Excellent basic transportation commuter and utility vehicle
No problems so far.
So far this base model, no options Tacoma has been a great commuter pick up truck.
Although the interior is small there is enough head and leg room for me. (5'9") But with two people the interior becomes cramped and there is no extra room for storage, being a regular cab.
It has not had any problems in 6500 miles and I expect it to stay that way.
The only major issue with it is performance in winter.
The back end breaks loose very easily. Even a high wind on a slippery road will cause the rear to slide a little. I just added 4 snow tires and some weight so hopefully that will help during the next storm.
However during cold days the heater heats up quicker than any car I have ever owned.
Another small issue I have is that there is a slight transmission whine in 3rd and 5th especially. It's noticeable, but I know if I take it to the dealer they'll just say its normal. So I will wait to see if it gets worse. Its not a big deal; the radio easily drowns it out.
The gas mileage is excellent at around 26 mpg combined.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th February, 2005