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Changing Tacoma's - Need advice

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by alpineski26, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. Mar 3, 2010 at 8:17 AM
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    alpineski26

    alpineski26 [OP] Active Member

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    So in December 09 I purcahsed my first pickup, an 05 4x4 TRD OR Access Cab Auto V6. I really LIKE it. Im just not sure that I love it, and thats because perhaps it isnt what I truly need/want from a truck. Im thinking I want to go with a 4x4 Reg Cab with the M5 and 2.7?

    Im not straying from tacoma - great vehicle. On to the list...

    So I thought I wanted more power (v6) - but the gas sucking just doesnt work for me
    I thought I wanted the extra space/if you can call them seats from the access cab - but if I go to a reg cab i can just get a truck box of some sort for dry storage, and i only lose 1 uncomfortable seat capacity
    I thought i wanted an auto after driving a standard in traffic all these years...but ive realized having more control of the vehicle outweighs the odd days i get stuck in bumper-bumper (they are few and far between)


    I need the truck for standard use, lumber etc, transporting my sportbike and bicycles oftenish. 4x4 is a must, I go skiing and drive on snow/mud crap all the time.

    So, is it worth it for me to make this switch, gas mileage being slightly better? I live in the city so the manueverability of the reg cab would be a plus too. Thoughts?

    Anyone done this swap?

    If making this switch isnt worth it, I will certainly keep my current taco and be happy:D
     
  2. Mar 3, 2010 at 8:27 AM
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    Hoyal

    Hoyal Whiskey bent and hell bound.

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    I highly doubt you will see a gas mileage increase with a smaller motor in the same truck you will just be going WOT more often to stay with traffic. You need to learn how to drive the truck. With winter gas Im at like 390 miles to my tank of gas, with non wither gas I get like 430 to a tank.
     
  3. Mar 3, 2010 at 8:27 AM
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    Mark C.

    Mark C. If you want it bad, you usually get it bad!

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    Background: I'm kind of an old guy, so here's my reasoning for going with the SR5, 2.7L, 4WD, AC. I had a 1990 extended cab, 4WD, V6 and loved it. I then went to a 2000 reg cab, 4WD, 5MT. I loved that truck too. It had the bucket seats with console, but I missed the "dry" room that the extended/access cab offered. So...when Toyota bought back my 2000, I put the money toward my current 2.7, 5MT, SR5, AC, 4WD. I love this truck and I really like having the extra dry storage and emergency seating for my teenaged kids.
    Before buying this truck I had decided that I wanted the 4.0 with auto tranny, but after driving a couple of them, I decided that I too wanted more control of the drive train, so stayed with the MT. As I generally don't tow much (13' Whaler for short distances), the 4.0 was not required for me. I do like the SR5 seats. And...I did drive a couple of reg cabs, but didn't like the bench seat.

    Just my 2 cents...........
     
  4. Mar 3, 2010 at 8:38 AM
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    alpineski26

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    Thanks for the replies so far, keep them coming.

    To touch on gas mileage - I dont drive with a leadfoot at all, im seeing 18.5 regularly winter gas. My first tankful was still "summer" blend and i got 20+. Getting a MT would mean more short shifting and closer to 21 on avg im guessing?
     
  5. Mar 3, 2010 at 8:45 AM
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    Hoyal

    Hoyal Whiskey bent and hell bound.

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    Yeah I have a manual and my buddy has an AT and on the same long distance drives I get better mileage than him.
     
  6. Mar 3, 2010 at 8:55 AM
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    TOYOTA 09

    TOYOTA 09 Kicking Ass Since 1981

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    I call BS unless you are t
    opping off your tank untill it's overflowing.
     
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