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2010 Tacoma Decision

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by TrailMoose, May 2, 2010.

  1. May 2, 2010 at 8:33 PM
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    TrailMoose

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    I am looking for a truck to go hiking with that will handle the gravel Forest Service/BLM roads here in Oregon.

    Currently I am driving a Civic Hybrid, and it has trouble with speed bumps. :)

    I also want to get the tow hitch so I can use my Yakima 4 bike rack (plugs into a 2" receiver).
    Once or twice a year I will get a load of bark mulch.
    I don't plan to tow anything.

    I am looking at the following truck:

    2010 TACOMA
    -Standard Bed, 4x2, 2.7-Liter 4-Cylinder, 4-Speed Automatic
    -SR5 Extra Value Package
    -Tow Hitch
    -Bed Mat

    I don't plan to make any modifications to it.
    I need an automatic because of problems with my left leg.

    I'd appreciate your opinions on if this will work for what I want to do.
    Will it get me over the gravel roads to the trailheads?

    I know the 4 cylinder sits lower than the 6 cylinder.
    Will the tow hitch hang down too low?

    Thanks,
    Your input is appreciated.

    TrailMoose
     
  2. May 2, 2010 at 9:06 PM
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    Mike B.

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    TrailMoose,

    I'm not very knowledgable about the gravel Forest Service/BLM roads in Oregon, but in Colorado you'd do fine in most places.

    If I were in your shoes...well....there's nothing wrong w/a 4X4, 6-Cylinder, auto.

    Good luck bro.
     
  3. May 2, 2010 at 9:08 PM
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    BravesFan

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    you can get a prerunner 4 cylinder i think?
     
  4. May 2, 2010 at 9:20 PM
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  5. May 2, 2010 at 9:21 PM
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    topgun155

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    Welcome to TW from TX. I suggest 4x4 4cyl. or prerunner 4cyl.
     
  6. May 2, 2010 at 9:33 PM
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    Mike B.

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    If you want an auto., 4 cylinder it's gotta be a 2 X 4.

    Right?

    BTW TrailMoose: Welcome!
     
  7. May 2, 2010 at 9:36 PM
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    Yea thats right......so just get a prerunner and your height problem will be solved
     
  8. May 2, 2010 at 9:38 PM
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    Koov

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    I think a Prerunner would suit your needs. I would not get a 4 banger though. Get the bigger V6.
     
  9. May 2, 2010 at 10:01 PM
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  10. May 3, 2010 at 4:41 AM
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    Barnone

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    TrailMoose,
    Don't know the conditions of your Oregon forest service roads but my 2002 reg cab auto 2.4l does just fine on the North Carolina forest roads. The 2010 should even be better since it has LSD.
     
  11. May 3, 2010 at 4:41 AM
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    you'll have to wait till 2011 when you can get a prerunner 4cyl with an auto, right now you can only get a prerunner or 4x4 in 5 speed.
     
  12. May 3, 2010 at 3:51 PM
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    You'll really enjoy it. And you can ignore all the buy a V6 BS. If you want mileage, you want the 4. I've owned both the 4cyl and the V6, I much preferred the 4, and I tow around 5000 kms a year.
     
  13. May 3, 2010 at 4:20 PM
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    TrailMoose, I have a 2.7 4x4 access cab and use it for hunting and fishing trips in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Montana. Even in the rough country of Mt. I seldom, if ever, need 4WD, and the 2.7 has taken me up some pretty steep and rugged mountain trails in the BLM....and I DO enjoy the MPG. On the other hand, the 6 cyl comes with an auto in 4WD. Either way, you're gonna love your new Taco...good luck.
     
  14. May 3, 2010 at 4:30 PM
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    4cyl is plenty unless you plan to tow or have a need to prove your dick size at every traffic light.

    I drove a 4cyl 2wd for 138k miles all over construction sites. No, you cant go bombing at 60mph over a rutted trail. But there is enough clearance and travel for any normal person to navigate most trails and roadways. That said, I now have a 4x4 and the extra ride height and traction is more than welcome...a luxury almost. The 2 or 3 mpg that I gave up was more than worth it. For the 1% of your time that your going to spend on the trails, you decide if its worth it.

    As for your bikes, think about loading them into your bed. Much easier and more secure than a hitch mounted rack.
     
  15. May 3, 2010 at 5:04 PM
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    I have had my 06 2.7 auto, tacoma 4x2 for nearly three years now and I am a avid backpacker and pay the bills as a concrete finisher. I have never had the need for a 4x4 on forest service roads in TN, NC and GA even in winter. The ground clearance if fine for what I do. At work I have climbed some pretty steep gravel roads to jobsites were others had to lock in there 4x4's, I just had to maintain a good pace. I have never actually weighed the tools I have in my truck but its quite a bit. The 2.7 has never struggled to pull them. I see no need for the v-sux unless your towing some real weight.

    I would imagine you recieve alot more snow than I do so if winter backpacking is something your into than maybe a 4x4 might be the thing.

    Joseph
     
  16. May 3, 2010 at 8:48 PM
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    Thanks everyone,
    Your feedback has been great!

    TrailMoose
     
  17. May 4, 2010 at 4:47 AM
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    My '09 2wd access cab does fine on the back country gravel roads around here. This is my second 2.7 2WD, I upgraded from a reg cab to an access sr5 truck. From everything I read the 2.7 is the more proven and bullet proof engine. It makes plenty of power to cruise at 70 on the interstate and that's all I need. I would have went with a 2.7 prerunner this time but no auto was a deal breaker. Really I would have just been buying the prerunner for the look of it as the 5 lugger has plenty of clearance for what I need anyway.
     
  18. May 4, 2010 at 6:16 AM
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    Isn't the prerunner a lot rougher ride?
     
  19. May 5, 2010 at 6:47 AM
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    I have a 2010 Access Cab PreRunner 4 cylinder 5 sped manual shift. The PreRunner suspension is a little "tighter" than the same truck that's not a PreRunner but I have no complaints about the ride. An important factor in ride quality is wheelbase and on the Access (or Double) Cab you get a longer wheelbase. I am 62 yrs old and don't do any rough off road stuff but I do often go on forest service roads and through some small obstacles on poor dirt roads or trails and the ride is good there and on the interstate in my truck. My truck is still very new but yesterday I had the cruise control set on 70 MPH,
    the air conditioning on, a CD playing - as I cruised along Interstate 40 and the ride was very good in my opinion.
     
  20. May 5, 2010 at 12:36 PM
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    its noticeably stiffer. esp for a truck.

    and fyi 4 cyls only come with the auto in 5 lug configurations, 5 speed manual only for 6 lugs (4x4 and PreRunner) this is for both the regular and access cabs.
     
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