Solid and reliable. I now have 120K and have only had to replace the power steering pump which I got from the dealership. It went out again in one month. I went ahead and replaced it on my own. The gas mileage is terrible for a truck of that size. On a good note, this is a great PU that I feel safe with my two kids and wife in. I also feel confident that I can go anywhere at anytime. PS. I pulled a Dodge 3500 4x4 w/Cummins pullin a Chevy 1500 SB out of the sand with no problem. 4 Wheel Low with a forgiving tow strap.
Major components are all solid and reliable, but fit & finish aren't up to my expectations of a Toyota. Numerous dashboard rattles (not fixed after 20 trips to 3 dealerships), had a water leak, and windshield washer pump broke. Gas mileage could also be better, but it's on par with similar vehicles.
4 doors and a bed! This thing defines practical.
Fix the rattles! Interior styling was improved in the newer models. Improved fuel economy would be nice.
Aside from Fuel mileage, I couldn't be happier with my Tacoma. The build quality is great, creature comforts are minimal but it's a truck, has everything you need. The exterior styling is second to none. The TRD package probably isn't necissary unless yoru a real off-roader but it's nice to have for resale value. All in all, I wouldn't conscider any other 4 door truck for my needs. A+ for this Truck.
Exterior styling, larger tires and wheels, huge back seat that is comfortable for 6 foot guys.
Few more ponies under the hood. Better Fuel mileage.
I've had my Tacoma for over a year.
Very reliable, low maintenance truck.
Plenty of torque and nice off-road
features - especially the
electronically locking rear dif. (TRD
Package) Several warranty items covered
without question from the dealer.
Great exterior lines from the side.
High ride stance. Good exhaust tone.
The front end design is lousy. The
Tacoma has what is the ugliest front
grille on the market. Leather steering
wheel. Seats are a bit flimsy. Bed
needs to be 3" longer so that a bike
will fit with the tailgate up. Gas
mileage stinks Clock placement -
obstructed by steering wheel.
Now have 27699 on this truck I bought in
July of 2002 The AC compressor quited
down around 9k miles and works well.
Developed the rattle in the dash around
7500 miles. Dealer fixed it on first
try. Getting 19-21 around town with K&N
air filter and ECT button off. Best on
the road has been 24.3 MPG. Seats seem
to be getting soft but still
comfortable. Very happy with it and will
consider the 2005 Taco or Tundra when I
retire. Very satisfied with dealer and
Performance, and solid ride on
backcountry roads. Handles well on highway.
Paint thin on rear panels and tail gate,
as well as the bed. Do away with clock
as ya can't see it anyway.