2004 Toyota Tacoma Base model/2wd single cab 2.4L from North America
THE best truck out there, but I haven't driven a Tundra yet.
Paint peeled slightly on ends of front bumper. Mechanically perfect (I wasn't aware this existed!)
This truck is why the Japanese are so much better at building automobiles. They still offer a reliable, no-frills truck. I don't want a $40K SUV with tons of crap that will break in 10,000 miles of use. I want RELIABILITY first and foremost. Why oh why can't Chevy build something this good?! Oh well, barring a terrible car accident, I will be driving this little Toyota for 20 more years. What a solidly-engineering machine. Its not a race car. It doesn't have tons of cab space. However, It will haul a lot of stuff for its size. Be comfortable to drive, and when the time comes, be easy to work on.
In response to one other review, the person complains of lack of space, my question is: Why didn't you get an extended cab? He complains of poor handling in snow: Why didn't you get 4wd? It's a rear-wheel drive pick-up, what did you expect?! Conversely, my Tacoma does just fine in two New England winters with about 300lbs in the bed (as well as stock tires! perhaps his driving ability is the problem). I, too, have just a 2wd. HMM.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th September, 2006
If my experience with Japanese vehicles is typical, NO WAY will you drive this truck for 20 years. If it's like the two we have had, it will be rusting in a junk yard in 6 or 7 years and you'll be wishing you had bought a Ranger.
I test drove the new Tacoma, as well as several other small trucks before deciding on the 2006 Ranger. The Tacoma's styling was too "cartoonish", the ride was poor, and the interior was really cheap-looking. I got a loaded V-6 Ranger for what Toyota was wanting for a bare-bones basic work truck. It is smooth, solid, rides way better than the Tacoma, and not one of my friends who drive Rangers (some of which have 300,000 miles on them) have ever had problems, while two who own Toyotas have had some very expensive problems. Paying 5 grand more for a brand name is not rational.