2014 Toyota Tacoma Single Cab 2.7 4 cylinder from North America
Don't make my mistake
Nothing has technically gone wrong as in broken. But there is a lot that is loose, rattling and/or doesn't always perform or work properly.
I still have my Mercedes, but being a homeowner I figured a truck is a necessity. So I did some research, and from family/friend recommendations I went with a Toyota Tacoma 4x4 4 cylinder single cab Base model pickup.
My expectations of a 'cheap' 'Japanese' made in America truck were an understandable lack of equipment, but the few pieces of standard equipment on the truck would be well made and well engineered. I was wrong.
This truck is probably the worst of the small truck offerings. It feels nice on a test drive and it's fairly comfortable. However a few miles after you sign the papers, you are driving down the road noticing the crank windows aren't staying up while driving.
Your back starts to hurt because the backrest is almost completely vertical.
You reach over to adjust the air, and notice the climate controls are loose, and you listen carefully and hear the plastic bezel on the stereo buzzing as you drive.
The shift knob will not stay on the shift lever.
The car grips those little rain grooves in the freeway so aggressively it tosses the truck around and makes you sick.
You close the door and notice the interior panels almost pull off when you pull it closed.
The motor idles rough and almost feels like it has a miss.
The truck pulls to the left, and don't even try to go up a hill, you'd have better luck carrying a load up a hill in your arms; this truck strains to pull itself empty up a hill.
Then trying to engage 4WD, you realize Toyota took away a lever and replaced it with this electronic dealie that 9/10 times doesn't put it in 4WD. And make sure you have it in the setting before you get stuck, because with 4Hi you have to be moving. It beeps at you even though you are doing it exactly as written in the book. It's a crappy system.
Overall I am extremely dissatisfied. I expected Toyota would be the icon of simple perfection. No gadgets, no frills, but made to an almost industrial standard. But instead it seems like the whole truck was an after thought on the engineering table, equipped with the most minimal amount of poorly made parts, and assembled with a crew having a 'bad day'.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th July, 2014
Your experience sounds plausible. Automakers often put little/no effort in their decontented models, as they are often sold to fleets, where bids go down to the last penny. They'll generate a profit no matter what it takes to do so.
I have none of your issues on my 2014 base model single cab with manual transmission. I LOVE my Tacoma and the ride and smoothness of the transmission is great. It's refreshing to find a truck in 2014 that actually reminds me of the 1980's pickups. The engine feels strong and I can tell it has a lot of longevity in its blood (oil). Sorry to hear you're disappointed with your truck, as these trucks aren't cheap.
Just what everyone wants -- a vehicle that feels like something from 30 years ago.
I would much rather have a better built vehicle from 30 years ago.