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Help me decide which Tacoma to get

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Madchild, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. Mar 6, 2009 at 6:29 AM
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    Madchild

    Madchild [OP] Well-Known Member

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    This truck will primarily be my daily driver in the winter time, because I have a scooter in the summer. So my real purpose to get this truck is to tow my trailer with my race bike/gear on it in the summer and fiddy (the bed should be enough) in the winter. The trailer is an open trailer 5x8 so its nothing to bike. A Yamaha R6 along with my Honda XR50 to the race tracks. On race weekends when I'm heading to the track I typically bring 2 sets of wheels, extra tires from the previous weekend, smaller craftman tool box, 3 large bin full of gear, 4 5 gallon jugs for gas, camping gear, 2-3 coolers full of food and liquids. So the trailer and my girlfriends Acura MDX I've been using is fully loaded (I'm the type of person who needs to bring everything in my garage just incase something happens). There's only enough room for the 2 of us to get to the track.

    Previously I have been using my girlfriends Acura MDX, but that car is long gone. We were getting horrible gas mileage on that thing. Somewhere in the low 13s-14s, where her counter parts would get in the mid 20s. She now has a 2009 Toyota Matrix S AWD.

    My current vehicle right now is a Acura RSX-Type S and I have never own a truck. I have only driven a Chevy 1500 and 97 Toyota Tacoma access cab previously. I'm not a fan of the back seats. I don't know if the newer models are any better.

    I'm not 100% sure which Taco suits my needs. I hate how toyota has so many options out there. The RSX had 2 options. A base model or Type S model so that was a easy decision for me.

    Somethings that has to be taken into consideration is that I do plan to keep this thing for a long time becuase I'll be racing bikes for a few more years. I may or maynot get a enclose trailer in the long run. Also plan to marry my gf and have a coupe of rugrets running around later on.

    Must haves - Tow Package, JBL System: does both off and sport package come with this?(I can't stand horrible stero. I don't plan to add aftermarket system, so a quality stock system is a must. The RSX is equipped with a BOSE systme and I absouletly love it)

    I already know about the difference of a off-road package and sports package (LOCKER VS LSD). I'm not a fisherman, so I don't plan on towing any boats anytime in the near future. Also I don't plan on doing any off-roading either. I like the performance of sportcars, but I know a truck is a truck and there is no way its going to perform like one. Does a 16in vs 17in wheel make a difference when it comes down to gas milage. I know the 17in tire will cost a little bit when they need to be replace. I found out that you can install d-rings in the truck bed. That was one thing that really worry me, because i didn't know how I was going to haul my fiddy around in the winter time. Does all Tacos have a 12V outlet in the bed?

    Right now I'm leaning towards the DC LB 4x4 sport package

    There are a lot of you on there that haul bikes in your bed. Will the SB with gate down be enough (incase I need to get my bike out of a ditch due to a crash).

    Suggestions Opinions?
     
  2. Mar 6, 2009 at 6:46 AM
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    freesample

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    Visors, Deflector, Husky Liners, too expsensive for good ones :(
    good choice
     
  3. Mar 6, 2009 at 6:48 AM
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    NicksRig

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    That truck will be perfect for you.
     
  4. Mar 6, 2009 at 7:08 AM
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    surfsupl

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    As long as the truck fits your needs and is a good financial decision I would have to say...............enjoy the truck!
     
  5. Mar 6, 2009 at 7:12 AM
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    freesample

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    hmm come to think of it. i'm trying to sell mine pretty soon. wish you were closer
     
  6. Mar 6, 2009 at 8:59 AM
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    does all taco's come with a 12v outlet?
     
  7. Mar 6, 2009 at 10:05 AM
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    Sounds like the DBL cab sport LB is a good choice for your needs. I don't think you'll find any significant difference in MPG between a 16" or 17" wheel, the tire diameter will be the same= same mpg; the difference in wheel weight is negligible.

    The JBL option in my access cab sounds great but I doubt it will sound as good as your Bose did; if you change your mind later on stereo stuff is an easy upgrade anyway.

    I'm not sure about the option differences out there but IMO you should research this yourself because the dealer usually a. isn't an expert, or b. will "bend the truth" to sell what they have on the lot.

    And yes. the LB is plenty big to haul a bike, I do recommend adding 2 extra D-rings to the front of the bed.

    Good luck!
     
  8. Mar 6, 2009 at 10:28 AM
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    Veccster

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    I bought a 2009 Double Cab short bed and use it to haul my 200exc (dirt bike) around + gear, gas, tools, ramps, etc. It is pushing the limit on being too short. If loaded straight, the rear tire will sit entirely on the tailgate but is still safe and not going to fall off. I initially wanted a long bed but read they are a little more difficult to handle in tight spaces. I use my truck in the city and didn't want the extra hassle.

    BUT the LB would fit my bike better. If loaded diagonally, I believe I could close the gate.


    Measure your bike and see what will fit. The short bed is 5' and the gate is 1.5' w/ a 2" gap (total = 6.7"). The long bed is 1' longer.

    I am also adding d-rings and that is no problem.
     
  9. Mar 6, 2009 at 10:47 AM
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    Madchild

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    what is a more popular truck in the general public. DC SB or DCLB out of curiosity
     
  10. Mar 6, 2009 at 11:01 AM
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    Veccster

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    DC SB. I had difficulty finding any Long Beds around here.
     
  11. Mar 6, 2009 at 11:20 AM
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    freesample

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    i got a lb buy it from me!! lol
     
  12. Mar 6, 2009 at 12:04 PM
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    Remember the retard dealer that tried telling one of the guys on here that the Taco was front wheel drive?
     
  13. Mar 7, 2009 at 1:12 AM
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    FoxySandChick

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    No...only the TRD packages have an outlet, the SR5 and Base models do not have an outlet.
     
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