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Are Tacomas fun to drive?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by matt z, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. Jan 20, 2010 at 5:05 PM
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    matt z

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    hello all,

    I suppose i should start out by saying that i dont own a tacoma, yet. This spring I'll be looking for a new car (or in this case, truck). Ive been looking on and off for the past 3-4 months for a 05+ Tacoma. Currently i have an 04 Honda Element, which was a good first car, but im ready to move on. (by the way, im 19) Any way, getting back to the tacoma, Im looking for an 05 or newer taco with a V6 and four wheel drive. Idealy id like an access cab and an automatic tranny too. But ive noticed that they are extremely hard to find for around 20k. I recently test drove an 04 taco with the V6, and I think it was almost as slow as my 2.4 liter Element. Eventually i'll drive an 05 style taco, but i thought id get some other opinions along the way.

    The main problems with the Element are, it has a rough ride, its top heavy, and its SLOW. Now i dont need a ton of speed, but 160hp in a 4000lb SUV is kinda scary merging once in a while. That is one of the reasons ive been looking at a taco, they have soo much aftermarket support, headers, cat-backs, TRD/URD Superchargers, etc.

    I recently started looking at a Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart. (which is basically an all-wheel drive, turbo charged, lancer with paddle shifters, kinda like the evos little brother) Id love an evo, but since im 19, the insurance would kill me.

    So, heres my problem, Do i get a Tacoma? or do i get the Ralliart and have all of my requirements met? (and have a fun, sporty little car)

    So, what do you think? Are Tacomas fun to drive? Any suggestions?

    (sorry but an an x-runner wont work, i need allwheel drive, Wisconsin winters dont like rear wheel drive cars/trucks)

    Thanks
    matt z
     
  2. Jan 20, 2010 at 5:12 PM
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    THXEY

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    easiest vehicle ive ever driven.... easier than my parents 5 series and infinity QX56... and the old 69 camaro....
     
  3. Jan 20, 2010 at 5:13 PM
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    Yeah, i plan on test driving them both.

    We do have a couple fourwheelers, but i cant tow them with the element either and ive managed. Currently all i have to haul is my laundry to and from college.
     
  4. Jan 20, 2010 at 5:14 PM
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    The Element looks like a Lego car IMO. Get the Taco, you will be glad you did.
     
  5. Jan 20, 2010 at 5:32 PM
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    The Taco is VERY fun to drive! That being said, it won't handle or be as quick as a sports car (not many trucks will though). It's all about what you want/need in a vehicle.

    Personally, I think my Taco drives like a much smaller vehicle than it is and I wouldn't trade it for a full size. It's tight, it's nimble, it's easy to drive in traffic and the 4.0 has nothing to apologize for in the power department IMHO :)
     
  6. Jan 20, 2010 at 5:38 PM
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    My truck is so fast, (given i went from a 89 yj with 33s and stock gearing) but when i step on it and i can hear my intake and i get up there, it is so much fun, my parents have a 7 series and a porsche and i would prefer to drive this. IMO
     
  7. Jan 20, 2010 at 5:39 PM
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    tacos are fun to drive, but they attract to much attention from the chicks,which could be good or bad depending on how you look at it.
     
  8. Jan 20, 2010 at 5:41 PM
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    Tacomas suck and all these people are idiots. Never buy one. Any more questions I can help you with?
     
  9. Jan 20, 2010 at 5:42 PM
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    :D that will definitely be taken into consideration. definitely a plus.
     
  10. Jan 20, 2010 at 6:03 PM
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    i deffently love my tacoma would never ever trade it for any evo. it will go any ware do anything and is verry fast for being a lil v6 truck it will beat alot of things stock and if you get a tacoma you will find out your not so much in to goin fast but goin off road go the power of my truck sold it to me
     
  11. Jan 20, 2010 at 6:06 PM
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    Get the taco and explore the outdoors. An all wheel drive CAR cannot get to all the places a taco can.
    You know you like getting in some taco from time to time
     
  12. Jan 20, 2010 at 6:07 PM
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    My truck is a blast to drive. It handles very well in traffic, did very well in the snow and led me to this very cool web site with some very cool people.:)
     
  14. Jan 20, 2010 at 6:21 PM
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    thanks for the help! i need all the help i can get. :D

    as for going off road... i have access to 300 acres of forest with 3-4 ponds. And the taco would be fun there. But thats why we have the fourwheelers. Im not really into the rock crawling thing, but mudding and general off roadind would be fun. .....although, the alternative would be a rally car, which would be a BLAST on the gravel roads in our forest. hmmmm.
     
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    if you tryed to get a ralley car in a third the places i have been it would be totaled and im 19 too man and i have an 09 and a ralley car is ways out of your prices range if u cant really aford to buy the car to ralley out out. but HELL YEAH!! it would be sick to have but a trophey truck is ware its at!
     
  16. Jan 20, 2010 at 6:40 PM
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    if i got the taco, id definitely go for the trophy look. 4" lift, 33" tires, procomp bumpers, fog lights. such a cool look.
     
  17. Jan 20, 2010 at 6:41 PM
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    I enjoy my Tacoma more than I enjoy my BMW. I typically get more thumbs up in the truck too.

    The BMW is great on open highways at WOT or on the track, but is lame-o around town in traffic.
     
  18. Jan 20, 2010 at 7:09 PM
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    Yes, I think my Tacoma is fun to drive. In fact, I'd say it's a lot of fun to drive.
     
  19. Jan 20, 2010 at 7:47 PM
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    Eh. The Tacoma is fun in it's own little way... for a truck. Let's face it, it's still a truck. I say this coming from a '92 Dodge Stealth TT (Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4, awd) and a '05 G35 Coupe (6spd MT). Those... on the pavement blow a tacoma a way in every way, in reguards to "fun" driving. However, what is fun about city driving in a Taco is you don't care about speed bumps, pot holes, ect... hell I hit the throttle on them lol. Sports cars... you really gotta pay attention or you do damage to your ride.

    Also, as a fellow mitsu owner (I still love 3000GT VR4's and would love to own another someday), look at a WRX instead. The insurance will probably be a little cheaper, maintence is a whole hell of a lot cheaper, and they'll last a lot longer ratt'n on them. It'll probably be my next car (probably an 06 if I can find one).
     
  20. Jan 20, 2010 at 10:58 PM
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    You are 17.....

    When you say - "Is it fun to drive?"
    Well....no.... Drifting, racing, autocross, 1/4 mile....aren't its best features (from the factory).

    But offroading, hauling, towing, drives on the beach, towing a boat, hauling a quad, carrying several kegs (oops sorry, you're not old enough for that), hauling a BBQ grill and tailgating festivities......ARE its best features!

    You decide.

    I've seen how those hoodlums buy those little small ricey cars ..... you don't wanna hang out with those guys. Get a tacoma!
     
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