Mike "Wuzzy121". Rest in peace, brother

Go Back   Tacoma World Forums > Tacoma Discussion > New Members

Notices

(long) Traded in Ranger for a Tacoma/Intro

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-01-2011, 01:19 PM   #1
dziddy [OP] dziddy is offline
It's My Rap Name. We all Have One.
dziddy is one of the sharper tools in the sheddziddy is one of the sharper tools in the sheddziddy is one of the sharper tools in the sheddziddy is one of the sharper tools in the sheddziddy is one of the sharper tools in the sheddziddy is one of the sharper tools in the sheddziddy is one of the sharper tools in the sheddziddy is one of the sharper tools in the sheddziddy is one of the sharper tools in the sheddziddy is one of the sharper tools in the sheddziddy is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
dziddy's Avatar
Air Force: Retired
Name: Tom
Joined: Dec 2010, #47753
Location: Northern VA
Gender: Male
Posts: 16
dziddy's Tacoma Gallery
(long) Traded in Ranger for a Tacoma/Intro

It’s time to stop lurking (spent time learning the layout of the site and becoming proficient with the “find“ option to prevent repetitive posts when able) and introduce myself properly. Real name’s Tom from Northern Virginia. I tend to ramble, forgive me.

I recently traded in my ’05 2.3L 5-speed manual 4X2 Regular Cab Ford Ranger XLT with 54K miles for an ’11 Tacoma 2.7L 5-speed manual 4X4 Regular Cab base model. $17K even out the door (all related charges included), 2 years/25K miles “ToyotaCare”, and a dealer coupon book that covers a few safety inspections, discounts on post-“ToyotaCare” maintenance and a few other things.

I’ve been a Ranger fan for years (owned 3 of them), but I wanted a 4 cyl. 4X4. Ford doesn’t make one, or I would have bought another Ranger. I never towed anything or gone off-road (less sliding off-road in the snow), but I do haul quite often, to include a 600lb street bike. My minimum requirements for a vehicle were: 4 cyl., 4X4, manual transmission, regular cab, rear sliding window. The Tacoma I purchased fit the bill and Toyota’s resale/dependability reputation is a plus.

It sure was nice using the 4X4 in the 13 inches of snow we had recently. I didn’t need to fill up the bed with snow and sand-bags to get a little traction like I did all those years with my 4X2 Rangers.
I really like the look of the vehicle as compared to the Ranger. It’s quieter and the ride is better. I love the composite bed, rail system, and cargo storage areas. The interior is “Spartan” (Toyota sure means “base”, for base models), gas mileage is acceptable (22MPG on last tank for a combination of city/highway/4X2/4X4 use).

I recently bought the OEM cargo divider for $160 via Craig’s List. For the short term, I plan to buy: Window deflectors (aftermarket), Windshield/hood deflector (OEM, hood protector), black OEM tube steps (wife is short, mitigate door dings), and variable speed wiper switch/stalk (boneyard or new). I understand the part number for the switch changed in ’09. I’m still doing research on the forward tie-downs. I have trouble believing they’re an accessory item. I’ll probably go after-market and install under the bed bolts, but I’d like to know what the weight rating is for the OEM side mounted rings first. I know, ask in the correct forum.

I did forget bench seats don’t recline. I’m getting used to the position, but may try the washer -trick at some point. I’m not at the point (yet) of replacing the seat for singles. Three hour rides aren’t bad, but I don’t know if I could do an all day ride.

I also want to look into the Blulogic system. Is it compatible with the “base” radio/CD system? If not, at some point I’ll pull the OEM stereo and go aftermarket. Yes, yes, ask about Blulogic in another forum.

Hope I can help someone and look forward to your advice and guidance in the future.

Tom
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2011, 01:28 PM   #3
With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.
chris4x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedchris4x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedchris4x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedchris4x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedchris4x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedchris4x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedchris4x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedchris4x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedchris4x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedchris4x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedchris4x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
chris4x4's Avatar
Name: FlimFlubberJAM
Joined: May 2008, #6497
Location: Tenoe, AZ
Gender: Male
Posts: 97,117
chris4x4's Tacoma Gallery
Welcome aboard!

Post some pics
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2011, 01:36 PM   #4
Banned
whippersnapper02 is one of the sharper tools in the shedwhippersnapper02 is one of the sharper tools in the shedwhippersnapper02 is one of the sharper tools in the shedwhippersnapper02 is one of the sharper tools in the shedwhippersnapper02 is one of the sharper tools in the shedwhippersnapper02 is one of the sharper tools in the shedwhippersnapper02 is one of the sharper tools in the shedwhippersnapper02 is one of the sharper tools in the shedwhippersnapper02 is one of the sharper tools in the shedwhippersnapper02 is one of the sharper tools in the shedwhippersnapper02 is one of the sharper tools in the shed
Name: Christian
Joined: Dec 2009, #27905
Location: Yorba Linda, CA
Age: 30
Gender: Dude
Posts: 35,289
whippersnapper02's Tacoma Gallery
Send a message via AIM to whippersnapper02
Welcome. I came from a Ranger too.
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2011, 02:02 PM   #5
747 747 is offline
function > form
747 is one of the sharper tools in the shed747 is one of the sharper tools in the shed747 is one of the sharper tools in the shed747 is one of the sharper tools in the shed747 is one of the sharper tools in the shed747 is one of the sharper tools in the shed747 is one of the sharper tools in the shed747 is one of the sharper tools in the shed747 is one of the sharper tools in the shed747 is one of the sharper tools in the shed747 is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
747's Avatar
Joined: Jan 2008, #4465
Gender: Male
Posts: 3,027
747's Tacoma Gallery
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2011, 02:30 PM   #6
Senior Member
cbRC4x4sr5 is on a distinguished road
 
cbRC4x4sr5's Avatar
Name: Chris
Joined: Jun 2010, #38579
Location: lewisburg ohio
Gender: Male
Posts: 114
cbRC4x4sr5's Tacoma Gallery
Weclcome!!! Do you have any pics yet?
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2011, 02:40 PM   #7
I've got so much soul in me that I'm barely alive.
Zombie Runner is one of the sharper tools in the shedZombie Runner is one of the sharper tools in the shedZombie Runner is one of the sharper tools in the shedZombie Runner is one of the sharper tools in the shedZombie Runner is one of the sharper tools in the shedZombie Runner is one of the sharper tools in the shedZombie Runner is one of the sharper tools in the shedZombie Runner is one of the sharper tools in the shedZombie Runner is one of the sharper tools in the shedZombie Runner is one of the sharper tools in the shedZombie Runner is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
Zombie Runner's Avatar
Air Force: AMMO (2W0)
Name: Kevin
Joined: Mar 2008, #5246
Location: Wichita Falls, TX
Age: 28
Gender: Male
Posts: 15,014
Zombie Runner's Tacoma Gallery
congrats on getting rid of the ranger
  Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FOR SALE : Long Travel Truck - Ford Ranger 1995 mxnborder Buy / Sell / Trade 11 09-22-2011 08:51 PM
Just traded my truck for a Ford Ranger. WhatThePho? General Automotive 11 04-01-2011 11:18 AM
Tacoma or Ranger (Ranger is $11,000 cheaper!!) Taco-NB General Automotive 30 05-17-2009 06:48 PM
Long intro but can you blame me? :) robi0024 New Members 25 01-30-2009 10:52 PM
Newbie to this forum (LONG Intro) MaxKanisha New Members 13 11-17-2008 04:29 PM


Copyright © 2014 Tacoma Forum. Tacoma World is not owned by, or affiliated with Toyota Motor Corporation.