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Toyoata builds one hell of a good truck. My brother has a '04 Tundra that he bought 6 years ago, no problems what so ever. Last time I drove it there was over 200k on the clicker, with only routine maintenance. Thing still looks brand new. I'm sure the Tacoma's have similar build quality.


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I am looking at one of the newer 4x4, a Jeep Wrangler, and the Toyota FJ Cruiser.
depending on the amount of snow you get, the wranglers arent very good in snow. they are awesome in everything else but not snow. Id say the FJ for a more all around vehicle.
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on the FJ you pay alot of extra money for your car to look like a lego. it has the same kind of appeal as a h3 ("but i've never BEEN offroad!!!") or land rover. you get all the benefits of buying toyo going with truck and you can stay in reasonable price ranges. but toyo's market for me is taco/camry at the top, not a $80 land cruiser or lexus. if i could afford to throw money away on amenities, dont get me wrong the FJ would be near the top of a short list.

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Never had a subie pass me in my S4.....


Though Im actually selling it to buy a truck and the tacoma is a top contender for sure.

Yea, same with my A4 with winter tires.

I am usually ripping it off the line at red lights in snow, looking in my mirror I see all kinds of 4x4 trucks, etc. still spinning.

In all reality, anything with AWD/4x4 and good tires is going to be about the same in regards to handling snow.

Its when you get into super deep snow that a truck may have an advantage with the higher ground clearance.


I'd like to know more about why Wranglers aren't good in the snow? I'm thinking of picking up a '12 model next year (with new Pentastar engine and new transmission) as I moved to CO and would really like to use the jeep for its intended purposes during the summer.
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anything with a short wheelbase sucks in the snow.

audis and subis are better in the snow at over 50mph than a smaller, lighter truck like a tacoma because they are lower and have less body roll. in reality that extra speed from 50 to 60mph in the snow can get you in a lot of trouble. going as fast as you can in the snow is usually not the best way to get there all in one piece. i could go 60 on packed snow all day in my truck if i wanted to..... its just not really worth it

the best vehicle on tires for the snow hands down is a huge, long diesel pickup. dodge, ford, whatever - not a huge lift, maybe a small one. the weight of a bigger truck will help you stick to the snow, the clearance will get you anywhere thru whatever, the long wheelbase will keep you from sliding/make it easy to control sliding.
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having a trd will not make any difference in the snow. The main plus to a trd is the diff lock (among other things), which you dont want in the snow anyway. Winter tires are not even really nessisary on a 4x4 truck like they are on a car, just good off road tires.
check out tacomaworld.com, there are a shit load of 2nd gens, but still more tacoma info than you will ever need. Happy truck hunting
Great info. Thanks a ton man, really appreciate it. I also just registered there last night.

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Love the setup! I was planning something similar in my mind.

As far as tires go, what would you guys recommend?

Semi affordable of course, I don't even know where to begin.
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general grabber at2? its a less meaty offroad tire that is cheap and lasts relativity long. i think they can be studded too but thats not important as i dont suggest studding them. they have good siping and smaller luggs so not loud on pavement.
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general grabber at2? its a less meaty offroad tire that is cheap and lasts relativity long. i think they can be studded too but thats not important as i dont suggest studding them. they have good siping and smaller luggs so not loud on pavement.
Excellent, seem to have great reviews on most forums, and the price tag is nice too
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