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4 years on the road...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Demoncleaner, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. Dec 22, 2008 at 5:15 AM
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    Demoncleaner

    Demoncleaner [OP] Well-Known Member

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    05 Dcab 6spd 4x4 TRD Sport w/Tow
    TRD exhaust Homemade bed mat & bed extender, front Drings, Short clutch throw, Summer: Stock 17's Winter: Blizzaks on 16' black steelies
    Picked up my 05' Dec 21,2004. Almost 40,000 miles now, still only been to dealer once to install the heavier leaf springs TSB.

    Updates/changes:
    -Running Pennzoil Platinum in the motor, Full syn oil for 6-spd tranny, transfer and front diff. NO full syn in LSD rear diff though.
    -TRD exhaust, sounds good, only slight rust on welds in/out of the muffler
    -Blizzaks tires on 16x7 steelies for winter months
    -Cut a 5/8 thick horse stall mat for the bed (80+lbs)
    -Homemade bed extender, makes 5ft to 6.6ft
    -Homemade cabin filters (05's didn't have one)
    -Short clutch pedal travel mod
    -Added front bed D-rings
    -Undercoated the frame couple months ago. After 4 harsh winters, lots of salt used up here, widespread rust.

    4x4 system: Got about couple thousand mi in 4hi and use 4lo a few times a month. No issues.
    Tranny & motor: No problems.
    Body: Paint is doing fine, wax every 3-4 months. Have a few scratches from brush on the trail and dents around the bed/tailgate.
    Interior: No electronic issues, seats holding up well.
    Composite bed: Other than hundreds of scrathes and held up great.

    MPG:
    Avg 20-20.5 all summer
    drops to 17-17.5 in winter
    Best 23, long summer trip
    Worst 14, Week of below zero and towing

    Octane: At least 89. Did use 87 in summer when was $4.50+, only lost .3-.4 mpg, but at low rpms 1500-2000 (where you get your best mpg), when accelerating or hitting any grade is where I really noticed the motor lug and ping more. Heavy loads/ towing even more noticeble. Back on the good stuff as prices dropped.

    Concerns:
    -The bottoming out with a load and leaf spring squeak, but fixed w/ TSB.
    -Frame rust, we'll see if the undercoating helps.
    -Weak tailgate, we all know. I use a plywood plank for weight dist when hauling my enduro moto.
    -The TRD sport 17 rims are bubbling on the edges. These wheels get to sit in a comfy 40 degree garage all winter.
    -Very sensitive ABS, not setup well for winter.

    Ok, so there isn't much bad. Looking forward to keeping her at least 10 years. Glad this truck is easy work on, reliable, and fun to drive. Still one of the best buying decisions I ever made.
     
  2. Dec 22, 2008 at 7:42 AM
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    tsilliker

    tsilliker Well-Known Member

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    '05 SR5 V6 4x4 6spd
    Tundra wheels, Access roll-up tonneau, D-rings in front of bed floor, tinted glass in doors to match privacy glass, synthetic oil, Husky floor liners, fog lights, constant power mod for 12v plugs, heated mirrors, brake controller, billet grill, radio aux input mod.
    Got my 05 on Dec 1st, 2004. Truck has been mostly good. A corroded connector on the alternator meant that it had to be replaced about 2 1/2 years in. Fixed under the powertrain warranty. When they were fixing that, they caused an oil leak on the front of the engine which they also fixed after I made a return trip and after I bitched about it to the service rep and stealership owner.
     
  3. Dec 26, 2008 at 8:48 AM
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    piercedtiger

    piercedtiger Devout Atheist

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    Damn... I got my 06 at the end of Feb 06, and it's already over 50k. :D

    Demon, what did you use to undercoat? I need to clean some frame rust and do that myself...
     
  4. Dec 26, 2008 at 9:02 AM
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    SLOTaco

    SLOTaco Ultimate Member

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    Central Coast, California
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    06 TRD Sport
    '06 TRD Sport 4x4 AC, K&N drop in air filter, Magnaflow cat back, Bilstein 5100's with Toytec adjustable front coil over 3" lift, rear TSB, AllPro UCA's.
    Good to hear, glad we all have great trucks, sounds like you put as few miles as I do on mine, I bought mine Jan 07, so on the road almost exactly two years, have 10,400 miles, been an awesome truck.
     
  5. Dec 26, 2008 at 9:44 AM
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    sonjay

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    There is a product called rust check, it kills rust. I would put something like that on before you undercoat, or else your gonna trap all the rust in there. Also there is a gizmo that you hook up to your battery, I don't know exactly how it works but it somehow disrupts the electrical charge rust needs to spread. Apparently they work great and don't cost a bunch.
     
  6. Dec 26, 2008 at 10:05 AM
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    piercedtiger

    piercedtiger Devout Atheist

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    I'll have to look into rust check.

    As for the electronic device... eh... I don't know. I've seen some they were in the $300-$500 range IIRC (which is kinda expensive IMO), and heard mixed reviews about them. Some people say they work great, others say they're a waste of money. :confused:
     
  7. Dec 26, 2008 at 3:06 PM
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    hoosiertaco

    hoosiertaco Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on 4 enjoyable years....and here is to many more...:thumbsup: I hope to have mine for 200,000 miles which will be about 10 years....
     
  8. Dec 26, 2008 at 4:06 PM
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    Coreyjon

    Coreyjon Northern Alliance: Airlift Div

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    iPod Adapter, Bilstein 5100's @ 1.75" front, Wheelers 3-leaf 1.5" + overload rear (2"), custom carrier bearing drop spacers.
    electronic rust protection for cars are a scam, don't bother. best way to keep your truck from rusting is to clean it, and to get it under coated.
     
  9. Dec 26, 2008 at 6:03 PM
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    surfsupl

    surfsupl Well-Known Member

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    I DONT CARE IF IT'S A RE-POST
    Rear Diff Breather~ 5100's ~Fog Light Anytime~Tint~TRD Seat Covers~Weather Tech's~Pioneer H.U.~Lift~Eibach Springs~LED's......blah...blah...blah
    +1....... :d
     
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