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Help a noob. Gen 1 vs. Gen 2. Which to buy?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Jackalope, May 29, 2011.

  1. May 29, 2011 at 3:03 PM
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    Jackalope

    Jackalope [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I know the Gen 2 Tacos are supposed to be much improved, but they're also much more expensive. Used ones (V6 Double Cab 4x4) under 75k miles are going for $24K in my area.

    But I can find V6 Double Cab 4x4 Gen 1's for under $15k. Are Gen 2's worth the difference?
     
  2. May 29, 2011 at 3:05 PM
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    97yota4wd

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    double post?
     
  3. May 29, 2011 at 3:09 PM
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    OffroadToy

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

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  4. May 29, 2011 at 3:09 PM
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    Frostbyte

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    if you are going to wheel it often, or a lot, i would buy a 1 gen, if you are gonna use it more for a driver or more of a truck then i would buy a 2nd gen.

    i only say that because the 1 gens are smaller and easier to offroad with. this doesnt mean the 2nd gens are crap at wheeling, its just easier to navigate offroad with a smaller vehicle. I had a 94 6 cyl toyota pickup that was fantastic to wheel with, but it was a very small vehicle.
     
  5. May 29, 2011 at 3:15 PM
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    presto

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    Look at build thread
    honestly i didnt like my 1st gen at first but ive really grown into it and now like them more than 2nd gens.
     
  6. May 29, 2011 at 3:20 PM
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    JayARRGHH

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    1st gen alll the way, i like the look of em more too, nothing wrong with the gen 2s though.
    :crapstorm::bananadead:
     
  7. May 29, 2011 at 3:50 PM
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    Jackalope

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    Just trying for a variance in opinions.
     
  8. May 29, 2011 at 4:03 PM
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    Rebel Taco 22

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    I love my first gen. I wanted a stick and heard horror stories about the new 6spd. That was mostly the deciding factor for me.
     
  9. May 29, 2011 at 4:08 PM
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    1st gens!
     
  10. May 29, 2011 at 4:38 PM
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  11. May 29, 2011 at 4:52 PM
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    Well, the market says yes. But that justification can be used gradually bit by bit to upgrade yourself from a $1K beater to a $200K Ferrari -- if you've got the money.

    If you want a newer, bigger truck, get the 2nd gen. If you want to save a little coin by getting an older but proven reliable rig - get a 1st gen.

    You don't tell us anything about how you plan to use it or how much money you really want to spend - so we're left to guess what's right for you. And without anything to go on, it's just a 1st gen vs. 2nd gen rant fest. :duel:

    Knowing nothing about you - I say support the economy and buy a new truck off the lot. :rolleyes:
     
  12. May 30, 2011 at 4:30 AM
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    Thanks BJMoose.

    60 yrs old. Married. Will use it for commuting to work, going to Home Depot. Do a lot of home projects and will be carrying lumber and such.

    Have to get a double cab because I recently "inherited" my mother living in my home and both my other cars are two seaters, so I need something where a short little elderly woman can sit with my wife and I in relative comfort for around town trips.

    Probably (but not absolutely) won't take it off road. Want 4wd more for snow or rare fire road.

    But, and this is a biggie, the area I have to park it in is very short. It's a small "pull-out" in my drive. If the truck is too long, I can't get my car out of the garage. I'm extremely concerned that a Gen 2 Double Cab, even with the short bed, will be too long.
     
  13. May 30, 2011 at 6:13 AM
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    Hey Jackalope! Im a neighbor in Alabama.

    I just bought a Gen I. Cant offer you much advice because I dont know anything about the Gen II's, other than I dont like they body style, and I couldnt have afforded one even if I wanted it.
    This is my 2nd Gen I and they are good trucks.
     
  14. May 30, 2011 at 8:08 AM
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    Thanks bicklebok. I'm just the opposite. I love the Gen 2 style and not wild about the Gen 1 style, but can't beat the difference in price.
     
  15. May 30, 2011 at 8:33 AM
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    I agree with you . I really like my second gen. I may consider selling it. I live in CO but I wouldn't be anywhere near 20k so even with shipping you'd pay about as much as a first gen.
    My buddy might be selling his f150 at a good price and i'm going into college and might like money rather then a payment.
     
  16. May 30, 2011 at 9:21 AM
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    I had to consider the length of the truck when I made my decision, due to the rather shallow depth of my garage. Here are some figures I pulled from Edmunds.com that might help you out:

    Overall Length
    Gen 1 DCSB 202.9 inches (I don't think they offered a long bed version)
    Gen 2 DCSB 208.1 inches (5 ft bed)
    Gen 2 DCLB 221.3 inches (6 ft bed)

    Interior Front Seat Shoulder/Hip Room
    Gen 1 53.9 inches / 49.6 inches (Rear seat figures are slightly larger)
    Gen 2 57.7 inches / 53.6 inches (Rear seat figures are slightly smaller)

    I ended up buying a Gen 2 Access Cab (same length as DCSB) because the extra bed length was more important to me than the rear seats (that's more of gear carrying area for my purposes). I don't recommend the Access Cab if anyone other than a small child will be sitting back there on any sort of regular basis.

    IMHO...you'd be best served by a Gen 2 Double Cab Short Bed if you can justify the additional cost. The extra cab space is more comfortable, but I'm a big guy (6.2/260 lbs)...you can make up your own mind. If you need more measurements...look them up on Edmunds.com...go to used cars...find the model...then the link for "features/specs".

    Good luck! :)
     
  17. May 30, 2011 at 5:53 PM
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    trdracing5

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    Ok here is my take on the Gen 2 vs. Gen 1.
    I had a 2007 Double Cab with the TRD Off Road package.
    Got rid of it and now I have a 1996 regular cab 4X4.
    My summary the Gen 2's are more "comfy" the Gen 1's are more "rugged".
     
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