No Carmaker Is Perfect,
But Japanese Automakers Escape
Editor's Note: We received this email and
pictures from a friend at
Ford Motor Co., who had received it from an engineering
colleague at General Motors.
Want to know what happens when you build your truck
At GM they call it "bed gate parallelogramming" due to
excessive flex causing the tailgate to be crushed at the
corners by the bed sides. You see this on some older
rusted bed 1970's GM and Ford trucks after the frame has
rotted in critical structure areas and the bed starts to
flop. That obviously isn't the case with the Tundra,
which is just too light, too flexy and too cheap to do
real work. This could be caused by rough roads, towing
etc...aka normal work-type stuff. The other trucks have
had ATVs and Golf Carts loaded into them (the white
one). Golf carts are not so heavy that one axle should
pretzel a tailgate. Actually you should be able to load
it and haul it on the gate properly secured...not with a
A petition has been launched. I find it telling that one
of these people says that the Tundra owners manual
actually warns owners not to drive with the gate down.
In spite of this fact,
Toyota sells bed extenders at its dealers for
Toyota clearly knows something that they aren't
telling the owners...who have found out by losing their
tailgates while going down the road, having them crack
with less than 200 lbs on them and getting crunched at
the corners due to excessive bed flex. Every single
truck will need to be recalled to have new redesigned
Toyota has blown it with this truck, it will
destroy their gleaming image of build-quality within a
This must be the "bed gate parallelogramming"
mentioned in the e-mail.
(To make a better comparison to the first
picture, we rotated this picture 90 degrees
This appears to be the
damaged corner of the tailgate shown above.
You can see the
paint peeling where the two layers of metal are
For comparison, this is a normal Tundra
This picture is mind-blowing!
The sheet metal
is peeling apart.
Mighty Toyota... Beat up by a mere golf
What A Mess! Who designed
Here's an idea... Put some STEEL inside that