Originally Posted by jmacn
I have a '95 V6 Tacoma 4x4 w/ 240k miles. I love this truck and it still runs great. I am looking down the road however realizing that it will need replacement someday. I'm considering an early Tundra before they got HUGE, or a newer Tacoma. I wouldn't mind more elbow room in the cab, and would be blown away with a bed longer than 6 feet (I'm tall). I live 4-5 months a year in my Tacoma doing field work but do not want a massive full sized truck. I'm wondering about any other reliable 4x4 mid sized trucks other than Toyo that I should consider. My dream truck would be a 4x4 diesel Hi Lux w/ long bed.
I'd like a diesel FJ70.
Early Tundras are about the same size as late Tacomas. What's your budget?
4.0L Tundras got about the same fuel economy as the 4.7L v8 Tundras. The v8's didn't have to work as hard pulling the truck down the road...but they are quickly overmatched by any kind of a heavy trailer.
Originally Posted by colorado_steve
older tundra's are great. so are t100's if you can find a low mileage one. newer tacoma's have yet to really be tried and tested but i dont see the toyota guys at work doing a lot of major repairs (work at a ford/toyota dealer).
3.4L T100's > 3.0L early T100's.
I loved my 4.7L '06 Tundra. Great pickup. Got 18mpg before they started adding 10% ethanol to the fuel and then got 16.5mpg (same I get in my '10 Tundra). The '06 was a lot more comfy ride than the '10. Like a Lexus with a pickup bed. 6,500towing MAX. Great raft towrig, not a good camper towrig.
Originally Posted by adgeiser
Gas mileage wise there are things you can do to help.
I have a jeep wrangler, sticker mpg on it is 16/19 for stock. I have a cage rake that took 1.5-2 mpgs off, 33" tires and a lift... Took another 2 mpgs off and and the additional weight of aftermarket bumper.
That said I get 21-22 mpg.
To do this I have also added a cold air intake, cat back exhaust system and a super chip. Now I have way more power than stock and way better gas mileage.
I know the jeep is not even close to what you are looking at my point was more for the mpgs.
XJ Cherocars are a bit smaller than the midsize he wants, but they have a lot more space than Wranglers and have the same reliable 4.0L drivetrain and AX15 transmissions (made by Aisin-Warner, the same tranny builder Toyota uses).