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Prerunner or 4 X 4, help me decide

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mrzip, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. Aug 5, 2009 at 7:38 PM
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    mrzip

    mrzip [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Help me decide, should I get the prerunner w/ offroad or a 4x4 w/ offroad. If I get the prerunner, I will probally regret not getting the 4 x 4 later on. My wife thinks I should get the prerunner cause it would get better gas milage.
     
  2. Aug 5, 2009 at 7:40 PM
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    Uhaul-n-azz

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    4x4 i wish i had it.
     
  3. Aug 5, 2009 at 7:42 PM
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    carmellocafe

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    Prerunner--Glad I didn't spend the extra $$ on something I haven't needed.
     
  4. Aug 5, 2009 at 7:51 PM
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    whats the mpg highway difference? My 4 cyl 4wd reg said 22 mpg hwy, but before any mods i saw 24-26 mpg. Dunno if that helps you any.
     
  5. Aug 5, 2009 at 7:54 PM
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    JKD

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    You only lose one MPG in the EPA rating on the V6 (4x4 vs 4x2).

    But, it's a lot of money up front. I wrestled with the same decision and decided the Prerunner was the best option for me. But my brother said, if he were making the same decision, he'd drop from a V6 to a 4cyl, and get 4x4.

    Tough choice.
     
  6. Aug 5, 2009 at 7:55 PM
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    BAP_29

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    I have a prerunner. I wish i had a 4X4!!!!
     
  7. Aug 5, 2009 at 7:57 PM
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    Incognito

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    I couldn't justify the 2k+ for the 4x4 when I wouldn't REALLY need it. Also, the money I saved goes toward my gas bill at the end of the month. :p
     
  8. Aug 5, 2009 at 8:00 PM
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    mrzip

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    I have only needed a 4x4 a few times due to weather in this area, it is a touch decision. At this point in my life cost does not matter.
     
  9. Aug 5, 2009 at 8:02 PM
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    Incognito

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    Well, you can save a bunch of money by not going 4x4, but it's at your discretion. If you get a PreRunner with the Off Road package, you'll get the rear diff. locker, which is a great plus for 4x4 situations.
     
  10. Aug 5, 2009 at 8:03 PM
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    Tacoyota

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    Prerunners arent bad if you not going offroading, I'm mostly unimproved road / snow. If you go preruner, get a set of tires well matched to what u need, eventually. I seen a lot of lockered 2wd go places, but that is in dry areas in East side of the state.. they used chains in snow.
     
  11. Aug 5, 2009 at 8:05 PM
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    if it costs doesnt matter, deff get 4X4. I didnt really think id need it but i parked on a hill one sunday morning for church while it was raining. I go to leave and I end up stuck in the mud. (Talk about embarassing)!! i had to get pulled out by a jeep too:eek: And everyone that saw it thought it was a 4X4 because of the high stance the prerunner has at stock height. Dont end up like me!
     
  12. Aug 5, 2009 at 8:09 PM
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    dexterdog

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    It depends on your planned usage and Geographical location which can play an important role. If I didn't have a 4wd vehicle this past winter I would have missed a ton of work let alone get around. We were buried in 14"+ of Snow for a month. I had a Honda Accord. I was able to drive it one day and then I had to resort to my F250 diesel 4x4 which was a pain considering I had to park it outside and plug in the block heater.
     
  13. Aug 5, 2009 at 8:18 PM
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    Its funny, in Portland 4wd , all whl drv, all the traction control, and everyone in any type of truck or car gets stuck. Not always poor driving, but a lack of the right tires. someone said " why am i stuck , the snow is only 4" deep" I told em yea but the slick spot is on top of it. lol, glad he had good humor.
     
  14. Aug 5, 2009 at 9:49 PM
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    I think you answered your own question...the couple of bux you save in gas, vs the years of pleasure driving the truck you wanted in the first place... :D
     
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    4x4 will save you sooner or later.
     
  16. Aug 5, 2009 at 9:51 PM
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    It's better to have it and not need it. Then the need it and not have it!:eek::headbang:
     
  17. Aug 5, 2009 at 9:58 PM
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    AMEN brotha!!! Go with the 4x4 instead!!! Especially if you are going to own the truck for some time. I plan on running mine into the ground!!:D
     
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  19. Aug 5, 2009 at 10:33 PM
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    i got the prerunner when i really went to toyota to buy a tc. jokingly said lets test drive a tacoma bought it that day. didnt even think about modding and offroading or anything cause i was always street and track but now i really regret having the 4x4 capability to do the really fun stuff :(
     
  20. Aug 5, 2009 at 10:37 PM
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    4 x 4. I have the prerunner for 3 years now. my kids want to go off road and I wish I had it for them.
     
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