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Mar 19, 2002 (12:45 pm)
Thanks for the info. I know you have an 01 TRD with the supercharger. I went ride to a local dealer a couple of days ago and looked at an 02 dark green TRD 4x4 with a 5 spd. It's exactly what I wanted, but then I find out they are gonna be redoing the Tacoma and 4runner, so I was going to wait till 03 to see them. If they come out in 04 though I may just buy one a little earlier. I would love to see a new V6 though, thats the main reason I want to wait.
Apr 19, 2002 (8:44 am)
Does anyone know if they will be coming out with a medium or dark blue for 03? I really hate what they are offering so far
Apr 19, 2002 (9:49 am)
I don't believe they will come out with a blue, the body style will be the exact same for 03 I believe, maybe for 04 when the body style changes they will add more colors.
#84 of 100 Raise the Seat
May 04, 2002 (3:44 pm)
They need to raise the seats off the floor a bit more than they are.
#85 of 100 Tacoma features
Jun 04, 2002 (3:53 am)
Although I don't own a Tacoma,I have been in one and rented one and came away with very poor impressions. The whole clock is dumb. Wanna see the time? Fire up the widshield wipers! A few things I would like to see on the next Tacoma:
1. A full time 4WD system like Chevy Silverado
2. A column mounted gear shift lever
3. A bigger engine, possibly a smaller version of the iForce V8 in Tundra
4. Leather Seats
5. 5 speed automatic
6. Get rid of the jumpseats and put a small set of bucket seats or a really small bench seat for carrying 4 or 5 people in a pinch
7. Get rid of the floor mounted 4WD lever and engineer the whole darn 4WD system into the dashboard.
8. An AWD version for the S-Runner
9. Maybe a crew cab version of the S-Runner too?
10. update the 4 cylinder engine to Camry's 2.4 or RAV4's 2.0L.
11. Audjustable ride suspension
12. new clock design
13. Power rear roll down window (eg. Ford Explorer Sport Trac)
14. A center console and a HomeLink system.
#86 of 100 RE: tacoma features
Jun 04, 2002 (5:42 am)
some thoughts and comments.
<1. A full time 4WD system like Chevy Silverado>
Do you really need full time 4WD? Won't that make the gas milage suck?
<2. A column mounted gear shift lever>
<5. 5 speed automatic>
If it floats your boat then what the heck. I personally don't mind the floor mounted shifter with buckets seats. I do however wish that the Double Cab had the option of a stick shift instead of an automatic.
<3. A bigger engine, possibly a smaller version of the iForce V8 in Tundra>
The Tacoma is a compact pickup. When does the quest for more HP become too much? My 2002 DC has the 190 HP V-6 and I find it is more than adequate. IF you want a V-8, do you really want a compact pickup?
<4. Leather Seats>
Right on... I would love to have had the option to get leather seat. (along with the choice of a leather wrapped steering wheel without getting the more expensive option package)
<6. Get rid of the jumpseats and put a small set of bucket seats or a really small bench seat for carrying 4 or 5 people in a pinch>
The Double cab sits 4 comfortably and 5 in a pinch. For the extended cabs, in order to do this you would probably have to increase the cab to just about the dimensions of the DC. They probably won't do this as you could get the DC.
<12. new clock design>
I agree - what the hell were they thinking of. If they stuck it where the airbag off swich is, it would have made a lot more sense.
Jun 04, 2002 (6:13 am)
To each their own.
Personally, I hate column-mounted shifters. I'm very happy with my manual tranny Taco.
1. Don't need an all-time 4WD. You can switch into 4Hi on the fly, that's pretty good.
2. Yuck, but that's my preference.
3. 2004 Tacoma will get a new 3.7L V6 (230hp/tq or so) or 4.7L iForce as an option.
4. It's a truck. Would you like a DVD player, Xbox and a high-end stereo system with a full bar while you are at it?
5. 5spd auto would be nice. Or a V6 in the reg cab. Or a manual in a DC.
6. I don't know.....I guess you're talking about the Xtracab..I rather doubt there's any space in there for anything, unless I want to drive like a grandma glued to the windshield and moving the seat all the way up. I don't think I could fit anyone in the back of my Xtracab, only coolers and some trip stuff.
7. Nahh...it looks fine as it is.
8. AWD S-Runner? Doesn't sound too bad.
9. DoubleCab S-Runner? Umm...why? S-Runner weights like 3000 lbs, and adding a DC to it will make it a 3500lbs vehicle. Not-so-S-Runner. It's supposed to be a sports truck, not a van.
10. People swear by their 2.7L I4s. The 2.4L I4...maybe. But that's an engine for 2WD models only, so.
11. TRD is fine and good for those who want it. Stock is soft enough for those who don't want it.
12. Yeah, definitely. Although some tall people don't have any problems, but that's a rarity.
13. Maybe....I can always open the window with my right hand.
So essentially you are trying to make this wonderful potent truck into a ......grocery-getter?
Leather seats? Softer ride? If you want all that, get a van. This is a truck (and a pretty good one, at that). There'll certainly be posers who will want a truck to show off to their friends (like the Prerunner DC I saw the other day: dealer-warrantied 3" susp lift with 265x75x16 (33s) tires: an ultimate pooser vehicle, because it can never go offroad due to rubbing), but can we please just leave this truck the way it is? There's already enough people buying up TRD and the only offroading they do is when they accidentally drive off the driveway onto the lawn. Just my opinion.
#88 of 100 Keep it simple
Jun 04, 2002 (1:07 pm)
I'd like a rear door on the x-cab like Ranger and S-10 have.
I'd also like a standard radio that I can replace at any car stereo store when it fails.
#89 of 100 Now it's my turn...
Jun 11, 2002 (6:40 am)
I've had 50 vehicles (including 8 Corvettes, 6 El Caminos, and 8 Toyota pickups)... and love a sporty small truck. Current ride is a 2001 V6 Prerunner XtraCab TRD. I love the truck, but it's a compromise like everything else I've owned or that's on the market. Toyota has the best quality and resale, so that's why I keep coming back. At one point I thought I wanted a BIG truck again so I bought a new 97 GMC Z71 Extended Cab and after 2 years decided I was tired of taking 3 trys to get into any parking space and the mediocre performance wasn't worth the extra cost of gas, then it started falling apart. So I went to the other extreme... 99 Tacoma XtraCab 2WD 4cyl 5 speed. It got 20-21mpg/city and 25-28mpg/hwy, but was boring to look at and drive. I love the 4X4 look, but never use it, so the Prerunner fits me well. But I remember the good things about old 64-72 ElCaminos... lots of power, comfortable car ride, and good gas mileage. I rarely haul more than a motorcycle in the back and would buy an Australian Holden Sport Ute if they imported them here. A friend has a 1999 Lexus LS400 with a 4.0 V8 that gets 30-35 MPG (yes I've driven it and checked it myself to make sure). I'm convinced that if they put this engine in the Tacoma we could get lots more power and better economy. The Tundra is too big for me... too clumsy like the GMC Z71 I had, and gets the same bad gas mileage as the GMC. Seems like all manufacturers focus their efforts on the BIG trucks, most likely because that's where they make the most profit, and those of us that like comfort, manageable size and performance are stuck to settle for what we can get. I recently saw a concept truck vehicle from BMW based on the X5 platform... looks like that's as close as I'm going to get in the future. Though I love electronic gimmicks (self leveling ride height, shift on the fly, AWD, traction control, climate control, etc.), I'll be satisfied to keep things simple, because I learned a long time ago that these gimmicks all stop working in 5-10 years, and that's what makes the vehicle worthless.
Jun 20, 2002 (7:56 pm)
a 5-speed manual in the Pre-Runner