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Pros: I love it all!
Advice: Buy it - you'll love it!I LOVE my Toyota!
Pros: TRD Package, Power, Style, Solid Build, Just driving ,and handling.
Cons: Key entry, back seat could be up aother 2 inches.
Advice: One the Top Two Mid Size Trucks around, Buy It. You Cant go wrong.Drives excellent. Nice off road package, tow-package also. Does very well in mudd, rain, snow, climbing rough roads. The ride is very smooth, plenty of power for a V-6 and excellent gas mileage. Build very well, and would buy two if I had the money. Toyota has build another excellent truck. Also plenty of passing power in the V-6. Takes curves very well. In side the Cab is very comfortable and plenty of room. Thanks Toyota for building a excellent truck.
Pros: The Power it gives
Advice: It is one of the finest trucks out there, I belive its the best. Ive tried most of them. Buy ItIs there a better truck in this Class? Ride is excellent, power, refined, smooth shifting, Great style. Rides like a Cad. TRD package is great, has it all I think. Off-Road (TRD) does real good in the mountain and mud,snow, ect. The quailty is a another excellent job by Toyota. Performance is among the best or better then the rest .
Pros: Ease in parking, quad cab room.
Cons: Clock placement, cruise control, no variable traction control (should be standard equip).
Advice: Test drive the rest, but buy the best!Bought as a CERTIFIED USED VEHICLE with just over 19,000 miles on the odometer. Still under the original warranty but drive train extended to 6yr/100,000. Test drive felt as tight and responsive as all the 2005's I tried with V6 engines. Good throttle response, tight turning radius and a pleasure to drive. This is a SR5/TX Edition with many options included. Only thing missing?, 4x4. As a day driver, fuel economy could be better. Thought I paid too much for this used Tacoma, but seen others with less for alot more. I expect this truck to last a while. One thing I have noted is after about 3,000 miles of city driving, the oil is still honey colored not black and burnt. That speaks well of the manufacturing that goes into Toyota products.
Pros: sits high with decent visibility for a compact truck. the looks, clean and functional. the back seat is large and relatively comfortable.
Cons: bad reliability, bad body, mediocre gas mileage for its size.
Advice: i have owned about a hundred cars in my lifetime. one was miserable and two were very bad. the two were toyotas, and one was this truck. check the vehicles out before purchase, since their reputation for quality is overrated.an engine failure at 40k miles, shortly after having the toyota dealer do the 35k diagnostics was hard to take. make sure that you purchase the extended warranty, good chance you will need it. squeaks, rattles, inside and out from the first month after purchase. the body shell is as strong as empty soda cans; they will bend and dent if you look at them hard.
Pros: The V-6 Standard shift.
Cons: the interior plastic trim
Advice: 2005 Model year brought some improvements over the 2004. Anticipate a smile on your face.Coming from the Chevy/Ford world, with limited exposure to anything foreign made, I had a customer shock with the way that the foreign car companies translate the word 'Astetics.' I knew that Toyota in general was doing a great job in producing vehicles that lasted, (not true when I was just leaving high school in the mid-seventies), and performed, but not until I drove the Tacoma PreRunnner, did I believe it. The shock-absorbing techniques used on the engine are a welcome plus, not translating the shimmering of the average six-cylinder to the body. The ladies may not like, (and I'm not sure that I do either, much) the more 'plastic' and 'not warm' characteristics of the dashboard, (particularly the radio control area), but it's a comfortable and high-seated ride overall. Since I prefer to shift for myself, I chose the 6-speed version, and found that there was very little need for first gear unless at a full up-hill stop.
Cons: Cruise control
Advice: wait until they fix the cruise controlWhen the cruise control engages, it drops the transmission into third gear and shoots the RPM to about 6500. The service manager at Bill Penny said this is normal for this truck and that a service report had been filed with Toyota. He said it is a programming problem common with the 2005 Tacoma Double cab. When you are doing 70 and it drops into third gear and accellerates you are in for one wild ride.