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Generation Question

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jamesglynn, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. Jan 11, 2010 at 4:53 PM
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    jamesglynn

    jamesglynn [OP] James

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    OK, I'm new to TW, so don't laught too loud.
    What is the difference between 1st and 2nd generation Tacos.
     
  2. Jan 11, 2010 at 4:54 PM
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    fireturk41

    fireturk41 I like to break shit!

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  3. Jan 11, 2010 at 4:57 PM
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    skistoy

    skistoy Make mine a Double!

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    2005 + years 2nd gen.
     
  4. Jan 11, 2010 at 5:01 PM
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    humanoid

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    95.5-04 1st gen

    05+ 2nd gen

    Are you asking about more specifics?
     
  5. Jan 11, 2010 at 5:06 PM
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    oldtacomaguy

    oldtacomaguy four forty four

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    The truck on the left in my sig is a first gen. They built them from 95 thru 2004. That one is a 97. The one on the right is second gen. 2005 thru present.
     
  6. Jan 11, 2010 at 5:10 PM
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    jandrews

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    Tacoma was completely redesigned in 2005. 2005 to present are 2nd gen - bigger truck (midsize), bigger engines, 09+ with some new electronic traction toys, especially the fully loaded TRD OffRoads. Some thoughtful features like a fully ceramic bed and a versatile interior.

    2004 on back is 1st gen. Still a true compact truck, less of the things that come with size (payload, towing capacity, interior room, etc.), less powerful engines, but considered more bulletproof. This may be a misconception in that very few second gen Tacos have had a chance to make it past 100K miles yet.

    The two generations have different styling.

    1st gen had, I believe, .5" more ground clearance stock.

    Both gens are considered class-leading for offroad capable trucks.
     
  7. Jan 11, 2010 at 5:10 PM
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    God question I am a newbie too :p
     
  8. Jan 11, 2010 at 5:17 PM
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    colinb17

    colinb17 If at first you don't succeed, don't try skydiving

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    hahaha......true:(
     
  9. Jan 11, 2010 at 5:21 PM
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    OffroadToy

    OffroadToy This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok

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    The difference is the 1st generations rust out before the 2nd generations.
     
  10. Jan 11, 2010 at 5:23 PM
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    colinb17 If at first you don't succeed, don't try skydiving

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    there we go, quick with the comebacks. i like it
     
  11. Jan 11, 2010 at 5:33 PM
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    the 2nd generations are 2 x better than the first
     
  12. Jan 11, 2010 at 5:54 PM
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    The only people who agree to this statement have never owned a 1st generation (or have never used it to its potential). Granted, the 2nd generation does get you to the Mall in more comfort.
     
  13. Jan 11, 2010 at 6:03 PM
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    MTgirl

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    1st gens are less likely to kill you (referring to the floor mat/stuck pedal issue)
     
  14. Jan 11, 2010 at 6:05 PM
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    i've had 5 1st generations.
     
  15. Jan 11, 2010 at 6:05 PM
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    ive owned a 2000 and now a 2010... time will tell.
     
  16. Jan 11, 2010 at 6:40 PM
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    (read the part of my post in brackets):p
     
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    Meaning, what? A compact?
     
  18. Jan 11, 2010 at 7:12 PM
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    So you have some metal fetish?

    I would love to know where this '1st gen more solid than 2nd gen' idea came from. Two things:

    1) The second gen hasn't been around long enough to test its longevity/durability in the same way the first gen has.

    2) The "I've heard XXXXXX about a second gen from some people I know" is pretty much moot because the second gen Taco has destroyed the first gen taco in sales. Yes, you are going to here about more second gen problems from second gen owners...because there are so many more of them.

    I want to know what percentage of second gens are problematic compared to what percentage of first gens were. I'll bet the numbers are almost identical when it's all said and done.

    Of course, by then, 2gens will be ragging on Gen3 owners.

    I like my second gen. It feels brick-shithouse solid, just like every other tacoma of either generation I've ever been in. I have no reason to believe it won't be.
     
  19. Jan 11, 2010 at 7:16 PM
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    jamesglynn

    jamesglynn [OP] James

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    thanks to all for the info.
    Now I understand...
    I just sold my 04 (1st gen) and bought a 2010 (2nd gen).
    I will admit that the 2nd gen. is bigger, more comfortable, more power.
    I think a move in the right direction.
     
  20. Jan 11, 2010 at 8:21 PM
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    Had a 89 (pre Tacoma), still have a 98, and just bought a 10. The 89 was built like a truck all around. Not fancy but a great vehicle. The 98 went to struts, etc and more plastic, the 2010 even more. I would love to go back to the 89 design with the 2010 size/engine/trans. Much sturdier vehicle IMHO and I like the styling. Although the 10 is much better than the 98!
     
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