Toyota Tacoma trucks - any good?

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by richc, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. Ditmo

    Ditmo Adventurer

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    I've owned two Nissan pickups. '87 hard body 4x4 w/ 4cyl that I sold with 240K on it and a '99 Frontier V6 4x4 that I've never had a problem with. Still have the '99 and won't sell it anytime soon. I bought the '99 new because of the reliability of the '87 that I thrashed. The '99 has relatively low miles because it was only my daily driver for a year. I don't like the new Toyota's or Nissan's. If I'm going to get that crappy MPG I might as well buy a full size truck. I wish they'd bring the 4cyl diesels into this country.

    I put more miles on my bikes each year than my car or my truck.
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  2. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    When I bought my Xterra I also cross shopped Frontiers and Tacos (decided, I didn't want a pickup). The main thing that kept me away from Toyota is the cost. The Xterra had everything a comparable Toyota could offer, plus a more powerful engine for several thousand dollars less. But yes, there are some niggling issues I probably wouldn't have if I had a Toyota -- most specifically the need to replace the radiator before it contaminated the transmission fluid by leaking coolant into the trans cooling loop. Other than that, it has been totally faultless and has some balls to go with it. The fuel mileage isn't great but it isn't as terrible as a lot of people say. I have a heavy foot and still average 19 MPG in city driving. On a recent road trip I got 26!
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  3. focallength

    focallength You're Welcome

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    All I know is I have a 2010 reg cab 2 wheel drive, after a year and a 1/2 its worth 1k more than I paid for it.

    I used to laugh my ass off at the dealer when they asked 14k for a 8 year old truck with 150k miles on it, no mas.
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  4. cameron110

    cameron110 Been here awhile

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    Between the girlfriend, and my brother and his wife we have 3 '05's in various different configurations. One has over 180k and all have been stone reliable, the v6 4x4's average about 20mpg and the 2wd 4cyl manual gets 26-28, unless you drive like I do and then it gets less.

    The only trouble we had was when the sister in-law backed into the girlfriends in the driveway and we had to explain which red 2005 tacoma hit the blue 2005 when all three are insured with the same company by my brother and I. We finally sorted it out by referring to them by the last couple digits of the VIN :deal but it was a bit Abbot and Costello there for a while.

    buy one for yourself too.
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  5. 4wheeldog

    4wheeldog Long timer

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    I have an '05 with 75k or so. It has been stone toyota reliable with one glitch........It broke 2 teeth off the ring gear in the rear diff. I attribute this to "Prebroken" parts.......I bought the truck new, it has never been abused, though it has been worked hard on occasion. I figure someone dropped the diff on the floor before it was installed, and cracked the teeth.

    The upside.........Since they never break, buying an almost new used differential was reasonably cheap, since the market for used part is not very big.......They don't break, so who would buy one?
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  6. Uglyprimate

    Uglyprimate UglyPirate

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    4 year old thread? I hope his boy's not still waiting on Dad to buy him a truck!

    I have three Toyotas. I won't own another not because they're junk, but because they will outlive me.
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  7. ThatGuy

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    I've owned two in the past and had no problems resale. Just bought two more and they are definitely a long term purchase as they will run forever. They are pricey I will say that but if you tend to keep for years they are worth it.
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  8. Uglyprimate

    Uglyprimate UglyPirate

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    Where do people find them pricey?

    Wife's RAV was 4 grand cheaper than the competition from KIA and Hyundai. 4 GRAND!!! and we got better financing!

    Tacomas are cheaper than Nissan, Ford, Chevy's trucks.
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  9. street tracker

    street tracker High, wide, and handsome

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    I haven't been here in almost three fucking years, and this is what I come back to?

    Nice to know it's still the same old place. :lol3



    Okay, on topic: other than the painted fender flares fading to pink, my '01 S-Runner is still un-killable after 10 years.
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  10. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    My Tundra which is a pretty well optioned "base" model was $4K less than the gutless F150 I test drove.
    And the Ford was a stripped model, rubber floors, no C/C, CD player, or power anything.

    I don't have any plans of selling it before it falls completely apart.
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  11. ricker

    ricker BGR8FUL

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    Grease your steering stops.
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  12. Mr. J

    Mr. J Banned

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    well, there's this: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=723504
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  13. 68deluxe

    68deluxe Long timer

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    Many people buy them used, they hold their price very well. A two year old taco will cost more than a ford ranger same age.
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  14. street tracker

    street tracker High, wide, and handsome

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  15. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    I've had three of 'em, 2 1986's and a 1996 or so that I have now, all 4x4, all ran well as long as I had 'em - the first one was still going last time I talked to the second owner, the second one was a turbo 4 cylinder that my son rolled [dumbass!], and the third one is a v6 that I just got 8 months ago well used and am putting to brutal use around the ranchette.

    The Son has almost 200K on his replacement Taco.

    I love 'em.
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  16. mr. matteeanne

    mr. matteeanne Bender can pass him

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    160000++ miles on mine runs as good as the day I bought it. I would never buy another vehicle. I have been through 3' of snow and it handled like it was on a dry road. Best 4x4 ever.
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  17. tkitna

    tkitna Long timer

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    Dont know about the Tacoma's, but I have an 03' Tundra that i'm kind of split on. The brakes are so bad on the truck that I threaten to trade it in every other day. Seriously, I wont let anybody else drive it because of the brakes. I'm going to tear it apart in the next few days again to temporarily fix it. That means taking both calipers off and knocking the pins out. The pins are solid and leaves nowhere for any grease or lube to work. I'm going to try to grind some areas in them for the never sieze to sit, but they are tiny buggers. The rears are drums and will need redone too. Awful.

    Besides that, I have a wheel bearing going bad on the front passenger side, the driverside window regulator makes all kinds of noise, and the shift indicator light for the drive position has been burnt out for a long time. Truck has 75K on it. Never any issues with the engine and runs good, but I dont know if i'm going to keep it much longer.
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  18. Fe Man

    Fe Man I am Iron Moran!

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    Since this is revive old thread day:

    Got an '06 Quad Cab Tacoma 4X4 LWB and I love it.
    Zero problems,
    I just wish it was available with leather!
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  19. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    There is a lot of difference between an 03 Tundra and a new one.
    The Tacomas not so much I think.
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  20. oaklandjeff

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    i have an 07 4x4 double cab with a long box...its the second tacoma i have owned. it is really good in the snow and can take four adults with all of their stuff for a road trip!
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