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The little engine that could
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By ren
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2003 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Regular Cab Rwd SB (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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Well, I have to say that this little truck is great for its size. Off road and this little guy can do it ok. I wish it had about 10-15 more ponies, but you cant have everything right. For the money this truck is great. It's reliable and its gets me from A to B. I wish I had an extended cab for more room but I manage in this one. Regular maintenance is good and easy. There is a weird creak or rattle in the dash at times. Wish it had a higher resale. Overall, not a bad little workhorse.


Best Features

Acceleration with premium in the 5sp winds up pretty good. Sounds good, handles good, (I would know ;) mileage is a plus


Worst Features

Lift truck off ground a little higher. Make ground behind seat flat without that stupid crossbar behind on the wall. Improve power a little


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Finally Got It!!!
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By Troy
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2003 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Xtracab 4WD SB (2.7L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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.


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Love the Taco
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By DDragon
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2003 Toyota Tacoma 4dr Double Cab PreRunner V6 Rwd SB (3.4L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


Best Features

Off-road "look" (badge, tires and suspension)


Worst Features

Move clock, more power, improve look of entire dash and instrument panel, gas mileage.


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long time toyota owner
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By altoona
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2003 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Regular Cab Rwd SB (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Best Features

The 5 speed is nice. I like the way this truck handles curves and wet/snowy road surfaces.


Worst Features

Smooth out the drive train, other wise a nice truck.


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nice truck/unconfortable pedals too high
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By Azael
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2003 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Xtracab 4WD SB (2.7L 4cyl 5M)


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pedals too high make a little unconfortable to drive,other than that is good truck(trusted "toyota" owner)


Best Features

bigger tires/bigger engine/higher clearance from floor


Worst Features

pedals needs to be lower(for people with long legs,like me)


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