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Maybe you trust Toyota. But I don't trust them and keep an OPEN EYE to all failures and re-adjust my maintenance as I see fit.
WS is overrated by Toyota and under performing, in both a SAE paper and in UOAs. Toyota was dreaming. They call it "lowering the cost and hassle of maintenance" to cater to the lazy consumer that trades in regularly. Great for marketing. Horrible for longevity.
With all the water pump, heater core, and radiator failures that I've seen, I have no faith in Red or Pink antifreeze and use 'other brands'. Sure, we're still blaming the suppliers on a run of bad parts.
Concerning sparkplugs, I've measured many 'fancy' plugs and they definitely open up with time. I have no problem using double platinum or double iridium type plugs indefinitely as long as I regap them regularly. Easier to replace when they're out so that you don't have to worry about them 'failing'. Plugs are still cheap.
Concerning timing belt depends on other things? Why even bring it up? We don't worry about timing belts on the 3.5L? But, interference vs non-interference is usually what I look at. But, I see other failure points often enough. Oil seals, coolants leaks, bad idler or tensioner bearings.... and just plain old noise being a reason enough to change out a timing belt early. Plus, newer belts are 'aramid' fiber(kevlar) reinforced. This pretty much prevents the instant break-down 'snapped belt' issue that was more common a decade or two ago.
I trust that my Tundra's frame won't rust out. Thanks for the great Tacoma buyback!
I trust that my 3.5L oil hose won't leak or burst, and I won't be bothered by that startup racket from defective cams and vvt.
I trust that my 2.4L won't spit out stripped head bolts even if its inevitable.
I trust that my transfer case won't seize. No ATF in my xcase gear oil...yet!
I trust that my parking brake drum levers won't rust out again and again.
I trust that my 2.2L or 3.0L won't turn into a sludge monster.
I trust that my steering shaft won't knock.
I trust that my driveshaft won't knock either. What is it with Toyota and splined shafts?
I trust that 5.7L won't blow another front or rear end.
I trust that I won't have to replace that damn JBL amp a 3rd time.
I trust that all the problems that everyone else posts won't occur with me.
I trust that my Toyota's quality hasn't slipped at all ever.
Keep drinking that Koolaid. Definitely some Toyota fanboys overly brainwashed on their superiority complex.
Its a machine. You can take care of it, or you can ignore it. The end result is whether you can say you made that effort, or just say &^% it and when it breaks, just unload it. A few hundred bucks extra maintenance on a $40k vehicle doesn't seem too unjustifiable, does it?