If he bought the extended warranty, he'll be covered as well.You can't get either the leafs or the tailgate (yes, there's a TSB for that) for free, as you'd still have to be covered under the 3/36 warranty for those parts.
As has been said many times, TSB's are not recalls. If the customer complains about the truck bottoming out under load (leaf springs) or bending the tailgate too easily, then the new parts would be the solution. If nothing happens, then no free parts.
If you really hate the leaf springs, don't buy Toyota's - go aftermarket. As for the tailgate, I don't know what it would cost (including paint). The tailgate was finally redesigned a couple of months into the 2008 model year to be stronger. If you swap tailgates, you'd have to disassemble it a little bit to re-use the plastic parts and the latch mechanism on the new tailgate.
If you had been complaining and nothing was happening because your year wasn't included in the TSB... you should have done the prudent thing and bought the extended warranty to cover your ass.Thats correct it is warranty work, but my argument was that my complaints were on file with toyota from the time the truck was new, I felt they should have fixed under warranty despite the mileage.. Didn't happen though. Wouldn't it be nice if it were 3 yrs/36k, which ever comes LAST..
I'm 99% sure that after the 3year / 36K mark (regardless of extended warranty or not), TSB's are no longer covered. At least they weren't in my case for some issues that arose in the later years (I had the premium bumper to bumper warranty).If you had been complaining and nothing was happening because your year wasn't included in the TSB... you should have done the prudent thing and bought the extended warranty to cover your ass.
That is true, work done in reference to a TSB is only free if the affected parts are still under warranty. Other than the AT reflash though which would likely fall under the powertrain warranty, most of the TSB's are annoyances that must be covered off under the 36K warranty.You really can't generalize for all TSB's like that. Remember that a TSB is a documented solution for a commonly-identified problem. The question is whether or not the affected part is covered by the extended warranty. If the part is covered, then a TSB says how best to fix it.
It isn't exactly "just like" the original warranty, its a comprehensive warranty that covers most of the major components. I know for certain that body panels, glass and moldings are not covered and thus eliminates the windshield and tailgate TSB. Rear leaf packs are also not covered under the extended warranty so there goes both of the rear leaf TSB's. The exhaust is also not covered under the extended warranty so I would also think that would eliminate the exhaust manifold TSB.The extended warranty is a bumper to bumper warranty just like the original 3year/36k miles.