Outstanding vehicle, overall good quality, very user friendly. 21 MPG average with a v6 5 speed. Excellent safety features as well. Plenty of power, very responsive acceleration. Overall good price. A good looking "beefy" truck!
Auto 4wd, airbags, rear differential lock. Vehicle Intrusion Detection.
The suspension is a little softer than the previous year Toyota, When they offer the off-road package the should put light bars and roll bars on it.
I had always wanted a Tacoma,
unfortunately I could never afford one
until now. I started out about 3 years
ago with my first Truck a 1999 Ranger.
While this is a decent truck to start
out with, I still wanted my Tacoma. So
when I finally decided that I could
afford one I went down to the Toyota
dealer and bought a 2003 2.7L 5-Speed
4WD extended cab. It has loads more
power then my Ranger(2.5L) as well as
plenty of torque. While it is not a race
engine, it still has plenty of power for
what I need to do. I couldn't see
wasting my money on a Hemi just to
accelerate faster and get 8-10 MPG. The
4WD is superior to any other brand of
truck, way better than the ranger.
The 4WD is amazing, and yes a 4 cylinder
can pull a Hemi out of a ditch when it
gets stuck(I live in Ky it gets quite
muddy and wet in the winter) and look
good doing it. Plenty of ground
clearance, cheaper then a New Dakota.
Legendary Toyota reliability
Put the dang clock somewhere else. My
steering wheel blocks it and I have to
look around it to see it. I am not sure
if they have fixed this on the 05 model
yet. No other major improvements, it is
a great truck!!! I will buy another when
the time comes.
Don't waste your money on the TuRD
package. Get aftermarket suspension -
For cheap get coil spacers, slightly
more go "Old Man Emu", or the bucks
get coilovers. Aftermarket lockers and
7,000 miles on it with only one minor
problem. A hose to the coolant came
loose, and I lost the cooant, but they
fixed it. TRD package is great. Off
roading is a breeze with the locking
differential. Average mpg is 16-17.5,
not great. Clock is in horrible
position. Interior does look a bit
cheap. I too have a rattle, that I
cannot find. A little pricey, but so
far worth the money. I love driving it.
Exterior look, TRD package, power and
torque, ride hight.