Clutch’s deep thoughts thread...

Diesel Colorado could pull 3k comfortably. I have a buddy who pulls a 19ft ultra lite with his. He gets 19-20mpg pulling. My 2nd gen can pull 3k fine but the milage is 10-12. Glad I don't tow often!

I look at the poor milage as the cost of reliability. My buddies Ecodiesel gets double the milage of truck but it also spends more time in the shop though it does get there under it's own power.

The in-laws had a Colorado of the era. They takes really good care of everything. That truck was crap. The V8 was probably better but his i5 sucked. About every 80k miles it would start missfiring on cylinder 5. The interior was crappy. All the knobs had play.
 
Diesel Colorado could pull 3k comfortably. I have a buddy who pulls a 19ft ultra lite with his. He gets 19-20mpg pulling. My 2nd gen can pull 3k fine but the milage is 10-12. Glad I don't tow often!

I look at the poor milage as the cost of reliability. My buddies Ecodiesel gets double the milage of truck but it also spends more time in the shop though it does get there under it's own power.

The in-laws had a Colorado of the era. They takes really good care of everything. That truck was crap. The V8 was probably better but his i5 sucked. About every 80k miles it would start missfiring on cylinder 5. The interior was crappy. All the knobs had play.
The allure of better gas milage is appealing, but when it comes down to opening up the purse strings rather deal with poor fuel economy of the Toyotas. Pretty sure a 3rd Gen Tacoma should be able to pull a 6X12 V-Nose. Has a dry weight of 980 lbs. I would be hard pressed to be at 2000 lbs max. with a bike & gear. Get to keep a manual trans too @phsycle.

https://www.trailersplus.com/Idaho/Nampa/6-Wide-Cargo-Trailers/trailer/4YMBC1214KR000879/
 
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If I could get that with 4*4 and electric windows for less than 30k...
I priced out an extra cab 4X4 on their website. Under $30K with rear seat delete and no locker. Ford does incentives where Toyota does not, so might be able to get it even cheaper. certainly peaks my interest. Reliability is a wildcard at this point. I would be out of warranty in 2-3 years for how much I drive.
 
You are correct, I have never owned a Tacoma or towed with one. Just looking at the tow ratings I thought 3,000 would be okay. I guess not....
I've towed an 85 4runner with a 94 4runner from CO to MN. A 3k# enclosed trailer with a Gen2 Tacoma... a 5k trailer with a gen1 Tacoma (ok... supercharged).

I've done a LOT of stupid stuff. I really, really struggle when people post pictures of towing heavy loads with a Tacoma and say it tows great...
 
Always good to hear real world experience. I would have thought based on the ratings that you'd be able to tow a small travel trailer with one. (like an Rpod) I'll be curious to see how the new Ranger tows. They are saying it's rated for 7,500lbs ( in a certain configuration I'm sure)

My truck is rated for 10,300 but I know I would never hook up more than 7,500 lbs to it.
 
Always good to hear real world experience. I would have thought based on the ratings that you'd be able to tow a small travel trailer with one. (like an Rpod) I'll be curious to see how the new Ranger tows. They are saying it's rated for 7,500lbs ( in a certain configuration I'm sure)

My truck is rated for 10,300 but I know I would never hook up more than 7,500 lbs to it.
funny story...

wife pulled that same enclosed trailer filled to the brim - had to have been pushing well over 5k - when we moved with her 5th gen 4runner. I was admittedly impressed and surprised at how well it towed...

Would I do it again? No. Would I let her do it again? Hell no. Did it do okay? Definitely.
 
That is for damn sure! :p

It is usually right after strapping something down and then muttering to yourself: "That ain't going anywhere..." :p
somewhere I have a picture of a busted 3" strap that I found while towing my xtracab to Rapid City for BHCC2017... Drove at least 150 miles with no front strap on the truck...

Towing the 4runner back to MN with a 94 4Runner... really, really dumb idea. Everyone haaated me in Nebraska (NE is ***NOT*** flat... ).. 80mph down hills... 30 mph up hills.
 
I have... It was fine under 45mph. :)
You must’ve been on flat ground, too. :D

I priced out an extra cab 4X4 on their website. Under $30K with rear seat delete and no locker. Ford does incentives where Toyota does not, so might be able to get it even cheaper. certainly peaks my interest. Reliability is a wildcard at this point. I would be out of warranty in 2-3 years for how much I drive.
I doubt they would get too crazy for a few months. But Ford does discount like crazy. You’ll see 5-10% off MSRP for Toyota. For Ford, it’s more like 20-25%.
 
It's gonna be interesting to see how much they water down the Ranger for the US market. You can almost guarantee it won't be as stout as the Australian version....so sick of it! An why no diesel option??:rolleyes:
 
I'm actually interested in the 2.3 i4. I think it has potential. Prices on Ford's website seem solid. Not that it matters. Clutch is going to buy a truck before me!
 
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