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Old 08-27-2008, 03:45 PM   #1
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About to buy a Taco

hey guys, new to the forum.

Today i went and looked the 08-09 tacomas. I really like them and i will prob end up going with the trd off-road. I have a couple of questions though.

How do they handle off-road? and are they mod friendly? What kind of exhaust systems do people put on them etc?

comming from a jeep, i am interested in lifting, going bigger tires etc. It is also going to be my first truck, so im really new to the different setup.

Overall how do you guys like them?
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Welcome to TW!

You will be helped with your question shortly. Lots of good people on here to help.
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Go with a generation 1 TRD...much better truck IMHO.
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:58 PM   #5
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I’ve been reading around and bit and they don’t seem to be all they are cracked up to be. I was looking around the "what don’t you like about your Tacoma" thread and there seems to be some common occurrences. Interior is poor quality, stock shocks are garbage, takes long to start (which I did notice when I test drove it. I also let it sit for a second to let the fuel pump turn on). Maybe the 09s are different, but I’ve just kind of been turned off. Have to do some more research I suppose.
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^How often do you see people talk about how great something is on the internet? If they weren't "all they are cracked up to be", they wouldn't be the #1 compact truck on earth.

Interior quality is fine. Stock shocks are not garbage. It doesn't take too long to start.

The '09's are the same truck as the '05+ with some additional standard equipment added.

In short, I think what you need is a Ford Ranger.

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Old 08-27-2008, 10:08 PM   #7
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go with a tacoma..........best truck you'll ever buy!!! they are very mod friendly....lots can be done to them, and there are lots of exhausts that sound great!!! i love the sound of the flowmaster 40 on the tacomas with the v6............and its just my opinion, but the 4 banger doesnt sound too bad either with certain exhausts.
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Old 08-27-2008, 10:20 PM   #8
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^How often do you see people talk about how great something is on the internet? If they weren't "all they are cracked up to be", they wouldn't be the #1 compact truck on earth.

Interior quality is fine. Stock shocks are not garbage. It doesn't take too long to start.

The '09's are the same truck as the '05+ with some additional standard equipment added.

In short, I think what you need is a Ford Ranger.

Bye.
in short, i dont think you need to be an a$$ about it. atleast thats how i understood the tone of your post.

I still like the tacoma, im just trying to see what peple say about them. Sorry for trying to research somthing before i go and dish out 25k.

to others: thanks for the info. Its still my #1 choice so far
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How about posting some of the things we like best about our trucks to help this guy out?

I was judging my second generation model against others before buying also & from my research it came out on top, again. I was looking at all of the negative feedback from all trucks on yahoo auto feedback as that's the fastest way to knock them off your list.

My pros (very short list I have so many):
* It's a Toyota - change the oil & rotate the tires (other brands rack up hours in repair shops).
* It parks/corners better then any other brand I test drove.
* Solid & feels safe - look up the great crash test rating.
* Drives smooth, so smooth you often forget you're in a truck.
* Spacious (double cab) rear seats do acrobat folding options.
* Decent gas milage (better then my little manual '05 Rav4)
* Has far more perks with sensors, the engine functions, etc then my past 1s generation Tacoma's. I still can't believe what I received for the money.
* Mod options galore for this truck.

The breaks take some getting used to, took me about a week, so don't listen to that feedback on yahoo. If you need to stop in a hurry they are there for you & some. The auto frame balancing (not a tech head, don't know the name of this) you feel when breaking hard is awesome too! I grin every time.
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The fun factor (mods) as I like to call it. How much do you like spending $$$,?? Look around this forum and you'll find trucks w/150k+ miles.Guess what,they still start.lol,Reliability,mpg,crash testing are a few things which are very right with these trucks. Drive them for your self. Still loving mine at 18k.
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Old 08-28-2008, 04:58 AM   #11
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yes the 4 bangers are nice too. but if your going to be doing off roading get you a Trd.
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It's all relative I suppose... of course there are lots of "problem" threads, that's half the reason we're all here, to solve problems, but this forum (and others Taco related) tend to be very positive. Think of it this way: On other brand's forums you might see threads relating to transmission problems, here you'll see a thread about someone scuffing their dashboard. You said you read the "what don't you like about your taco" thread... did you also read the "what do you like about your taco" thread?

Pros: Aesthetics, gas mileage, automatic transmission rocks, DC roominess, bolstered sport seats, aesthetics

Cons: Brakes are a little squishy (if you often drive other vehicles), Frontier drivers will scoff at you for being smarter, and the cloth seats seem to stain easily.

Seems like a no-brainer to me. Just don't get a Radiant Red Sport DC LB so I can remain more specialer.
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I’ve been reading around and bit and they don’t seem to be all they are cracked up to be. I was looking around the "what don’t you like about your Tacoma" thread and there seems to be some common occurrences. Interior is poor quality, stock shocks are garbage, takes long to start (which I did notice when I test drove it. I also let it sit for a second to let the fuel pump turn on). Maybe the 09s are different, but I’ve just kind of been turned off. Have to do some more research I suppose.
Go look at a 2008 GMC Sierra 1500 Z71 Off Road, Like a friend of mine you can buy a nice one for $38K. Just one problem the front bumper valance with the lights is about 6" off the ground. After looking at the front of my 08 TRD Rugged T. we had a good laugh. He laughed and said "Off Road, I can't clear a curb".
Also my old 1999 TRD off road had 222,115 miles with origial shocks,clutch and so on.
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I've purchased GM, and Ford.. GM doesn't seem to be too bad, but things definitely Rattle loose. Ford, wow.. you need to be a mechanic (seems like) to keep it running. I was sick of my Ford Ranger at the time, so I went out to find "My Truck". I read, and test drove Dodge, Ford, Chevy, Nissan and Toyota Full sizes. I was amazed at how great the Toyota drove. I narrowed it down to Nissan Titan, Tundra, and Chevy. Chevy was easy on the check book.. but I hate getting killed on resale value when I get tired of owning them, so it was down to Nissan and Toyota. I couldn't accept the gas guzzling of the two models, so I shifted to compact trucks. Did the same thing over again, except this time.. I didn't drive the Tacoma (I didn't want to spend that much money, and didn't want to fall in love with it). I went out to buy the Nissan V6 SE, heard an ad on the radio for a Tacoma (while test driving), and called Toyota. Dealer up the road talked me into looking at them. Of course the vehicle I came in on, no one could find.. but he said he would make the same deal on any one that I liked. I landed on the SR5 DC.. Once I drove it, it was over.

1 year, and 17,000 miles later.. I can't believe it still goes straight, gets 20+ mpg city, and doesn't rattle or anything.. in fact, it's more quiet than my Wife's GM Minivan. About half of those flawless miles have been towing. I have not taken it offroad (except playing in the mud), but everything I try to do with my truck.. has been heaven. My ONLY REGRET.. is that I didn't get the TRD 4x4 and spend more money on the truck up front.

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Thanks for the help guys. I like the tacomas very much and will probably end up going with one. That is if I can find a black 08 DC trd 4x4 around. I really like how they come with a locker too. There is a lot of stuff I really like about this truck that really outweighs the stuff I was nit picking about.
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main thing is quality. lets be honest, its just a truck. there's nothing magical about it, its like every other vehicle, there isn't a vehicle in existance that doesn't have something to criticize. but at the end of the day i have a great resale value and a truck that does exactly what i need it to do. it off roads, it tows, it hauls, it starts, and has plenty of aftermarket mods available, looks good (imo) and is solid as a rock. you know how jeep owners say "its a jeep thing" well the tacoma cult feels the same way. we cant tell you why we love our trucks, we just do. its a taco thing. personally i hate jeeps (wranglers) with a passion. i think they're ugly, non functional (good for offroad and taht it, not good for towing or trips), and built poorly and over priced. my good friend has one and the wheel litterally fell off after trying to haul 2 sea doo's to the lake. he has also snapped his front axel doing light off roading. but he swears he will never in his life be without a jeep. there is nothing i could say to change his mind. So basically, i cant tell you why you should buy one. stock shocks are not great. but the other things you mentioned are just a matter of opinion. actually get in one and see what you think about the interior. and the starting slow thing is a new one for me, mine cranks right up. anyway, hope you're part of the cult soon, if not i hope you enjoy whatever you end up with. good luck
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