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#1423 of 1986 tundra wizards
Jan 18, 2002 (6:10 am)
I currently own a Toyota 1988 4x4 150k that I was my favorite all time truck. I gave it to my son and currently own a 2001 4x4 Dakota CC.
I am seriously interested in going to a 2002 4x4 Tundra. Would like your assistance as to purchasing vechicle with what you all think is top of the line for occasional off road use. I deer hunt several months out of the year, tow a 17ft aluminum Bass boat frequently and a tow a jet ski occasionally. Don't need a long bed just enough to put my 4x4 Honda A TV. Reside in Florida.
I require comfortable driver seat (lower back problems). I travel 25k plus a year.
Would appreciate your valued opinions.
Jan 18, 2002 (7:30 am)
Speaking as one who put 25k on my truck the first year, it is a comfortable truck. I've heard people complain about the lack of adjustments on the captains chairs (that's what I have) in the Tundra but I think they are just fine. I have a weak lower back but find that exercise, stretching, keeping excess weight off and surfing all help my back and I haven't had any problems in recent years-I used to get muscle spasms every now and then-very painful.
The back seat is on the smallish side but if you don't have people back there very often it is adequate.
I don't have a 4x4 model but I do take it on some pretty rough dirt track out in the desert and I haven't had any problem with it.
The Tundra will do all the other things you mentioned with ease.
#1425 of 1986 ABS systems.
Jan 18, 2002 (2:26 pm)
I have to agree when someone said thatG GM's ABS does suck! On dry pavement it works fine. But in rain, or snow and Ice(Alaska weather) the ABS will actually make the Truck harder tocontrol vs a truck without ABS. GM knows the system is "Oversensitive" ganted on Ice you will slide if you brake too late in any Truck but I am finding myself pumping the ABS system to regain control of my rado in these conditions. Even in rain it will do the same thing. I want to pull the fuse so I can get better control, but I don't know about that. Any new GM truck owner can back up my story. Yes yu just put your foot on th peadal to stop, but the system is so oversensitive that it will just create a bigger mess. Well that's one complaint from me about my truck!!!
#1426 of 1986 Real world Tundra prices in Alaska
Jan 18, 2002 (2:39 pm)
Went dow to the lot today to check out the '02's Here's what the wanted for em
Tundra regular cab with stock options and 4x4 $30,355. Dealer mark up was $4,500
Tundra access cab 4x4 standard options $34,500 with a $4,000 mark up!
I did not even look at the limited!!!
Why so high of a dealer mark up here?? I know the prices in the lower 48. But for that money the big 3 offer alot. You could be driving a 3500 LT for that money. Just wondering why so much? I would think the truck of the year would be priced the same as the big 3??? Maybe is Toyota having limited production runs??? Do't tell me it cost's 4k to get a truck up here!!!!
Oh and all had the I-force V8
#1427 of 1986 The ratings the institute gives the Tundra...
Jan 18, 2002 (2:42 pm)
The Tundra has some good ratings, but all were done from a 40 mph frontal offset crash. How could have the known the effects of the cab??? Granted from a crash like this the Cab would have minimal damage. I would like to see a side impact rating or a rollover rating compared to other trucks...
Jan 18, 2002 (4:25 pm)
I don't know that anyone has done roll over or side impact ratings on fullsize trucks yet.
I can't imagine why the Toyota dealerships in your area have a 4k markup on these trucks. For that money it would be worth it to drive or fly almost anywhere else in the country to buy it and drive it home. Are the dealers up there insane? I got my local dealership to knock almost $3,000 off the MSRP on my 2000 SR-5 when I bought it in 9/00. I paid a little over $23k for it. Mine is a Jade Green SR-5 Access Cab 4x2 model with A/C, cruise, PW, PL, tilt wheel, captains chairs, in dash AM/FM/CD/Cassette, power mirrors, split window, tinted glass, cloth interior, keyless entry, bedliner and I-force V8 engine. MSRP was $26,400 if I remember correctly.
A friend of mine has a Chevy Suburban and he absolutely hates the ABS system on his truck. He complains that it has caused a couple accidents due to increased stopping distance. I never paid it much creed though because he is a rather distracted driver at times. Maybe he is correct.
It is a little disconcerting when the ABS kicks in on a car. My Ford Mustang had it and it did seem to increase stopping distances especially if you go with your natural tendancy of pumping the brakes.
My Tundra does not have ABS. I am not unhappy about that either.
Jan 18, 2002 (4:33 pm)
That's what I thought. They must be smoking to much of the good stuff. Prices were with dealer mark up. The factory sticker was 25.5 for the short cab. But you are right I would fly away. Call up Nye Toyota here in Anchorage and see what they want. That's where I went. I can understand a markup but not 4k on a 4x4 base model. Now I would pay that much for a limited. In my poinion they need to do those types of tests on pickups ans SUV's The have a tendency to be "top Heavy" Causing them to roll over more,but not have a side impact effect. Tell me the sticker for those models in Ca. Don't include tax. Just the prices. I am curious.
Jan 18, 2002 (6:37 pm)
The prices that F1 is quoting you are correct. My truck is similar to his but it is a 2002 and I have the Alloy wheels, the LSD, the fog lights and the tow hitch in addition to what F1 has in his truck. I did not get the bedliner though. I paid 23,700 w/o taxes,lic, and fees. My out the door price was 25,700. I got almost 2,500 off MSRP and I got 4.9% financing for 60 months. What else could I ask for? I got the exact options I wanted except the color. I wanted Imperial Jade Mica, but I had to settle for black.
I am extremely happy with the truck. I just got the SnugTop and BedRug installed today. It looks great. The bed feels so cozy I really want to sleep in it
Jan 18, 2002 (6:46 pm)
Hey HairyDog. I've got the '02. I love mine. You where talking about hauling a four wheeler. Think about the bed extender as an option. It has a 101 uses. It also has plenty of power to pull. I've also had it in the loose sand at the coast and it goes great.