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Regular / Single Cab regrets?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by phsycle, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Aug 22, 2011 at 3:58 PM
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    phsycle

    phsycle [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hi, guys. It's been a while since I've owned a Tacoma. I really miss having a truck. Currently, the wife drives an SUV (Land Cruiser) and I've got a commuter sedan. I'd like to get a truck for my personal outdoor adventures (skiing, biking, hunting, fishing, etc.). We've got the Land Cruiser for family trips and such. I can't justify spending too much for a truck that will sit most of the time, so I thought a single cab was a perfect solution. However, only having 2 seats and no extra cab space concerns me a little.

    How many of you purchased a single cab and later regretted not spending a couple more grand on an XCAB or DC? Again, this will mostly be just used by me personally, and probably just me alone on the trips (or +1 with the wife or friend). I really can't see going wrong with a single cab, 4x4, 5sp truck. But before I spend money, I wanted to do as much research as I could.

    I'm really looking forward to being in a Tacoma again. Thanks for any replies.
     
  2. Aug 22, 2011 at 4:27 PM
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    DaveCanuck

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    I drove an '87 Nissan Extended cab 2wd for a couple of years and then switched to an '89 Toyota 2wd, but a regular cab. Being work trucks I noticed a BIG difference in how inconvenient it was to not have that extra space right behind the seat. But the Toyota was such a great deal I couldn't refuse it.

    Now more recently I've moved "up" to a '97 Taco 4x4 with the extended cab and it's literally night and day.
     
  3. Aug 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM
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    skytower

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    Toolbox or topper solves the space problem, unless you want to carry passengers...
     
  4. Aug 22, 2011 at 4:38 PM
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    beedoola

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    How tall are you? I'm 6'3 and considered a single cab but ended but getting an ext. cab and glad I did, I enjoy the leg room that I wouldn't have gotten had I went with a single cab.
     
  5. Aug 22, 2011 at 4:40 PM
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    Junebug McQuinn

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    I would at least get an extended cab, that extra space comes in handy
     
  6. Aug 22, 2011 at 6:10 PM
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    mountainman94

    mountainman94 awwwwww yeeeeeeeeahhhhh

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    i have an extended cab and it definitely comes in handy, especially when i have stuff that i need to have with me but don't want to get wet when it rains.
     
  7. Aug 22, 2011 at 7:18 PM
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    MacGyvR

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    The extended cab is pretty awesome at being spacious for one person. Don't ever expect to fit people in those back two "seats", as they won't fit. If it is just going to be you and a friend, I'd say go extra. Plus they just look sexier....
     
  8. Aug 22, 2011 at 7:22 PM
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    horwitzs

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    I've had 2 single cabs in the past.
    It was fine when I was a single guy with a dog, but as soon as I became a family man it was way too small.
     
  9. Aug 22, 2011 at 8:20 PM
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    JAJI4

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    I had a single cab once. The best part was getting out of driving friends around since there was no space for more than 1 passenger. Now, having a wife and kids there's no way I could go without a DC.

    You never know - having a tacoma might make you want to ditch the sedan so you don't have 3 cars to insure, maintain, etc. If so, you'll probably want more seating options for the family if you don't take your wife's LC. Just can't do that with a single cab....
     
  10. Aug 22, 2011 at 8:32 PM
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    dayNnite4

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    looked at the regular cab in the showroom when i was buying my truck and although it looked alright, it just wasnt versitile. if its strictly a weekend warrior with a cap or tonneau cover, i guess it would be okay but why not get an access cab and ditch the sedan?
     
  11. Aug 22, 2011 at 8:37 PM
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    Aquatic Tacoma

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    Definetly get a xtracab if you can!
     
  12. Aug 22, 2011 at 8:51 PM
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    Access Cab is well worth the extra $$. I really like that I can recline the seats back for a quick nap during lunch breaks.
     
  13. Aug 22, 2011 at 8:52 PM
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    113tac

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    i have a bit of room to fit my small bike tool kit, camera bag and mountain bike bag/ helmet, soccer cleats, a bug out bag (the one from the lapolice gear) and a few other small things. this is all behind the seat. i have a small tool box that goes in the bed of my truck with other stuff like my tow strap and extra shoes and a few other things.

    the only complaint i have is that with the stuff behind my seat i have to get out of the truck and/or tell whoever is in my truck to lean forward and get out. it would be nice to be able to just reach back between the seats and grab it.

    hope this can help in your decision
     
  14. Aug 22, 2011 at 11:56 PM
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    Same as a double cab tho if ur by urself and if i have a pass I ask them to get it.
     
  15. Aug 23, 2011 at 12:27 AM
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    Being 6'-1" tall and the former owner of a 1993 Toyota 2wd standard cab... I can say that I LOVE my Xtra-Cab 1000% more than that thing.

    Bench Seat - FAIL
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    I think that just about sums it up... :rofl:
     
  16. Aug 23, 2011 at 12:47 AM
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    My sister has an 02 Tacoma Reg Cab and I have a 10 Tacoma Access Cab. The extra space in the Access Cab is great. The only drawback is when someone parks close to you in a parking lot. It's kind of hard getting to the back because of the "suicide" doors.
     
  17. Aug 23, 2011 at 12:55 AM
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    Bgwood88

    Bgwood88 Thats what she said..

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    I have no regrets on my regular cab. I've owned other extend cab pickups that were 4 cylinder and they were way under powered.
     
  18. Aug 23, 2011 at 1:06 AM
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    Blackdawg

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    Me too. Hell even in my 86 "extended" cab toyota it seemed stupid small compared to my 96s extended cab.
     
  19. Aug 23, 2011 at 5:13 AM
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    skytower

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    2gen cabs have more room. I'm 6'7" and comfortable in my reg cab. No recline though.
    The only thing an extended cab would do for me is collect more junk and unwanted passengers.
     
  20. Aug 23, 2011 at 6:23 AM
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    Pugga

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    If you've got the other cars for people carriers, I'd say get the regular cab. If it were my only vehicle and a daily driver, I'd suggest the access or double cab. There aren't many places you couldn't go with a regular cab 4x4, they're very agile because of the short wheel base.
     
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