Compact Pickup Comparison: Frontier, Ranger, Tacoma, S10, Dakota, B-Series, & Hombre



  • webbdwebbd Member Posts: 176
    I don't see a lot of fanatical "Japanese" car or truck owners running around these boards. It's more of the opposite. There are many more "domestic" owners here than import owners. I think Allknowing and myself (excuse me if I forgot anyone), in this forum, are the only Toyota owners. The "American" guys always outnumber us. To consistently drive inferior products for decades, in my opinion, takes much more fanaticism than I or Allknowing probably displayed when we simply looked at all products on a global scale, compared them OBJECTIVELY, and then purchased from there.

    The lightning does the 0-60 in 5.5 like 2K1TRD stated and finishes the 1/4 mile in 14.0 seconds, stellar for a truck, but by no means making it one of the fastest "cars" on the road. I named 27 models that were as fast or faster 0-60 and of which ALL topped out at higher than 140 MPH, the supposed top speed for the Lightning. To my knowledge, no one has actually driven it that fast yet.
  • webbdwebbd Member Posts: 176
    I mentioned 2K1TRD and then left him out of my toyota owners list. Sorry.
  • modvptnlmodvptnl Member Posts: 1,352
    I realize you've only been here a week but there are a few more Toy owners than that. And with the exception of 2 or 3 domestic owners it seems the Toy zeolots bash far more.....again IMHO.

    Here are the domestic bashers that come to mind:

    in addition to the ones you mentioned.

    The actual foreign BASHERS seem to be:

    Like I said before, except for maybe Barlitz, those guys seem to not want ANY money going overseas not just Japan.
  • allknowingallknowing Member Posts: 866
    I think you're proving webbd's point by calling myself and others "Toy zeolets" just because we prefer the Toyota over what's offered by US manufacturers. I always say that the Ford is a good truck as I own both a Ford and a Toyota. My experience, however, proven to be true over and over is that Toyotas and Nissans are built to a higher quality standard. I guess that irritates many here to hear that and the common response is to try to trash foreign trucks. I don't like to take my vehicle back to the dealer over and over even if it's covered my a warranty. The 98 Explorer I drive for work for example is up to , I believe, eight recalls already (we just received another one Thur. to update the computer system for emissions). It has also had a major suspension failure and a throttler body failure already. It's less than 3 years old and unfortunately I'm not alone in my experiences. My sister and a co-worker own 94 & 96 Mustangs with are no less than junk, full of problems. The Ranger is by far one of the best vehicles made by Ford but I've had more than I appreciate of problems with mine also. My experiences with GM and Dodge have been poor too. That's just facts from my experience. The only reason you categorize me as a zealot, I suppose, is that you have problems with my acknowledging that American vehicles still don't meet the quality levels of Nissan and Toyota. I wouldn't, however, die for the cause as a true zealot would.
  • barlitzbarlitz Member Posts: 752
    It seems if you try to type in a long post it don't make it,webbd I did mean the quickest from 0 to 60 its the 13th fastest production vehicle made according pop mechanics in a 99 issue.This topic is the #1 right now at this site.Hope everyone has a nice Holiday and a safe New Year.

  • barlitzbarlitz Member Posts: 752
    Us domestic supporters don't like to hear bashing on American products either and everybody at this site knows Spoog is the best at it.Vince8 I tried posting some info on the Lightning and I couldn't get it to work.
  • 2k1trd2k1trd Member Posts: 301
    Kinda like job security for me....(auto tech)
  • webbdwebbd Member Posts: 176
    Amora, why you gotta be so unpleasant? You post nice most of the time, then you seem to go on a beer blitz and take it out on the kids.

    You keep telling us the same thing--foreign makes are expensive to "repair and maintain", this taken from your post above. This does not prove anything. It is an accepted fact that to repair or to maintain a honda civic, for example, versus a chevy cavalier is going to be more expensive (import parts are more expensive). The point that needs to be made is that the honda in 100K-200K miles will most likely need nothing more than routine and SCHEDULED maintenance as attested by thousands of reliability studies of actual owners (i.e. Consumer Reports). When you factor in all the UNSCHEDULED repairs the cavalier will require, it becomes apparent which car, in the long run, will be the better value.

    And with due respect to your vast experience, you cannot use it to prove anything other than you've either been stupid or wise in your own decisions. You must take into account every owner's experience, good and bad, in order to get an overall reliability rating for a particular model. This is what J.D. Powers and Consumer Reports spend all their time doing, and yet, all the domestic owners spend their time discounting it because it does not corroborate with their own experience.

    I hope you know I still respect you, Amora. I just don't like being called a GEN-Xer. If you want to insult me, call me a GM loyalist or how about closeminded?
  • modvptnlmodvptnl Member Posts: 1,352
    While I don't doubt you experiences it is clear when something happens to a domestic it's major to you. Isn't the MAJOR suspension failure a sway bar??? BTW a lot of 4 wheelers and drag racers don't run the sway bars.

    Here's a few examples of vehicles I've been involved with; '95 Bronco 302 currently at 186,000 miles. Did a fuel pump last summer....'93 302 bronco 125,000 miles. Did injectors($99 for all eight from a Mustang site off the web) and a fuel pump...maybe not needed but we were shotgun trouble shooting a ping. My '97 Cobra at 40,000 miles AND DRIVEN HARD including driving to drag races and racing it. NEVER BEEN IN THE SHOP. My '96 F-150 with a decent suspension and run hard off road....One steering box after stuffing it into a hole at 60 in the desert..covered under warranty...and front wheel bearing seals. under warranty. Current truck ....flawless. One domestic I wasn't happy with was my '87 GMC 454.

    Friends Honda Accord; CV joints at 80,000 miles, not sure of the cost but had to remove a lot of stuff just to get to them. Friends mom's Sentra just this week needed an injector(singular) $165. Recently had alt. go out, various oil leaks all under 65,000 miles. Early 80's Toyota pick up vs. my '83 Ranger V6 when we were both 20ish. Same jumps, same off road adventures. Toy, bent axles, Ranger..nothing. Toys rusting in the 80's, blown head gaskets.

    My only reason for posting is I don't buy the perceived quality differences.
  • scape2scape2 Member Posts: 4,124
    A domestic with 200K+ miles is swept under the rug, or better yet when something goes wrong at 200K called a piece of junk?
    We all speak of blind loyalty here, yet I see it more from the owners of Japanese vehicles. Stop and take a look around you. Take notice of all the older domestics on the road in comparison the the older Japanese vehicles. When is the last time you saw a 1977 Toyota corolla? I honestly believe that stats play a huge role in the quality game.
    Someone called the Tacoma a superior vehicle, I believe it was Amora. Enlighten me how the Tacoma is superior to the Ranger? Like your open axle, terrible crashtest results, cheap interior, shallow bed box, lack of a decent HP/Torque curve for a truck. Value has been taken out of the Toyota name. You who own Tacoma's know you paid 2-3K more for a comparable Ranger. I also speak from experience. This is my second Ranger. I now have 36K trouble free miles on my truck. I also use it as a truck not a Toy. I live in the NW and visit the Cascade Range to the deserts of Oregon at least 3-4 times a month. My Ranger (that is not supposed to be able to offroad as Toyota owners wish to think) has never let me down. My first Ranger went to 96K with NO PROBLEMS..
  • webbdwebbd Member Posts: 176
    Here they come again. "Well, I owned so and so, did 4 million miles on it, no problems. My friend's, though, now that was a piece of doo doo. My truck rocks because I can't find any other examples in my little known universe that are better."

    Personal experience means nothing if you do not include every other owner's experience. Vince8 and Mod, I'm not just picking on you. Amora seems to be bitten by the anectdotal bug as do a lot of others, import and domestic, in Edmunds.

    If you compare, impartially and objectively, the reliability data concerning MOST imported and domestic models of the past 30 years, you will find a major discrepancy between what you feel have been great vehicles and what is actually the truth.

    How long a truck stays on the highway is not a measure of how reliable it is or was. This simply demonstrates the owners loyalty and/or determination to keep the vehicle on the road. Any vehicle, given enough money, can be kept around for ages. To say one spent 5 grand keeping their Nova in running order so it could achieve 150,000 miles does not prove reliability. How a vehicle performed during its tenure with its owner is a reflection of how reliable it was. And again, you have to look past your own world and see the big picture.

    There's a reason why Toyota and Honda, and in most cases, Nissan, are regarded around the world as well-built, highly reliable vehicles. The collective experiences of those owners point to a decided advantage that these companies have in building automobiles.

    For example, troops, militias, and terrorists around the world trust themselves to one SUV above all others because it has proven deadly reliable. I'm, of course, talking about the Landcruiser.

    American automobiles are just not known for their reliability. It's just that simple. And it is not unpatriotic to admit to this. Before we can build better autos, we first have to realize this.

    I'm not saying we haven't come a long way in the last decade or so, but we are generally behind still and recent surveys and studies show this.

    I better end this before I put you all to sleep.
  • webbdwebbd Member Posts: 176
    Value is getting a lot for a minimum amount of money. What constitutes "a lot" depends on a persons value system. Your version of value is getting a ranger with what you view as valuable for less money than you could with a tacoma.

    My version of what is valuable may be different as someone else's may be. I value long term reliablity, craftmanship, performance (as does everyone probably) in this order. I want the best regardless of price because from my experience, given a "valuable" or cheap alternative to a superior product, it always pays to take the best if one wants to avoid future headache. I'll always pay more for the item that will not let me down. This, of course, is not to say that the highest-priced item is always the best. But with the Ranger and Tacoma, it was for me.

    I owned a 95 Ranger. It was a good truck by all accounts. The ranger according to consumer reports and various other studies is of average to good reliability. The Tacoma consistently ranks higher, though, and with my value system, it becomes my truck of choice.

    So to argue what you consider to be valuable (lots of items) with what, probably, toyota buyers consider valuable (reliability), is futile. You would be better off and, just as effective, arguing religion.

    BUT, to address one item which you consistently post about--the hp/torque curve. The ranger's, now history, 4.0 OHV engine has 223 lbs of torque available at 2800 rpms and 158 HP at 4200. The toyota 3.4 has 220 lbs. available at 3600 rpms, and it tops out at 190 HP at 4800 rpms. So we have 1% more torque by the ranger, but 20% more HP for the tacoma. (By the way, because I'm sure you'll address this, the tacoma, in a 4Wheeler magazine test, had 180 lbs of torque at 2500 rpms.) Now factor that the tacoma's engine is 18% smaller, and what does this all mean?

    It means the Toyota produced much more HP and almost identical torque with less than proportional cubic inches.

    Now, of course, the ranger has the 4.0L SOHC engine. It produces more power, but (again, efficiency), per liter, the tacoma still produces more HP (56 vs. 52 per liter) and more torque (65 vs. 60 lb/ft per liter).
  • webbdwebbd Member Posts: 176
    I was feeling inspired; late night jitters, I guess.
  • allknowingallknowing Member Posts: 866
    No, the suspension failure was that the Tie Rod ate the dust after only two years. I had a similar problem
    with my wife's truck too. My sister's sway bar on her 94 Mustang broke. Maybe you're thinking of when I
    posted that. All I can say is that I am a Ex-stanch defender of American cars. I used to Race Chevys and I know the small blocks very well and I was also a fan of many of the Ford V8's. I love the design but I gave up on GM after having too many stupid little things fail due to poor assembly on vehicles built in the 70's and early 80's. I had much better luck with Ford in the 80's but when I got a Nissan if 1990 it
    changed my opinion for good. I just have better luck these days with Nissan and Toyota. I like Ford
    Trucks and I think they're the best of the American made vehicles. I do however, think the little extra cost is worth it to those, like myself these days, that want to deal with repairs as little as possible.

    barlitz -With 0-60 times like that, it's a lot faster than I realized. Pretty impressive.
  • allknowingallknowing Member Posts: 866
    This new format really stinks. When you check your spelling and try to post where does your message go?
  • obyoneobyone Member Posts: 7,841
    the Twilight Zone....
  • modvptnlmodvptnl Member Posts: 1,352
    I understand everything that's posted and until my vehicle of choice lets me down I'm not going to buy on data and statistics. Personal experience counts the most with me.

    Web, your Land Cruiser comparo is flawed simply because the 3rd world and military products are NOT the same vehicles sold in the states. same goes for Nissan.

    I always find it strange that the "data" on Toys seems to omit the rusting sheet metal of the last decade and the head gasket problem.
  • barlitzbarlitz Member Posts: 752
    You can check out and get up to the month yearly sales,I don't know why but with Toyota so called reliability the Tacoma and Tundra always bring up the rear in sales,Ranger and F150 #1 in fullsize and compact.S-10 is 3rd in compact but still outsells all Foreign.And to date no problems what so ever after 3 months great gas milage and I love the heated mirrors great for the cold mornings in New England.
  • allknowingallknowing Member Posts: 866
    I suppose the Ameican trucks are a better deal to some for reasons rehashed over and over here before. I don't think that you could successfully prove that simply quality will make a vehicle a number 1 seller. Let's also not forget that, at least for the full size trucks, the big three (especially Ford and Chevy) undercut fleet prices to businesses to bring sales up. You can read about the war between Ford and Chevy to be number 1 every year in AutoWeek. The number one full size truck is usually the one that made the lowest fleet sale bids.
  • scape2scape2 Member Posts: 4,124
    Web. The 3.4 has to work much harder to achieve the same torque the old 4.0 Ranger has to!! Look at your own numbers man.... And as much as you Toyota guys want to get the the lowest numbers. The old 4.0 is rated at 225ft/lbs of torque and 160HP at 2750rpms. The Ranger is the better truck for hauling, towing and pulling.
    The new SOHC 4.0 trounces the 3.4 Toyota offers also at 205HP and 240ft/lbs of torque!
    By the way, do you know how much .6 cu/inches is?
    Value is what the Ranger offers. Value is what Toyota has forgotten.
    You get more options, more choices, more configurations from the Ranger. You won't pay out the nose either! This is why the Ranger has been the number one selling compact truck for 14years straight! Why hasn't the Tacoma taken this spot yet if its so great? Its had almost 6 years to achieve this number one standing... The consumer makes the choice, not some magazine....
  • webbdwebbd Member Posts: 176
    Barlitz, Ford has been around for a little bit longer than Toyota, especially in this country. What does it prove that to say that they are the best selling trucks? This has been the case for many years. Does it change the fact that Toyota and Honda vehicles are imminently more reliable?

    Vince8, if you bothered to read any of the numbers, you will see that I stated that the new Ranger 4.0 SOHC is MORE POWERFUL, but what I zeroed in on was its power per liter. The only advantage to this engine is its 1000 lbs increased towing compacity. If you consider that the ranger 2wd reg. cab has a payload of 1260 lbs, and a COMPARABLE (this comparison is directly from tacoma has a payload of 2009 lbs., then the only advantage is a total of 251 lbs for the Ranger. And the old 4.0 OHV had 158 HP and 223 lbs. of torque, again, directly from Ford.

    And if you bothered to read anything else I said, you would see that I stated value is a relative term. What you are considering value (lots of stuff) and what I consider valuable (reliability) are two different things, which explains why you drive a Ranger and I drive a Tacoma.

    Mod, the reason reliability studies aren't affected by rusting sheet metal and blown head gaskets is because those problems did not affect enough vehicles to bring down the overall reliability of the toyota truck. The blown head gasket only applied to model year 95 and 96 tacomas, as the engine was new in 1995 (not an excuse, just a fact).

    Of course, since this is the only major problem the domestic car owners can point to concerning a toyota truck aside from the older models' (80's) propensity to rust fast, it gets spread to all toyota trucks, and all of a sudden we'll hear Barlitz telling us things like the Tundra has a blown head gasket problem.
  • scape2scape2 Member Posts: 4,124
    And what I am zerioing in on is .6 liters is how much? When comparing engine sizes you also fail to mention for the .6 liter difference you get 15 more HP and 20ft/lbs more of torque from the new 4.0 SOHC offered in the Ranger. .6 liters is so little difference. I would bet if you put these engines side by side you could not tell the difference. The old 4.0 has been around far longer than the 3.4 and is old engine technology. How can you keep comparing the old 4.0 the the 3.4 of the Toyota? All the sites I visit say the 4.0 is rated at 160HP and 225ft/lbs of torque. I have visited sites that state the 3.4 is rated at 186HP and 218ft/lbs of torque? Who do you believe? Fact is the 3.4 has to work harder, rev longer in order to achieve a inferior HP/Torque curve even to the old pushrod 4.0 of past Rangers.
    Value, I see value as reliability, quality, and quantity for your hard earned dollar. Both of my Rangers along with several other people I know have Rangers that have been reliabile, quality vehicles. And option for option far less expensive than a comparable Tacoma. What do you say to someone who purchased a Ranger for 19K and has had if for 125K miles with no problems. Then you have the Tacoma person who purchased thier truck for 22K with the same options that has 125K miles? I would say the Ranger person had the better value wouldn't you?
    The stigma of Ford bad, Toyota good is fading. Toyota isn't all cracked up to what you want it to be.
  • webbdwebbd Member Posts: 176
    Vince, again, if you bother to read ANYTHING from my posts you could spare yourself some derision of them. For the THIRD time, the 4.0 SOHC Ranger engine is more powerful than the Tacoma 3.4. Is that clear enough?

    Second, I compared the old Ranger's 4.0 OHV engine because there are only several million owners out there (you'd be one, right?) still using this engine as it was just discontinued this model year. I was trying to cover both Ranger engines in the pursuit of fairness. The 158 HP and 223 torque figures are directly from FORD, and not magazines. The 3.4 is rated at 190 hp and 220 torque by Toyota. Yes, in the 4Runner, this engine produces 183 HP due to exhaust restraints put in place to make the interior quieter. Who are you going to believe? I thought the manufacturer was the authority in a case like this.

    It's funny that your engine, according to you, is now outdated because it has been replaced with one better, but before it was replaced, it was superior to the tacoma's. Now you only want to debate on the new engine and forget that old, outdated version propelling your current vehicle.

    But to continue the debacle, how much difference is 18%? When you ask how much is .6 liters, this can be deceiving. When you put it in perspective, an 18% larger engine is a noticeably (not visually) larger engine and a porportional power response should follow.

    If you refer to 4Wheeler magazine's (the manufacturers do not provide engine curves, that I can find) independent engine curve charts for both the Ranger and Tacoma (the Ranger curve in this article was for the old 4.0, so I won't bother with it), you will see that the tacoma produces over 82% of its torque at just 2500 rpms. It's peak is 600 rpms higher than the Ranger's (referring to new SOHC now). I only mention this to highlight the tacoma 3.4L's efficiency. It produces excellent HP (and excellent HP/per liter) and good low-speed torque, items both necessary to tow and to accelerate.

    If you read my posts better, you'd also discover that I am a fan of the ranger, but I want the best reliability regardless of price for my money. I agree with you that you get a lot more options for your money with the Ranger. But this does not make it more valuable to everyone unless everyone considers getting more options to define what is or is not valuable.

    "Value" is a very subjective term, and it must be left up to each individual consumer to determine what is valuable to them. "Value" as defined by the dictionary is a "fair return or equivalent in money, goods, or services for something exchanged." Your "options" would be "goods" in this definition while my "reliability" would equate to "services."

    And, please, don't tell me that I'm arguing semantics now. I'm trying to be as clear and objective as I can, so I won't have to keep repeating myself.
  • steveeaststeveeast Member Posts: 158
    After a while you'll learn that Vince tends to misread/misunderstand other people's messages in his rush to respond. He drives me nuts.

    Oh, I have a Ranger.

  • scape2scape2 Member Posts: 4,124
    ......... numbers are funny how people can manipulate them.
    18percent, .6 liters, whatever.. Fact is the new 4.0 has 15more HP and 20more ft/lbs of torque. Granted the old 4.0 is outdated but so is a 486 processor... but it still runs...
    Besides, I know I have old engine technology. But my old engine does fine by me, is reliable and does what I ask of it.
    The auto industry is always changing. The old 4.0 pushrod reaches peak torque at 2750 rpms of 225ft/lbs. The 3.4 reaches its peak of 220ft/lbs at about 3400rpms. The 4.0 reaches 200ft/lbs at about 2200rpms. (I say about because there are so many different sources that may say less or more rpms depending on where you read). The fact is the 3.4 has to rev harder and work harder. You can play with numbers all you want. The torque curve for the old 4.0 is still better than the 3.4.
    I have a friend who owns a TRD. We kid each other all the time about our trucks. I have already gone up against him in the Cascades. I could climb or go anywhere he could. It was up to him to take my Ranger into areas that he felt it could no way follow his TRD. After seeing that the Ranger could do anything his TRD could and for less money. I would say I got the better value.
    So, your saying that value has nothing to do with the money you spend for options? A/C is not of any value? or a tow pkg, or a CD player? I always thought you wanted to get the most for your money when you buy anything? So, your saying a stripped down Toyota Tacoma costing 16K is a better value than a Ranger costing 16K that has A/C, CD player, bucket seats, tow pkg, offroad pkg, tinted windows, sliding rear window, stepside bed, power windows, door locks, seats, p/s, p/b.... and so on...?? This is all hypothetical of course..
  • superglidesuperglide Member Posts: 67
    I've had over 50 cars/trucks in my life.. so far... even sold Chevrolets from 71-74. I owned mostly GM in the early years, and mostly Toyotas in the last few years... but it's been very obvious to me that as trucks go, the fit and finish and durability of the Toyota is definitely superior to anything made by anyone else... which doesn't make them perfect. They certainly had their problems with V6 head gaskets... but so did Taurus, Continentals, and a few others... the biggest difference is that Toyota FIXED them when u took them back. A couple of years ago I had an 88 4Runner that went in for the head gasket recall with 125K on the engine, and they decided because of the tolerances on the engine, new head gaskets would cause problems... so they put in a new short block, remanufactured heads and head gaskets. Ever hear of another company that concerned about their customers or reputation? I get tired of vehicles fast, so I rarely put more than 30K on them. So... my number #1 criteria for buying a vehicle is do I like it, and #2 is resale value. If someone can show me a vehicle you can drive for less than a Toyota, I'll buy it. Even though they may cost more (and if u know how to buy them right, they usually don't cost more), if u sell it within 5 years, you'll get a better return on your initial investment (bad word to use related to cars). My last new truck was a 97 GMC Z71 extended cab 5.7. By 15K I was tired of trying to park it, feed it, and totally bored with it. Went to the other end of the spectrum this time... 99 Tacoma XtraCab 4cyl 5 speed 2WD. Though I practically doubled my gas mileage and have more performance (believe it or not), I'm totally bored with it at 12K. I've driven virtually everything you can name (got stuck with renting Rangers the last 2 years on vacation), and IMO no one makes a truck that's fun to drive, has good performance and gets good economy... especially if u factor in resale value. First of all, u can't get the 4.0 engine in the Ranger unless u get ALL THE GOODIES, and then you're virtually at $20K MSRP... and what's a $20K Ranger worth in a year? A lot less than a Prerunner for sure, and based on my experience getting rid of my 96 Mustang GT... you're lucky if there's enough demand for a Ford to even get someone to come look at it. And as far as rust is concerned... I grew up in Illinois, patched my share of rust... can't figure out why u people still live back there. I can still take a wrench and remove the shocks from any of my old 60s muscle cars here in California. I just wish someone would convince Toyota to build some EXCITING trucks that weren't TOO BIG with a V8 ! ! ! They'd get better gas mileage and go like hell! Actually I've been leaning toward a used Nissan Crew Cab, just because it is exciting to look at, at least... and since they depreciate almost as bad as Fords, I can buy one a year old CHEAP!
  • webbdwebbd Member Posts: 176
    Vince8, I'm going to keep posting this until your insecurity allows you to comprehend that maybe someone is not threatening you and your ranger universe--I AGREE with you that the NEW 4.0 SOHC Ranger engine makes more power than the Toyota 3.4.

    But what I do not agree with, and nor do the manufacturers of each vehicle, are the numbers you are spouting. It is obvious when you start using words like "about" you don't know what you are talking about and are getting "subjective" instead of "objective." The Toyota 3.4 makes 190 HP at 4800 RPMS. It makes 220 lbs of torque at 3600 RPMs (not 3400, which actually hurt your argument). The ranger makes 158 HP and 223 lbs of torque according to Ford. Magazines round up, hence the numbers you are getting from them.

    I never said your old 4.0 wasn't a capable engine. I said that it was interesting how you changed your argument in light of the new SOHC engine coming out. You called your own engine old, but you were vindicated by the presence of a new, more sophisticated engine but one you didn't even own.

    And to address the question you posed to me concerning the 16K stripped-down tacoma vs a loaded 16K ranger. If you READ my last post, you would see that what I said was "value" is not defined as more options for your money. "Value" is a subjective term. It hinges on the individual consumer's value system. For you, yes, the 16K loaded ranger is more valuable because you place a high value on more options for less money. For me, I value the highest craftmanship, i.e. reliability, regardless of price, so I would take the stripped-down tacoma.
  • webbdwebbd Member Posts: 176
    You and I are seeing eye to eye. I don't have your vast experience, but I'm digging what you're saying. I even wish Toyota would bring back the tacoma regular cab with the V6. Talk about power-to-weight ration--that truck would go like stink!

    But if you won't these people to read your long posts, you're gonna have to break up your thoughts into small paragraphs. See some of my longer posts back in this discussion to get an idea. But, mind you, even doing this does not guarantee than everyone will read and comprehend everything you post. I'm starting to feel like some just read the last paragraph and then target it for their less-than-accurate rebuttals.
  • cygnusx1cygnusx1 Member Posts: 290
    wow, I go away for a while and now I don't recognize any sceen names. Well, at least Vince is still here.

    As for this..."as trucks go, the fit and finish and durability of the Toyota is definitely superior to anything made by anyone else"

    A matchbox car has better fit and finish as far I can tell.
  • moparbadmoparbad Member Posts: 3,870
    Taken from study of 5 year old models from JD Power. Most Dependable.

    Most Dependable 1996 Models by Category

    Compact Pickup Toyota Tacoma
    Full-size Pickup Toyota T100
  • obyoneobyone Member Posts: 7,841
    T100 is not full size or sized. Never was...never will be. Doesn't take a genius to figure that out. Then again, no one said JD Powers was a genius. And your handle is correct. Mopar is bad. So bad in fact that Plymouth no longer exists.
  • obyoneobyone Member Posts: 7,841
    that are 4 years old. Do they do their analysis every four years? Can you find anything more current and relevant? Just least Spoog posts info from this millennium.
  • steveeaststeveeast Member Posts: 158
    Actually that study is dated Nov 2000. If you're doing a study of 5 year old models it's pretty difficult to select anything after the 1996 model year :-)
  • moparbadmoparbad Member Posts: 3,870
    Reason to judge the reliability of trucks after they are 3-6 years old is to know what will last. Any new truck will be dependable. I keep a truck past 36K and want the fewest problems possible during ownership.

    JD Powers collects information from thousands of owners and is not the opinion of one person. This tends to decrease bias and provide a greater degree of factual information. The fact is that Toyota builds a high quality product. T100 included. T100 was not perfect and I would not have purchased one. It needed a bigger motor, etc., etc... But the Tundra is better.
  • barlitzbarlitz Member Posts: 752
    My 83 year old neighbor named Sarah just did a study, she looked out the window and said my truck was the best compact on the market.
  • scape2scape2 Member Posts: 4,124
    they are all hand built. With this quality/craftsmanship jargon. I have a friend who owns a Tacoma TRD. When I purchased my Ranger we immediatly started to compare them side by side, panel for panel, button for button. The interior of the Tacoma does not scream quality my friend. The interior of the Ranger is actually better, better plastics, better layout, better seats and just plain more comfortable. As far as body panels, the Rangers metal is thicker and feels more duarable. All this garbage about Toyota quality/craftsmanship, toughness, whatever is in your head, you paid a whole lot more $$ to fill that hollow dream.
    Value, I keep asking you. A person buys a Tacoma for 22K. A person buys a Ranger like optioned for 19K. Each truck goes 150K with no problems. Who do you say got the better value?
    Resale is a joke here also. I keep telling Toyota fans to visit Kelly Blue book and type in a like Ranger to a comparable Toyota. Surprise! Resale is within 2-300 bucks! And, the person who bought the Toyota payed thousands more at initial sale.
    As far as old 4.0 vs new 4.0 debate. I agree the old 4.0 has less HP. But the old 4.0 has a better HP/Torque curve than the present 3.4 in the Toyota. This means, better pulling, better hauling, better towing. The 3.4 has to work harder. The new 4.0, why can't I bring this into this debate? Because I don't own one? Ok, lets pit Toyota's old 3.0 against Ford old 4.0?
  • allknowingallknowing Member Posts: 866
    A lot of those here may have problems with your statement that you have a friend, much less a friend with a Tacoma. If you start your post with that, it doesn't do much for the credibility of the rest of the post. In reality Vince , too bad the car manufacturers don't know that you're available so that you can explain to them what a "real truck" should be used for and who should be driving one. It's a shame that your talent isn't being taken seriously. Noone respects your opinion here either. Life sucks sometimes.
  • webbdwebbd Member Posts: 176
    I hope the readers will appreciate all the hard work I put into this post. Enjoy.

    J.D. powers 5-year reliability study results:

    Toyota (Lexus included) cleaned house with a #1 rating in 9 of a total 14 categories including best full-size truck (i'm gonna hear it on this even though EPA sets the standards and J.D. just follows), compact truck, mini-suv, compact suv, large suv, luxury suv, full-size suv, compact car, and more.

    AND, here is the 2000 model year reliability study. You'll notice that neither of the Big 2 placed in the top 20 (Ford was 21), and DaimlerChrysler's only saving grace was Mercedes, which came in at #7. Lexus placed first for 6th straight year followed by porsche, infiniti, and Toyota, respectively. Ford at #21 had 48% more problems per 100 vehicles compared to Toyota.

    Here's the link:

    Car and Driver did a comparison test between a '99 model Prerunner V-6 and a Ranger Splash with the old 4.0 OHV engine. The ranger bested the tacoma by 4 tenths in the 0-60 sprint (8.8 vs. 9.2) due to gearing (5-spd auto vs. 4-spd auto). Then they loaded each with an 800 lbs. ATV and did the run again. This time, the Tacoma bested the Ranger by more than a second because, despite shorter gearing on behalf of the ranger, the tacoma 3.4 produces 32 more HP. When you factor in that the Ranger already had a .4 sec advantage, the Tacoma made up over a 1.4 second difference, despite long gearing, due to HP advantage. (Sorry, there's no link for this one at this time. More to follow.)

    Now you want to compare the old 4.0 to an engine 3/4 its size? How fair would that be? But for the sake of argument, the old 3.0 produced 150 HP, 8 HP less than the 33% larger ranger engine, and it produced 185 lbs of torque, 38 lbs or 17% less, at 3750 RPM's. And I never said we couldn't compare the new 4.0. I believe I actually did. Do you read anything?

    And the issue of resale value. I went to Kelley Blue Book and did two separate comparisons. The first one was between 1998 2wd regular cab models with manual transmissions and nothing but air conditioning for options. I gave both 30K miles (national avg is appr. 15K per yr). I classified each as being in "good" condition. Here are the results:

    Difference of $1950.00

    My second comparison was between the most expensive models, 4x4's with auto transmissions, power everything, largest engine, towing pkg, sliding rear window, premium wheels, over-sized off-road tires, and 4-wheel ABS. They each had 30K miles again and were classified as being in "good" condition. Here are the results:

    Difference of $3,755.00
  • allknowingallknowing Member Posts: 866
    I guess I shouldn't be so cruel but you're just so obnoxious that's it's hard not to be that way.
  • allknowingallknowing Member Posts: 866
    Interesting post webbd but you really don't expect vince to acknowledge it do you? When you have a good post he just disappears for awhile and comes back with the small lame stuff over and over.
  • allknowingallknowing Member Posts: 866
    Actually, once in a while vince almost acts human but it rarely lasts very long.
  • webbdwebbd Member Posts: 176
    I'm learning his behaviors. I try to study each poster, track their movements and update my poster map, so that I can better tailor my posts to each individual patron of Edmunds.

    Of course, this is just an attempt at sarcasm to break up the monotony of having to post objectively all the time.
  • scape2scape2 Member Posts: 4,124
    Allknowing has an allie. Now you guys and boost each others ego's.
    I don't know where the heck you are getting your Kelly Blue Book numbers.
    I went into Kelly. Please punch these in:
    1998 Ranger splash supercab 2D
    4.0, 5spd, 4WD, 30K miles, offroad pkg, A/c, P/S, P/B, Tilt, Cruise, CD, Premium sound, dual air bags, ABS, power seat, sliding rear window, running boards, stepside bed, bedliner, tow pkg, premium wheels, over size tires.
    Trade= 13,430, Retail is 19185.
    Toyota with same options is T= 15,050, Retail is 20,480! This is a 1,620 diff in trade in value and a 1,295 in retail value. Once again I prove a Ranger COSTS LESS for same options!! And for those of you who bought the TRD package. The resale is even worse. Add the TRD pkg and and T=15,195, and retail is 21,380! So for those of you who paid the extra 2-3K for the TRD pkg, you loose! You always forget to mention that the Tacoma costs more at inital sale. I don't understand how you Tacoma boys can tout resale when you paid more to begin with???
  • webbdwebbd Member Posts: 176
    READ THIS: The trade-in values in Kelley Blue Book always reflect these two things. First, if you trade in a Tacoma (here you would be comparing their "trade-in values") you ALWAYS get more than with a comparable Ranger. Second, if you are in the market to buy a used tacoma or ranger (here you compare the "retail values") you ALWAYS pay more for the tacoma. This illustrates resale value both for the buyer and the seller. The trade-in value in any comparison is always higher for the tacoma (check again if you like) because it has lost less of its value over time. But it's retail value is higher because as a higher quality vehicle, retailers can demand a higher price for comparable models. "Retail value" IS NOT what the vehicles costs NEW, and in no way demonstrates that the ranger is cheaper to buy, new, with comparable options. Yes, it would be cheaper to buy a USED ranger versus a tacoma with the same options.

    Here are two examples of the cheapest and most expensive model tacomas and rangers for 2001:

    A '01 tacoma regular cab with nothing but A/C costs $13,310.00. A ranger XL with just A/C is $13,075.00.

    A Tacoma Xtracab 4x4 V6 Limited with the TRD Off-road package is $25,810.00. A 2001 Ranger XLT 4X4 SuperCab 6' box 4.0L Styleside Off-Road with bedliner and stepbars is $24,685.00.

    In your comparison, 1998 Tacomas did not have stepside beds, so the value you got for your Ranger would have been higher than it should be versus a comparable tacoma. And the TRD package costs between $810-$1360, depending on the model of tacoma you're buying.
  • allknowingallknowing Member Posts: 866
    The Tacoma TRD package doesn't cost 2-3K Vince so quit quoting that figure. Toyota offers package deals that include the TRD option for less than that. I paid an extra $1,200 for the TRD package and I also got a bed liner. I don't know of one person that paid 3k for the TRD option. You might get some respect if you told the truth once in a while and did a fair comparison.
  • 2k1trd2k1trd Member Posts: 301
    Right from my window sticker: $1360.00.....hmm
    go figure!
  • scape2scape2 Member Posts: 4,124
    keep trying to convince people that Toyota's are actually less or the same as a Ranger in price. Anyone who actually does their homework will see for themselves that the Tacoma like optioned will cost 2-3K more.
    Webbd, I notice you didn't answer my question as to "value". I will ask you once again. A person buys a Ranger for 19K and goes 150K with no problems. Another person buys a Tacoma for 22K and goes 150K with no problems. Who got the better value?
    As far as the comparison at Kelly. I included items on the Tacoma (4wheel ABS) that were virtually non-existent or plain non-existent in 1998. You forget I shopped both Ford and Toyota throughly in 1998 when looking for a truck. (Even after owning a Ranger and having outstanding reliability). These comparisons were fair and like. You can't tout resale when you pay more for a truck to begin with.
    I went to a Toyota dealership today just for kicks. I looked at the sticker for a TRD. 24,897!
    C'mon you guys, you guys are fooling yourselves and making yourselves look bad when you claim to have purchased a TRD for 19-20K!! Just the 4cyl 4WD Tacoma's also had stickers of 19-21K! The price thing is over I'm not going to argue this anymore. Its no secret the TAcoma just plain cost more.
  • webbdwebbd Member Posts: 176
    Because you thoroughly shopped in 1998, I should sit on my [non-permissible content removed] and take your word? You forget that I am a ranger fan, I owned a ranger, I owned a '98 tacoma, for which there WERE antilock brakes, and that I WILL check everything you post according to the manufacturer's prices, which I do not have to leave my computer to do.

    You asked my the "A person buys a Ranger for 19K and goes 150K with no problems. Another person buys a Tacoma for 22K and goes 150K with no problems. Who got the better value?" question already, and I answered it. Are you that absent minded that you have forgotten already? But I'll answer it again as I have become accustom to doing with you.

    I stated that "value" is a relative term. Do you know what "relative" means? This means that to you it may mean getting more options for less money and, to me, more trouble-free service (reliability). What I think of your question is inconsequential because my definition of value differs from yours. And because it does, this does not make my decision better or worse. You're just going to have to accept that some people are willing to pay more for intangible items such as reliability, dependability, and reputation. I know this concept may be hard for you to grasp as you probably mistrust anything you cannot touch or see.

    With my posts about pricing, I made no assumptions or conclusions. I only highlighted that the Tacoma has better resale value period, regardless of whether you are a seller or a buyer. But my new truck prices were taken directly from the Ford and Toyota websites, which allow one to build, configure and price their dream truck. They did appear to be rather close. Yes, the most expensive comparison I performed was about $1500 more expensive for the tacoma. But, again, toyota owners are obviously willing to shell out the extra money for what they perceive as "value"--Toyota Reliability.

    As a side note, the sticker prices you see in toyota dealerships are always higher because they include things like window etching, sound shields, paint luster and seal, and so on. The vehicle, though, can be had for $250-500 over invoice as with any other vehicle from any other manufacturer, provided the buyer is aware of Toyota's pricing scheme and how they option their vehicles. I must admit, my first time around, being unaware of how Toyota did things, I did not get the best price and I'm sure this is what Toyota banks on from first time buyers.
  • barlitzbarlitz Member Posts: 752
    If it was you that was looking for a supercharger there is a trd supercharger on ebay for the 3.4 toyota engine,item # 532406732 or do a search last price was $1800.

    Good Luck
  • scape2scape2 Member Posts: 4,124
    like a politician. Have to give you credit. You really know how to squirm and writh around an answer. The answer is the Ranger is the better value to shorten your political answer. With the savings of 3K the person could have invested this money with a return of 12% yearly, and would have made 3-5x the resale value you say the Tacoma has over the Ranger. Once again, how can you tout resale when you pay more to begin with? You keep bringing up quality/reliability/durability. I guess you ran into someone that has had 2 great Rangers. Along with someone who lives in the NW region and uses his Ranger as a 4x4 vehicle not a commuter. Fact is I can't justify spending the extra 2-3K for this perceived quality/reliabitliy/durability that Toyota is supposed to have..
    By the way, I was up on MT Hood today buried in 2-3 feet of snow, in 4low and moving right along. Kind of wish you were here to see that Rangers can 4x4..
    I never said anti-locks were not available for the Tacoma, just hard as hell to get or find. Ford made them standard on every 4x4 that year.
    Enjoy your open rear axle and don't spin that one tire too much... remember to rotate your tires..
    See you in the Cascades..
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