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Pros: The power of the motor
Cons: Toyota does not give you the true option to build your truck
Advice: Don't pay StickerI just purchased my 3rd Toyota Tacoma. This truck is awesome. I had a 1999 and a 4 door 03. The 03 was ok but not an overall great truck. The 05 is great. The power of the V6 is great, Gas miliage is good but what do you expect for a truck. The interior has much more room than before. The ride is incredible. Rides like a car but goes down the road like a truck. Handles like a car, I know because 2 days after my purchase an old women pulled out in front of me and the truck handeled Great. I would have totaled my truck and no doubt killed this women. Just Buy It. It didn't get Motor Trend truck of The Year for looks!!!! My tacoma is a 2005 Xcess Cab, V-6 4x4-loaded!
Pros: The new looks and the sound system. Increased power and the new auto transmission.
Cons: That I couldn't buy two.
Advice: As far as I'm concerned all you have to do is choose the color you want.Purchased my Tacoma in Dec of 04 and have put about 3000 miles on it, including a trip to Jackson Hole, Wy. Have no complaints what so ever. I have had no problems with the front end noise the others are describing. I also have a 94 Toyota extended cab, and will probably never own another truck. I love the room in the double cab and I love the interior's new look. I'm really glad I held out for the 05. This is the last word in trucks as far as I'm concerned.
Pros: The size. Interior is almost the same size as a Tundra.
Cons: Paint is chipping very badly. This new truck with 5000 miles has more chips than my 1986 with 290000 miles.
Advice: You have to add running boards to help with the paint chipping.This is the truck I've been waiting for. Lots of room and rides great.
Pros: Handles smoothly
Cons: Lots of noice from engine/front end
Advice: Start the vehicle then step outside to really hear the engineI have owned my Tacoma for about 3 weeks and I love it!It's very easy to drive and it hugs the road like you can't believe. I couldn't see out the rear window very well, but I took the headrests off and I can see fine. However, while the ride is smoother than you would expect for a truck, it is still a TRUCK and you will feel bumps at high speeds. But I think that it's a small trade-off when you take into consideration the excellant manuverability and overall comfort of the cab. I also get between 18-19 mpg which is better than the 15 mpg gallon that I used to get from the Jeep Liberty that I used to drive and the Tacoma responds better than the Jeep ever did. All in all, an excellant and fun vehicle to own.
Pros: Redesigned bed with adjustable tie downs and power supply
Cons: Worthless hood scoop on Sport model I now have to look over and clean around
Advice: Don't wait, go in get the truck you deserve it NOW!Purchased end of December after driving new 2005 trucks Frontier, Dakota, and Canyon. Have 3,300 miles including trip to S.F. Ca.. Quality craftsmanship, pulls mountain passes well with full load, and tracks well on ice and snow. Averages over 18 mpg and gives impression it will hold up like our old Tacoma. I've only noticed the front end suspension noise indicated in other reviews once, and that was hitting a bump at high speed.
Pros: The ride and the looks.
Cons: The knocking noise from the front suspension.
Advice: Wait until they recall to fix the trd suspension. Non- trd are not making noiseThe truck is great. I cannot stand the noise that comes from the front end of the truck. Toyota need to get this fixed. We have taken the truck in for the 5th time. They even hooked up microphones to the vehicle to see where the noise is coming from.
Cons: knocking noise when going over speed bumps
Advice: Go over speed bumps when test drivingI've had my 05 Tacoma little over 2 months now and noticed a loud knocking noise under the front end of the truck when going over speed bumps. I brought it to the dealer and they said that it was the something to do with the rear springs rubbing against the overload springs. I gone to numerous sites and had found owners having the same problem. I hope Toyota can resolve the problem cause the dealership surely can't figure it out. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.