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Pros: The back seats.
Cons: The step rails
Advice: Buy a prior lease on this and get $10,000 off the price like I did.I had a 1996 6 cyl 4wd xtra cab until 2006 got 278,000 miles on it. Just bought this Newer 4wd dble cab with 66,000 miles on it and absolutley love it !
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: The lights go off by them self when you turn off engine and open the door
Cons: The radio and no clock in the base model
Advice: Good truck for the cost.Bought the 2004 reg cab no frills model 2.4l engine.Great truck for the money.The only thing is the radio you would think they could at least put in a CD player or a built in clock into the radio. Watch out when it rains the light weight wants to make it slide around.It does have Anti lock brakes (standard) It is real easy to work on if you so desire just like old school plenty of room and well thought out. This truck will last a long time I know it.Plus it was made in USA by the UAW.
Pros: Simple basic truck
Cons: Simple basic truck- KISS principle applies but a little boring - What's with the tape deck who listens to tapes anymore - Have you heard of CD's people
Advice: I bought solely on cheap price and the reliable name - test drive the competition to be sure - your purchase should give you some joy - I love my wife's xterra, I would have given the frontier some more consideration.The best reason to buy is Toyotas stellar reliability. The truck is somewhat boring in styling but clean and functional. I own this vehicle and my biggest concern is its bouncy ride over bumps and loss of traction. The 4 cyl engine is peppy and adequate, you will not get out of second gear up steep inclines. Rain on the road creates a very serious traction control issue. I have had several incidents where the rear traction tire would spin and make it almost impossible to get traction on steep inclines in the rain requiring a second run at the hill - very dangerous in my opinion. My other complaint is the manual transmission will clunk into second on the upshift, I mentioned this at my first service and was told they are all like this??? I would not expect these two engineering faults from Toyota. Otherwise good fuel economy and a proven track record of reliability and good resale value. The paint is very soft and scratches easily - a bedliner or spray liner is a must, the lightest objects will scratch this finish miserably. Toyota relies too heavily on the Tacoma name. Way too many variations of this truck with the same name but vary so greatly that it is impossible to compare and categorize these in the same segment. Especially for 2005, you certainly cannot compare my basic 2004 small 4x2, 2 seater Tacoma to the huge 2005 V6 tacoma full cabs - This truck is huge and almost impossible to maneuver in comparison.
Pros: paint, excellent paint
Cons: poor power, xtra cab doors, do not open, poor mpg
Advice: choose another stay awaypoor power, 2.4litre 4 cyl with a/c on will not get out of it's own way. two piece drive shaft, clunks when you accelerate. Gas mileage calls for 22-26, gets 19 mpg do yourself a favor, stay away from these Tacomas, I wish I had.
Advice: You will be satisifiedGreat Truck
Pros: Styling and usefulness of four doors
Cons: The clock is located just above the driver's right knee. The steering wheel blocks the view of the clock. You have to lean way over to the right to see it.
Advice: Buy the 6 cyl.My 6 cyl does use more gas than I anticipated, but having the exra power is worth it. The four doors allow plenty of room for carseats, and don't worry, the back doors have the child safety locks. TRD package is somewhat stiff on uneven pavement, but you're in a truck, you have to expect some of that. The bed is short, but the convienence of the four doors makes up for it. The main thing that I had to get used to was that the floor is closer to the seat than domestic trucks. I'm sure that is how it achieves it's ground clearance. It feels like a car on the inside, but it's all truck on the outside. The only problem with it is that my wife wants to drive it instead of her 04 Camry.