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01-02 Tacomas......Are they the best ever?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by SALEENSSC, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. Dec 4, 2008 at 4:28 PM
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    SALEENSSC

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    I will admit I know very little about Tacomas in general. I am new to the tacomas. I purchased a 02 Tacoma Accesscab 4x4 with the 2.7L motor a few weeks ago. My question is in regards to the 01-02 model year Tacomas in particular. I have read on more than a few occasions posted on these forums that the 01-02 Tacomas are the best tacomas ever made. IF this statement is true what makes this two year run special?
     
  2. Dec 4, 2008 at 4:30 PM
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    i dont know about the 2.7l but the 3.4L V6...these years were NOT TBW and the ebrake cable is set higher across the rear axle...among other reasons
     
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    i'm watching this 'cause i have an 02 but ooh ooh what's a "TBW"?
     
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    I liked my 99 way more than my 2008!!!!
     
  5. Dec 4, 2008 at 4:39 PM
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    I had a 97 that I really liked. I like my 08 just as much, but it has to go 180,000 trouble free miles to be as good.
     
  7. Dec 4, 2008 at 4:42 PM
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    HerNameIsLucy I miss Lucy. :-(

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    I liked my 2000 buT I love the room and comfort with my 2008.

    Ageed 100%
     
  9. Dec 4, 2008 at 4:51 PM
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    it should also be noted that 02 was the beginning of the dcab option...and 98 was the beginning of the TRD options...
     
  10. Dec 4, 2008 at 4:54 PM
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    FWIW, my 2000 Tacoma was the TOUGHEST truck I have enver been in. All the air time it had, and after years it was still tight and ran like new!
     
  11. Dec 4, 2008 at 4:55 PM
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    X2 I beat the **** out of mine and all i ever had to do was get a new tranny, but i think that was due to the frame being bent....:)
     
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    i abuse the ever loving piss out of my truck...and its still running as strong as the day i bought it

    it could use a timing belt/water pump but im not in the financial situation currently to do that...ive got a guy who will do it for free ive just gotta get around to affording the parts...:rolleyes:

    the only things ive ever torn up and HAD to replace was my skid and now a single CV axle
     
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  14. Dec 4, 2008 at 6:50 PM
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    Actually 2001 was the 1st yr for DC:) I can see you dont pay no mind to MY truck Tiger:D
     
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    thats what i meant...i dont proofread
     
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    They were very focusd on toughness around that time. However thin-skinned (sheetmetal) they are-these trucks more than make up for it underneath. The frame is a box-ladder type w'9 x-members which means ZERO flex and in a collision NO give...the other car will absorb all the impact first-like it hit a rock. From what Ive learned from Chris4x4, these engines are absolutely bulletproof-not to mention an actual HEMI engine (Mopar owns that branding, so I assume that's why Toyota cannot brag it up) Im talking about BOTH the 3.4 AND the 2.7-have hemispherical heads, which means deeper breathing from zero for max offthe line torque. I know this is my experience. I love the power of the 3.4. I think it's totally adequate. The 01-04s IMO have a timeless style with tough body lines that you dont see anywhere else-when everything else has a "dubb city" or "transformers" look to it. Thats why I just cannot think of parting with this truck-it doesnt get older, it gets cooler.
     
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    OK I was corrected by Chris so I will post here his corrections because I dont want to give false info. The hemi heads DO NOT help 'deeper breathing' they improve combustion efficiency. Also, ALL DOHC engines nowadays are hemi's. Sorry folks-I am not a professional-I just love my truck.
     
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    LMAO!! Sorry I wasnt clear on that, Frank. :eek: MOST DOHC engines are a "HEMI" design. Suzuki, Mazda, and a couple of others use a "D" shaped combustion chamber, where as a hemispherical combustion chamber is "O". I havent torn into every engine, so Im sure there are others that I didnt mention.
     
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    word... my 01 dcab has over 185,000 original miles on it and i huck that shiz every chance i get...

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  20. Dec 4, 2008 at 8:33 PM
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    i think you abuse yours way more than i do

    i dont jump mine but i'll get that bad boy on 3 wheels and slam it back down to earth
     
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