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Dont shoot..09 Tacoma or 09 Ram

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by NiceTaco, May 11, 2009.

  1. May 11, 2009 at 6:50 PM
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    NiceTaco

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    I know this is a tacoma forum, but im trying to decide between the 09 ram 1500 sport and the 09 tacoma TRD sport dbl cab long box ( im in canada and can only get the long box in trd sport auto)

    how good is the Taco on gas compared to a 5.7L V8

    I love the Tacoma but i want good power and speed, i know you cant really compare a V8 to a V6 but was just wondering im sure there are some some old V8 guys driving taco's now

    Double cab long guys - are thee a pain in the ass like a big ram to park and stuff


    thanks
     
  2. May 11, 2009 at 6:53 PM
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    Dbl Cab here Short Bed but I have no trouble parking and what not at all! My friend has a big four door Ram and its freakin huge... too big
     
  3. May 11, 2009 at 6:54 PM
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    DanGer Avatar approved by 98tacomav6

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    Well for one thing my dads dodge 1500 had the transmission go out around 60k miles then the driveshaft fell out about 5K later and he absolutely babied the truck

    It really depends on what your needs are. If you need a V8 then the ram is clearly a better choice.

    If you can make due with a V6 tacoma, you are getting a more reliable vehicle that would be better on gas. You can also supercharge the V6 to get some of the power you would be missing with the ram
     
  4. May 11, 2009 at 6:55 PM
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    after you park that dodge a few times you will want a taco. I had a 2002 dodge ram the room was nice the power was good (4.7 not the 5.7) and the mpg wasnt as good as now. But the ease of parking the taco is great.
     
  5. May 11, 2009 at 6:57 PM
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    All good points. Every Chrysler product that has been in my family has failed before its time.

    For MPG, I get 17-18city/22-23hwy.
     
  6. May 11, 2009 at 6:57 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Had a Dodge Dakota. Since getting rid of the pile of garbage, I have been a happy guy. And the milage on it was 12 to 14 wiht the 4.7.
     
  7. May 11, 2009 at 6:59 PM
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    this seems to be the story with every dodge/chrysler product
     
  8. May 11, 2009 at 7:02 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    My 2500 has been bulit proof. Have almost 190K on it. The gas engine Dodges are piles-O- poop.
     
  9. May 11, 2009 at 7:08 PM
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    My dads has held up great, its everything connected to the engine that has been a problem haha
     
  10. May 11, 2009 at 7:08 PM
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    I agree...

    Even though I traded my '05 Dodge Ram 2500 QC SLT LB 4x4 Diesel for my '09 DC SB TRD 4x4, it was a bullet proof truck that would get 20+ mpg and was able to haul/tow anything under the sun... I towed 12,500lbs+ on a daily basis for the 4 years that I owned the truck...
     
  11. May 11, 2009 at 7:11 PM
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    LOL, I have the same truck, Almost. '04 2500 QC SLT LB 4x4 with the 6 speed manual. Tow a 14K 5th wheel and a toy hauler with it. Has averaged about 19 mpg since new.
     
  12. May 11, 2009 at 7:23 PM
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    I miss it sometimes... The power and roominess of the cab and bed, BUT, the fit and finish quality of my Tacoma is hands-down light years ahead of my former Dodge Ram... Also, I actually use my Tacoma TRD 4x4 options, and my Tacoma has taken me places my Dodge would only dream of... I actually use my A-TRAC and my locker... I put 40 miles of 4Lo on my truck this past weekend alone...

    I was a contractor for the past 15 years, but the recent economic situation has forced me to get my first "real" job... I work for Public Works as a Heavy Equipment Operator... I no longer had a use for such a large truck, so I finally bought a truck I "wanted" vs. "needed"

    I absolutely love my Tacoma...
     
  13. May 11, 2009 at 7:25 PM
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    Yeppo! I hear that. The Dodge is a "Mule", pretty much only used for work, and hauling. I have other 4x4;s to beat on off road. The Taco only has to take me thru some trails, and get my boat to the water.
     
  14. May 11, 2009 at 7:30 PM
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    I WISH I could have both... =(

    BUT,

    In the past 2 years, I've gone from making $100,000+/year to ~$35,000/year... =(

    The benefits are good, and for the first time in my life, I can leave my work at work...
     
  15. May 11, 2009 at 7:31 PM
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    my dodge is awesome....

    ...but its from 1965
     
  16. May 11, 2009 at 7:37 PM
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    I'm biased because I just bought my Tacoma on Sunday but the Ram seemed like overkill to me. I've been very happy with my Tacoma for the past 36 hours! :)
     
  17. May 11, 2009 at 7:41 PM
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    Check the KBB on a 5-7 year old Dodge and the same on the Toyota.
    I have the 4.0 auto DC short bed. I am getting about 17-18 mpg around town and about 20 when I throw in the highway. If I drive all highway I'm about 21 to 22 ish, but I drive like a old man, well I am an old man.:D
     
  18. May 11, 2009 at 7:43 PM
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    Stop using logic. I want to see him buy the Obama Motors Ram so we can tell him "told you so!" in a year.
     
  19. May 11, 2009 at 7:46 PM
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    That's also one of the reasons that I bought mine... Oh, and the fact that I bought it for close to the price of a used '08... ;)
     
  20. May 11, 2009 at 7:51 PM
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    tacoholic 09 but I drive a 012 Expedition...

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    Quite possibly, someday...
    Not sure if anyone said this yet but don't forget to account weight into the equation, If you're looking for speed then divide the weight/HP and weight/TQ for both trucks and you'll see which is going to be faster. (smaller number, the better!)
    For example:
    05 Expedition
    ~7100lbs. GVWR
    365TQ
    300HP
    TQ/lb~19.45
    HP/lb~23.67

    09 Tacoma
    ~5350lbs. GVWR
    236HP
    266TQ
    TQ/lb~20.11
    HP/lb~22.67

    Just looking at that you can easily tell that it would be pretty close of a race but the expedition would be barely ahead. If you do that with the Ram you'll see which would be faster in a straight line.

    My vote still goes to the Taco. I mean come on...you're comparing it to a Dodge.
     
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