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Sep 02, 2003 (7:25 pm)
My best friend just traded a 1986 Ford F-150 4WD in on a new 2003 Toyota Tacoma SR-5 4WD 5 speed Manual. He is surprised that the new Tacoma 3.4L V6 has much more power than the 5.0L V8 had in the Ford.
Question: Why does the 3.4L V6 in the Tacoma have LESS power than the smaller 3.3L V6 in the 2004 Toyota Sienna? (The Sienna 3.3L V6 has 230 HP and 242 Lb-Ft Torque while the larger 3.4L V6 in the Tacoma has only 190 HP and 220 Lb-Ft Torque).
Will the Tacoma 3.4L V6 last longer since it is not tweaked as much for power output?
#167 of 547 What does power curve look like for
Sep 03, 2003 (6:51 am)
Sienna engine? Truck engines have a requirement to develop most of their torque in lower rpms, so they can tow. Sienna engine might simply be developing the torque much later, at a very high rpms.
Sep 03, 2003 (8:10 am)
Hello All!! I Just bought a '03 x-tracab 4x4,manual. it now has 1300 miles on it and i am going to get the oil changed to full synthetic. Here are my questions. I thank you in advance to ALL people who may answer my questions, and i apologize if they seem somewhat trivial. I just want to take care of "Gunner" the best way possible
1)If i am using FULL synthetic oil is it ok to change the oil every 5k miles(norm driving conditions)?
2)I am looking at buying some good quality car seats and a tonneau cover--any recommendations or websites?
3)I also am looking at having the bed lined with the spray on "Rhino" lining(approx $430.00)--any opinions?
4)What should I keep the tire psi's inflated to? Some people say 32--but i believe the tires say 35 or 36 psi??
5)Should i be driving 4Hi at least 10 miles monthly. And if so, can I drive in 4HI on dry pavement w/out ruining anything?
Thx again. I really enjoy reading all the posts!
Sep 03, 2003 (11:10 am)
I don't know the answer to all your questions, and the oil question can get more than one answer (my personal thoughts is that it should be fine, especially if you drive lots of miles).
However, I do off-road and you can't drive in 4WD on dry pavement. Definite no-no - can cause problems because your front and rear tires are locked together and if you go around a curve, they won't travel the same path.
If you have a 4x4 and want to take it out each month, find a nice dirt forest service road somewhere and enjoy some time alone. I've heard that it is best to use 4WD each month, though I don't know if it matters how far.
#170 of 547 Sienna vs Tacoma
Sep 03, 2003 (12:49 pm)
I'll agree that the Sienna gets its HP peak at a bit higher RPM than the Tacoma, but it beats the Tacoma's torque peak.
Sienna 3.3L V6
230 hp at 5600 rpm, 242 ft-lb at 3600 rpm
Tacoma 3.4L V6
190 hp at 4800 rpm, 220 ft-lb at 3600 rpm
I would imagine there are two good reasons. One, a dyno would probably show that the Tacoma generates more torque at lower RPMs (3600 is just where it peaks). Two, the Tacoma needs an engine update. Although, engine intake/exhaust systems may have different requirements due to the operating environments that may affect performance.
Sep 04, 2003 (5:35 am)
Congrats on purchase.
1. Change it at 5K first, see how good oil looks. I use Amsoil synth oil, and in general, I change oil filter every 5-6K miles, and keep oil running for twice that long...so 10-12K with a filter change in between.
2. Corbeau seats, I suppose. Then there's a number of seats from Celica, Volvo, Eclipse that fit into Tacomas but require tinkering.
3. Sounds too expensive, I was quoted $300 for Rhino. You could do spray-in yourself for about $100 using Herculiner, but from what I hear, it's worth paying someone else to do it.
4. Do a chalk test on your tires and find out where optimal pressure is for them. Some people ride at 28, some at 30, I inflate mine (BFG AT KO, not stock) to 35.
5. You do not want to run 4WD on dry pavement....if you want to, do it in wet conditions, or just find a decent easy trail around town and go there everyonce in a while.
Sep 04, 2003 (12:35 pm)
Good answer. Since another friend recently got a 2003 Tacoma and also has a 1998 Sienna, I'll have to write him to see which engine he has in the Tacoma.
Ford will soon go the route of Packard, Studebaker, Hudson, Nash, DeSoto, Plymouth, Edsel, etc. if the buying decisions of my friends are any indicator of a trend in the general population.
Americans will not continue to buy unreliable, shoddy merchandise when Toyota quality is an option.
#173 of 547 Tacoma tonneau and other q's
Sep 04, 2003 (1:02 pm)
I installed a versacover (aka undercover) hard tonneau. Very happy with it. Weighs less than 50 lbs, is easily removable, installed in less than 45 minutes, is durable, and the cost was less than $600.
I have a vortex spray in liner. It is OK. After having it installed I've seen some older Vortex liners that do not look like they handle weather well.
Oil change? 5k with synthetic seems early to me. I would say 7500 miles with synthetic.
Seats are a weak point in the Tacoma. Beard or Corbeau offer replacement seats that have good reviews from Tacoma owners.
During the summer I drive in 4 Hi every once in a while on dry pavement. Only in a straight line, at low speeds and for a short distance (200 ft) to keep everything lubricated.
#174 of 547 Tacoma tonneau
Sep 04, 2003 (1:13 pm)
www.ltsportcover.com looks like a winner for a tonneau if you want a painted one. I have no personal experience with this one. I was going to get this one before I found out about the Versacover.
#175 of 547 moparbad - Please elaborate on your Vortex Liner...
Sep 24, 2003 (9:05 am)
I saw a truck last year that had a Vortex Liner and became interested because it seemed like it was harder than a rhino but less rough than a line-x.
Could you elaborate for me what you like and don't like about it? Is yours colored? What are the weathering problems you saw?