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2018 TRD 4x4 Sport vs 2018 TRD Pro

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by unavailableTaco, Sep 11, 2018.

  1. Sep 11, 2018 at 5:14 PM
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    unavailableTaco

    unavailableTaco [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I just purchased the 2018 TRD Sport 4x4 3 weeks ago and it had so many problems I just wanted to drive it into Grapevine Lake. So I drove it to the dealer and they would not fix anything so I got a 2018 Tacoma Pro.

    The Pro has almost no buzzing or none at 2k RPM, it has almost no vibrations or none at the Deceleration from 30 to 10 mph. The transmission shifts great, no gear hunting or sticking in 5th for a long time. The Sport pulled to the right so fast it would be off the freeway in 6 seconds. The Pro seems to have everything fixed and it was made in 04/18. The Sport was made in 07/18 and made in Mexico. Could it be that Mexico gets all of the fixes later then San Antonio? Or is the Number 3 factory is just crap compared to the 5 factory.

    I don't know, I always said I would never buy a vehicle made in Mexico and I did not notice that it was when I bought it. Well, never again for sure.

    But if the parts are supposed to be all the same in both factories, then why such a difference. Was the Sport assembled on "can't wait to leave at cerveza.thirty" and finished on "Hangover Monday". I don't know, but the truck was crap.

    The Pro is absolutely the finest Tacoma I have ever had and now it is my 5th one.
     
  2. Sep 12, 2018 at 3:30 PM
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    user_none

    user_none Well-Known Member

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    You just got unlucky with the build quality of the Sport you got. The Mexico built Sport I have now is put together better than the US one I had previously (lease). But neither had any of the problems you're talking about. Oh aside from the transmission but 2016 vs 2018 and fixes between when when they were built.
     
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  3. Sep 12, 2018 at 3:53 PM
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    tonestar

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    My 2018 Sport was built in USA- amazing ride after the ecu update (and before too but perfection now)
     
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  4. Sep 12, 2018 at 3:56 PM
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    spoofy

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    how do you know where it was built?
     
  5. Sep 12, 2018 at 4:01 PM
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    tonestar

    tonestar Well-Known Member

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    On your door it tells you or if your VIN starts with a 5 it’s USA built if it’s a 3 it’s Mexican built
     
  6. Sep 12, 2018 at 4:15 PM
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    spoofy

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    sweet, guess what I'm doing first thing when I get home haha
     
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  7. Sep 12, 2018 at 4:44 PM
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    RocTaco

    RocTaco Habitual line stepper

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    How much of a bath did you take trading a truck in after 3 weeks?

    FWIW my base model has been of excellent quality, it is a Texas built truck.
     
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  8. Sep 12, 2018 at 4:52 PM
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    Sounds like your Sport had some issues that needed fixing. I don't think location of manufacture is the reason, though. I think if one factory (any factory) consistently put out a bad product, Toyota would either shut it down, or clean house.

    But, enjoy your new Pro! :cheers:
     
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  9. Sep 12, 2018 at 4:55 PM
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    Whitetail Assassin

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    I think our Mexican counterparts do just as good of work!!!
     
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  10. Sep 12, 2018 at 5:02 PM
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    shakerhood

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    Glad you enjoy the Pro
     
  11. Sep 12, 2018 at 5:10 PM
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    You know what they say opinions are like a**holes they all stink!
     
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  12. Sep 12, 2018 at 5:25 PM
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    Riding Dirty

    Riding Dirty Sinner; saved by grace

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    My Tacoma was built in Texas, and it had a ton of issues. I don’t think either location determines issues, it’s just the luck (or unlucky) of the draw.
     
  13. Sep 12, 2018 at 5:32 PM
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    tacoscott16

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    so, now you know why the pro. cost more, own 1 and appreciate.
     
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  14. Sep 12, 2018 at 5:37 PM
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    Spare Parts

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    If your 3 week old truck had so many issues, why would you let the dealership screw you by not fixing the issues? Did you use the same dealership to buy the pro from? That's a great business plan they got going.
     
  15. Sep 12, 2018 at 5:52 PM
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    RocTaco

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    My feelings precisely. Somebody is making out here and it ain't the OP.
     
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  16. Sep 12, 2018 at 5:54 PM
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    Gsxrgrl21

    Gsxrgrl21 Who Dat??

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    Literally my first thought lol that dealership knows how to play the game well
     
  17. Sep 12, 2018 at 6:03 PM
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    I’ve owned my 2016 sport a little over a month now and the only issue I’ve had with it was the transmission surge and it was taken care of this past week with the update. If someone wants pay the difference for the pro more power to them...I’m happy with my Sport
     
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  18. Sep 12, 2018 at 6:14 PM
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    Lt. Dangle

    Lt. Dangle Thinks skiploder needs a hug

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    stuff
    Confirmation Bias 101.
     
  19. Sep 12, 2018 at 7:11 PM
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    BillyToy

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    it's on like donkey Kong up in here.

    I leave for a while and everyone goes apeshit.

    Maybe we're all just pissed that summer is over and are looking to take it out on each other?

    I say let the shitbags fly. I'm frankly in a pissy mood too.

    The 2017 TRD Pro in MT, any color, is hands down the best truck Toyota has produced in 15 years. All others pretty much suck for various reasons that I will explain to you while shaming you publicly for your lack of wit and limited verbiage.

    Go
     
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  20. Sep 12, 2018 at 7:31 PM
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    Rockefelluh

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    No matter the reliability or build quality, there are always bad apples. Good quality is how far apart those bad apples are. I am glad you are loving your new truck. Looks great. But don't trash a manufacturing plant like you have done a proper root cause analysis.
     

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