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TACOMA 4WD 2.7L 5 SPEED
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By KEEP-ON-TRUCKIN'
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2003 Toyota Tacoma Xtracab 2dr Xtracab 4WD SB (2.7L 4cyl 5M)


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I've always wanted a Toyota 4wd pickup, and I bought one about a year ago. It took me a while to get used to the 2.7L engine and the 5sp. But I was used to high reving engines, and this one almost runs like a diesel. Keep the revs low and change gears early, and she runs great. This is definitely a truck engine. You can feel the torque on the low end. I had an old Mazda B2000 and Nissan Frontier, and liked them both. But they would bottom out if I carried a heavy load. Not this baby! The Tacoma is made for haulin'! But don't get the 4 cyl if you're always in a hurry. It has plenty of power to haul and tow, but its not a race engine. MPG: 21-22


Best Features

Toyota quality. Lots of torque, strong suspension. And of course, the looks--Best looking 4WD truck out there, bar none.


Worst Features

Update the engine options to increase horsepower and MPG, but not lose the torque. (Both the 4 and 6 cyl engines are over 10 years old). Offer a crew cab with long bed and manual transmission.


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Good Truck with a Thirsty Engine
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By road2cycle
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2003 Toyota Tacoma Xtracab 2dr Xtracab PreRunner V6 Rwd SB (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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Pros: No mechanical problems so far Stylish exterior Comfortable seats Sufficient interior storage Engine has sufficient power Radio, AC, Heater controls in easy to reach locations Deep cupholders Great view of the road Cons: Gets blown around in crosswinds Poor gas mileage (17mpg - 60% highway and 40% city) Rough ride on bumpy roads Clock is in a bad location Gear shift rattles on bumpy roads Baby seat doesn't fit in rear Pillar and headrest block view over left shoulder (driver)


Best Features

The view of the road from this vehicle is great. The engine has sufficient power when merging onto the freeway.


Worst Features

The engine is very thirsty, so fuel efficiency could be improved.


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Truck lover
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By toyotafan11
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2003 Toyota Tacoma Xtracab 2dr Xtracab V6 4WD SB (3.4L 6cyl 5M)


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I owned a 1986 standard bed Toyota 4x4 4cyl. 5sp for 9 years and had 125,000 miles on it before it was totaled. After that I purchased a 1995 Corrola which had 330,000 miles before tading it in on this 2003 Toyota Tacoma xtra cab, V6, 5 sp. I hope to enjoy this Toyata as much as the other 2. I loved the 86 truck and wanted to own another truck. I would only purchase Toyota because of its dependability. I purchased the truck Nov. 2003 and enjoy it except for the gas mileage.


Best Features

hight over other vehicles body design interior comfort torgue V6


Worst Features

move the clock so the driver can view it. independent rear suspension for a more comfordable ride. keep the suspension hight or higher. better back support for rear passangers.


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QUALITY TRUCK
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By MATERV
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2003 Toyota Tacoma Xtracab 2dr Xtracab PreRunner V6 Rwd SB (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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VERY RELIABLE VEHICLE ON AND OFF THE ROAD. MY TACOMA HAS ONLY THE TRD OPTION AND IT DRIVES OFF-ROAD LIKE A FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE, BUT IT IS NOT. I WOULD RECOMMEND THE PRERUNNER, FOR IT'S HEIGHT AND EXTERIOR LOOKS.


Best Features

TRD OPTIONS- ELECTRONIC REAR DIFFERENTIAL LOCK. LOCKS IN BOTH WHEELS FOR AN ALMOST UNSTOPPABLE PERFORMANCE.


Worst Features

SMOOTH OUE THE TRANSMISSION SHIFT SELECTOR FROM MOVING. IMPOVE GAS MILEAGE.


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looking good
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By jimml
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2003 Toyota Tacoma Xtracab 2dr Xtracab PreRunner V6 Rwd SB (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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Engine and performance better than my old Ford 150 V-8. Better everything, and reliability is why I bought this truck, as well as the fact that it is the best looking compact out there. Good to know it can tow up to 5000 lbs. when I'll need it this summer. Couldn't find the clock for the first few days - placed in awkward place. Interior could use an upgrade.


Best Features

TRD package, raised suspension.


Worst Features

Move clock, make it bigger, better gas mileage. How about putting a gas/electric engine in a compact truck? Like the prius?


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