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#7257 of 7624 Re: Final decision help on TRD Sport vs TRD Off Road Tacoma 4x4 [boone88rr]
Aug 15, 2006 (10:23 pm)
I own A 2006 TRD off road tacoma and installed factory "tube steps" in an effort to block and reduce rock chipping in front of the rear fender well. I also had the factory clear bra product removed and installed clear bra to cover a larger area in front of the rear fender well. I have taken one trip off road and NO CHIPPING!!! I would highly recommend the tube steps or "nerf bars" over the running boards since they extend farther back along and "protect" more of the body. I politely pushed this issue with the dealer and they gave me a discount on the tube steps and covered the cost of replacing the clear bra. My truck is black and I had the tube steps sprayed with line x. Looks pretty good and blends in with the truck. A reasonable solution to protect the truck. Not ideal since either the running boards or tube steps actually seem a bit awkward when getting into the vehicle. This problem seems to be potentially huge for toyota. These trucks should be able to be driven off road without receiving extensive damage to the paint. The dealer told me Toyota considers it an "acceptable condition"!! HA. If I had known about this prior to my purchase, I most likely would not have purchased this truck. If you have not made your purchase yet, I would negotiate for a significant discount on tube steps, or free installation of clear bra along the rocker panels. Cost for the clear bra for just the small area in front of the rear wheel wells up to the front of the bed was only $100 total, for both sides. To have it installed the full length of the rocker panels would probably be around $200-$300 total. I might suggest trying the clear bra first, it could be installed up to the recessed section of the body and not be noticeable. That should protect the paint. One might be ok doing that without running boards or tube steps.
#7258 of 7624 Re: AC Vibration/Whistle Noise [geogecko]
Aug 22, 2006 (9:23 pm)
I've had my Tacoma for a little over 18 months, and for the past 2 months have parked my truck outdoors (in Texas) for 9+ hours, and sometimes a little less. But it's parked outside almost 6 days a week, and at home it's parked outside as well. I have no problems with my AC, you definitely want to get that checked out. Hopefully you can get it fixed if it's broken.
#7259 of 7624 TRD O/R with 4x2?
Aug 22, 2006 (9:26 pm)
Has anyone even questioned why there are Tacos that have the O/R package but aren't even 4WD? That makes absolutely no sense. Isn't the whole point of 4WD is that it's better for off-road driving conditions? I'm curious why Toyota even makes off road packages for 2WD trucks, and as buyers, if you've questioned this too.
I have a 4WD SR5#3 05 DC 6 speed manual Taco. I put a Borla Cat-Back exhaust, alpine IVA-W200 dvd player with Sirius and iPod and a plug for GameCube. I love this truck so much, I want to get a window tint, component speakers, and change out the grill. What does everyone think about the different grills you can get for the Tacos?
#7260 of 7624 Re: AC Vibration/Whistle Noise [pekosrob]
Aug 23, 2006 (5:25 am)
It appears to be related to having the truck parked directly towards the sun (facing the front of the truck to the West), during the afternoon evening hours. I typically get off work at just a little after 5 PM.
I started parking towards the East the last couple weeks, and have not had the issue anymore. And, the past few days, have been some of the hottest Texas days we have had.
So, I'm not sure what the problem is, except that it may be engine compartment heating. It would be a difficult thing to reproduce at the dealer, since it only happens the first time the truck is started, after having sit for several hours. Basically, they would have one chance per day to see what the problem is. I would hate to have something eventually break, because at 33,000 miles, it will happen when there is 36,001 miles on the truck.
#7261 of 7624 Re: AC Vibration/Whistle Noise [geogecko]
Aug 23, 2006 (8:01 am)
I actually face my truck east when I park since it seems to be less hot inside the cab when I get off of work. I hope you don't really have a problem, but I would at least contact the dealership and ask them if you can get some sort of diagnostic or check up for free. good luck!
#7262 of 7624 Re: TRD O/R with 4x2? [pekosrob]
Aug 24, 2006 (10:13 am)
"Has anyone even questioned why there are Tacos that have the O/R package but aren't even 4WD? That makes absolutely no sense. "
I agree. I also don't know why you'd purposely want the higher ride height and associated handling detriments if you didn't need the clearance and didn't get the benefits of 4WD.
But for some reason, Toyota sells a lot of PoseRunners.
If I didn't need 4WD, I'd want a lowered, great handling truck not a tall one with an artifically high CG.
#7264 of 7624 Re: TRD O/R with 4x2? [wooddorker]
Aug 24, 2006 (5:30 pm)
It does make some sense. How about a better view of the road ahead. For every advantage there is a disadvantage.
#7265 of 7624 so u can pre-run baja
Aug 24, 2006 (7:04 pm)
best bang for ur buck imo...looks good and cost a lot less to own and insure.
#7266 of 7624 Re: TRD O/R with 4x2? [driver56]
Aug 24, 2006 (7:55 pm)
well for starters I like how it looks, I could not get the blue color without the O/R package. i like the tires with the white emblem on it. i like the seats better in the O/R and heck i paid less for this and i get better gas mileage and lastly i don't do much off roading.