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PreRunner vs EDGE

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by summerboy1958, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. Nov 21, 2009 at 1:25 PM
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    summerboy1958

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    Hi. I joined up to get some input from Tacoma owners. I'm trying to decide between a used Ranger or Tacoma. It feels a little silly asking Tacoma owners for an opinion, but thought it is worth a try.

    I really don't need a 4X4 very often, but pulling a boat up the ramp, you need something extra. I have been looking at the Ford EDGE and the Tacoma PreRunner. I would really like a manual, but they are hard to find (and doesn't look like they are available in the PreRunner). I thought all PreRunner's came with a rear locker, but the one I drove today didn't (2001, V6). Here is the thread to the truck (hopefully it works):

    http://www.cars.com/go/search/detai...tfield=PRICE&certifiedOnly=false&aff=national

    Pros and Cons of the Tacoma vs Ranger? Not all PreRunners have a rear locker? If not, are they available after market?

    Thanks
     
  2. Nov 21, 2009 at 1:33 PM
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    DanGer

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    I personally dont have any experience with an edge so I cannot comment in that regard. However the answer to your tacoma model questions:

    TRD Off road package comes with a Locking differential
    TRD sport comes with a Mechanical Limited Slip (At least 05-08)
    '09 and '10s might have computerized Limited Slip but someone will have to confirm that
     
  3. Nov 21, 2009 at 1:35 PM
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    FearNothing321

    FearNothing321 You gonna eat that taco?

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    Tacoma's with the TRD Offroad package came with a factory e-locker. ARB makes an excellent air locker the the Tacoma. You can get a manual PreRunner, but you will get better gas mileage with the automatic transmission.
     
  4. Nov 21, 2009 at 1:43 PM
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    What are you basing the gas mileage comment on?

    Manuals have always gotten better mileage from what I've seen/heard/read
     
  5. Nov 21, 2009 at 1:44 PM
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    DanGer

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    The ratings for my tacoma were that I got 1 mpg more on the highway, while the autos got 1 more in city
     
  6. Nov 21, 2009 at 2:11 PM
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    FearNothing321

    FearNothing321 You gonna eat that taco?

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    here...

    2008 PreRunner manual...
    15 city, 18 hwy http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/sbs.htm

    2008 PreRunner auto
    16 city, 20 hwy http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/sbs.htm

    crap the links didn't work
     
  7. Nov 21, 2009 at 3:54 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Second gen autos get better mpg than the Manuals due to a slightly taller top gear.
     
  8. Nov 21, 2009 at 3:58 PM
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    1st gen prerunners do not come in a manual right?
     
  9. Nov 21, 2009 at 4:02 PM
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    I would stay away from a Ranger...far away

    <--- Ford Service Manager
     
  10. Nov 21, 2009 at 4:02 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    Nope. The first gens are all a 4 speed auto. I think a few guys put a manual in them, but they didnt come like that from the factory.
     
  11. Nov 21, 2009 at 6:04 PM
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    I have a 2001 PreRunner (2.7L Auto) with 182,000km. I bought it new. Runs like a Swiss watch. We have three 2009 Ford Rangers in our fleet at work (all leased) and I drive them regularly (when they're not in the shop). So far the Ford's have been in for rear door not closing (hinges replaced); air conditioning not working (fixed under warranty); no start (short that drained battery, fixed under warranty) ; broken wiper arm ; driver side door not closing properly (hinges adjusted under warranty); tail lights not working (harness replaced). No more Ford for us. Even though much of the work was under warranty, we were short a vehicle every time one went in for repair. Everyone avoids signing them out and opts for the lone Toyota Matrix we have (no problems with it btw). Just sayin'.
     
  12. Nov 21, 2009 at 6:30 PM
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    if the ranger comes with the 3.0 i would not buy it. my ex car had one and it was the biggest money pit with the stupidest problems you could ever imagine. IMO
     
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    I had a 2004 EDGE before I bought my Tacoma. The EDGE was a great little truck.
     
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    Not all TRDs have lockers in the rear FYI. All V6's do, but some of the I4's dont. I forget which ones exactly. Enola where are ya haha.
     
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    one of my buddies had an 3.0 edge (bought new). He loved that truck (even though it was a POS, OK, major POS!!!) he was a die hard ford guy always making fun of my isuzus (amigos and a rodeo) even after i pulled his ass out numerous times. My V6 rodeo was faster than his edge and i got 23-25mpg compared to his 12city 15 highway with only +1 tire size. His Ol faithful EDGE died at a wopping 85,000 miles. He went through 3 wheel bearings, a set of 4 ball joints (requiring new LCAs, $$), a wiring harness (caught fire), water pump, alternator, door hinges, windshield leaked, rear end whined, O2 sensor, rear leaf spring (his fault), and it rusted under all the plastic on the bed rails and fender flares. I know because i helped him fix it all.

    During this whole time he owned that truck i replaced a clutch on my 1991 amigo at 237,000 miles may she rest in pieces she finally turned into a pile of rusty dust from beloved NY salt, but the engine never skipped a beat...

    Edit: his edge fianally dropped a valve...
     
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