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Toyota Tacoma vs. Ford Ranger, Part XII



  • smgillessmgilles Posts: 252
    On the baby girl...
  • sc0rpi0sc0rpi0 Posts: 897
    and dirty diapers
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  • allknowingallknowing Posts: 866
    Yeh congrats dude. Hopefully she'll grow up with better taste in trucks than her dad though. Did you name her something cool like Tacoma?
  • lariat1lariat1 Posts: 461
    I notice you said that you put a gallon of gas in the tank to see if the gage was reading correctly so I would assume that you ran the gas tank real low, as a future precaution it is not a good idea to do that since most fuel pumps are lubricated by the fuel they pump when they suck air they tend to prematurely fail, I am not saying that is what happened to your Liberty but it never hurts to be cautious.
  • sc0rpi0sc0rpi0 Posts: 897
    A guy from a Toyota dealership got a word out that 2003 Tacomas are coming out new. Looks like they'll have a 4.0L V6 240hp engine, DC Tacos will have Extracab beds (long ones), Extracabs will come with suicide doors. Toyota has been keeping this secret, it seems, but dealership mechanics are now getting certified to work on new 4.0L engines.
  • tbunder1tbunder1 Posts: 257
    nah, it had a quarter tank of gas in her when i put more in. i just did this to be cautious. the guys at the service dept. also put in gas. it had a lot of gas in it, enough that it ought had run alright. i think it just went bad.
  • allknowingallknowing Posts: 866
    What happened to your post telling us about your new vehicle crapping out tbunder?
  • eagle63eagle63 Posts: 599
    Is this reliable information??
  • sc0rpi0sc0rpi0 Posts: 897
    Came off a guy who just worked at Toy dealership.
    We kept trying to tell him it was 2004, but he insisted it was 2003. models are coming up either in September of October, can't remember now, so we'll find out for sure then.
  • sc0rpi0sc0rpi0 Posts: 897
    There's this one thing I don't understand: Ranger and Tacoma weight the same. The dimensions are approximately the same. So if you say that Tacoma is tinny....what does that make Ranger? Unless Ford has found a way to build engines and drivetrains out of superlight and superstrong material, I'd say your Ranger is just as tin as our Taco.
  • You don't see many stories about the Ranger's bed getting dinged up by loading up an ATV or cooler.

    Base Model Ranger: 3085 lbs
    Base Model Tacoma: 2750 lbs
  • tbunder1tbunder1 Posts: 257
    scorpio- the tacoma is very thin in the metal department (even your fellow tacoma'ers concede this). the doors of a tacoma are extremely thin compared to the ranger's thicker more solid doors. go compare the two. if you can't see the difference, you must not want to. the whole truck is that way (frame, axles, bumpers, towhooks, etc). the tacoma looks awesome. especially white TRD's. but the ranger is a more stoutly built vehicle. im not going to go into everything, but we all know the ranger tops the tacoma in every work and power category, not to mention price. looks like it's about 335 lbs. of sheetmetal that separate the two. or it may be the heavier dana axles on the ranger. who knows, but one thing is for certain; the tacoma's doors are so skinny that you can flex the corner sheetmetal bends. not good.
  • sc0rpi0sc0rpi0 Posts: 897
    comparing 4WD versions is bad for your "335 lbs of sheetmetal" arguement:
    V6 Xtracab 4WD Tacoma weights 3515
    V6 Xtracab 4WD Ranger weights 3580

    So........heavier Dana axles? Where exactly does the sheetmetal come in? If they weight the same, and you keep saying that "Ranger is more solidly built", plus all the standard features.....if you add that much weight, Ford had to reduce the load somewhere else. So where is it?
  • Seems to me that Toyota would ADD more items to their 4x4 Tacoma's than Ford would take away from their 4x4 Ranger (as opposed to respective 4x2 models). Maybe Ford doesn't need a full 300 extra pounds to transform it's truck into a 4x4.

    Another example of if it's not 4WD, "it's not worth squat."
    Are we talking sheet metal or weight of the 4WD components?

    Per Edmunds:
    Toyota Tacoma prerunner, ext cab, automatic, 2wd:
    3355 lbs.
    Ranger Edge, 3.0l Auto, 2wd Ext Cab,
    3584 lbs.

    P.S. Ford lists the 4x4 supercab at 3707 pounds.

    P.S.S. Anyone seen the new FX-4 Level 2's?
  • tbunder1tbunder1 Posts: 257
    stang, what exactly is this?
    scorp- go drive a ranger off-road, then you'll see what i mean by "more solidly built". no comment on the flexing doors i see.
    i doubt power windows, a cd player, and whatever the ranger has that toyota charges extra for add that much weight to a ranger.
  • eagle63eagle63 Posts: 599
    I would assume the 4.0 V6 in the ranger would weigh more than the tacoma V6, being that it's a larger engine. couldn't this easily account for the difference in weight?
    I'm very skeptical of anecdotal stories about "easily dented beds." Especially when I hear these stories on internet message boards.
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