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Advice for a newbee

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by stormchaser, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. Feb 2, 2007 at 7:53 PM
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    stormchaser

    stormchaser [OP] New Member

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    Hi folks-
    Considering purchasing a Tacoma in the 01-04 year range. I'm interested in feedback, particularly on the 4-cyl 2.7 Liter 4x4. How's the acceleraton? Power? Do they hold highway speeds of 70 + mph well on cruise control? How's towing small loads? Does the 4 cylinder really save that much on gas over the V6 models?

    It's been mentioned by a few folks in the auto industry the 4-cyl is a dog and can't get out of it's own way. They seemed OK on a couple short test drives. Just wondering.

    thanks, Stormchaser
     
  2. Feb 2, 2007 at 9:57 PM
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    Ldytaco05

    Ldytaco05 it's all about me

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    well here's what i had observed with the 4cyl it will be fuel efficient, power wise slow to pick up but remains constant, speed 70+ well depends on wind velocity it could work against you resulting your truck to be unstable (ergo vibration on higher speed) basically it like driving a corolla but higher height.
    hope this gives a piece of insight of what you're basing on the pros and cons of a first generation truck.
     
  3. Feb 3, 2007 at 4:51 AM
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    2003greenbean

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    i have not driven a 4cyl tacoma but for the 1or2mpg i think it would be worth goin to the 6cyl just about every weekend i tow one atv in the bed of the truck and another on a trailer thats over a 1000 pounds i set the cruise on 75 and have no prob
     
  4. Feb 3, 2007 at 8:02 AM
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    Skies20

    Skies20 small town girl

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    My first Tacoma was a 2.7L 4 cyl. It was a 2000 ext. cab SR5 4x4. It was a great truck and I loved it, but I do prefer the V6, which is what I have now. There is a big difference in power, and not a huge difference in gas mileage. I never had any problems with the 4 cylinder, but it is def. not as fun to drive. If you are ever going to tow anything, go for the V6. Also, I would advise to not get the 4 cyl. in an automatic, as I have heard that it is very underpowered. If you decide to buy one, opt for the 5 speed. Hope this helps.
     
  5. Feb 3, 2007 at 4:57 PM
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    twoarezee

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    my 2.4l is pretty peppy with the 5 speed. i can hold 80+ on the freeway no prob, but im also only about 6" off the ground.
     
  6. Feb 5, 2007 at 1:19 PM
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    paulcleston

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    Have a 99 Tacoma 4x2 small 4cyl. engine. Drove from Houston Tx. to Birmingham Al. at 70+ mph. Held speed fine @ 25.5 miles per gal. Have not towed or driven in hill country. Have not checked around town mileage. What I do know is that I am spending about half the money for gasoline that I did on the 2001 Dodge 1500 with the 5.9L engine. Half as much truck but half the expense. Paul
     
  7. Feb 6, 2007 at 7:09 AM
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    oldtacomaguy

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    My first Tacoma was a 95 4 cyl, 4 wheel drive X-cab. It seemed to be a bit underpowered in the hills of Maine. I got a 97 X-cab 4wheel drive with the six and it was like night and day. much better without giving up a lot of mileage.
     
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