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Towing with the 2.7L I4

Discussion in 'Towing' started by Andy42, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. Dec 14, 2007 at 9:08 PM
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    Andy42

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    Hey everyone,

    I'm a new guy here and looking for an reliable, fun, and economical 4x4 vehicle with some decent towing capacity. I see that the 2nd generation 4 cylinder Tacos are rated to tow 3500# and that is just perfect for my needs, the folding trailers I am looking at (such as the Aliners and Chalets) max out at about 3000# loaded. But I am going to be exploring the Wild West and traversing many a mountain pass with a steep grade and at altitudes of 9,000 to 12,000 feet. I am sure the Tacos chassis and brakes are up to this task, but how about that 2.7L I4? Will it really pull that heavy a trailer up these mountain passes? I know how to shift and keep the RPM and horsepower up there, but is the Taco I4 up to the challenge? I really would prefer the I4 to the V6 if it can handle this task - decent gas mileage is important to me (at least when not towing)! What are your thoughts?

    Andy
     
  2. Dec 15, 2007 at 5:47 AM
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    maverick491

    maverick491 Towing Guru

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    Everything you ever wanted to know about towing with a Tacoma

    To answer your specific question. As long as you properly set your truck and trailer for towing you should have no problems with the 2.7L with a 3000 lb. folding trailer. It is not the weight that I thought my 04 2.7 had a problem with, but the weight combined with the air resistance. With a folding trailer you won't have the air resistance problem, so the 2.7L should serve you very well.
     
  3. Dec 15, 2007 at 2:21 PM
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    I agree with Maverick491, the I-4 is the bomb when it comes to 4 cyl engines, you won't be passing anything but it will handle it fine. I would suggest a set of nice tires, good gas(higher octane), and the 5 speed, I think the auto would kill the deal. The 4 liter would do it very nicely, auto or 6 speed. Have fun and send pix. :D
     
  4. Dec 15, 2007 at 5:03 PM
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    Andy42

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    Maverick, that is one sweet towing tutorial! I'm learning a lot from that. What I am planning looks very feasible.

    Concrete, I sure would like an auto tranny but I find it's not available on the 4x4's with the I4 engine! Maybe it's asking too much of that engine to perform 4x4 duty with an auto tranny. I guess I can live with a manual. But it's not the only puzzling option limitation I'm finding with the I4, it seems cruise control is not available with that engine either. I'm planning on using this vehicle a long time (10 years) and gas is surely going to be costing a lot more in that time frame, so I really want to stick to the I4. Toyota seems to be pushing the V6 however!

    Good point about the wind resistance, BTW.
     
  5. Dec 15, 2007 at 5:40 PM
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    I think that there is a thread on here about adding the factory cruise control after purchase.

    Since the new Tacoma's are all drive by wire, it is pretty much just plug and play. I think. If I get time later I'll see if I can find the thread. It may have been Tsunami22 who wrote it up so perhaps he'll just chime in and save me the time. :)

    Edit:

    here's the cruise controll threadhttp://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/2736-diy-oem-cruise-control-install.html

    And to credit it properly, it was hammerdog and not Tsunami 22 who wrote it up.
     
  6. Dec 15, 2007 at 5:48 PM
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    WOW, you guys are awesome!
     
  7. Dec 15, 2007 at 8:24 PM
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    I have a six and six and it pulls like a train, not to long ago I had bout 1000 lbs in the bed, got it up to 62mph, set the cruise, and never looked back. I felt pulling trailers was easier with manuals, a little more feel to it. But if your not going to pull everyday than the I-4 is the way to go. Learn to love the 5 speed. :D
     
  8. May 5, 2009 at 2:17 PM
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    I pull a pop-up camper. #2200 dry. It pulls it 70 MPH, in 5th gear, into a 15 MPH crosswind. I don't see why people find it necessary to have a V6 to tow. It accelerates no problem. I upshift at 4000 RPM, and it takes less than 20 seconds to 70 MPH. I'm sure I'd need 4th gear into a strong wind, and I use 3rd for passing quickly. My previous truck was a Dakota with the 230 horse V8 BTW.
     
  9. Aug 27, 2009 at 8:19 AM
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    I will be hauling a 3000# boat / trailer...but short distances. I will be installing a brake mod as the trailer has brakes....but....should I install an oil cooler on this? Good ol' 2.7 4x4 5 speed.
     
  10. Aug 27, 2009 at 8:27 AM
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    Do you mean for the motor? It definitely won't hurt but it isn't necessary.
     
  11. Aug 27, 2009 at 8:41 AM
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    Yeah for the motor. I hear a lot of good things about the 2.7 engine and it has been great so far for the 5 months I have had it...but a buddy of mine is a mechanic and he thought it might be a good idea.
     
  12. Aug 27, 2009 at 8:42 AM
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    Also, where would I get additional spring mods put in as well as an oil cooler...? Is there anyplace special for the springs. I will probably be able to do the cooler myself.
     
  13. Aug 27, 2009 at 8:45 AM
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    I don't think it is really necessary. There are guys (and gals) that tow frequently and don't have one. You could just tow the camper and watch your temp gauge to see if runs hotter than normal. Then decide from there.
     
  14. Sep 16, 2011 at 11:25 AM
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    I have a 96 Taco with the 2.7 and all i tow with it is a sled trailor and the sled maybe about 1000-1200#. awsome Truck to have
     
  15. Jan 16, 2012 at 2:01 PM
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    I use my strait 4 tacoma every day to tow a 4000lbs lawnservice trailer, so you should have no problem with 3000lbs if you get a stick. I did test drive the auto before I got mine, and that truck was a dawg, but the 5 speed seems to work very well with the 4banger
     
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