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WTB 1st gen. truck, what engine is best?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by PensacolaDiver, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. Apr 7, 2011 at 8:31 AM
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    PensacolaDiver

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    Hello all, I am a new member and I am on the market for a 1st gen. tacoma. I am unfamiliar with the brand as I have only owned domestic trucks up until now. This will not be a daily driver, it will be my offroad/home depot/bugout truck. 4 wheel drive, obviously, and an extended cab or crew cab only, no standard cabs. Oh, and manual transmission only.

    My question is this: I know bigger is usually better, but is the 3.4 V6 the best engine choice or should I consider the 2.4 or 2.7 for any reason?
    In addidtion to that, is there a particular year(s) I should favor in my search?

    Thank you in advance for any and all information, it is much appreciated.
     
  2. Apr 7, 2011 at 8:38 AM
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    I know I've heard alot of people complain about a lack of power coming from the 4 bangers. I have the V6 and I love it. And as for the year, all years of the first gen are awesome. Mines a 99 and I couldn't be happier :D
     
  3. Apr 7, 2011 at 8:45 AM
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    I am 99% sure that all first gen double cabs are packaged as v6 autos only. I've got 214k on mine with no tranny issues...rushes to knock on something wood based. Good luck with your search.
     
  4. Apr 7, 2011 at 8:46 AM
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    never driven a 2.4 or 2.7L... i've got the 3.4L and I'm quite happy with it. I typically average 17.5 mpg (with mostly city driving) and regularly see 20-21 mpg on all freeway trips. there's no replacement for displacement!
     
  5. Apr 7, 2011 at 8:47 AM
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    I would go with the 3.4 V6 for an off road truck the extra power will be nice if you put bigger tires on and not need to re-gear. Also if you want a manual trans you won't be getting a DC the Extra cab and single cab were the only ones with a manual trans. I would go with the Extra cab there is really is not much room for people back there but you can toss shit in there without is getting wet or dusty on the trail if you don't have a camper that is and the bed id 6" so you can haul more stuff.
     
  6. Apr 7, 2011 at 8:50 AM
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  7. Apr 7, 2011 at 8:55 AM
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    Both engines are good. People tend to like the V6 solely for more power... so either engine is the answer. Bottom line is gas mileage. If the gearing is right, won't really affect your offroading. I'm a V6 guy, but only because I'd never own a manual... did my time with those. I used to have a 1985 (I think) Toyota 4x4 sr22 engine (believe that's the number) manual tranny, it did just fine, even with oversized tires. Thing ran forever... our group of friends just kept selling it to each other as our needs changed. Never feared selling it to a friend, even though it had 200K miles or so on it as it just kept running....
     
  8. Apr 7, 2011 at 10:10 AM
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    I've had both on virtually the same truck (96 Xtra cab/4wd/5spd w/2.7L and 01 Xtra cab/4wd/5spd w/3.4L)...both had the same mods, and I like the 3.4 a lot better. the mileage is also the same (17-22 mpg) for each.
     
  9. Apr 7, 2011 at 11:45 AM
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    I don't think the 2.4L is available in 4x4 Tacoma's. If you have a choice between the 2.7L and the 3.4L, go with the 3.4. Its a great motor and gas mileage isn't much different.

    Although, the 2.7L is obviously smaller and simpler, so its easier to work on and may last longer. However, if you put big tires on it then you will be underpowered.

    I guess there's pros and cons to each, just depends on your priorities.
     
  10. Apr 7, 2011 at 11:46 AM
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    definitely go with the v6. i wish it had some more power but i think i just need to regear
     
  11. Apr 7, 2011 at 11:52 AM
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    Great info by all, thank you very much guys.
    It sounds like what I initially suspected with the 'no replacement for displacement' rule always in effect, so the 3.4 will be the way I go. Good to know that the standard cab and extended cab are the only body styles I can get the V6 mated to a manual, that will certainly help in my search as well.
    Thanks for the welcome aboard, where abouts in FL are you Joe?
    Have a good one fellas, I'll keep the board posted on my search/purchase!
     
  12. Apr 7, 2011 at 11:54 AM
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    v6! 3.4!
     
  13. Apr 7, 2011 at 12:53 PM
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    You are 100% wrong. Double cabs came with a 2.7 as well. Not sure where you got your info.
     
  14. Apr 7, 2011 at 3:42 PM
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    Yes. But only in 2001 and very few were made because it was not a widely distributed option. No 01-04 DC tacos were manual though.
     
  15. Apr 7, 2011 at 3:56 PM
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    I have the 2.7 matched with a 5 speed manual in my truck and love it. The mpg is great and I have plenty of power on the highway and in town. I very rarely have to downshift on the highway unless its going up a very steep grade and even then I always only need 4th. My friend has a v6 matched with the auto and honestly I cant see a difference in the two. Its really just a personal preference for you, but either engine would meet expectations unless you plan to tow quite often.

    Be sure to try for a manual, the automatic in the 1996-2004 by all means falls behind the 5 speed.
     
  16. Apr 7, 2011 at 5:29 PM
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    2.7 is pretty nice, I hear great stories on its longevity. We've got the 2.7 with a 5 speed, gets crazy good mpg for a lifted truck, good enough power. We live at 7000 ft, seems to do fine.
     
  17. Apr 7, 2011 at 5:58 PM
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    Yes, the 2.7 is a tank! You can run them as hard as they will go and very rarely will they ever give up. I have over 250k on my original engine and still no oil being used or any troubles whatsoever.
     
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