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Posted: 3/8/2006 7:06:05 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 7:06:39 AM EDT by KJCA3]
About to buy a different truck right now I have an 05 GMC Z71 extended cab with 14k on it but $150 dollars in gas a month plus school loans plus rent plus gun hobby equals no a lot of extra cash. So I have been looking at Tacomas and want to know what MPG is like in the 4 door 2wd versions 02-04, and what the general opinion of them are.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:07:22 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:08:25 AM EDT
Awesome trucks - expect 18-22 mpg with the 4.0.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:08:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 7:09:04 AM EDT by Gunner1X]
Yes, good truck. It will love you long time.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:08:51 AM EDT
$150 a month is a lot of gas?

I drive a 21 mpg Ford Ranger pretty regularly and I spend close to that.

Work more hours or get a better job.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:10:49 AM EDT
trade it in on a prius. tacomas are nice, but not for their fuel effeciency. my guess is you actually will loose money doing that once you add in the cost of trade in, what the mpg might save you and the amount of fuel you could buy if you dont buy a new truck..

Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:12:57 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:18:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Gunner1X:
Yes, good truck. It will love you long time.



Yep, my old 'stard's had one for like 10 years now, maybe 400k miles...
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:19:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 7:20:36 AM EDT by Cypher214]
Buy an older small car to drive regularly and keep the truck in case you need it.

You can buy an older Civic or even a Camry for what you'll lose in the trade-in but swapping to a Taco won't save you that much money on gas.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:19:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 7:20:11 AM EDT by HoustonHusker]
That's the only vehicle I'll get if I ever sell my Wrangler.

HH
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:21:12 AM EDT
It's going to cost more money to change vehicles than just paying more in gas
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:21:33 AM EDT
Mine is an 03 extra cab 4x4 with a 5-speed V6. I get just shy of 23 on the highway at 60 mph and 17-18 in the city. Love the truck.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:22:49 AM EDT
Keep the GMC you wont gain that much in fuel mileage.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:22:52 AM EDT
the money you would save on gas (not much if its a half ton) would be more than lost in trading in a truck that new. What do you get now 16 mpg?
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:23:27 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 7:25:36 AM EDT by deej86]

Originally Posted By Sylvan:
where is that shitstorm thingy when you need it?
Aren't you going to get pounded on the turn-in?


you mean trade in?

Only thing I could come up when I googled "shitstorm".

I don't know the first thing about trade ins but maybe.

The Tacomas I hear are nice vehicles, but if you want something that small I'd either go with that or a Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon.


Well it is an 05 Chevy.
Probably on its last legs by now.



<-----------
very proud and happy 2005 Chevy TrailBlazer owner with no problems whatsoever!
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:24:57 AM EDT
I want to get one if that helps. I looked them in the show room a month ago. Very nice truck.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:25:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NME:

Originally Posted By Gunner1X:
Yes, good truck. It will love you long time.



Yep, my old 'stard's had one for like 10 years now, maybe 400k miles...



Do I want to know...?

...

I'd be looking at a Tacoma if I was in the market for a new truck. They're great looking little trucks.

I have one of its midsize competitors and love it. I think it's the perfect size truck.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:39:24 AM EDT
My friend got a 2006 Taco in Dec., 4 door and 4x4. Space is not terrible but the dimensions are strang. You can easily see over the front seats from the back. He says he gets about 17-18mpg at about 75/25 hwy/cty.

If your going to commute in it, you might be better of with a car, not a truck. Though if this is going to be your only vehical, and you haul lots of crap or deal with bad roads/off road, then why not.

Ford's new Sport Trac can be had with a 6sp auto , but that may be with only the V8. Might get better mpg and definatly more power.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:44:15 AM EDT
the money you would save on gas (not much if its a half ton) would be more than lost in trading in a truck that new. What do you get now 16 mpg?

Yes it gets 16 mpg. The goal is not better gas mileage since I need a truck, I just want a little cheaper truck so my funds will not be as tight. One of my friends is buying the truck from me, and I will buy a new vehicle soon after that.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:44:46 AM EDT
I am not trading it in
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:47:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By KJCA3:
I am not trading it in


You decided not to or you're going to sell it privately?
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:51:46 AM EDT
I say get it. I have been delighted with Toyota products and have had excellent service out of all of them. I've got a 98 Tacoma, a 2000 Tundra, and a 2001 Highlander.

I wish they were all Chevys. The reality is that Toyota makes a great product and that can't be helped.

Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:54:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By deej86:

Originally Posted By KJCA3:
I am not trading it in


You decided not to or you're going to sell it privately?



That was a little confusing, I am planning on selling it privately to one of my friends.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 7:59:33 AM EDT
I have heard nothing but good things about the Tacoma. If I needed a truck of that size, the Tacoma woudl be the first one I looked at.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 1:04:15 PM EDT
I love my Tacoma, but the gas mileage isn't enough to justify switching vehicles. I have a 99 Reg Cab 2.7L 4x4 5spd. I get about 19-20 mpg city and up to 25 mpg highway.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 3:36:21 PM EDT
I got a 2006 tacoma v6 four door automatic prerunner. Gets 19.5 mnp highway.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 3:39:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Tim84K10:
$150 a month is a lot of gas?

I drive a 21 mpg Ford Ranger pretty regularly and I spend close to that.

Work more hours or get a better job.



Anyone that would work more hours for the sole purpose of gassing up the truck needs to have their head examined.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 3:41:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Sylvan:
Well it is an 05 Chevy.
Probably on its last legs by now.



Link Posted: 3/8/2006 3:42:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By deej86:

Originally Posted By Sylvan:
where is that shitstorm thingy when you need it?
Aren't you going to get pounded on the turn-in?


you mean trade in?
www.spazoutny.com/a-shitstorm.jpg
Only thing I could come up when I googled "shitstorm".

I don't know the first thing about trade ins but maybe.

The Tacomas I hear are nice vehicles, but if you want something that small I'd either go with that or a Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon.


Well it is an 05 Chevy.
Probably on its last legs by now.



<-----------
very proud and happy 2005 Chevy TrailBlazer owner with no problems whatsoever!




I thought you dont drive Deej ?
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 3:43:05 PM EDT
Yes.
I just bought a Toyota 4runner.
Toyota makes a great product.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 3:44:20 PM EDT
'00 Taco 2WD.

28 mpg highway.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 3:44:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dolanp:

Originally Posted By Sylvan:
Well it is an 05 Chevy.
Probably on its last legs by now.







yeah, but it's worth a fortune in parts for the other twenty '05 chevys still on the road.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 3:51:40 PM EDT
I have 06 Crew cab 4X4 4.0 and I get 20-21 hwy and 15 in town.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 6:57:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Tanam:

Originally Posted By deej86:

Originally Posted By Sylvan:
where is that shitstorm thingy when you need it?
Aren't you going to get pounded on the turn-in?


you mean trade in?
www.spazoutny.com/a-shitstorm.jpg
Only thing I could come up when I googled "shitstorm".

I don't know the first thing about trade ins but maybe.

The Tacomas I hear are nice vehicles, but if you want something that small I'd either go with that or a Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon.


Well it is an 05 Chevy.
Probably on its last legs by now.



<-----------
very proud and happy 2005 Chevy TrailBlazer owner with no problems whatsoever!




I thought you dont drive Deej ?


It's my mom's. I had a brain fart.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 6:59:49 PM EDT
My 95 Tacoma (extended cab 2wd 4cyl) got around or better than 30mpg highway, and was dead nuts reliable. Only had a couple batteries die on me, and replaced the clutch at ~100,000.

I'm kicking myself in the ass for trading it in.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 11:29:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NoVaGator:

Originally Posted By Tim84K10:
$150 a month is a lot of gas?

I drive a 21 mpg Ford Ranger pretty regularly and I spend close to that.

Work more hours or get a better job.



Anyone that would work more hours for the sole purpose of gassing up the truck needs to have their head examined.



Anyone who'd sell their truck and buy a different one because $150 a month is a lot to pay for gas needs their head examined, too.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 12:11:19 AM EDT
Great Trucks and keep on going
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 12:39:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By copdills:
Great Trucks and keep on going



Sales numbers sure don't say that.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 1:43:05 AM EDT
Well, unless you had a hell of a trade-in or you put down a ton of cash I'm guessing your upside down on you current vehicle loan. Trading in a 1 year old vehicle that you're upside down on is generally considered to be a bad financial move. A Tacoma is a great vehicle. I own a 2005 4 door 4x4. Again great truck, but how do you figure making a financial move like this is going to save you money?

Only in America can people actually believe to solve a $100 per month gas problem it makes sense to spend $25,000. If you want a new truck man up and tell the world you want a new truck. No need to hide behind higher than normal fuel prices.

Just remember, having debt is not the answer. Having debt makes you a slave to the machine and once the machine owns you it won't let go very easily. Keep you current vehicle, hell keep it for another 10 years. That last 5 years without payments will the the best 5 years of your life.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 1:50:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Tim84K10:

Originally Posted By copdills:
Great Trucks and keep on going



Sales numbers sure don't say that.



Although, I did not check to see these "numbers" you mention(and probably nor did you since you didn't cite them), but should they infact be down despite Toyota's becoming the number one selling vehichle in the US...it would probably be tracked back to the fact that many Americans feel that they need a truck twice the size that they really need for whatever reasons...small penis envy...retardation....whatever... I have a Tacoma....my dad has had three....zero issues...with nearly 500K miles between them.... One of the mentioned trucks...had 273K on it.. I don't believe to the best my knowlege Ford, Dodge or Chevy does much bragging in that dept now do they?
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 2:30:56 AM EDT
Personally I'm somewhat interested in a Tundra.

I think it would be cool to buy a truck that was actually built in Texas.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 2:39:06 AM EDT
I just rolled over 85,000 miles on my '03 Tacoma. I traded in my '99 Silverado for it. On gas the Tacoma is marginally better than a fullsize chevy V8. I get about 18-20MPG in my V6. Why not buy a used Tacoma. No one says you have to buy a new truck.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 3:06:34 AM EDT
I have an 03 toyota tacoma 4 door pre runner 3.4 v6 I get 22mpg hightway and maybe 17/18mpg in town love the truck and have had no problems only have 18000 miles right now have had 1 recall for the lower ball joints
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 3:34:12 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2006 3:36:25 AM EDT by metroplex]
Toyota = durable and reliable and made in the USA (not Korea/China/Mexico like Ford - yes, the latest Crown Vics use Chinese Thermostat housings made in Korea sold under Motorcraft/Ford!!!! )

GMC/Ford/Dodge (short of the 2500/250+ heavy-duty versions) are gas guzzling and poorly designed.

E.g. F-250/F-350 Super Duty with PS Diesel = fairly HD and reliable/tough as nails. Gas guzzler.
Dodge 2500/3500 pickup w/ 5.9L I6 Cummins is a torque monster

Generally speaking the 250/2500+ chassis are designed to be beefier than the crappy 150/1500s. The 350/3500s are overkill unless you're doing commercial/military HD work.

Otherwise the Toyotas are significantly better than the Domestic trucks like the Ranger

I would do the math on the gas mileage first before switching. My Vic gets 13 mpg in the city and while I can get a Civic that gets 30+ mpg in the city, I would only save $800 a year in gas with the Civic. That cannot justify the cost of a $20,000 vehicle when the current vehicle is already paid off.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 4:54:51 AM EDT
Definitely YES on the Tacoma. But I wouldn't get one for the great gas mileage. You won't save much at all on gas.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 8:10:47 AM EDT

Originally Posted By KJCA3:
About to buy a different truck right now I have an 05 GMC Z71 extended cab with 14k on it but $150 dollars in gas a month plus school loans plus rent plus gun hobby equals no a lot of extra cash. So I have been looking at Tacomas and want to know what MPG is like in the 4 door 2wd versions 02-04, and what the general opinion of them are.


If you need to spend less on gas, it doesn't matter whether you get a Japanese or American truck. A comparable Toyota will use as much gas. You are going to have to get a smaller vehicle with a smaller engine if you want better fuel efficiency.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 9:19:15 AM EDT
Love my 4WD '03 V6, but I still only get about 18 mpg
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 11:26:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By tripledouble:

Originally Posted By KJCA3:
About to buy a different truck right now I have an 05 GMC Z71 extended cab with 14k on it but $150 dollars in gas a month plus school loans plus rent plus gun hobby equals no a lot of extra cash. So I have been looking at Tacomas and want to know what MPG is like in the 4 door 2wd versions 02-04, and what the general opinion of them are.


If you need to spend less on gas, it doesn't matter whether you get a Japanese or American truck. A comparable Toyota will use as much gas. You are going to have to get a smaller vehicle with a smaller engine if you want better fuel efficiency.



A Tacoma is a smaller vehicle with a smaller engine. A "Z71" is really a Siera 1500, which is a fullsize truck. Tacoma is a compact truck, even Toyota's "fullsize" truck is hardly comparable to a fullsize American truck as far as engine size.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 11:39:51 AM EDT
I have an '03 4x4 xcab V6 TRD 5spd.

The mileage will be a bit better, but not enough to justify anal destruction you would receive on the trade-in.

It is, however, a far superior truck.

Link Posted: 3/9/2006 11:58:29 AM EDT
I had a 1991 Toyota extended cab 4X4 pickup (before they started calling them Tacoma) with the 3.0 liter engine and 5 speed tranny. The truck was super reliable - I put 100k on it without doing anything other than changing the oil. The best mileage it ever got was on a long interstate trip (NY to FL all highway) and that was 24 mpg. In day to day driving it would average 16-18 mpg. It just got too small for my growing kids to comfortably fit in the rear compartment.

I traded it on a 1999 Ford F350 XLT Supercab Powerstroke diesel 4X4 pickup with auto tranny. The Ford had twice the interior room, much greater towing and hauling capacity and more creature comforts for the driver and passengers. The diesel averaged 15-17 mpg in daily driving. Best mileage was the same trip from NY to FL where it averaged 22 mpg.

Which truck would you rather drive? I know what my deceision will be for my next truck.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 12:09:30 PM EDT
Owner of an 05 Taco, best truck I have ever owned, a quality product.
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