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2.7 or 4.0

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by bayoutaco, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Jun 1, 2011 at 8:33 PM
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    OP, go for the 2.7L and 5 speed manual. It will be just fine if you're not into speed.
     
  2. Jun 1, 2011 at 8:35 PM
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  3. Jun 1, 2011 at 8:35 PM
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    really!?! Awesome!
     
  4. Jun 1, 2011 at 8:37 PM
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    4.0 all the way. More torque, more power, and similar MPG's. I wouldn't even consider the 2.7 on an access cab (had an auto 4.0 access cab 2wd TRD Off-Road before). 2.7 on the reg cab is ok, but it will bog with larger heavier tires. Honestly unless you're really pushing pennies, I wouldn't hesitate on the 4.0
     
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    :rolleyes: Never gets tiring for the diehard manual enthusiasts :cool:
     
  8. Jun 1, 2011 at 11:15 PM
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    Oh yes it does. I love manual transmission vehicles but I know what vehicle they are needed in and what vehicle they would be annoying in.
     
  9. Jun 1, 2011 at 11:15 PM
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    Down in your world .. flat and low elevation .. the 2.7L would be just fine. Like others mentioned, go for the manual to get the best power and overall reliability. The 2.7L and 5-speed manual is great, though if you don;t like sticks, again down in your world, the 2.7L and auto should be fine too. It just depends on how much you're going to tow. Now if you were to go with the 4.0L and fuel economy is important, then I would say auto because the auto actually gets better gas mileage in many (but not all) situations compared to the 6-speed, and the auto & 4.0l is a nice combo.
     
  10. Jun 1, 2011 at 11:22 PM
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    I drove both 4.0 & 2.7 and ended up getting 2.7 + 5-speed Access Cab.
    With 2.7 + 5speed it feels strong and comparable to 4.0 + auto.
    Love the smooth shifting of 5 speed and proven 2.7 engine.
    The great MPG is hands down winner here.
     
  11. Jun 1, 2011 at 11:23 PM
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    Thats a very subjective remark there whippersnapper, it all depends on personal preference. whether an Auto or manual is your thing, both have their place regardless of vehicle types. I personally will never ever drive an automatic again, I hate them, doesn't mean one Is superior to the other though.
     
  12. Jun 1, 2011 at 11:25 PM
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    I just don't see how someone can hate a trans. My friend was the same way and now all he drive is auto after years of saying auto is lame and if you race all you do is push the gas and blah blah crap like that.
     
  13. Jun 1, 2011 at 11:29 PM
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    A manual enthusiest would hate the 6spd with rev hang, throw out bearing issues, crappy feeling clutch peddle thay wears out fast, and crappy gearing ratios...
     
  14. Jun 1, 2011 at 11:30 PM
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    I am in a similar boat trying to decide between the I4 & V6. I am in no rush and figured I'd wait to see what the 2012 model year brings before making my purchase. Like you though my main criteria are fuel economy and reliability (with a bit of light towing)... and to me I am leaning heavily toward the I4/5spd combo (4x4 Access Cab when the time comes). Toyota's I4 platform is bulletproof! The V6 is a good motor too, but the maintenance costs of the I4 and the inescapable logic of the fact there there is just less moving parts to fail make the I4 the logical choice IMO... and in the end I am sure that is what I will end up getting.

    But... as always... YMMV.
     
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    You guys do realize the 2.7 and 4.0 v6 are about the same age and both are just as proven as the other....

    I don't know about the i4 but the v6 is also a sleeved motor, hydrolic lifters, and pretty much completely solid all around.
     
  16. Jun 2, 2011 at 12:09 AM
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    actually the 2.7 is quite a bit older.

    my 2.7 does great around town but it gets old driving up and down an mountain everytime i wanna go somewhere. it will haul dirtbikes and/or a small trailer fine. i get 21 to 22 mpg with 265/75 16 e rated tires and about 400lbs in armor. i like the feel of the v6 with 6speed and would love it in the reg cab. if i were to do it again the AC with auto would be better for serious offroading but for more serious offroading this little cast iron block 2.7 with a crawl box would be perfect

    ask yourself what do you need and test drive both (keep in mind the 4 banger power will increase after break in) go for your gut instinct...
     
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    The 2.7 2TR-FE has been around since 2004 (2005 in the US) and the 4.0 1GR-FE has been around since 2003...
     
  18. Jun 2, 2011 at 12:25 AM
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    Sorry updated info after you quoted, but the GR family started 2003, the actual 4.0 started 2004... Same basic motor design of course so, you could make the claim both designs are just as old.
     
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