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  • I believe the older one had some problems at lower elevations keeping up with fuel delivery. New injectors and a couple of other modifications solved the problem. I don't think the updated version has the problem. You could also talk to your dealer.…
  • I've driven a 97 Tacoma 4x4 with the stock 31" Goodyear RTS tires for 4.5 years and 57,000 miles. This past winter it became obvious the tires had to go. While before, the truck was fairly stable in 2 wheel drive, now it was pathetic even in 4x4. Th…
  • A guy I work with has been looking for a Tacoma for months now and hasn't been able to find one for less than $16-17K. He finally bought a 98 non TRD V6 in a unpopular color w/58,000 miles for $16K even. He says he got a smokin' deal. I've seen them…
  • You must have that article framed on your living room wall. I don't believe the Tacoma "trounces" the ranger in every catagory nor do I believe the "Ranger" trounces the Taco in any catagory. One is from the Factory more off-road oriented (which t…
  • I can see Vince has never been to Utah! Rock Crawling is relative - it depends on the size of the rocks! I'm not even talking about the crazy boulder crawling machines that have 4 foot shocks that have to be trailered to the hill! I don't think a l…
  • Hey Dennis, I'd love to go but I'm in the middle of this giant deck project with Arbor. This took all of last weekend and will take this weekend too. May have a chance next weekend but not sure. Weekend after that heading for Moab. Maybe one day we…
  • Replaced timing belt too - about $500 for service and $200 for belt replacement. Brake light was staying on. Dealer said fluid level low. It was between min/max so I think it's extra sensitive. Brakes front and rear wearing perfectly even - 6/32 lef…
  • I've got buckets in my 97 Tacoma and haven't had any issues with the seats but my brother-in-law has a 96 with the bench and doesn't care for the seats either. Mine is not a TRD either so the ride has never been an issue. It's never ridden like a ca…
  • Most people who do serious four-wheeling acknowledge that sometimes the long wheelbase in trucks come in handy on certain obstacles. A guy I work with is a serious (read sponsored) 4-wheeler. He's had jeeps, toys etc. and builds them to the extreme.…
  • Hey Dennis, Just sent you my info. It would be great to do a little four-wheeling before the snow melts in the mountains. Hate to say it but the 32"s are rubbing a little if I get to much flex while turning (ie. speed bump and turning). May be upgr…
  • I bought a 97 Tacoma in late 96 and paid over $24,000 for it. Yes, I could have bought a Ranger for 4-6 thousand less but they were clearly not in the same league at the time. I have no issues about spending the extra money on my Tacoma, it's sti…
  • Tacoma is built in California. I know some people would rather not claim California but hey, lots of great scenery and interesting people. But seriously, when I bought my 97 Tacoma I researched and talked to owners of both trucks. I really wanted …
  • I've got a 4x4 Taco in Colorado. The state does a good job of keeping the roads in the high country clear but it all depends on timing. If stuck out on the roads during a major snow storm I would want 4x4. Limited slip would help but with the ligh…
  • Hey cpousnr and 1busman, Finally got the RS5000 installed front and rear. They are more firm than the stock (non-TRD) shocks but I like the ride better especially off-road. Hwy ride doesn't seem to be affected too much but my wife says it does ride…
  • http://www.powertrax.com/index.htm pretty cool locker product made for both Ford and Toyota and lots of other makes. Read about a jeep that did it and was able to get himself out of and in much more trouble. Could see a negative in the fact th…
  • I know a guy with a Tacoma who thought he could only use 1st gear in 4 low. He was shocked when I told him I use any and all 5 gears and reverse in 4 low. Not too often but I have been on trails where I got tired of popping into and out of low range…
  • I've got a 97 non-TRD Taco that is very capable off-road. The only thing I sometimes wish I had was the rear locker, even though I haven't needed it yet in several difficult off-road situations. The TRD is stiffer riding because of the re-tuned shoc…
  • I've got a 97 4x4 xtracab V6. It's been a great truck. Head gasket problem surfaced at the 15,000 service. Was replaced without any problems. Just a couple of months ago I received a recall notice stating that Toyota was recalling all 96 & early…
  • I am a young male with a P/U that fits into these aggressive driver categories very well. What scares me about my behavior on the road is that off the road, I am very responsible and usually curtious to almost anyone, but get behind someone who is s…
  • I heard that the Pre-runner was going to be offered in TRD trim which I believe includes a locking rear differential. I also heard that the dealer would even offer the Supercharger package with it although that might be a rumor.
  • My 97 V6 Tacoma had the head gasket replaced at about 13,000 miles. I just took it to the dealer for routine service. They discovered it themselves and replaced it under warranty. The dealer said it is affecting enough pickups that Toyota may do a r…
  • My 4x4 Tacoma with the big tires and V6 gets about 22 with a mix of town and hwy. I've gotten up to 24 on mostly hwy 65-75mph. I really don't know much about the Chevy although it seems similarly styled. Both trucks seem to sit about the same height…
  • I love my 97 Tacoma 4x4 V6 but the dealer did discover the headgasket problem when I took it in for the 15,000 mile service. They fixed it under warranty. I never noticed any problems, the dealer caught it. However, that would not sway me from buyin…
  • 5 speed. I would not want an automatic on those trails.
  • I have a 97 Tacoma Extra Cab V6 that I am really happy with. I spent some time in Canyonlands NP in Utah last Sept and it performed flawlessly on the 4x4 trails. There were many times a trail was so steep or rocky that I would have turned around had…