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Drove my 98 reg cab 4x4 2.7 ~550 miles

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 98Woodrow, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. Apr 27, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    98Woodrow [OP] Well-Known Member

    Jan 25, 2012
    98 4x4 reg cab
    down thru Virginia to the North Carolina Smokies yesterday towing a 16' Lund bass boat. All in all very good performance, but that thing is not made for towing up mountains. There were a couple ridges on I-26 btwn Johnson City, TN and Asheville NC where despite everything I tried, my top speed was 45 mph at the top. The temp gauge never moved, but neither 5th nor 4th gear would hold speed and I topped the mountains in 3d gear.

    Later we drove an hour on a National Forest two lane road to get to the lake, and I was in 2d a good bit of the time. the truck performed well, but it was slow.

    All in all pretty much I was expecting. The trucks are tough and solid, but the limits are there.

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