Toyota Tundra Comes With a Steel Bed Too

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Recently, Chevy poked holes in the Ford F-150’s aluminum bed. Quite literally poked holes.

While the video is a fun marketing gimmick, really, it does highlight some of the differences between the two metals. And, while yes, most truck buyers will opt for a spray-in bedliner for their truck, it still is startling to see the amount of damage the Ford F-150 takes.

Oh and in case you were wondering, the Tundra has a steel bed. 🙂

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  1. NoQDRTundra says:

    Yeah, I’m aware Toyota uses a steel bed as mine rusted in about three years of ownership (truck was purchased new). Anyway, there are other videos that show how a composite bed is more durable. So, why doesn’t Toyota go with a composite bed for the Tundra? My answer is cost. To use a composite bed would require extra frame support, along with the additional cost for more durable bed.

    • hemi lol says:

      Clearly you are unaware of Toyota Products. the rusted bed you had Toyota also paid completely to replace….. try that with a ford, chev, or dodge…. they would say “tough luck”.

      To use a composite bed? Every single Tacoma made since 2005 has a composite bed. Toyota was the first to do that. Also, a composite bed doesn’t require more frame support actually it would be less….. Toyota’s SMC (sheet mold composite) is actually SO STRONG that it a large part of the FRAME SECTION of the Lexus LFA Supercar. before you spew hate on this site get your facts correct.

      The fact is Toyota never used the composite Bed on the Tundra because the average truck buyer in the USA wouldn’t accept it as being strong enough. See people think because its composite its weaker (you are an example claiming it needs more frame support) but in reality your wrong its much stonger in every way. have a great one

  2. Chris says:

    The facts are plastic (composite) has its flaws too. I have seen plenty of cracks on the plastic Tacoma beds. I have not seen any cracks in a F-150 bed. Best solution is an aluminum bed and plastic liner, not a complete bed.

    • hemi lol says:

      YOU HAVE NOT SEEN “PLENTY OF CRACKS IN A TACOMA BED”! I have been at a Toyota dealer for 10 years and have NEVER seen not even one single crack in ANY Tacoma bed that wasn’t severely wrecked….. Your full of it and trolling.

      • Chris says:

        Of course you would say that. Typical salesman. Nobody belives anything you say. You are a salesman and have been discreted on PUTC. The Tacoma forums have posts on the cracking plastic beds.

        • NoQDRTundra says:

          Exactly, he’s a salesman and there’s overwhelming evidence that they’ll say anything, which includes lies, to make a sale.

          • Tim Esterdahl says:

            Ok. Ok. Settle down guys. This comment goes too far. You can have a good discussion about beds without name calling.


  3. NoQDRTundra says:

    I am very well aware of Toyota products since Toyota put $17K in mine. Yeah, they fixed it but the fact is that’s not QDR that you, Toyota and all Tundra fan boys claim. Where’s the benefit of being on a first name basis with a service manager?

    And buy the way, Toyota will NOT fix the rusted beds that are outside of the 5yr 60K warranty as there already have been claims denied. So, don’t imply they’ll fix it if it’s rusted.

    The composite bed is likely stronger, but don’t expect it in the Tundra; look how long it took to get an ITBC, which there are some problems with–QDR?, along with a larger gas tank.

    The fact is the Tundra’s QDR is not up to par with other Toyota vechicle’s, which is why owner’s get really pissed when they start to have more problems with their Tundra than there other Toyota vehicle.

    • hemi lol says:

      Really? Ill bet you didn’t even own a tundra.

      The proof of that is there is no 5yr 60k warranty that would have ANYTHING to do with the bed…… the 07 and 08 they had a spray fill inside the bed struts that trapped moisture and Toyota will replace them on ANY one of those trucks last I checked….

      There is a Risk/reward that’s discussed before changes like that are made.. if you try to cut that material its no longer as strong so if you wanted a Gooseneck then your compromising the material to do so.. more than likely why they opted (so Far) not to use that material in a full size..

      The Tundras QDR are EXACTLY the same as ALL Toyota vehicles as the same benchmarks are set for all…. matter of fact the Tundra’s QDR is FAR AND AWAY better than the other pickups on the market by a long shot! that’s the reason its been named most dependable for the last 8 or 9 years by JD Power…..

      Stop it with the Trolling, your annoying. at least have some facts if you wanna talk smack.

  4. NoQDRTundra says:

    Match up the last three digits of the vin on the sticker with the last three digits of the vin for each receipt I posted.

    Also, here’s my last contact reference number: #160409-000024.

    I contacted Toyota a number of times to try and resolve my continuing problems to no avail.

    I’m just posting facts. I am aware of the JD Powers cuz I checked it out before I bought.

    Ah, you’re a dealer…

    So, I suppose the following problems have not occurred for 2nd and some 3rd Gen Tundra’s:
    Cam Tower Leak
    Steering Rack Issues
    Bed Rust (TSB)
    Tailgate rust (TSB)
    Water Pump Issues (TSB)
    Paint Problems
    Rear Axle Seal leaks
    Rear Axle Bearings (TSB)
    Faulty HVAC units
    Front Axle/Diff (TSB)

    • NoQDRTundra says:

      @Hemi LOL: Where are you? We’re waiting for you to refute my claims with evidence.

      An important difference for my posts about the Tundra’s questionable QDR when compare to others is I back them up with evidence.

      • Tim Esterdahl says:

        Look, I get why you are upset with your truck and I’ve read your site as well as talked to you. But, let’s keep things in perspective and cool off for a minute.

        There are thousands on happy Tundra owners and I know them because I hear from them as well. I welcome your input to balance out this site, but I won’t stand for name calling or suggesting EVERY Tundra is terrible. Keep it clean, respectful and in perspective.


        • NoQDRTundra says:

          I’m doing the name calling?
          Here’s a quote from Hemi LOL

          “Stop it with the Trolling, your annoying. at least have some facts if you wanna talk smack.”

          I posted the facts just like he requested.

          • Tim Esterdahl says:

            I’ll put the same message out to Hemi. Let’s all take the higher road.


    • gordich says:

      Still enjoying my 2010 4.6L Tundra DC 4X4! (55,000 miles)
      No cam tower leak, no steering rack issues, no bed rust, no tailgate rust, no water pump issues, no paint problems, no rear axle seal leaks, no rear axle bearing issues, no HVAC problems and no front axle/diff problems.

      If there were and were corrected under a TSB or recall…that would be awesome!

  5. NoQDRTundra says:

    Also, I used to be a frequent “positive” contributor on this site and I was a member of the Toyota Owners Intersection group. But then the problems started happening with my Tundra…

  6. ricqik says:

    For you metal experts… Why no one makes a stainless steel body/cab/bed so it will last the life of the car.. Makes for restoration easier for those who has a tastes for classics later on in the future.

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