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Old 03-29-2009, 06:41 AM
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Dropping in; update on Tacoma

Hey guys. Been a while since I've posted in here. I know some of you wanted to know how the Tacoma choice would work out. So far I have over 6k on it and loving it. Fuel prices in my area are going back up as of 2wks ago. 87 is $1.99 now. Diesel is back up to $2.29. I never did see Diesel fall below $2. When I was paying $1.65 for gas diesel was $2.07. But I did get a few months of paying $1.65 for 87 when I first got the Taco. I think I traded my Diesel in at the best possible time. I'm averaging anywhere from 19-21mpg commuting the same trip where my Ford was getting 16-17. On the highway the small truck doesn't do what I'd like... only getting about 19-22 depending on speed/terrain. On the hwy the ford was getting 18-20. So the biggest gain was in the city. Offroad-ability is SO much better with this truck. It has a locking rear diff, and large (relative to the truck) BFG tires. I've wheeled it 2x's and can do an amazing amount in 2wd w/open diff. Insurance also came way down. and cost of doing an oil change is under $16 every 5k. Not really much to maintain and fiddle with on this truck. The fuel filter is non-servicable and part of the fuel pump assembly. So my overall cost for transportation has dropped dramatically. Glad I did it. Love the Taco. This thing has a 6,500# tow rating. heck for me... that's more than enough being I don't own a trailer. and the boat I'd like is a 18' CC w/120HP outboard. Each fill up is only 17.5 gallons vs the 33 gallons I used to get.


Pros:
-Gas is cheaper than Diesel $1.99 vs $2.29
-19mpg vs 16mpg
-easy to park/drive in the city
-Off-Raods like a F250 on 38's w/lockers
-you can jump speed bumps @ 60mph with ease
-Cheap to insure
-$16 vs $60 Oil changes
-Cabin Air filter keeps the cab clean=saves you time from cleaning
-Hardley anything to maintenance
-QUIETNESS. No more shutting down in the drive-thru.

Cons:
-Small cab
-No solid front axle
-No full float rear axle

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Old 03-29-2009, 06:59 AM
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Glad your happy with your choice, diesel is not for everyone.
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exactly. Not for poor people lol. I'd love to have my Taco in a 4cyl Turbo Diesel like they have in Europe. But wait... can't do that in the us. It would cut consumption of fuel greatley.
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I am glad to hear that you are happy with your purchase. I really loved my 05 Taco, they are great little trucks; on the other hand i've driven a few recently and couldn't justify going back to one. I hope you keep having a good time with it.
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Glad it's working out for ya
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Good luck with your Taco... I'm sure you'll have plenty of trouble free miles with it, I know first hand that you will... I had a 99 until early last year... After wheeling it in the woods for the 1st two years, and then plowing it for the last 5 or so, I finally cracked the head with the blade up too high...

However, last March Toyota bought mine back (with 2.7head in bed) for $15,427 due to the rust warranty offer, and well, I went with a 2001 F350 SD CC... I get the same gas mileage that the 2.7 got, but now I can do so much more as far as hauling people... I can only hope to put on 175k in trouble free miles as I did on my Taco... So far, I've not been so lucky, but from what I have read here every few days, the quirks that are out there are easy to resolve...

Good luck, and enjoy!

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My buddy just picked up a double cab long bed TRD sport, just got home from tinting the windows for him, all white looks pretty nice.
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SCREW YOUR TACOMA. BUY AMERICAN. I WILL PARK MY DIESEL RIGHT ON TOP OF IT.
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Old 04-01-2009, 05:54 AM
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Big Al thats your opinion. He is entilted to buy whatever he wants. Leave it at that
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yea that's big al's opinion too.
big al, you should by all american products too. ones made from resources in the US, shipped to manufacturing plants in the US on US made trucks, then shipped on the same US trucks to US stores owned by US companies.
gets kinda hard doesn't it?
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