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#1 of 547 Buying a 2003 Tacoma
Oct 18, 2002 (12:51 pm)
Added this discussion as I did not see a general Tacoma discussion. Purchasing a 2003 Tacoma 4x4 Extended Cab with TRD, SR5 Color Key, automatic, sunroof, bucket seats, etc.. Was wondering if there was any tips or potential problems I should be aware of on the Tacoma. What type of mileage should I expect on the highway?
#2 of 547 moparbad....
Oct 18, 2002 (12:56 pm)
I have 2001 Tacoma 4x4 extended cab TRD, SR5, automatic as well. Of the 28,000 miles I have owned it the only problems I have encountered are a dash rattle behind the passenger air bag and the rubber gaskets between the fender flares and fenders coming loose. The flares have been fixed on the 2002's and up but I don't know about the dash rattle. (Hopefully you don't inherit this genetic trait of Tacomas)
Gas mileage..? Prior to the supercharger I would get 18 in town and 22 on the interstate with a best of 26 on a trip to Yellowstone and back, but I was lucky to break 60mph. I think you can plan on getting between 19-21 for the most part.
If you have other questions just ask.
#3 of 547 Excellent choice
Oct 18, 2002 (1:03 pm)
I have a 2002 Xtracab, V6 manual, SR5 color key (silver, looks awesome!) TRD truck. Bought it 10 month ago, have 20K on it, not a single problem.
There are some people who have dash rattle, but there are posts describing how to fix it. Other than that, there's a guy around named tbunder1 who'll tell you that Tacoma has underpowered engine, fender flares are falling off, water leaks inside the cab, Tacoma has pencil-thin A-arms, etc. Of course, he compiled all those problems over about 1.5 years of hanging out here and just says they are present in all Tacomas. So don't pay any attention to him.
Gas milage: I usually get 17-18mpg in the city, and it's mostly short trips, little or no highway driving in the city. I also have a lead foot and use it quite often. On the highway, I've gotten 20mpg doing 75, usually it's about 19 at 80.
#4 of 547 Gas Mileage
Oct 20, 2002 (4:40 pm)
I have a 02 xcab 4x4 with the 2.7L. I have had no problems with the truck other than that typical dash rattle (which the dealer fixed). As far as gas mileage, I usually get anywhere from 21 in the city and up to 24 on the hiway. I have also put replaced all the fluids with Red Line syhtnetics, and that may answer for the increased mileage.
#5 of 547 Gas Mileage and problems
Oct 21, 2002 (11:00 am)
I have a 98 TRD Tacoma 5 spd. The clutch pedal squeaks intermittantly, and that is all. In 154,000 miles, just routine maintenance. In my incredibly anal way, I have recorded the mileage from day one and it has never been less that 18 (towing) and never been more than 22. I am pissed if I get less than 20 just piddling around and ususally find a low tire as the culprit, since I drive around on the farm a lot and seem to be a magnet for nails and stuff. GREAT TRUCK!!! Get one today.
#6 of 547 Toyota Tacoma Question?
Oct 21, 2002 (3:34 pm)
I have a 1986 Toyota truck. The thing is the best piece of machinery I have ever purchased. However, I was thinking about buying a new 2003 Tacoma. What I want to know is Toyota still making quality trucks? Is the Tacoma worth the price? Should I consider something else? I'm a female and am a little behind in what's out there now. Thanks.
#7 of 547 2003 Tacoma Is it worth it $ ? re sue
Oct 21, 2002 (5:39 pm)
I have a deposit on a 2003 Tacoma. I've been researching the Tacoma and it's competitors the hard way. I purchased a Nissan Frontier in 1998 because I saved money compared to Tacoma. It was an overweight underpowered pig lacking the quality and refinement of a Toyota but it was probably better than a Ranger, S10 or Dakota. Maybe not. I then purchased a 2002 S10 Crew Cab because it had all the features I wanted and was over $5000 less than the Tacoma. It had electrical problems, paint problems, got 15 mpg city or hwy and the overall truck was a big disappointment. I now have a deposit on a 2003 Tacoma and expect to take delivery the second week of November. There are no rebates and no 0% financing on the truck like there are with it's competitors. Why? I think it is because it is a better truck and needs no help to sell it. I've learned my lesson, you get what you pay for.
#8 of 547 Go for the Tacoma
Oct 23, 2002 (10:14 am)
I have an 02 DC silver TRD Tacoma that I absolutely love. I have about 20k on it in about 11 months. The only problem I have had is the dash rattle, and the foam trick fixed me up. I have made a couple of longer trips with it, and am more then satisfied with the ride (keep in mind it is a truck). As to mileage, I have been getting 17-18 in town, and 22-24 on the open highway. I live in TN so I see lots of hills to climb.
I did the research before I bought it, and have not regretted it since. It was not the cheapest, but I have no doubt, it is the best. If you want cheap, check out the Nissans and Fords.
#9 of 547 Tacoma a good choice
Oct 26, 2002 (2:07 pm)
I have a 02 Reg Cab (5sp) since 1/02. I have also own a 95 T100 and a base 93 truck. 14k miles with no problems, Heater and AC works great, I average 25 MPG, Hope to replace OEM tires soon.
This truck is great, No regrets.
I believe you get what you pay for, worth the extra money.
#10 of 547 4 cylinder prerunner TRD
Oct 28, 2002 (2:35 pm)
Would a 99 4cylinder prerunner extended cab TRD be able to pull a ski boat up Big Bear, CA?