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2008 Toyota Tacoma

meadowfieldmeadowfield Posts: 1
edited September 2014 in Toyota
Does any one know if there are any big changes planned for the 2008 Tocoma? We're in the market for a new pick up and willing to wait until the fall. Thanks.


  • andy82471andy82471 Posts: 120
    Now that the new Tundra has an all new 5.7L V8 engine, I think Toyota should seriously consider offering the smaller 4.7L engine on the Tacoma. I am sure it will fit since the 4Runner, which is based on the TACO already offers it. The current Taco is more like a midsize truck rather than compact so people who think that the Tundra is too big but still need some towing capability will flock to a V8 powered TACO.
  • 08's should be almost exact copies of 07's.
    Tundra sales would slip if Taco's had V8's. I don't think this will ever happen. I'd buy one though...
  • I think it would be grand idea, but that engine would need to be beefed up since the 6 popper now offered in Tacos has the horsepower rating that the old V8 used to have. Certainly Dodge would sit up and take notice.

    BTW I wish they would also beef up the truck bed and the tie-down positions. I am having to lay a diamond-plate on the floor of the truck bed and reinforce it with angle iron in order to load my bike on it.

    I own an 05--I haven't checked into the old posts yet, but does anyone know what the load rating is for the Taco tailgate?

  • I am going to say although this may seem to be a good idea, it will never happen. This will seriously decrease the sales of the Tundra, providing a lower cost, but almost just as useful option in the Tacoma. I don't think they would pin towo of their models head to head like that.
  • drfilldrfill Posts: 2,484
    The truck is plenty fast, with good towing.

    If the Tacoma can offer 7k towing, the engine is not really important. Dakota is not a big seller, V6 or V8. I know because I sold them!

    Being the best mid-size pick-up will have to do. ;)

  • dmuttdmutt Posts: 48
    V-8 with a 6-spd auto. That would be sweet.
  • motownusamotownusa Posts: 836
    A can bet that a V8 powered Tacoma with the 6 speed auto will get about the same gas mileage as the V6 5 speed auto. I personally like the look of the Tacoma much better than the new Tundra.
  • I've owned several Tacoma's in the past, and I loved every one. The Tacoma is "The Best Selling Mid-Size Pickup in America" since 2005. It has every right to be, first of the 4.0 liter out powers Ford's (236 hp vs. 207 hp) and gets out more torque (266 vs. 230). The truck is good to tow upto 6500 lbs, and the best payload in it's class. Plus compared to most competitors it gets better gas mileage. Since 2006 the Tacoma has taken a 93 percent hold of the mid-size truck market. :P If you don't believe me here's the link:

    They sell roughly around 200,000 Tacoma's every year, adding a V8 might ruin there sales of the Tacoma, and Tundra. Right now there looking to sell 200,000 Tacoma's, and 250,000 Tundra's if they do, well lets just say GM, and Ford have some steady competition in the truck market! Plus not even Dodge's new Dakota stands a chance.
  • driver56driver56 Posts: 408
    I believe the Dakota has class leading payload.
  • chevycamchevycam Posts: 54
    I like the tacoma. I didn't realize it had grown into a midsize truck. They need to add a few options: sunroof, heated mirrors and seats. Automatic seats and leather would be nice. What the heck are they thinking by not offering these extras that a lot of people want. :confuse:

    One good thing, I can still get a manual tranny in the top of the line crew cab regular bed.
  • i just a video clip of the FJ crusier softtop concept.
    It came with 4.7 liter V8 supercharged!! and the spokeman said since this is concept, not sure if they will go with it, but it's approved. Productions are ready to make them!!
    I guess a 4.7 v8 supercharged can be in a tacoma also???
  • driver56driver56 Posts: 408
    I'd like to see Toyota adorn the Taco with a few items that, in my mind, make driving more of a pleasure. Not to mention ESC, which I found can be tough to find. I like sunroofs (never had a problem with one), and heated mirrors.
    If the Taco had included these items at a reasonable cost and been a tad more approachable and willing to deal (here in Canada), I maybe would be driving a Tacoma.
  • maxwell3maxwell3 Posts: 10
    how bout an aux input jack w/ the JBL system?
  • driver56driver56 Posts: 408
    I have the aux aud input mp3 capable and rockford fosgate in my Frontier. It's always interesting to see what the next years model introduces. I'll be driving this truck for at least a half dozen years or so, then perhaps a diesel.
  • I ordered a DC LB sport package Tacoma because they could find one in Wht with steering wheel controls for the radio. I was just told (after 5 weeks of waiting for it to arrive) that "if" and "when" they build it, it would be an '08. Everyone has their own opinion but I love the look of the truck as it is today. Does anyone know (FOR SURE - NO SPECULATIONS)if the body style will change or will there just be a few MINOR trim changes? If they are going to drastically change it then I want my dealership to do a national Vehicle Locate.
  • driver56driver56 Posts: 408
    All I can say is that my dealer, when I purchased my 07, said that the 08's will be "the same" as the 07's. I'd say another color choice could be expected. Also, I wouldn't expect a redesign until approx. 2011-2012.
  • Toyota Canada has the new 2008 Tacoma listed on its website. No changes, only a 245hp V6 instead of the 236! Not much different on it unfortunately!
  • Thanks for the info... I feel a lot better now about the purchase and am a little more willing to wait.. I am 9 weeks into waiting for one to arrive :(
  • I've owned a 2007 Tacoma 4x4 crew since Memorial Day. I traded a 2006 Frontier 4x4 KC on Tacoma. Reason I did when I the Frontier I almost immediatly knew I should have gotten the Crew cab. Well I fretted for over a year then I decided to rectify the mistake long story short Toyota dealer really worked to get me in the Tacoma and I did better on trade.

    Some observations on the Tacoma vs the Frontier. Frontier has power edge for sure, ride and handling Frontier. Interior Tacoma by alot stereo Tacoma. Overall looks Tacoma,Ground clearence Tacoma I'm a Surf Fisherman thats. important to me. Fuel econmy Tacoma. I would rate Tacoma top and Frontier 2nd. Frontier maybe better bang for your buck,but the Tacoma is top Midsize and you will pay for it.
    I would buy a Nissan again they treated very well I owned 3 of them. But so far the Tacoma has been very nice I like it alot probably more then I did the Frontier more prestiage!
    Anyway Goodluck shopping! :)
  • I think there will be no major changes for 2008... but do you think this will be the next Tacoma for 2009?
    Click here: Toyota Hilux
  • bobw1bobw1 Posts: 19
    The towing guide seems to indicate the towing package can only be ordered on the 4X4 - Is that true?
  • dmuttdmutt Posts: 48
    The Hilux is a model offered in Mexico and many other foreign countries. The Tacoma was built for the the North American market. I cannot see them offering both, but Mexico does.
  • It looks like if you want the regular cab, you have to choose either 4x4 or Automatic, you can't have both.

    Is this right?
  • bobadbobad Posts: 1,587
    Is an automatic available on the 2007 or 2008 Tacoma 4cyl?

    I don't need a V6, and it's hard to drink coffee and drive a stick. ;)

    Does the 4cyl Tacoma's feel pretty peppy?

    I like my old Toyota, and would like another one. However, I'm afraid I'm going to have to jump to another brand if I can't get 4cyl and Auto.

    Thanks for any opinions.
  • Anyone have suggestions on a bi-fold locking tonneau cover for a 2008 double cab tacoma?
  • Any suggestions for locking the tailgate on tacoma?
  • Proud to say I just bought the new 2008 Tacoma.
    Drove it off the lot on the 26th of Nov. It's exactally what i was looking for in terms of a compact pickup that drives like a car.
    I went with the 4cyl 2wd automatic (black), better on gas mileage (or so i've heard).
    I do have a few concerns, may be nothing to worry about but thought i'd ask just incase.
    First being; after a trip I smell burning rubber such as maybe the new brakes or belts? keeping in mind since winters comming along the a/c is on to heat it up quicker(dealers suggestion). I mention that because after a little searching a couple forums mention it may be the serpantine belts or a/c tensioning.
    Secondly; The windows are frozen shut until the cab is warm enough that the automatic windows defrost and break free (silicone spray maybe ?)
    and last; Weighing down the bed will be necessary, snows-a-commin , but how much weight will be enough..

    Open to all suggestions.
    Thanx in advance.
  • bobadbobad Posts: 1,587
    Checked out the Tacos yesterday, but have some questions for you guys. Bottom line, I need to decide between:

    *Plain cab 4cyl stick shift PreRunner
    *Extended cab 4cyl auto Tacoma.

    I want to spend ~$18K. Truck will be used for country driving, occasionally hauling wood, tools, and supplies, little or no towing.

    PreRunner likes: Body and interior width, short turning radius, ground clearance, rugged exterior appearance.
    PreRunner dislikes: Plain cab. No auto available with 4cyl. Stick shift. Silver center stack, expensive looking tires, 1-2mpg worse gas mileage.

    Tacoma Likes: Extended cab, automatic, 1-2 mpg better gas mileage, longer wheelbase.
    Tacoma dislikes: 15" tires, no cruise control, wide turning radius, we're low ridin'.

    Please talk me in to or out of buying either, because I will be stuck with it for 10 or 15 years!

    If I can still find an 07 in either for a lower price, will I be missing any significant improvements in the 08?

    Many thanks,,,
  • Are you sure you can get a regular cab pre-runner? I can't build one on the Toyota web site. :confuse:
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