2003 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Xtracab 4WD SB (2.7L 4cyl 5M)
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.
TRD and Limited pkgs: Get rid of the
factory tires (BF Good All Terrain),
horrible in rain (pavement). Not sure
Limited pkg was worth the money, but
overall the Tacoma has been very
reliable. Works great off-road in the
mud, sand etc. even w/o 4x4. Great
for anyone wanting a truck that works
like a full size, but with the smaller
frame and enthusiasm to play hard.
Off-road "look" (badge, tires and
Move clock, more power, improve look
of entire dash and instrument panel,
Over all it is ok for the money. Drive
train is very noisy at slow speeds or
when climbing hills. I have owned
toyota trucks for many years and would
not even consider any other type of
maker. I would like to have had a clock
somewhere on the dash.
The 5 speed is nice. I like the way
this truck handles curves and wet/snowy
Smooth out the drive train, other wise
a nice truck.
TRD Package could do without,
downshifts hard when cruise is on and
going up a grade, however i've had
this truck less than a year and have
over 33000 miles on it and its ran
trouble free. It is a good riding
truck. Get rid of the BF Goodrich
tires. I have slid out of control
with these tires. Put the Walmart
Conten. tires on it and so far I
havent had this problem continue.
sets up high so you can see better
move clock, blind spot when looking
behind to change lanes.