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4 cyl 4x4 enough?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bullet_magnet, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. Apr 30, 2009 at 6:53 AM
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    bullet_magnet

    bullet_magnet [OP] Active Member

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    Hey guys I like the 4cyl 4x4 because of the cost, efficiency, and the fact its a 4x4 that wont kill me for daily commuting!

    Primary use will be for going to school which is like a 45 min ride.

    Also during the summer I live on a small island with lots of dirt roads and beaches to drive on.

    The beach I clearly need 4wd for but i've never needed a rear locker up to this point for anything I've done offroad.

    My question is will the 4cyl be enough for what I'm doing? Commuting and light offroading.
     
  2. Apr 30, 2009 at 6:58 AM
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    JeffRock

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    Absolutely! I have a red 4 banger 4x4 and have no problems with it for that purpose.
    I mainly haul stuff for home repairs. Mostly commute with it. and do some light trails. Do I sometimes wish it had more power. not often.
    Price was right. And the four banger is a dependable engine.
     
  3. Apr 30, 2009 at 7:01 AM
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    Burns

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    Your best bet is to drive both a V6 truck and a 4 banger and see which suits your needs.
     
  4. Apr 30, 2009 at 7:05 AM
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    ELKAHOLIC

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    I love my 4 banger 4x4
     
  5. Apr 30, 2009 at 7:10 AM
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    Yeah, what he said.

    I have had no problem hauling up to 1,000 Lbs of stuff. with my 4 cylinder, and enjoy the 18-20MPG I get with it.
    But def. test drive both!
    $25,000 Vs. $30,000 (at least here in NY.)
     
  6. Apr 30, 2009 at 7:18 AM
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    Not sure why, I guess driving habbits, but I get better milege than most 22-23 city 25-26 hwy. thats the reason I went with the 4 cyl. My wifes 4runner V6 gets 21-22 all the time.:confused::D
     
  7. Apr 30, 2009 at 7:25 AM
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    wiscdave

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    depends if you like the power and affordability of the 4 banger. I like the V8 muscle of the Tundra, but the affordability of it is hard to swallow.
     
  8. Apr 30, 2009 at 7:27 AM
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    lsocoee

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    I would say that the 4 cyl would be fine as long as you don't plan on towing.
     
  9. Apr 30, 2009 at 7:28 AM
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    x2 on the towing.
     
  10. Apr 30, 2009 at 8:07 AM
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    I just picked up my 4 cyl 4x4 the other week and i absolutely love this truck. Used it to move a friend over the weekend and handled some pretty large loads with ease. But most of the time it will be used as a commuter which it does great for that.

    Just give it a nice tough test drive. I took mine on an interstate, back roads, and from a full stop at the bottom of a huge hill and i was very surprised on all accounts. As long as it fits your needs i say go for it, the engine is tough as hell.
     
  11. Apr 30, 2009 at 8:12 AM
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    the truck has plenty of power for everyday uses and 4x4. Especially in 4x4 Low range it is invincible
     
  12. Apr 30, 2009 at 10:09 AM
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    Perfectly happy with mine (not 4x4, but close enough). Does everything I ask of it that it's designed to do. I have yet to tow with it, but will be towing a small boat soon enough.
     
  13. Apr 30, 2009 at 12:45 PM
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    Alright thanks guys, I think I might spend the extra grand to get the SR5 package as it seems like its certainly wortwhile to have.
     
  14. Apr 30, 2009 at 6:26 PM
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    Get real, I tow a 2800# camper. And I can go 80 MPH if I want. It's rated to tow 3500, and it will do so. If you have an aversion to using the full power of the truck, buy the V6, and push the pedal half way.
     
  15. Apr 30, 2009 at 7:20 PM
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    V6 ftw....!!!
     
  16. Apr 30, 2009 at 7:36 PM
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    I love my 4 banger... wish I had the 4x4 in it.
     
  17. Apr 30, 2009 at 9:03 PM
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    Leaving aside the money issue (duh) the question is where do you wanna be stronger? On the street or on the trails?
    V6 4x4 is faster and it tows more
    4cyl 4x4 is usualy lighter and is better off road (it has 4.10 gears with a manual trans whereas V6 has 3.73 gears most of the time with auto trans - could be manual too).
    If you tow get the V6 prerunner
    If you wanna win races get the Xrunner
    If you want to have the next best off road vehicle next to the Fj Cruiser that is also good on gas, cheap to buy and fun to drive get the 4cyl 4x4 single cab.
    Good luck with your decision
     
  18. Apr 30, 2009 at 9:06 PM
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    Never driven a 4....but I think my 6 is a dog! so....I say negative on the 4!
     
  19. May 2, 2009 at 5:30 AM
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    seems like i shouldnt have any issues with 4cyl then
     
  20. May 2, 2009 at 6:57 AM
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    sonjason

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    I LOVE my 4 cylinder 4x4 access cab Taco. Gets good mileage (23-24 consistently) and the 4 cylinder is well known for its legendary reliabiity. Bought new last April and have 21K and counting... not one complaint.
     
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