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.
I had '86 Toy P/u and loved it but
needed more work so bought a new Tacoma
with just the basics. I own (have ownd)
many Toyotas and they are low
maint/reliable. BUT noticed this is
the first one not built in Japan, but
in TENN, and I can tell the diff in
quality.! Windows loose/rattle,
creeking sound in dash, bed liner
coming "unglued", paint bubbling up
both sides on door at bottom. Only
complaining because I love my old TOY
and still have a 4rnr I'm happy with.
I like my Tacoma (gave it a hi rating)
but it could have been built better.
IT's a TOYOTA
US factory built should have same
quality as "built in Japan"
Need clock standard in Radio.
I bought my Tacoma last year and I love
it! Great on gas,I average 28mpg. Good
ride,drives nice. A/C is ice cold. Cab
is a little tight for me,I'm 5`10. No
problems at all with it. I would buy
another for sure. Next time I'm getting
an extra cab. I feel it's a better
value than a Ranger or S-10.
A/C is great. Dash layout is just fine.
Stereo play nice. Plenty of cup holders
and places to store stuff.
Make clock and intermittent wipers
standard. Better seats would be nice
2003 Toyota Tacoma 2dr Xtracab 4WD SB (2.7L 4cyl 5M)
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.
Toyota quality. Lots of torque,
strong suspension. And of course, the
looks--Best looking 4WD truck out
there, bar none.
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
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