Toyota Tundra Warning About Its Engine Change
I Could Have Had a V8!
One of the things about being a kid in the 70’s is that even nearly 40 years later many of us find those catchy advertisement jingles are so burned into our brains that I wonder if they just may last well into dementia when the times comes. One of my favorites are the classic “Hai Karate” cologne commercials.
One example of those memory triggers from days-gone-by that has plagued me for many years is whenever I hear or read the word “V8” ---and yes, it is an official noun even with a digit in it.
Talk about V8 engines with me and I can hear somewhere in the background recesses---possibly even at the brainstem level by now---one of those V8 vegetable juice commercials playing.
Like this one:
I could've had a V8! commercial 1977
Back to Trucks and the Point
What prompted this mental reverie is a recent Scotty Kilmer YouTube channel episode where Scotty bemoans what he considers to be a big mistake Toyota made by putting V6 engines into the Tundra when customers really buy it for its V8 performance.
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According to Scotty, Toyota tried to make up for its lackluster V6 power by putting in not just one but two turbo chargers into it to make up the lost power, but still make it more fuel efficient at lower speeds. However, this may be a failure on both counts and is a big win for Toyota because it means more repairs will be needed to maintain these dual turbocharged vehicles that will make the Tundra less reliable.
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If you are in the market for the popular Toyota Tundra, listen to what Scotty has to say about it and follow the comments from Tundra owners who know what Scotty bemoans is true and why the V6 fuel economy promise/argument does not really pan out as a golden truth---BEFORE some slick salesperson tries to convince you that the turbo V6 is just as good as the V8 model.
It just might save you from a head-slapping “I could have had a V8!” moment.
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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.
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