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Toyota Tacoma, Truck
#3 of 7 Factory Tow Vs. aftermarket
May 07, 2002 (4:47 pm)
Dennis, check out post #391 by Rodnh in Tacoma problems. He mentions some info on the tow package.
May 13, 2002 (7:48 pm)
I bought a 2002 Prerunner without the tow package. I got the class IV hitch, transmission cooler, and wiring installed for $100 less than it would have cost for the dealer installed option.
Just my $0.02 worth.
#5 of 7 True towing capacity
May 14, 2002 (9:57 am)
Have an '02 Tacoma V6 5 speed 4x4 TRD. I added a class III hitch(5000 lbs?) and wiring harness. Will this tow a ski boat, roughly 3800 lbs on the trailer?
#6 of 7 slorenzen
May 14, 2002 (8:08 pm)
I had a '95 STD cab V6 4X4 5spd until feb '02.I used this truck to tow my 20' open bow,with trailer 3950 lb.It'll do it but you gotta work.The added wheelbase of your extended cab should help with steering control,which was my biggest problem at hiway speeds.You'll still want to keep your speed down(55 was OK but 65 was scary).Other than that ,I used lo-range on the luanch ramp.Since I bought my Sierra 2500HD with the 8.1 I didn't use the Taco any more,so I sold it cheap to a good friend.It had 106K on it and ran like new.
May 15, 2002 (9:10 am)
I only live 2 miles to the ramp, so I won't have to go far. Sounds like it'll do OK(just) for my application. Boat is 20' bowrider with the 5.7 engine, so it would be very similar to your experience. If I weren't so cheap, I would have bought a "real" truck, but with a 60 mile round trip commute, I couldn't justify a full size V8.