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2012 Tacoma vs 2012 Jeep Wrangler

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by SLOJAM, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. Mar 8, 2012 at 9:20 PM
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    BRUIN8124

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    For what its worth...

    My 09 Taco is in the shop after a nice lady decided to do some body work on my passenger side with her Camry. My rental is 2011 Wrangler Unlimited Sport and I hate it!

    I can see where this could be great as a toy for off road if you have that kind of money to blow. It would be fun taking the doors and top off. Not so much in the Maine winter though.

    On the highway, it drives terrible. It is all over the place if there is a slight breeze and it sucks gas. The power is ok but it likes to downshift too easily/often and when it does, the RPM's get pretty high when you only want to speed up a little.

    My favorite part is that the winshield cracked on me while it was parked in my driveway (which I am most likely going to be stuck paying for)

    The interior quality has improved but still, I dont trust this jeep and I cant wait to get rid of it.

    All things considered, it is a rental and I am sure it has been beat to $hit before I got it. I will never buy one. I cant wait to get my Taco back!

    My two cents...
     
  2. Mar 8, 2012 at 10:12 PM
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    Wished you got a 2012 with the new motor and tranny.

    Totally different.
     
  3. Mar 9, 2012 at 4:34 AM
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    how does a windshield crack just sitting in a driveway??? :confused:
     
  4. Mar 9, 2012 at 4:44 AM
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    Just remember that if you get t-boned there is only about 4-6 inches of metal before the other car hits you. Jeeps are very capable off road no doubt but their safety rating is shit. Not trying to rain on your parade just something to think about.
     
  5. Mar 9, 2012 at 5:47 AM
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    Much easier to modify a jeep than a tacoma; and probably will have lot o less problems, than I do with my tacoma mods (vibrations, blah blah). New jeeps are much better on the ride and handling than the previous (stock). Only thing I can say about our tacomas is; we'll last longer...hard choice.
     
  6. Mar 9, 2012 at 5:52 AM
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    Not trying to start anything here, but why do you think it is easier to mod a Jeep than a Tacoma? Both have pretty vast markets for parts.
     
  7. Mar 9, 2012 at 5:58 AM
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    This was one of the things that turned me away from buying a Jeep. When you look the door and look, there isn't a lot of metal or even an air bag to help in a side crash.

    Originally Posted by BRUIN8124

    My favorite part is that the winshield cracked on me while it was parked in my driveway (which I am most likely going to be stuck paying for

    This could be possible. Due to possible changes in tempature, from hot to cold, cold to hot. The window could have had the smallest crack in it and the OP didn't see it. These things do happen, I just don't think not too often. This happened to me back in 2009 when I had a small crack on the passenger side part of my window(right next to the paint). I was away for over a month and with the drastic changes in weather(+10 - -40C) it caused it to split further sideways on my window.
     
  8. Mar 9, 2012 at 5:59 AM
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    Owned both Jeeps (1979 CJ, and 2009 JK) and Tacomas (both gens), and I'd pick a 4.0 TJ as mentioned above as strictly an offroad vehicle (I haven't driven a 2012 Pentastar so I can't comment). But that's all it's really good for--off-roading.

    As a daily driver and a multi-capability vehicle, to include excellent off-roading and proven long-term reliability, pick the Tacoma.
     
  9. Mar 9, 2012 at 6:26 AM
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    How crazy is that? I just get back on this forum a couple years removed (sold my 09 Tacoma) to read up on the 2012 Tacoma and run into this thread that is about someone debating EXACTLY what I am.

    Here's my take: I currently have an FJC. It rides good, even lifted and weighed down by bumpers a winch etc. I think its all in what you like or need?? These are apples and oranges......BUT Jeep makes a conversion kit to turn a 4 door into a pickup. This is where I start "MY" which way should I go??? I plan on either buying and building up another Tacoma OR buying and doing the conversion on the Jeep.

    HARD CALL...?...?.... THEY ARE BOTH GOOD VEHICLES.
     
  10. Mar 9, 2012 at 6:30 AM
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    None yet. Bed cover, brush guard, leveling kit coming soon.
    I trade my jeep for my Tacoma.
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    I needed a truck and im not a fan of full size trucks but I loved my jeep.
    And will have another but I will prolly get an older one so I can beat the crap out of it.
     
  11. Mar 9, 2012 at 6:37 AM
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    Well there ya go. That in itself is the answer. I keep thinking about the school bus accident and how the OP survived after that.
     
  12. Mar 9, 2012 at 6:44 AM
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    Don't get me wrong, I would love to have a new 4 door wrangler on 40's but I would never drive it on the road. Like I said, very capable off road but very sketchy on road as far as safety is concerned.
     
  13. Mar 9, 2012 at 9:05 AM
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    Safety is first in my book. Yes, it's fun going off road but rather do it in a vehicle that can also withstand the hazards of street crashes.
     
  14. Mar 12, 2012 at 8:58 PM
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    I just bought a Rubicon Unlimited, will get it on Friday... I loved my 96 Tacoma then after serving me well for 13 years, I work as a forestry surveyor, I changed it for the 200& model and made all the modification listed... The fact is the new designed Tacoma is a hwy 4x4 not meant to go off road and plus the box design lets dust come in; impossible to keep a clean cargo when on dirt road ( can't believe no one has complained about this!). The new redesigned Jeep with the new motor is certainly the way to go if you are to do some offroad but still want a somewhat luxury suv... look at the available options on the jeep website... mine has them all, beside leather seat which I don't care for... Try both and decide but if you want to do offroad and have to sometime drive on gravel road... to there is only one logical choice....The 4 door Tacoma is way too long to get through water bars... offroad obstacle etc...
     
  15. Mar 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM
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    I would put my kids in the back seat of the Tacoma. I won't let them go near a Jeep backseat. The safety ratings are way better on the Tacoma, best in class.
     
  16. Mar 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM
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    That is a great question! Bad luck? Poor quality? Abuse from previous renters? Meteor? Who knows? All I know is that I am out a few hundred $$$. The whole experience put a real bad taste in my mouth regarding Jeeps.
     
  17. Mar 17, 2012 at 4:57 AM
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    Last time I checked the interior of our Tacoma was plastic so not sure where you're coming from there. I like both and just gave my Tacoma 2010 TRD Sport to my wife and I just picked up a 2012 Jeep JKUR. It is very nice to drive, and isn't any harder on the bumps then my Tacoma was, Really! The dash looks waaay better in the Jeep then the Tacoma and dressed in Black leather is really sets the interior apart. I prefer to drive the Jeep, but seeing it's new, that's expected but the feel is better to me. I have 2200kms on it now and it rocks!
    To each their own, but I wanted to keep the Tacoma in the family to at least have a truck to use for hauling stuff around.
    To compare the Tacoma offroad to the Jeep isn't a fair comparison, different purposes and equipment and we all know the Jeep wins offroad.
    The new engine in the Jeep is an absolute improvement and I find not gearing back to 5th on the hills if I want to maintain speed but If I want to accellerate and hard I need to gear back. It's comparable to what the Tacoma was/is getting for fuel mileage. Here in Canada I get 22-24 MPG in the Tacoma and 21-22 in the Jeep but it isn't broke in yet which I'm told will improve when it does. We'll see...
    So, speaking from experience, both are beautiful rigs, get similar mileage but have different purposes/setup and drive nice so it all comes down to what you need to do with it, either should make you happy!

    Here's ours!
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  18. Mar 17, 2012 at 5:41 AM
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    You need to take into consideration, what you are going to do with the vehicle.
    I love my Taco, but I think a Wrangler would be a blast to cruise around in with the tip and doors off. But I need a truck to haul and work out of.
     
  19. Mar 17, 2012 at 6:26 AM
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    It is a new engine that can not yet be programmed for different gearing or tire size. It has less displacement that the prior years. I just traded off my fully modded Ruby. Basically got sick of it. They are badazz offroad but lack in all other areas. JMO
     
  20. Mar 17, 2012 at 7:34 AM
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    I had a 98 wrangler. 4 cyl Manual, 4x4, soft top, 4" Lift, etc. Was a fun little Jeep. It was my first car actually. Was in highschool so the soft top was definitely a plus. :) I drove it 60 miles round trip to work and back then. Was LOUD with the soft top. Stereo was almost useless. couldn't haul anything, the 4 cyl was horrible for mpg with 33" tires. Lol. It was solid off road. Even with 4 wheel drive and open diffs. I had It for a couple years before getting my 01 Tacoma.. never looked back. Now Im on Taco number 3.

    The jeeos are fun, especially the soft tops. I always had mine down here In Az. But practical for my.needs? No. But, your situation may be different. If you don't need a bed, or don't mind the noise, get a jeep. They are great offroad, but to me.. they seem more bare minimum and less practical than our tacos. Atleast if you go with the 2 door soft top.
     
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