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So my brother is looking at getting a light truck and of course, I'm trying to talk him into a tacoma.
you guys have any words of wisdom for my arguement why tacomas are better than say a nissan frontier, or other competitor?
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fourstringfletch said:
So my brother is looking at getting a light truck and of course, I'm trying to talk him into a tacoma.
you guys have any words of wisdom for my arguement why tacomas are better than say a nissan frontier, or other competitor?
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well, the main thing is longevity and quality. you see a lot of Toyotas on the road that are 15+ yrs old and still going strong.
also, the ground clearance is awesome. all the nissans, chevys etc have a low hanging frame, exhaust, just plain "please snag me" undercarriage. there is a lot more to say but those are two of the main points that got me to go Toyota.
 

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my family has had toyotas for years now. take my grandfather, for example, he beat the $hit out of his '87 4x4 and it finally gave out after over 300k miles. resale value is another thing to consider, quality, etc. hey tell your bro to get whatever he wants, just tell him not to be asking you for help fixing his truck after it gives the a%$ if it's not a taco.
 

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fourstringfletch said:
So my brother is looking at getting a light truck and of course, I'm trying to talk him into a tacoma.
you guys have any words of wisdom for my arguement why tacomas are better than say a nissan frontier, or other competitor?
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The only bad thing i would say about the tacoma is that its made for people that are 5'11" or shorter, people like myself that are 6' tall feel alittle cramped but other than that i would sacrafice comfort for longevity (sound it out) anytime.
 

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Let him do what he wants, finding out the hard way is one of lifes lessons.
 

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fourstringfletch said:
So my brother is looking at getting a light truck and of course, I'm trying to talk him into a tacoma.
you guys have any words of wisdom for my arguement why tacomas are better than say a nissan frontier, or other competitor?
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RESALE VALUE!

I bought a used Prerunner- Drove it around for 2.5 years and sold it for what I paid
 

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fourstringfletch said:
So my brother is looking at getting a light truck and of course, I'm trying to talk him into a tacoma.
you guys have any words of wisdom for my arguement why tacomas are better than say a nissan frontier, or other competitor?
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High resale and cheap modifications abound for this truck.

I picked up a 2002 SR5, V6, X/C, 5sp, 4x4, A/C, tow package, w/Fabtech lift,
Sony CD/CD-RW/MP3 and 10disc changer, MTX amp/speakers, aftermarket
alarm, rhino lining for $17.5k. Oh yea, with only 20k miles. While it might
seem high, this is in Hawaii, where EVERYTHING costs more.


I shopped the Frontiers as well, but wasn't impressed at all. Cost seemed
higher for less options/capabilities.
 

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Good advice guys, especially the firing him as my brother, and learning the hard way. smart asses. space won't be a huge issue, I'm 6' and I fit fine and he's a bit shorter than me.
keep it rollin fellas, at this rate, he's gonna need a good lawyer to come up with any reason not to buy a taco (or maybe a 4 runner)
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fourstringfletch said:
So my brother is looking at getting a light truck and of course, I'm trying to talk him into a tacoma.
you guys have any words of wisdom for my arguement why tacomas are better than say a nissan frontier, or other competitor?
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Two words: TEST DRIVE. The Nissan's rattle like no tomorrow, and feel as if they are going to break apart in the dealers lot. I cannot speak for the 05s yet, however. When I got my truck, the test drives were the determining factor. Drive them back to back if he can, so he can actually fell how much more solid the Tacoma is.
 

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Consider this. Back in 00 a friend of mine bought a brand new frontier. In 98 I had leased a 98 tacoma. My friend still has the frontier, about 75k on it now. My father bought my tacoma at the end of my lease because he wanted a newer one after his 89 toyota served him well for 150k. Well the 98 tacoma now has 120k on it and has had nothing but oil changes and new tires put on it. NOTHING ELSE. He doesn't wash it much, and the paint is pretty much all chipped off the rocker panels, but that's purely cosmetic. The frontier has had all new exhaust, all new front and rear brakes, the frame is covered in surface rust, and the thing rattles more than my dads old 89 does now with 198k. I now use the 89 as a plow truck.
 

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Well, I was looking at resale value the other day. If I straight up traded my 03 in right now to a dealer, I could get payoff, no problem. Try and find ANY other vehicle that you could get payoff for after less then 2 years! I did the resale value, and the resale value of mine (if bought off a dealer lot) was less then 2g's under what I got the vehicle for!

Also, I'm about to turn 50K on my Taco, and have had it back to the dealer 2 times. Once for a busted cupholder and the other time for a small squeck from the clutch cable. Tough fixes! ;)

Other then that, I have towed about 3500 lbs (maybe more), had over a yard of dirt in the bed, wheeled it, and DD'd it it's whole life. It just wants more!! Still very solid, shifts great, starts right up, even on the coldest mornings, and runs flawlessly. I average about 315-330 per tank, long ass I'm not hauling or towing something. When my lease is up, I'll either be buying it out, or getting an 07 Taco!! :D
 

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fourstringfletch said:
So my brother is looking at getting a light truck and of course, I'm trying to talk him into a tacoma.
you guys have any words of wisdom for my arguement why tacomas are better than say a nissan frontier, or other competitor?
Thanks
Somebody had it right, test drive and inspect the thing. I was checking one out before and the ride didnt feel as solid. The interior panels in the Frontier are cheap and thin; compare the upholstering (sp??) btw the two, the Taco is far more better. Personally didn't care to the gauge cluster on the Frontier; and the base model I was looking at didn't even have rear speakers in the mounts (the comprable Taco did.) Not many older Frontiers on the road compared to the Toyota/Taco. My pops has an 89 mini, 220k+ miles on her and she's still going strong (despite getting driven through cane fields for years and minimal/nil maintenance.) Dunno about the height problems (as I'm only 5'7) but I'm very happy with my purchase.
 

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The US ARMY Rangers put their asses in Hilux's all over the world, beat em all to hell, and depend on them to get into, and out of, some of the worst terrain on earth. A Taco is a civilized Hilux. 'Nuff said.

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I bought mine for several reasons. I used to be a die-hard chevy man (still love the muscle cars, and the old trucks) and really never had major trouble out of all the ones I owned. However, by the time I was done with all of my previous cars they just felt cheap with all the rattles and such. When I asked people who actually owned Toyotas they never complained about anything. Most of the Nissan (truck) owners I knew were happy with the drivetrains but the rest of the truck fell apart. My father in law has an old corolla (I think) and it has almost 400,000 miles on it.

Another benefit is also a drawback - you hardly ever see them for sale around here, and LOTS of people in Lexington drive them (the Camry/Sienna factory is just up the road, so I guess it's about loyalty). I had to wait almost 2 years and drive over 200 miles to get mine, but finally found the truck I wanted. I really think that nobody else builds a better quality (in every aspect of the truck) or longer lasting truck out there. Also, if you do decide to sell it, you'll have some of the best resale value possible.

When I test drove my first Tacoma (a 98 with 120,0000 on it) it didn't rattle at all. I got back in my S10 and immediately noticed just how many squeaks and rattles it had. I used to look at the purchase price more than anything, but I finally decided to buy based on overall value and I think I made the right choice. My truck wasn't as cheap as a Nissan or an S10, but I think overall I still got a better deal on a better truck.
 
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