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Toyota Tacoma General Shopping Questions

blacklab4blacklab4 Posts: 12
edited April 2014 in Toyota
Why is the price of a used 05 Tacoma Crew Cab more expensive than a new 06 model?


  • billingsleybillingsley Posts: 69
    Maybe the price has dropped because of competition. Remember, Nissan is breathing down their neck with the redesigned Frontier.

  • blacklab4blacklab4 Posts: 12
    Will the new Nissan Frontier Crew cab have more rear leg room than the previous model?
  • billingsleybillingsley Posts: 69
    I don't know the previous, but the new one is supposed to be scant on rear leg room. :(
  • blacklab4blacklab4 Posts: 12
    What is the upside to the new Nissan Frontier over the 05-06 Toyota Tacoma?
  • billingsleybillingsley Posts: 69
    Sorry, I haven't replied in a few days. Been busy. The Frontier does have more horsepower, and more torque. Some people like the ride better on the Frontier than the Toy, but I have test driven both, and to me they're very close. Consumer Reports likes the Frontier better than the Tacoma, but the Frontier does NOT have a sliding rear window for the crew cab. You can get leather and power seats on the Frontier that's not available on the Tacoma. Also, the rear brakes on the Frontier are disc, and only drum on the Tacoma.
    It comes down to what you want in a midsize truck and also styling.
  • ustazzafustazzaf Posts: 311
    Everyone talks about the rear brakes being disc is better. If you can lock up the rear drums, and the advantage of discs is more power, how are discs better on the back? I know that it is almost impossible to lock the front wheels, so discs do improve front braking. You can get anti-lock on rear drums, so that is not the reason. In a truck with the backend loaded, discs might improve the stopping, but a vette with no weight in the back baffles me. Answers?
  • blacklab4blacklab4 Posts: 12
    Thanks for the input, it was informative. So it sounds like you would recommend the Tacoma? If yes, should I try to find a good deal on a 2005, or wait until the end of the year,and get a 2006?
  • billingsleybillingsley Posts: 69
    The only change I can find on the '06 is a tire pressure monitor. But, beyond that, if you can find an '05 that has what you want, rock and roll with the '05. I have seen a few "used" on Toyota lots, and the salesperson explained that they were bought by someone who couldn't afford the vehicle. ( I.E. young adults.), and they were repossessed. That would be the best bet yet.

    Good luck

  • blacklab4blacklab4 Posts: 12
    Thanks for your help
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Since calipers grab the rotor from the sides, they are less affected by the vehicle's weight transfer when stopping. With rear drums, the forward shoe usually wears out faster than the rear shoe inside the drum. Not a big deal on lighter vehicles, but I definitely noticed the difference in my duallies (96 Dodge Ram 3500 had rear drums, 05 Ram 3500 has rear discs).

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  • slibs66slibs66 Posts: 3
    I'm looking to get a new trunk for work. Dad and I own our business. We're sure we want to get another Toyota Tacoma. No questions there. The thing is my pops wants me to get a 4 cyclinder, 2WD, 2.7L, 159 HP regular cab. Of course, I would like to get the Pre-Runner V-6, 2WD, 4.0L, 236 HP.

    He's absolutely convinced the 4 cycl is the way to go and will save us lot more money in the long-run (gas mileage, maintaince, etc). I told him I don't think there is that big of a difference. I said the slightly bigger trunk will help us out with advertising too. Gives off a higher perception of success with our new logo and all written on the side (most of your two-bit outfits drive the smaller trunks). Also keep in mind most of the miles driven are highway. My commute is about 30 miles to and fro our office everyday. Then account for our stops throughout the day....

    Now considering I know very little about cars/trunks, is there really a measurable difference between the 4 cyc and the V-6? mostly in terms of gas mileage and maintance. Is the 4 cycl that much more practical? know of any good articles or sites covering this topic?

    Thanks guys, appreciate your help in advance.
  • Personally I've had both. I had the 05 with the 4 cylinder 5 speed. Wasn't that impressed with it to be honest with you. I really can't tell a difference in mileage with my 06 Prerunner that has the V6 and 6 speed in it. The V6 has alot more power and you can notice it's there. Maintenance wise you're looking about the same price. The Tacoma doesn't require a spark plug change for 100,000 miles. Plus you'll get it back on re-sale. The 06 Tacoma is predicted to have the highest resale value (retaining 53% of it value) when it's 5 years old. If you do mountain driving you'll have to downshift the 4 cylinder compared to the V6 it'll go over the Grapevine here in So cal at 80+ with no problems.
  • If you plan on selling your truck every few years, the 6 cylinder would be the way to go because of resale. A 6 will turn over less RPM's than a 4 on the highway. So that means the 4 cylinder is working a little harder to get you from point A-B. If you don't drive highways/freeways very often, it becomes a moot point.

    Just my input. Good luck on your purchase.
  • slibs66slibs66 Posts: 3
    Good point, especially since the truck will endure many highway miles. The commute alone is 40 miles each way. Not to mention the regular stops in between.

    Thanks for your input!
  • slibs66slibs66 Posts: 3
  • ustazzafustazzaf Posts: 311
    First of all, I will never own another regular cab truck. The front seat position is better in extended cabs for one thing. Second, there is always something you want to have in out of the weather when the front seat is full of people or secured at the mall without having to move it in and out of the back. Stuff in the back seat don't blow away either.
    The 4 banger is going to work harder and not get that much better mileage unless you are constantly driving downhill with the wind behind you.
    You my be right about the advertising. A better vehicle does give off a success feeling.
    I can't give a maintenance projection, but from experience, a Toy is low maintenance no matter what the engine. Spend a few bucks to keep it up, and it will pay you back many times over (even if you own a Hyundai).
  • martelmartel Posts: 3
    granted, I have not test drove yet, BUT...

    I am looking for a pickup for general use and firewood hauling. I still do a bit of a commute (48 miles), so I am looking for fuel efficient small pickup. many are trying to push me twd the ranger b/ it is a lot less expensive (grad student- tight budget), but i feel very drawn to the tacoma and I do love bearbones.

    We have a taco near by at a dealer:

    03 black
    38,000 miles
    5 spd
    no ac
    allegedly excellent condition

    a little feedback: what do you think of this truck, specs etc. for a stripped down base model with low miles is this a good price? what price could I legitimately push twd?

    (sad part is it has really BAD decals on both sides. If i removed these would the paint likely be dramatically different?)
  • seranikoseraniko Posts: 27
    edmunds, kbb, nada should tell you if the price is right...38k? you'll get a lot of use on that truck, but find one with a/c if u can.
  • cccompsoncccompson Posts: 2,388
    They made these without air? Woundn't have thunk it. The price is probably ok but understand that you are likely getting married to it.

    Glue from most decals soaks down into the paint so removal may result in a worse problem.
  • martelmartel Posts: 3
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    No A/C means no sale...
  • I am looking at buying a tacoma probably 99-2002 as my funds are limited to about $10-11K. I am 43 years old and starting school to go into the ministry and I am laid off. I have to do this right the first time and have been reading websites like these for about 6 months. I know people who use this website know what they are talking about. I need to find the most dependable truck and I don't know if one year is better than another and what matters with mileage or what to look out for. I not a wrench head. I do know this is the kind of truck I want. I have a small boat about 1200 lbs max to pull. My plan is to get V-6 automagtic with TRD Pkg. I am an avid outdoorsmen and fish year round and need the off road capabilities. I can't tell how much I would appreciate some direction here. Thank you kinkdly for those who respond to me and my email is [email protected]
    again thanks!!
  • Im looking into a Tacoma and i was just wondering what year and how many miles did everyone buy their truck with? Also i have read many reviews on the Tacoma and i have read alot of good things and some bad stuff but i was wondering if anyone can come up with any other bad things about the truck even if they are small. all that information would be greatly apprecatied.
  • atlvibeatlvibe Posts: 109
    Tell pops that you right on this one. First,the perception if used for business will make a difference. Second,the in the factors of enjoyment, performance, and re-sale you are again correct. The Pre-runner V-6 is money well spent. Gas mileage difference will be little. Sorry Pops, sometimes son knows best.
  • HI
    I was wondering if any one knew what the Real dealer cost is for a basic 07 Tacoma? I know a lot of figures are thrown about. What is the actual amount that the dealer writes the check to the Toyota Motor company for a Tacoma?

  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Unfortunately, Toyota dealers don't buy their vehicles from Toyota. Each region of the US has a distributor who the dealers buy from. Their system is unique compared to most automakers in that regard. You can use the Edmunds invoice price as your baseline, but the dealer is not obligated to tell you what they actually pay.

    Be sure and stop by the Toyota Tacoma: Prices Paid & Buying Experiences discussion to see how others are doing with their purchase price.

    kcram - Pickups Host
  • I Am aware of the useless Edmunds invoice price, Thats NOT what I want to know. If you don't know the answer DONT repsond!!!
    I have already looked at the Toyota Tacoma Prices
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,076
    Good luck in your quest for a dealer to stop by and tell you exactly what he/she paid for each base Tacoma on the lot. Quite frankly, that's not going to happen. Additionally, it is likely that the final price that a dealer pays varies, and may be based on a number of factors such as location and/or sales volume.

    Also, getting snippy with those who try to assist you makes it less likely that knowledgeable members will bother to answer your questions. If we can help you with other pricing questions, or questions about the vehicle, we'd certainly be happy to point you in the right direction.


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  • Hi
    Thanks for the email. IF you DON'T know what a Dealer writes the check to purchase a car from the Manufacturer for, Then Don't respond!!! Who said anything about asking a dealer for this? That was the whole point of looking for the info here. Snippy? Just answer the question, if you know next time, and not giving me something totally unrelated to what I want to know. Edmunds must be bought and paid for by the car companies.
    I was at the car buying forum, That thread had no value to me.
  • Hey Max,

    She (kirstie s) is the host of this forum, and she's trying to help you, so chill out...(ALL CAPS MEANS SHOUTING< OK?) What the dealer really, truly pays is something between the dealer and mfr, and they will never tell you, trust'd have as much luck getting codes from the military for smart bombs. I bought an '07 Tacoma two weeks ago, and you may as well figure on paying close to retail,as these trucks are in very high demand everyhwhere and hold their value much more than any other midsize/compact brand--$400-$600 less than MSRP is usually about right for a new one.As long as the price is in the ballpark and you get the truck you want, no worries. I'm happy as a clam with my truck, and nickel and diming it to death at this point would take the pleasure out of owning it.
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