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post Apr 30 2007, 09:03 PM
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Basically, the Camry of trucks as far as I can tell. Numb steering, spongy brakes, bouncy suspension, but the engine is smooth and powerful, the interior quality and spaciousness is awesome, and the sound deadening is second to none. Seats are possibly the best I've ever sat in, car or truck. She also looked at the Ridgeline and the Frontier. Frontier had a much more entertaining drivetrain and much better suspension (less bouncing and leaning), but the interior was craptastic. The Ridgeline was a real contender, but had a car's suspension (bumps were a bit jarring, though you only felt them once), and didn't have a 6' bed available.

I'm glad it's not my daily driver, but it's really good at what it's supposed to be.
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post Apr 30 2007, 10:16 PM
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Tacoma's aren't offered with a manual transmission?
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post May 1 2007, 04:28 AM
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QUOTE(Phix @ May 1 2007, 01:16 AM) *
Tacoma's aren't offered with a manual transmission?


They are.
Edit: Nevermind
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post May 1 2007, 06:46 AM
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omg mitlov.
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post May 1 2007, 06:47 AM
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They are, but only with the 5' bed (idiots). Anyway, my wife found the manual clunky and unpleasant, and the automatic remarkably good, so she went with the auto. She's a "I prefer manual if it gets the job done better than an automatic" type, not a "I prefer manuals on principle, and will choose an iffy manual over a great auto" person like me.

She loved the Frontier's manual. Shame about it's interior. That was really the only mark against it, but it was a big big mark.
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post May 1 2007, 08:41 AM
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Nice truck.

I'm a Dodge man personaly but Toyota is making some damn good trucks. I'm sure she'll like it.
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post May 1 2007, 05:15 PM
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QUOTE(green73ta @ May 1 2007, 09:41 AM) *
Nice truck.

I'm a Dodge man personaly but Toyota is making some damn good trucks. I'm sure she'll like it.


We didn't look at the Dakota, but it's nice on paper. IMO a more appealing package than a Colorado or Ranger. But given my wife's high emphasis on interior materials, I suspect the Dakota wouldn't have made the cut for her. That's not a knock against the Dodge--there's a ton of 'em around here, so there's plenty of appeal to the Dakota--but Dodges aren't exactly industry reading in interior richness.

We've had the truck for a couple months now--about 2500 miles on it, I think--and it's worked out great. We recently had to move (the old house had mold, and that's the last thing you want to expose a baby to), and having a pickup made moving sooooooo much easier.
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post May 2 2007, 04:38 AM
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QUOTE(Mitlov @ May 1 2007, 08:15 PM) *
But given my wife's high emphasis on interior materials, I suspect the Dakota wouldn't have made the cut for her.


Another 'dash whisperer' huh? They're pretty much the same.


Dodge


Toyota

It's ok to just say you like the Toyota name. The Tacoma is an OK truck. The one I drove had brakes that were impossible to modulate. They were either locked or not applied. Similar to the G35 sedan I tried.
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post May 2 2007, 04:51 AM
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DCX is certainly lacking in their interiors. I'm not much on the Dakotas but I love my '05 Ram Hemi Quad Cab. I had a '95 Ram Cub Cab and loved it as well.
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post May 2 2007, 09:20 AM
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Fiber Optic--the issue is not layout or what the dash looks like, but the quality and richness of the interior materials. Can't tell that from a photo. Toyota and VW are known to do particularly well in that field and Dodge is known to be a half-step behind.

I don't like the Tacoma's brakes either, but for me, the problem is sponginess, not toggle-switch-like action.
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post May 2 2007, 10:42 AM
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QUOTE(Mitlov @ May 2 2007, 12:20 PM) *
Fiber Optic--the issue is not layout or what the dash looks like, but the quality and richness of the interior materials. Can't tell that from a photo. Toyota and VW are known to do particularly well in that field and Dodge is known to be a half-step behind.


I guess I don't really care that much about that particular aspect of a car. I've never been truly amazed by the interior materials of any car I've driven or been a passenger in. Different priorities I suppose. How much did this thing cost?
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post May 2 2007, 11:21 AM
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QUOTE(fiber optic @ May 2 2007, 11:42 AM) *
I guess I don't really care that much about that particular aspect of a car. I've never been truly amazed by the interior materials of any car I've driven or been a passenger in. Different priorities I suppose. How much did this thing cost?


About $28k out the door, a few thousand under MSRP (it's pretty loaded).
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post May 2 2007, 11:35 AM
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Pretty nice choice...
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post May 2 2007, 05:13 PM
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QUOTE(Mitlov @ May 2 2007, 09:20 AM) *
Fiber Optic--the issue is not layout or what the dash looks like, but the quality and richness of the interior materials. Can't tell that from a photo. Toyota and VW are known to do particularly well in that field

Because they do poorly in all the others.
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post May 2 2007, 08:12 PM
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Nice pick! I hope you guys continue to enjoy quality Toyota trucking.

QUOTE(White RSX @ May 2 2007, 09:13 PM) *
Because they do poorly in all the others.


Wow, what a completely idiotic statement.
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post May 2 2007, 08:39 PM
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you should switch cars. really.
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post May 2 2007, 09:53 PM
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QUOTE(BankieVR6 @ May 2 2007, 09:39 PM) *
you should switch cars. really.


But mine has the manual.

QUOTE(White RSX @ May 2 2007, 06:13 PM) *
Because they do poorly in all the others.


But but but...lowest ego emissions!
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post May 2 2007, 10:50 PM
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Chicks that drive trucks are usually very demanding and domineering. No offence Mitlov. Your wife may be the exception to the rule.

This truck in that electric blue colour looks amazing.
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post May 2 2007, 11:06 PM
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QUOTE(PAULIE_D @ May 2 2007, 11:50 PM) *
Chicks that drive trucks are usually very demanding and domineering. No offence Mitlov. Your wife may be the exception to the rule.

This truck in that electric blue colour looks amazing.


Honestly? They're frequently lesbians tongue.gif

Did I say frequently? I MEANT ALWAYS. WITHOUT EXCEPTION. THIS MEANS YOOOOUUUUUU!!! loser.gif
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post May 3 2007, 03:33 AM
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