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1st gen vs 2nd gen, Help?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ryanf, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. Apr 5, 2009 at 9:17 AM
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    Hey guys, want some opinions. I am looking for a taco. Something that I can get my baby in, would prefer an AC, with a manual, and not super $$. I have been searching CL and find lots of 04 tacos for a decent price, but i know me I am wating the newest and best, but I mean they must last a long time.....what are your opions here? save the money and go a little older or splurge and get something new....let me hear it.
     
  2. Apr 5, 2009 at 9:19 AM
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    Get a 2nd gen Double cab.. you will have it forever and LOVE IT forever! My 3 year old LOVES her backseat.....
     
  3. Apr 5, 2009 at 9:24 AM
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    Pre-2005 XtraCabs are problematical for seating children over the long haul. If you want a kid-mover for the long haul, I'd recommend a Double Cab (2001 - 2004) or the larger 2005+ models.
     
  4. Apr 5, 2009 at 9:26 AM
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    I was thinking a 2005+ AC, 90% of the time the baby will be in the wives car. Not in mine. And she will be there for most of her life..

    I want smething that will last forever. and I've had all the others. So tacoma is the way to go. but the 04's seem pretty good
     
  5. Apr 5, 2009 at 10:21 AM
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    Get a DC for your kid or you may regret it.
     
  6. Apr 5, 2009 at 10:24 AM
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    The problem is I use my truck a lot, I just sold my 97 dodge with an 8ft bed. I can live with the smaller bed but with the DC the bed is tiny. 90% of the time the kids are going to be with her, my truck will be the once in a blue moon ride.
     
  7. Apr 5, 2009 at 10:25 AM
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    My DC is a work truck. I haul scaffolds and tools around. I'm just saying that you should be REALLY sure you don't want one. :)
     
  8. Apr 5, 2009 at 10:29 AM
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    Maybe I should go look again, but that bed is just so small. Cant get a bike in there and id have to trailer pretty much everything...
     
  9. Apr 5, 2009 at 10:44 AM
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    Yeah, I wanted a AC but it just didn't have enough room for my son's car seat let alone grown passengers. The DC bed is short but they make a longer one if I'm not mistaken. Anyway, you are a rugged individual and I have every confidence that you will make the right decision for you. Good luck.
     
  10. Apr 10, 2009 at 2:17 AM
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  11. Apr 10, 2009 at 2:19 AM
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    Double Cabs are the only way to go...
     
  12. Apr 10, 2009 at 8:14 AM
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    does toyota make DC longbed 6 speeds for the 2nd gen?

    it seems like that is exactly what he is looking for, but I thought they only made autos with longbeds..
     
  13. Apr 10, 2009 at 6:23 PM
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    1rst gens FTW! proven motors, awesome reliability and perfect size.
     
  14. Apr 10, 2009 at 9:15 PM
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    no... you can get a dc short or long bed with auto but can only get a dc short bed with manual... only reason I didnt buy a new taco few years back I love manuals and didnt like the dc,short short bed combo... still looking for an 1st gen dc to stretch with fullsize bed on it

    oh and imho go for a 1st gen double cab.. they are very good trucks and should last you forever the 2nd gens are nice but after driving them you might as well buy a 1st gen tundra..nearly same size and had the 4.7V8


     
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