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Old 10-04-2011   #1
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Toyota Tacoma

I know that many of you have tacomas and for good reasons. Im planning on buying one this winter. I want a 1996-2000 extended cab with a manual transmission. The only thing Im unsure of is a 4 or 6 cyl. Right now I'm in a 1995 4runner with the 4cyl and its slow, but i get 20+ mpg in it. What kind of power do the tacomas have and what kind of mpg do the they get. I plan on have a shell and racks on my tacoma. Any advice?

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Old 10-04-2011   #2
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If your in the mtns make sure you get the 6 cyl cause it will drive like a 4 cyl up here, i speak from experience with both!

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Old 10-04-2011   #3
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get the v6.with a shell you'll get about 18 mpg combined.
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Old 10-04-2011   #4
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newer Tacomas seem to have more power, but I have a V6 2004 and I need everything I have to get up the hills
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Old 10-04-2011   #5
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All of the above is true about the 6cyl. engine. Those trucks are great. I have 300k on mine and still running strong. I bought mine new in 99. 4x4 might be something to look for also being up in the mountains. I get offers on mine about once a month. They are hard to find from what I hear.
Good luck.
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Old 10-05-2011   #6
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I've got a extended cab 4x4 V6 2003. The MPG rating are about 1 MPG less than the comparable 4 cylinder. I'd definitely go for the V6 again. I've got 165,000 trouble free miles so far. Average 18-19 miles per gallon with a topper and gear constantly in the back. For the '05 model year the V6 got bumped from 190 hp to 235 hp.

My only partial regret is not getting the crew cab. You lose 7 or 8" of bed space - but for skiing, road trips, traveling to rivers, and sometimes for long shuttle runs not having the extra real sized seats is a bit of a bummer. Since I'm 6'5 i can't sleep in the back unless I go diagonal, and therefore solo, so that kills one of the big reasons for the long bed in my book. Regardless - great truck.

Final thought - i used to have a 1992 Toyota pickup with a 4 cylinder, 4x2, regular cab. That truck averaged 27 mpg. I think that the late nineties 4x2 models with the 2.4L engine got the same gas mileage or slightly better. Not a great mountain truck - but with studded snow tire for the winter and some patience (going uphill) you would get great gas mileage.
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Old 10-05-2011   #7
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Get the new full cab trd sport it has a 6 foot bed. You can get it in a 6 spd manual transmission. That's what I'm getting when my 2000 4Runner kicks the bucket (which probably won't happen for 10 more years)
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My truck: 99 Tacoma camper shell w/ lumber rack V6 avg 18mpg Can't go wrong
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Old 10-05-2011   #9
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Yeah im definitely getting a 4x4. Thanks for the input guys
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Old 10-05-2011   #10
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I had a 1997 2.4L 2x2 extended cab tacoma for 9 years, put on 250,000k with no issues, wen through 3 sets of Toyo tires and 3 sets of life time shocks. Got 27 to 28 mgp consistently on the highway. Never got stuck, drove it all kinds of places I shouldn't have, it was also not speed racer. I got a really good deal on a newer one a I couldn't pass up, so I now have a 2003 tacoma extra cab 2.4L 2x2 same everything, it only gets 24 to 25 mpg, every thing else performace wise is the same, but the body shap is a little different and a bit bigger, hence the reduced mpg. I drove it through some pretty nasty mudbogs (maybe 20 or 30 individual bogs from 40 to 200 feet long) coming out the SF Owyhee this year rally car style didn't get stuck, went over the hood at 1 stream crossing and made it. I have only been stuck while driving other 4x4s (extra confidence I geuss gets me in trouble). Always have had a canopy and rack

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