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Someone swap a second generation Tacoma for a Tundra and regret of it?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by hgfontana, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. Apr 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM
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    hgfontana

    hgfontana [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking to see if I can swap my second generation Taco for a Tundra. I need more power on towing and bigger interior space. I'm known that is going to be direct impact in my wallet at the moment to fill up the tank... any other consideration?
    Any input I'll appreciate.
    Thanks

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  2. Apr 30, 2012 at 9:31 AM
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    Night

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    The tundra is definitely a work horse. Nice truck, my dad has one and I would own it but I love my taco more. Mileage is reasonable if the driver is.
     
  3. Apr 30, 2012 at 9:46 AM
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    How much does your trailer or toyhauler weigh? I did some stuff to mine and it helped a bunch. I put the DTLT headers, y pipe and URD Catback and AFE CAI and a MAFcalibrator and a tune from Gadget. It's not too bad anymore oh and some airbags.
     
  4. Apr 30, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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    hgfontana [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have the TSB leaf done and also I have a air bag. My trailer is around 4500 pounds but if I add the "toys" then is too heavy and I think the truck work to much when I go to the mountains.
    Also will be nice to have an extra seat.
    I’m driving in “conservative” mode most of the time, take my time to take off and keep it in low rpm. My concern is how much more will be when I don’t use a tow machine.
    Thanks guys!
     
  5. Apr 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM
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    I went from a 2007 crew max Tundra to a Tacoma because I do not tow anything and appreciate the maneuverability the smaller truck gives at the job site. But I do miss the power and ride the Tundra has with the 5.7 and definitely miss the roll down rear window and defrosting mirrors...
     
  6. Apr 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM
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    jonny

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    BUT...
    then you will want a bigger toy hauler :anonymous:

    haha jk
     
  7. Apr 30, 2012 at 2:04 PM
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    Jonny, I don't think so because I don't have more money:eek:... hahaha
     
  8. Apr 30, 2012 at 2:10 PM
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    easyeatlanta

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    the only draw back for me would be that they dont come in manual but seeing as you already have an automatic that shouldnt be a problem for you. Also my dad has a sequoia which when towing you hardly even notice the trailer back there much different than the last haul I did with the taco
     
  9. Apr 30, 2012 at 2:20 PM
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    I test drive a CrewCab 4x4 with tow package and beach seat last weekend. This truck is big and roomy inside. It have a automatic transmission with 6 gears and gear selector. The power on the engine is not a doubt but i'm not sure about the consumption. Thanks for your input.
     
  10. Apr 30, 2012 at 2:26 PM
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    I went the other direction. Outside of the fuel consumption, I do sort of regret it but the DC Taco is a great truck. If I'd done more research and figured out the Taco doesn't get a whole lot better MPG, I'd have probably kept the Tundra.

    This was mine... awesome truck!

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  11. Apr 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM
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    I just asked and my dad's average since about 5000 miles is 14.4 mpg not so hot but that is everyday driving and hauling because he hasn't reset his mpg average. my family also does not drive very light footed so that is definitely a factor.
     
  12. May 1, 2012 at 6:49 AM
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    Traded my 2006 DC SB that I owned since new back in Sept for a 2011 DC 4x4 & no regrets.
    Well maybe one~ :drevil:
    Not getting a CM for the roll down back window & a sunroof. :D
    The DC w/ 6.5 bed is the same length as the CM w/ 5ft bed fwiw.

    My Pros
    Roomy, lots of creature comforts, heated mirrors, cold weather pkg, adj headlights, locked tailgate, 4 corner tie downs,
    My tundra tows my trailer easily & gets better mileage doing it.
    My daily mileage is comparable to my taco.
    The 60/40 split bench plus rear seating can carry 6 adults.
    Good incentives when buying.

    My cons
    Yeah its a larger truck but have gotten use to it.
    I don't park in a garage anyway so that was a non-issue for me.
    The blower doesn't chirp but is underpowered.
    More of a pain to change oil & it costs more. The tacoma was soooo easy.
    At times I lose things inside since its roomy.
     
  13. May 2, 2012 at 8:13 AM
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    Thanks for your words, specially if come from experience and that is what a forum is for, just share experiences.
    When I bought my Tacoma, I'm looking for a mid-size truck that can handle my family and my trailer. The Tacoma have a good interior space but my family is growing and the requirements has been changed.
    I really wait to have a better MPG according to my driving habits. Since I bought it I keep a record of my fill up and I got an average of 17.43 MPG with 11.3 min and 23.4 max that is on 18K miles. If you compare a V6 with a V8, you wait a big step on consumption, but this looks like is not totally true between Tundra and Tacoma.
    Bottom line I can’t complain of the truck, I love it and it take me to a lot of places I just need more room and towing capacity.
     
  14. May 2, 2012 at 5:23 PM
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    Another great thing of all Toyota's in general is trade-in value, I'm trading in my old 2007 Tundra crew cab 4x4 truck (now my mechanics) with 201,000 miles and getting $11,800 not bad with most of those miles being offroad.
     
  15. May 2, 2012 at 5:32 PM
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    Hey if you need or want a bigger truck then go for it!
     
  16. May 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM
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    OP - what about the previous gen Tundra? You can get a V8 and it's not quite as hefty as the latest gen? Sometimes I kinda wish I'd given those more thought when getting my Taco.
     
  17. May 2, 2012 at 7:11 PM
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    I'd regret it - a new Tundra wouldn't fit in my garage.
     
  18. May 8, 2012 at 8:33 AM
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    Just make sure this doesn't happen to you.

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    we averaged 8 mpg towing a 16ft 5000lb trailer with a 26 gallon gas tank; Filling up every 220 miles really got annoying.
    I've towed with F250's, 350's, 450's, 650's, International CXT's with a DT 440 and Chevy 2500 and 3500's and the Tundra was pretty close to the bottom on fuel economy.
    Without a trailer the truck was awesome. Great interior, smooth and comfortable ride in the city and highway and good styling, but I wouldn't even consider it if I was in the market for a new a tow vehicle.
     
  19. May 8, 2012 at 9:28 AM
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    Depending on how often you tow, I would skip the Tundra and go to a 3/4ton diesel.
     
  20. May 8, 2012 at 9:58 AM
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    What kind of toy hauler is that? Looks awesome
     
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