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Help me decide what Taco fits my needs

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by platypus, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. Mar 12, 2010 at 10:59 PM
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    platypus

    platypus [OP] Member

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    Hey guys,

    I am looking at buying a used truck this summer. I have heard all about the Tacoma's reliability and whatnot so I have been looking into getting one of those. My budget is around 10-12k; less is good, more would take some consideration. I am in Florida so 4x4 is not needed at all, I just need something as a daily driver and to haul things in the bed every now and then. I also want to tow a 17' boat with it, but that wont be that often.

    I have been looking into used 2005-2010 2.7L I4 Regular Cab Prerunners (manual tranny). I have seen a bunch of them on craigslist and Autotrader with less than 60000 miles for around 8-12k. I figure that it will suit my needs, be easier to work on and get better gas mileage than a v6.

    I was also looking into 1st gen Tacoma's, I have heard that the new gen has reliability issues. I want this truck to last a long while, be easy to work on, and not cost an arm and a leg to maintain so reliability is a must, but the new gen is just so much sexier.

    I'd appreciate any input from you guys.
     
  2. Mar 12, 2010 at 11:11 PM
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    XrunnIT

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    i vote an X-Runner.

    But i'm a little bit biased. :D
     
  3. Mar 12, 2010 at 11:30 PM
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    ShadowFalken

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    What does that 17' boat, trailer and all your gear tip the scales to read?
     
  4. Mar 12, 2010 at 11:36 PM
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    I would say no more than 3000lbs.
     
  5. Mar 13, 2010 at 12:01 AM
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    Well a Gen II four cyl has a MAXIMUM towing capacity of 3500 so you would want to be sure. I always give the advice to have more truck than you need for the towed load. Running at Max is a recipe for getting in trouble, even for an experienced combination driver.

    I am not talking mean here, just offering information and suggestions.

    HTH
     
  6. Mar 13, 2010 at 6:06 AM
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    Przemekmsu

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    I would probably invest in a 1st generation V6, manual transmission. You will probably be able to buy it in your price range and it would do a good job towing your boat around. If you can get one with a 4x4 option that would be a plus, you never know when you get stuck trying to pull the boat out of the water.
     
  7. Mar 13, 2010 at 8:39 AM
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    I am just worried about the v6's reliability. I have heard that the v6 has issues while the I4 is bulletproof and will last 300,000+ miles.

    I mean, towing is not my primary concern for me, just maybe a nice feature to have since I have other means of towing my boat.. Reliability and gas mileage are much more important.
     
  8. Mar 13, 2010 at 11:19 AM
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    DeathBound

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    You heard wrong about the V6. I've never heard anything negative about them except the tick some have. Mine don't have it.
     
  9. Mar 13, 2010 at 10:35 PM
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    platypus

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    I have been doing some more browsing and it seems that all v6 Tacomas in my price range are already at 100,000+ miles. I am just not confident in buying a used truck with that many miles so it is looking like a 2nd gen 4 banger will be the best option.

    Any suggestions on base model vs prerunner?
     
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