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Dumbed Down User Manual

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by didychuk, May 31, 2013.

  1. didychuk

    didychuk [OP] New Member

    May 31, 2013
    Manitoba, Canada
    2010 4cyl 4wd Tacoma
    Not sure if this should be in Technical Chat but I had no other soap box to stand on.

    I recently bought a used 2010 4wd, 4 cal, access cab Tacoma and gave my 1997 4wd, 4cyl extra cab to my son. While looking through the user manual that came with the 2010 I was astounded at how simple and useless the books have become. Is this just me or has anyone else noticed the lack of any useful information in the user manual. I can't even find out maintenance frequency for changing spark plugs. Just how dumb does Toyota think users are?

    Granted, there are idiots who may need the information in the simplest form possible but why is that the norm?

    Thankfully there are forums such as TacoWorld that connects users that put their shoes on the correct feet.
  2. obscurotron

    obscurotron Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2012
    Bay Area, California
    '14 DCSB 4x4
    Maybe you got shorted on the manuals, but my '12 came with a *library* of manuals. The regular user/owner manual that explained what all the pretty lights are and calls out bulb types, towing, jacking and other precautions, and lists fluid capacities.

    Another one listed the maintenance schedule and when to inspect/replace/drain/fill things.

    Another one for the Stupid Entune Radio (Lord knows I tried to get a truck without that POS).

    And a couple more about warranty and other nonsense.

    If you go to toyotaowners.com, I think you can download or search the other manuals that normally come with the truck.
  3. BamaToy1997

    BamaToy1997 ASE Master Tech Vendor

    Jan 31, 2012
    First Name:
    Navarre, FL
    1997 Tacoma 4X4 AKA "Blue Beast"
    Multi-point tow hooks, new bored 2.7L engine, custom paint. 3 inch adjustable Fabtech front coils, 2.5 inch rear AAL. Front Aussie locker. LED bed lights. Full LED conversion interior and exterior. Relentless Fabrication front and rear bumpers. 4X4innovation sliders. BAMF bed rack. CVT rooftop tent.
    I agree. The manuals that come from the factory in new trucks have pretty detailed information on everything. It sounds like you got shorted on your purchase of the 2010.
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