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I never thought I'd part with my old Tundra but life isn't static as has been said. I am now possibly in the market for another truck and after so many trouble free years from my Tundra I am considering something a little smaller and a Tacoma will be my choice. I am not buying new. I am looking at 2nd generation Tacoma from 2005 - 2010. Auto, 2WD, 6 cyl, 4dr, Do any of you own a Tacoma? I'd appreciate any info you can provide. I don't care to hear about different trucks or that I need 4 WD. I don't.
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Regarding the Tacos- They are not bulletproof, but they are good trucks. Don't go over 5000 miles on the oil changes, due to small oil passages in the engine which can get gummed up easily. Both 4 and 6 cylinder. Full synthetic and a premium oil filter are a MUST. (don't waste your money on fancy named stuff like Amsoil or Royal Poop, just plane ol full synthetic oil like Mobil 1 or Valvoline will do perfectly) Otherwise just follow recommended maintenance and you'll be fine.
 

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Thank you sir.
Anyone else have any input?
 

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Hey,


I have a 2007 TACO TRD. Purchased it new and really like the truck. It has had some issues in the past couple years but it is 10 years old, so its expected. I will keep it for another couple years and probably buy the same again.


its not great on gas however.
 

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Got 200K on my 2001 4 door. If you are going to pull a trailer get the 6 cylinder. Gas milage is sucky, 15 city, 20 highway.
 

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That's not the best mileage for a 6 cyl though? My 2003 F150 5.4 V8 does about the same mileage. BTW - I just gave my dad my 1998 F150 my old one it has 300K on the clock. My neighbor bought a 6 cyl F150 last year and it does quite a bit better and has good towing capacity to boot....... I will probably lean that way when it comes time to renew. I never buy new - but I maintain all my own stuff and take good care of it.
Never had a TACO - so I can't say one way or the other. I have considered it though. I have all the specialty tools for Fords though...... and I am familiar with them, and have always been pretty happy with them. I think the next one will be my last if I milk them to 300k! ;>P I'm cheap that way! lol
 

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Anyone else have any input on Tacomas?
To recap:

2005-2010 Tacoma
4 door
2WD
Auto trans
6cyl


I am aware Toyotas aren't great on gas. My Tundra is very poor on gas.
I do not need or necessarily want 4WD but if I happen to find a very good deal on a 4WD I would buy it but I really do not need it. I have owned 4 WD trucks but no longer necessary.
Any more input?
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I currently use an 01 Tacoma 4wd w/2.7 4cylinder Engine, and Factory Replaced Frame as a work truck. Runs Great, 20mpg, Low Maintenance. I previously had a '95 that the frame rotted, but still sold it for good money. I believe the 05' through 10 Tacomas have recalls on their frames as well. Very Good Reliable Trucks IMHO.
 

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I own a 2008 Tacoma SR5 Access cab V6 4x4. I bought it new in September of 07. It currently has 157,000 miles on it. The truck has been great. Other than factory recommended service, I've done the front brakes twice, first time at 70k, then again at about 140k. ($250-300 each time) I replaced the muffler at about 140k as well ($130). I just replaced the lower steering shaft ($350 installed). That's about it. I get about 17mpg city and around 21mpg on the highway. I use mobil 1 every 5k since new. Cost of ownership has been exceptional.

Some gen 2's were affected by a frame recall. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THE FRAME! I had mine inspected and it was fine. I think I owe that to regular under carriage washings.

In contrast, I had a 1999 ford ranger had tons of issues at 130k.

I highly recommend the gen2 Tacoma.


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Some gen 2's were affected by a frame recall. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THE FRAME! I had mine inspected and it was fine. I think I owe that to regular under carriage washings.
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I have seen a couple advertised for sale that had Toyota frame replacement completed. It shows up on Carfax. As a matter of fact I have my eye on one of them. Just had the frame replaced about a month ago.
 

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Well Toyota only replaced em if it met a certain standard. So if the truck you re looking at didn't meet the standard for replscement at the time of the recall (a few years back) it could well be rusted by now; with no recall to help out. So let the buyer beware....
 

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Well Toyota only replaced em if it met a certain standard. So if the truck you re looking at didn't meet the standard for replscement at the time of the recall (a few years back) it could well be rusted by now; with no recall to help out. So let the buyer beware....
I would re-look if I were you. I read about another re-call this summer.
 

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The first recall was for gen1 Tacoma's. the current campaign if for 2005-2010 gen2s, we'll as 2007-2008 tundras and 2005-2008 Sequoias. A new class action lawsuit settlement (November 2016)covers these vehicles for 12 years from date of purchase (new). They say about 15% of frames inspected will need to be replaced. The cost to Toyota is about $15k per vehicle.

Leaf springs were another recall on certain year Tacoma. Mine were replaced at no charge last spring.


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Thanks for the heads up on the frame rust. That is the one thing I am fully aware of. My BIL got a new truck out of the deal and I have had recall notices for frame rust on my Tundra. I have checked out a couple of Tacoma's with new frames.
 

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as an auto service tech working out of a dealerhip, i get to see cars and trucks that get traded in very up close.. as in.. i go thru em looking for every litle wee-bug to find... and i must admit.. very seldom do i find a tacoma with many things wrong.. usually brakes jammed due to lack of maintenance.. front end stuff now and again... then again thats usually on lifted 4x4 version...

now.. i dont see these trucks weekly. or even monthy for that matter.. having said that.. of the pickups we get on trade ins.. toyotas usually have the least stuff to fix before selling them.. they are also the ones we see the least of.. soo.. folks hang on to em for a reason right? ;)

my dad baught a 2015 tacoma 4x4 year and a half ago.. hes extremely pleased thus far.. 65thou kms in.. ZERO problems outside of scratches from going hunting... mechancally, my undrtanding is its VERY close to the generation your looking at

i know this isnt at all a first person owners perspective.. but i hope it helps
 

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Thanks for the information, all of you. I wasn't aware of.potential brake problems, Marty. I will have to remember that.
 
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