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What you would want in the next Tundra...

natureboy1natureboy1 Posts: 55
edited March 7 in Toyota
What you would want in the next Tundra...
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  • jcmdiejcmdie Posts: 595
    Full size.
  • rwellbaum2rwellbaum2 Posts: 1,006
    regular doors for the back. The current ones create a trap you if parked next to another car
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,696
    • A much more comfortable rear seat.
    • A 5-speed automatic.
    • A 5-speed manual on the V8.
    • On-Demand-Full-Time 4WD like that of the Sequoia.
    • More adventurous (and less derivative) styling.
    • More clever and useful features such as:
    —A tailgate that folds out and down to become a loading ramp.
    —Storage pockets in the rear fenders like the Chevy Avalanche.
    • A 3/4 ton model added.
    • Offer an 8' bed with the extended cab.

    Bob
  • quadrunner500quadrunner500 Posts: 2,728
    You can have ALL of those features on GM trucks, just not ALL on the same model. And that's the way it will have to be. One truck cannot be all things to all people. I would not buy an on-demand-full-time-awd system. Part-time 4wd is better for trucks. For sport utes, you could argue otherwise. To the extent that Tundra styling is derivative of Tacoma styling, I agree, although I don't think either looks that bad.
  • barlitzbarlitz Posts: 752
    I wish they would use real metal rather than that chinese mystery metal they use. I think the truck would be real sweet then.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,696
    I disagree. There's no reason at all why the things I suggested won't (or can't) happen on one vehicle.

    It's up to customers to demand those items, if that's what they want. There are no "technical" or "engineering" reasons why they can't occur. It's nothing more than a marketing issue.

    When I said "derivative styling," I wasn't referring to the Tacoma. Instead I was referring to the fact that Toyota borrowed heavily upon the Ford F-150 for visual inspiration.

    Bob
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    Dang. Have a hard time telling the two apart at a distance. But the fact that they wanted to initially name it the T-150 leads me to believe otherwise. I hope Toyota didn't think Ford would had let them get away with that.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,696
    Certainly the Tundra has a family resemblance to the Tacoma. But it also "borrowed" a lot of Ford styling/feature cues too.

    It has a rear locking tailgate latch that's almost identical to that found on the F-150's. The general profile and front end bear a (poor) but similar feeling as the F-150. The center pod (heater & radio control housing) on the instrument panel has an almost "ovoid" design similar to that found on the Ford Taurus of a couple of years ago. Clearly Toyota designers have been looking over Ford designer's shoulders.

    Bob
  • ratboy3ratboy3 Posts: 324
    cheaper price... less gas guzzling motor...
  • tavgradtavgrad Posts: 201
    full size:
    Doors, seats, appearance, bed.
    y'know, to justify the full size price.

    exterior looks are okay. Looks better than the chevy (sorry).

    dash and panel is just too damn hokey. More guages, buttons.

    I wish it was not so americanized. COlumn gear shifter should be on the floor next to the levers. Column shifter should be optional.
  • lol
    oh man this is the funniest thing I ever read, first I agreed with you, then I though you were crazy to not like Chevy styling, then I just had to laugh, a floor shifter on a pickup lol then it really will be a camry with a pickup bed.
  • pboltspbolts Posts: 13
    From what I,ve been reading, a Tundra "double cab"
    will not be available until the fall of 2003.
    The "double cab" of course being, four full size front hinged doors very similar to the Tacoma Double cab configuration.
    I don,t recall the article stating what the exact wheelbase or bed length will be, but more then likely it will share the same wheelbase as the current Tundra and end up with a bed length of slightly less than six feet.
    So in about 24 months, this is what I'm hoping to see in the Sunday paper:

    2004 Toyota Tundra Double Cab, SR5 4x4 5spd manual, 4.7L V-8, LS rear end , disc brakes front and rear, towing package and maybe some nice other suprises from the clever Toyota engineers.
    The "Hot" market for a crew cab configuration is here right now TOYOTA MOTOR CORP , so please come out with a Tundra Double cab that was worth the wait.
  • clever toyota engineers, they may have good engineers but they are not clever, they go by the old japanese philosophy-steal all designs copy everyone. ie. F150 = tundra/T-150
  • I have read evidence (from more than once source) that the F150 was "inspired" by the Toyota T100... Just think about it for a second. The T100 came before the "new" Ford, the "new" Chev, and even the "new" Dodge. Before the T100, all of these trucks were basically "square boxes". I had a T100 and I loved it, and I know there a great many people out there who basically thought this truck was a joke, but agree or disagree, the T100 was in my opinion the first truck out there with any real amount of distinctive style...

    All of sudden here comes the 1996 F150 with its rounded corners and sloped down and curved hood. You'd be lying to yourself if you don't believe Ford took some styling cues from Toyota when designing this truck... They took some ideas from the 1994 Ram, but the T100 was definitely on their minds as well.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    You have got to be kidding. The T100 was Toyota's most miserable flop.
  • lol
    yeah ford copied the crappiest pickup in history
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    What do you think it is a sports car?

    Trucks dont have floor shifters (other than the 4wd)
  • I was trying to think of a good reason but I couldn't its just that isnt the way it is suppose to be. lol
  • tavgradtavgrad Posts: 201
    yes, i said floor shifter! the shifter is on the floor when it's manual transmission, why not as an automatic? (Import pickups have console floor shifters.) I have also a 1994 T100 4x4 with the manual, and it does not take up any space! and forget that push button 4x4 crap! put the 4x4 levers back down there where they freaking belong!

    natureboy is right about the copying thing. All domestic p'ups were styleless and boxy looked alike, ram being the ugliest until 1994.

    I know this does not settle well you traditionalists, but being that trucks are getting even more popular than ever, style must come into play. And that does not mean add more chrome.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,696
    I always liked the T-100 (with the 3.4L engine, 5-speed, extended cab, and 4x4). My neighbor has one just like that, and loves it. It hasn't caused him a bit of trouble, and fits his needs perfectly.

    Bob
  • tavgradtavgrad Posts: 201
    rsholland that is the exact kind i have, too. Gave me NO problems since I had it for the past 6 years. Unfortunately, my needs have outgrown it.
    A crew cab would do, but I can't wait for two more years.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    The F150 copied the T-100. The Tundra is an evolution of the T-100.

    Column shifters make more since for an automatic especially for those people that are sitting in the center postion of the front seat or in some trucks, the only seat.

    Things to add to Tundra:
    a 3/4 or 1 ton model to haul more weight
    extended-cab long bed model
    extended cab that is worth something
    bigger gas tank as option for those camping trips
    optional towing mirrors AKA Ford F-250
    built-in towing packages with 7-plug harness
    60/40 seats for all models
    choice of seats without armrest
    all vinyl material on types of configurations
    regular cab V8 2WD
    manual for the V8
    a bigger V8 to accomodate bigger truck
    a diesel as an option
    a base V8 model
  • tavgradtavgrad Posts: 201
    Column shifters as standard on regular cab with automatics, floor shifters optional on extended cabs with automatics. Is that better?

    -An extended cab with no suicide doors (like the little tacoma), convential doors that swing out (like supercrew or that all new dodge ram)
    -Fender flares that look better. The ones in front don't even connect to the front bumper.
    -It's got great ground clearance and space in the wheelwells. It needs LARGER tires.
    -
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Maybe you could answer this for me. I know no one else can but do you know what the largest size tire you can fit under a tundra TRD (no mods).

    On my silverado the largest i can fit is 285/75/R16 (some other sizes will fit like 305 something but they will rub slightly)

    Thanks

    Ryan
  • tjparkertjparker Posts: 25
    "The F150 copied the T-100. The Tundra is an evolution of the T-100."

    They're both copies (and not particularly inspired copies at that) of the 1960 Studebaker Champ Pickup, which is still an attractive truck today. Trouble is, the new trucks look like a cross between the Studebaker and a bottom-dwelling, mud-sucking catfish, particularly the F-150 when viewed from the side.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,696
    Seriously, I was thinking the same thing. I didn't post it because I didn't think anyone here would remember that truck from the early '60s. No question, the Champ and the T-100/Tundra all share that same soft rounded look. Here's a link to Studebaker trucks:

    http://studeo.tripod.com/ov.htm

    Glad I'm not the only geezer on this forum! :)

    Bob
  • tavgradtavgrad Posts: 201
    you got a point, tjparker. However, chevy didn't even attempt to take a big chance on their redesign. At least ford made an effort.

    ryan, 305s might be able to do it, but i would have to verify that. here in LA, I've seen quite a few tundras drive by with beefies and not appearing to be lifted. Chevy's don't have much space in the wheelwells, that's why when you see them with 305-33's, they have some rancho lift on it. My old T100 has 33's with only a 1.5" lift. If a tacoma can have 33's, why not a tundra?
    Let me get back to you on that. email me to remind me.
  • I find it nice to know, also, that *I'm* not the only one hung up on old designs!

    Seriously, though I don't like the looks of the F-150, I do like the heavier pickups from Ford. Trouble is, they're all too thirsty for my taste. I'll probably just keep using my 1960 VW Singlecab for hauling.

    Have always wanted one of the Stude Champs in 4x4, though...
  • I'd like to see a reg cab, 2wd, v-8 with a stick.

    I also have to agree with natureboy. I feel that Ford did have the T100 lines in mind when they redesigned the F150. And.. when looking to market a new truck, the T150 would have been a natural progression. I guess Ford thought it was all about them. Too bad.

    Obyone, I agree that the T100 (unfortunately) was a flop. But you wouldn't believe the number of people who busted my chops about my T100 looking like an F150, even after I explained to them that the T100 was in production several years before the latest F150.

    Chevtruck_fan: Ford copied the crappiest truck in history. What's that supposed to mean??? Just because the T100 didn't appeal to the American market(i.e. flopped), doesn't mean it's a crappy truck. My T100 meets my needs nicely. Never(not yet anyway) had a problem, starts right up everytime I get in it, and does just what I ask it to do.

    take care all,
    jab
  • tavgradtavgrad Posts: 201
    joeltrane, here in LA, i have no one razzing my T100. All say it's a fine truck they admitted that it met intermediate needs. Most of friends and neighbors always asked me to help them move or pick up stuff at the home depot, etc. It defininitely was not enough to win any Big "3" (now 2 1/2) full size fans.
    I outgrew the T100 and now I need something with full size seating, without having a 4' bed. This month I'm taking my T100 and my mommy mall hauler to shop for a pickup. I seriously looked at the tundra, but the rear seating steered me away. My son is growing like a weed, and he will outgrow the rear before my payments are done.

    My Wish list: a crew cab, interior, an aggressive interior with more more more, 5 sp. auto, 17" tires and rims (at least an option), and wider stance (for my larger friends). Everything else is fine. If they can do that by the redesign, I'll get another toyota.
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