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Opinions: Which Tacoma should I get?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by CBOCode, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. Jun 12, 2019 at 9:57 AM
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    hoch

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    If you plan to tow a 4k lb TT on a regular basis, do yourself a favor: skip the Tacoma and get a full-size truck.
     
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  2. Jun 12, 2019 at 9:58 AM
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    Shellshock

    Shellshock Guy who drives a lot

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    TRD OR MT is the only choice
     
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  3. Jun 12, 2019 at 10:11 AM
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    CBOCode

    CBOCode [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Definitely not a regular basis. Just a handful of times per year lol also 4k would definitely be the max. I'd probably stick closer to 3-3.5k.
     
  4. Jun 12, 2019 at 10:14 AM
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    shakerhood

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    Backing up an incline while towing is the weak point of the Manual as Reverse feels like a highway gear, 4 low helps in this situation.
     
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  5. Jun 12, 2019 at 10:14 AM
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    john221us

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    I don't think towing with a manual is too big of difference, but an auto is certainly easier on a boat ramp.
     
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  6. Jun 12, 2019 at 10:15 AM
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    CBOCode

    CBOCode [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I've heard that going into 4Lo helps a lot on incline/ boat ramps for towing
     
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  7. Jun 12, 2019 at 10:18 AM
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    Hybridctr

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    Just my opinion but was about to get a 2019 TRD PRO w/ MT and after driving it for 5 mins ran for the hills. The manual transmission is terrible and doesn't make the truck feel any faster. Stayed with AT. Personal preference.
     
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  8. Jun 12, 2019 at 10:22 AM
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    CBOCode

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    Yeah I'm kinda worried about that too. Also don't feel 100% comfortable test driving a manual since I've never owned one/ don't have much experience driving them. Dealer probably wouldn't even let me lol
     
  9. Jun 12, 2019 at 10:27 AM
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    Loudog504

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    Lol learn to drive manual on a beater... not your brand new 35k truck. I'd skip the manual if you're not already use to it. I drove manuals for 8 years and got this truck in Auto... never looked back. Manual is cool if have a classic car, sports car, or got handed down an old car and didn't have a choice lol. Otherwise it gets old. Just my two cents and unpopular opinion lol.
     
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  10. Jun 12, 2019 at 10:41 AM
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    Interest rates are pretty good on the Tacoma's. Back in 2016 they offered zero incentives or % off MSRP. You were lucky to find one on a lot and if you did haggling price was nonexistent. They knew someone would come in and buy it tomorrow lol. If you found the exact package/color you wanted you just had to take what ever few bucks off MSRP they would give you and sign the papers.
     
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  11. Jun 12, 2019 at 10:43 AM
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    CBOCode

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    Part of the reason waiting for the 2020 one might not be a good idea. All those upgrades that everyone has been dying for will mean dealers won't have many markdowns/ incentives.
     
  12. Jun 12, 2019 at 10:45 AM
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    Yeah, don't do that.
     
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  13. Jun 12, 2019 at 10:48 AM
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    I put a wheelskinz leather wrap on my wheel... as nice as a factory leather wheel.. no. Nicer than the stock urethane wheel... heck yea.
     
  14. Jun 12, 2019 at 10:56 AM
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    Rock Lobster

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    Congrats on graduatin'. An old man once gave me this advice: "never take out a large loan if you have been at your job for less than a year."

    Having said that, Its tough to know whether youll love a manual unless you own one. A true love-or-hate realization is about the tenth time you sit in stop and go traffic. Shift to 1st, clutch foot out, in/out to 2nd, brake and clutch back in. Shift to 1st, foot out... I'm a crazy bastard, I actually liked doing that, it kept me occupied. The vast majority of people, however, don't. Food for thought.
     
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  15. Jun 12, 2019 at 10:57 AM
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    kakwvu

    kakwvu Almost Heaven

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    The manual has better stock gear ratios. It won’t be faster, it’ll just have better power in lower RPMs and not shift you out of them like the automatic will. Gears and/or tune are up to you, but spending $1,000+ on either to remedy a $35k+ truck out the gate is sort of weird imo. Also, neither version of these trucks are fast or powerhouses. The sooner you accept that, the happier you’ll be.

    OR model also DOES NOT have hill assist like other manual transmission vehicles do. I wouldn’t say don’t buy the manual because you haven’t driven one before, or because of that, but it’s certainly worth knowing that you will coast backwards on a hill all day long if you’re slow with a three pedal setup.
     
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  16. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM
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    The fear of stopped bumper to bumper traffic on a steep incline is real. Hell or a busy parking garage with someone on your ass... I use to just hold it in first lol
     
  17. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:02 AM
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    CBOCode

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    Only buying because I'm set up with a really good job and bonus (part of that for down payment).

    But yeah I love driving and my girl actually gets mad at me for having full convos with her while driving & not remembering any of it because I'm so focused on switching lanes and stuff.
     
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  18. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:02 AM
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    TheFang

    TheFang No Big Deal

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    Better engine, if you go 4.0 V6. Just saying.
     
  19. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:03 AM
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    CBOCode

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    Luckily there aren't many instances where I'll be in traffic on a hill being in FL. Parking garage might hurt lol
     
  20. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:06 AM
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    kakwvu

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    Luckily, it’s pretty easy to modulate the clutch on the OEM tires. We also have a real eBrake and that not push button electronic shit they put in other vehicles, so you can use that in the most dire of butt pucker moments.
     
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