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Soon to be 1'st time Taco Owner - Buying Advice?

Discussion in 'New Members' started by 00XJCO, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. Feb 13, 2011 at 12:51 PM
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    00XJCO

    00XJCO [OP] Member

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    Hello to everyone here at Tacoma World!

    I have been debating over my options for a new vehicle now for about 6 months, and multiple times now I have narrowed it down to a 2005+ Double Cab 4x4 Tacoma as what will best suit my needs (sound familiar to anyone?). It's come time to downsize, as I've had multiple vehicles each directed more towards a specific purpose (Hauling, Fuel Economy, 4 Wheeling), I think the Tacoma will suit the needs for all 3 quite well.

    I still have a Jeep and a motorcycle to be sold, after which I'll be able to pay cash for the truck, so I have a little time yet before I buy. I thought rather than just going off my own judgement and opinions, I should see if I could get any words of advice from seasoned Tacoma enthusiasts, so, here I am!

    So on that note, I would ask if generally speaking, there are any issues with Tacomas that I should keep an eye out for, any features I should try to get or avoid, is one year significantly better than another, etc. I also have a free set of BFG All Terrains waiting to be shipped to me due to a warranty claim from a bad batch, and was wondering what size I can fit without any interference, or other issues? I was thinking I would most likely order 265/75/16's or 265/70/17's depending on what wheel size I end up with, or, maybe order a used set off eBay as I've noticed they can be had for a pretty reasonable price, then have a summer/winter set. I realize both tire sizes amount to almost the identical size, but does the construction of a 16" vs 17" BFG AT produce much difference in ride quality, fuel economy, or other element of performance?

    Looking forward to any feedback, and getting involved with the Tacoma cummunity.

    Thanks!
    -00XJCO
     
  2. Feb 13, 2011 at 12:53 PM
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    crf69

    crf69 scraping my emblems off my plasti-dip

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    ummm yeah
  3. Feb 13, 2011 at 1:00 PM
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    DRTCWBY

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    I'm on my third tacoma and I'm a fan of the double cab long bed - does it all and has a strong resale! If you go with the bfgs AT the 265/70/17s will have the lower sidewall and will better for road handling while the 16s will give a bit more mush for off road - but truly the differnce is gonna be so minute that I doubt you'd notice.
     
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