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Old 14 Feb 2010, 12:15 pm   #1 (permalink)
Picasso
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Looking to purchase a used 08 Tacoma. My question is, is there any
good reason the automatic shift is on the floor instead of the
column? I know hte tundra is on the column, and the competetors the
ranger and f150 are on the column.

I'm buying this truck to replace my F150 and honda accord with a
single vehicle. The f150 is too large for my wife, and the accord is
too much front wheel drive and car for me.

A ford ranger is completly out of the question, and i'm not going to
steer away from the tacoma because of the shifter, as I like
everything else about the truck.

Automatic vs. standard? I always said if i get a small truck, i will
get a standard, but also the wife is not interested in that.

Am I going to like the auto compared to the standard... fuel economy /
power wise?

thanks

ALso, what are these trucks like with a snowmobile or fourwheeler on
the back, or shold i forget about that and get a trailer?

Haven't found my ideal truck yet, as i want the long box quad cab...
i've got a guy looking for me.
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Old 14 Feb 2010, 02:17 pm   #2 (permalink)
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I bought the 07 Tacoma with the standard transmission because my wife wasn't
interested in it... I selfishlly wanted a truck for me and didn't want to
share it.
I like it, I drive in the DC suburbs and into DC a few times a month. I'd do
the same again.
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"Picasso" <picasso.ng@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Looking to purchase a used 08 Tacoma. My question is, is there any
> good reason the automatic shift is on the floor instead of the
> column? I know hte tundra is on the column, and the competetors the
> ranger and f150 are on the column.
>
> I'm buying this truck to replace my F150 and honda accord with a
> single vehicle. The f150 is too large for my wife, and the accord is
> too much front wheel drive and car for me.
>
> A ford ranger is completly out of the question, and i'm not going to
> steer away from the tacoma because of the shifter, as I like
> everything else about the truck.
>
> Automatic vs. standard? I always said if i get a small truck, i will
> get a standard, but also the wife is not interested in that.
>
> Am I going to like the auto compared to the standard... fuel economy /
> power wise?
>
> thanks
>
> ALso, what are these trucks like with a snowmobile or fourwheeler on
> the back, or shold i forget about that and get a trailer?
>
> Haven't found my ideal truck yet, as i want the long box quad cab...
> i've got a guy looking for me.


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Old 15 Feb 2010, 07:00 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Picasso <picasso.ng@gmail.com> wrote:

>Looking to purchase a used 08 Tacoma. My question is, is there any
>good reason the automatic shift is on the floor instead of the
>column? I know hte tundra is on the column, and the competetors the
>ranger and f150 are on the column.
>
>I'm buying this truck to replace my F150 and honda accord with a
>single vehicle. The f150 is too large for my wife, and the accord is
>too much front wheel drive and car for me.
>
>A ford ranger is completly out of the question, and i'm not going to
>steer away from the tacoma because of the shifter, as I like
>everything else about the truck.
>
>Automatic vs. standard? I always said if i get a small truck, i will
>get a standard, but also the wife is not interested in that.
>
>Am I going to like the auto compared to the standard... fuel economy /
>power wise?
>
>thanks
>
>ALso, what are these trucks like with a snowmobile or fourwheeler on
>the back, or shold i forget about that and get a trailer?
>
>Haven't found my ideal truck yet, as i want the long box quad cab...
>i've got a guy looking for me.


It's because they view the Tundra as a work truck while the Tacoma is
viewed more of a toy.

Mileage is not all that great with a standard nd a 4 cyl.

It drops off ,ore with either the auto or the 6 cyl.

If you do buy one, get the entended cab or the 4 door.

I had a reg cab prior to getting my 08 and I'm glad I went with the
extended on the 08.

The Tacoma's towing capacity is 3500 pounds, but the double cab can
manage 6500 with an enhanced tow package.

I wouldn't put a snowmobile in the back unless you have the TRO
package.
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Old 15 Feb 2010, 07:11 pm   #4 (permalink)
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SnoBrdr wrote:
> Picasso <picasso.ng@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Looking to purchase a used 08 Tacoma. My question is, is there any
>> good reason the automatic shift is on the floor instead of the
>> column? I know hte tundra is on the column, and the competetors the
>> ranger and f150 are on the column.
>>
>> I'm buying this truck to replace my F150 and honda accord with a
>> single vehicle. The f150 is too large for my wife, and the accord is
>> too much front wheel drive and car for me.
>>
>> A ford ranger is completly out of the question, and i'm not going to
>> steer away from the tacoma because of the shifter, as I like
>> everything else about the truck.
>>
>> Automatic vs. standard? I always said if i get a small truck, i will
>> get a standard, but also the wife is not interested in that.
>>
>> Am I going to like the auto compared to the standard... fuel economy /
>> power wise?
>>
>> thanks
>>
>> ALso, what are these trucks like with a snowmobile or fourwheeler on
>> the back, or shold i forget about that and get a trailer?
>>
>> Haven't found my ideal truck yet, as i want the long box quad cab...
>> i've got a guy looking for me.

>
> It's because they view the Tundra as a work truck while the Tacoma is
> viewed more of a toy.
>
> Mileage is not all that great with a standard nd a 4 cyl.
>
> It drops off ,ore with either the auto or the 6 cyl.
>
> If you do buy one, get the entended cab or the 4 door.
>
> I had a reg cab prior to getting my 08 and I'm glad I went with the
> extended on the 08.
>
> The Tacoma's towing capacity is 3500 pounds, but the double cab can
> manage 6500 with an enhanced tow package.
>
> I wouldn't put a snowmobile in the back unless you have the TRO
> package.


OK, that sounds good. I'm looking at the 4.0L auto 4x4, 4 door TRD, is
the tow package something extra on the TRD, or do all TRDs come with the
tow package?

To be honest, I don't like a snowmobile in the back of my fullsize...
but they fit, and haul them, and ruin your tailgate in the process.

A fourwheeler isn't so bad.

I hate to think of it as a toy, I like to think i'm buying a truck, but
something tells me I will find times when the tacoma disappoints me when
my F150 doesn't. I really don't haul that much...

Something nice about being able to fit a 4x8 sheet of plywood in my f150
box without it sitting all lobsided... but then again, if i'm having a
trailer, I could always haul on that...

hate buying a "truck" and have to still lug a trailer around.
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Old 16 Feb 2010, 10:23 am   #5 (permalink)
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"SnoBrdr" <SnoBrdr@killington.com> wrote in message
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> Picasso <picasso.ng@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>>Looking to purchase a used 08 Tacoma. My question is, is there any
>>good reason the automatic shift is on the floor instead of the
>>column? I know hte tundra is on the column, and the competetors the
>>ranger and f150 are on the column.
>>
>>I'm buying this truck to replace my F150 and honda accord with a
>>single vehicle. The f150 is too large for my wife, and the accord is
>>too much front wheel drive and car for me.
>>
>>A ford ranger is completly out of the question, and i'm not going to
>>steer away from the tacoma because of the shifter, as I like
>>everything else about the truck.
>>
>>Automatic vs. standard? I always said if i get a small truck, i will
>>get a standard, but also the wife is not interested in that.
>>
>>Am I going to like the auto compared to the standard... fuel economy /
>>power wise?
>>
>>thanks
>>
>>ALso, what are these trucks like with a snowmobile or fourwheeler on
>>the back, or shold i forget about that and get a trailer?
>>
>>Haven't found my ideal truck yet, as i want the long box quad cab...
>>i've got a guy looking for me.

>
> It's because they view the Tundra as a work truck while the Tacoma is
> viewed more of a toy.
>
> Mileage is not all that great with a standard nd a 4 cyl.
>
> It drops off ,ore with either the auto or the 6 cyl.
>
> If you do buy one, get the entended cab or the 4 door.
>
> I had a reg cab prior to getting my 08 and I'm glad I went with the
> extended on the 08.
>
> The Tacoma's towing capacity is 3500 pounds, but the double cab can
> manage 6500 with an enhanced tow package.
>
> I wouldn't put a snowmobile in the back unless you have the TRO
> package.


Not sure what the TRO package is but I have a 2003 4 banger 4x4 5-speed and
I've hauled 2 sleds, one in the back on a platform to keep the sled level
and off the tailgate (includes ramps to load/offload), and one on a single
trailer. Assuming little wind on the highway, I've done alright. Against the
wind posed to be a challenge on gas and speed.


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