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

Looking for a starter truck

Discussion in 'Northern California' started by slmgt, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. slmgt

    slmgt [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2010
    Member:
    #44921
    Messages:
    661
    Gender:
    Male
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    11 TRD Sport w/ JBL DCLB V6 AT
    Husky floor mats (Fr and Rr) Hose clamp securing tailgate
  2. kalieaire

    kalieaire Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2012
    Member:
    #81653
    Messages:
    888
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Stanley
    Northern California
    Vehicle:
    '12 TRD Off-Road 4x4 Manual
    SnugTop Rabel
    If it's for your kid, I would imagine that fuel economy would be important such that gas money doesn't hurt so bad. Maybe a Subaru Outback, Rav4, Honda CRV from late 90s or early 2000s would make more sense.

    Otherwise the best choice would be a 1st gen Regular cab Taco.
     
  3. DeeKay21

    DeeKay21 Lieutenant Dan.

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2008
    Member:
    #10651
    Messages:
    14,190
    Gender:
    Male
    Nevada/Utah
    Vehicle:
    06' TRD Sport 4x4
    Link said post was removed.
     
  4. 169.254.255.201

    169.254.255.201 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2012
    Member:
    #83125
    Messages:
    988
    Gender:
    Male
    Interwebs
    Vehicle:
    01 PreRunner 2WD
    5k isn't alot of money..
    is 4wd required?
     
  5. DeeKay21

    DeeKay21 Lieutenant Dan.

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2008
    Member:
    #10651
    Messages:
    14,190
    Gender:
    Male
    Nevada/Utah
    Vehicle:
    06' TRD Sport 4x4
    If hes going to be living in Utah he will want a 4wd for the winter time.
     
  6. kalieaire

    kalieaire Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2012
    Member:
    #81653
    Messages:
    888
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Stanley
    Northern California
    Vehicle:
    '12 TRD Off-Road 4x4 Manual
    SnugTop Rabel
    Well to be honest, fwd w/ chains, or rwd w/ chains and a few bags of concrete should be fine. he'll be dealing with ice more than anything else. If he ends up in a situation where a few feet of snow get dropped, no 4wd would be able to do anything unless you have giant 38+ sized tires on there or a snow mobile.

    just sayin'
     
  7. DeeKay21

    DeeKay21 Lieutenant Dan.

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2008
    Member:
    #10651
    Messages:
    14,190
    Gender:
    Male
    Nevada/Utah
    Vehicle:
    06' TRD Sport 4x4
    This is true but if he starts to get into wheeling which there are plenty of spots in Utah then he will want to have 4wd.
     
  8. kalieaire

    kalieaire Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2012
    Member:
    #81653
    Messages:
    888
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Stanley
    Northern California
    Vehicle:
    '12 TRD Off-Road 4x4 Manual
    SnugTop Rabel
    We should probably wait for the OP to reply before making guesses on what his son is going to be doing. However, inferring from the 5k budget, I am going to safely assume that wheeling will not be on the agenda.

    Otherwise he better be willing to pay another 5k for bent tie rods, control arms, other suspension linkage, new shocks, a locker, recovery gear, etc over the course of the first semester.

    It is likely to be a safety issue more than an entertainment one. Afterall, his son is supposed to be going to school to learn, not to party or wheel.

    ;)
     
  9. subwayaz

    subwayaz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2012
    Member:
    #80314
    Messages:
    230
    Gender:
    Male
    Tucson,Az
    Vehicle:
    2012 Accesscab; TRD
    Super Charger, Catback Exhaust,Side Wind Shades, & Carbon Fiber Dash Kit
    I would look for a 1994/5Toyota Tacoma Extracab in 4 x 4.
    Might be hard to find one under 150,000mi but even at that they will have lots of fun miles left. I sold a friend of mine my 94' almost six years ago now and it's still running around town trouble free and looking good. SO it can be done and your price will be under $5k

    Best of luck finding what you want.

    Let us know what it ends up being
     
  10. DeeKay21

    DeeKay21 Lieutenant Dan.

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2008
    Member:
    #10651
    Messages:
    14,190
    Gender:
    Male
    Nevada/Utah
    Vehicle:
    06' TRD Sport 4x4
    Yeah thats true I almost forgot about the 5K budget haha. :p
     
  11. slmgt

    slmgt [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2010
    Member:
    #44921
    Messages:
    661
    Gender:
    Male
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    11 TRD Sport w/ JBL DCLB V6 AT
    Husky floor mats (Fr and Rr) Hose clamp securing tailgate
    This truck actually wasn't for my son. They bought the truck I listed ('89 Pickup w/ 115K miles) in my original post yesterday against my recommendation. I was not a proponent of the OP truck because for $5K, they could have done better. But to each their own and as always, I appreciate the feedback!

    Now to make sure he doesn't think he's good to go crazy off-roading :)
     
  12. kalieaire

    kalieaire Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2012
    Member:
    #81653
    Messages:
    888
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Stanley
    Northern California
    Vehicle:
    '12 TRD Off-Road 4x4 Manual
    SnugTop Rabel
    Well if it was an 89 Toyota Pickup with a 22RE, at least they're easy to maintain and the parts are cheap. (though 5k is a lot for that year and miles, should be more like 2k max)

    But still if he wants to go wheeling, the kid will need to spend more time wrenching than driving and learning.
     
To Top