM van, but there's got to be some reason they're almost universally passed on unless the buyer just has a bias.

  3. mac350 Avatar

    Aren't Tundra V8s interference engines with a factory recommended replacement of the timing belt at 60K-90K miles? Obviously they last a lot longer than that. Good ole truck.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      It's the 2UZ-FE, and yes, it's an interference engine. The timing belt change intervals are 90k, and folks usually do the water pump at the same time. That engine became the base V8 when the second-gen Tundras came out for '07, and the new 5.7 (3UR-FE) became the optional V8. It uses chains instead of a belt. The 2UZ-FE was replaced by the 1UR-FE. It's a UR-family like the 3UR-FE, and so it uses chains, too.
      I'm really impressed that thing has gone 333k. If the transmission is crapping out, I would replace it with one from a wrecked Tundra, and keep on going.

    2. I Think Not Avatar
      I Think Not

      I think modern timing belts are nowhere near as brittle as they used to be, and with this truck seeing a lot of low-rpm highway cruising, I doubt his timing belt would be ready to expire at 90k.
      When we went to have the t-belt job done in our 2005 Ody at 105k, the recommended time, the owner of the shop, an independent place with an excellent reputation, which specialized in Honda/Toyota/Nissan, said "You can wait longer if you want. I've never seen an Odyssey t-belt let go no matter how many miles. It's just a precaution because back in the 80s and 90s they used to let go and ruin engines all the time."

      1. mac350 Avatar

        I had one bad experience with a Ford Escort that broke the timing belt and bent a valve. I took the head off and took it to a machine shop to get fixed – not as bad as I figured. I never wanted to do that again – very time consuming and I can understand why the labor costs would be so much. It was my Dad's car that he pulled behind an RV but I did all the wrenching for him. I swore that any car I ever bought would never have a timing belts – only chains or gears. Better still, I pretty much stick to push rod OHV motors. I know I miss out on some cool driving experiences but the Escort taught me a valuable lesson.

        1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

          I've only owned one interference motor with a belt (a Volvo five-banger), and I dumped it as soon as I found coolant in the oil… hey, it was due for a timing belt replacement anyway.
          Every other car prior to my current ride had an 8v redblock (non-interference, woo!) and my Saab has a chain.

  4. busplunge Avatar

    No rust. If that truck had those miles up north or even here in SW MO it would be dang near a rust bucket now.
    I've got a 99 3/4 Suburban with 149,000 and change which is the most mileage I have ever had on a vehicle. It had 135 when I got it 4 years ago.
    Other than oil changes, brakes, serpentine belt, valve cover gaskets, tires, more brakes, filters, air flow sensors…. ah you get the drift….

  5. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    Nice used truck. I'd rather fill my life with more interesting problems.

  6. CJinSD Avatar

    Coincidentally, I rode to lunch today in this truck's twin. It had 260,000 miles and could have had 26,000 miles. It was quiet, air conditioned, and the seats showed minimal wear and tear. Remarkable. A decade ago, a friend of mine had a similar Tundra V8 that ate its transmission with about 60,000 miles, although many of them were probably racked up playing in the desert.

  7. ptschett Avatar

    I'm reminded of a Dakota I came across in my local seedy buy-here-pay-here-at-a-usurious-interest-rate lot, during a bicycle ride a month or so ago. (I let myself pretend-shop for used cars as a reward for exerting the effort of riding my bicycle all the way to the car-dealership part of town.)
    It was a red '07 4×4 V8 SLT Club Cab, differing from my own Dakota's major details only in minor aspects (mine's a blue '05 Laramie.) If the tag hanging from the mirror could be believed, it had 240,000 miles. From this pickup's condition I was sure it was 240k km's at first; it's not unusual to encounter Canada-market vehicles in Fargo, and 240k km's is still almost 150k miles. But, it had a US instrument cluster with a MPH-default speedometer.
    And the interior was immaculate compared to my pickup. The driver's seat and steering wheel were in better shape than mine.
    Either I've been hard on my pickup all this time, or someone took very good care of this other Dakota. (Or Dodge made some good durability improvements after the '05 launch of this Dakota version.)

  8. Kamil_K Avatar

    Longroof, does BigMatt really need such a big vehicle to commute?
    I see an empty bed and a box in the rear seat.
    The reason I'm asking, is that this truck probably get gas mileage in the teens. Something smaller, but still big enough for BigMatt, with gas mileage in mid 20s would have saved him a ton of money over the years and the 300,000+ miles… probably a significant amount, too.

    1. Battles Avatar

      The first thing I thought when I saw the post title was "333000 miles at 19 to the gallon is a LOT of gallons".

    2. longrooffan Avatar

      He often times carries 8' tall solid core doors (read heavy and large) and that is the reason for the bed. He also has a bunch of kids and hauls them around on a regular basis. BTW, there is one of his boy's Hot Wheels resting comfortably in its bed.

  9. BobWellington Avatar

    My dad has a 2000 Tundra with the V8. He tows with it at least half the time since he's a landscaper. It's now got around 250,000 miles with the original trans and engine, though it has had a few problems along the way. And it does feel like a piece of junk, but considering the work it's done it is pretty amazing that it still works.
    My mom's 2000 Expedition with the 4.6 had around 315,000 miles when we sold it with the original engine and trans. That thing was ridiculously reliable.

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