Hello, I am a new member and this is my second post.
When I return from Afghanistan I will be in the market for a good used truck. At first I was thinking of an F-150, but of late I have decided to scale down. Out here there are a lot of Toyota Hilux trucks which got me thinking of a Tacoma. So I have a lot of questions, please bear with me.
I am looking for a four door with a long bed, long enough to put a full size Harley in. Can the tail gate support the weight, or will I need plywood or something to help support it?
With a V6, what is the towing capacity? Can I pull two touring motorcycles on a trailer and carry one in the back? Can I tow all that with a 4 cyl and climb the Rockies?
What are realistic mpg figures, city and freeway? How much does 4x4 make a difference in fuel consumption?
Is the 4 door long bed available in an SR5 package with leather, and all the bells and whistles?
What are the weak points of the Tacoma, brakes, tranny, cooling system? What issues should one look for in a used Tacoma, ball joints, serpentine belts, warped rotors?
Are there any years, or models to avoid?
I am just looking for a good daily driver. I do not plan to slam it, jack it up, or supe it up. I'm not going to go mudding, off roading, or run the Baja. I just want something comfortable, dependable, that I can tow with once in a while, haul stuff around when needed, and take to the mountains to go skiing.
Any insight or help you can provide will be appreciated.