1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Jeep vs Toyota

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Taco Guapo, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. Jun 18, 2009 at 6:53 PM
    #1
    Taco Guapo

    Taco Guapo [OP] Lurker

    Joined:
    May 6, 2009
    Member:
    #16882
    Messages:
    49
    Gender:
    Male
    Carefree AZ
    Vehicle:
    09 AC 4X4 2.7L
    Bone stock
    As the owner of 3 jeep and 2 Toyota 4X4 vehicles, I'm curious to know what influenced your buying decisions. For me, reliability and gas mileage were the biggest issues. But off-road capablilty and Chrysler's financial troubles are also a factor. What influenced your decision?
     
  2. Jun 18, 2009 at 7:00 PM
    #2
    mws4ua

    mws4ua I'll try being nicer if you try being smarter.

    Joined:
    May 14, 2008
    Member:
    #6624
    Messages:
    6,520
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Birmingham
    Vehicle:
    Sold my truck Jan '13... Still hang around.
    Toyotas will run forever. I don't trust many others to do the same. Certainly not any of the american cars these days.
     
  3. Jun 18, 2009 at 7:02 PM
    #3
    Veccster

    Veccster bass turds

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2008
    Member:
    #8407
    Messages:
    2,090
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Eric
    Pittsburgh - The City of Champions
    Vehicle:
    2009 DC V6 TRDsport
    5100's all around - fronts at 1.75", 265/70/17 Bridgestone Revo 2, HID headlights and fog lights, factory skid plate, ss exhaust tip, tube steps, Access roll-up tonneau cover, Redline hood struts, 6 D-rings, seat MagLite, LED dome, fumoto oil drain, DTRL, fog light anytime, Kenwood/Clarion speakers, Pop-N-Lock 5300, LED bed lights and a few other things...
    We own a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee and a 2009 Tacoma.

    I will never own a jeep again. It is not comfortable, the seats stain too easily (just water) and we have had too many mechanical problems. It only has 25K miles on it and the damn thing has been in the shop 4 times.

    Last time it went in was during a 6 hour road trip. The dash lit up like a christmas tree halfway through our ride. Turns out the battery was leaking acid onto the main wire harness and fried a bunch of crap. It was a stressful ride looking at those lights the whole time.

    I hate having the key on the dash. I have shifted in the seat countless times and bumped it with my knee - turning the car off. That's fun while driving I-95 in rush hour!

    And whats with a 4x4 Jeep that you cannot manually put into 4x4? It has AWD but no button or shifter to force it into 4wd. Pretty damn stupid!

    So yeah, we love the Tacoma and the Jeep will be traded in for a Highlander soon enough.
     
  4. Jun 18, 2009 at 7:47 PM
    #4
    Taos1

    Taos1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2008
    Member:
    #8064
    Messages:
    140
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    TRD Sport
    Access Roll Up Tonneau cover, Stainless Steel Sidestep bars, Pop&Lock, Grillcraft black Mesh Grill
    My buddy had an 89 Toyota 4x4 SR5 and I loved how it handled in the deep snow. I had an 89 Camaro IROC-Z at the time and I couldn't get to work during some blizzards. Driving in the snow was some serious white knuckle driving for me. After 7 years I gave up and traded the Camaro for a 96 Tacoma LX Extra Cab V6 4x4. I had that truck for 12 years without any major mechanical problems. I had over 223k miles on it before Toyota bought it back from me last year for the rusty frame issue. Went and bought a new 08 TRD Sport 4x4 Access cab and I'm loving the new truck. I also love Toyota quality. Only had to change the starter, alternator belt and replace the rear leaf springs on the old truck.
    The Camaro was a different story. Intake manifold cracked, radiator blew, alternator went, e-prom chip malfunctioned, replaced automatic transmission, replaced thermostat 3 times. Luckily everything happened within the 5 year/60,000 mile warranty. Other than that, it was still a great car. I had fun in it.
     
  5. Jun 18, 2009 at 7:53 PM
    #5
    want1bad

    want1bad Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2009
    Member:
    #14360
    Messages:
    241
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    TJ
    north carolina
    Vehicle:
    03dc4x4black
    stock for now
    i curently own a 2003 jeep wrangler rubicon and i should say that i have had it for 2 years and i loved it at first but i hate it now. thats why i am trying to get my taco. im tired of the soft top, im tired of a 5 speed, and im just tired of the jeep period. i love my jeep, but its one of those love hate relationships when comes to a jeep.
     
  6. Jun 18, 2009 at 7:56 PM
    #6
    FlawedXJ

    FlawedXJ mall crawlin', web wheelin', concrete cowboy

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2008
    Member:
    #10334
    Messages:
    6,103
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Paul
    NorAla
    Vehicle:
    13 F150 FX4, 99 jeep xj.
    I actually have a jeep now. Imagine that.
    I have both, however my jeep is a 73 cj5 project. Well, I'd choose my 73 cj5 over my 08 tacoma for offroading.....no need to explain really....Why wheel my DD when I have a pos old jeep thats built decently.
     
  7. Jun 18, 2009 at 8:00 PM
    #7
    Razorecko

    Razorecko Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2009
    Member:
    #18125
    Messages:
    1,434
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    '09 Pyrite DCLB TRD Supercharged
    Chrysler went to total crap after cerebrus took it over. I had 2X Jeep srt8's. 1st one I lemon'd and second one i dumped after I saw similar problems with its transfer case that caused me to lemon the 1st.
     
  8. Jun 18, 2009 at 8:03 PM
    #8
    Goblin

    Goblin TSB 0305-08 Rev2 & TSB 0373-09 DONE

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2009
    Member:
    #16223
    Messages:
    166
    Gender:
    Male
    VA
    Vehicle:
    09 SR5 TRD OFF ROAD
    STOCK TRD 4X4 OR DC
    I actually looked at a Jeep Sahara and a Rubicon both loaded. I hated the ride but loved the concept! For me the Tacoma was a far better choice with room for 5 and a bed to carry crap. I like having the extra tow capacity too. I also joined both the jeep form and the taco forum; jeep had too many complaints vs the Taco. Plus for me the interior of the jeep is just plain cheap.

    After being a Dodge man for 10 years I found it hard to leave Dodge and go to Toyota; but 7 weeks later I couldn't be happier.
     
  9. Jun 18, 2009 at 8:10 PM
    #9
    Rangerpeterson

    Rangerpeterson Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2008
    Member:
    #4353
    Messages:
    513
    Gender:
    Male
    Jacksonville, FL
    Vehicle:
    06 Tacoma
    My first vehicle was a 1990 Jeep Wrangler. I loved that Jeep. I miss it everyday. My second was a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Loved that Jeep too. Gas milage sucked on both but my Tacoma only gets 16 mpg anyways. The big factor for me was that I needed a truck. I dont think I'll ever be able to not drive a truck again. Pro's and Con's to all but overall I have had three great vehicles. Loved them all.
     
  10. Jun 18, 2009 at 8:11 PM
    #10
    want1bad

    want1bad Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2009
    Member:
    #14360
    Messages:
    241
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    TJ
    north carolina
    Vehicle:
    03dc4x4black
    stock for now
    yeah i agree with the cheap looking interior. the ride dont bother me that much cause if your gonna have a jeep you cant expect it to ride like a cadilac. im just tired of it in general. not enough room in it either. i was 2 years younger when i bought it and im 28 now. have two kids right now with a third on the way and just not enough room for all that.
     
  11. Jun 18, 2009 at 8:19 PM
    #11
    johnecon2001

    johnecon2001 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2009
    Member:
    #16456
    Messages:
    1,019
    Gender:
    Male
    Phoenix, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2005 TRD Sport 4x4 Access Cab
    Downey front skid, Trail Gear U-Bolt flip, Toytec AAL, Total Chaos UCA's, Bilstein 5100's x4 + Eibach adjustable coils, Doug Thorley Long Tube Headers, Custom Rear bumper, TRD OffRoad front tow hook, TRD Trail Team wheels, Federal Couragia M/T 265's, ARB rear locker + on board air (CKMA12), TRD shift knob, Alpine W205, TRD seat covers, Tom Woods 1 Piece drive shaft, Powermaster D2700, Stubbs HD-SKO Sliders.
    It's not all about off roading for me (but its a perk!). I needed a truck. Jeep doesn't make a truck.
     
  12. Jun 18, 2009 at 8:22 PM
    #12
    Rangerpeterson

    Rangerpeterson Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2008
    Member:
    #4353
    Messages:
    513
    Gender:
    Male
    Jacksonville, FL
    Vehicle:
    06 Tacoma
    Just wondering if Jeep did make a truck would you buy one? Assuming it was comparable to a taco...
     
  13. Jun 18, 2009 at 8:42 PM
    #13
    EricT

    EricT Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2009
    Member:
    #17887
    Messages:
    519
    Gender:
    Male
    Arizona
    Vehicle:
    '09 4x4 shortbed TRD Sport
    My 09 Taco is replacing my 96 jep grand cherokee laredo. Why?

    Past 2 years-

    New starter, water pump, radiator, front brakes and rotors, serp belt tires, spark plugs, distributor rotor blade, catalytic converter. All this at 140k miles. Now some of those are maintenance, the cat conv was put in via a recall. Which it sorely needed. Local dealership tried to rip me for 50$ claiming boo hoo we have to weld on the new one that's not covered. I told em to suck it and I was gone. They call back three weeks later... oh wait no we pay for that no prob bro. I take it to them and they SEND IT OUT to have it done. Takes all day. For a new catalytic converter. Which the installer fucks up and has the exhaust system banging into the undercarraige all over now.

    Honestly, it is no wonder to me why american car dealers are where they are today. Oh, heres another fun one- local dealership told me that the distributor was full of oil. It had some oil seepage on it... but upon a closer inspection, I see no tool marks on the screws that hold the cap down. How odd! Lemme just open this up and see... it's bone dry.

    They lied to my face to charge me for phony work. At this rate I think chrysler deserves whatever they get.

    Sadly, when all those dealerships close, all those service guys are just gonna work somewhere else. Like at a successful dealership, say an import... and go back to the same old tricks. It's disheartening really.

    Doing my own maintenance from now on, money saved will buy me a lift.
     
  14. Jun 18, 2009 at 8:44 PM
    #14
    WilsonTheDog

    WilsonTheDog Kylie's dad

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2007
    Member:
    #3496
    Messages:
    4,841
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Eric
    Myrtle Beach SC
    Vehicle:
    07 Prerunner SR5 DC/SB V6
    Magnaflow 12576 muffler & chrome tip, Westin step bars, 27% tint, Pop N Lock, AFE ProdryS, bed mat, Husky liners, D-rings added, Access Literider tonneau, Pioneer 4-ways all around, GY Wrangler Duratracs 265/75/16, 5100's @ 1.75", 1.5" AAL
    You're comparing apples to oranges. I don't see the point. Might as well compare a Miata to the Tacoma.
     
  15. Jun 18, 2009 at 8:49 PM
    #15
    Razorecko

    Razorecko Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2009
    Member:
    #18125
    Messages:
    1,434
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    '09 Pyrite DCLB TRD Supercharged
    yea chrysler service sssssssssssssssssssssucks. Worst part is that right before I got rid of my jeep srt I would have to wait 1 week to even get an service appt !! When you close down half the chrysler dealers the owners have no choice but to flood to the other half. And when your jeep/dodge vehicle is constantly breaking down than you can expect to wait a looooong ass time for things to get fixed as you're standing in line
     
  16. Jun 18, 2009 at 8:50 PM
    #16
    WilsonTheDog

    WilsonTheDog Kylie's dad

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2007
    Member:
    #3496
    Messages:
    4,841
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Eric
    Myrtle Beach SC
    Vehicle:
    07 Prerunner SR5 DC/SB V6
    Magnaflow 12576 muffler & chrome tip, Westin step bars, 27% tint, Pop N Lock, AFE ProdryS, bed mat, Husky liners, D-rings added, Access Literider tonneau, Pioneer 4-ways all around, GY Wrangler Duratracs 265/75/16, 5100's @ 1.75", 1.5" AAL
    My had a new transmission by 50K miles in his '05 Cherokee. Yeah, that's long gone now.
     
  17. Jun 18, 2009 at 9:05 PM
    #17
    brian

    brian Another Traitor

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2009
    Member:
    #16011
    Messages:
    7,568
    Gender:
    Male
    Roseville, CA
    Vehicle:
    2008 F-350 Powerstroke
    Mainly because....

    TACOMAS ARE BADASS!
     
  18. Jun 18, 2009 at 9:29 PM
    #18
    Krazie Sj

    Krazie Sj Resident Jackass

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2008
    Member:
    #9849
    Messages:
    13,501
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Power Serge
    LV-426 (Acheron)
    Vehicle:
    07 TRD Off Road 4x4
    Borla Catback Exhaust, Airaid Short Ram Intake, 285x75R16 Mickey Thompson MTZs, 16" Konig Countersteer rims, ARB Bumper, All Pro LT w/Walker Evan Shocks front and back, All Pro expedition leaf pack, 10,000lb Superwinch, Intake Manifold Spacer, Bed Rack with ARB RTT, Rotopack and Hi Lift mounted, Husky Liner mats and an air freshener from 1995.
    Mrs has a 2001 Grand Cherokee. Nice interior, nicer than our Tacos. The 4.7L High Output isn't as quick as our 4.0L V6 but it's strong. The Quadra Trac II Full time 4WD is pretty good. Has the option to lock it front to back too. Works well and grabs when it's supposed too. Feels alot heavier than the Taco, but it is, and the brakes are older so I'm sure that's a contributing factor. Doesn't get as good milage (17-18mpg city).

    Decent vehicle all round. Only issue, for a 2 week stint when braked at a light the oil pressure would drop and the dash would ding at you. Then when you hit the gas to go again, the pressure would rise. Hasn't done it since.


    And Jeep did make a truck for a while there.

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Jun 18, 2009 at 9:44 PM
    #19
    johnecon2001

    johnecon2001 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2009
    Member:
    #16456
    Messages:
    1,019
    Gender:
    Male
    Phoenix, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2005 TRD Sport 4x4 Access Cab
    Downey front skid, Trail Gear U-Bolt flip, Toytec AAL, Total Chaos UCA's, Bilstein 5100's x4 + Eibach adjustable coils, Doug Thorley Long Tube Headers, Custom Rear bumper, TRD OffRoad front tow hook, TRD Trail Team wheels, Federal Couragia M/T 265's, ARB rear locker + on board air (CKMA12), TRD shift knob, Alpine W205, TRD seat covers, Tom Woods 1 Piece drive shaft, Powermaster D2700, Stubbs HD-SKO Sliders.
    Hard to say. When I was buying mine I looked at Frontiers as well as Tacoma's. So depends on how the Jeep held up tbh.
     
  20. Jun 19, 2009 at 4:27 AM
    #20
    Janster

    Janster Old & Forgetful

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2007
    Member:
    #1138
    Messages:
    13,696
    Gender:
    Female
    First Name:
    Jandy
    Lancaster, PA
    Vehicle:
    2007 4.0L 4x4 TRD Sport Access Cab A
    Advantage Torza top (tri-fold), Husky floor mats, RuffTuff seat covers, C2C hood struts, Homelink mirror, USA Spec PA15-Toy (120gig Classic & 8gig nano), Garmin Nuvi 660, Protecta Bed mat, Pop-n-lock, TSB Springs, Scangauge II, Heated drivers seat, Fumoto drain valve, Aries pushbar, PIAA 540 fog lights, Hood scoop grahics, Flowmaster 50 series dual catback exhaust, RainX Latitude windshield wipers, Husky rear floor liner (ontop of folded down seats). Console Vault.
    I have both...... My Wrangler is my trail vehicle and it's been built with rockcrawling in mind.

    I've always loved Toyota for their reliability. However, recent days have made me think Toyota is slipping. Knock on wood - I haven't had any problems with my 07 tacoma and I hope I don't ever have problems with it. My jeep has been totally reliable since we bought it (6 years ago). We built it and abused it for those 6 years and I haven't had any issues that weren't caused by offroad damage.

    For daily drivers - I'm on my 3rd Toyota. One of them, the transmission went out at 105K miles (84 Tercel). The other two (both tacomas) were totally reliable and still kickin.

    My husband had a Grand Cherokee for about 4 years (it was 3 years old when we bought it). He loved it because it drove so smoothly and had all the interior conveniences & comforts he wanted. For the most part, it never left us sit - however - the brakes suck and warp easily. The throttle position sensor went out. One of the window motors failed. The rear taillight needed replaced. And probably the worst part...the resale value sucks. My mother in law owns this vehicle now. She loves it!! Guess who still maintains & fixes it?? We do!!

    So .... in a nutshell.... I'd go with a Toyota for the reliability sake. The resale value on Toyotas are by far MUCHO better than a jeep (atleast, the last time I looked). And - Jeep doesn't make a truck.
     
To Top