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First time wheeler...Jeep or Tacoma?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Veccster, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. Jul 10, 2009 at 7:50 PM
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    Veccster

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    So I am torn...

    My wife drives a 2006 Grand Cherokee Laredo and I drive a 2009 TRD Sport. I am going to run some local trails this summer in one of these stock vehicles but am torn which one to use. Both are 4wd.

    I hate the Jeep! It's just not a very comfortable vehicle and I do not like the interior layout. That said, it is also a 2006 and has been in several accidents and has many body scratches (wife parallel parks on street in front of her office).

    I love the Tacoma! As we all know, it is a beautiful truck. It still has that new truck smell and I keep it clean! There are no scratches and I do not look forward to getting the first one on it (obviously will happen soon enough and I'll be over pretty quickly - but you know what I mean). That said, I would love to get it out on the trail and see what she can do.

    Which vehicle should I take out for my first trail run and why?
     
  2. Jul 10, 2009 at 7:53 PM
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    Jeep. You'll be busy enough driving that you won't notice the interior. Jeeps are pretty capable beasts. I know my GFs 01 Grand Cherokee is.

    Take the jeep cause it has scratches.
     
  3. Jul 10, 2009 at 7:53 PM
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    Why would you want to take a grand cherokee wheeling?
     
  4. Jul 10, 2009 at 7:54 PM
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    Ummmm...the tacoma because its a TACOMA!!!!!:eek:
     
  5. Jul 10, 2009 at 7:54 PM
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    Take the Tacoma, you'll be surprised by it's capabilities. :D



    Scratches are inevitable, but hopefully the trails you'll be running won't have too many bushes to brush against the truck.
     
  6. Jul 10, 2009 at 7:55 PM
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    Because it's already scratched up and I wouldn't be as worried going down these trails for the first time.

    One thing that concerns me about the Jeep is that you cannot force it into 4wd. It is AWD and only kicks into 4wd when a wheel slips. I'm still looking into how that works but it doesn't have a lever, knob, button, etc to force it into 4wd.
     
  7. Jul 10, 2009 at 8:01 PM
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    Get the jeep.save your tacoma from damage and scratches.
     
  8. Jul 10, 2009 at 9:08 PM
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    As I learn more about the capabilities of my Jeep, I am leaning toward the Tacoma for off-roading. The Jeep has the Quadra Trac 1 system and cannot be locked into 4hi or 4lo. I do have AWD, which means all 4 wheels are always getting power (hence the shitty mpg). If a wheel begins to slip, the power is switched to the wheels with traction.

    Here is a video explanation...
    http://www.jeep.com/en/4x4/how_systems_work/quadra_trac/


    The system I DO NOT have is called Quadra Trac 2...
    http://www.jeep.com/en/4x4/how_systems_work/quadra_trac_2/
     
  9. Jul 10, 2009 at 10:23 PM
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    The Tacoma will be wheeled eventually because the Jeeps days are numbered. We hate the damn thing but want to wait a year or two because it's still new and is paid off (06 with 22K miles).

    Also, I'm new to wheeling so I want to determine which rig would be better on the trail (easier to drive). Keep in mind, the trails I'll be doing will be light / easy. I just want to get out there and see what it's all about. I'm hesitant to do that in my beautiful new truck.

    Although, if I take the Tacoma, I can take some pictures for everyone to enjoy. Hmmm...
     
  10. Jul 10, 2009 at 10:57 PM
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    You probably won't even need to bother with 4X4.
     
  11. Jul 10, 2009 at 11:19 PM
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    Ah, see we have the Quadra Trac II and it can be put into 4 Lo, otherwise it's like you said. Full time 4 wheel drive.

    You'd be surprised how good it is though.

    Jeeps 4x4 is more advanced than Toyota's.
     
  12. Jul 11, 2009 at 5:26 AM
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    Take the Taco- Get a decent wax job done on it before...and everything will buff out. At some point in the future it will get a bit scratched or whatever....Just go for it.

    It's totally worth the good times had to get a few pin stripes!!
     
  13. Jul 11, 2009 at 6:07 AM
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    Take them both out...let the wife drive the Grand and you drive the tacoma.

    Why not?

    You'll have fun together and the wife will get 'more involved' with the offroading hobby and maybe...she'll warm up to letting you BUY things for your truck.

    Then - you'll have to switch drivers and YOU drive the Jeep and let your wife drive the tacoma.
     
  14. Jul 11, 2009 at 9:05 AM
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    If you take the jeep, and something goes wrong, (hopefully not but you never know) is the wife gunna get pissy? Or what if it forces her to drive the taco for a week?

    I would only offroad in my own vehicle.
     
  15. Jul 11, 2009 at 9:13 AM
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  16. Jul 11, 2009 at 11:34 AM
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    Its a truck not a show car. Take the tacoma.
     
  17. Jul 11, 2009 at 12:51 PM
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    She's coming with me and, no, she won't get pissy. She has done enough damage to that thing. And we don't look at it as "mine" and "hers". They are our vehicles.

    Do you wheel your 09?
     
  18. Jul 11, 2009 at 1:01 PM
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    I wheel my 07. I say take them both out, either at the same time or seperatly. Take the jeep first to see if the trails are wide enough. I don't like scratches or dents in my truck but when I am out its balls to the wall. Hence the dents and scratches on the passenger side.
     
  19. Jul 11, 2009 at 3:26 PM
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    I didn't realize you had an 09.....

    Screw that.... I wouldn't take a new vehicle out on the trails ever!!!

    If you wheel the nice new tacoma, you'll be worried and afraid of everything all day long. Every little noise you hear, every little twig, bump, scratch will annoy the piss out of you. Believe me - I've done enough Wheelin 101 trips with folks with new vehicles. Every 2 minutes, they're getting out of the vehicle looking underneath because they rubbed up againest a twig... That can't be a relaxing day on the trails when you're worried about shit all day long.

    Take the Jeep.... and have fun without any worries.
     
  20. Jul 11, 2009 at 3:46 PM
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    Why would you even ask this question in a Tacoma specific forum? Do you think we're all going to tell you to keep the Jeep? haha :)
     
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