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New here, some questions before buying..

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Smooth23, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. Jul 15, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Smooth23 [OP] New Member

    Jul 15, 2011
    First Name:
    Saint Robert, MO
    '03 Dodge Neon :(
    Hi there folks! I'm looking at trading up my dodge neon for a truck. Been looking at the mid size trucks. Narrowed it down to between a dodge dakota and a tacoma.

    First of all, here's what I'd be looking for. Double cab, 4x4, as many options as possible, not silver(though color is irrelevant to this post)

    I have a few questions if you nice folks wouldn't mind answering them..
    Looking for a newer truck, when were the last major revisions made that I should look for? For example, the V8 in dakota's was significantly improved in 2008. I'm on a budget so the older the better, but dont want to sacrifice options either.

    I keep reading that the ride is somewhat rougher than a lot of trucks.. how bad is it?

    Is v6 the only option? If so, does it have plenty of power and get-up-and-go? What is the towing capacity of these things, I need to be able to pull a boat.

    All wheel ABS standard? Disks or drums in the rear?

    Lastly, how much should I expect to pay for any given year?

    Thanks you all.
  2. Jul 15, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    moondeath The answer to divorce...... Tequila!

    Jan 8, 2011
    First Name:
    Pa, Carlisle
    2013 TRD Sport DCLB 4x4
    5100 @ 1.75", 1.5" Icon Progressive 3 leaf, Procomp Wheels, Grill Thin Lip (Custom Car Grills Mod), Access Tonneau Cover, Pop & Lock Tailgate Electronic Lock PL8521
    Welcome. To answer a few of your questions. 2005 is when the redesign of the Tacoma occurred. Anything after that has basically been cosmetic. You can get a 4 or 6 cylinder. Towing capacity of a v6 TRD is 6500. Get up and go is just fine. Disc in the front and drum in the rear for brakes. They really are nice trucks. Rated as one of the best mid sized trucks. They do hold their value though. Prices can be higher. Really depends on which submodel you're looking at. Check out autotrader.com . They have quite a few on their site.
  3. Jul 15, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Snowman11 Supreme Ruler

    Jan 23, 2011
    First Name:
    Near Philly
    2011 DCLB TuRD Sport
    5100 Billies
    If you get the SR5 the ride is very smooth compared to a Sport so if you don't want the rough ride, you can find the SR5 with the same options minus the nice seats or buy whatever you want and upgrade the shocks to something like the Bilstein 5100's.

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