F-150 Reputation Resistant to Rust, Fire, and More. Why?
In the last 5 years, the Toyota Tundra has had some serious quality issues:
- Frame rust problems
- Weak tailgates
- Unintended acceleration recalls
While this list is definitely bad, can anyone honestly argue that it’s worse than the F150’s list of problems?
- 1.5 million trucks recalled for spontaneously exploding airbags
- Faulty cruise control modules that have been linked to dozens of vehicle fires
- 2+ million trucks likely to be recalled for rusting fuel tank straps
Granted, Ford has yet to recall the F-150 for rusting fuel tank straps, but all signs point to an imminent recall.
The question is: In light of all of this info, how can anyone honestly argue that Tundra’s reputation for quality or safety is any worse than the best-selling truck in the industry, the Ford F-150?
How Could Popular Opinion Be So Wrong?
As you probably heard, Toyota recalled a small number of Tundras earlier this week for improperly calibrated tire pressure monitoring systems. The total number of trucks recalled? 1,629. Yet when you look at the comments on that article, you’ll find a number of people who talk about how much of a “POS” the Tundra is. This is my favorite:
The Tundra is an unreliable POS…Why the hell would anyone buy this over a better built American truck.
I find this comment ridiculous because a) the Tundra has won numerous awards for quality and reliability from JD Power, and b) the Tundra is more American than most “American” pickups.
Now compare this comment on a Tundra recall article to comments on this article about the F-150’s rusting fuel tank straps…see anyone calling the F-150 unreliable, poor quality, etc?
How can this be? Toyota recalls 1,600 Tundras for a tire pressure monitoring calibration issue and the peanut gallery erupts. Ford may recall 2.7 million F150s for a potential fire hazard and…crickets.
To be clear, this post isn’t about Tundra vs. F-150…if it were, we’d have to give the F-150 the nod for having better engines and more configuration options, but then we’d have to give the Tundra credit for resale value, quality and reliability ratings, etc.
The question here is this: How is it that the Ford F-150’s reputation for quality is better than the Tundra’s, despite the fact that by any objective measure the F-150 has just as many major quality issues?
Please comment below…I’m really wondering how this can be. F-150 fans and owners are welcome – all I ask is that everyone keeps it civil.
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