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Looking for my first Tacoma

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by reznor, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. Jul 6, 2010 at 5:32 AM
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    reznor

    reznor [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hi Everybody,

    I am considering to buy my first pickup ever. And it is probably going to be the Tacoma. I would choose the basic version.

    I.e 4cyl engine 4X2 with Access Cab

    I am not going to use it for off-road and i'm not going to pull heavy charge. That is why I won't choose the 4X4. I only have concerns about the winter but what I heard from other 4x2 drivers is that could be OK (dependign of your tires and how good driver you are).

    Why the 4 cyl ? Because it is going to be adequate for my needs. And also because of gas economy ...

    I was wondering what is the difference between the 4x2 4cyl (Access Cab) version and the Prerunner version ? What is inclued in the prerunner version that you dont have with the basic version ?

    Another point if the body of the Tacoma. Most of the times, when we check pictures on the web, on flyers and also and the dealer , we see the 6 cyl version or 4x4. I think there are difference between the 4 cyl Tacoma and the other versions concerning the body. I beleive the wheels are differents and also the body (wings , bumper ?) Just to be sure ... could you tell me the differences ? Do these differences have impacts on the quality of the truck ? Maybe if you had pictures to make the comparison, it would be appreciated.

    Other point : Concerning the model I am loking for, what type of tires is needed. Considering that I don't expect to do off-road.

    If you have any other points or recommendations for me, they are welcome !

    Thank you !
     
  2. Jul 6, 2010 at 6:26 AM
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    reznor [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the answer ! I will notice it !

     
  3. Jul 6, 2010 at 9:55 AM
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    reznor [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking about Oswego's answer ... and I have questions.
    I am not familiar with 4x4 system (sorry I am a kind of a begginner).

    If I had a 4 cyl 4x4 Tacoma, is there a possibility to drive with a "4X2 mode" ? So I could be in 4x4 only when needed. If yes ... does the Tacoma gaz economy will be better in "4x2 mode" or it is going to be the same than 4x4.


    Does anybody has answers concerning my questions from the original post of this thread ? It would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Mathieu
     
  4. Jul 6, 2010 at 10:02 AM
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    AeroCooper

    AeroCooper Half the strength of ten (microscopic men)

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    The 4x4 mode can be turned on and off at any time, but you should never drive in 4x4 mode on dry pavement.
    The fuel economy is better when in 2wd.
     
  5. Jul 6, 2010 at 10:43 AM
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    achirdo

    achirdo I Weld!

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    you were also wondering about the differencce between the prerunner and the bas model...the base model is alot lower the the ground than the prerunner is. if you were to go with the 4x4 you would be getting the same ground clearance as a prerunner. here are a couple of pics of the differences

    4x2...[​IMG]

    and the 4x4...[​IMG]
     
  6. Jul 6, 2010 at 11:38 AM
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    vinnyvavoom

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    Reznor, I do not know I would recommend the 4x2 for the winter in Canada. I live in Coastal Connecticut and while we get snow it is minimal. I can drive it well with good snow tires and a few inches of snow on occasion, but I am willing to bet you get quite a bit more than I do. Of course you are probably more adapt to driving in those conditions. I am not sure on all the differences between the prerunner and SR5. The SR5/base has smaller wheels (15in) and does not have the "over fenders". The stock tires are sufficient for non-snow driving, but I will upgrade to some Avid's when they wear out. I purchased Bridgestone Blizzak tires for the winter and was very happy with them. Although I went down to Georgia with them on the truck and they do not like running 70MPH for more than 30 minutes. The truck got a bit "squirrely", once I brought my speed down they were fine (68MPH seems to be about right). The one thing about my truck that occasionally bugs me is that I have the automatic. It is fine, but I like to really feel that I have complete control and the auto doesn't shift when I would, it shifts early to help increase MPG and on hills I would generally wait a couple hundred more RPM's before i upshifted. overall, it is a very good truck that truely enjoy owning. I use it for commuting to work and the occasional trip to Home Depot.

    I found some pics, first the base SR5:
    [​IMG]

    and the prerunner:
    [​IMG]
     
  7. Jul 6, 2010 at 4:16 PM
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    AKTACO420

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    I would buy the 4x4 because if you need it you got it. you can always just drive in 2 wheel drive. I live in Alaska and I'm pretty sure or weather is similar and I've driven 2 wheel drive trucks and they suck in snow but it is possible just depending on your driving skills
     
  8. Jul 6, 2010 at 4:18 PM
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    NAAC3TACO Just east of crazy

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    Welcome to TW. If you can afford it, get the 4x4. JMO.
     
  9. Jul 6, 2010 at 4:23 PM
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    taco_89

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    to tell you the truth i would just buy the basic prerunner modle or get the trd with the locker just so it will be a little better in snow.. but yah you wont regret getting the better version toyotas are insane [​IMG]
     
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