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Can you tolerate the 4 cylinder?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by xSpyderguyx, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. Jun 14, 2010 at 8:53 PM
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    xSpyderguyx

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    So. I figured Id put this in the 2nd gen, but I have the 3.4 V6 1st gen and I think it drives like a turtle. Throttle response is OK, and I understand its a truck. But my other truck (2009 Toyota Tundra 5.7 v8) makes my tacoma seem like riding a bike.

    I was just wondering, is the 4 cylinder really hard to drive due to the lack of power? I drove my buddies 4 cylinder toyota pick up and could bare it. But im sure the 2nd gens are a little better.

    So I must ask, why 4 cylinder?
     
  2. Jun 14, 2010 at 9:00 PM
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    Ive had both the v6 and the 4 cylinder and like the 2.7 4 cyl best. Its better on gas, tougher, alot less maintenance, and got a good amount of power for a 4 cyl.
     
  3. Jun 14, 2010 at 9:02 PM
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    my 4 cyl seems plenty for my truck cuz its light. and its got enough power haha. i (rarely) but have easily gotten over 100 mph
     
  4. Jun 14, 2010 at 9:02 PM
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    I thought somone would mention that. Did you notice significant power in the 6 vs the 4 cylinder?
     
  5. Jun 14, 2010 at 9:09 PM
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    Theres more power with the v6 but not enough for me to want a v6 for. I tow a 16 ft boat 2-3 times a week and the 2.7 never skips a beat. I had a 98 reg cab 4x4 with the 2.7 for 5 years and had an automatic with 33x12.50s on it and it still had plenty of power for me. Now the 2.7 vs the 4.0 is quite a difference but the 2nd gen is a much bigger truck...
     
  6. Jun 14, 2010 at 9:20 PM
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    I prefer the four banger over the six. I put big miles per year on my vehicles, so fuel economy trumps the stoplight drags. I am the one in fact, that will be lumbering along in the right lane while everyone else is rushing by in their permanent hurry to race to the next red light, where I'll catch up to them again anyway. I find the four cylinder engine in my Taco to be much more liveable and driveable than the one that was in my Isuzu badged Coloranyon.
     
  7. Jun 14, 2010 at 9:20 PM
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    Apple X C0re

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    I love my 4 cyl.. Plenty of engine for a small truck. I've done some fairly tough hauls with it, from pulling old dump trucks to dragging logs. It's never been not enough power for me. I've heard the 1st gen 6 cyl and the 4 cyl arn't that far apart power wise.. If i was going to get a 2nd gen, the 6 cyl is a must, seeing as how its a larger truck.
     
  8. Jun 14, 2010 at 9:21 PM
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    Y would having the 4 cylinder make it hard to drive. I have one and its pretty easy
     
  9. Jun 14, 2010 at 9:34 PM
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    My 2.7 will do 120 mph verr easy been there done that :D
     
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    my 4cyl is great it gets good mileage takes a little bit to get it going though,first to second gear to low for highway driving but great for offroad.the 4cyl rocks
     
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    WHY would you tell me to go hit a tree?? STFU!!
    Sorry to hear you were about killed. Next time don't stand in the road KK!
    I wasnt posting to be ATTACKED by YOU.
    YESS It was on a long strait road matter of a fact. I-16 in central Georgia.
    I did it for FUN the EXACT same reason the guys with the 4x4s and the 4x4 wannabe Prerunners go mudding and other off roading stuff.
     
  13. Jun 14, 2010 at 10:37 PM
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    It depends on what you want, need, and what's available. Toyota doesn't even offer 4-cylinder 4x4 Tacomas in Colorado anymore. I drove a 4-cylinder 1986 4Runner for 13 years, and while it was bombproof, I was floored in 3rd gear at 45-50mph going up mountain passes. True the 4-cyls are stronger now, but the vehicles are heavier too. Don't think you can get 4x4 TRD in a 4-cylinder anywhere anymore either.
     
  14. Jun 14, 2010 at 10:47 PM
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    Dude theyre not going to listen to you.. trust me, been there done that.. if they dont like seeing u write u hit 120 ,theres no getting them to back off.. one reason why i cant stand this forumn, people have to blow up at us for the dumbest things... BET YOU I WILL GET CHEWED OUT FOR THIS TOO! BET.
     
  15. Jun 14, 2010 at 10:53 PM
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    I had a 4 banger 1st gen and it was just fine, never towed, just used it as a daily driver. In fact... sadly.. I never took it off road either, didn't get into that till I got my 2nd gen.
     
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    Personally the 4 banger isn't enough power for me. Then again, the majority of my past cars are all sports cars (v8's, twin turbo v6, ect).

    I'm not going to say anything about posting you broke the law online about going 120mph... but to say I've never went well beyond the speed limit would be a lie too. If I want that speed now though, I'll keep it to the track. That doesn't mean you can't have some fun getting up to the limit in reasonable areas though.

    Plus there's something kinda fun about surprising a stang next to you when they have to go WOT to catch back up after you punched it at the light with your 4x4 lol.

    Different strokes for different folks. I like the power when I need it too (towing for example).
     
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    im calling bs. they only go up to 117. electronic speed limiter. and im pretty sure your not dumb enough to take it off, esp on a 4 banger.

    anyway....i like my 4 cyl. its decent power, enough to get going, and its fine for hauling, 1000 lbs loads aren't too much of a struggle. and the mileage is a plus.
     
  18. Jun 15, 2010 at 4:14 AM
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    Guys, really, the 4.0 is not for jackrabbit starts or showing off. You'd look like an idiot trying to show off with a V6. It'd be like all those folks with V6 Mustangs and Camaros trying to romp...you're doing it wrong.

    The 4 liter just makes the truck more responsive and handle loads and towing better, at the cost of mileage. People can pick where their priorities are and purchase appropriately.
     
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    If you have a 4 banger you decided that it fits your needs when you got it. You don't haul tons of stuff, and if you do you are ok with not doing it fast, especially up hills. That said for the average trip on or offroad I have been more then happy with where the 4 banger has taken me. It is the reason I am getting into offroading so that says something about its power right there. Also after modding the intake(tore out the secondary filter and restrictor and switched to an AFE Pro Dry) I have way more power than stock which helps close the gap.

    If I wanted something for the trail I would have an OR DC shortbed, or an older 4runner for that matter, but I need a truck that does it all and is still good on gas.
     
  20. Jun 15, 2010 at 5:26 AM
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    should of added you where getting a bj at the same time doing it....lol
    :rimshot:

    keep on trucking
     
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