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Hey guys, school me

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by Vultite, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. Oct 28, 2009 at 6:02 PM
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    Vultite

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    Well I'm new to Toyota Tacos, I'm in the market for looking for a new vehicle and I wanted to know, is a 4 cylinder prerunner worth buying? any issues with reliability with the 4 banger motor? any tranny problems? gas mileage? the reason why I'm asking is I'm currently in a Ford Ranger from 1994 with 220k miles and still getting 25 MPG average. No huge problems but many small ones that is starting to tick me off. Also considering a Jeep or just going "green" and getting a 4 banger car....(bleh) Thanks for any input
     
  2. Oct 28, 2009 at 6:10 PM
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    Are you buying new or used?

    So far I'm very happy with my 05 Prerunner! It does not get the mileage the 5-muggers get, but it's more fun to drive!
     
  3. Oct 28, 2009 at 6:12 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    The 2.7 engine is a very proven engine. Dead reliable.
     
  4. Oct 28, 2009 at 6:13 PM
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    I'm looking to buy used, the 05' and up gen. should I be concerned with trying to find a cert. used? or just get any old used cause it's a Toyota Taco and they are just that reliable....
     
  5. Oct 28, 2009 at 6:14 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Make sure it has a clean car fax, all maintinance records, and its the truck you like. Then, get it, and enjoy. :)
     
  6. Oct 28, 2009 at 6:21 PM
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    I'm saving up for a hefty down payment, I'm hoping to find a decent 4 banger pre runner, if I can't find one at the time I need it, I'll probably have to get a Jeep or just a plain old car (puke) well thanks for the info guys, ya'll have some nice rides
     
  7. Oct 28, 2009 at 6:24 PM
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    Packman73

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    I test drove a 2008 AC 4cyl and was very disappointed with the lack of power. 6cyl ftw.
     
  8. Oct 28, 2009 at 6:28 PM
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    What do the 6 cyl 2wd tacos get for MPG's?
     
  9. Oct 28, 2009 at 6:35 PM
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    Well, I have a lift and oversized tires but I get ~17 or 18mpg. I think some of the stock guys get around 20 or so.
     
  10. Oct 28, 2009 at 6:51 PM
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    DanGer Avatar approved by 98tacomav6

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    I get right around 25 mpg with my 4 banger 4x4. The lack of power is a personal thing. If you need the power for towing, then get a six, but if you need it for compensation, then get the 4
     
  11. Oct 28, 2009 at 6:58 PM
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    I myself wouldn't worry about just looking for a certified Tacoma. My 05 has 131,000 miles & all I have done is routine maintenance. A month ago I had to replace the factory battery(5 year old battery, according to date on side).

    I get 18MPG on average with my V6 4X2. But I drive fast. Also if you plan on towing, I recommend the V6. Some on here do tow light loads with the 4.
     
  12. Oct 28, 2009 at 7:08 PM
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    Kelson My Truck is Cuter than Yours

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    the 2TR (4 cyl) is solid. i know of a couple people personally with over 100K and no probs. whatsoever.

    5 speed manual is good, just makes noise. not as many problems as the 6 speed in the 1GR (6 Cyl)

    depending on what config. (5 or 6 lug) your fuel economy will differ...also the 6 lug 4 bangers are faster due to better gearing than the 5 lugs...but the 5 lugs do get anywhere from 20-23 in the city and 25+ on the highway...not to sure bout the 6 lugs
     
  13. Oct 29, 2009 at 4:47 AM
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    My base AC 5 Speed is pretty peppy. I have enough power to merge on to freeways from the access ramp and it can pass a slower vehicle with no problem at all.

    I was worried about a lack of power but so far the 2.7L has enough for me.
     
  14. Oct 29, 2009 at 12:00 PM
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    Thanks for the info guys, I'll be busy looking for a Taco to call my own around December or Jan
     
  15. Oct 29, 2009 at 3:35 PM
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    yeah but if your going from a ranger...the taco will be fast lol
     
  16. Oct 29, 2009 at 7:10 PM
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    Vultite

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    LOL, that's no joke unfortinately....my 80hp ranger is a dog with the 5 speed....but the gas mileage is great!! on average 25.6mpg with about 80% city driving. I bet the 4 banger Tacoma will feel much different :D
     
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