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#1 Old 12-27-2009, 12:43 PM
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Comanche vs. Tacoma



Does anyone have any experience with these two particular trucks?

I'm having a hard time finding relative pros and cons to these two vehicles.

I own a Comanche, and so far there are many pros to the vehicle.

From my research, I'm finding many pros to the Tacoma and have almost been convinced to try one out. For me, the main drawback however is the interior and ergonomics. Mainly the steering wheel area. It feels obese and oddly positioned.

This is what I got so far:

Comanche Pros:

4.0L I-6 produced untill 2006 (easy to find)
190HP with 230lbs of torque (way more than yota)
Metric Ton Package with Dana 44
Long/short box
3.07 to 4.10 Gearing
np231 2.72 low range
Ax 15 5spd w/0D
1450kg

Cons:
Unibody rust
Few and far between specific models/trims
No extended cab
Solid front axle

Tacoma Pros:
22re
3.4L with supercharger is a possible swap?
Long/short box
Regular/extra cab
EFI
Reliability
1242kg (really light)
IFS (better IMO)
Locking Hubs
ABS

Cons:
Expensive Parts
Overpriced
Head gasket
Japanese Styling (they overthink everything)
Interior Ergonomics (I'm lanky)

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Hey, man. You might want to post this thread in the Tacoma forums. They'll be more apt to give you a detailed answer than us


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Are you talking about the pickups, or 95.5+ Tacoma?

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The Pickups/Hilux/Tacomas from 88-95.

The Comanche was only made until 92 so I did not want to put it in the 95.5+ area.
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The Comanche was a capable p/u and 4WD vehicle, but comparing it to a Toyota p/u is a bit like apples vs oranges.

The Comanche is uni-body while the Toy is body on frame, and the Comanche has a solid front axle while the Toy (from 86 on) has IFS. Etc. etc.

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I would see them a great pair to compare.

I would consider the solid axle/ifs and unibody/body on frame differences on the same level as if you were comparing the inline six to the v6 and essentially the whole vehicle.

Its not like the title reads "Explorer vs. LandCruiser"

I honestly think that the underdog Jeep is a great match for the famous Top Gear Toyota.
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The similarities between them are plenty.

2 seating
4x4
6' bed
200kg weight difference
35cid difference
15" rims

But the main reason I chose these two trucks is because of the places they get used and also how they are used. Virtually interchangeable.
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Then get both.

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get a pickup, with an ex cab and a v6. Then you can swap a 3.4L in if you want and poop on the heep :P

or just enjoy the overal build quality of the yota over the jeep.

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Another x2 on the 3.4. I'm so f***ing stoked to do my swap

We're starting up a shop once one of my buds gets back in town in a few weeks and I wanna be starting it in the summer once we get settled in. I've already got a cuban cigar in store for when we're done .

I'm just picturing finishing it up and turning on the engine. Then having a bud tow me to a long, open road. Then just slamming on the gas and blasting out of there . *sigh* Toyota's are so fun

Oh, yeah. Jeep vs. Toyota.

Think about it. Toyota got it's fame for being indestructible. Their parts are fairly inexpensive and if you get the right one, new parts won't even be a concern anyway. The head gasket problem is only present on the 3vze and that's only if you don't take care of her (which no one does anyway). If you have the 3vze, you should be swapping in the 5vze anyway (which has exactly as much power as the 4.0l while being .6l lighter)(5vze also has the option of the bolt-on TRD supercharger bringing hp to around 260). The truck is absolutely beautiful which no one can deny. They can be absolutely anything, from a monster truck, trail rig, rock crawler, race truck, prerunner, demolition truck, street queen, lowrider, work truck, grandpa's car, mom's minivan, and a students beater. Amazing gas mileage. Body on frame so it's very friendly to body lifts and is very sturdy. There you go. You have a near perfect truck.



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She is very slow and is often blocking traffic.

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I pretty much agree with you in almost every way about the Tacoma, but they dont seem to fit anyone over 5'6".

I know that the Tacoma is an amazing vehicle, and everyone knows what Ford and GM are all about, but i wanted to know where Jeep stands.
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Well, just for a comparison, I'm 5'11" and I'm thoroughly comfortable... soo...


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I pretty much agree with you in almost every way about the Tacoma, but they dont seem to fit anyone over 5'6".

I know that the Tacoma is an amazing vehicle, and everyone knows what Ford and GM are all about, but i wanted to know where Jeep stands.
I'm 5'11" also and I fit in my extended cab just fine.
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I pretty much agree with you in almost every way about the Tacoma, but they dont seem to fit anyone over 5'6".

I know that the Tacoma is an amazing vehicle, and everyone knows what Ford and GM are all about, but i wanted to know where Jeep stands.

Wait, I am confused again, we talking about a Tacoma (95.5+) or a Hilux/Pickup (pre 1995.5).

Either way, my 06 Taco and my 93 Pickup both suit me fine, plenty of leg room, I stand 5'9" and have never had the seat all the way back in the rails (on Either the Tacoma OR the Pickup), well, maybe once or twice

Have a few friends who are 6' plus who have ridden passenger, and only complain if I make them ride in the jump seats so the lil woman can ride shotgun.

"These are my experiences, yours will vary!"
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