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Hi all-
I am new to this site and am amazed by it! I am looking into buying a 4x4 Taco. Now the Deliema.... new or used? I grew up in Jeeps, and just sold my last one with 38 swampers, Holly Fuel inj, blah blah blah... and now stuck in a Lexus! I have been eyeballing the Double Cab Taco since they came out. I like the 05 since they now have the 6 speed (i hate Auto), I will mainly use it for my 30mile commute, but also camping (which I miss) and playing in. I am jealous of all you guys out there with Tacos and for now I am a wannabe until I pick what I want.

I am seeing the pros of a used Taco because it seems like there are more parts and more mod readily available. but the huge con is the no manual trany. What do you think? Any pic or links you can help me out with would be great! Thanks for all of your help, I look forward to your replies!
 

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Back seat room in the older double cabs is more than newer ones. I love my 02. 78,000 miles and no problems. God I love Toyota.

Bruce
 

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I think if you drive both you will find the 05 will win. I have an extracab 05 and love it, and i've had 3 of the older tacomas, and 9 other toyota 4x4 trucks. With the exception of my fj40, this is by far my favorite. A six speed stick and 55 more horsepower along with a better ride and better handling pretty much speak for themselves.
 

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Thats funny I bought my 05' taco at superstition toyota in Mesa, AZ. I'm going to say get the 05' Taco but the best choice for me was the auto tranny. I'm in stop in go trafic to and from work and mines not an offroader so the auto works great and comes with a tranny cooler and it's a 5spd :)

 

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If you truly want a manual, I would definetly get the '05...definetly a big increase in power (We have an 05 4 runner and you can certainly feel the difference) and better mileage, parts will be out soon enough for it. Also having an '03 D-Cab I wouldn't want anything bigger on the trail or camping then it already is...if it were me, I would pick up a year or old one with under 30k on it...use the extra $5k and do some lifting and tires...just my .02 worth.
 

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2005 DC Taco:

More room
More power, same mpg
More modernized styling (old Taco styling is from exactly a decade ago and was never really changed)
More power
Chick appeal better with '05's (cause it's bigger and more manly)
Composite bed
Safer in a wreck (bigger, and I guarantee they made improvements)
Did I mention more power?
 
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