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Old 11-05-2007, 07:58 PM   #21
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4x4 for sure, it will keep its resale value if ever decide you dont need the 4 wheel drive and you can sell it or trade in for 2 wheel, the old saying goes once you 4wheel your always a 4 wheel its just never the same!
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Here is some good advice I received when I was deciding...

First and foremost, if you do get the 4x4, can you afford the differance in payments? If the payments aren't an issue, then don't let money be a factor in this choice.

once you've answered the first question, then look at... It's better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. I don't have any mountains here in Florida, but there is the beach with thick sand and ton's of mudding places that lead to excellent camping spots. I use my 4x4 at least once a month. If you don't use it, all you have to do is activate it for a few minutes for that month just to keep everything lubed.

There really is no BIG differance in gas mileage, and let's say you take a fire trail a day after it rained. You might need that 4x4...

But like I said, ask yourself that first question; first!

I got the 4x4 TRD Sport and I couldn't have been happier with my purchase. Now, should I choose to get into a hairy situation, I kow I'll be able to get out of it. I'll never second guess myself or the ability of my trucks performance. Still your call, but I say 4x4...
I've got the TRD sport as well. I off road from time to time, so I know that I would have to have it. Before you ask yourself any questions, you have to realize that 4X4 is ones FALSE since of security. Just because you have it doesn't mean you can drive through it. Sometimes I think I should have gone with the OFFROAD pkg over the SPORT, but then again I also think that the Tacoma with or without 4X4(V6) has enough power and is light enough to get through a lot of stuff? Now all of this depends on the driver. So imagine what you could do without 4X4 and what you could do with it. It's like jumper cables, you'll need them when it means the most!
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also, a 4x4 makes up alot of the difference between a good offroad driver and a not-so-good driver. i consider myself a decent offroad driver, seeing as how i got through stuff in my 2wd taco w/ the stock tires that my buddy in his 5.8l 4x4 crewmax tundra barely made it through.

bottom line is get the 4x4, every $1000 on your loan adds about another $20 a month, so thats just one less pizza u can order if money is a factor.

the best saying was stated a couple posts above, better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it...i wish mine was 4x4
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I've got the TRD sport as well. I off road from time to time, so I know that I would have to have it. Before you ask yourself any questions, you have to realize that 4X4 is ones FALSE since of security...
Ya, 4x4 can give a false sense of security but that is why I usually don't engage it until it is absolutely needed, unless I can tell for sure before I enter a section of trail that I will need it. There are times I run it constantly just to give it some use though.
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Having no idea where you are I don't know if you'll deal with snow or not. I've gotten by with 2wd cars since I started driving, but knew I wanted to go off roading and there was no point getting a 2wd truck. No weight in the back means no traction. No point getting a truck that can't go places my car can't!

With that said, I keep it in 2wd until I get stuck. Then it's 4hi to get out, and back to 2wd. Sometimes just the locker, or 4hi AND locker. Either way, if you get stuck in 2wd it's winch/digging/get-a-tow time if you don't have the option of 4wd.


I travel logging roads too, and I know how they wash out. Sometimes it's just easier to have 4wd so the front wheels can claw over wash outs or rock ledges rather than forcing the rear tires to push them over. It can be done, but how much wheel spinning and rock throwing is involved? The rocks can damage your truck or your buddy following you. Better to engage the front wheels, keep the speed down, and minimize damage.
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4x4 for sure, it will keep its resale value if ever decide you dont need the 4 wheel drive and you can sell it or trade in for 2 wheel, the old saying goes once you 4wheel your always a 4 wheel its just never the same!
I agree
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well since my prerunner taco is going, at least i'll have 4wd with a jeep...i got a HELLA good deal tho, no way i could've passed it up
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