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Debating on whether to be a new taco owner?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by popmytaco, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. Dec 17, 2011 at 6:33 AM
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    popmytaco

    popmytaco [OP] New Member

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    Here is my general question to start...Do I get a Tacoma or a full size? (I would lean towards new RAM1500 or early 2000s F250)

    I'm 26 and have liked the Tacoma for years. I actually went to a toyota dealership to get one in 2006 but left with a 2003 dakota :p I honestly loved my dakota because of how it worked for me and what I needed. It was simple, meaning no extra do-dads. I only got rid of it because I drive a lot and needed a car for the mpg. The dakota was the SLT V8 4.7L, 4WD, club cab.

    I've always loved the look, off-road capabilities, and how easy(availability) it is to change things on the Tacoma. The problem is, I have no experience actually working on autos minus oil/filter change, tire rotation, etc. However, I am a very quick learner and interested too. One time, on my dakota the blower of the cabin air would only work ON/OFF. I investigated and found out the resistor bank went bad so I replaced it and all GOOD.

    As far as usage, I live on a 360acre farm. 180acres is forest and ponds. I would mostly use a new truck for off-roading/fun and communiting. Not a lot of hauling, even though I would like to tinker with it and figure out how to increase the payload. The two things that are holding me back from the tacoma is price and size, mostly. The newer tacomas seem to be as large as a full-size. Also, a newer taco is just as expensive as a full size.

    Please help...if you need more info for a good suggestion just ask.

    Thanks
     
  2. Dec 17, 2011 at 6:39 AM
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    Scalded_Dawg

    Scalded_Dawg Not as new as my post count would appear

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    The tacoma (if kept in good condition) will retain its resale value much better than the other full size trucks you mentioned.
    Its hard to directly compare against a F250... size, weight, hauling and towing capacity differences are huge. Apples and oranges.

    There's my $.02.
     
  3. Dec 17, 2011 at 6:46 AM
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    What do you mean by increasing the payload?

    If you sold your truck to get a car for the MPGs, and you do not tow or haul, I would suggest a 4cyl 4x4. They are great trucks and get very reasonable MPGs (the V6 4x4 would be similar or marginally better than a full sized). You can get them with no bells and whistles and the small light size makes them a pretty good little off-roader; plenty sufficient for messing around on the farm. They are the cheaper option as well.

    BUT, they are not meant for having a big payload. Can you give some examples on what you plan on hauling that you would need to have a large "payload"?
     
  4. Dec 17, 2011 at 6:47 AM
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    Appljaxx

    Appljaxx He said "Member," ahuh huh

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    Ive had 5 tacomas and a host of other trucks including ford dodge and Chevy. The Tacoma has been far and away the best for a couple of reasons.

    I ve never had to fix something on a Tacoma that I didnt break myself. They look cool. If you figure in the high high resell value, they are not expensive to own. Highly modifiable.

    Plus there are tons of little things that you don't think about like storage (little places everywhere), seats that barely wear with age (sport mesh), and tons of other little things.

    Go toyo, you won't regret it.
     
  5. Dec 17, 2011 at 6:47 AM
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    jjew18

    jjew18 the Nightman cometh!

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    What is the real debate? Which Tacoma to go with?

    I know you have owned a Dodge with what seems to be relatively minor problems, so don't push your luck with another piece of junk. As for the f250, not a bad truck, but as you said, you're not hauling anything so no need for something that big. The Tacoma will suit your needs of having fun and getting you from here to there, plus in the event you do need to tow something, the Taco holds it's own. I have 2 22' boats that I hardly even notice they are there.
     
  6. Dec 17, 2011 at 6:48 AM
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  7. Dec 17, 2011 at 6:52 AM
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  8. Dec 17, 2011 at 7:02 AM
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    Just do it, I say. Nothing like driving one around for a while to see if you really like it, especially if you're interested in it. It's not like you have to keep it forever! I had an F-150 4x4 ext cab before my Tacoma 4x4 double cab. I was looking for a double cab with better gas mileage. I've always driven full size trucks, but I just decided to make the jump and try it out.
     
  10. Dec 17, 2011 at 7:37 AM
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    Another thing to consider. If you're worried about size, the Tacoma is roughly the same size as older full size trucks (ie 2002 F150, older Tundra before the redesign). The newer full size trucks are much bigger than the taco. That was one of the main issues for me. Well a) I've wanted a taco since I was able to drive, and b) the taco is easier to park than today's mammoth full size trucks. In reality though, don't let an internet message board make the decision for you. Get what's best for you and yours.
     
  11. Dec 18, 2011 at 1:35 PM
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    Thanks all!

    I don't think the question anymore is which truck to get, but rather which taco (mostly which year)?

    I know more about the last couple years but not much about the years before that. I WANT to buy slightly used (2 or 3 years) or new (if I find the right one) just because starting off I'm not going to change modify anything. I'll wait til it's paid or past warranty and then do that once I've had it more and know what I want to add to the truck.

    I know I want...V6 because I'm not worried about mpg anymore and I want the added power, 4x4, double cab, probably black or white or charcoal gray. Also, do you have to get the super charger aftermarket?
     
  12. Dec 19, 2011 at 11:07 AM
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    If you get a Tacoma, get one under warranty or buy the extended from Costco.
    You will need it.
     
  13. Dec 19, 2011 at 1:14 PM
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    My experience with used Tacos is that they are almost as expensive as new ones. I was looking to buy a 2 year old truck and ended up buying new since it was only about $1500 difference in price. I'd just buy a new one and be done with it.
     
  14. Dec 19, 2011 at 1:59 PM
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  15. Dec 19, 2011 at 4:23 PM
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    Just traded my '10 Taco with 37K miles for a newer Taco with same options... what they gave me on trade was ridiculous... not far from the purchase price of the new one I got. These things simply hold their resale... unlike Fords/Dodges/Chevy's. :thumbsup:
     
  16. Dec 20, 2011 at 10:04 AM
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    Good to know!
     
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