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Considering a Tacoma

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Corvidae, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. Jan 20, 2011 at 5:41 PM
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    Corvidae

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    I am interested in getting a Tacoma with the following:

    Access cab, 4x2, 4-cyl

    I don't have a NEED for the truck, I just have been limited to a sedan all my life so I'd like a change, thus I am very uneducated about them in general. I don't want to do off-roading or anything like that. I move around a lot so I thought it would be easier to help with the move.

    1. Do you see any problem with me hauling a bed (twin) and dresser around in the above setup in regards to having enough power?

    2. I have a 3 year old so I need to have his front facing car seat in the access cab. Do you think it would fit in the cab?
     
  2. Jan 20, 2011 at 5:43 PM
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    sethr21785

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    My two year olds car seat fits in the back seat but not well... I usually strap it in the front seat and she loves it because she can see out the windows pretty well..

    and no you are not going to have problems hauling such things as beds or dressers around with that setup
     
  3. Jan 20, 2011 at 5:44 PM
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    98tacoma27

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    It will not fit in the AC back seat. Booster seat, yes. Car seat, no.
     
  4. Jan 20, 2011 at 5:45 PM
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    They do have a feature where the air bag will not be activated. The weight in the front seat must be over 85#.
     
  5. Jan 21, 2011 at 6:08 AM
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    JDCPA

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    The Access Cab has the LATCH system for the child seat only in the jump seat behind the driver. I am 6'1" and I have to move the drivers seat so far forward to fit my granddaughters seat that my 5' wife has to drive while I sit in the pasenger seat. Seems totally stupid that they did not put it behind the passenger seat.

    As for hauling capaity my 4 cylinder has hauled 896 pounds to the dump and handled it fine except for the slow acceleration. I also tow a heavy Carolina Skiff and the truck does just fine with it.
     
  6. Jan 21, 2011 at 8:00 AM
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    Corvidae

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    Thanks for the info. I guess I'll wait it out until my kid is out of a car seat or my current car dies, whichever comes first.
     
  7. Jan 21, 2011 at 8:05 AM
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    if you concerned with space you could get the 4 door 2.7, should offer more room for the child and other stuff
     
  8. Jan 21, 2011 at 8:06 AM
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    my car seat tie down is behind the passenger
     
  9. Jan 21, 2011 at 8:11 AM
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    Get a double cab they do make those is 4 bangers now
    In sure u will be happy with that
     
  10. Jan 21, 2011 at 8:25 AM
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    I'd definitely get the Double Cab too.......it's worth it when you need the extra space
     
  11. Jan 21, 2011 at 8:25 AM
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    My '10 AC has car seat secure latches in the back .... if I am not mistaken.

    As far as what you want to use it for will be ideal. A good weekend runner to Home Depot.
     
  12. Jan 21, 2011 at 8:36 AM
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    What state are you in? Ever encounter snow? I ask because while your sedan is 4x2, it's also probably front wheel drive which handles just fine in snow. 4x2 pickups are rear wheel drive, and don't handle as well. If you're down south or on the west coast and never see snow, you're just fine.

    In my access cab, the child seat tie down is behind the driver's seat. However, the access cabs (don't know about the double cabs) have a front passenger seat air bag shut off (turns off with a key) so you can safely place a child seat in the front passenger seat.

    As for those recommending double cab, they do make a double cab long bed ... all the benefits of 4 true doors with the full 6' bed.
     
  13. Jan 21, 2011 at 10:49 AM
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    I was trying to find a balance between performance, utility and cost. I am not opposed to the double cab, but doing so requires me to sink more money into the other areas if I want to retain the longer bed.

    I'll think about it but I have until my car fizzles out on me I guess. Oh, and I live in AZ so I don't have to worry about snow. I'd like to go up north camping once in awhile in it but not when it's snowing :)
     
  14. Jan 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM
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    Your 4 cylinder option definitely leans more to the "utility" and "cost" end of that balance you're trying to strike. Have you thought about an SUV? Maybe a Rav4 or Highlander, something of that nature?
     
  15. Jan 21, 2011 at 12:07 PM
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    I certainly have, but after trying to fit my bed and dresser into a family members SUV to move I decided I would like to have the cargo opened up to have more freedom.

    I'll just keep saving my pennies to help drop the payment down to make up for double cab and long bed.
     
  16. Jan 22, 2011 at 8:48 AM
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    The 4x2 trucks do still have traction control, A-LSD, stability control, ABS and E-BFD. Prerunners seem to do fine in snow, I'll bet the base models do too.
     
  17. Jan 22, 2011 at 8:50 AM
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    For the kind of hauling he wants to do, a Rav4 and a 6-foot utility trailer (about $250 new) could be a good solution.
     
  18. Jan 31, 2011 at 2:43 PM
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    Corvidae

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    I finally went out looking this weekend. Looks like the car seat will work out in the access cab. Lowest I could get from surrounding dealers is $22,780 + TTL a PreRunner V6 Access Cab. I'd like to get it but something is holding me back. Perhaps its the thought of having a car payment again.
     
  19. Jan 31, 2011 at 2:53 PM
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    i would consider the dbl cab if you plan on keeping it for awhile, because the kids will grow up and the back seat is a little more user friendly. i have dbl cab with a 15 yr old she fits in the back seat with a friend and room to spare. as for the hauling part you can always rent a trailer from uhaul for like $25 a day or something like that. mine is also a short bed with a toolbox in the bed so if i have to haul any big items i hit my freind up to use his or just rent one.
     
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