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Is a 4 cylinder auto sufficient to power a double cab?

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by derektion, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. Dec 7, 2010 at 11:29 AM
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    I want to buy an auto 4 cylinder Tacoma 4X2. I am considering a double cab, but am worried of it running slow esp. with the double cab full of people.

    If anyone has experience with this maybe they can let me know...is it even worth getting a double cab with the 4 banger or should I get the v6?
     
  2. Dec 7, 2010 at 11:30 AM
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    It will move the truck but you wont be going anywhere fast. It is after all a 4 banger in a 4000 lb truck.
     
  3. Dec 7, 2010 at 11:33 AM
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  4. Dec 7, 2010 at 11:35 AM
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    i have the '01 DC 4x2 prerunner w/ 32" duratracs and a 3" lift and a few other mods, look at my page and you will see, for what i need it to do, it is just fine for me, its not a speed racer though, its a truck. i pull an 18' boat regularly and use to haul the four wheeler. my brother has the V6 double cab and his is quicker but i get better MPGs
     
  5. Dec 7, 2010 at 11:41 AM
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    There's a 1400# difference between a 1st and 2nd gen with only a 17 hp increase. (numbers taken from Toyota spec sheets)
     
  6. Dec 7, 2010 at 11:45 AM
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    my bad, didnt notice he was talking about 2nd gen.
     
  7. Dec 7, 2010 at 12:32 PM
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    I dont know how much snow your talking about but my first gen 1997 sucks on ice and snow in 2 wheel but the secound i put it in 4 wheel it drives on ice and snow just fine. my 4 cly has all the power i need on and off road and does not feel all that slow(it faster then my moms dodge avenger) but the fisrt gen is almost 500bls ligther then the secound gen
     
  8. Dec 7, 2010 at 8:09 PM
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    just remember that the current 4 cyl has as much HP as the V-6 from the previous generation. I am happy with the power of my 4 cyl. It is not fast, but plenty quick and always ready to rev.
     
  9. Dec 7, 2010 at 9:30 PM
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    Uhh, not really, lol

    5VZ was around 190hp

    Although compared to the rangers 3.0 V6, we have 10 more hp in our I4
     
  10. Dec 7, 2010 at 9:42 PM
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    You might save a few bucks in gas mileage, but the little ole lady down the street is gonna be flippin you the bird for gettin in her way.
    Seriously, if you feel you must save every penny, consider resale value as well. Your going to have a hard time getting anything back out of it IMHO.
    I think you actually mentioned something about a double cab. Don't think they make a double cab 4 banger but if I'm wrong someone will surely chime in.
    good luck.
     
  11. Dec 8, 2010 at 6:20 AM
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    They made a double cab 4 banger in the first gens....and now they made it again in 2011.
     
  12. Dec 8, 2010 at 8:02 AM
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    Yeah they actually make a 4 banger double cab this year. But you have a good point, I need to consider resale value! I guess its not worth it to save a couple thousand.
     
  13. Dec 8, 2010 at 8:22 AM
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    I have an '01 4cyl prerunner lifted with heavy ass steal wheels and Toyo MT's that weigh 57lbs each. My truck is slow off the line but once I hit 40mph it will get going. I do all sorts of off roading. Sometimes I do wish I had a V6 but I know the 4cyl engine will run forever. I really don't pay attention to gas mileage but I know my truck isn't that good on gas. I think it works harder causing it to use more gas.
     
  14. Dec 8, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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    Very good points. I don't want to regret my decision, and I could see myself getting mad in the future at skimping on a couple thousand.
     
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    Depends on your use. First of all. The back seats are pretty tight so you wont have 4 huge people in there. For around town and trips, no towing, its great. Love it. So much quieter than the 6. Acceleration is fine and acutally really good in the lower end. I ve had a long line of high powered trucks and each has their own use. If off road or power performance was your primary focus then the 6 is the way to go.
     
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    First, sorry to bring up an old topic.

    I've been in the market for a Tacoma so I test drove the double cab prerunner 4cyl. Interested in the best mileage possible that can haul people and project materials around.

    It is horrendously slow, as in I'd get killed here in Houston. I expected something comparable to what I have now... I have a 2000 Frontier 4cyl 5spd and in comparison feels like a sports car. Not sure if it is the weight difference, auto transmission, or both. Even my wife who always pushes for the best MPG choice was completely convinced against not buying the 4cyl.
     
  18. Dec 31, 2010 at 9:16 PM
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    ^ Yeah bro. Don't know what to tell you. I've got the 4banger manual regular cab and i find it even a tad slow for my tastes. DC I4 would honestly be painful for me to drive. Especially an auto.
     
  19. Jan 1, 2011 at 1:51 PM
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    It felt almost as if the transmission would never use 1st gear. Either today's trucks (not just Toyota) have gotten to bloated or my old stock 4cyl Truck has more power than advertised....

    Need a compact double cab truck w/turbo diesel. One thing to look forward to when traveling out of the country.
     
  20. Jan 1, 2011 at 2:08 PM
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    Gas mileage difference will be negligible. The I4 will have to work harder to move a truck that size, where the v6 will do it at a lower RPM's. Get the V-6, the power is there, the resale value is better and you'll get maybe 1 mpg less than a 4 cyl? To me the choice is obvious.
     
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