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Tacoma owners #6830166
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Going to retire my old F150 this year. Thinking about buying a Generation 3 (2016 and up) Tacoma. Anybody run this year vehicle? And what are your thoughts.
I have heard some good and bad things so don't hold back. Thanks ratbrain!!

Re: Tacoma owners [Re: ratbrain] #6830175
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You will not regret a Toyota Tacoma.

Re: Tacoma owners [Re: ratbrain] #6830191
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I lease a new one every 2 years-they are pretty well bulletproof

Re: Tacoma owners [Re: ratbrain] #6830194
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I like mine (2018) but it never shuts up SO many idiot alarms they drive me nuts, the off road package with the locking rear end and crawler option only comes in the off road package and thatís stuffed with the fancy stuff you can live without.

Some stuff is cool but you can live without it really like 110 plug in the bed, 2 kinds of phone chargers, lane beeper, radar for the vehicle in front of you. I hate the seatbelt that cycles every time you go from park to drive it sucks when your checking traps all day long.

That said it has power it is good on gas unless you tow anything then itís going down hill fast. Factory tires suck just a highway tire with M/S on them really. With good tires itís hard to get it stuck that earns a lot of respect from me.

I got the access cab (2 door) a rare find most are 4 doors but I donít like the long wheel base for off road and I like the looks of a 2 door model. Figure between $35,000 to $40,000 for the Off Road model.


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

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Re: Tacoma owners [Re: ratbrain] #6830215
04/04/20 06:52 PM
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Yeah Law Dog, I do not want all the gismos that some have to offer. Give me locking rear end or limited slip. I don't need hill assist or rock crawl, we're mostly flat land.
I hear nasty things about the 2016-17 automatic transmissions.

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Re: Tacoma owners [Re: ratbrain] #6830223
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You can go bare bones and save a lot, go to the site and build one a few different ways they have a package that removes a lot of the fluff stuff.


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

Jerry Herbst
Re: Tacoma owners [Re: ratbrain] #6830245
04/04/20 07:19 PM
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I like my first generation Tacoma 4door Iíve had it 13 years now I can take it anywhere itís the off road and towing package I love it going to run it until it dies. It only has 266000+ on it


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Re: Tacoma owners [Re: ratbrain] #6830598
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A read a few places nd seen a few videos of oil starvation on steeper inclines with the new v6 (3.8?).
Do you're won research though because these were just in passing. YMMV.
I have an 09 base 4cyl x cab with a contractors cap on it.The mileage is not very good. I went to 235/85r16 and average about 16/17. Tires and cap are killers on the 4cyl. in my experience. Dead reliable though.

Re: Tacoma owners [Re: ratbrain] #6830616
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Originally Posted by ratbrain
Yeah Law Dog, I do not want all the gismos that some have to offer. Give me locking rear end or limited slip. I don't need hill assist or rock crawl, we're mostly flat land.
I hear nasty things about the 2016-17 automatic transmissions.

I have a 2017 4dr lb off-road and love it ! I owned a 2009 sport ,a second gen ,the 3rd gen started in 2016 where the tranny was redesigned .Lots of shifting to find the sweet spot for the best fuel mileage. Problem is if you came from a 2nd gen you felt the difference in the 3rd immediately. Some were freaked out by it.

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I think good quality synthetic oil should help with the starvation issue.


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Re: Tacoma owners [Re: ratbrain] #6830650
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Law Dog, Check youtube for how to shut off the buzzer. I can shut mine off . It's an 08.

Re: Tacoma owners [Re: ratbrain] #6830664
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Got a 98 that I've had sijnce new. Got a recall on the frame, they looked at it, said it was fine, and about ten years later, the back half disintegrated! Two years ago, I cut off the back of the frame at the cab and built new, had to build a new front crossmember and rebuild the rear. Built a flatbed, and added six inches in length. New springs all around and ready to go. Jumped in it back in Feb and drove to western Nodak, most reliable vehicle I have!


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Re: Tacoma owners [Re: Miley] #6830800
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Originally Posted by Miley
Originally Posted by ratbrain
Yeah Law Dog, I do not want all the gismos that some have to offer. Give me locking rear end or limited slip. I don't need hill assist or rock crawl, we're mostly flat land.
I hear nasty things about the 2016-17 automatic transmissions.

I have a 2017 4dr lb off-road and love it ! I owned a 2009 sport ,a second gen ,the 3rd gen started in 2016 where the tranny was redesigned .Lots of shifting to find the sweet spot for the best fuel mileage. Problem is if you came from a 2nd gen you felt the difference in the 3rd immediately. Some were freaked out by it.

The shifting was one of the issues I have heard about. Not a problem? Also some have complained about weaker suspension components compared to earlier generation Tacomas.

Re: Tacoma owners [Re: ratbrain] #6830808
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Might need to keep a new one until itís out of warranty then trade it in for a new one to avoid paying for repairs fixing them bells and whistles would cost a bundle out of pocket. When I picked up my Tacoma they had several different types of warranties rather then one to cover everything that was a eye opener to how complexed the new trucks really are.


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The second gen auto transmissions were terrible IMO. A buddy of mine has a 2012, I drove it from the Soo to Wawa last year and couldn't believe it. Felt like it was missing a few gears, either bogging the heck out of the engine or screaming away at 4k rpms. Not impressed.

I've owned and driven Toyota trucks with manual transmissions - 02, 06, 12 and the 1990 I currently own and it felt like a much better setup every time.

Re: Tacoma owners [Re: ratbrain] #6830897
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I've owned Toyota trucks for over 25 years. All of them reliable and bulletproof so far. My 97 Tacoma had frame rot , but still sold quickly and I purchased a 2007 Tacoma off road 4x4. Like the 4.0 v6 and the auto transmission. Wish I had the 6' bed instead of the 5'. 142000 on this one now. Best mileage I have gotten is 22 mpg, worst I've gotten is 13 mpg towing in the winter months.

Re: Tacoma owners [Re: ratbrain] #6830902
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Originally Posted by ratbrain
The shifting was one of the issues I have heard about. Not a problem? Also some have complained about weaker suspension components compared to earlier generation Tacomas.


i don't notice the shifting too much. however i do notice it at times as its trying to get the most mpg. i tend to think whether it bothers you may be relative to what you are use to. my other daily driver is 4 cyclinder suv so maybe that's why im not so in tune to the tacoma shifting. but if i was to compare my generation 3 to my old stick shift generation 2 think it would be wondering what heck going on. for me i consider the mileage as one of my cons for it---even with that computerized shifting deal it still gets basically the same mpg as my old generation 2. would think they had made some vast improvements in time. heck full size f150s get similar mileage.

as noted before, factory tires suck. however even in them hard pressed to get stuck and with dedicated tires they tend to go places where you might be better off not even going. and you are correct that most folks arent keen on the factory suspension. the original complaints were on the rear leaf springs not allowing hardly any weight to be put in the back. i believe they have changed all of those now. if you buy a 16-17 you can look at the leaf spring assembly and see if it has the updated package. mine has the newer leaf spring assembly and it can take a fair amount of weight keeping in mind its not really setup as a big cargo hauler--around 1000 pounds and i can feel it is loaded. usually when guys change tires they consider shock upgrades also. the bare bones models normally come with a bilstein shock made for toyota---in other words a down graded bilstein. a set of bilstein 4600 of 5100 are pretty common changes and if you are buying a truck that is couple years old might be in order anyway

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if you are looking for details on tacomas regarding pros/cons and what may want to upgrade, your best option for advice would be to go online to tacoma world.com. like here, lots of background noise to sort thru but you can find some good technical information

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BBB What I have read and heard is the front suspension breaking, ball joints etc.

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awwww----havent heard that one that remember.

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