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  • Pickup shopping -- Toyota Tacoma?

    Any you guys have/had a Toyota Tacoma? Looking at possibly buying a 2 or 3-year-old. I like what I've read but would like to hear from someone who drives one. Or, any other recommendations? I'm not in the market for a full-size, and generally I've always liked Hondas and Toyotas for their reliability and longevity.

  • #2
    Sorry, always drove Chevy or GMC trucks. Cars though, have always been Toyota. Had Celicas,an Echo, Corollas. She's looking at a new Camry this summer and then switch to a SUV in a few years when she retires.Just how it worked out as to what my wife likes and what I do.
    Last edited by dewman; 12-12-2019, 07:54 PM.

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    • #3
      I'm a MoPar man.
      We haven't bought a new vehicle since 1996.
      I'm driving a 1995 2500, a 2003 2500 and a 2001 3500.
      The '01 has a Cummins diesel and 394k miles!
      I just drove it 550 miles across Texas at 70 mph and it still got better mileage than the 2 gas engines.

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      • #4
        I doubt you'd be disappointed as long as you get one that was maintained properly. You might find a good deal on a new leftover now as well. My wife and I have been very happy with our three Hondas we've owned. Bought the first Ridgeline (new leftover RTS) in 2008, traded it in April of last year on a 2019 model and bought a new 2018 Civic Hatchback at the same time. Other than regular maintence and tires all we've had to replace was one set front and rear brakes on the first Ridgeline. Well not entirely true, the first year a rear strut started leaking which was replaced under warranty. Never an issue after. It was due for some more basic repairs which was why we traded it after 9 1/2 years. We were straight up with the dealer about it.

        No doubt the Tacoma would be the better workhorse, but the Ridgelines ride and driveability is excellent, which my wife appreciates greatly.

        Both makers have great reputations and loyal followers so I wouldn't be concerned if you find something that strikes your interest.

        Can I ask what this would be replacing?

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        • #5
          I drive nothing but Fords and my last one was a 2015 when a lady hit me head on and bent the frame on my 2011. My buddy has a Toyoto Tacoma and I ride with him sometimes. The only thing I don't like is when you are sitting in the seat your butt is as low as your feet, I feel like I am laying down. My Son had one but he opted for something that rode better and he just bought a Toyota Tundra. My Father sold Fords for over 30 years and I figure that any vehicle that has been the best selling vehicle in its class for almost 40 years has something going for it. My F-150 that was totaled had 40,000 miles on it and was 4 years old and I got $4000 less than I paid for it new. The F-150's hold their value as well as the Toyotas.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by PigHunter
            Sarge, I've actually become a Ford man in the last 8 years with two Fusion sedans in my garage, 2012 and 2017. They have been great vehicles, well built, great gas mileage, easy to drive.

            The F-150 has grown so much that a 4x4 would not be able to fit into my garage. That's why the new Ranger has peaked my interest.
            With my wife's Taurus in the garage it takes it all to get my F-150 in the garage. I looked at and drove the new Ranger but it like the Tocoma is too small inside.

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            • #7
              Bought my first Cummins diesel in '02.
              On the drive down from Okla, the diesel, with 385k miles, owned the road.
              Refilled it only once.
              The 2 gas trucks had to be refilled twice!
              I'm sold on diesel!
              Toyota Tundra, I think, now comes with a Cummins diesel.
              Sadly, it requires that stupid DEF (diesel emmission fluid) that must be filled separately!
              If it weren't for the DEF. I would consider a new diesel.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post
                I'm a MoPar man.
                We haven't bought a new vehicle since 1996.
                I'm driving a 1995 2500, a 2003 2500 and a 2001 3500.
                The '01 has a Cummins diesel and 394k miles!
                I just drove it 550 miles across Texas at 70 mph and it still got better mileage than the 2 gas engines.
                I have the 5.0 V-8 with 385 HP and I get 22 -24 on open road when I am running 55 MPG and don't push the throttle through the firewall. Running 70 MPH on the interstate I get 18- 18.5

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post
                  I'm a MoPar man.
                  We haven't bought a new vehicle since 1996.
                  I'm driving a 1995 2500, a 2003 2500 and a 2001 3500.
                  The '01 has a Cummins diesel and 394k miles!
                  I just drove it 550 miles across Texas at 70 mph and it still got better mileage than the 2 gas engines.
                  Bubba, My Sisters GMC p/u with 5.7 had 385,000 when her boy totaled it.

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                  • #10
                    I would look for a Chev or Ford lease turn in. Low miles, been maintained. I like the Jeeps and would take a look at the new p/u if I was in the markiet. Jeeps are good all around vehicle that hold their value. I get 22 to 23 hwy at 70mph with my 400hp Hemi. I pull my trailer, loaded to camp and pass people going up hill. Awesome power. A hunting buddy has a new Toyota, well equipped, on a lease for less than you could buy a used one. Just saying.

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                    • #11
                      sarge01/jhjimbo

                      Both our gasoline Dodge's sport the 360 cid engines, known gas guzzlers.
                      I'm running them because the vehicles were bargains despite the engine.
                      There were two fill up stops for the gassers.
                      We filled up at a half tank to make it through the metromess so we weren't fighting to get in and out of traffic.
                      We filled again because there are some long, desolate stretches. Don't want to run out of fuel in the middle of nowhere.
                      Both 360's get pretty good mileage for 360's. the automatic trans gets 15mpg on the highway.
                      The 5 speed standard gets 16/17mpg (overdrive) on the highway.
                      In town, they guzzle!

                      My eldest was recently looking for a new p/u.
                      Even used Ford and Chevy were running well north of the $50k mark!
                      Some as much as $75k.
                      Ended up with a Subaru instead.

                      The Cummins in our '01 can be rebuilt for about $10k. Five thou parts, $5k labor....and it will STILL outlast one of today's "newbies"!

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                      • #12
                        I guess I'm not the motorheads you guys are. Working on tractors and field equipment, seemed like it was constant, kind of burned me out on auto repair and upgrading. Got a 2013 Silverado and an old 98 SLE that was the farm get around. I turn the key and they start and stay running till I turn the key back off. Don't even know what their mpg is anymore. The 2013 has 46k and the 98 has 215k. And that's about all I know.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
                          I doubt you'd be disappointed as long as you get one that was maintained properly. You might find a good deal on a new leftover now as well. My wife and I have been very happy with our three Hondas we've owned. Bought the first Ridgeline (new leftover RTS) in 2008, traded it in April of last year on a 2019 model and bought a new 2018 Civic Hatchback at the same time. Other than regular maintence and tires all we've had to replace was one set front and rear brakes on the first Ridgeline. Well not entirely true, the first year a rear strut started leaking which was replaced under warranty. Never an issue after. It was due for some more basic repairs which was why we traded it after 9 1/2 years. We were straight up with the dealer about it.

                          No doubt the Tacoma would be the better workhorse, but the Ridgelines ride and driveability is excellent, which my wife appreciates greatly.

                          Both makers have great reputations and loyal followers so I wouldn't be concerned if you find something that strikes your interest.

                          Can I ask what this would be replacing?
                          I've driven an '03 Accord nearly trouble-free for the past 13 years. Other than a couple of brake jobs and muffler replacements, didn't have to replace anything until the starter three years ago, then the catalytic converter two years ago. I know the engine has years of life left (currently at about 115,000), but after all the years of CNY winters and salt, everything underneath ain't so cherry. Pretty much shot, in fact.

                          Thinking about a pickup is probably my mid-life crisis. With all our roadside access to woods and streams around here, I really don't need one, and I've never had any qualms about putting a dead buck in the trunk of a car. Plus, even in the worst snows, the Accord with a good set of snow tires has been excellent. The smart part of my brain says to just buy a new(er) Accord.
                          Then again, even in mid-life crisis, I haven't started boozing or going to strip clubs. So there's that.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MattM37 View Post

                            I've driven an '03 Accord nearly trouble-free for the past 13 years. Other than a couple of brake jobs and muffler replacements, didn't have to replace anything until the starter three years ago, then the catalytic converter two years ago. I know the engine has years of life left (currently at about 115,000), but after all the years of CNY winters and salt, everything underneath ain't so cherry. Pretty much shot, in fact.

                            Thinking about a pickup is probably my mid-life crisis. With all our roadside access to woods and streams around here, I really don't need one, and I've never had any qualms about putting a dead buck in the trunk of a car. Plus, even in the worst snows, the Accord with a good set of snow tires has been excellent. The smart part of my brain says to just buy a new(er) Accord.
                            Then again, even in mid-life crisis, I haven't started boozing or going to strip clubs. So there's that.
                            You’ll lose half your MPG if that matters to you, on the other hand you may wonder how you got along without a pickup for so long. Doesn’t sound like you rack up many miles in a year. The Accord held up well against the road salt, anything over 10 years is a bonus. When brake lines start popping it’s past time to go. That’s part of the reason we’ve gone to buying new. I almost rear ended a guy who stopped short to turn when the line blew in my 14 year old Dodge 2500 a number of years back.

                            We test drove an Accord along with the Civic, kids said the rear seats were better in the smaller car. Go figure. The Civic is a hoot to drive. The boy gets his learners permit shortly, maybe I didn’t think this one through. Took my road test in a Chrysler station wagon. The thing did have a 318 and was actually pretty quick but didn’t handle for crap 😎.

                            Don’t look at it as a midlife crisis, I told my wife I was having a midlife awareness when I booked the Montana trip. I knew exactly what and why I was doing stuff. Still do. The boozing and occasional strip club was ok back in the day but even if I was single today it would wear me out quick. Mostly did it back then out of boredom anyway. Don’t miss it at all.

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                            • #15
                              You don't have to but it's certainly a good excuse. 😎 One of my good friends married in the early 90's, over 20 of us went to a hockey game and then hit up a club afterwards. Included in the partygoers were his dad, his soon to be FiL, my old man, and a few other older guys. (Most of the crew were involved with our volunteer FD) No one got out of hand but it was definitely the most fun bachelor party I've ever been involved with, partly because the old guys hadn't cut loose like that in years. Just not my thing anymore.

                              Our Ridgeline isn't much more than an SUV with back lopped off. In fact they're based on the Odyssey minivan, but beefed up. I've had pickups for 30 years and hope never to be without one. I don't use caps because the whole point is to be able to toss stuff in the back. Firewood, dump runs, lumber, whatever. Just too handy, and these days comfortable to drive.

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