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Old 01-03-2012, 05:01 PM   #1
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Interested in a Tacoma for daily/winter car

I am interested in picking up a used SUV or truck to use as a daily driver/winter vehicle. My current vehicle is an 08 Infiniti G37 that is lowered quite a bit and has a good amount of performance modifications, and with a new job and college it is becoming impractical to drive around all the time, especially in the winter. Then it's impossible to drive. I also have a new Chocolate lab and fitting him in the G37 is getting quite difficult.

I've been looking around at Tacomas/4Runners, Pathfinders etc and right now am really fond of the Tacoma. I really don't want to spend more than 5-6000 on something and at least be a 2000 or newer, if that's even possible.

If I were able to find something in that price range (which I haven't yet) what could I expect out of it? The biggest reason I'm looking at Toyota is the history for reliability, compared to something american. Does this hold true for these trucks? I don't want something that will be a maintenance/money pit.

Lastly, I know this is a tacoma forum so I expect some biased answers, but are there any other comparable vehicles anyone would recommend for me to look at?

Thanks for any help!

Here's a pic of my current ride just for fun.

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Old 01-03-2012, 05:03 PM   #2
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Oh and I have been reading over this thread and it has been quite helpful in learning about the different years, options etc.

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st...ers-guide.html
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:50 PM   #3
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Old 01-09-2012, 01:02 PM   #4
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I am interested in picking up a used SUV or truck to use as a daily driver/winter vehicle. My current vehicle is an 08 Infiniti G37 that is lowered quite a bit and has a good amount of performance modifications, and with a new job and college it is becoming impractical to drive around all the time, especially in the winter. Then it's impossible to drive. I also have a new Chocolate lab and fitting him in the G37 is getting quite difficult.

I've been looking around at Tacomas/4Runners, Pathfinders etc and right now am really fond of the Tacoma. I really don't want to spend more than 5-6000 on something and at least be a 2000 or newer, if that's even possible.

If I were able to find something in that price range (which I haven't yet) what could I expect out of it? The biggest reason I'm looking at Toyota is the history for reliability, compared to something american. Does this hold true for these trucks? I don't want something that will be a maintenance/money pit.

Lastly, I know this is a tacoma forum so I expect some biased answers, but are there any other comparable vehicles anyone would recommend for me to look at?

Thanks for any help!

Here's a pic of my current ride just for fun.


I SO FEEL YOU about the Infiniti. I've had an '07 G35 Coupe, a '09 G37 Sedan S, an '09 G37 coupe, and now I have a 2012 G37 Couple IPL Edition in Malbec Black. They are HORRIBLE in the snow!! I don't even take my Infiniti out if its just flurrying outside! Tacoma's are awesome in the snow. Every Toyota I have owned has been awesome in the snow. Last week it snowed here and the main roads were covered. I also live in the mountains so there were alot of steep hills to go up and down and I didn't slide once, even in 2WD.
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Old 01-09-2012, 01:17 PM   #5
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Seems like it is a tough price point to get into a decent taco, they hold there value cause you have to pry them out of our cold dead fingers!
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Our other car is an '04 G35 coupe, and having the Taco as the other vehicle works perfect. As far as pricing goes, it might be tough to get to $5-6k on 2000 or newer but they're out there. Depends on your patience.
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Welcome from SoCal! 5K-6K is indeed a tough price point. I was there for a long time and couldn't find much. I bumped it up to 10K and scored my last Taco (05 Prerunner RIP).
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