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Eric posted 11-21-2001 10:28 AM ET (US)   Profile for Eric   Send Email to Eric  
With all the incentives available, I decided to shop for a new truck. I have always felt that it would be better to buy a nearly-new used vehicle, but haven't been able to find one that would work for me. I've got a 16 foot Nauset, total of around 2000 lbs. on the trailer. Started with a Jeep Cherokee 4.0 4X4, then a 92 Ranger 4X4 with the Ford 4.0. With the mileage issue, I wanted to stay with a smaller truck, but hoped for something that would handle an 18 Outrage if lightning ever stikes.
I scored a 2000 Tacoma with the 3.4, extended cab 4X4, TRD offroad package, and rear locking differential, 12000 miles. The first owner added 31 inch Michelins, gears, undercoating, and a Toyota supercharger. This thing makes 250 horsepower, 275 lbft of torque, and has a torque curve like a V8 or small diesel. With the 4 piston front brakes it stops well, and I got 23 mpg from the first tank. I can shift at 1800 rpm without lugging. Big score, for about $500 to 1000 less than book, which didn't include the add-ons.
Have any of the forum members had experience with towing with the Tacoma? While I don't have a lack of power, I don't know about the capabilities of the overall package.
Clark Roberts posted 11-21-2001 11:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Eric, 3.4L is still 3.4L and nothing beats lots of Cubic Centimeters for towing, the more the better. You have a high output, highly stressed (internal pressures) performance engine so just be careful and watch that engine temp and boost pressure... happy Towing... Clark... Spruce Creek Navy
Dr T posted 11-21-2001 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
I have been told that you can't rebuild a Toyota V-6, but do not know if it is true. I tend to agree with Clark that for towing anything that a lightly stressed big block will generally be a better option than a highly stressed small block.

Take close look the components at a vehicle specifically built for towing (like a Ford SuperDuty)to see what they do to accommodate the stresses and shocks of towing.

blackdog posted 11-21-2001 04:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Eric,
I got the same set up minus the turbo. 2001 V-6 190Hp TRD Pkg also. No Problem pulling the weight, it is a tough little truck. Breaks are Great, I have ABS on mine.

The only Thing I donít like is the Ride and the seats are not that comfortable on a long drive. Of course it 4x4 so you expect rough ride but I think Iíll go with a Chevy 1500HD next time. Larger vehicles handle Towing better, longer wheel base & weight.

I pull a 16 Dauntless and that is not that big of a boat. We get tossed around quit a bit but if the ride doesnít bother you I donít think you can beat the power & economy of the V-6. I also average in the low 20 MPG's

One more thing the TRDís have 4.11 Rears in them with Gas shocks, I call her my little white Mull!

Blackdog

triblet posted 11-21-2001 07:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
It should have no problem towing your
Nauset. I towed my Montauk with '95 Nissan
Pathfinder with 170HP 3.0L. No problem,
though I did have to downshift on the
steeper hills.

Chuck

csj posted 11-22-2001 05:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for csj  Send Email to csj     
I HAVE A 17 FOOTER AND HAVE BEEN TOWING IT WITH A 97 F-150 EXTENDED CAB V-6, 4.2 LITER. I WS LOOKING FOR A V-8 BUT COULD NOT FIND ONE IN THE NEW-USED WANT ADS. ANYWAYS THE V-6 PULLS THE BOAT VERY WELL, OH BY THE WAY IT'S A 4X2 TRUCK. THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS, THE BAD NEWS I JUST BOUGHT A 1989 22FT REVENGE AND THE BOAT IS KICKEN MY TRUCK'S BUTT. TIME TO SELL THE 17 SAY WIFE. GOOD LUCK
kamml posted 11-23-2001 09:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for kamml  Send Email to kamml     
I tried a Tacoma 4cyl. 5 spd. for towing my Montauk. Big mistake, poor liitle engine was working its heart out on any sort of a hill from mild to steep.

Sold it and picked up a 01 Mazda B3000 auto ExCab with the 4whl. suspension sans the 4x4 drive train, called a Dual Sport. What a difference, I no longer have any trouble trouble pulling the boat even with the truck loaded.

I liked the Tacoma for around town use, but I have to agree the seats are a little to flat for a comfort on a long haul.

It sounds like you have a great TRD rig. Have fun, but change the oil often. I would advise letting it cool down before shutting down to avoid cooking the supercharger bearings.
Ken

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