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Need quick input. Considering 2016-2017 model purchase

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by BamaToy1997, Nov 14, 2017.

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Should I get a 3rd gen or stick with getting a 2nd gen

  1. Get the 3rd gen!

    33 vote(s)
    78.6%
  2. Stick with 2nd gen!

    9 vote(s)
    21.4%
  1. Nov 14, 2017 at 10:07 AM
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    #4TOY4ME

    #4TOY4ME Well-Known Member

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    I like my '17 with 3.5 and auto trans. After 5,000 mile break in it handles the hills like my '13 4.0 auto trans did. I like my 3rd Gen.

    Robert
     
  2. Nov 14, 2017 at 10:22 AM
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    Omar RVA

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    So much this. Half the time I feel like I’m the only one saying it. The 4.0 in the 4Runner has similar issues (i.e. power). And if anyone went to the 4Runner boards they’d see rafts or bitching about how the v8 4th gen was God’s truck and the dual vvti 4.0 engine won’t keep up unless they smash the skinny pedal. That dual VVTi 4.0 is more powerful than the variant found in 2nd gen taco’s.

    OP, get a 3rd gen manual and enjoy it.

    OA
     
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  3. Nov 14, 2017 at 10:25 AM
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    bluenv

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    Take it for a test drive. I drove a 17 TRD OR yesterday and was not impressed. People show stats that it is quicker or more powerful than the 2nd gen, but it doesn't feel like it. The truck I tested was just dead. It seemed to offer two choices; be in too high of a gear and lug and get no throttle response, or be in too low of a gear and rev high and still get no throttle response. And while it was deciding which of those gears to be in, there was no throttle response.
    To be fair, on flat ground city driving it was not bad, but freeway or hills was horrible.
    I started the test drive pretty excited, but left wondering why I would want to drive that truck.
    But. if you like the way it drives, get it.
     
  4. Nov 14, 2017 at 10:27 AM
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    InfernoTonka

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    I have a 4 cylinder 2016 SR5 and I love the truck. My prior vehicle was a 2001 Ranger XLT with 6 cylinder engine.

    What I've noticed is that this truck has way more get up and go than my Ranger. I don't notice the shifting everyone else talks about in the 6 cylinder version.

    In my Ranger, when I would accelerate, the damn thing would make a gurgling noise and then the power would kick in eventually. It was as if there was a lag time you would have to wait for the engine to respond to the pedal. The Taco is very responsive, no lag time, power on demand.

    Ranger had overdrive. On hills and inclines the tranny would hunt for the next gear...rpms would spike. When this happens, all you had to do was push a button to turn the overdrive off. To me, this is what the ECT does.

    My Taco is light years ahead of my Ranger. My wife says that I finally have a truck that has "pickup"...LOL!
     
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  5. Nov 14, 2017 at 11:03 AM
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    BamaToy1997

    BamaToy1997 [OP] ASE Master Tech Vendor

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    Thanks for info all! I do appreciate it!
     
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  6. Nov 14, 2017 at 12:38 PM
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    Garyji

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    Me too. Loved my 06 and love my 16 even more.

    G.
     
  7. Nov 14, 2017 at 12:54 PM
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    Agree with this too! I also test drove a 4Runner back to back with the 17 Tacoma. It had a bit more torque off the line but the Taco pulled way harder once it got going. The interior of the 4Runner needed an update as well. Old looking displays and a tiny nav screen compared to the Taco, but still a great vehicle no doubt.
     
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  8. Nov 14, 2017 at 12:58 PM
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    Don't buy a truck you have to talk yourself into. If you really wanted it you wouldn't be asking these questions.
     
  9. Nov 14, 2017 at 1:01 PM
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    Just recently traded in my 2nd gen 2014 sport for a 2017. SO GLAD I DID.
     
  10. Nov 14, 2017 at 1:13 PM
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    It's not a matter of talking myself into ANYTHING. I am looking into a new truck and trying to decide between a 2nd or a 2rd and wanted input from those on TW who have experience with 3rd gens.
     
  11. Nov 14, 2017 at 1:25 PM
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    Around where I live, the cost of a used Tacoma is just stupid. It was not much more to buy new... I would have been perfectly happy buying a used Taco if the price was good, but it wasn't. So, I bought new.
     
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  12. Nov 14, 2017 at 1:38 PM
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    kirkofwimbo

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    I just purchased a '17. I had been looking for a clean used 2nd gen, but the prices on them were just ridiculous. I don't regret getting the '17 at all now, it has great power, great ride, super quiet. Very happy with the purchase.
     
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  13. Nov 14, 2017 at 2:15 PM
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    cotaco05

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    I love my 3rd gen. It's a '17 TRD Off Road doublecab with the tech package. The interior is much more updated from the 2nd gen, more comfortable, and more quiet. I've had a slew of Toyota vehicles, to include three 3rd gens (a sport, an off road, and an SR5), two 4runners ('15 Limited and '11 Trail) and most recently a '12 Lexus GX460. I prefer the 3rd gen Tacoma to all of them.
    I missed the utility of a truck/bed, prefer 4 wheel drive for snow/light off roading and really like the features Toyota offered this time around.

    The engine/transmission combination takes some getting used to, but the power is there. I use ECT, or leave it in 4th/5th in town, depending on where and push the pedal when I want to go. It's not a sports car, but it'll move if you want it to. It feels much smoother (on a par with the GX) with shifting than prior trucks have.
    I recommend a long test drive in a variety of situations. Also, drive a manual ( I wish I had done this) and see if that feels better to you.

    Also, after some break in, the engine/trans seems to get better. I do try to get on the freeway and drive in a 'spitrited' manner once in awhile to keep it from falling back into it's old ways.

    To echo other posters, the 4runners really felt slow to me and needed a lot of motivation to take off.

    Happy shopping!
     
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