Originally Posted by ERdept
I was going to use the upcoming truck purchase for rare, but hard offroad use. About 4 times per year on campouts, since my knees are bad and I can't hike in, I figured I'd drive in.
But what do you think if I really was wishfull in my thinking and that my hardest use will be fire roads. Basically dirt roads that are cleared, but unpaved.
Do I really need 4 wheel drive, or can I get by on the 2 wd with factory rear lockers?
I rethought this in order to be realistic with myself AND to save money on the purchase.
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...