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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 11:06 AM
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    Steves104x4

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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    I’m going to say buy the cheapest 4 cyl auto but do what you like and good luck!
     
  2. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:10 AM
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    Rock Lobster

    Rock Lobster Gon Campin'

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    Oh, one more thing I forgot to mention. if you happen to attend a gym, driving home on leg day straight up SUCKS. There were days that I did squats to the point of failure, on those days I wobbled my jelly ass into the parking lot, and realized I couldnt even get the clutch in far enough to start my own truck. That was a very sad 10 minutes of my life. Any other time than that, I loved my MT.
     
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  3. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:11 AM
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    CBOCode

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    LOL never considered that. My monthly leg day may be an issue :rofl:
     
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  4. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:13 AM
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    kakwvu

    kakwvu Almost Heaven

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    Also, the number one reason to get a manual?

    No one will ask to borrow your truck.
     
  5. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:14 AM
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    Juice33

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    The manual in the Tacoma is very easy to learn. Buy it, then go find an empty parking lot and practice for an hour. You'll have it down perfect in a few days.
     
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  6. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:15 AM
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    skynyrd87

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    What makes the 4.0 a better engine?
     
  7. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:16 AM
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    Clearwater Bill

    Clearwater Bill Retire from work, but not from life.

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    That right there is a steaming pile designed for 'self reward' of your successful graduation. It also starts you off life in a pile of debt.

    $500 is insignificant in this picture.

    Those % rates are not real. When you 'qualify' for them you are paying too much for the vehicle. IE they collect the 'lost' interest up front.

    Nice to sell your brother your vehicle. But shop harder and do better for yourself too!
     
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  8. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:20 AM
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    TheFang

    TheFang No Big Deal

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    Better power management, better power curve, you don't have to drive around with the ECT always on, less restricted by emissions parameters, able to upgrade the manifolds to true headers, if you go auto less gear searching and better shift points...
     
  9. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:20 AM
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    CBOCode

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    I'm not sure what you mean by paying too much for the truck? The sale price is the same regardless of interest rate.
     
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  10. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:22 AM
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    Yeah, you typically don't get to the finance part until you have already worked out the "deal".
     
  11. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:22 AM
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    I'd get a TRD of some sort. If you dont plan on wheeling a ton get the sport. If you plan on wheeling and dont want to change a lot get a pro. If you plan on wheeling and want a bigger lift, get an Offroad.
     
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  12. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:24 AM
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    Can haggle to hell out of these trucks, too.

    $500 off MSRP is trash. Research invoice pricing on the model and options you’re wanting and argue until you’re red in the face.
     
  13. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:25 AM
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    TheFang

    TheFang No Big Deal

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    Also, the 1GR-FE engine from Toyota is well known as a very bullet proof engine.
     
  14. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:32 AM
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    chaotic_taco

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    I tow a pop up camper (~3500 lbs) about 10 times a year, truck does just fine. Plenty of passing power, especially if you drop a gear. I've pulled 3 guys, all of our gear n beer, and the trailer on a 4.5 hour drive to the coast. The Tacoma can do it easily, and I have a lead foot. (And the speed limit in some parts of Texas is 75 mph.)

    For a travel trailer, the issue is more around aerodynamics and stopping power than purely weight; you'll want trailer brakes.

    Backing a trailer with the manual is tougher; I use 4lo to get in and out of the backyard over a curb.

    You'll never get competent at driving a manual unless you own one and have to drive it. The Tacoma transmission is very forgiving, and if you can start from a stop at least somewhat consistently, you'll be able to pick it up no problem.
     
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  15. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:36 AM
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    I have heard that trailer brakes is a must for towing over a certain weight. I think it says it in the manual actually.

    But yeah I'm not too worried about driving a manual because I have before. Like you said I've never gotten any good at it because its only been a handful of times with months/ years between each time.
     
  16. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:36 AM
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    02Duck manuals make it better

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    This x2
     
  17. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:40 AM
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    richardbui23

    richardbui23 That guy

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    get the TRD OR. i had an 07 prerunner base that i traded for a 12 trd sport and it was a world of difference. if you're getting the OR you wont have to add a locker because it comes with one unless you plan to regear and add like an ARB or something. the seats are nicer the overall interior is nicer than both the SR and SR5. i know you mentioned changing out wheels or whatever but remember you'll be spending more time in it so you're gonna want it to be comfortable with all the bells and whistles or atleast certain ones to your taste, exterior mods are alot easier than major interior ones.
     
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  18. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:43 AM
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    chrispchicken9

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    Definitely go for a second gen...
    Or better yet a 1st gen if you can find one

    The 3rd gens are Kia quality, like most new cars are and will be in the future. The tundra and 4Runner are still a better pick than 3rd gen tacoma (until they’re eventually redone to Kia quality)
     
  19. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:45 AM
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    richardbui23 That guy

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    i agree with going second gen. You have a better motor than the third gen and you also have the entune touch screen. its not as nice as the third gens interior but it gets the job done.
     
  20. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:50 AM
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    What exactly did you hate about it, what was terrible?
     

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