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why should i choose a taco or tundy?

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by 95 taco, Jul 24, 2013.

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which truck

Poll closed Aug 23, 2013.
  1. 00-07 tundy

    22.6%
  2. 05-08 taco

    61.3%
  3. 04-08 f-150

    6.5%
  4. 99-07 silverado 1500

    9.7%
  5. other please specify

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. maxamillion2345

    maxamillion2345 Go home if you don't like guns liquor and whores.

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    Honestly I'm not well versed in the 4.6. All of our work trucks had 5.4s but 2 with the new 5.0s. I never had to do anything more than PMs on any of em but I know the 5.4s can have a host of problems and I got to drive one of the 5.4s for a couple weeks (a hundred miles a day if not more) and I was pretty unimpressed, as well as several of the other 5.4s for maybe 20 miles at a time here and there, same story. I also got to drive the 5.0s, hundreds of miles. Night and day difference in power and economy.

    Between the driving experience and the well known problems of the 5.4, I'd steer clear.

    Again, I really liked my dad's GMC, and I love my buddies tundy, and my taco. The dodge... gas... nah.
     
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  2. Mr. Biscuits

    Mr. Biscuits Salesman by trade, Gentleman by habit

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    If reliability is your concern, I wouldn't recommend domestic full size pickups at all. Maybe diesel. But that's my opinion.

    On the other hand, the Tundra doesn't seem to have the power to match the domestic full sizes. Supercharge? i don't know, I'm kind of babbling now :eek:
     
  3. maxamillion2345

    maxamillion2345 Go home if you don't like guns liquor and whores.

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    the 4.7 is a great engine, I'm not sure how it compares hp/torque with the 5.4 and 5.3 or 5.7/5.9 but super reliable solid engine
     
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  4. MGMTacolover55

    MGMTacolover55 Well-Known Member

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    Come to Oregon we have tons of tacos
     
  5. TnRedNeck721

    TnRedNeck721 GO VOLS!

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    1st gen tundra. or 2nd gen taco.

    dad has a 2000 tundra extended cab, 4x4. has over 200k on it and we still work it to hard. only problem is that stupid ticking, and the thing with the seat belts not retracting on there own very well.

    we have towed 2 cars to NY, (about 655 miles) one of the times we had an atv in the bed and a bunch of other stuff for 3 people.
     
  6. Mr. Biscuits

    Mr. Biscuits Salesman by trade, Gentleman by habit

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    That's a Toyota thing. They never get the seatbelts just right
     
  7. TexAggie

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    If I were in your shoes I would get the tundra. First of all you can find them in great shape for that price (you will not find a taco in that price in decent shape). Second the 4.7L is an extremely long lasting power train (it's what they used in the land cruiser for years).
     
  8. Ravic

    Ravic Artisan in DIY mods

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    Damn, tough choice boss. I'd probably go with this ^

    My buddy has a 01 Tundy AC and really its footprint isnt much larger than my 13 Taco DCSB 4x4. But it is an AC..
     
  9. 95 taco

    95 taco [OP] Cornfed

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    if i do get the 5.4 i might "chip" it, the guys on f150 forum have had good success with getting a little more power without losing reliability.

    i really need to test drive one, but i don't think the stealership will let me with just a permit.
    i'd get a dodge before i got a GMC, but i will look at the chevys.

    It's not my main concern, i just don't want to buy a truck that'll fall apart at 115k.
    if i wanted a 3/4 ton truck i'd get a 99 f-250 with the 7.3, but it's to big to be my DD.

    i like the way you think, its very tempting to go FI if i go the tundy route.
    that's good to know
    5.4L
    HP 300 @ 5000 RPM
    TQ 365 @ 3750 RPM
    4.0L
    HP 245 @ 5200 RPM
    TQ 282 @ 3800 RPM
    4.7L
    HP 240 @ 4800 RPM
    TQ 315 @ 3400 RPM
    5.3L
    HP 295 @ 5200 RPM
    TQ 330 @ 4000 RPM
    i'll have to look
    :thumbsup:
    x2 we had to replace one in my taco because it wasn't retracting.
    they are cheaper then the taco, and they have more power which is nice.
    the tundy (DC) is 6 inches longer then the f150, which is 2 inches longer then a 2nd gen DCLB.
     
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    Yeah that sounds about right. My buddies isnt a dc tho so the geometry looks about right there.
     
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    I can second everything flatblack said about the GM 4.3l. The engines themselves tend to be reliable but everything else about them will nickel and dime you to death...vacuum issues, dex-cool destroying everything cooling related, distributor on the back of the engine against the firewall, and above all abysmal power for the mpgs.

    I wish I had looked more into a 1st gen tundra before getting my Taco to be honest. Similar size and V8 available.
     
  12. 95 taco

    95 taco [OP] Cornfed

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    thanks for the input mike.

    so many options, i started looking into the chevys harder and they seem to be very reliable, so i'm gonna do more research on them.
     
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    i completely understand the shop i work at has a $15,000 computer scanner that is basically how to fix anything nowadays. and everything needs to be tested and reset and just a hassle
     
  14. flatblack

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    Dude, I'm telling you
    I was a Chevy man all of my life... until I got a Chevy older than the early 90's
    I don't even look at them any more

    My Dad just bought a 99 Silverado 5.3 Vortec (like 2 weeks ago)
    He called me up and told me it was spitting, sputtering, hesitating and carrying on
    Having had the same issue with my 4.3 Vortec, I told him to unplug the EGR Valve and see what happens:
    No more issues

    The thing is; the dealer he bought it from completely cleaned the EGR Valve before he bought it
    So, that means the passages are clogged
    Only 50k on the freaking vehicle and it has clogged EGR passages (that, at least on my 4.3, requires disassembly of the engine)

    I've already mentioned many of the other woes that go along with them...

    I won't all out say don't buy a Chevy, cause I don't have experience with ones past the mid-90's that aren't Vortecs
    But DO NOT BUY SOMETHING WITH A VORTEC!!
     
  15. DelRioTaco

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    I've either owned or driven most of those. I love the 1st gen Tundra-right size and plenty of power, plus reliable. I think the 04-08 F-150 is the worst they ever made. Way too noisy and poor visibility, plus ugly IMO. I had an 04 Silverado Z71 with the 5.3 and had no issues, other than the TSB for the clunking intermediate steering shaft. It was a great truck-looked good and drove like a much smaller truck. I checked out a 2014 Silverado today and would take my 04 back over that ugly brick in a second. If the Taco can tow what you need at the right price, go for it. If not, look for a clean 1st gen Tundra. If you have to go domestic from that era, I'd take the Chevy based on looks and ease of driving, but the Ford might be more reliable if you can handle the ugliness and hard plastic interior.
     
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  17. 95 taco

    95 taco [OP] Cornfed

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    Thanks guys, I decided to go with a 1st gen taco, 4door 4x4, and I'm going to go look at one with 108k miles tomorrow.
     
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    Not sure why you say anything with a vortec. The only vortech motors that suck to work on are the v6 with funky injection. The LS motors are reliable and stupid easy to work on.
     
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