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tacoma trim help for a newbie?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Hoot, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. Nov 18, 2009 at 1:08 PM
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    Hoot

    Hoot [OP] As i was sayi...... oooh shiny

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    hey yall. i'm still lookin into gettin me a tacoma. i was really hopin i could get a 4x4 but... why is the 4x4's so much more exspensive than a 2wd?

    but what i need help with is:

    1) would you consider a 2wd? or should i stick it out for a 4wd?
    2) can someone put the trims into dumb man words cuz im new?
    2.5) does a 2wd with a TRD package have the rear locker?

    any help or opinions here would be great!
     
  2. Nov 18, 2009 at 1:15 PM
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    1. no

    trim options would be best defined on toyotas site. get a 2wd and you'll regret it, end of story

    edit: i just looked at your jeep for sale, why on earth would you even consider a 2wd? you seem to be an off roader which should mean you know the many benefits of 4wd. unless you're looking to get out of that all together. in which case, if all you're looking for is a bed to haul stuff, and weather is not an issue, and you will never consider getting back into wheelin, get a 2wd
     
  3. Nov 18, 2009 at 1:21 PM
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    thx for that opinion.

    if i said this thing would never be an off-roader... would that change the thought?

    the truck would be strictly daily driver and more than likely babied since it'll be with for for the next 10+ years.....
     
  4. Nov 18, 2009 at 1:25 PM
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    It's still always good to have 4wd and not need it than to need it and not have it. Toyota's are pretty much keepers, you'll never know what you'd want to do further down the road.
     
  5. Nov 18, 2009 at 1:28 PM
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    true true....

    stupid price ranges........
     
  6. Nov 18, 2009 at 2:08 PM
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    If your planning on having the truck for 10+ years I'd recommend a 4x4. I'd hate to buy a vehicle, plan on having it for a long time and not be satisified with it. Not saying the 4x2's are bad but I do read for time to time about people wishing they have 4x4 (myself included a few years ago with a 4x2 Ford).

    Just my .02 cents
     
  7. Nov 18, 2009 at 2:13 PM
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    guess i'll just have to keep my eye out for whatever comes my way in the right price range....

    am i right about the locker tho? anyone kno?
     
  8. Nov 18, 2009 at 2:17 PM
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    I've got PreRunner TRD Off Road...its got a locker in the rear and its amazing!
     
  9. Nov 18, 2009 at 2:28 PM
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    nice....

    great lookin truck too!

    do you regret not havin a 4 wheel drive?

    also, not that its my main concern but just wonderin what kind of gas mileage are you gettin with the 2wd?
     
  10. Nov 18, 2009 at 2:59 PM
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    I have the 2WD Prerunner and it soots my needs just fine. I'm not an off roader, plus I keep mine stock and I'm getting 21 to 22mpg. When I bought mine last April I paid $17,500 for a used 2007 in excellent condition from a dealer in my area it also came with the TRD offroad package which was an added plus. The 4WD versions I saw were all over $20,000 and many were without the TRD package. If your not going to do any off roading I don't see the point in having 4WD if I get stuck some where I can lock the back wheels and hopefuly get myself out. Hope this helps.
     
  11. Nov 18, 2009 at 3:42 PM
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    thank you very much. that helps me a ton. im with you on that one.

    so right now, im on the hunt for a 2wd with the TRD package. :spy:
     
  12. Nov 18, 2009 at 4:11 PM
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    1 - You are the only one who knows your exact needs. The rest of us are goons in this regard, but I will share my experience. I am a whitewater kayaker and downhill skier. For getting to and from the mountain, 4WD was a non-negotiable. I'm also getting to the part of my kayaking career where the put-ins tend to be 20 miles up what is generously called a road in the mountains. Could a 2WD do the job? Probably, but not as safely. However, I pay for that capability all the time. I have to haul around 200lbs of 4WD gear that requires lots of maintenance. For driving in Georgia, where I assume it doesn't snow much, 2WD makes a lot of sense. Here in the mountains of Oregon, 4WD makes sense.

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    • Base = basic interior, steelies
    • SR5 = Niceties like cruise control added, 16" alloys
    • TRD Sport = hood scoop, 17" alloys, bilstein shocks, ambient temp and compass, AC power in the bed
    • TRD Offroad = 16" alloys, semi-knobblies, bilsteins, rear e-locker, ATRAC (N/A in DC LB)

    3 - I don't know.
     
  13. Nov 18, 2009 at 4:19 PM
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    thanks. that helps a lot. and yeah... not really any hills and if i see snow... it'll be another 10+ years before i see it again haha
     
  14. Nov 18, 2009 at 4:22 PM
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    Did you decide on which cab and bed config makes the most sense for you? That will also drive which trim options are available.

    Ah, one I forgot to mention: the JBL sound system is worthwhile. I love the bluetooth integration, and to my non-teenage ears it sounds entirely decent.
     
  15. Nov 18, 2009 at 4:35 PM
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    i want the 4 door, short bed.

    reasoning behind that is i need a truck to haul stuff (job wise and ridin four wheelers)

    and the 4 door because i have to carry my brothers and sister places a good bit and i tend to drive alot (because i would rather drive tha have someone else drive.... i kno for a fact i can drive good and its just one of those things if that makes sense.) which i normally end up carryin people with me (like friends when we go out of town.)

    and right now i have a set of speakers (2 separately boxed 8" kickers) that i really like and are not too loud but sound good.

    im not into the whole super loud, beat droppin rap that rattles everything. i just like a nice kick to whatever im listenin too haha

    and trim wise, i am probably gonna be goin for a 2wd (gas mileage, price, and easier to find) and i would like to have the locker in the rear
     
  16. Nov 18, 2009 at 4:56 PM
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    like others have said, if you plan on keeping it for a while. I would go 4wd. you never know where you will be a few years down the road. just my $.02
     
  17. Nov 18, 2009 at 5:46 PM
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    No snow in Ga and there won't be any in 10 years so what's the point ?
     
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    Base model 4x4's are comparable in price to a TRD prerunner...Mine was actually cheaper :cool:. Have you looked into the non trd 4x4's??
     
  19. Nov 18, 2009 at 8:07 PM
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    4x4 OFF-ROAD... that is all I need...
    get what you can afford. that is the most important.
     
  20. Nov 19, 2009 at 9:00 AM
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    Lookin for a tacoma!!

    i've looked for tacoma's in general.....

    if i go pre-runner, i would like to atleast have the trd

    if i could get a 4x4, a base one would be fine.

    the problem is, i cant really find any base 4x4s. i only see the pre-runners bein cheaper
     
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