Project Tundra: Adding a New (Used) Truck to Our Fleet

Update by J.G. Pasterjak to the Toyota Tundra project car
Apr 1, 2020

If you couldn’t tell from the previous entry, we’re quite smitten with the second-gen, V8-powered Toyota Tundra. A few days after Toyota dropped off a 2020 model for us to review, we had fallen in love, found a used one of our own, and brought it home. Gee, thanks for costing us money, Toyota.

Our Craigslist find was a one-owner 2010 X-SP model with a little more than 100,000 miles on the clock. The X-SP designation marks an optional Southeast Toyota “port package” installed at the port of delivery–in this case, Jacksonville, Florida.

The X-SP package started with a well-optioned Double Cab 5.7 and added custom leather seats with X-SP badging, (fake, but surprisingly tasteful) carbon fiber interior trim, 20-inch BBS wheels and an aftermarket skidplate. While aftermarket leather is sometimes not up to OEM standards in our experience, whoever supplied Southeast Toyota nailed it. Out seats look and feel practically new after nearly a decade and 100,000 miles.

We were also attracted to the truck’s one-owner history and the fact that it had spent its entire ownership life in Jacksonville–with only the occasional trip to the Carolina mountains. The thick file of records and receipts for pretty much every nickel that had ever been spent on the truck–down to wiper blades and washer fluid–made it fairly easy to spend $15,200 on our new used truck.

If there were nits to pick, we’d probably start with the fairly aggressive Michelin tires mounted on those 20-inch BBS wheels. They’re more appropriate for a luxo-sport Benz SUV than a more utilitarian tow rig, so we’ll probably replace them with something more truck-centric before long. 

Soon after taking delivery, though, we did perform one modification: We installed a Pioneer 6.8-inch touchscreen head unit fitted with Apple CarPlay and integrated backup camera. We also installed said camera. 

Long term, this is probably not a truck we’re going to modify much because it’s not a truck that really needs much. So far, it has towed everything we’ve stuck behind it like it wasn’t even there. It’s probably ready for shocks at some point soon, just due to age and use, and a good set of anti-roll bars always make a good tow vehicle even better, but ultimately we expect to be reporting on maintenance and upkeep details in the long term rather than substantial modifications. When something just works, the temptation to modify is pretty easy to resist.

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Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
4/1/20 8:31 a.m.

Cool truck but wouldn't it be cooler with two more cylinders?

TJL HalfDork
4/1/20 8:44 a.m.

We had similar one as a work truck. It was sadly miserable to drive. If you hit the gas about 1/4", you took off ok. Hit it another 1/4", it was full throttle, jerking around, despite having a few more inches of pedal travel. Whole thing was very jerky, yet numb. I got tired of the unpredictable throttle so i just said berk it and floored it at about any take off. 
oh and the 4x4 setup. Ours was the TuRD off road package. Put it in 4lo, you were greeted by CONSTANT beeping, scolding you for using 4lo. You also could not turn off the traction control, so in soft sand when it sensed wheel slip, it hammered the anti lock brake system to try to fight the slip. In sugar sand, it sounded like someone hammering on the firewall because of the thing trying to brake its way out of wheel spin, even in 4hi.

I really wanted to like it but after having it a bit, i was very happy when it left. But hey it was pretty fast.  
check into the neat trick they did where it blows air from the fender area into the catalysts to get them up to temp faster. It can blow gravel, sand etc into the cats and kill them. 


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