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Old 08-10-2008, 03:48 PM   #1
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Cool New guy from Alberta. No Taco yet though...

My name is Laurence. I'm an apprentice machinist. And I need a truck.

Currently drive an '06 Pontiac Wave and I am fed up with it. Engine had to be replaced at 23,000 km.

I know I want a Tacoma, second gen.

But there is something I can't decide. I don't know if I want 2WD or 4WD.

Do you guys have any pros and cons, or opinions about it?

I'm looking to get decent gas consumption numbers. And I would like to maybe tow a tent trailer or a sea-doo at some point in the future. Also, would the 2WD with proper winter tires and sand bags in the back be good enough for Alberta winters? The Wave was a joke, but it only had all-seasons. It was light enough that snow would pack under the engine tray and lift it off the ground.

I don't need the 4-door. Should I get the X-Runner?

I think I want an automatic. I am just kind of tired of shifting...

I'm not into jacking it up and putting mudders on it and going bogging... but I wouldn't be opposed to lowering it a couple inches. Getting more in touch with the pavement.

But yeah, going to figure out my finances this week and go and test drive one hopefully next week.


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Old 08-10-2008, 08:14 PM   #2
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If finances allow,get the exact truck you want.I was fortunate to be able to and don't have to worry about the.."I wish I'd have gotten....".Any Tacoma is a capable reliable machine,but I recommend setting your budget,set the options and pick a year that works.Alberta winters are a bitch,just like here on the East coast and it sure is nice to know your vehicle is up to whatever your needs are.The Canadian TRD model comes with a tow package,(oil cooler,tranny cooler,hitch,wiring etc.) so they are ready to haul everything on your list.

Good luck and welcome to TW.
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Old 08-10-2008, 08:20 PM   #3
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Pro tip: I'm moving to N.S. next fall, so I think 4x4 is the way to go.
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