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Old August 24th, 2012, 02:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone have experience with Toyota Tacomas?

well to make a long story short, my Father made a deal with me when i started coming back to school, basically put, graduate with a 3.5GPA or higher and he buys me a truck. So I got to work and am closing in on that, so close in fact that he said he would buy me a truck but I cant just go nuts.

It will be used, $12k max and my car gets traded in (because the salvaged title civic with 200k on it is worth so much....)

I am having a hard time finding exactly what I want though so if anyone has experience with the V6 models it would be nice

Ideally what i am looking for is a access cab 2.7L 4 cylinder with 4x4 and a 5 speed stick shift

alternately I have also decided that I like the TRD off road package so much I will be willing to settle with a v6 if everything else is the same but i am not sure what kind of gas mileage the v6 gets. I found one with everything i wanted but it was a supercharged v6 and I have a friend with one of those who said he gets around 15 or 16 which i just dont think is enough. that would get expensive fast.

so any of you guys have experience with tacomas?
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Old August 25th, 2012, 01:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Go with a reg cab 4wd 5spd, IF you can find a nice one. Good luck


06 Tacoma Quad Cab, Lifted 3" armor all around, 265/75/16's and I get between 15-19.

AND I know for a fact it's a extremely safe truck! My wife and I were hit by a drink driver at a stop light Christmas Eve. It was a fully loaded E350 Van doing 45mph I was sitting at the stop light, the hit moved my truck 4 1/2 ft or so. Airbags did not deploy (before I had bumper), and I was far enough back I didn't hit the people infront of me (which was my family so this was a great thing).

She is fixed up and still going, never had a problem out of her, gas mileage sucks but she is lifted and armored so I can't complain and she probably saved me a lot of pain, if I would of been in a car I think I would have been taken to the ER along with my wife.
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Old August 27th, 2012, 10:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i want something of a back seat so i am looking for the extended cabs, the double cabs are nice but i also need a 6ft bed to haul the atv in. and while i know you can get a 4 door long bed they are very rare since i believe they had to be special ordered. i have only found one so far.

is yours the 4 cylinder or v6?
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Old August 27th, 2012, 10:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Quad cab long beds are not rare they are regularly produced. In my area I see at least 4 a day lol.

Mine is V6, I have beat on mine a lot and it has not given me a slight problem. I've taken it places it probably shouldn't have been either.

If you NEED 4 seats, I strongly suggest the quad cab as I never knew how much I would use the doors until I got this one. I constantly use them it's soooooo nice.

If you find a quad cab long bed just act like it's whatever not a big plus or negative, if your going dealer and they have one with a short bed find something you like about the long bed like the wheels or whatever. Then kinda push him down on it.

I got mine for a GREAT price, otherwise I would have got the long bed.

I can get a ATV in mine, it's tight but it fits (tailgate down).

Check out tacomaworld.com they have a lot of knowledge and common problems (if there are any lol)
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Old August 27th, 2012, 10:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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im looking at a $12k budget which means most likely a 1st gen, and yes, quad cab long beds are rare in that price range

i want the long bed for more than just hauling the atv (with the tailgate up) i go to the dunes every once in a while and a 6ft bed with a canopy means i can also sleep back there
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Old August 27th, 2012, 10:39 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Gotcha! Forgot your price range I was thinking 2nd gen Tacomas

Yeah they are rare in 1st gen!

Extended cabs are nice though, it just sucks putting the seat up all the time but if you can handle that then your good to go.



10-4 On the 6 foot bed, it sucks sleeping in mine because of the bed.

If you find one and have any questions just let me know, I'm no expert but I've been around a few tacoma's haha.

If your getting a 1st gen, I suggest a V6 as they have TOUGH motors not that the 4cyl isn't but I have personally seen a v6 run without oil 20 miles (accident). They put oil back in it and it's STILL running today (that was a 1st gen too btw)
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Old August 27th, 2012, 10:49 AM   #8 (permalink)
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ya im getting a lot of questions answered on a tacoma forum, they really know their stuff but im always happy to hear other opinions.

i have been leaning towards the v6 but have not ruled out the I4s completely
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I hear ya,

Defiantly don't rule out the I4 especially if you get a good deal.

I had a 98 tacoma with 6" of lift that was a 4 banger and it would move!!
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Old August 27th, 2012, 03:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
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the only thing that has me concerned is going over the pass, a lot of people on the forum were saying you would have to shift down the 4 bangers to get them up hills especially if you had anything in the bed. I live in Ellesburg and my parents on the west side of the mountains so i have to go over the pass to get there. There were a few people who drove hills a lot saying they had owned both and they got better mileage off the v6 since they would not have to shift down on the hills

the other thing is I really like the TRD packages, mostly for the rear lockers but TRDs are only V6
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Old August 27th, 2012, 08:08 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm not to sure, as I lived in WV at the time and we had a lot of hills.

Some I had to shift others I didn't it obviously has to do with the grade of the hill and how fast your going.

I know they can hold their own though, they're not weak that's for sure.
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Old September 2nd, 2012, 01:08 AM   #12 (permalink)
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i have been driving and working on toyotas since i can remember my dad is a great mechanic and has rubbed off on me pretty well. i have a 06 pre runner that is not so hot on gas it gets about 19 or 20 mpg but i do have a lift kit and big wheels on it also a v6. having said that i love the 4 bangers in the older yotas i restored a old 91 with a 22 re in it with 200k miles on it and still drove it to california going 80 from phoenix with no problems at all. The 4 bangers do have some issues climbing steep hills but it is a rear wheel drive truck with no weight in the back if your towing something of course your going to have to down shift or if you have a sizable load in the back your probably going to downshift but thats really not a problem if you know how to drive a stick well also you can find them in a v8 just going to be really hard to find there custom order my cousin bought one a few years back i would just go with the v6 if your getting a newer one there a solid truck and do very well with just about anything you throw at them one bone stock (without giant wheels and 8" of lift) would probably get 22-24 depending on the truck all i know is i love em either way you go you will be happy
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