03 Tundra, Issue After Issue, Need Some Advice
My truck is turning out to be a lemon. Here is the quick run down. I live in Boise and my parents are in North Dakota. I found a great deal on a 03 Tundra, Limited TRD with only 115,000 miles in Minnesota. My dad drove it, looked at it, took it to a Toyota deal and seemed like a decent truck. This was the exact truck I was looking for. Had leather, topper, etc. I had the truck shipped to Idaho. I knew since it was from Minnesota it would have some underbody rust. My dad and Toyota dealer said it's not bad at all, I'm guessing for Minnesota standards. More rust that I care for. Body is in good shape though. I knew there was an issue with the exhaust, check engine was one. Ended up being a CO2 behind the CAT. No big deal there, the studs were rusty, I broke them off and had a muffle shop weld new studs. They also informed me of a cracked exhaust manifold. I was not happy to hear that but honestly I was prepared when I bought it that it would be the CATS so I was prepared. I had some headers put on. Last week the battery died. The battery was 5 years old and it was very cold here and I didn't drive it for 2 weeks, I was out of the country. Today I find out my transmission cooler is leaking in my radiator. So now I'm looking at a new radiator plus transmission flush, etc to fix that. Sounds like $700 ish on the cheap end. From what I have read I can expect the to replace the transmission over the next year. This is all in a span of 3 months max. It's one thing after another. I'm super bummed. I have read nothing but good things with these trucks. I'm not sure the timing belt and water pump has been done yet. Should I keep pouring money into this truck or cut my losses? Good news is soon I'll have everything replaced but the engine ha ha.
I realize I could have done more due diligence. I trusted my dad, Dealer, Carfax and my gut. I went for what I thought was high reward and low risk.
Just looking for some advice.