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Nissan Frontier, Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, Dodge Dakota, Mazda B-Series Pickup
Dec 31, 2001 (7:13 am)
Just bought a 2002 KC XE 4x4 Frontier Saturday. Was originally looking for a XE 2wd, v-6, auto (for my wife), with value truck package. My first choice was actually the Tacoma PreRunner with automatic, v-6, X-cab, but the best price available in the northern VA are was $20,740 out the door. Couldn't work a deal with any Ranger dealer either (wanted the 4.0 L) so I went with the Frontier. My local dealer did a 250 mile search to find a 2-wd, XE, V-6, auto, value truck package and found only 2 -- one was black and the other one was "electric blue" (think that is what it was called), and they both had the power package ($999). I had previously test driven the 4-wheel one I bought, but really wasn't interested in 4-wheel drive. Sales manager called me on Friday and said she would discount the 4-wheel package $1400 so I said what the heck and bought it. There was also a $1000 rebate (I believe it was $500 from Nissan and $500 Holiday rebate from the dealer. Paid $18,600 out the door. Hope like hell I like it because in 60 more payments, it will be mine. As I said, my first preference was Toyota (both of my sons own them and they really like them), but the cost was too much.
#374 of 579 How come no one brings up the Hombre?
Jan 09, 2002 (12:14 pm)
#375 of 579 hombre, s10...
Jan 09, 2002 (3:03 pm)
#376 of 579 Hombre had a short life
Jan 09, 2002 (7:56 pm)
Only sold in the 1998-2000 model years. So there's not a whole lot of them out there.
#377 of 579 Snow plowing with Tacoma
Jan 27, 2002 (12:49 pm)
Has anyone put a Fisher plow on a 6 cyl extended cab Tacoma? How does the Tacoma plow compared to an S-10?
#379 of 579 2003 Tacoma
Mar 13, 2002 (9:38 pm)
Does anyone know whats in store for the 2003 Tacoma? Any design changes or engine changes? Thanks
#380 of 579 who cares........
Mar 13, 2002 (10:59 pm)
well, i heard it may go mid-size with some crappy small under-powered v8. ranger is mid-sized and will get the 4.6. so will the s10, renamed the colorado will get the i-6 with 275 horses.
Mar 14, 2002 (7:29 am)
tbunder: Who cares about the Ranger though? Ford can't find an engine to put into the thing, they just started a "new" 4L 2 years ago, and already it'll be ditched because with bigger midsize Ranger 4L will suddenly become weak. Well....who knows. Maybe Ford will start making Rangers out of "real steel" and not "tin", so it will weight 5,000 lbs. Oh, and have a bed welded to the frame too. And you'll be able to jump the truck left and right, and then still sell it on ebay saying "truck has never been abused".
tgravo2: Oh a more serious note:
Tacoma and 4Runner are getting a redesign. Not bad for a 8 year old model, eh? They are getting bigger, and Tacoma will move from compact into midsize truck category, like Dakota is now. As far as engines go:
It'll either be a 3.7L V6, or a 4.7L V8.
3.7L Has been mentioned recently by few people.
But at Chicago autoshow 4Runner was shown with a 4.7L V8 from Tundra, and seeing how 4Runner and Tacoma share the drivetrain, one would think that it would get a 4.7L V8. It's not underpowered, in fact, it beats Fords' 4.6L they put in F150.
Unfortunately, a Tacoma with a V8 could stomp on Tundra's market, so unless Toyota redesignes Tundra to make it bigger, Tacoma may not get the V8.
Overall, seeing how it's a new model, I'd wait a little before buying it, until obvious bugs are worked out. Toyota has not been known for having 5-7 recalls the first year unlike some OTHER companies , but anything can happen.
Mar 14, 2002 (9:59 am)
"They are getting bigger, and Tacoma will move from compact into midsize truck category, like Dakota is now."
So where would that leave the Tundra?