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Why did you choose Toyota ?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 4WD, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. Jul 5, 2009 at 5:30 PM
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    4WD

    4WD [OP] cRaZy oLdmAn

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    I have had a few 4x4's , my first one was a 72' Dodge Power Wagon which was 100% stock, 3/4 ton long bed with a 360. I installed a first generation Rancho suspenstion lift 4" w/ 8 Gabriel racing "E's" along with some Cepeck 38.5" monster mudders . This truck was a beast to say the least but it ate U joints like no tomorrow, had to buy them by the 6 pack, my second truck was a 73' F 250 that was outfitted much like the Dodge. Although these trucks off roaded pretty well, they lacked what I was looking for, performance & agility. The third 4x was a 68' Kaiser built jeep CJ5 w/ Buick V6 and a posi rear end w/ over drive. now it was agile enough but it was one squirrely S.O.B. on or off road I never felt safe in the damned thing. A friend of mine had just bought a 1983 Toyota SR5 4x4 (straight axle) & I laughed & joked about what a waste of money it was to buy this pile of "jap crap" (no offense) So my buddy said that "We'll take it out this weekend & see if we can destroy it." Well that weekend all the laughing & joking stopped as this little 4 banger tin can did circles around every other 4x4 we encountered, whether it was uphill , down hill, on the side of a hill, whatever, hell we even yanked a full size Ford out of a muddy rut much to his embarrasement, this was in the Corral canyon area of San Diego's east county and for anyone here that is familiar to this area they know that this place can be a truck eater. I was so impressed with this little "Toy's" performance for a month I bugged my friend about buying his truck & to his refusal I hunted down my own. Now I have a 2000 Tacoma ex. cab TRD w/ all the goodies & a better truck cannot be found in my opinion. And if this one ever wears out I'll get another one , you can believe that.... Thats my reason, whats yours ??
     
  2. Jul 5, 2009 at 5:40 PM
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    sil3ncer7

    sil3ncer7 Gimme some mud n ull have a good time

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    Toyota is number 1 in the world and I was never an american car person.. Coming from a BMW and a Mini.. Plus, just look at the Tacomas.. Badass.. American trucks I think look like they pucked on their own grills and put that into production.
     
  3. Jul 5, 2009 at 5:58 PM
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    genxer36

    genxer36 Lord of Tomfoolery

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    Welcome to TW!

    I wanted a truck that would last for a long long time. I love the look of the prerunners.

    My 05 has 121,400 miles & still going strong. No problems.:D

    I had a 2003 tacoma before this one. It was a little small for my needs. So in 05 I traded it & they gave me $2500 more than I owed. Wow! What great resale value. Now my 05 is paid for & it has a loan value of $11,550, Retail value of $15,000. Not including my upgrades.
     
  4. Jul 5, 2009 at 6:32 PM
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    saltbranch

    saltbranch Well-Known Member

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    I'm so much brand loyal as am perfomance loyal. I have owned good ones of all brands-chevy,dodge,toyota,nissan and ford.
    For the bigger trucks in diesel form
    Dodge- best of the best
    Ford close 2nd
    In gas engines- Ford, Chevy, Dodge
    Above is considered 3/4 ton and 1 ton trucks.
    1/2 ton- my yota 01 Tundra was tops
    Little trucks, what can I say- I love tacos. I did have a s-10 .1987 model with a 2.8 v6 that i
     
  5. Jul 5, 2009 at 6:32 PM
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    Chillerguy

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    Toyota picked me, kind of. My first Toyota was a T100 with 470,000 miles on it. I was looking for a winter beater to drive when I couldn't ride my motorcycle. This was in the paper and I was the second to call on it and the first to look at it. It needed brakes and an alternator. I paid a $1000 for it and it never let me down. I ended up having to replace the radiator recently but thats it for repairs other than maintenance stuff. When the chance came to upgrade to a Tacoma ( and 4WD!) I jumped at it! I am normally a European car guy. I love Audi's but they are pricey to work on. Fast as shit no matter what the weather. VW's are the same. I found when I had my T100 I tended to drive slower and thus avoid the prying eyes of the local constabulary. My bike is way faster than I will ever need so it makes sense to have something very capable in winter that is maybe not so fast.

    Kirk
     
  6. Jul 5, 2009 at 6:44 PM
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    ClemsonTacoma

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    ive wanted a tacoma since i was 5 years old, i could pick one out a mile away
     
  7. Jul 5, 2009 at 7:24 PM
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    snoope

    snoope Well-Known Member

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    Toyota Financial :cool::):cool:......They financed my 1st new car way back in 1981,Toyota Corolla SR5 at the tender age of 20...We have never looked back.....including my kids the family has owned 13 Toyotas...(.with 2 fords stuck in there due to STUPID dealerships ).....5 of those have been Camry's with over 100k,including the '96 sharing the driveway with the Taco;)..

    We have been "LUCKY" with both sales and customer service....MY "Newbie" post basically says it all,the '02 is with "New frame"..who else will do that???

    Snoope
     
  8. Jul 5, 2009 at 7:29 PM
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    ClemsonTacoma

    ClemsonTacoma Well-Known Member

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    Pioneer DEH-P5100UB single din HU and black dash kit, Alpine 12" sub custom inverted box bed liner'd, various interior trim painted black, 48 blue LED domelight, cheepo floor mats, hose clamp mod, Cobra CB and knock off firestik, Stock steelie rims, with 265/75/16 Sumitomo HTR Sport A/T's
    Also for me my family has owned a ton of foreign cars, look at my sig 3 0f 4 cars are foergin and 4 of 4 would be but the ford is a company car. My mom had a 02 lexus RX300 with 150k mi on it last year and no probs.
     
  9. Jul 5, 2009 at 7:33 PM
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    Burgman

    Burgman I KEEEEEL YOU

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    my dads a huge consumer reports reader and is very inquisitive of how things hold up, so when i was looking for a truck i knew that for some reason japan makes more reliable vehicles: i was looking at a tacoma, xterra, ridgeline.. really wanted a xterra until i drove the tacoma, that was it bought it that night... had driven a few xterras too
     
  10. Jul 6, 2009 at 6:10 AM
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    glwood6

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    Husky front mud flaps, OEM bed mat, 3D floor mats, Wet Okole seat covers, fog lights anytime mod, rear diff breather extension, aluminum Relentless tailgate reinforcement, NWexpo corner gussets, 265/75-16 Hankook Dynapro ATM
    Found an '89 V6 DLX 4x4 truck for $7500 back in '93 that was a salvage title. Owned that for a year and a half, sold it for $7500 then. Regretted selling that truck, it never gave me any issues for being a salvage title. Got a couple more salvage title Tacomas (I knew a dealer who sometimes had them), a '96 ext. cab V6 4x4, which wasn't so great, traded it for a '98 5spd reg cab 4x4 4-banger which was a good truck. Sold that also. Few years back, found an '88 4x4 reg cab for $2000. Got that, fixed it up (4Runner seats, rebuilt the 5-spd tranny, new carpet, some body work), then decided it was too small. That's when I found the current '02 Tacoma. The original owner had it on Autotrader, it had 19400 miles, was 3 years old, he said he never drove it. I went to look at it, gave him a deposit on the spot, knew that if I went home to think about it, it would be gone in a few hours...have had it ever since 2005 when I bought it.

    So this is my 5th Toyota truck, wouldn't even look at anything else. Got a Rav4 for my wife.
     
  11. Jul 6, 2009 at 9:55 AM
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    matthew5olson

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    My chevy sucked
     
  12. Jul 6, 2009 at 10:05 AM
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    ColtsTRD

    ColtsTRD .....

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    x2- My 05 Taco has 90k miles on it and the only thing i've had to replace is the battery, but I live in AZ and the heat is killer on batterys.
     
  13. Jul 6, 2009 at 10:07 AM
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    ColtsTRD .....

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    Plus all the american motor companies are being bought out or going bankrupt...except Ford and I won't even go there....
     
  14. Jul 6, 2009 at 10:12 AM
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    LEEP

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    Drive the rest then decide i did + tacoma best hands down but pricey
     
  15. Jul 6, 2009 at 10:15 AM
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    rutherk1

    rutherk1 ElPhantasmo&TheChickenRunBlastarama

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    I have owned pretty much ford trucks for the last 20 years. With their refusal to make a 4 door small 4x4 pickup, I had to go toyota. I always had that vision of driving my good friends 1989 4 cylinder toyota pickup underwater and it didn't skip a beat. Although I can't imagine the new ones would stand up to that with all the computer gizmos in it.
     
  16. Jul 6, 2009 at 11:36 AM
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    rendog

    rendog i miss my 04

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    RESALE VALUE still at $15985 for a 2004. about $2-3000 more than similar chevy's and nissan's.
     
  17. Jul 6, 2009 at 11:39 AM
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    ClemsonTacoma

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    lmao at your sig ^
     
  18. Jul 6, 2009 at 11:43 AM
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    Toyota Truck

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    Resale value and relabilty.
     
  19. Jul 6, 2009 at 11:49 AM
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    rendog

    rendog i miss my 04

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    HA yeah chris farley was awesome
     
  20. Jul 6, 2009 at 1:32 PM
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    higherlux

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    when i was little my dad had (and still has) a 86 toyota 4wd lb and he has owned it for 12 years he has put that truck through hell and back and it has only been stuck ONCE and his truck before that was a 82 toyota 4wd sb and he has told me stories of that truck that were unbeleveable and also the fact that i was born in a toyota family also persuaded my choice
     
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