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Leon m
11-03-2004, 11:26 PM
Hello Toyota !
I just traded in my Dodge Ram truck for a 2005
Toyota Tacoma.

The 05 Tacoma offers a Quade Cab and a full size
bed (6 ft),and here is the real kicker...it has
a tricked out V6 that offers all the giddy up
my Dodge had but gets twice the gas miliage.I've
been driving it all over the countryside since
friday, and just stoped for gas for my first
time today. :eek: :D :cool:

http://www.toyota.com/images/vehicles/tacoma/gallery/exterior/large/photo_2.jpg
this picture shows the short bed , not the new
fullsize bed.

JimD
11-03-2004, 11:28 PM
Gooood bye Dodge
Heeeello happiness
:D

Leon m
11-03-2004, 11:37 PM
Im happy !...that Dodge was such a gas pig
, I don't miss stopping at the gas station every
other day.

The Toyota is easy on the wallet, easy on the
environment,and less dependent on mid-east oil. ;)

Oh...and it has a kick but sound system ! :cool:

[ 11-03-2004, 11:39 PM: Message edited by: Leon m ]

mmd
11-04-2004, 12:10 AM
I don't mean to pee in your corn flakes, but a pickup bed that can't carry a sheet of ply with the tailgate up can't be called "full-size". tongue.gif :D

Nice lookin' truck, tho'.

Ron Williamson
11-04-2004, 06:44 AM
I've never understood the "sheet-of-plywood" standard.It seems to apply to trailers as well.
I carry plywood/melamine/MDF in my Mazda, often enough,and it's never a problem.It just hangs out.
R
PS with a bedliner,plywood generally doesn't fit anyway.
Spiffy truck,BTW

Joe (SoCal)
11-04-2004, 06:46 AM
I heard on NPR the other day that Toyota just beat GM as the largest car manufacture. Nice looking truck. Hmmmmmmm could I be a Pick-up driving country real estate agent ?????

km gresham
11-04-2004, 07:57 AM
Good lookin' truck! I like trucks - I have a front yard full of them - big ones - goes with having a husband and 3 sons all over 6'-4" who require something big to drive around in. smile.gif

Leon m
11-04-2004, 08:40 AM
Originally posted by mmd:
I don't mean to pee in your corn flakes, but a pickup bed that can't carry a sheet of ply with the tailgate up can't be called "full-size". tongue.gif :D

.I just brought home 5 sheets of ply on monday
(tailgate up),no problem,and I also drove around
with a ten foot step latter...did I mention
it also has a cool tiedown system with tracks
that you can slide your tiedowns to any position
you want. :cool:

Leon m
11-04-2004, 08:42 AM
Originally posted by Joe ( Cold Spring on Hudson ):
Hmmmmmmm could I be a Pick-up driving country real estate agent ?????It has a VERY nice interior(roomy), and rides like a
Cadillac.

[ 11-04-2004, 08:43 AM: Message edited by: Leon m ]

Dan McCosh
11-04-2004, 08:58 AM
Curious about the mileage--are you saying the Tacoma gets twice the mileage of a V6 Dakota?

Mrleft8
11-04-2004, 09:06 AM
I hate to tell you this, but that isn't a "pick up truck". It's too shiny. It's too low to the ground. Unless you live in the deep south it shouldn't have tinted windows.
Pick ups are turning into familly cars in the same way that utillity vehicles did. Think back to the days of the International Harvester "Travel-all" or "Scout", or the original GMC "JIMMY" or Chevy "Suburban". Now look at the SUV's we have. USELESS for what they were originally intended for. Pick ups now have cloth seats, fancy sound systems, more gew gaws and special features that clutter up the dash and add to the selling price. What ever happened to slippery vinyl seats that froze your butt off in January, and stuck to your thighs like a pizza to the roof of your mouth in July? What's wrong with a simple AM/FM (with cassette if you like) stereo? Bed liner? What the hell do you need a bed liner for, unless you're hauling bricks, or stone? Now these things cost as much or more than a typical sedan because they're more for show than go. Drive 'em to the town dump on Saturday to justify their existence in the driveway. See? I'm a WORKING man! I drive my P/U to the office!
To me, a Pick up truck should be strong, able to take a slight beating or brush scraping, with out needing to go to the body shop. It should be inexpensive. People who use their trucks for work have other things to spend their pay on. Dependable (no doubt the Toyota is great on this count). Nothing is quite so annoying as having to get your truck repaired when you have a job to complete. Sure it's nice to have cushy cloth seats, but the sawdust clogs up the weave so fast it becomes a fire hazard.
I know.......I shouldn't rant and rave like this..... Congratulations on getting rid of your gas guzzler, now go out and put at least one little scratch on that damn shiny paint job! :D

uncas
11-04-2004, 10:08 AM
Had a Dodge truck once...Drove or pushed it faithfully to the local mechanic every morning and brought it home every night :D

Leon m
11-04-2004, 10:09 AM
Originally posted by Dan McCosh:
Curious about the mileage--are you saying the Tacoma gets twice the mileage of a V6 Dakota?No, I'm saying it gets twice the gas miliage of my
Dodge Ram Sport.I did look into the Dakotas though, I was not impressed.First they did not
offer a full size bed,and even with there V8 (4.0 ltr.)they had no power to speak of, and the gas
miliage was not much better than their full size
Ram.

By the way the Tacoma V6 cranks 245 HP...not
bad for a V6 hey.

[ 11-04-2004, 10:17 AM: Message edited by: Leon m ]

Leon m
11-04-2004, 10:15 AM
I hear ya Lefty,I miss my old 74 Ford with the
strait six...the thing was built like a Farmall
tractor, and I worked it like one.

But I don't miss the poor gas miliage . ;)

brad9798
11-04-2004, 10:16 AM
I hear ya, lefty- There are PLENTY of work trucks out there ... so don't complain.

I like the nice ones too! That little Tacoma looks great!

Cloth seats, lefty? You meant leather, right? ;)

Anyway, I want a new f150 lariat, 4x4 crew cab ... but I cant's understand spending 40 grand for a truck ... :eek:

Leon m
11-04-2004, 10:20 AM
Originally posted by brad9798:
Anyway, I want a new f150 lariat, 4x4 crew cab ... but I cant's understand spending 40 grand for a truck ... :eek: I only paid $22.000 after trade in for the Toyota.

TimH
11-04-2004, 11:42 AM
Why do they think people want trucks that look like an escape pod from some old sci-fi movie?
Ill stick with my Dodge.

Dale R. Hamilton
11-04-2004, 01:09 PM
well I'm still driving my 1954 advanced design Chevy- and its running on the original motor and 4 speed. Please note- this is my transportation- no little Hunyota parked in the driveway. Its a big rough all American truck with fat fenders, real chrome bumbers and a faithful 6 cylinder still crankin. And I can fix it myself- a water pump costs $40.00. I did add an alternator, AC, modern electrics, seatbelts and radials- so I guess you could say I'm not a purist.

Matt J.
11-04-2004, 01:49 PM
Nice. I wondered what the '05 would look like. I was afraid they'd goof it up. I got am '04, SR5-V6-4x4-TRD-XtraCab... It's awesome, but I don't have 245HP (damn nice). Mileage is good. Reliability? Just NEVER stop driving it. I had one, a 94, put 90k miles one it in 2.5 years. Replaced a thermostat and changed the oil. Abused the heck out of it. Carried more weight than the truck, and it never had a problem (except the thermostat). I sold it to my parents for a farm truck, they only drove it rarely, and put 1000 miles on it in 5-6 years. Damn thing was never right after that. They had to sell it.

Oh, the TRD sound funny, but it's great.

And Lefty, "unless you're hauling bricks, or stone..." Well, it's a truck, right?That's exactly what it gets used for. That and surveying anywhere and the dirtier the better.

Nice truck, Leon.

bamamick
11-05-2004, 08:15 AM
That is a nice looking truck. One of my good friends also traded in his Dodge for a Tacoma and he loves it. Looks big enough to me to haul whatever, within reason.

Me, I drive a Ford F-150 extra cab longbed. It's got the small V-8, and drumroll, please, it's got 264,000 miles on it. All original. All of my friends and family like to rag me about my truck, but I really like it, and I really like not having a truck note.

For my 'Sunday' car I have a 1985 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. My baby. Looks awesome towing the Beetle Cat or the Star. The only time I tried to haul the Dragon with the Jeep things did not go so well, though. The thermostat failed. Yuck.

I am a big guy, and I really like my big vehicles. Luckily I make enough money to pay for gas. I really like the way that Toyota looks, though.

Mickey Lake

huisjen
11-05-2004, 08:34 AM
Leon, with the quad cab and full bed, how's the turning radius? I like my '00 (2wd, 5spd, 4 cyl, ExtraCab), but the turning radius is a little large.

Dan

Popeye
11-05-2004, 08:42 AM
Specifications 2005 Toyota Tacoma 4dr Double Cab V6 4WD SB

Type: Compact Truck
Where Built: United States
Dimensions

Exterior
Length: 208.1 in. Width: 74.6 in.
Height: 70.1 in. Wheel Base: 127.8 in.
Ground Clearance: 9.4 in. Curb Weight: 4045 lbs.
Gross Weight: 5450 lbs.
Interior
Front Head Room: 40.1 in. Front Hip Room: 53.6 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 57.7 in. Rear Head Room: 38.5 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 59.3 in. Rear Hip Room: 55.2 in.
Front Leg Room: 41.7 in. Rear Leg Room: 32.6 in.
Maximum Seating: 5
Performance Data

Performance
Acceleration (0-60 mph): 9.6 sec. Braking Distance (60-0 mph): 125 ft.
Base Number of Cylinders: 6 Base Engine Size: 4 liters
Base Engine Type: V6 Horsepower: 245 hp
Max Horsepower: 5200 rpm Torque: 282 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 3800 rpm Maximum Payload: 1405 lbs.
Maximum Towing Capacity: 3500 lbs. Drive Type: 4WD
Turning Circle: 40.7 ft.

Fuel Data

Fuel
Fuel Tank Capacity: 21 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway)
Automatic: : 18 mpg / 22 mpg
Range in Miles: (City/Highway)
Automatic: 378 mi. / 462 mi.

Popeye
11-05-2004, 08:46 AM
Specifications on the Long Body:

Type: Compact Truck
Where Built: United States
Dimensions

Exterior
Length: 221.3 in. Width: 74.6 in.
Height: 70.1 in. Wheel Base: 140.9 in.
Ground Clearance: 9.4 in. Curb Weight: 4100 lbs.
Gross Weight: 5450 lbs.
Interior
Front Head Room: 40.1 in. Front Hip Room: 53.6 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 57.7 in. Rear Head Room: 38.5 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 59.3 in. Rear Hip Room: 55.2 in.
Front Leg Room: 41.7 in. Rear Leg Room: 32.6 in.
Maximum Seating: 5
Performance Data

Performance
Acceleration (0-60 mph): 9.6 sec. Braking Distance (60-0 mph): 125 ft.
Base Number of Cylinders: 6 Base Engine Size: 4 liters
Base Engine Type: V6 Horsepower: 245 hp
Max Horsepower: 5200 rpm Torque: 282 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 3800 rpm Maximum Payload: 1350 lbs.
Maximum Towing Capacity: 3500 lbs. Drive Type: 4WD
Turning Circle: 44 ft.

Fuel Data

Fuel
Fuel Tank Capacity: 21 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway)
Automatic: : 18 mpg / 22 mpg
Range in Miles: (City/Highway)
Automatic: 378 mi. / 462 mi.

Leon m
11-05-2004, 11:31 PM
The towing capacity is 6500 w/tow package,and
I've been getting better than 22 mpg...more like
25 mpg.

High C
11-05-2004, 11:37 PM
Originally posted by Leon m:
I hear ya Lefty,I miss my old 74 Ford with the
strait six...the thing was built like a Farmall
tractor, and I worked it like one.
I had one, a 74 F100 with the optional 302 V8, a $45 option! 3 on the tree and no power steering.
:eek:

John B
11-05-2004, 11:57 PM
I'm confused. This is nothing new. But I was sure... certain, that it is/was 2004. You can't get it til january?

PS nice truck. I wonder if we'll get them.
Academic for me though since I am apparently stuck in the first half of last century.I just backed the Jailbar into the garage after a days work on the old boat. I can tell you absolutely and without prejudice that 1946 is an agricultural year for pick up trucks. :D but people get out of your way.
I assume its the truck ,but maybe its the redlead glaze in the drivers eyes.........

[ 11-06-2004, 12:00 AM: Message edited by: John B ]

Peter Malcolm Jardine
11-06-2004, 12:10 AM
Toyota directly targeted the Dakota with this truck. It will last longer, break less, and be worth more at the end of ten years than any "domestic" on the market.

I have 100,000 miles on my 2000 4runner, and I am just about to do the brakes for the first time.... and I only do about 25% hiway driving. The only other thing I have done outside of regular maintenance is a starter solenoid. They just build a better vehicle. Period.

Dan McCosh
11-06-2004, 10:12 AM
When do you suppose the Germans are going to learn to build a decent vehicle?

Leon m
11-06-2004, 10:58 PM
Originally posted by John B:
I'm confused. This is nothing new. But I was sure... certain, that it is/was 2004. You can't get it til january?

.......If you wave cash under their nose they'll
cough up an 05 in Oct. ;)

High C
11-07-2004, 10:02 AM
Originally posted by Dan McCosh:
When do you suppose the Germans are going to learn to build a decent vehicle?http://www.carcostcanada.com/en/images/catos/04%20VW%20Phaeton.jpg

imported_Steven Bauer
11-07-2004, 10:17 AM
Originally posted by Dan McCosh:
When do you suppose the Germans are going to learn to build a decent vehicle? Mercedes still makes the Unimog:

http://www.tx4x4.com/images/mogorange.jpg

http://www.tx4x4.com/mogpics/mogin.jpg

You could do some serious real estatin' in that thing! :D

Steven

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
11-07-2004, 01:23 PM
I had a 1973 Ford F-100 with a V-8 302 and a three speed on the tree too High C. I ran up 248,000 miles, then sold it to a local farmer for $600 bucks in the late 1980's. I saw the farmer and the truck at the hardware store last July.....can't believe he's still driving it. :eek:

Peter Malcolm Jardine
11-07-2004, 01:29 PM
When do you suppose the Germans are going to learn to build a decent vehicle? Dan's right on this one... the germans build a beautifully engineered vehicle in theory, and in practice one that need overly sophisticated service. All of them are expensive to service and repair, and break more often than either Toyota and Honda.... but a BMW Mercedes or Volks high end car is a pleasure to drive without a doubt. ;)

JimD
11-07-2004, 01:36 PM
I drive an '89 all Jap Mazda that still doing fine. And I can put six feet of plywood in the back, too

George Roberts
11-07-2004, 06:54 PM
If a truck fits your needs, it is the truck you should have.
http://www.internationaldelivers.com/assets/severe/CXT-3-full.gif

6 tons in the bed. 20 tons on the hitch. (I have no need for even a small pickup.)

captain's gig
11-07-2004, 06:59 PM
yadda yadda yadda...

http://www.electricedge.com/greymatter/images4/truckart.jpg

Dan McCosh
11-07-2004, 09:16 PM
Of course, I was refering to the German Dakota pickup.

High C
11-07-2004, 10:49 PM
Originally posted by Mr. Know It All:
I had a 1973 Ford F-100 with a V-8 302 and a three speed on the tree too High C. I ran up 248,000 miles, then sold it to a local farmer for $600 bucks in the late 1980's. I saw the farmer and the truck at the hardware store last July.....can't believe he's still driving it. :eek: Amazing. I sold what was left of mine in 1984. I don't think it went much further. :eek:

The best thing about mine, it had 6 real cleats on the outside of the bed, like boat cleats, factory installed. Very handy... :cool:

jwaldin
11-12-2004, 12:06 PM
I've recently moved to the 'Omenica' in N.BC after living 40 years on the coast.
Nine out of ten vehicles are new or nearly new full sized 4x4 turbo diesel trucks. It's amazing! Of the ten percent of cars about 80% are new or nearly diesel volkswagons.