Thank you in advance for any information you can provide. I own a 97 4runner that is good for local driving. With 206k miles I don't trust it for long hauls towing a small boat from New Jersey to Vermont and back. I have a 2000 Ford Ranger 4x4 that is rusting out from under me with 100k miles. Since I am convinced Toyota is a better vehicle based on my experience with my 4runner, I am looking at getting a Tacoma to replace the Ranger.
I'd like to get a newer Tacoma in the range of 2015 to possibly a 2020. The prices freak me out, literally make me sick. Sticker shock to say the least.
My question is which year Tacoma's do I need to avoid? I recall reading reviews that some people didn't like the way the transmission shifted on certain years. Also is the 4cylinder engine powerful enough to two a small boat a few times a year, with truck packed with luggage and gear? Anyone out there have the 4 cylinder and do with it what I plan? I like the idea of saving gas when not towing. The truck would be empty and not towing 80% of the time. Or should I forget the 4 cylinder?
I see used private tacomas and for the price they ask with high mileage, it almost makes sense to buy from a dealer ( I hate the thought) in that at least they offer a warranty of some sort on used ones. And then there is new which cost a fortune, with the 4 cylinder the least cost.
Looking forward to any advice from the experts here.