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Newbie Questions: Towing, Gas mileage, etc

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by vwmg, May 8, 2010.

  1. May 8, 2010 at 1:08 PM
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    vwmg

    vwmg [OP] Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm new to the world of Tacoma's so please be patient. I'm looking at purchasing a 2003 Tacoma Access Cab, 4X4, 3.4 V6, automatic, and I have a couple of questions.

    1) Would this truck be able to tow a 3000 lbs. open single axle trailer with electric brakes with about 500 lbs of gear in the bed? (The trailer is actually about 1000 lbs. and a 2000 lbs race car.)

    I would be towing this weight about 4-5 times a year for a distance of about 300-400 miles.

    I'm aware that Toyota states that these trucks have a towing capacity of 5000 lbs. but I'm a little skeptical.

    2) Would the truck require any modifications to tow? Example, transcooler, engine cooler, rear suspension up-grade?

    3) What type of gas mileage should I expect in the city/highway. How about when towing with the weight above, at about 65 mph?

    4) How difficult is this truck to work on? Are things easily accessable? I consider myself a pretty good mechanic.

    5) What are the weak points on this truck?

    Thanks for all your help and advice.

    Jay
     
  2. May 12, 2010 at 7:10 AM
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    tacomaprerunner

    tacomaprerunner Dang liberals.

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    Welcome to TW. If you search you'll find a lot of that information. To answer your first question, you will be fine if you have a hitch rated for 5000 pounds. Don't be 'skeptical' about what your truck can do.
     
  3. May 12, 2010 at 7:46 AM
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    5.0 Hatch

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    Please see above
     
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