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HP and Torque - guess I'm a cheap date

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Polymerhead, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. Nov 3, 2010 at 6:33 PM
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    Polymerhead

    Polymerhead [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I loaded 3 other people in my Tacoma today for a lunch run. I have to say, I love the way it drove. I honestly couldn't tell a bit of difference with an extra 550 lbs of people in it.

    I say that because I'm coming out of a 2001 V6 Mustang, which only has about 40 fewer horses in it, but is geared like a sports car. I had to keep my foot in it from the very beginning to get any kind of decent accelleration, and adding a passenger killed the fun of the drive (not to mention the few times there were 4 of us crammed in there). I even used to turn off the AC on on-ramps because it sucked up some HP. Above 3500 RPM the 'stang was a lot of fun, but the thing had nothing from 40-70 mph. Basically the complete opposite of my Tacoma.

    Anyway, just wanted to gush a bit about my truck. I know it's no brute compared to a full-size, but I LOVE the way it's geared, the way it hauls, and I think I'm going to be happy with my Tacoma for a long time.

    K...that's it.
     
  2. Nov 3, 2010 at 6:35 PM
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    I came from a 03 Ranger 4.0 5 speed and when I mashed the pedal for the first time in my Taco it was just WOW.
     
  3. Nov 3, 2010 at 6:37 PM
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    jandrews

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    These are strong sixes, fettled for torque, not speed. This gives them much better punch in the range that matters...20 to 60.
     
  4. Nov 3, 2010 at 6:41 PM
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    no doubt I actually spun the wheels unintentionally when I was test driving it for the first time.:D
     
  5. Nov 3, 2010 at 6:41 PM
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    steve o 77

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    I was disappointed with the power of all the Ranger 4.0 5 speeds I test drove, and I was driving a full size bronco 4.9L I6 at the time.
     
  6. Nov 3, 2010 at 6:42 PM
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    I love my taco!
     
  7. Nov 3, 2010 at 6:46 PM
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    Dude, I had an 03 Cobra with the supercharged 4.6, and three additional people would kill the car.

    I had 5 people in the cab of the truck, two in the bed, along with a full keg (school spirit at football games), and I hardly noticed a change.
     
  8. Nov 3, 2010 at 6:47 PM
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    BakoTruck

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    Mostly stock for now, I have added a cb radio, various cheap mods and I plan on adding aftermarket wheels and other items in the future.
    Yeah in the torque department these V6's do a very damn good job. I usually drive around kinda slow to try to save on gas money. But every once a while I have to step on it and I always get a little shocked by the kick it has.
     
  9. Nov 3, 2010 at 6:52 PM
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    Well at the time the Ranger made the most NA power. The first gen Frontier could only make 3 more hp with a supercharged 3.3 V6 so I passed.
     
  10. Nov 3, 2010 at 7:04 PM
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    I agree with all of you :D my truck really suprised me when I had 3 adult passengers. At first I thought, "oh I hope my truck doesn't embarass me on take off...and WOW she really pulled through with out a hitch :D


    I finally got to test the difference between 4HI and 4Low today up a steep little incline and again WOW, it went up like a champ on 4low. It would also go up on 4HI but had a bit more trouble having to give it more gas and all.
     
  11. Nov 3, 2010 at 8:42 PM
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    i kept hitting the rev limiter in my 6spd taco, coming from my civic with a fully built B16 shifting at 9k all the time getting 35 mpg it was a very different feeling.
     
  12. Nov 3, 2010 at 8:43 PM
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    I only have felt a drop in power when hauling 3 bikes at 8000 feet.
     
  13. Nov 3, 2010 at 9:21 PM
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    These are strong little beasts...but no powerhouse by any stretch.

    Of course, I'm tainted from a lifetime of driving V8 pickups...Corvettes...and motorcycles. :D

    However...I dig my Tacoma.
     
  14. Nov 4, 2010 at 4:41 AM
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    Agreed. Some people on here (and this isn't happening in this thread, it just happens sometimes) think these Tacos are monster fast.

    They're acceptable speed (~7 second 0-60 is average these days), but what they do really well is *drive*. Passing goes very well. Towing/hauling go very well. They're not power monsters, but they handle their tasks with aplomb and no struggling, and I think that's the appeal.
     
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    I am quite impressed by the Tacoma. Coming from a very fast LS1 Camaro I thought I would be disappointed driving around with no power. I am glad to say that I am very happy with the power of this truck. I test drove a the last S 10 ZR2 a few years ago and was very disappointed with the total lack of power. Toyota has done a great job with this motor, it zips around very well.
     
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