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Looking to buy a Tacoma

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by prpltrck, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. Nov 6, 2008 at 7:46 PM
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    prpltrck

    prpltrck [OP] Member

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    Hey guys, I'm obviously new to the forum. I currently drive a 2007 VW GTI and have always liked the Tacoma. I used to own a truck about 10 years ago and loved the versitility of it. I have been checking out new Tacoma's and am just wondering if people can post some pics of their trucks and what they have done to them aftermarket.

    Some of my other questions:

    Are they easy to work on?
    Is the gas mileage really sub 20's highway?
    How much mpg does a tonneau cover add, if any?
    What factory options didn't you get that you wish you did?
    Any recommendations for me?
    What did you pay for your truck (see below what I'm interested in)?

    I'm mostly interested in the 0% financing and a 4dr, v6, TRD or SR5...yes with the nonfunctional hood scoop (it just looks badass withit). I haven't decided on bed length yet.

    Here are some pics of my GTI, just to get an idea of what I'm into. But, obviously with a truck I'd be looking for a lift kit, big tires, spray on bedliner (if it doesn't come with one already, which I think it does), and maybe eventually a stereo.

    Here is a link to my current "build up".
    http://myfastgti.com/volkswagen/sho...4953.html?t=4953&highlight=throttle+body+pipe

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. Nov 6, 2008 at 8:36 PM
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    Nice VW, i really can't help you since i had to buy a reg cab and have had no money to mod, but i can say that with 4 wheel drive city for me is about 16-19, i haven't drove on the highway much but i would expect it is 20-22, i wish i could have gotten the Double cab with TRD off road, if you want to look at some of the member projects go to the "Builds" Section, Silverback has a really sweet, badass, or what ever taco.

    By the way, nice Volkswagen, one of the few i seem to like
     
  3. Nov 6, 2008 at 8:39 PM
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    08WhiteTRD

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    On the few highway trips I have taken I usually get around 22 mpg. I have the DC LB TRD Sport 4x4. City is around 16-19 as well.
     
  4. Nov 6, 2008 at 9:04 PM
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    WilsonTheDog

    WilsonTheDog Kylie's dad

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    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
    Search the Gallery.
    Yes but it depends on your skill level.
    No, search "MPG". I get 23mpg hwy.
    None. Mythbusters dispelled this myth.
    Steering wheel controls but I didn't want the whole Sport package.
    Yes, research, research, research. Use sites like Edmunds.com and then go drive one. Try to negotiate the deal online, pitting 2-3 dealerships against each other. Then just walk in and sign.
    $23,500, which was invoice at the time.
     
  5. Nov 7, 2008 at 10:34 AM
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    prpltrck

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    Thanks

     
  6. Nov 7, 2008 at 10:38 AM
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    prpltrck

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    Also, other than suspension and cosmetic mods what have people done?
     
  7. Nov 7, 2008 at 10:45 AM
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    SHunter080703

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  8. Nov 7, 2008 at 10:55 AM
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    Kyouto42

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    I was in the same boat as you sorta. I missed having a truck (even if my last one was a POS ranger), but I loved performance cars. Eventually I decided to trade in my G35 mainly as it was racking up cost in tires, maint, and eventually repairs for various things... that and it was rapidly loosing it's value. It was a massive change though, going from a lowered 300hp G to a TRD Off-Road taco. Ultimately I feel I did the right thing though.

    I get about 18.7mpg AVG. Mostly it's highway, some city. A side note, I do not know how to drive 'easy.' I usually have the auto shift at 4.5-5k and cruise on the hwy at about 85 avg. So, ultimatly that's a pretty respectable avg. I have tried a tank or two going slower but it didn' tmkae much of an effect, about 19.2.

    As for the rest, I probably can't help much as I got a off-road/access cab. I can say, my buddy put 2 car seats in it after work one morning as his wife dropped off the kids, and they fit fine witout any issue putting them in (thanks to the suicide rear doors). I've also had my buddies in the back (about 5'11) and it's not HORRIBLE but... deffinatly only for around town.

    Working on this truck is a joke... it's so easy it's retarded almost. Then again, my other car that eventually I'll start reparing is a '92 Dodge Stealth R/T TT (aka, 3000GT VR4) and last car was a G35... both insanely difficult to do even the most basic of maintance on with no room in the hood or anything. The taco... every fluid container is clear and easy to read/access. Plugs appear to be easy as well... and hell I don't even have to jack the truck for an oil change :p

    Regret as far as what I wish I got in options really is only a double cab (although, I like the looks of access cabs easier, and tbh, it's actually probably a lot better suited to what I want...), and 4x4 of course instead of a pre-runner. However, $ was an issue as I was 5k down in trade, made do with what I could get. Ended up with 23500 (for truck only cost, not including loss in trade, taxes, ect).

    Only "mod" i've done thus far was get the shitty 265/65/R16 BFG Rugged Trails returned under warrenty and tossed on some 265/70/R16 BFG All Terrain KO's. Huge diffrence. I also painted the engine color cause I saw someone else do it on here and liked it. Useless but then again so are fake hood scoops. Oh, and the Metra I-pod adapter for a temp fix until I redo all the audio.

    Mods I'll be doing in the future: Blackout the front chrome, BHLM mod (Black Headlight Mod), Wet Okole seat covers (debating colors, thinking dark red with the black outsides, and a TRD OFF ROAD logo), and audio (7" touch, either pre-built or a TruckPC, rear-door panel subs so I don't loose cargo). And if I didn't have 300hp AWD beast sitting in the drive way, I'd deff put that money into a TRD supercharger.

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  9. Nov 7, 2008 at 11:34 AM
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    Roland

    Roland My other ride has sails

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    Are they easy to work on?
    They need work?

    Is the gas mileage really sub 20's highway?
    If you care about MPGs you'll want the 5 lug 4 cylinder 5 speed. I'm averaging 27 to 28 mixed driving on summer formulation gas.

    How much mpg does a tonneau cover add, if any?
    Real world measured with my scan guage 1 to 1.25 MPG lower MPG when I remove my undercover tonneau.

    What factory options didn't you get that you wish you did?
    I added the intermittent wipers that didn't come with the truck for just over 100 bucks.

    Any recommendations for me?
    Watch out for Nd..... That will make more sense as you read more of TacomaWorld.
     
  10. Nov 7, 2008 at 6:48 PM
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    WilsonTheDog

    WilsonTheDog Kylie's dad

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    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
    Stick with your VW. You're too lazy to own a truck.
     
  11. Nov 7, 2008 at 7:17 PM
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    Bet you have a gun rack and an NRA sticker too. If you had the chance you'd probably buy an Excursion then drop it to the floor with spinners and Lambo doors.

    Listen kid, forums are to help people not to be an EThug. VeeDub owners have a brotherhood only trumped by Harley and Wrangler owners.

    You're missing the point of this whole post...it's called helpin a brother out, not telling him to "Search".

    For all you other guys Roland, Kyouto42 (nice truck BTW), Wrenman29, and even 08WhiteTRD, thanks for the welcoming posts, the pics, and advice. I apprecite guys like you...unlike WilsonTheDog (name suits you) get a couple posts on a site and you think you're a guru. Be sure to kiss Auntie Sister good night tonight for me!
     
  12. Nov 7, 2008 at 7:42 PM
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    Welcome to TW.:cool: Lots of info here on TW.

    I owned an awesome GTI in the early '90s. Yours is very nice too.

    Don't know what you mean by the above statement, but I like gun racks and the NRA as well. :)
     
  13. Nov 7, 2008 at 7:54 PM
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    WilsonTheDog

    WilsonTheDog Kylie's dad

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    Who did you say was e-thugging little boy? Nice bigoted southern insults but obviously someone as lacking in intelligence as you wouldn't possibly think that just maybe this "southerner" was actually from NJ, would you? Nice way to start out on the forums, insulting someone who actually answered your lazy thread and tried to help you. Instead, you come here with a sore vagina, probably after getting it kicked elsewhere, and bite a helping hand.

    You know where you can stick it, little guy. Your kind isn't needed here.
     
  14. Nov 7, 2008 at 8:12 PM
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    TheMaster

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    Guys, enough said. Let it go and let civility prevail. Thank you. :)
     
  15. Nov 7, 2008 at 8:35 PM
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    WilsonTheDog

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    ^You got it. :proposetoast:
     
  16. Nov 7, 2008 at 8:41 PM
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    -TRDMAN-

    -TRDMAN- ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Are they easy to work on? YES!!!!
    Is the gas mileage really sub 20's highway? YES!!!
    How much mpg does a tonneau cover add, if any? I THINK 2-3 MPG!!
    What factory options didn't you get that you wish you did? TRD-OFFROAD!!
    Any recommendations for me? GET THE TRUCK YOU LIKE!!!!
    What did you pay for your truck (see below what I'm interested in)? 6,000$

    MY TRUCK

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  17. Nov 7, 2008 at 9:22 PM
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    prpltrck

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    $6Grand? Hook me up with your dealer!
     
  18. Nov 7, 2008 at 10:19 PM
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    Kyouto42

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    Had to have been a salvage and probably still needed some restore? 6 grand is insanity, and makes me want to throw up paying 3x that. I mean, the off-road package is sweet but not THAT sweet.
     
  19. Nov 8, 2008 at 12:19 AM
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    derekabraham Living vicariously through everybody

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    longbow I see you now..................

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    Welcome to TW..First VW I had was a 62 bug, not much to talk about their.
    I get 20 highway and 15 city, but then I have a 3" lift running 285's.
    With my Undercover hard cover I have seen NO increase in MPG.
    Easy to work on YES if you got the time and tools.
    Mine is the TRD Off Road...would not change a thing.
    I believe the sky is the limit to the up grades, mod's and aftermarket items. If your wallet is big enough go for it, get it if you want it.
    My truck below....some new mod's have been added since pic was taken.
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