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Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by dtingle, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. Sep 1, 2011 at 12:44 PM
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    dtingle

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    ok i am new to toyota, but have been researching all i can about the tacoma. i really think they are great trucks, and am considering trading my 2004 ford f150 in for a 2nd gen tacoma. money aside, in your own opinion, what are the pros and cons of owning a toyota tacoma vs a ford f150, both 4x4. can anyone push me over the edge? im a big ford fan. show me the light.

    any problems with servicing the 4L v6 engine? any special spark plugs? (i have the dreaded f150 5.4L plug problem.) is the tacoma engine almost maintenance free? ive just had alot of problems with the f150, its on its second engine, rebuilt transmission.

    and as a bonus, try to convince my wife a truck is not a truck, can a tacoma win her heart as well instead if just roll her eyes with another "you dont need to get another truck"
     
  2. Sep 1, 2011 at 12:58 PM
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    Maticuno

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    I came from a '99 F-150 that died after the second run around with the 5.4L spark plug problem. Overall, servicing the engine of the 4.0L V6 is immensely easier than the Ford 5.4L. Unless you need a full size truck, the Tacoma is the better option IMHO. My double cab long bed does everything the F-150 did and more. The only thing I miss is the captains chairs option. The things mentioned by Whip are general problems you could face. There are other issues you could face, but every vehicle is different. Overall I'm much happier fixing design flaws in the Tacoma then I was fixing the design flaws in the F-150. Plus, getting 19+ MPG is a lot better than the ~13MPG I was getting in the Ford.
     
  3. Sep 1, 2011 at 12:59 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Welcome to TW. Istead of folks trying to sell you on the Tacoma, how 'bout checking out the site and wha the members have already said about it, and make your own conlusion.
     
  4. Sep 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM
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    Konaborne

    Konaborne Pineapples on pizza Hawaiian does not it make.

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    ^^
    This.





    ...because tacoma's are better. period. and meteor proof. and angry girlfriend/cliff proof. and dragon proof. :D
     
  5. Sep 1, 2011 at 2:12 PM
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    And wall, tree, small building, ocean, flaming torch, caravan, wrecking ball, and building demolition proof..


    But maybe that's just first gens.
     
  6. Sep 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM
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    jberry813

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    ...too much shit to list.
    HOWEVER, they are NOT...waterproof :eek:

    EDIT: In terms of build quality though, food for thought. I still drove my truck, with a hole in the block, two broken conneting rods and running on only 4 cylinders.

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  7. Sep 1, 2011 at 2:16 PM
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    Konaborne

    Konaborne Pineapples on pizza Hawaiian does not it make.

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    But neither are fords.:rolleyes:
     
  8. Sep 1, 2011 at 2:17 PM
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    ...too much shit to list.
    Very true.
    Stupidity is brand agnostic.
     
  9. Sep 1, 2011 at 2:23 PM
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    mjp2

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    Hey, I've got one of those!

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    Rather, I had one of those. Fortunately my innards stayed intact. :p
     
  10. Sep 1, 2011 at 2:25 PM
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    Mine is past tense too.
    My truck is not on jackstands either.
    And I have rear drum brakes like a Tacoma should have :p
     
  11. Sep 1, 2011 at 2:26 PM
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    mjp2 Living vicariously though myself Moderator

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    How'd you guys manage to do that?
     
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    You have to consider your needs. I have a 2.7 stick 4X4. That's what I need. You should get 200-300,000 on a 2.7. It's easy to maintain - cheaper to maintain - a clutch is cheaper then a auto trans - gets pretty good mileage - always gets me there in winter - rides like a car so she likes it. If you need to haul heavy stuff on a regular basis get a heavy duty truck if not get a Tacoma IMHO.
     
  15. Sep 1, 2011 at 2:49 PM
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    Drove my front differential through my upper oil pan during the 2010 SCORE Primm 300. :eek:
     
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