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Tacoma rant

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by AkJohnE, Jan 14, 2022.

  1. Jan 14, 2022 at 5:09 PM
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    AkJohnE

    AkJohnE [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I Now have about 8300 miles on this truck and some things just dont make sense to me.
    This truck has a big screen in the middle of the dash, multipurpose screen for lack of better words or what I call a Millennial screen. Some cool features, however I find the maps on my phone better than what comes on the truck, so not super useful.

    The big question, with all the electronics and various screens where is the uber useful screen that shows oil pressure, oil temperature, or transmission temperature....? That would be useful, real trucks have that stuff. I towed a pretty heavy trailer last year and the truck did great but I was concerned about the transmission temperature, it would have been nice to monitor as there is no friggin dipstick? Seriously.... ! How hard would it be for Toyota to offer a gauge page? Am I the only one?

    Key fob, what a useless piece of crap, the salesman told me I could start the truck with the fob, but could never make it work. Apparently it works in Canada https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eZVO1kCyOk

    Auto start is pretty handy here and I ended up having a Viper installed. (I was Not interested in the yota ap). Viper works, but now I have to carry two fobs, and what good is the yota fob as you cant lock the doors with it running (at least I haven't been able to figure it out). Pretty often I want to run into the store and leave it running and locked, no can do. And it will beep if the fob is not in the vehicle but you can still drive away w/o having the fob/// What kinda goofy system is that and how is that better than a key?

    IS there a workaround for that?

    Another item is the rear seats, they are ok but I would not want to make a real adult sit back there for any lenght of time. yet they really dont offer much storage when they fold up, come-on Toyota you could have done better, Honda did in the Ridgeline and Ford did in the F 150.

    Storage compartments, Honda wins handsdown.

    Fuel mileage, pretty ho-hum in that department, I dunno, maybe I expected too much, Ford F150 with acres of space wins hands down and it has twice the towing capacity.
     
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  2. Jan 14, 2022 at 5:17 PM
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    AmateurTaco1313

    AmateurTaco1313 Never as easy as the install video

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    Too many
    So trade it in and buy something else?
     
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  3. Jan 14, 2022 at 5:17 PM
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    Tacospike

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    Comparing full size to midsize… sales guy def did his job



    I mean it’s not the trucks fault you chose to buy it. It doesn’t suite everyone. I hope you find something you want.
     
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  4. Jan 14, 2022 at 5:22 PM
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    AkJohnE

    AkJohnE [OP] Well-Known Member

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    It certainly is under consideration, I bought a Toyota because I thought they were solid rigs, I just didn't realize how ffd up they are with this over the top electronics suite, maybe all of them are like that... Am I the only Tacoma owner ever that wished he knew what the tarnny temp is? Maybe you guys never use these things.? It is a pickup truck after all.
     
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  5. Jan 14, 2022 at 5:24 PM
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    AmateurTaco1313

    AmateurTaco1313 Never as easy as the install video

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    Too many
    mine is pretty solid. 40k miles, of which are two cross country trips and hundreds of off road miles. 15k with a lift and many modifications……it’s a small to mid sized truck. It sounds like you need a full sized for your needs and uses
     
  6. Jan 14, 2022 at 5:28 PM
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    G0AT

    G0AT Tell me how you really feel

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    Also the millennial screen in the 2020+ tacomas comes with Apple Car Play or Android Auto so you can use your phone's navigation app. Unless you're one of those windows phone weirdos.
     
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  7. Jan 14, 2022 at 5:29 PM
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    The electronics in a Tacoma are starting to lag behind that of other trucks. It’s in all vehicles. As for the Tranny temp…I don’t know, my Tundra had one and in 8 years it never read any hotter than normal, even when I towed. If you tow a lot you might want a full-size truck anyway? It’s a quirky truck. My first few months with it I kept
    Comparing it to my Tundra which left me finding reasons to hate it. Once I let the Taco be what it is I started to appreciate it. My teenage kids fit in the back fine. Not as well as our 4 runner, but well enough. You can’t compare the back seat to that of a full size truck though. Am I right to assume you are coming from a full size?
     
  8. Jan 14, 2022 at 5:30 PM
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    Official Friday thread?
     
  9. Jan 14, 2022 at 5:30 PM
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    So, I live in California and can easily get the truck to start via the fob. It sounds to me like you’d rather throw money at a problem than learn to work it. The screen is common in all new cars due to safety features now required in all cars. I will agree with you that some extra temps would be nice. Oddly enough you didn’t throw any money to solve this as there are OBD II sensors you can buy that come with apps for just this issue. And if you want to compare full size to midsize, the Tundra gets nearly the mileage that the Taco does.
     
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    This and that...
    Late entry.
     
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    Why are you not driving a late 80s Chevrolet?
     
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    Didn't spring for the Apple Play/Android Auto? You should see the no GPS I have on my 2014. Phone works quite well though I agree.
     
  13. Jan 14, 2022 at 5:39 PM
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    If you get out with the truck running it will beep a few times. Pull the key out of the fob and lock the door and it will stay running. You have to use the key to open it back up because the fob won't if you do it that way.
     
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    The dealer couldn't make it work, I left it a that, The dealer recommended I not use a OBD platform to monitor as it it would need to be unplugged every time due to battery draw. I think that's BS and will probably get one. I think for a small truck it should do better on fuel.
     
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    I could never understand why people keep vehicles they don't like.

    Life's short, find what puts a smile on your face and move on.
     
  17. Jan 14, 2022 at 5:42 PM
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    Fascinates me how many people will spend $40k on a vehicle without doing any research beforehand. Not saying the complaints aren't valid, you do develop feelings after 8k on it, but no vehicle is perfect. Many issues can be resolved by going aftermarket. That being said, Tacomas are worth a bunch used, sell it and try something else on for size, it's just a vehicle. No need to be unhappy.
     
  18. Jan 14, 2022 at 5:43 PM
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    AkJohnE

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    I have full size truck I typically use for towing, I ended up in a situation and decided to use the TACO, it really did great considering but a tranny temp gauge or at least a dipstick would have been outstanding.
     
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    A title like that, and on a Friday... Winning!
     
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  20. Jan 14, 2022 at 5:45 PM
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    I agree about the tranny temp part. An OEM trans temp gauge would be handy but I fear that it would be as useful as the coolant temp gauge. Many of us have opted for a Scangauge (turns off when ignition off) or some other monitoring instrument. Problem solved.
     
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