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I'm considering a new Tacoma, and I'm looking at used trucks '05-'06. Have there been any huge improvements in the '07s that should make me want to look into getting new instead of used? Any reason to choose '06 over '05?
 

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The main gripe I've seen between the 05's and the 06's is the tire pressure monitoring system (or TPMS). It didn't come on the 05's but did on 06's. Some people with 06's hate it and have tried to find ways to defeat it. There are many threads on this (several dealing with problems installing the sensors on after market wheels, disabling the warning light, etc.).

I however think it's a good system to have. I found that my spare tire was low once when it went off. If I didn't have TPMS, I might have had a flat spare if at some point I ever needed to change it.

As far as '07's go, I don't know of any real changes.
 

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rob_s said:
I'm considering a new Tacoma, and I'm looking at used trucks '05-'06. Have there been any huge improvements in the '07s that should make me want to look into getting new instead of used? Any reason to choose '06 over '05?
Considering prices I'd tend to agree go new.

07 over previous models got fatter American ass size seats and stablity control shutoff.

06 gained a cabin filter and TMPS over the 05's. As someone who runs 2 two wheel sets I'm glad not to have it on my 05.
 

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I found that demand for Tacomas in south florida is very high due to many being shipped overseas. used prices seemed very high to me at the time so I purchased new, plus you get warranty, longer financing and the new car smell
 

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I bought new because I hate the fact that you don't know what the previous party did to it or how they maintained it. I agree with one of the previous posts saying the used prices were close to new prices. In fact I bought mine at my Credit Union Sales (you tell them what you want and they go get it for you) and paid pretty much invoice price, and seen a few lately used asking for more than I paid new. Buy new I say!:)
 

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jorgem2 said:
I found that demand for Tacomas in south florida is very high due to many being shipped overseas. used prices seemed very high to me at the time so I purchased new, plus you get warranty, longer financing and the new car smell
I'm having a hard time finding what I want used down here though. I've been looking at carmax.com and opening the search parameters to the whole country. I found what I want in NC, and they'll transfer the truck down here.

I need to go visit a Toyota dealer, I guess, and see what they can really do price-wise. I just dread dealing with car dealers as neither one of us ever leaves the situation happy.:lol:

Anyone have any idea how much off of sticker I can expect on a Tacoma?
 

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Rob, I 've heard of people using Costco to get almost invoice pricing with no sales hassle. My CU here is the same way. I ordered mine exactly the way I wanted, even a rebate applied, and got my truck in about 1 week. I have bought two vehicles this way.
 

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Rob, I 've heard of people using Costco to get almost invoice pricing with no sales hassle. My CU here is the same way. I ordered mine exactly the way I wanted, even a rebate applied, and got my truck in about 1 week. I have bought two vehicles this way.
Interesting, thanks for the tip. My girlfriend is a Costco member, wonder if I can use that...
 

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Buy New,
1) Buying the first year after a model change is never a great idea. (no offense to all the 05s out there) The bugs found in the new model are typically worked out in the next year or two.
2) Even if the vehicle had low mileage, the previous owner may have beat the balls of it and one of the most important things as far as long time reliability is the breakin period.
3) When you buy used, you typically inherit other people's headaches.
4) Savings is not substantial enough when considering the first 3 and the additional $$ paid in higher finance rates.

Once I bought my first New vehicle, I never considered ever buying another used one, except for a '68 camaro or other classic.

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I saved close to $6 - 8000 on buying an 05 with 20K Miles on it.
It belonged to a guys mom who passed a way, and was garage kept.
No Brainer for me....
I'm always amazed by all the vehicles that were garage kept and driven by little old ladies to church & the grocery store only....especially when the car has a custom sound system and neon lights glowing from underneath!!!
 

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Considering prices I'd tend to agree go new.

07 over previous models got fatter American ass size seats and stablity control shutoff.

06 gained a cabin filter and TMPS over the 05's. As someone who runs 2 two wheel sets I'm glad not to have it on my 05.
Another point to add is that the 05's have the space for the cabin filter behind the glove box, just no filter. Buy one and pop it in and bam.....06.
 

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Buy New,
1) Buying the first year after a model change is never a great idea. (no offense to all the 05s out there) The bugs found in the new model are typically worked out in the next year or two.
2) Even if the vehicle had low mileage, the previous owner may have beat the balls of it and one of the most important things as far as long time reliability is the breakin period.
3) When you buy used, you typically inherit other people's headaches.
4) Savings is not substantial enough when considering the first 3 and the additional $$ paid in higher finance rates.

Once I bought my first New vehicle, I never considered ever buying another used one, except for a '68 camaro or other classic.
+1

My previous two cars were used, and I told myself I wasn't doing that again. I traded my used Tercel less than 6 months after buying it for a corolla. While that was used as well, and has held up, there are lots of small things bothering me about it. Someone traded it for a reason, and I don't want to find out why with my wallet. Sure, they are "Toyota Certified Preowned Vehicles", but does that mean much to you when the clock doesn't work and the cup holder's missing parts? Some other small things not worth fighting the dealership over, but irritating none the less.

Like mentioned above, there was very little price difference between new and used. Maybe a couple grand, but that could easily be accounted for after a warranty repair or two in the extra year or two you get over a used one.

Also, if you live up north it's almost manditory to find a used vehicle from down south if you want it to last until it's paid for. I will never by a NY used car. Too much rust and corrosion from the salt and snow. Corrolla was from Virginia I think so that's held up well. It's just not worth getting something you plan on modding or working on when the bolts and screws have had time to rust. :disappoin
 

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Why buy used

The reason to buy used is that if you are cost sensitive, you are going to pay less per mile to drive a used truck. Cost is less, tax is less, insurance is less. Sounds like there may be some mitigation based on a marginally higher interest rate, but overall, less $ spent to purchase a vehicle means more $ in your pocket.

The tradeoff is a slightly used rather than brand spanking new vehicle, risk (how was it treated) and with older vehicles, the maintenance costs are less predictable. You just don't know what is going to go and when.

But when all is said and done, you buy used to keep more $ in your pocket.
 

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Considering used is a good option. However in my case used ones on the Toyota lot were more expensive than the new one I got at almost invoice.
 

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I think the changes from 05 to 07 were pretty inconsequential as far as I am concerned. But I might recommend avoiding the 05's, that was the first year of a new model and there seemed to be a lot of discussion regarding squeaks, leaks, rattles and paint chips on this board that died down for the 06 (which is what I have, and have had no issues like that.)
 

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I had an 06 which I recently wrecked. When I went to replace it finding a used 06 was tough and cost difference between an 06 and 07 was minor. If you factor in finance rates for used vs new I found it the same price per month to buy a new truck. There seems to be very little loss in buying a new car and you can get exactly what you want without worrying about what the previous owner did to it.

There are very few differences between the 06 and 07 as well. I can't tell any difference in the seats as one person mentioned. They feel exactly the same. There is a stability control shutoff switch though. I also talked with the service manager just to get some info and he mentioned that they are calibrating the shocks slightly different on the Off-road package which seems to be resulting in a bit rougher ride. I will post more if I notice any other changes.
 

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here are the official differences in the 07 compared to the 06 and previous
- Larger seats
- Two tone instrument panel
- Redesigned audio head units
- Chrome trim around the gauge panel
- On Access Cab Sport grade models, front seats feature convenient new “walk-in" memory
- The ability to disable the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system on equipped models

not really much difference at all, mainly cosmetic
 
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