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Tin Can Toyota....

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by sincitytaco, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. Oct 3, 2009 at 1:56 PM
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    sincitytaco

    sincitytaco [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Why is the sheet metal on these trucks so damn thin. Everytime I turn around I have a new dent or door ding. I have never owned a vehicle that such thin, weak metal. I am not sure I would feel real safe getting in a T Bone wreck with this truck.
     
  2. Oct 3, 2009 at 2:01 PM
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    Janster

    Janster Old & Forgetful

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    Everytime it rains, those bigger rain drops hitting the roof does sound like a tin can. My husband mentioned about throwing some insulation up there above the headliner.

    These trucks aren't nearly as heavy duty as the previous generation.
     
  3. Oct 3, 2009 at 4:33 PM
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    gcwaterski

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    I gotta admit, they do seem to ding rediculously easy. Its very annoying.
     
  4. Oct 3, 2009 at 4:36 PM
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    Motoxerc0

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    I hate that when it rains it sounds like im getting baseballs dropped on the roof and I have bent the tailgate in twice already from carrying dirtbikes. Other then that, its a great truck haha.
     
  5. Oct 3, 2009 at 4:38 PM
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    JeffRock

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    I cringed the first time I bought my 09" to a touch less car wash. I thought the air dryer was going to dent the hood permanently.
     
  6. Oct 3, 2009 at 4:40 PM
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    HBMurphy

    HBMurphy Ban Pending

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    It would be nice to have some flexible composite.
     
  7. Oct 3, 2009 at 4:41 PM
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    Dellosa89

    Dellosa89 Love peace and Taco Grease

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    i have a couple dents in my roof from leaning on the roof when drying. but F-it its a truck i don't really care.
     
  8. Oct 3, 2009 at 4:49 PM
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    sabre2up

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    The last heavy metal truck I owned was a '49 Chevy half ton.
     
  9. Oct 3, 2009 at 4:52 PM
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    Monkeysuncle

    Monkeysuncle My Cat's breath Smells like Cat Food

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    My 99 holds up fairly well, I have scratched it in the woods, and I dont think toyota paint stands up to well in the elements but I have several Homer Simpson moments in my garage with my lawn mower, a 2x4 or what ever and run over and see nothing. Hold on why I go knock on some wood.( that's what she said. )
     
  10. Oct 3, 2009 at 5:07 PM
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    TL697

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    It is tough to find any newer car or truck that doesn't have thin sheet metal...

    I've been lucky so far (10,000 miles) with no dings or dents...

    My 2005 Dodge 2500 was much worse and would ding or dent if you looked at it wrong...
     
  11. Oct 3, 2009 at 6:06 PM
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    sincitytaco

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    I have a dents in 3 out of my 4 doors and on my passenger side bed. I use my truck for daily use but after 7 months it is starting to age prematurly. I am glad it is a lease so I really don't care too much as long as teh damage is smaller than a credit card because they wont charge me for small damage.
    This truck is definately not going to be pretty when I get done with it. If everything keeps up. I am glad my friend owns a body shop, I will just use him it is gets out of control.
     
  12. Oct 3, 2009 at 6:13 PM
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    xJuice

    xJuice My spoon is too Big!

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    Yea because the strength in vehicles is in the body panels.... [​IMG]
     
  13. Oct 3, 2009 at 6:19 PM
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    SubZombie

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    Sheet metal thick or thin does nothing to protect you in a wreck, its all about the frame.

    Check out the vid of the 1959 Bel Air head on into a 2009 Malibu done by IIHS recently, the Bel Air gets owned.
     
  14. Oct 3, 2009 at 6:23 PM
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    WilsonTheDog

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    Welcome to 2009 and even stricter CAFE standards.
     
  15. Oct 3, 2009 at 6:44 PM
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    paintdiddy

    paintdiddy Machine gun shits

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    no one makes a truck like they used to.im going to buy an old school truck and overhaul it
     
  16. Oct 3, 2009 at 7:15 PM
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    Asgard

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    No matter what you buy, everyone is using tinfoil nowadays. Doesn't really bother me because the frame is what protects you in a crash, the tinfoil is for better gas mileage.
     
  17. Oct 3, 2009 at 7:23 PM
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    higherlux

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  18. Oct 3, 2009 at 8:20 PM
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    I put a thread on here about the acorns putting dents all over my hood. Don't take much to dent tin foil
     
  19. Oct 3, 2009 at 8:27 PM
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    TacoTurd

    TacoTurd Defying Alliances since 2007

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    :thumbsup:

    I kept my old (late 90's gen) 3/4 ton chevy. Then got a consulting contract with generous travel. I am pouring the money back into the old truck. It is relatively indestructible and a real pleasure to drive on long trips. Same mpg as this silly little taco at highway speeds. Hail and gravel just bounce off (two things I have seen a lot of lately).

    They really don't make 'em like they used to.... :rolleyes:

    Funny how many people talked about rain here. After driving the old truck, when it rains in my taco I literally wince.
     
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