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Old 03-06-2009, 02:19 AM   #1
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Gonna buy a Tacoma soon, question about extended cabs

Hello all, I'm gonna buy a Tacoma in the near future. My current daily driver is a '66 Mustang, but I'll be selling it soon. As much as I love it, I need something that will take me to the snow, bike trails and camping sites with ease. I'll hopefully have 8-9 thousand that I can spend for the truck. I will be getting a 4cyl, 5 speed, 4wd, extended cab.

I'm basically 99% set on the extended cab, but I had a few questions:

What are the main differences between the standard cab and extended? Do the extendeds weigh a lot more? Gas mileage much worse? Can the extended cab actually hold more people?(<<most important question) About how much longer are they? Does anyone regret getting a short cab as opposed to extended? & vise versa?

Does this site have a section for the 95 and earlier Toyota pickups?

I hope to get at least a 2001, but I'll have to get lucky. I'm thinking realistically with the idea of getting a pre-'01. I know there's obvious styling differences between the 2001-above and 2000-below Tacomas, but were there any major differences in the engines, drivetrain, frame, etc (besides the rust issue)

Thanks for the help, I'm sure I'll have more questions soon... -David

p.s. What are the max sig sizes?
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Old 03-07-2009, 02:38 PM   #2
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Hey man, I dont think gas mileage and weight are going to be much of an issue in any circumstance, or the difference will be so very minimal that it isnt worth making a decision upon it. I have an 02 extended cab and it will fit 4 people all together (2 in the back) although I had 6 in it once. I think that any regular cab will only have front seats. The pre 2001 models might have a front bench seat allowing 3 people all together. Personally, I dont know any down side to having the extended cab instead of the regular cab, but if you want more storage, seats, etc, then go with the extended.
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I've had both regular cab and extended cab, there's no comparison. Extended cab gives you a lot more inside storage space for stuff you want out of the weather (unless you have a shell), you can put two people back there if you have to (they won't be too happy to be back there unless they're pretty tiny), and have a place for the dogs to ride...

I think the extended cab Tacomas are the perfect ratio of bed to cab, they look great!
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