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#6590 of 7624 Myriad of options Ö
Feb 02, 2006 (7:29 pm)
My family and I just when to the Washington DC auto show last weekend. My kids (9 & 5) fell in love with the idea of a pickup truck, namely the Tacoma. Iíve been interested in possibly purchasing a pickup for a while. So, I started doing a little research on reviews, write up and the option packages.
I currently drive a 1996 5spd manual camry. This car has been very dependable, great on gas but a bit boring. Iíll probably hold on to the camry as a back/commuter car. Currently my commute is only 4miles one way; but, it has been as bad as 35 miles one-way. Anyway, Iím looking at the Tacoma to be a fun vehicle to drive and something that we take on family camping trips (pulling a 3000lb popup) and vacations.
So, Iím interested in the 2WD, Pre-Runner V6 crew-cab. Iím leaning towards the long bed right now. Since this will be a family type truck, Iíd like the following options:
Vehicle stability control (VSC)
Side curtain air bags (SCA)
One of the sport package (just for fun ).
The problem Iím having is, based on the eBrochure available from Toyotaís web site, the only way I can get VSC & SCA is with:
4x4 Double Cab V6 5-Speed Auto SB (7594); MSRP* Starting At: $25,115.00
& Option Combo F $5,435.00
So, instead of looking at a $25K LB 4x2 truck I would have to get a $30K SB 4x4 truck . I realize no one is paying close to MSRP on the Tacoma these days.
Does any one you if the Tacomaís can be special ordered with packages not shown in the eBrochure? If this is done, would I have to pay MSRP?
Does anyone with a SB double cab really feel that they should have gotten a LB version?
Does anyone with a LB double cab really feel that they should have gotten a SB version?
Has anyone made the trade-off as to whether a 4x4 is real worth the extra up front $ and money at the pump?
Iíd appreciate any and all comments.
Thanks in advance,
Feb 03, 2006 (6:29 am)
What is the difference in height if any of a 265/75 R16 or a 265/70 R17
#6592 of 7624 k&n air kits
Feb 03, 2006 (6:47 am)
70 series or 60 series. I like the polished look. Are they both obnoxiously loud.
#6593 of 7624 Re: [cncmfg]4.0L S/C
Feb 03, 2006 (6:53 am)
Actually, SOS has been working with TRD and have a good relationship with them. If he tells me that he's destroyed 3 engines in testing while trying to determine the safest level of boost I have to go on his word.
Also, we all know that TRD has some of the highest prices around for their add-on equipment so 5K for an S/C is not out off the question. Shopping vendors may get you a better price.
Why don't you give him a call, don't take my word for it! You can get his number via the link below.
Also, I forgot to mention that SOS has a nice rear disk brake kit for anyone who's interested.
#6594 of 7624 Borla Exhaust
Feb 03, 2006 (7:05 am)
Has anyone out there had experience with the Borla Exaust?
#6595 of 7624 Re: [cncmfg]4.0L S/C [lamike]
Feb 03, 2006 (7:12 am)
Well Alpine Developments has been in touch with us about making a S/C for the 2.7 (Why??? Who the hell knows.) They are the original manufacturer for the previous generation 2.4/2.7 S/C that TRD just rebadged. Haven't heard any progress on that one and they said they would begin work on a 4.0 S/C after that. My guess is that unless TRD is going to another source the only S/C this spring will be a 2.7.
I don't know anything about SOS other than I don't like the way the Tundra kit looks and also the point that cncmfg made, if it craps out, you are outta luck.
#6596 of 7624 Re: Myriad of options Ö [prisc]
Feb 03, 2006 (7:53 am)
We have the SB Double Cab 4x4 off road package (manual - love it). We have a 1985 Toy pickup and a 1991 4runner. This truck is LONG. If you are not used to driving a big vehicle this truck will seem huge - although the turning radius is better than my altima. I have yet to have an issue with the size of the SB. If you get the LB you are looking at a lot of truck. You may want to measure your garage and make sure you can even fit it in there.
As for the options - I would probably go to a local dealer and find out exactly what packages are built for your area. Once you know what packages are available I'd get on the internet and start getting some competitive pricing. In general you probably can get about $500 over invoice. Thats what I paid and then I had another $150 in doc fees and other BS - but that price included the advertising charge which a lot of dealers don't include as part of the invoice price. If the package you want is not available in your area - it may be available in another area if you are willing to travel. My understanding is Toyota will not "custom" create a vehicle that is not part of their assembly line - but take that statement with a grain of salt.
#6597 of 7624 Re: Tires [raswank]
Feb 03, 2006 (8:44 am)
An R16 is for a 16" wheel. R17 is for 17" wheel. You have to decide what size wheel you want first.
The 75 will be about 1" taller in diameter than the 70, which means the radius is 1/2" taller. It will raise your truck 1/2" more off the ground.
Use the bottom part of this tire size calculator to compare different tire sizes.
#6598 of 7624 Re: Tires [pb2themax]
Feb 03, 2006 (9:25 am)
Let me clarify my question. I have the 16 inch rims that come on the TRD OFF ROAD Tacoma with 265/75 B.F.Goodrich All Terrains. I want to put the 17 inch clearcoated rims back on the truck that came with my Sport with a 265/70 R17's on it. Wanted to know how much height difference there was. And there really isn't much at all thank you.
#6599 of 7624 Re: Myriad of options Ö [tjyoder]
Feb 03, 2006 (12:40 pm)
I believe it is safe to say that Toyota does not custom create Tacomas.
I wanted a Dbl Cab V-6 4x4 6sp TRD Sport without the CD changer. Within seconds I was told that that wasn't a typical build without the CD Changer. That could drastically increase wait times. I agreed to the $200 changer and was told that I could choose any color I wanted and expect delivery in 30 to 60 days. I placed the order.
The next business day, the dealer called and told me that the only truck meeting my mechanical specs for this region in the next 60 days was going to be in my third color choice. I was OK with the color so it wasn't a big deal. If I hadn't agreed to the color change, the dealer couldn't have given me any promise on delivery date at that time.
The truck came in properly equipped with a total wait of 31 days so I believe the dealer was truthful throughout the process.
I paid $500 over invoice with better trade-in than I expected. That is just how this dealer operates. They could get more as they only had one Tacoma on the lot. They had plenty of V8 Tundras though.