I'm a member over at t4r.org and have been looking to buy a 4runner for a while, but have been considering buying a taco as well. I posted this over there, but would like to have input from here too.
Link to the t4r.org forum: http://www.toyota-4runner.org/showthread.php?p=851307
Ok, so I have been looking around for a 3rd gen for a few months, I have found some I would buy, but I'm getting layed off soon so I want to get a new job before I buy. Lately, I have been considering a 1st gen taco as well.
Now, I know a lot of you are going to be biased, but what are your thoughts when comparing a 99 or 00 highlander (that's the only runner I would buy) to a 96 - 00ish taco?
I have been doing research, but nothing beats forums and real people, so opinions are welcome.
My situation is this: I am 21 and do almost all on road driving, but want to get on the trail a lot more. No kids or anything like that, just a live in girlfriend. I like the idea of the interior room of the runner, but I like the bed of the taco as well. That's probably one of the hardest things for me to decide on. I don't really need the bed for the hauling value, as my parents live a half hour away and I have access to the f350 anytime I need it. It's just nice to have a bed though, ya know?
What do you all think? Also, I'd like to find a good taco forum, comparable to t4r.org, anyone know of one?
Oh yeah! What would you all say as far as basics to look for in a taco. I want the v6 over the I4 right? Seems 5 spds are a lot easier to find in tacos, yay. I have also heard a bit about the trd axels being a little weaker than the others, but I'm not going to build it super extreme, thinking 33s and some armor tops, should the Trd axel be able to handle that fine? What years should I be lookin for? I want a manual with a locker, and like the looks of the first body style, but I can deal with something else is something else is going to be better.
I know it's tons of info to ask for, but you are all geniuses, so....