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What's wrong with your 2nd gen?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by dustinuhls, May 28, 2009.

  1. May 28, 2009 at 4:27 AM
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    dustinuhls

    dustinuhls [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I run across a lot of people who wished they would've kept their 1st gen Tacoma instead of getting the newer 2nd gen. I have a really nice '01 DoubleCab Limited 4x4 with 60K miles and love it. It's in great shape... it's paid off... and I love it. I drove my friends '06 Taco and really liked it too. The extra room and power is really nice, but I'm wondering why so many people regret buying the newer 2nd gen Tacoma instead of keeping their old one. Like I said earlier, my truck is in great shape with really low miles, but I was just thinking about buying a newer truck. Other than the "spending $ when I don't need to", what are your opinions about buying a new Tacoma? I have always said that my next Tacoma woud be a factory ordered brand new one with all the options I wanted on it so I don't have to compromise on anything else by purchasinga used one.
     
  2. May 28, 2009 at 4:33 AM
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    FL4x4Taco

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    Love my 2009. So many things better than my early 90's 4x4.

    Pros:
    -More Power/torque
    -5spd Auto
    -Backup Cam
    -Plastic bed liner w/rails
    -120V outlet
    -Big headlights/fog lights (compare to the old trucks!!)
    -E-Locker

    Cons:
    -Low seating position. Feels like you're on the ground in a sports car.
    -Weird brakes.
    -Not a fully boxed frame.
    -Not a lot of room in the cab for CB radios and stuff. Pretty busy looking dash.
    -More road noise at hwy speeds than I expected. I will be Dynamating the Cab when I have the time/money.

    Overall I like it.
     
  3. May 28, 2009 at 5:09 AM
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    Burns

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    I say keep your 1st gen, they are bullet proof. Not that I have had any problem with my 08. But I put 190k on my 98 taco and it still ran perfect the day I traded it in.
     
  4. May 28, 2009 at 5:14 AM
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    98tacoma27

    98tacoma27 is gooder 'en chicken Moderator

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    FIRST GEN'S FTW!!!!!!!!

    ...........and now back to your regularly scheduled thread..........
     
  5. May 28, 2009 at 5:22 AM
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    Joe B

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    My '99 PreRunner was a more solid truck than my '09.
    It just felt like it was made much better and it was because it was made in Japan but I do like my '09.
     
  6. May 28, 2009 at 5:44 AM
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    paintdiddy

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    i never had a problem with my 08 BUT my 02 and 88 seemed built way better.the quality just isnt what it used to be.
     
  7. May 28, 2009 at 5:53 AM
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    longbow

    longbow I see you now..................

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    My 2 gen has it's little things I don't like, but then unless I built it, gonna find them no matter what.

    Personally if it was me, and could afford it, I would keep the first gen, save some funds and bite the bullet on a 2 gen.
     
  8. May 28, 2009 at 6:14 AM
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    TacoNH

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    All my my springs squeak a lot. wtf?
     
  9. May 28, 2009 at 6:42 AM
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    white91formula

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    Clutch went at 4k miles exactly
    rear suspension sags
    rattles on dash and rear of access cab
    paint is chipped worse than my 91 trans am with 100k miles
    radio controls stopped working with 1k miles on truck

    so far i replaced the radio with a kenwood dnx5120

    im looking into clear bra for the front of the truck to help save it

    toyota claims it will take 4-5 weeks to get a clutch assembly, which i think is total bull shit

    they wont do the rear TSB because they say i have a 09 and its not included even tho my vin number falls with in the ones that are covered.

    i dont think its a bad truck overall, but im having lots of problems with it that i shouldnt have with a brand new truck
     
  10. May 28, 2009 at 6:54 AM
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    Killer Red Taco

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    Well never driven a 1st gen.

    But my 2nd has some issues.
    Squeaking leaf springs
    I had the visor screws back out
    Not much room for the CB
    Not to hot on the composite bed.
    Fawked up spring shackles- WTF toyota


    Other than that I love it.
    Power
    Room
    Looks
    Looks I get from jealous drivers in their POS.
     
  11. May 28, 2009 at 7:21 AM
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    Bearskill

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    1. I don't know if it's partly to do with my lift or not but my slip yoke keeps sticking. Every time I come to a stop then let my foot off the breaks I get a "clunk". From what I understand I have a little "reverse" axle wrap. When I hit the breaks, the springs flex kind off out of wack, throws my axle out of wack, letting my slip joint stick. I let my foot off the break and it clucks back into the right position.
    2. My steering shaft between the steering collum and the 2nd intermediate has a lot of side to side play in it. I hit one bump, but I will feel two in my steering wheel. I have tried to shim it but no love. The part is only $250 from the dealer, but I don't really want to pay for the part with out looking at it first. I don't want to order on if it's just going to do the same thing.
    I love my truck, but if I can fix those two things I would be STOKED!!!
     
  12. May 28, 2009 at 7:40 AM
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    techgeekwill

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    I used to have a 96. It was the old man type, not 4x4 or PreRunner. It was OK. I had it from around 53k to 160k. I agree that it does feel better built in some cases, but everything started falling apart at 120k.

    My old 84 Pickup was still "new" at 380k. Stock Clutch and all. The only replacement parts on it were the windshield, and the PS Pump bracket.
     
  13. May 28, 2009 at 8:05 AM
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    Veccster

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    I just typed a VERY LONG and VERY DETAILED response to this thread. :typing:

    I owned a 2004 TRD OR that I traded in for a 2009 TRD Sport. My response offered the pros and cons of each truck but I hit BACK while trying to hit 'post quick reply'.:smash: Post gone and I'm not retyping it! :goingcrazy:



    To summarize, I like the 2009 more but it ALSO has issues. No truck is flawless and it's easier to see the flaws in your current truck than to remember them in an older truck.
     
  14. May 28, 2009 at 8:08 AM
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    jonny

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    drove my uncle's 03 dc v6 a few times...awesome truck!
    i fell in love w/ his 1st gen.
    went to trade in my Srt-4 on an 02 DC v6 and was almost sold...
    test drove my 08, it was a no brainer.
    more room,power,towing,more up to date looking interior, e-locker(his didnt have the locker) bed outlet and so on.
    i would say stick to the 1st gen since it's paid off. unless you have the funds or can easily afford the extra funds going out a month on a 2nd gen

    for me...
    i was going to have a 5 year car note regardless so i didnt mind spending the extra $ a month on my second gen.

    both very secksy trucks.
    GL to you and your decision.
    if you do get the second gen, be sure to post pics! :thumbsup:
     
  15. May 28, 2009 at 8:27 AM
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    bobwilson1977

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    none except for crappy hub caps and floor mats.
    I've had my first gen for 14 years. Still runs and drives like new. Can't really argue with its quality. But I like the interiors of the new Tacos a lot more. The one in mine is bare bones basic and small. I'll probably drive mine until the wheels fall off.
     
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