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Tacoma to 4runner converts

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by Grandmasteryoda, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. Jun 30, 2020 at 9:03 AM
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    Deuxdiesel

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    I had an '09 Tacoma that was on it's third transmission by 17,000 miles and a '12 Tacoma that had rear end issues and horrible frame rust after two years. I just sold a '16 Frontier that was flawless for 40,000 miles to get my CPO '18 SR5P. 5' and 6+' beds are pretty useless when hauling large stuff, and the 4Runner sure is comfy on the highway and tows a bunch without any problems.
     
  2. Jun 30, 2020 at 9:28 AM
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    2FJ's 2008,2012 Then 2015 Tacoma A/C TRD Sport. Tacoma least favorite Toyota, FJ's were favorite BUT this 4Runner has/is really growing on me!!
     
  3. Jun 30, 2020 at 10:06 AM
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    Had a '15 Tacoma that unfortunately got totaled. If I still had it I would still be driving it - biggest thing I miss is driving manual but I HATED the 3rd gen (2020) that I test drove in both AT and MT so instead I got a 2020 4Runner TRD Offroad and I love it so far. Only buyer's remorse I have is that I didn't get the premium instead that has leather, heated seats, sun/moon roof and the side-mirror directional
     
  4. Jun 30, 2020 at 11:27 AM
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    flyinhoot

    flyinhoot When in doubt, Throttle out.

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    I came from a 1999 Tacoma to a 2020 4runner. Needless to say the contrast is stark. I miss having the bed to throw stuff in but there was nowhere to put the baby in the Tacoma so there it is.
     
  5. Jul 4, 2020 at 11:07 AM
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    Grandmasteryoda

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    I’ve had leather on most of the last few cars I bought, so I’d actually be looking for a “Non Premium TRD Off Road.” Not nearly as readily available as the TRDORP. Glad you are otherwise happy.
     
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  6. Jul 4, 2020 at 4:38 PM
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    It’s the wheel base that’s the towing advantage with a Tacoma, if you plan on towing near the upper limits of its design capability.
     
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  7. Jul 4, 2020 at 4:43 PM
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    I pulled a two horse aluminum horse trailer with my Taco. Piece of cake. With one horse, gear, water, a bale of hay I estimated it came in at ~ 4500 lbs. No problems whatsoever. A perfect setup and safe.
    I wouldn’t do that with a 4 Runner. Although, as far as vehicular performance goes, the 4 Runner is a much higher quality and luxurious vehicle than a Tacoma.
     
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  8. Jul 4, 2020 at 5:27 PM
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    MI-FL off roader

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    My buddy complained to the dealer enough to get his 17' Taco's AT reprogrammed by the master tech. He's happy with it now. I don't think his mileage suffered much, and he doesn't have a regular commute to document it, so that one is hard to say. But, I doubt most dealers will do reprogramming, and will deny it can be done anyway. I'm sure they don't want a bunch of people coming in under warranty.
    He's also commented on how the plastic body parts are cheaply made. He put an aftermarket bumper on in less than a year, and a grill in the last week.
     
  9. Jul 5, 2020 at 5:28 AM
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    Yeah, over on the Tacomaworld forum, the criticisms of the 3 rd Gen Tacos anemic 3.5 engine and the transmission constantly hunting for the proper gear were almost unanimous. I was happy I had one of the last 2nd Gens with a 4 litre engine, the same one that I have in my 4 Runner now. The 4 litres are not power monsters like a big Cummins diesel for towing, but they’re tough and can get the job done if you’re careful.
     
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  10. Jul 5, 2020 at 6:06 AM
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    What's crazy is the same 3.5 in the Sienna is a beast. I had one for a company rental a few years ago. I had it loaded up with six full size adults and it would accelerate hard enough to plant everyone back in their seat, with most of us reacting with a "Damn!!". Obviously you can't have that in an empty truck bed with rear wheel drive, traction would suffer big time. But Toyota missed the mark on the 3rd gen Taco power plant. I think the only difference between the 2nd gen Taco 4.0 and the T4R's, is the Dual VVTi. Unless they started putting them in the Tacos at the end of the 2nd gen run? I have fun once in awhile in 4Lo in some sand and just let my 5th gen eat. She will jump right up to the rev limiter and crank out some power. So even the T4R is tuned down quite a bit in 2wd. But, I think corporate committed to the 3.5 for the EPA and various other reasons too soon, without giving it proper R&D in the Taco.
     
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  11. Jul 5, 2020 at 2:45 PM
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    It’ll be interesting to see what power plant they put in the 2022 Runner. Probably the 3.5 with 300 HP if I was a betting man.
     
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  12. Jul 5, 2020 at 3:19 PM
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    There are so many rumors surrounding the next gen. One theory was that the T4R would be a hybrid and the LC would go back to being a hardened off road vehicle. That would make sense because they could produce the Runner here in the States. But who knows....
    It would be nice to have gas prices stabilize under $3 nationally and the 460 V8 option put in the 4Runner but I doubt that will happen. Just a pipe dream. Your 3.5 bet seems likely with a hybrid option maybe. EDIT: Hybrid would be 2wd most likely.
     
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  13. Jul 5, 2020 at 4:10 PM
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    Nothing too radical, that’s for sure! Toyota’s discovered they can sell new editions based on paint colour, haha.
     
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  14. Jul 5, 2020 at 6:05 PM
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    My 4 runner has a bed. .......I just fold down the rear seats and go to sleep!
     
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  15. Jul 5, 2020 at 9:17 PM
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    I definitely prefer the 4Runner over the Tacoma. If I had the money, I'd have both because I do miss having the bed.
     
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  16. Jul 7, 2020 at 1:59 PM
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    Love them both, our gen 5 T4R & gen 3 Taco. On the same roads with each several times a week, mostly steep up & downhill, usable power feels about the same. I’m always playing the gears, working the sweet spot. I consider this the role of a driver; not to passively stress out on what the slushbox wants to do on it’s own.
    What I noticed immediately on day one with the gen 3 Taco, when I stepped into it and out of my sweet 2012 gen 2 which I gave to my daughter as a wedding present, is the 3.5 bearing sound. Higher pitched and somewhat grindy. It’s decreased over the miles, but the 4.0 is a much nicer sounding mill.
     
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