Hey you guys have a sweet community here. I have never been a truck guy and was not even aware that the Tacoma had its own forum but I am not surprised it is a great truck. I have been flipping through your pages for about 2 hours now.
Anyway I am doing a little research for my dear old dad who is thinking of switching from his gas sucking 02 Ford F250 to a V6 2wd Tacoma 06-08 for gas saving (and reliability) purposes mostly.
Anyway my dads question is will this Tacoma be able to pull his boat without doing damage to the transmission, rear end, or any other part of the truck? The boat is 20 ft long and weighs 4500lbs. I know that the Tacoma is rated to be able to tow 6500lbs but I know for sure that some trucks cant tow their max towing capacity. For example my dad had a F150 back in the 90ís before his F250 and we had to replace the rear end 3 times simply because it was not cut out for towing our boat even though it was rated to be able to.
Also to be honest he only takes the boat out about three times in the year which would put at most 600 miles on the truck a year while towing the boat. However it would have to fight through some decent hills along the way.
So what is the max safe towing capacity in your guys opinions? Any difference in towing or sturdiness between all the different models we should know about? Anyone else tow any heavy loads? Thanks so much for the help.
Oh and donít worry I know Fords suck.