Tundra Owners Unite To Bring Attention to Wastegate Problem on 2022 Toyota Tundra
The lemon law is any law that protects the buyer, or lessee of a brand-new car from any sort of defective problems that the dealer does not correct. This could include a fine to the dealer or even a simple warning depending on the severity of the problem. Some owners choose to threaten dealers with The Lemon Law if they do not resolve the issue at their expense. Others simply threaten a class action lawsuit if this problem persists with no solution from the corporate or the dealer. I am not a lawyer nor a professional of the law however any right-minded person could tell you it’s better to solve a problem if you know you are in the wrong and let the complainer take it to court.
The 2022 Toyota Tundra is a hit or miss when it comes to problems. Whether it’s brake rotors or oil change or a complete engine switch, the Toyota Tundra does not fail to impress. The Tundra is a pickup truck. Thus it is used by some owners as a work truck. By definition of standards, a work truck should be reliable and rugged, built to last, built to be thrown around and still survive, etc. To this date, the only pickup truck that has passed every single test thrown at it is any 1980s Toyota Hilux or Pickup.
However, a recent angry and developing post on Facebook’s 2022+ Toyota Tundra owner’s group showed just how fed-up Tundra owners were with the service they received from Toyota. David Nguyen wrote, “Engine light turned on and I couldn't accelerate. I think it went into limp mode. Of course, Toyota checked it out and said to continue to drive it they couldn't find any issues. I'm stuck with an unreliable truck for work now.”
In the post, he also said that he wants more people to step up so they can win this “battle” with Toyota. So the whole problem with this wastegate is that gasses from the turbo that go through the wastegate which is a part designed to channel gasses away from the turbo are not getting anywhere near and are backing up thus creating turbo back-pressure, choking the engine. This automatically puts your engine in “limp mode” and tells you to go see a dealer.
Let’s take a look at what other owners are saying about the wastegate issue. Hunter Weikle said, “Mine went out about 12 hours after I drove it off the lot. That was March 1st. I got the truck back on April 23rd. Toyota provided me with a loaner Camry but after a month of waiting, and knowing it could possibly be another month, I contacted corporate and was provided with a Tacoma.” He also said the service the dealer provided him was immaculate and they refunded him his first two monthly payments.
Now granted, the dealer doesn’t make these cars. Your frustration over mechanical issues should be with Toyota. However, the dealer’s service should be your concern. Get mad at your dealer only if they don’t want to fix the problem. I don’t affiliate with any dealerships, and I know many dealership owners who are top-rated in service in the industry. Every dealer is different, and some are just in the business to take your money while others are in it to help you make a great decision.
Derek Lyons said, “They’ve had our 22 for two weeks now putting a new engine in it.” A new engine is a pretty big job. I reached out to Derek and asked if this would be covered by his warranty, still no comment as of this date.
The wastegate problem is a real and annoying problem some Tundra owners face. Will Toyota do anything about it?
Hopefully so because the Tundra is a highly loved car by many. Hopefully, this problem doesn’t deter prospective or current buyers because, in its lifetime, the Tundra has proved to be reliable and rugged.
What do you think? Feel free to share your wastegate-dealer experience and share what they did for you.
Harutiun Hareyan is reporting Toyota news at Torque News. His automotive interests and vast experience test-riding new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique insights. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun for daily Toyota news.