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Why a Tacoma?

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by MGH-PA, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. Apr 27, 2009 at 9:21 AM
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    MGH-PA

    MGH-PA [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So let's hear it. Why (if multiple reasons, go ahead and list them all if you want:D) did you choose a Tacoma over everything else? What else were you looking at/considering? What market? Fullsize/mid-size/both?


    The reason I ask, is I've read A LOT of threads on here from guys really liking offerings from the various "big three," especially the F150s. So I go to thinking as to whether you guys like the fullsizes out there, but don't need them, or what?

    So, let's hear it;)
     
  2. Apr 27, 2009 at 9:22 AM
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    FlawedXJ

    FlawedXJ mall crawlin', web wheelin', concrete cowboy

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    I actually have a jeep now. Imagine that.
    they hold their value like crazy. I got a new 08 for what i could have gotten a comparable used 2nd gen.
     
  3. Apr 27, 2009 at 9:47 AM
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    johnecon2001

    johnecon2001 Well-Known Member

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    Gas mileage, I didn't need a big truck, I wanted to wheel, I wanted something better than my buddies 1st Gen taco lol.
     
  4. Apr 27, 2009 at 9:51 AM
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    DanGer

    DanGer Avatar approved by 98tacomav6

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    Honestly I have loved the look since I was real young. They are very powerful for the size and well built (the last one goes more so for first gens). The engines are some of the best out there. My 4 banger is bigger than two of my friends 6 cyls, yet I get the same mileage. They are great to serve as trucks and nimble enough for trails
     
  5. Apr 27, 2009 at 9:54 AM
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    gdawg25

    gdawg25 Zoom-Zoom

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    Why not?
     
  6. Apr 27, 2009 at 9:54 AM
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    420Tacoma

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    None. Stock with options - Roof rack, running boards, hood scoop, etc.
    Its a Toyota. It's more gas efficient than the Tundra, so I chose the Taco. My cousin's Gen 1 taco made it to 500,000 miles & then he sold it. Original Engine & tranny. I was impressed.
     
  7. Apr 27, 2009 at 9:55 AM
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    Untamed_SS

    Untamed_SS Stayed Up Too Late

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    I got one because my first vehicle was a 2004 Tacoma. Wish I still had it :(
     
  8. Apr 28, 2009 at 11:50 AM
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    Austin Taco

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    I had an 06 F150 loaded up. One day I was driving and decided just to test drive the Tacoma because I had always liked the way they looked.
    Test driving it was my biggest mistake. I had more legroom, it was smoother and performed better than my F150.

    My wife thought I was nuts for wanting to trade to a smaller truck. I haven't regretted it since.
     
  9. Apr 28, 2009 at 11:52 AM
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    DanGer

    DanGer Avatar approved by 98tacomav6

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    Wow thats a funny story! I don't know anyone who can make a direct comparison like that!
     
  10. Apr 28, 2009 at 12:00 PM
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    Austin Taco

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    DG....it's a true story.

    I did lose a lot of interior space in the switch. The F150 had the 5.4 V8 which, IMO, I always thought was too small of a motor for that big heavy body. The braking on the Fords suck! No acceleration so passing really sucked.
    The Taco will get up to 60 mph quickly and get back down to 0 even quicker. It handles great and is smoother than the F150. The F150 bed bounces all over the place when unloaded. The Taco doesn't.
     
  11. Apr 28, 2009 at 12:01 PM
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    MiikeyD

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    I think there was a hypnosis device somewhere in the truck.
     
  12. Apr 28, 2009 at 12:46 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    LMFAO!!!!
    Im guessing a "Real" truck would be a GM??? Like one of those FANTASTIC POS Canyons??
     
  13. Apr 28, 2009 at 12:54 PM
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    Dilsky

    Dilsky There go my nipples again!

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    Is that a joke? I drive all kinds of trucks at work since we have a small fleet so we deal with a lot of rentals. Over the past year of owning my truck and driving all the Fords, GMC's, CHEV's and Dodge's I prefer my own to them 100%. The best part of my day is parking that POS GM and jumping into my TOYOTA!
     
  14. Apr 28, 2009 at 1:10 PM
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    Kenobe

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    I really wanted a full-size, but for $10k + less I got a Taco with all the same gear, just a smaller vehicle.
    Ford - don't like any Ford product, tho I like the looks of the F-150.
    Chevy - possible no Chevy soon?
    Nissan - crappy mileage
    Tundra - crappy mileage, expensive and UGLY interior
    Dodge - possible no Dodge soon?

    Once I drove the Tacoma I was hooked anyway :)

    Kenobe
     
  15. Apr 28, 2009 at 1:15 PM
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    Austin Taco

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    A real truck? Seriously? What makes youthink we've never driven one?

    I've had:
    F250
    F150
    GMC 3/4 ton

    All but the F150 were 4x4. I no longer need those trucks and I'm not one of those guys who goes out and buys a big truck to drive to the store in. I bought what suits my needs.
     
  16. Apr 28, 2009 at 1:36 PM
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    WoadWunner

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    All the research I did says it is the best Mid sized truck on the market.
     
  17. Apr 28, 2009 at 1:48 PM
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    jd31goalie

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    It's the best out there!!! Best combination of everything!
     
  18. Apr 28, 2009 at 2:24 PM
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    MGH-PA

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    Oh, I know it's by far the best mid-size out there. There's not even competition imho. I've just always had a thing for fullsize trucks. Seems a few of you like (or had at least) F150s. They're probably my 2nd choice of full size trucks next to the 1st gen Double Cab Tundras. My only regret with my Tacoma is getting the AC...which is why I'm considering looking at a fullsize AC or DC.
     
  19. Apr 28, 2009 at 4:45 PM
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    MiikeyD

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    he probably drives a dick.
     
  20. Apr 28, 2009 at 7:09 PM
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    tacomajason

    tacomajason the anti mpg

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    first off, this guy has troll written al over him.


    second off, i get this type of thing all the time from my full sized truck buddies. lets hook bumpers ect ect. no shit i would loose, i didnt uy my truck for that. i could have bought an f150 or a silverado but thats not what i needed. you can't beat a mid sized truck for day to day use. and you can't beat a tacoma in the mid sized truck market...
     
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