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DC vs AC

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Tex4141, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. Mar 23, 2010 at 9:29 PM
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    Tex4141

    Tex4141 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure this had been posted somewhere before... in fact.. I know I read it somewhere. If so, then just humor me :D
    I've decided that once I get to San Diego, my 05' DC PreRunner is going bye bye and I'm looking for an 01-04 auto 4x4. I just can't decide on another double cab, or an access cab. I love the room in my DC, and though not too often...if I have to haul people, I can. But, is there that much difference between the wheel base of a DC and an AC? Especially pertaining to off-roading?
    I did a search on Autotrader, and came across this...

    http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?ct=p&car_id=274678071&dealer_id=65014267&car_year=2003&rdm=1269403632541&lastStartYear=1981&model=TACOMA&num_records=25&systime=&make2=&highlightFirstMakeModel=&start_year=2001&keywordsfyc=&keywordsrep=&engine=6%20Cylinder&certified=&body_code=32&fuel=&awsp=false&search_type=both&distance=500&marketZipError=false&search_lang=en&sownerid=19989024&showZipError=n&make=TOYOTA&keywords_display=&color=&page_location=findacar%3A%3Aispsearchform&min_price=&body_style=TRUCKS&drive=4%20wheel%20drive&default_sort=priceDESC&seller_type=p&max_mileage=100000&style_flag=2&sort_type=priceDESC&address=93245&advanced=y&end_year=2004&doors=&transmission=Automatic&max_price=&cardist=475&standard=false


    But seriously... a "wife driven Taco with 36k miles??" Perfect.... just not sure if I want the DC or not. :confused: Is a DC any better or worse for off-roading, size wise?
     
  2. Mar 24, 2010 at 7:57 AM
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    Ok, seriously.... 24 views and NO replies? :(

    I have candy! :D
     
  3. Mar 24, 2010 at 8:12 AM
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    I picked up a DC because I have a little girl and need to have a baby chair;). Figured I could always use the extended bed in the back when I need the extra room.
     
  4. Mar 24, 2010 at 8:16 AM
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    True. 10' sheetrock is tough enough to haul with a 6' bed.
    But I did test drive a DC Long bed over the past weekend.
    I love my 09" AC $ banger. But my 11Y/o GF's kid is 5'6" at least, and hates the AC.
     
  5. Mar 24, 2010 at 8:25 AM
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    It's really all about personal preference. I love my DC..It suits my needs. Others may need only a AC. :)
     
  6. Mar 24, 2010 at 8:25 AM
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    dude please, who wouldnt want a four door!?

    the AC sucks. no room. and honestly the bed in the DC is not much smaller. Ive hauled plenty of things. obviously a construction worker wouldnt buy a tacoma. but the DC is much better. go for it
     
  7. Mar 24, 2010 at 9:21 AM
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    First off - it's XtraCab, not Access Cab.

    Comparing 2001 - 2004 V6 4X4 XC's versus DC's ...

    Overall length, wheelbase and track spec's are identical.

    Compared to the XtraCab, the Double Cab:

    - is about 3.8" wider overall
    - weighs about 165 lbs. more
    - has about 0.8" _less_ minimum ground clearance
     
  8. Mar 24, 2010 at 9:42 AM
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    I got the XtraCab so I don't have to give anybody a ride
     
  9. Mar 24, 2010 at 10:01 AM
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    Yeah - about dumping one! :cool:

    Read it again ... The OP was asking about differences because he's searching for a 2001 - 2004 Tacoma.
     
  10. Mar 24, 2010 at 10:06 AM
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    XtraCab = extended cab; no rear side access; 198X - 2004

    Access Cab = extended cab with rear side access; 2005 and onward.
     
  11. Mar 24, 2010 at 10:18 AM
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    xtra cab is the way to go. It feels like a sports car to me! (coming from a suburban). I have a bedbox on mine so the bed size is around the same as a double cab and I think its too small. I end up taking the bedbox off whenever I haul stuff for the most part.
     
  12. Mar 24, 2010 at 11:50 AM
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    I need a 4 door DC 4x4

    same here, my stretched bike fits with the tailgate down so its enough for me
     
  13. Mar 24, 2010 at 12:51 PM
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    dude please who wouldnt want a two door!?

    the DC sucks. no room in bed. and honestly the room in the AC is not much smaller when you have a larger bed. Ive hauled plenty of things inside the AC. obviously a construction worker wouldnt buy a tacoma. but the AC is much better. go for it
     
  14. Mar 24, 2010 at 1:06 PM
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    i like my AC but wish it had that half size, suicide door thing back there like the 2nd gens...
     
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    :thumbsup: Perfect. That's what I was looking for. My main concerns are
    1.) offroading (i.e. clearances / wheelbase differences) and
    2.) bed size differences (w/ or w/o toolbox, can I still carry a motorcycle or atv, camping gear, etc.) I am going to put a toolbox in the back, so that takes up a good 1 1/2-2 feet, depending on box size. I know if I put one in my PreRunner, it would almost cut my bed in half :( it's little...


    And yea, I'm looking at SELLING my 05 DC PreRUnner for an 01-04 4x4, just trying to decide on XC vs DC :rolleyes:

    I still think the 03 with 35k from the guy's wife ain't bad at all :cool: might have to check into it.
     
  16. Mar 24, 2010 at 5:39 PM
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    I love my DC, The extra cab would be useless for me... Not worried about bedsize as I have a trailer!! The Dc's do have a better resale value too...
     
  18. Mar 26, 2010 at 10:28 AM
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    Alright, according to Wikipedia and Edmunds....

    "The only extra feature in 2001 was a new crew cab (four door) model added to the lineup. The crew cab featured four doors, while the extended cabs still opened with two doors. The extended cab featured a 6-foot (2 m) bed while the crew cab featured a 5-foot-5-inch (1.65 m) bed." -Wikipedia

    "This issue was solved for the 2001 model year when Toyota came out with the crew-cab (Double Cab) body style for the Tacoma. The Double Cab had the most interior room in the Tacoma range and four standard-opening doors. In order to keep overall length reasonable for on- and off-road maneuverability, however, Toyota reduced the Double Cab's bed length. This setup proved problematic for certain Tacoma buyers, which is why Toyota added a long-bed option for the second-generation Double Cab." -Edmunds

    So for 01-04's, the overall length is the same. But since the double cab takes up more room (obviously), the bed was shortened 5 inches.

    SO.....5 inches... That's most of the depth of a toolbox.

    The Xtra Cab is looking better and better... :D
     
  19. Mar 26, 2010 at 12:32 PM
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    Bad resources = bad data ...

    The inside bed length for 2001 - 2004 Regular Cabs and XtraCabs is 74.5".
    The inside bed length for 2001 - 2004 Double Cabs is 61.5".

    The difference is 13".

    SOURCE: Toyota factory specifications sheets
     
  20. Mar 27, 2010 at 7:22 AM
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    epic fail on my part... :pout:

    Thanks Enola :)
     
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