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#1943 of 1986 toyota tundra vs. toyota tacoma
Mar 17, 2009 (7:15 pm)
hi - i was hoping some of you experts could help me!! i need to buy a new (used) truck, and i wanted some opinions. first of all, it would be a daily driver (i drive about 15K to 18K/year). secondly, it needs to look nice enough for a banker to show up at a customer's office and not be embarrassed. (but i only have about $8K and won't finance.)
i'm currently looking at a 2001 tacoma, prerunner, w/ 115K miles. it appears to be in excellent condition, from original owner, asking $7,500. OR, 2003 tundra access cab, excellent from original owner, asking $8,200.
i'd like to keep the truck forever, and give it to my 10 year old son to drive when he turns 16.
#1944 of 1986 Re: toyota tundra vs. toyota tacoma [hammaa]
May 21, 2009 (10:21 am)
I think that year tacoma is part of the frame watch, where many of those yearly 2000's tundras are now failing inspections due to frame corrosion. You might be better off with the Tundra.
As far as the "look", I think you would be sitting higher off the floor of that Tundra (remembering my pals '99 tacoma) so your pant legs might stay cleaner.
Hope that helps!
Jul 14, 2009 (6:54 pm)
wondering why there are so few 2009s available?
#1946 of 1986 Re: 09 vs.10 [wyoreb]
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Jul 14, 2009 (7:19 pm)
Not that many were made... Toyota had a very abbreviated 2009 run. They had closed the Texas plant for 3 months in the summer and fall of 2008 for inventory control, then opted to launch an early 2010 a few months ago.
kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host
#1947 of 1986 Tundra versus Taco
Sep 19, 2009 (4:25 am)
I finally will be selling a 1989 F250 nicknamed the 'Big Ugly' because it is. I have owned it for 7 years. The truck has been good, but time for a Toyota. The Tundra and Tacpo appear to be good trucks. I want a manual transmission because of preference for highway driving and in the snow. I would like a crew cab, or possibly extended cab for the Tundra only. I will be driving 500 miles or more with people in the back, camping or trips. The Taco extended cab seems to be too small and upright for people for long trips. What is the extended cab like for comfort in the Tundra? Is the extended cab too small and sit upright too much compared to the crew cab? What is other experience for manual transmissions for the Tundra and mpg? Thanks.
#1948 of 1986 Re: Tundra versus Taco [bigugly]
Sep 19, 2009 (1:15 pm)
I assume you're considering the 1st generation Tundra (2000-2006), because I don't believe the new one comes with a manual transmission at all. Of that generation, only the reg. and ext. cab V6 models come with manual. The access (ext.) cab in that generation is not comfortable for adults IMHO. Plus the performance is mediocre and mpg really isn't much different than V8 auto. So I think you should scrap the Tundra if a manual tranny is a requirement. That narrows you down to the Tacoma double-cab which doesn't have a manual transmission until the 2005+ redesign. Not a bad truck and close to Tundra size, but narrower. I personally think the Tundra double-cab is a better all around truck and the V8 is a very good performer. That's the route I went and have been very happy with it. Cost wise, the Tundra of a similar year isn't much difference in price and you get a much roomier interior, stronger motor, etc. But you've got to give up the manual tranny.
#1949 of 1986 Re: Tundra versus Taco [sebring95]
Sep 19, 2009 (6:52 pm)
Thanks, but I really do not want to give up on a manual transmission. I have driven many vehicles and realized most manufacturers, including Toyota, have not figured out to program a transmission as well as I can when I drive a manual. The transmissions jump too much on rolling hills, which I do not like at all. I think a Tundra access cab came with a 6cyl manual. I read how some did not mind the change in the back seat, but I need more information on preformance and the back. I would consider a manual Taco 6 cyl or Frontier 6cyl. I hope to hear about a manual Tundra access cab owner on back seat comfort, towing, mpg and other issues. If only more options existed for trucks with manual transmissions.......Thanks.
#1950 of 1986 Toyota Tundra or Chevy Avalanche
Oct 24, 2009 (5:04 pm)
I'm looking for a new car/truck/SUV and here is my dilemma: I like Avalancheís look, but Tundraís reliability. Currently I have 1999 Ford F-150, and never had any problems with it. I bought it brand new and now it has 140K miles on it. Once a while I need a pick-up truck, and Iíd like to enjoy the nice look of it. The bed in a new F-150ís appears much bigger to what Iím used to and I donít like it. I like the appearance of Chevy Avalanche, but Iíve read that people are having some problems with it. On the other hand Tundra would be more reliable, but it is rather a typical pick-up truck. I might also add that my teenage sons dream of Avalanche. Can you advise me please which car to choose from, or give me some thoughts to start with?
#1951 of 1986 Re: Toyota Tundra or Chevy Avalanche [chris_4325]
Oct 25, 2009 (4:50 am)
That's a tough one. I've been a Toyota guy since 1991 when I got my first one, and for good reason...reliability. I'm not nuts about "working" on cars and I hate it when the transportation "tool" (read: vehicle) that I depend-on and 'need right now' when I go out and turn the key, doesn't work or craps-out while going somewhere. I'd been a GM customer for many years, as had my family, until I got sick of the excuses, idiotic engineering, poor build quality, and constant problems; never again.
Having said that, seems to me if you really like the looks of the Avalanche and you buy a Toyota, you're going to be looking longingly everytime a nice-looking Chevy goes by and feel 'geez, I really should've got one'. And you may very well have good luck with the Chevy. Suggestion...check out Consumer Reports (takes a lot of the emotion out of it) and the threads on Edmunds here (caution...more people write to complain than those who write and praise on just about anything). Regards, BGood
#1952 of 1986 Re: Toyota Tundra or Chevy Avalanche [webgood]
Oct 25, 2009 (6:51 pm)
Thanks for your thoughts. I looked at the Edmunds forums and it looks that much more people are complaining on Avalanches than on Tundras. I think people usually complain on out of warranty cars, since they have to pay for repairs themselves. Iím looking for a new car so how do I adjust these complaints for the possibility that the factory may have already fixed these problems that people were having in their older cars? I guess that if there were a lot of problems with any aspect of the vehicle, the factory would rather fixed it on a production/assembly line than later at the dealerships, what would costs them much more. You are right saying that people who are happy with their cars do not post their excitement. Is there any way to find the number of Avalanches and Tundras sold within last year or last two years? These complaints would have quite different meaning if there are much more Tundras than Avalanches. That would be a big warning for me. On the other hand if there area more Avalanches that would ease my uncertainty. What do you think about this reasoning? Thanks.