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Chevy S-10 Zr2 vs. Toyota Tacoma TRD

planzaplanza Posts: 1
edited March 8 in Chevrolet
Hey, I'm getting a new truck soon and would like
to know how the ZR2 compares to the Tacoma with
TRD. I have already looked at the specs, but I
would like some testimonials etc....

Also, are there any good ZR2 sites on the net that
work? www.zr2.com is down.


Thanks
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  • alevanalevan Posts: 1
    I have a 1998 Toyota Tacoma 4x4. I had a two wheel drive s-10 before the Tacoma. I can personally tell you that the s-10 had a lot of problems. I have not had my Tacoma for long but I have taken it off road and it is amazing what it can do with just factory supension. I am very pleased with my Tacoma. My brother has a 1999 Nissan Frontier 4x4
    it also performs very well. The Chevy will not hold its value in the long run and will also have a greater chance of having problems than the toyota or nissan. I also read an article in Motor Trend Magazine that compared all the major compact pickups and the chevy zr2 did not make it through the off road test because the frame warped. Tacomas are expensive but are probably worth the difference. My brothers nissan has turned out to be an awesome truck that cost less than most of the compact trucks. You might want to check those out too.

    Adam
  • pvs1234pvs1234 Posts: 2
    I currently own a 95 S-10 2wd and have been completely dissatisfied with it. I have had numerous problems with the electrical system, and the build quality is inferior to most trucks by other makers. I look to purchase a new Toyota PreRunner V6 within the next few months.

    Paul
  • cmbakercmbaker Posts: 3
    I have a 1988 toyota 4x2. It has over 300,000 miles with original engine and clutch. Nothing can touch the reliability of Toyotas. I have a friend with a 1996 S10, he's had transmission and electrical problems. I say it's well worth the extra money for the rock solid reliability of the toyota.
  • chevy10chevy10 Posts: 17
    Im am buying a 99 extended cab S10 Zr2 this next week and i have done plenty of research. This off-road package is the best around. It has the widest stance and the biggest tires. Toyotas TRD package doesnt give the truck any more suspension then the normal 4x4 already has. I would also rather buy an american vehicle. Even though Toyotas are being manufactured in the US they still consist of almost all oriental parts. One person said the Toyota is worth the extra money. For the Zr2 package is more then any Toyota Tacoma is sold for. S10 resail value is also at about 59% after three years and Toyotas is under 50. So you tell me which is worth the extra penny.
  • cyratcyrat Posts: 1
    I recently bought a Chevy S-10 ZR2 and it's just awesome. I took it to Wyoming to try it out on some offroad country and it handled better than any expectation. For the money I think this truck is the best off-roader out there. If you are looking for an off road truck, I would highly recommend this one!!!
  • chevy10chevy10 Posts: 17
    I agree cyrat. I think the Zr2 is the best around. Not only does it perform the best but it looks the best. Im buying one tomorrow. Brand new. Ive looked into Tacoma but for not much more the S10 looks better and is faster.
  • chevy10chevy10 Posts: 17
    I agree cyrat. I think the Zr2 is the best around. Not only does it perform the best but it looks the best. Im buying one tomorrow. Brand new. Ive looked into Tacoma but for not much more the S10 looks better and is faster.
  • hindsitehindsite Posts: 590
    I have a 99 Tacoma TRD 4x4 and does great off roading. I guess that the Zr2 S-10 is equal to that of the TRD, with the excepton of the torque.
  • chevy10chevy10 Posts: 17
    Hi, just writing about my new Zr2. Everythings gone well and there hasnt been any problems. I havnt had one complaint. But there is one thing. Because the tires are so big, mud flaps wont fit without rubbing on the tires. Just wondering if anyone out there knows about what I could do. Im going to put some chrome rocker panels on the side to protect the paint. Ive already got about 500 miles on it and Ive followed the breaking in instructions very well. I like the TRD also but im very happy i went with the S10
  • hindsitehindsite Posts: 590
    Congrats on your new truck.
  • mcravenmcraven Posts: 1
    I have had my 99 Tacoma TRD for almost 10 months, and have not had a single problem. I looked an the Zr2 before buying, but after examing the resale and reliability aspects...the Tacoma won hands down.
  • lemoilemoi Posts: 2
    Been waiting for 3-weeks after I put my order in for a ZR2, and the dealer has different reason every week about why they cannot get the order in.. here in this area of PA, no one has any ZR2's on the lots... So I am trying to specail order one... I am not going to wait 4 or 5 Months though... I will end up buying a Dakota Sport if anything else... I currently have a 97-s10 4WD and it has been awesome.. But I have a reg-cab, and now want the extended cab... Also I like the ZR2 package.. I think the truck looks awesome with the package.. 31.5 tires ain't too shabby.. Although the Dakota Sport also comes with the exact size tires... Friday will tell, if they got the order in this week.. I'll get my ZR2, if not, Dodge may get my vote... Toyotas with the same options are way too much money.. I like thier styling, but not for all that cash..

    Chevy goes by a what they have available to what you can order, and all the Chevy dealers in the US have to call in with thier computers at 12:00 noon eastern time to see whats available and what they can order... This is why I cannot get this ordered.. At Dodge, you put your order in, they fax it over and 6-weeks later your truck is there... Seems like they way to do things..

    kam
  • Just read here on Edmunds that the 2000 ZR2 has "revised gear ratios to improve acceleration" Must mean 4.10's. Finally.
    4 wheel discs, 4.10's, rear locker, gee, almost a real good truck now.
    GM had to specially heat treat the front gears for durability with the 3.73.
    I wonder what they did to get 4.10's to work reliably (now that there is another 10% torque multiplication going on). Kryptonite?
  • farman4farman4 Posts: 1
    I have a 96 ZR2 X-cab with 92,500 miles of pretty hard use and abuse off-road and have absolutely no problems as of yet. I used to buy a new truck every year or two but I have enjoyed my ZR2 so much I just never could part with it.
    The locker in the Toy is cool but I ordered my ZR2 with a Torsen diff and have no complaints with it. The only complaints I do have is mileage (14 to 18), poor turning radius, and excessive front brake pad wear(every 25,000 miles).

    I do think the Toy TRD is the only other truck to consider if in the market for a compact 4x4, but my ZR2 has been hillbilly proof so far, and I try to buy American when I can (it is bad enough I have to buy a new [non-permissible content removed] race bike every year).
  • iM LOOKING TO BUY A 2000 MODEL ZR2 AM GONNA HAVE TO ORDER IT . WHAT KIND OF SPECS DO U SUGGEST FOR THE MOST RUGGED TREATMENT HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO A ZR2. PLUS VERSATILITY AND FUN.
  • CHEV VS TOY???? ZR2 VS TRD????
    I'VE HAD NISSAN SINCE 1976.. STILL HAVE MY 89 4X4
    ITS TOO GOOD TO GIVE AWAY (160K MILES)
    WE HAVE A 95 S-10 BLAZER AND A 99 XCAB-ZR2 NOW AND HERES A COUPLE POINTS TO PONDER...
    I CALLED AROUND TO MECHANICS AND ASKED ADVICE..
    I DIDN'T KNOW THESE GUYS AND THEY ALL RECOMMENDED
    THE CHEV JUST BECAUSE OF PARTS PRICES/AVAILABILITY AND EASE OF WORKING ON THE VEHICLES.
    THE NEWER CHEVS SEEM TO HAVE MUCH BETTER Q.C. THAN THE OLDER ONES (OF COURSE).....I THINK NISSAN/TOYOTA MAY BE BEGINNING TO REST ON THEIR PAST REPUTATION A LITTLE TOO MUCH, IT SHOWS IN THE PRICES.......
    MY NEW ZR2 (ABOUT 10K MILES NOW)(11TH DIGIT IN VIN IS '8' BY THE WAY) HAS SO FAR TURNED OUT TO BE A FANTASTIC VEHICLE. I GET 19 MPG MOSTLY EASY HIGHWAY DRIVING.
    I DRIVE 45 MILES INTERSTATE TO WORK..RIDES LIKE A CADDILLAC ON AND OFF ROAD (THAT SUSPENSION IS MOST DEFINITELY WORTH TWICE THE MONEY IT COST)
    I READ THAT CHEV HAS A NEW REAR END FOR 2000-ZR2'S PROBABLY THE 4.10..THATS GONNA REALLY TICKLE THE OFFROAD CROWD BUT IS REALLY GONNA HIT MOST ZR2 BUYERS HARD IN THE BACK OF THE BRITCHES (MOST PEOPLE ONLY PUT MAYBE 5% OF THEIR MILEAGE INTO SERIOUS OFFROADING, THE REST MAINLY BACK AND FORTH TO WORK..)A 4.10 IS ''NOT'' AN ECONOMY REAR END.....IT WOULD DO MOST OF US GOOD TO JUST REMEMBER THAT TRANSFER CASE HAS A HIGH/LOW RANGE ON IT...
    THE 95 BLAZER (ABOUT 80K MILES) GETS ABOUT 20
    MPG AND IS STILL QUIET AND SOLID AS WHEN IT WAS NEW...I DID PUT NEW BILSTEINS ON IT $49 EACH AND WORTH EVERY PENNY
    BASICALLY I AM EXTREMELY PLEASED WITH THE 2
    S-10S THAT WE OWN, ALL VEHICLES SHOULD GET GOOD
    ROUTINE MAINTENANCE , KEEP THE SMALL THINGS TIGHT/CLEAN/GREASED
    AND THE BIG THINGS WILL LAST A LOT LONGER..
    HOPE THIS (I GUESS ITS A DOCUMENTARY NOW HUH?)
    HELPS
    R.
  • I am thinking of purchasing a 2000 Zr2 and I was wondering if they still came stock with BF goodrich tres-
  • I recall reading that Chevy rates the payload capacity of ZR2-optioned trucks as only 900 pounds (several hundred fewer than regular S10s), which seems quite low for its class. Anybody know why Chevy did this? I think the TRD truck is rated for nearly 1700 pounds.
  • I've just picked up the November issue of Truckin magazine. In it there is an article called"Factory Truck Shootout", this article lists,along with the Silverado SS w/vortec6000 engine, Searing Silverado with a supercharged vortec 4800 engine etc....
    Anyway my question is has anyone else heard of these vehicles from another source or can they confirm them. I thinking of buying a 2000 Zr2 4WD S-10 but the supercharged Toy. Tacoma sure is inviting
  • RSMTOM was asking about the ZR2 payload?
    Check the label on the inside of the driver door,
    it shows the payload, my xtra-cab ZR2 shows 750 lbs, (the regular cab may be 900..)
    The ZR2 has a track bar connecting the frame rail to the rear axle
    it is located almost right above the rear diff.
    That track bar may have something to do with payload reduction, its purpose is to keep the relationship of frame/axle about the same, particularly in the horizontal direction..
    as you load the truck the springs compress and the axle gets closer to the frame, that track bar
    resists this change.....
    If you load the truck too much that track bar or its connections would probably be where some damage would occur......
    CHEV never said the ZR2 was a worktruck, and it's
    not, but compact trucks are all very light duty anyway...(some are rated for more weight but probably shouldn't do it very often)..
    the fullsize trucks were made for heavy hauling/towing, but then again try getting one of them through some smaller logging roads and you see where the smaller 4x4s come in...
    If you want a off-road play/hunt truck...ZR2
    you want heavy work truck?.. fullsize (and the newer silveraldo get almost the same gas mileage..
    hope this helps..
    ( I checked all this before I bought the ZR2 also)
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