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Opinions: Which Tacoma should I get?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by CBOCode, Jun 12, 2019 at 7:48 AM.

  1. Jun 12, 2019 at 7:48 AM
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    CBOCode

    CBOCode [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Alright guys I know there have been about 100 threads with this question (I've read them all) and have been researching tirelessly the past week or so, but I'm looking for opinions related to my specific situation with the quotes I've received. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    I'm eligible to get a $500 new grad rebate and the 0%/0.9%/1.9% 36/48/60 financing deal on a new Tacoma.

    Each truck I'm looking at is DCSB V6 4x4.

    If I get an SR or SR5 I'll get new wheels/ tires within a few months. If I get the TRDOR I'll probably keep it mostly stock for a while.

    With the SR, I'd probably upgrade it to be similar to SR5 (leather wheel, intermittent wipers, etc.) and it already has the keyless entry convenience package. Also, with the TRDOR being a manual, it seems that there isn't much difference between it and the SR5 as far as tech since there's no push start, crawl control, etc.

    I should also note that I have never owned a M/T vehicle myself but have driven a couple semi-successfully lol

    So, thoughts? Comments?

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    Also, TTL is a somewhat rough estimate and could vary slightly. And financing is based on 1.9%/60mo.


    EDIT: also wondering if you guys think these are good deals. Based on the % off MSRP alone I think they are but maybe y'all have seen better.
     
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  2. Jun 12, 2019 at 7:50 AM
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    For me, getting a manual is #1 on the list. So TRD trim would be my pick. But if getting an auto, I would personally just get a bare bones SR and save the money for other things.
     
  3. Jun 12, 2019 at 7:52 AM
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    The M/T is enticing but I just hate that you lose most of what the TRDOR A/T has over the SR5.
     
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    TheFang No Big Deal

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    Get you a used second gen....
     
  5. Jun 12, 2019 at 7:54 AM
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    MattCowsmasher

    MattCowsmasher Sounds like a horrible idea, what time? TTC #0010

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    I’d get the stick shifted OR simply for the locker.
     
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    Get the most that you can afford because it’s always cheaper in the end. Everyone says they don’t need the creature comforts but then regret not getting them later. Adding crawl control or rear locker will never happen if you don’t buy it from the factory. Some of these things can be added but it’s definitely a headache.
    Just my opinion. Can’t tell you how many people on this forum buy an sr, sr5, or even a sport and then trade in for an off road at a loss.

    Buy once cry once.
     
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    Boghog1

    Boghog1 Jack of all trades, master of none.

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    Just a note, leather steering wheels are not inexpensive, even from a JY, see my build thread as I tried my own leather wrap and ended up with a JY wheel
     
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    It's a big purchase for having driven it "semi-successfully". Personally, I didn't care for the clutch feel on the new Tacos when I drove one. If you are using it as a daily driver in any sort of traffic, you may get tired of the manual. Make sure its something you can really live with day in and day out.

    Other than that, if it were my money, Id go with the TRD OR. I think they look better, and having MTS, Crawl Control, locker, and decent off road tires is pretty nice.
     
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    I'd wait and get a 2020 TRD Offroad MT, to get the LED headlights and 360 camera
     
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    Totally, completely biased opinion: grab the MT and don't look back. It's AWESOME !

    ALSO THIS IS THE (sorry) sneakiest way I've ever seen to start a classic AT vs MT
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    Next time throw a TRD Pro (your best value, BTW) in there and watch the shit fly.
     
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    I should probably also add that I live in FL so I don't anticipate necessarily NEEDING a locker. Though I definitely see the benefit of having one lol
     
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    I wish I could wait but I'm selling my current car to my brother at the end of this month and can't really go the next few months/ rest of the year without a vehicle.
     
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    Youd be surprised how much you will be able to do with just the brake limited slip system (ATRAC or MTS). It works really well.
     
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    Buy the most you can afford, but also know that this won’t be your last truck/vehicle. Don’t over commit on the payment. Save for retirement and buying a house (if you haven’t already). The M/T or automatic is a personal thing and learning how to drive one is not a big deal (I just taught my son in one hour - he bought a Porsche). Personal, I like M/T for sports cars and AT for the truck (I have both).
     
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    MTS (crawl control) is called ATRAC in a 6MT Tacoma. It’s a similar system with a manual transmission.

    Tech in all of these trucks is dated, short of the push button start. That definitely shouldn’t be a deal breaker if you want a manual.

    I looked at the locker as a ‘better to have and not need than need and not have.’ Don’t regret spending more for the OR.

    In all seriousness, wait the 2020 release out if you can. They’re coming with new LED headlights, CarPlay stereos, and some other additions. If you can get a good deal on one now, obviously that doesn’t matter as much because you can buy similar (better) headlights such as the upcoming Morimoto XB or a set of RX350 retros, and get an aftermarket stereo.
     
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    Blais03 Guess I'll bring a spare wheel bearing...

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    I like the standard transmission better myself so this is quite simple for me.
     
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    Having traveled through a lot of trails out in the west, I needed the locker only a handful of times. I wouldn't even sweat it if my truck didn't come with one. Just get some maxtrax or a winch.
     
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    No, not at all. What you lose in a manual vs auto TRD OR is the "automated" or "cruise control" options. The manual still has the ATRAC system, which is a wheel speed brake "locker", and the rear e locker. MTS on the automatic allows you to set different levels of wheel spin, and Crawl Control uses the brake system to maintain a certain speed in 4 lo. Well, guess what? You've got a clutch, you can do all that with out a computer.

    Get the TRD OR MT, it's a great truck. I assume you're looking at trucks on the lot, otherwise I'd say get the premium and tech packages too. Heated seats, sunroof, color matched rear bumper, etc etc.
     
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    Only advice I can give you: Get the truck YOU want. I saved up and got the exact truck I wanted. Paid a lot for it, but I love it.
     
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    If you are a person who tends to experience buyers remorse, i.e. grass is greener, get the highest trim level you can afford.
    The auto vs manual is a preference. I've owned both. For an urban based daily commuter IMO get an auto. Constant up/down shifting after a long day is a pain. That said, manuals can be fun to drive. Just not in stop and go traffic.
    Regardless of your choice, a DCSB V6 4x4 Tacoma, what's not to love?
     
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