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Old 12-05-13, 04:17 PM   #1
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To Siu and the other Tacoma drivers of Foo

Can you please give your view of the truck. We will be needing a new vehicle soon and this is on my list of vehicles I would love to have.
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Old 12-05-13, 04:47 PM   #2
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i don't live in tacoma, just an hour or so north, but i like the idea of a truck used and driven by others in service of myself, including, but not limited to, mail delivery, industry, garbage and other civil services, anti-fascist war, and as a stationary object jumped in evel knievel-like entertainment.
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Old 12-05-13, 06:15 PM   #3
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What about the Nissan Frontier? The Chevy Colorado is being released again in 2014. I watch this market segment with interest, since in a few years when we retire, I am thinking of selling the Kia Soul and Ford Escape and getting a crew cab 4x4 mid-size pickup. It is a pity there are so models in this market segment any more.
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I like mine but it's still fairly new. Plenty of room, good stereo, accelerates well. Gas mileage is only in the low 20s.
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I bet it looks something like this:
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I miss the old 1980s Toyotas with the 4 cylinder engines. My '86 was rusty but still ran well at 200K plus miles.
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I love my Toy Taco Turd Sport. Although I think the middle trim level (not TRD) would be a little easier, the TRD version is too tall for no good reason.

Just don't buy it for the gas mileage, Jesus wept.

Mine is the electric blue color, I admit it was a big factor in the purchase. I love it.
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Old 12-05-13, 07:30 PM   #8
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I have a 2007 with about 80,000 miles. Truck has been great, no problems and just normal maintence items. I have the extended cab and find the room for driver/passenger and storage behind the seats to be good.

Gas mileage is in the low to mid-20's (I have the 4 cylinder automatic) and that is the one area that I wish was a bit higher.
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I've got a 2006 Tacoma Access cab (simple storage are behind the seats) with 50,000 miles, and I've had four other Toyotas before this one. This is the only one I've had problems with - leaky water pump (fixed under warranty) and a defective power steering fluid pump. The only other issue I see is Toyta has had a lot of recalss lately, and about four of those recalls included my year/model Tacoma. The thing that really annoys me is the 'Maintenance Required' light on the dash (not the 'Check Engine' light, which is different); it comes on at strange mileage intervals, and there's never been a problem with the truck when I took it in for a check. I'm seriously thinking about getting under the dashboard and disabling it in the future.
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Ever consider a Ford F-150?
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I had a 2000 Taco Prerunner (extended cab, not 4-door) with the big (2.7L) 4-banger. It was great and I loved it all to pieces. But alas, cycling is cheaper, I was married, and I knew we'd never fit car seats in there, so the truck went in 2007. My sister had a 2001 Tacoma, totally minimalist. She also loved it and drove it for 13 years until she rammed it into another car in a thunderstorm.

But they got a lot bigger after 2005 or so.
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The thing that really annoys me is the 'Maintenance Required' light on the dash (not the 'Check Engine' light, which is different); it comes on at strange mileage intervals, and there's never been a problem with the truck when I took it in for a check. I'm seriously thinking about getting under the dashboard and disabling it in the future.
It's miles since it was last reset, to remind you to change your oil. It starts after 4500 and goes solid after 5000. All you need to do to reset it is hold down the trip meter button while you turn on the ignition, keep holding it until the light turns off.
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It's miles since it was last reset, to remind you to change your oil. It starts after 4500 and goes solid after 5000. All you need to do to reset it is hold down the trip meter button while you turn on the ignition, keep holding it until the light turns off.
Thanks, I'm gong to have to try that. I only drive it about 7,000 miles/year (I bicycle commute ), so change the oil every 6 months/3,500 miles. Its really annoying taking it in when that light goes on and having to pay close to $100 for a 5,000 mile service (which is really just an overpriced oil change).
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Ever consider a Ford F-150?
Tacoma's tougher, and if you're looking at a f-150 as well, it would be more along the ways of the tundra.
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I miss the old 1980s Toyotas with the 4 cylinder engines. My '86 was rusty but still ran well at 200K plus miles.
Got a '91 22RE engine, basic 4 banger, 4WD... worn paint and torn interior, yet people offer to buy it from me all the time. Rebuilt engine... runs well, gets 19MPG. I drive it like a little old lady.

Oh yeah, 265000 miles... or about 12000 miles a year... we took some long trips the first several years when it was "the family car." These days I put on about 3000 miles a year.

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I drive a 2004 Tacoma fairly often, love it. But I'd never buy one to use as an actual truck.. that's what the F-150 is for.
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I'm thinking about a TRD Tacoma as my next vehicle, I like the price and I've been in love with them for years, so this thread interests me.

Jeff, driven one yet? It is pretty truck like, but it drives well.
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If I had the need for a small truck today, I would either...
a) buy a pre-2005 Tacoma 4-door (you know, for kids), or
b) Just break the law and import an Australian Ford Ranger or Holden Crewman Cross, or perhaps a VW Amarok, OR...
c) buy an AWD CR-V and a cutting torch and make a 4-door pickup out of it.
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New Taco's about the right size for me, the other half, dog, and gear. Plus it will tow 6klbs or so if I decided to get myself a little camper trailer. It's not really small, though, for sure. Two of my friends have rangers, great trucks but small.

I never could convince myself to buy anything like a CRV, Rav 4 or any of the crossovers. Just seems to be mediocre everywhere.
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I miss the old 1980s Toyotas with the 4 cylinder engines. My '86 was rusty but still ran well at 200K plus miles.
Indeed, my 89 basic Hilux was the best vehicle I had ever had. It had a very short life demise at 139,000 when I totaled it.

I was stupid and took the insurance money and put a down payment on a 94 (it was 96 at the time) 4Runner Limited. Only had it 6 months when I got rid of it because of the payment and insurance cost (I was young.) Replaced it with an 88 really no frills 22RE 4Runner with vinyl interior. Got married and had that up to 189,000 when I got rid of it for a 99 Tacoma.

The 99 Tacoma also met an early demise in 2006 with the rusty frame. I traded it as Toyota hadn't done the buy-back recall until 2007 and bought my wife a Ford Escape. Huge mistake. I thought at this point in my life I wanted brand new. It was a POS. I bought it because the sticker was 29,900 and I got it for $18,000 left over. I wanted the Rav4 but couldn't afford $32k for that.

6 years of heartache and constant out in the humidity or the freezing cold working on that dang Ford practically from the day I brought it home. There was quite a bit that was constantly breaking like control arm bushings, the 4WD/ABS system, but mostly it was routine maintenance that came around about 4 times as often as I was use to with my Toyotas.

My wife rolled it over in January last year and I finally got my Rav4, 0-60 in 6.2 seconds worth of 3.5L V6 bliss. I love that part, but as it's my wife's vehicle, she also loves it. I wouldn't buy one for myself as much as I love the motor and gearing because I can't get it in a manual.

I'd like to replace my Jetta when it's time is up with a newer Tacoma without the frame issue. I just don't like them as much as the old tinbox pre-Tacoma trucks. The old 20R/22R/22RE motors were nearly indestructible. You literally could lay a brick on the throttle and go inside while the thing bounced against the rev limiter and come back and drive away without worry. The most bullet proof motor ever built probably.

The 1 question about the Tacoma and why I probably won't have one for quite some times is, why is it they get 20 mpg with the 3.5L while my Rav4 I average 27 mpg? My wife certainly does not baby the thing and drive it like a lady. She is Danica Patrick in the thing and still averages between 25 and 27 mpg. I've yet to see below 25 in it.
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While I'm no fan of small crossovers, the Rav4 is a great vehicle.
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I'm on my 3rd Tacoma. I had a 1995 (first year they came out) with the 4 cylinder. Traded it in for a 1997 with the V-6. That was a great truck, but after about 11 years and 225,000 miles the frame was rusted through. Toyota was aware of the problem and contacted me about a frame inspection. When the guy could put his finger through the frame, they impounded the truck and gave me a new Rav 4 to drive while they figured out how much to buy it back for. They ended up paying me 14,000 for an 11 year old truck (1.5 X KBB for excellent cond.) so I got a 2008 model Tacoma, extended cab with the V-6 and automatic. I'm at about 100,000 miles now with now problems whatsoever. I'd recommend one.

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