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Potential Newbie with Questions

Discussion in 'New Members' started by N2GOLF, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. Oct 24, 2009 at 9:41 PM
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    N2GOLF

    N2GOLF [OP] New Member

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    Hello All-
    Looks like a great forum here! Lots of great info and people.

    I am considering a 2005 Tacoma, 2X4, Crew Cab, auto, TRD, longbed. 4.0L. 33K miles.....................$18K

    I am just getting ready to complete a deal selling my 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 cummins diesel. It is a towing monster. I am also selling a 32' travel trailer so the need for the truck no longer exists. So a Tacoma is on my short list of vehicles to purchase.

    My uses:
    I am 6' tall and 260lbs.

    1. daily driver
    2. tow 3500lbs (sailboat) 1-2 times per month in hot climate (90-105F) and for 250 miles round trip. Some grades.
    3. Place to lock my and my son's golf clubs.
    4. Room for 4

    QUESTIONS:

    1. Will the Tacoma meet my needs?
    2. Will it tow as is or will I need to add a tow package?
    3. Is aftermarket tow package as good as factory (trans cooler, engine oil cooler, hitch, battery, alternator)?
    4. How comfortable is ride for long drives (300-400 miles)?
    5. Expected MPG?
    6. Any thing on vehicle I should be looking at for my purchase?
    7. Reliability?
    8. Any issues specific to a 2005?

    Many thanks!
     
  2. Oct 24, 2009 at 9:47 PM
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    gupster88

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  3. Oct 24, 2009 at 9:51 PM
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    Incognito

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  4. Oct 24, 2009 at 10:35 PM
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  5. Oct 24, 2009 at 10:48 PM
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    :wave: welcome to TW I agree with MM also.
     
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