1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Going to buy a Taco - what is best for me?

Discussion in 'New Members' started by chapper, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Nov 14, 2012 at 9:03 AM
    #1
    chapper

    chapper [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2012
    Member:
    #91123
    Messages:
    3
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jon
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Vehicle:
    2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner
    Been browsing through these forums as my search for a new vehicle gets narrowed down. Right now I have an '01 1500 Extended Cab Silverado with 130k miles. I'd keep the truck, but a new baby is on the way (and it's about time) for the wife and I so I need something 4 doors.

    I do a lot of fishing, so I was able to convince her that a truck is the best option for me. I tow a 16' boat 2-4 times a month, and with everything loaded that will hit probably 2500 pounds. Most tows are about 20 miles of highway driving. The majority of my driving is about 15-20 miles a day to and from work with just me.

    So my questions are, what would be the best Taco for me? I've been debating heavily between 4/6 cylinder. I also have been trying to figure out what options I want, and think the PreRunner is the way to go. I'll be trading in my truck, and I've never purchased a car since the truck was given to me as a graduation present and is the only vehicle I've known for the past 8 years.

    What I need:
    4 Doors
    AT
    Ability to tow boat
    Cruise Control

    I'm leaning toward a new 2012 as most dealerships are trying to clear them out. The wife is due in February so the sooner I can get my Tacoma the better. I appreciate any advice from this pool of knowledge, and can answer any questions needed of me.
     
  2. Nov 14, 2012 at 9:39 AM
    #2
    4Wheelin4Banger

    4Wheelin4Banger Longtime Toyman

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2011
    Member:
    #58306
    Messages:
    6,719
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Randy
    Ferntucky, NV Halfway between Reno & Falabama
    Vehicle:
    2011 4x4 Access Cab Silver State Edition
    3" OME lift 885s & Dakars riding on 33" KM2s Click the sig pic to see the build thread .
    [​IMG] Welcome to TW [​IMG] from Ferntucky, NV
    If you get the 4Banger get the MT the autos suck on the 4Bangers from what I've heard. If you must have the auto trany go V6.
    I don't know how well the 4Banger will tow your boat. Without hills you probably wont have a problem. With hills you'll probably wish you would have gotten a V6.
    AC or DCSB or DCLB? Do you need 4 Big doors or will 2 big & 2 small work? How long do you plan on keeping it? DCLB are a pain to park & won't fit in most garages.
    Cruise control comes with convenience package, SR5, & TRD.
     
  3. Nov 14, 2012 at 9:44 AM
    #3
    bash42

    bash42 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2011
    Member:
    #59011
    Messages:
    775
    Gender:
    Male
    Eastern PA
    Vehicle:
    '13 Tacoma Access Cab 2.7L 4x4 5spd

    Sounds like you have a pretty good idea of what you're looking for. I would suggest that you dont discount the 2013 models over the 2012. You should be able to purchase both @ invoice and I think the 2012 has a $750 rebate where the 2013 has a $500.
     
  4. Nov 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM
    #4
    chapper

    chapper [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2012
    Member:
    #91123
    Messages:
    3
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jon
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Vehicle:
    2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner
    I haven't driven a stick in 10 years and am pretty lazy when it comes to driving. My work drive is a lot of stop and go sitting through lights.

    4 Big doors is preffered. Our garage is 80 feet long, but wide enough for one car and the boat takes up most of it, so that shouldn't be an issue. Is there a price jump from the DCSB to the DCLB?

    What price range should I be looking at for a four door V6 with the convenience package 2012/2013?
     
  5. Nov 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM
    #5
    4Wheelin4Banger

    4Wheelin4Banger Longtime Toyman

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2011
    Member:
    #58306
    Messages:
    6,719
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Randy
    Ferntucky, NV Halfway between Reno & Falabama
    Vehicle:
    2011 4x4 Access Cab Silver State Edition
    3" OME lift 885s & Dakars riding on 33" KM2s Click the sig pic to see the build thread .
    I don't know I didn't shop for ether. You can build & price them at www.Toyota.com
     
  6. Nov 14, 2012 at 2:55 PM
    #6
    Doc4216

    Doc4216 Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance?

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2011
    Member:
    #64645
    Messages:
    336
    Gender:
    Female
    Florida
    Vehicle:
    '14 FJ
    I would just throw out there that the PreRunner will not have 4x4. I pull a boat a couple times a month and have had to use my 4x4 at low tide a couple of times. Just something to think about.
     
  7. Nov 14, 2012 at 3:09 PM
    #7
    dexterdog

    dexterdog My pee parts itch

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2009
    Member:
    #19571
    Messages:
    3,657
    Gender:
    Male
    Oly WA
    Vehicle:
    '07 FJ
    Personally If I was in your situation I would look at getting a 4Runner unless you use the bed alot. I don't use my bed as much anymore for open hauling but I have a canopy so if we take my truck anywhere I can put all of our bags and stuff in the bed without issue. The cab gets crowded quick when you have two adults, a child and a dog.
     
  8. Nov 14, 2012 at 3:11 PM
    #8
    jtav2002

    jtav2002 Kenny Fuckin Powers

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2009
    Member:
    #19074
    Messages:
    4,499
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Josh
    Reading, PA
    Vehicle:
    2013 Tundra DBL Cab TRD OR
    I'd swing for the V6 and 4wd if you can. I pull an 18' boat that probably runs around the same weight. Pulls it just fine but you can tell it's back there. Could probably do without either of the TRD packages to save money.
     
  9. Nov 14, 2012 at 3:20 PM
    #9
    05RedTaco

    05RedTaco Nom Nom Nom

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2010
    Member:
    #43521
    Messages:
    1,658
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tony
    Phoenix
    Vehicle:
    2005 Tacoma 4.0L Acces Cab PreRunner
    Shortened antenna, ebay Intake, JBA long tube headers, 2nd set of cats cut out and straight piped, 14" Magnaflow muffler dumped before axle, relocated rear diff breather, Avid off road front bumper. Bilstein 5100's front and rear, OME 885x coils, Light Racing UCA's, 2" Toytec AAL, Hella 700ff lights, Falken Rocky Mountain AT/S 265/75/16 Load E 10ply, Blu Logic handsfree
    I would get 4x4 v6 if you launch boat on beach. If you use boat ramp at least get prerunner trd off road so you have the locker.

    I wouldn't even consider 4cylinder if you tow. I tow with v6 all the time, nothing heavy just 5x8 enclosed trailer loaded with tools weighing at about 2500lbs and its very noticeable difference between me towing the trailer and not towing.
     
  10. Nov 14, 2012 at 4:01 PM
    #10
    OldFatGuy

    OldFatGuy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2012
    Member:
    #80618
    Messages:
    97
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Robert
    Greenville, NC
    Vehicle:
    2012 4WD double cab with minor mods
    Flow Master 50 Series dual K&N Filter Cheap Toyota Skid Plate (better than Nothing) 2.5 Hell Bent leveling Kit 1.0 blocks on rear 285-75-16 BFG KO High Performance Bed Mat De-Badged Westin Light bar -W/ 3 KC 100watt slim lights
    Love my 2012 4WD double cab. I have 17 year old twins, a 21 foot Carolina Skiff DLV and this truck does it all
     
  11. Nov 14, 2012 at 4:02 PM
    #11
    MightyMouse-SCT

    MightyMouse-SCT Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2010
    Member:
    #44862
    Messages:
    15,626
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Gabriel
    O'SIDE CA
    Vehicle:
    MightyMouse-SCT - 2011 LT 4x4 Desert Runner
    Long Travel Total chaos kit, fox shocks, smp fab , dmz sua, glassworks, method wheels.
  12. Nov 14, 2012 at 4:16 PM
    #12
    Hunter.V.White

    Hunter.V.White Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2010
    Member:
    #38199
    Messages:
    501
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Hunter
    Fairbanks, AK
    Vehicle:
    2013 DC 4WD TRD-Off Road
    Pioneer AVIC-Z140BH, Famous Fabrication Sliders, Console Vault, Hitch Safe, OME 3" Lift, 886x coils, Dakar Leaf Packs, TC UCA's, SS Rear Brake Lines, U-Bolt Flip, Sway Bar Relocate, Fuel D551 Wheels, 285/70/R17 Duratracs, WeatherTech Floor Liners. Spartan Tactical VMP-C, Blue Ridge Overland Gear Molle Seat Panel, Uniden Bearcat 680 CB Radio.
    I would recommend getting a V6 4x4 with the tow package. Look up the towing specs on toyota.com, this will help you choose between a inline 4, V6.
     
  13. Nov 16, 2012 at 5:58 AM
    #13
    05RedTaco

    05RedTaco Nom Nom Nom

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2010
    Member:
    #43521
    Messages:
    1,658
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tony
    Phoenix
    Vehicle:
    2005 Tacoma 4.0L Acces Cab PreRunner
    Shortened antenna, ebay Intake, JBA long tube headers, 2nd set of cats cut out and straight piped, 14" Magnaflow muffler dumped before axle, relocated rear diff breather, Avid off road front bumper. Bilstein 5100's front and rear, OME 885x coils, Light Racing UCA's, 2" Toytec AAL, Hella 700ff lights, Falken Rocky Mountain AT/S 265/75/16 Load E 10ply, Blu Logic handsfree
    Forgot about that the tow package is nice due to the transmission cooler. You definitely want a transmission cooler if you tow.
     
  14. Dec 3, 2012 at 1:08 PM
    #14
    chapper

    chapper [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2012
    Member:
    #91123
    Messages:
    3
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jon
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Vehicle:
    2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner
    I want to thank everybody for the help. I ended up purchasing a new 2013 Double Cab V6 PreRunner. After pricing out used with the interest rates I have lower monthly payments going with the brand new at 0% for 3 years.

    Now the fun begins. My first three orders of business are floor mats (getting Hexomats from IntroTech, had them before and love them), tinting the windows for the Florida summer sun, and a locking bed cover/topper.

    I'm guessing there is a lot of knowledge with the bed covers/toppers around here, should I be going hard/soft? I'm thinking hard three piece like the trifecta system.

    Here is a pic of my beauty below! Let me know what mods I should be looking into!
    [​IMG]
     
  15. Dec 3, 2012 at 1:09 PM
    #15
    Snoyota

    Snoyota Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2010
    Member:
    #39297
    Messages:
    216
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Taylor
    Marin County, CA
    Vehicle:
    07 Black Dbl Cab Sport
    3" King coilovers with resi, king rear shocks with resi, ome dakar leafs, 4xinnovation kickout sliders, CBI front bumper, warn M8000 winch K&N filter. Pioneer deckplate with 500w alpine amp and 13" Focal Sub
    Take it back and get a 4x4
     
  16. Dec 3, 2012 at 1:12 PM
    #16
    Monster Coma

    Monster Coma Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2012
    Member:
    #80740
    Messages:
    23,807
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Corey
    Pittsburgh, PA/Houston, TX
    Vehicle:
    2014 WRB WRX
    It's a wagon
    Congrats on the new truck!
     
To Top