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Buying advice 4X4 or 4X4 with TRD

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by rcm, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. Aug 23, 2010 at 6:20 PM
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    rcm

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    I am new to Taco ownership. Looking to buy a 1st Gen, and want to find out if 4X4 and TRD is overkill. I am not planning on towing anything, just weekend off road driving. Its a Auto 3.4 liter 6. Really appreciate your thoughts. Thanks in advance
     
  2. Aug 23, 2010 at 6:36 PM
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    The TRD comes with the rear locker, upgraded shocks and different rims. You call that one.
     
  3. Aug 23, 2010 at 8:21 PM
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    Just the locker would be worth it to me...
     
  4. Aug 23, 2010 at 8:30 PM
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    Well here is few questions yo have to ask your self????
    1. Are you are going to do any type of Off Road adventures?
    If your answer is YES then get the TRD.
    If your answer is NO then don't get it.

    Hope this helps. Good luck!!!!!
     
  5. Aug 23, 2010 at 8:42 PM
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    trd for sure. i just got one. i don't plan on doing any hardcore offroading, mostly just light stuff, but this is my way of justifying it.

    1. it's a good safety feature. you normally don't use it, unless you get in over your head and get stuck. then you use the locker to get out. especially important if you ever go offroading by yourself.

    2. it makes your vehicle more capable without having to raise the ride height or tire size.

    3. you will never have to look back and regret not getting it.

    4. resale, if you ever decide to sell, it will be much easier if it's a trd.
     
  6. Aug 23, 2010 at 9:19 PM
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    Thanks for the advise. Really. I am looking at a 2001 4X4 but does not have the trd. These trucks are hard to find. I guess in reading the responses, its best to wait and get both the 4X4 with TRD. Enough said, thanks.
     
  7. Aug 23, 2010 at 9:21 PM
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    I got The TRD Off Road Prerunner...its good for what I all I do off road for the most part...


    But get the 4x4 version if ya can...the locker makes all the difference IMHO
     
  8. Aug 23, 2010 at 9:38 PM
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    I had a 96 4cyl without a locker.
    I now have an 01 V6 with a locker.

    Both trucks are wheeled and I must say, I like having the locker sooooo much. It's also nice for pulling boats out of the water on crappy ramps and getting out of steep dirt driveways in 2wd.

    Can't wait for snow drifting...
     
  9. Aug 23, 2010 at 9:50 PM
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    Ok, I see the light. We will be going off road in the mountains of AZ and CO so will wait and find a 1st Gen with 4X4 with TRD. They are just hard to find, guess there is a reason for that.
     
  10. Aug 23, 2010 at 10:01 PM
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    You can always do the ARB lockers - they are good pieces of iron!
     
  11. Aug 23, 2010 at 10:03 PM
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    Lots of rocks out here buddy ;)
     
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    I bought a non TRD and I regret it. Don't get me wrong, I love my truck but if I had to do it again I would buy a TRD just for the minor upgrades, Locker and suspension! It just makes it more capable of road! I think I'll be getting a 2nd Gen DC TRD Off Road when I can afford it!
     
  13. Aug 24, 2010 at 6:41 AM
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    How much more do you think the TRD pkg add's to the cost on 1st gen?
     
  14. Aug 24, 2010 at 6:43 AM
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    I bought a 2010 without TRD and kick myself almost everyday for not getting the TRD. If your looking to play in the mud or climb you will love that rear locker.
     
  15. Aug 24, 2010 at 7:54 AM
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    if you've found a truck that you like, in good shape, for the right price, and it at least has 4x4, I would say go for it.

    The comment about upgraded TRD suspension is moot as you will probably replace everything within the first year of owning it anyways.

    The comment about the locker is moot because if you really need one, you can add it.

    having 4x4 is the main issue, and finding a good truck is the next issue.

    just my opinion though. obviously if you can find a TRD that you like for a good price, then get it. I'm just saying that you have options.
     
  16. Aug 24, 2010 at 8:40 AM
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    I searched for 6 months for a low mileage manual TRD.

    It was worth the wait.

    If I every sell my Taco in So Cal it will sell this thing quickly.

    I'm thinking about picking up a 2009 4Runner Trail Edition. If I do I can sell you mine. :p
     
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