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2WD or 4x4

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by MyTruck, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. Mar 12, 2010 at 10:17 PM
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    MyTruck

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    I'm think of buying a Tacoma and which would be better a 2wd or 4wd DC. I will be mostly using it for work/school, taking it camping trips, fishing, snowboarding, once in a while go little off-Roading but nothing major. Would a 2wd be good enough to do this job or should i stick with a 4x4. Why I'm deciding is because 2wd is cheaper and money is tight for me now so i don't have alot to spend.

    I forgot to mention that I'm looking for a used one.
     
  2. Mar 12, 2010 at 10:22 PM
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    BirdTRD

    BirdTRD Unsuspectingly striking from above

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    It's up to you. If you do 2wd, may I suggest a TRD Prerunner with a locker. It's quite capable in many off road situations.

    You live in CA. Going snowboarding in 2wd frequently requires you to do the pain in the ass job of installing chains. 4wd does not.
     
  3. Mar 12, 2010 at 10:24 PM
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    4wd...I have the TRD Pre with locker...it's good most of the time, but 4wd is good all of the time.
     
  4. Mar 12, 2010 at 10:24 PM
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    MyTruck

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    im looking at one right now..its a 2003 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner DC SR5 2wd.
     
  5. Mar 12, 2010 at 10:35 PM
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    toy02ota

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    Its good to know that the 4x4 is there if/when you need it. I barely ever use mine...but I know its there too. :D
     
  6. Mar 12, 2010 at 10:38 PM
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    vicstacoma

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  7. Mar 12, 2010 at 10:40 PM
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    JasoTaco

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    Get a 4WD or you will always regret it.
     
  8. Mar 12, 2010 at 10:43 PM
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    There are a lot of Prerunners bombing through the desert that don't regret it. Most of us don't do that though.
     
  9. Mar 12, 2010 at 11:11 PM
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    kumaWRX

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    I have a TRD Pre w/locker also and although sometimes I wish I had 4WD it isn't enough for me to wish I had gotten a 4x4. I've never been stuck yet w/ my truck, the locker always got me out but I don't do any deep sand or mud though. The Prerunner w/ locker is very capable offroad, it surprised me a lot and my friend with an 08 Dodge Ram Cummins 4x4.

    Another thing is a 4x4 is more maintenence and more weight and more things to go wrong and break. Also, at least for my insurance, a 4x4 costs more to insure.

    Overall I'm glad I got my Prerunner, plus it has that "underdog" factor :)
     
  10. Mar 12, 2010 at 11:13 PM
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    dysfunctnlretard

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    I bought my prerunner last June and started worrying about only having 2wd when I began to head up to the snow every week. Ive been up to the snow 20+ times this season and have never had any issues with my truck , it makes it up perfectly fine. Having 4wd doesnt mean you wont have to use chains either as caltrans often asks for 4wd+ snow tires on all 4 corners.

    I think a prerunner will do you fine, you might wanna get a locker though if you're planning on doing even a little offroading.
     
  11. Mar 13, 2010 at 12:17 AM
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    Good advise, w/o my locker I would've gotten stuck a few times.
     
  12. Mar 13, 2010 at 12:30 AM
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    x2...i'm very happy with my trucks capabilities and tires make all the difference aswell ;)
     
  13. Mar 13, 2010 at 12:34 AM
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    Eazy 4X4 Buddy!
     
  14. Mar 13, 2010 at 12:35 AM
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    Honestly, if you're going to be going up to the mountains during the snowy season, I highly recommend getting 4x4. 95% of the members here will say 4x4. It all comes down to what YOU need. :D


    Snow is the only reason I wish I had 4x4. The off-roading I do doesn't require 4x4. Even if I had 4x4 I would do the same stuff. I don't want to damage my vehicle. Even though I did mess the bumper up pretty good... :devil:


    That's an unrelated story though. :p
     
  15. Mar 13, 2010 at 5:08 AM
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    4x4 i got a 2wd and i regret it.
     
  16. Mar 13, 2010 at 7:27 AM
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    heard lots of people say wish I got a 4x4 but I dont know anyone who wishes they got a 2wd instead
     
  17. Mar 13, 2010 at 7:46 AM
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    True that. Just get the 4x, and then post pics here!
     
  18. Mar 13, 2010 at 8:33 AM
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    Ya once I get a Tacoma I'll post pictures...
     
  19. Mar 13, 2010 at 10:05 AM
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    IT IS BETTER TO HAVE IT, AND NOT NEED IT...

    THAN TO NEED IT, AND NOT HAVE IT!!!!

    Four Wheel Drive ain't no jive!

    Even better is to get the Off Road TRD 4WD and have ACTIVE TRACTION CONTROL (A-TRAC)... AWESOME SYSTEM...
     
  20. Mar 13, 2010 at 10:14 AM
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    ETaco23

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    ^^Yeah but he's looking for a 1st. gen man!

    I say 4x4 man! I havent used mine that much, but when I do Im sure glad I got it. It has gotten me out of some tight situations. :)
     
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