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Don't hate me: "Best" model & year MT Tacoma for...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by woytovich, Nov 13, 2020.

  1. Nov 13, 2020 at 12:46 PM
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    woytovich

    woytovich [OP] Active Member

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    I'm sure this has been covered here and there... I hope this will bring together the collective wisdom of all of you Tacoma gurus...

    Looking for a platform to build an expo/overland truck. I'm hoping for a double cab short bed.
    (Eventual build elements below.)

    In this case "best" is:
    - absent common failure known issues present in certain model/year combos (ie. xxx is known to have timing chain leak issues etc)
    - ease of upgrade OR OEM version is as good as upgrade (ie. xxx is problematic to add sliders/bumpers/lockers etc)
    - reliability/maintenance (ie. xxx seems to require brake replacement more often than others etc)

    I'll want to add/modify/have:
    manual transmission (am I misguided here? - I do like my manual transmissions)
    locker(s)
    front bumper/winch
    rear bumper/carrier
    sliders
    mild lift
    skid plates
    beefier steering/IFS component upgrades
    cloth seats

    Don't need fancy electronic stuff - I'd rather have control over traction, navigation and sound/music options. (unless I'm totally misguided here as well)

    Thanks all....
    mark
     
  2. Nov 13, 2020 at 12:49 PM
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    TnShooter

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    2013-2015 are what I consider “the best” years.
     
  3. Nov 13, 2020 at 12:51 PM
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    BassAckwards

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  4. Nov 13, 2020 at 1:13 PM
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    RedTaco68

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    I had been looking for a few months prior to my recent 2nd gen MT purchase last month, and my research led me to my ultimate decision:

    2013
     
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  5. Nov 13, 2020 at 1:18 PM
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    MrFixit420

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    100% the 2013 to 2015.
    Almost all the bugs have been worked out and they are a solid platform.
     
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  6. Nov 13, 2020 at 1:42 PM
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    Armed in Utah

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    Utah's High Desert.......
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    unlucky

    especially on today Friday the 13th
     
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  7. Nov 13, 2020 at 1:44 PM
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    DiscoYaker

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    Stock for now.. maybe

    I was looking for a 2013-15 but would've settled for a clean 2010-13. I just didn't want a third gen for several reasons. It took awhile to find the right truck. Alot I looked at were rusty as hell and were not for me. I also wanted an access cab which also made the search harder. Finally found a truck that marked all the boxes cuz I wasn't going to settle. 2015 acces cab, 4wd, manual, V6 with little rust (only on the welded parts). Keep looking and figure out what you want, might take abit unless you get lucky. I also had to travel 7 hours one way.
    I'm partial to a 2015 but only because I have one but my vote is for 2013-15
     
  8. Nov 13, 2020 at 1:48 PM
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    Armed in Utah

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    Utah's High Desert.......
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    We had an '05 TURD w/auto as my wife's DD....for 15 years...sold to buy a GX 460

    I currently been driving my '14 for 3 yrs...6 MT

    Although I've only put 20K miles on it...good solid truck...bought it w/70K miles

    So....'14 for me

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Nov 13, 2020 at 2:02 PM
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    That trucks a beauty! I’m also around 90,000 miles on my 2013 6 MT DCSB. I’m curious what maintenance have you done for your 90,000, if anything?
     
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  10. Nov 13, 2020 at 2:34 PM
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    winkel

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    2014 TRD Off Road.jpg
    2014. Yes, it has a manual transmission.
     
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  11. Nov 13, 2020 at 4:58 PM
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    Armed in Utah

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    Utah's High Desert.......
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    Thx !

    all the gear boxes changed...Super Tech synthetic..MT 90 in X/fer

    Brake fluid & PS fluid too........Serp belt

    Coolant flush & refill will do @ 100K

    Motor oil every 6-7K (all 3 times) Wix 51516XP filter

    I like my 'Taco......

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Nov 13, 2020 at 5:03 PM
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    Best color too
     
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