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Old 03-04-2010, 02:42 PM
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Default 4 door Taco, 80 series or 100 series...

If you were going to buy one for family hauling and light wheeling and camping... which would you buy? Cost benifits, luxury benifits, aftermarket support?

I can see the writing on the wall that the 40 will not cut it in our home but for a year or two more.

Here is what I know:

I like them Taco's with the 4 doors. Do they make a v8?

I like the aftermarket and prices of the 80 series... but they are all starting to get some high miles on them by now.

I like the luxury of the 100, and the V8, but the initial cost leaves little to no money to play with for building it up.

However, I can't get this out of my mind though!
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:47 PM
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Since you already have the Sequoia as a wagon/family hauler, I would go for the 4 door taco. Hard to beat the versatility of a truck. Plus they have really good power and better gas mileage.

Tacodoc on Expo has a nice setup. Newer 4 door taco with a flip pac:

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Old 03-04-2010, 03:11 PM
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Taco all the way !!!! I just love my taco's. Lol I did hear rumers of toyota thinking of putting the 4.7 Or even the 5.9 into the taco but left the delaership world before anything ever was released. So I don't know if they ever did. Or not. I know that the 4.0 is a pretty powerfull beast. And I love it. And if it's not enought just slap on a TRD supercharger if ya can swing it. I know if it were me. Even if a v8 was avalible I'd still get the 4.0 v6
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And Tim's Stealth Taco is just about perfect too:



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Old 03-04-2010, 03:17 PM
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I'll let you borrow my truck and my kids for a weekend - the ultimate "test fit."

No V8 for the Tacomas - but a Tundra like Matt's is certainly another option.

Having owned a few wagons and my current pickup, there's no perfect answer to "which one is better." But the primary differentiator is the bed:

Pros
- more storage
- more versatility for cargo
- less weight/bulk
Con
- no climate control (cold boots)
- no (limited) access from the cab
- Xtra long wheelbase (pro or con)
- difficult to completely weatherproof (water, dust)
- less secure

I think a 4 door Tacoma like Tim's and an early 100 series are probably in a similar price range - right? 12-15k.
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I think a 4 door Tacoma like Tim's and an early 100 series are probably in a similar price range - right? 12-15k.
I was torn between a 100 and 4 door Taco. I wanted something 2001 or newer with less than 80K miles. The 100's were all closer to $20K+, the Tacos $15-20K (2001-2004 style).
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80. If I had to have one or the other, it would be the 80 hands down.

edit: Drew come over and crawl through them both, I'll show you exactly what's good and bad on each.
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80. If I had to have one or the other, it would be the 80 hands down.
and that said after lightly building an 80 for the fam I would get a 100. Far more comfortable, more power, you don't need lockers for light wheeling/camping, ome 2.5 would be sufficient, you would like the rear ac for the kids, the list goes on...
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Yeah Drew on second thought why not just take the sequoia?

Build it up a little if you want http://forum.ih8mud.com/95-gen-toyot...ild-build.html
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I just have yet to be impressed with the 4.7! It sounds like it's got something lurking but it's just doesn't deliver. They are fantastic motors as far as dependability factors in but .2 liters bigger and a short stroke V motor just doesn't gain enough wow over a long stroke straight 6 at least as far as torque goes. Beat on the Sequoia and the 40 for a couple more years and the 5.7 Tundras will get down to working man price ranges by then! If ya need to do something now a 4 door Taco with the 4.0 will more than fit all your needs!
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