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200,000 Miles In, I Want To Drive My 2010 Toyota Tundra Into The Ground

He wants to extend the life of his 2010 Toyota Tundra with high mileage (almost 200,000 miles), and avoid getting a new truck due to cost.

This morning I came across a discussion in TundraCrew group on Facebook where one 2010 Toyota Tundra owner wrote that he has almost 200,000 miles on his truck, but wants to greatly extend the life of his truck.

He wants to avoid getting a new truck due to cost. He doesn't want to have a car payment. His 2010 Tundra with 200,000 miles has a low trade-in value due to high mileage. And the owner has only had to replace the started so far, which is a positive sign.

"I’m at almost 200k miles on my 2010 Tundra. I am not in a position yet for a new one and don’t want a car note. I’d like to drive this into the ground as it’s worth probably $4,000 to $5,000 on the open market. The only major thing I’ve had replaced is the starter. Are any of you at 300k to 400k miles on the older trucks without any significant repairs? Just curious," writes user HA in the TundraCrew Facebook group, dedicated to Toyota Tundra truck discussions.

First, I want to say that usually, all things equal, 300,000 or 400,000 miles on a Toyota Tundra is nothing. You are barely breaking in. You have not seen the million-mile Tundras?

In 2023, Toyota posted the story of just exactly how the million-mile 2007 Toyota Tundra inspired the Tundra team to make such a reliable truck. The story is truly amazing, and I think that a lot of car companies who have made cars that could reach a million miles should really do the same.

You shouldn't worry about selling a Toyota Tundra with 200,000 miles. For example, 308,00 miles in, the owner of this Toyota Tundra is trying to sell his truck with a known transmission issue and cosmetic problems. Yet, despite the high mileage and and age of the vehicle, he has good chances too. You see, he has 108,000 more miles on his Tundra than you.

In the discussion I read one person saying his Tundra truck has 346,000 miles and he has only changed the carrier bearing, water pump and the starter. That's pretty impressive, isn't it?

Another Tundra owner replied and said the alternator is the only thing he has changed in his 2013 Tundra. These examples speak about how reliable Tundra trucks can be. In fact, not only Tundras, but also Tacoma Trucks. You probably have heard the story of 1.6 million-mile Toyota Tacoma. Look where it is now

Tundras are reliable heavy-duty trucks. "I sold my 2004 Limited Double Cab 4x4 4.7L V8 with 250k miles for $6,500 and it was used as a painting vehicle and quite beat up honestly," writes another group member JM.

"2010 DC 5.7 200k, haven't had any issues . I've owned the truck for 7 years and bought it with 97k on it," write QM in the group.

How To Reach 300,000 Miles on a Toyota Tundra from 200,000?

I've read about many Toyota Tundras reach well over 300k miles. They're renowned for their durability. Here's what you can do to maximize your chances of joining the high mileage club:

  • Good Maintenance: This is key! Stick to the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule for your 2010 Tundra. Don't skip oil changes, and consider using high-mileage oil after consulting your owner's manual.
  • Listen to your Tundra: Pay attention to new sounds, smells, or changes in performance. Addressing minor issues early on can prevent them from snowballing into expensive repairs later.
  • Fluid Flushes: Consider periodic flushes for your cooling system, transmission, and brake fluid according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
  • Be proactive: Look for common wear items on high mileage Tundras like shock absorbers, spark plugs, and CV axles. Replacing them before they fail can improve handling and prevent damage to other components.
  • Rust Prevention: Especially if you live in an area with harsh winters, regular rustproofing can significantly extend the lifespan of your frame.

Following these tips will significantly increase your chances of reaching 300k miles and beyond with your trusty Tundra. If you want extra guidance, there are fantastic online resources and forums specifically for Toyota Tundra owners. They can provide valuable insights and share experiences.

A lot of people contemplate whether to buy a new truck or a used truck. As a Toyota Tundra enthusiast, I always find myself on the fence debating if I would buy a used Tundra over a new one, let alone one close to hitting the 200k mark. So, is it worth to buy a Toyota Tundra with around 200,000 miles? Before you roll out the dough, there are some very obvious factors to take into consideration. Please, let's discuss them in the comments section below. Click the red link below and write your comment to join our discussion.

Armen Hareyan is the founder and the Editor in Chief of Torque News. He founded in 2010, which since then has been publishing expert news and analysis about the automotive industry. He can be reached at Torque News TwitterFacebookLinkedin, and Youtube. He has more than a decade of expertise in the automotive industry with a special interest in Tesla and electric vehicles.


Noe Pena (not verified)    May 20, 2024 - 2:08PM

2011 Crew Max at 194,000 if you do regular maintenance ( oil changes, tune ups, belt thermo-changes, trans & differential oil changes should last beyond 200,000 miles.

Dan Davidson (not verified)    May 20, 2024 - 2:08PM

I have a 2011 with 140K, paid $16k for it 3 years ago. I’m going to throw every single dam part at it and then some. Why? Because I know what it needs, I know how long it can go, and I have no choice in the matter.
I say at long as the frame and the engine and transmission is fine, go ahead and do what needs to be done.

Joseph Urick (not verified)    May 20, 2024 - 2:11PM

All depends on who owned the Toyota Tundra before! Sometimes it’s good to see the truck and the owners house, garage etc... to get a sense of the care it was given! If you buy mine you are getting one that’s been used hard the second that I got it. Yeah I do keep up all of the scheduled Toyota maintenance but you would not want my truck!

Mark Sicora (not verified)    May 20, 2024 - 2:11PM

They’ll go twice that or more if they’re taken care of. My ‘08 Tacoma runs and looks like new with 340k. The biggest killer is rust underneath, not mileage. You’d see a lot more high mileage trucks if the underside was maintained with wool wax, etc.

Ed Bechtel (not verified)    May 22, 2024 - 9:45AM

My 2007 Tundra limited, w/trd pkg has 202000 miles. Tan leather interior is in showroom condition. Only replacement is starter motor and right front wheel bearing. Tks to SC roads.
I'm spending $2k to paint the roof, hood, and tailgate. Sorry folks, you won't see this truck on the used car market.

Larry (not verified)    May 24, 2024 - 7:14AM

First and foremost!! Do not pay any attention to manufacturers recommended oil change intervals! They are too long! No matter what BS you read on oil jugs no oil can go as far as they claim! That Tundra will eventually burn oil!! Just do some research on toyotas burning oil and go to a video by the Car Care nut on you tube and there's a great video on the subject. He says 4,000miles max between changes and it will.never burn oil!! If you already change it that frequently then you are good to go!!

Meg (not verified)    May 26, 2024 - 9:26AM

In reply to by Larry (not verified)

The CCN is spot on. I have a 2002 Tundra, and a 2019 and 2020. High mileage and only half highway. They're working trucks. Original owner. Change the oil every 3000 miles. No issues except changing brakes when needed. Same for my Sequoias and Lexus gx460. Unstoppable by anything but rust. I'll stick with ICEs until ten years or more when these trucks finally rust. Maybe Toyota will have figured out turbos by then.

Caleb Voldberg (not verified)    May 24, 2024 - 9:06AM

I bought a 2012 Tundra Limited Crew Max with 175,000 miles on it for 14,000 bucks, now that may sound like I spent too much but the KBB is 20,000. If I bought that truck here in Montana it would have been closer to 24,000. Mileage on these trucks is just a number.

Jf Russell (not verified)    May 24, 2024 - 11:19AM

I have 2012 tundra with 350k miles & a 2016 Tundra with 288k miles. Use synthetic oil & change every 15k miles. No major repairs except regular wear items like brakes/rotors/ shocks. I also have a F250 with 6 liter diesel. Over $22k in repairs

Rabin Pigg (not verified)    May 26, 2024 - 9:43AM

320,000 on my 08 4runner and it runs like a Swiss watch, water pump,shocks and alternator is it. Original ball joints and wheel bearings. I will never buy anything but Toyotas, if this thing ever dies!