Toyota trucks

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Anorak, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. CaveDave

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    I really wish Toyota hadn't increased the size of the Tacoma. IMHO, the whole point of the Tacoma is that it wasn't a full sized truck, it was a small truck for those of us who don't need or want a big truck.

    This is my '04. 214,000 trouble free miles at 26 mpg.

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    This is our '87 Tercel wagon. We bought this for $400 six years ago with 45000 miles on it. It was our daily family car until recently when the heater fan stopped working. Once it warms up, I'll stick a new fan in it and keep driving it.

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  2. xshanex

    xshanex Been here awhile

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    Maybe like 3/4 of a full size truck! Dimensions are close but a lot of the little stuff thats downsized for the Tacomas just works for me and it feels smaller than it is. After driving all the full size trucks I realized that I didn't need a 7 or 8 foot bed, or seats for someone who weighs 300lbs, or 3 across seating, or every single electronic luxury item, or 10k lbs towing capacity, or 12-15mpg, or having to park outside since it won't fit in a normal garage.



    For all the small truck people.....I do actually see more of the 4 cyl single cab tacos running around than I thought I would
  3. Chuckracer

    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

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    Yeah, I hear ya. Those are all reasons why I don't have a full size either.

    I've had lots of them over the years starting with an '82 and now own an '04. It's not half the truck the old ones were, however, at least in my eyes.
    I think they actually died when they went to the rack and pinion steering.
  4. jeffs900s

    jeffs900s Prophet of Doom

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    I think the perceived size difference is based mostly on the fact that most of the new ones you see around are crew cabs and such. If you compare regular cab to regular cab a 2010 is about 5.5 inches wider, and 6 inches longer than the previous body style. Hardly a huge difference.
  5. Gregster

    Gregster Been here awhile

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    I've got an '05 double cab long bed 4x4 and get about the same milage. I'll probably just get a Tundra next for the increased towing capacity since they're not really any harder on fuel.
    I have added some Firestone Ride-rite air bags since this photo was taken and no more saggy rear end even when hauling my travel trailer.

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  6. chasesdad

    chasesdad Been here awhile

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    I ended up buying a 96 reg cab 4cyl 4x4 this past weekend , this will be my fuel mileage vehicle, those air bags sound like a good idea for the 2010 , ,il have to check into that.
  7. Mleaky

    Mleaky Been here awhile

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    I'm installing the Firestone Ride-Rite bags on my 2003 DBL Cab in the next week or so. I'll post an update here when I'm finished.
  8. bigskyguy

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    Couple shots of the Land CRUSHer. Pretty much the perfect rig IMHO. Sleeps two in the back, room for five and two dogs, with bikes on the hitch rack. And pretty much goes anywhere a vehicle needs to. Only wish they'd bring the deisel versions to the states cause the mpg isn't all that good. My dad had a prado (the deisel version) while living in S.A. and said he got 23mpg. It's no wonder they (the big three) don't want toyota deisels coming to the states.

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    the other toy is a 05 tacoma dbl cab, long bed, mostly stock except for a 1.75" front end level kit and some bigger sneekers. Most of the wheeling is left up to the cruiser on account of the lockers and better weight dist.
  9. MineMapper

    MineMapper Been here awhile

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    Do want! :eek1

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  10. chasesdad

    chasesdad Been here awhile

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    anyone got a good source for a toyota manual for a 96 4x4. Also a source for parts? All I have is the supplemental manual.
  11. Lucifer Orange

    Lucifer Orange Been here awhile

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  12. chasesdad

    chasesdad Been here awhile

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    ahhh. thank you sir.
  13. Silver King

    Silver King Maita'i roa ae!

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    Wow! A diesel in a Toyota and registered in California!
  14. Zapp22

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    Isuzu has a small commercial truck with a small diesel that is supposedly bomb-proof, but do they sell it stateside?

    it would be fun to take a small modern diesel and stuff it into a 'classic' FJ
  15. Silver King

    Silver King Maita'i roa ae!

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    Isuzu NPR has a turbo diesel hooked up to an auto trans. A good friend of mine is stuffing one into a 46 Studebaker pickup.
  16. chasesdad

    chasesdad Been here awhile

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    Well, I took the 96 in to the dealer today and they said that it didn FAIL the frame rust inspection. They said that Toyota will be in contact with me , and they also said that every truck that they inspected that failed the inspection was bought back by Toyota . Maybe I can get me that extended cab I been wantin.
  17. error cooled

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  18. mmitchell57

    mmitchell57 Vulcan Halfbreed

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    Picked up a 88' toyota hilux on tuesday. It's the 22r-e engine. It's pretty fun to drive in. Now it's time to work on upgrades. Interior, wheels, engine reliability, all the typical stuff. I found Toyotanation.com and there's a fair amount of information other, but not much in relation to the Hilux.

    Any word on these trucks?

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  19. SilentRay

    SilentRay Rebuilt

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    Yes. Should have got a manual tranny. Nice long bed though
  20. mmitchell57

    mmitchell57 Vulcan Halfbreed

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    Any reason to have it other then having it? I got auto cause I've been driving manual since I've been driving. My new job is constant stop and go traffic once I get on base. I got really tired of shifting. :lol3 It's a fun truck.