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Jwhitsett1129
01-22-2007, 12:05 PM
I have been giving some thought to downsizing my truck and am considering the Toyota Tacoma. Has anyone had any experience towing with the V6 model? How would it hold up when pulling my 190??

Any general reviews of this vehicle? I would probably end up somewhere between a 1999 and 2002 model.

jrcarte78
01-22-2007, 03:00 PM
I used to have a Toyota pickup(before they were branded as Tacoma) with the V6--I think it was a 3 liter?. I towed my BILs boat(which is bigger than a 190) a few times with it. It did an adequate job. Definitely wouldn't want to make any long hauls though. The main concern I always had was the braking--that's even with trailer brakes.

I now drive a 1/2 ton Chevy--I would never want to go back to anything smaller. :twocents:

J.R.

Workin' 4 Toys
01-22-2007, 03:07 PM
I've seen one of them once......:rolleyes:








(Ryan is gonna love this post....):D

Sodar
01-22-2007, 03:12 PM
I have been giving some thought to downsizing my truck and am considering the Toyota Tacoma. Has anyone had any experience towing with the V6 model? How would it hold up when pulling my 190??

Any general reviews of this vehicle? I would probably end up somewhere between a 1999 and 2002 model.

My neighbor had a 2000 Tacoma and pulled a 1993 Ski Nautique with it. He said it pulled the boat fine. I remember him doing long trips too, upwards of 300miles one-way. His kid now drives it and pulls their Super Air Nautique short distances (about 10 miles to the ocean).

Disclaimer: Not trying to promote the other brand, just giving the type of boat for size comparison purposes!! 8p :D 8p

jraben8
01-22-2007, 03:39 PM
I pulled my '87 Prostar with a '97 4-Runner. It pulled really well as long as you weren't in a hurry. Braking was fine. But don't pull out into traffic unless you have room to spare and I always knew the boat was back there. Ramps were never an issue with that truck. I will say that my wife really likes the Expedition better and made such comments on the first trip to the lake.

I know that the newer ones will pull and drive differently but I don't know anything about them to compare those.

Maristar210
01-22-2007, 04:19 PM
Pricey, less capacity than a reg full size GM and why would you want to?

Gas mileage?

TRBenj
01-22-2007, 06:09 PM
The Tacoma has a history of being a great truck. It will certainly get the job done pulling your '88 190, especially if the terrain is relatively flat.

For reference, Ive had a friend pull my '90 Ski Nautique (~3700 lbs) with his 2005 Tacoma (V6 4x4). The newer trucks are a little bigger and more powerful, and it towed great. It handled some pretty big hills just fine.

Footin
01-22-2007, 07:55 PM
I had a 91 Toyota 4X4 with the 4cyl engine. I use to tow my 87 ps190 with it all the time. It did a pretty good job, just did not use 5th gear.

BrianS
01-23-2007, 06:39 AM
I tow my '93 PS190 with a '03 Tacoma double cab V6 4x4. It does just fine. I regularly tow ~300 miles from OH to TN with some pretty big hills. I get about 15 MPG when towing and 17 city and 20 highway when not.

It's definitely not as nice as towing with a full-size but it gets the job done just fine. It's a lot nicer to drive when not towing then a full-size though, that is for sure.

Check out Yotatech (http://www.yotatech.com/) for all you want to know about Toyota pickups.

rem_pss308
01-23-2007, 07:04 AM
I have a 2003, Pre-runner 4-door tacoma with auto transmissionand V-6 engine it pulls my 1993 Prostar fine. I dont pull it in overdrive. Gets about 10 MPG while pulling. You can tell the boat is back there. I dont have trailer breaks, and coming up to stop signs has to be done easy.

I pulled it with a Nissan Frontier before the tacoma. It was a standard transmision. It seemed to pull it better with the standard.

Kevin 89MC
01-23-2007, 10:52 AM
I had a 91 Toyota 4X4 with the 4cyl engine. I use to tow my 87 ps190 with it all the time. It did a pretty good job, just did not use 5th gear.
Heh, I used to pull my '89 190 with an '84 Toyota 2wd with the 4cyl. Only had 4 forward gears! Worked fine as long as an experienced boat driver was helping me pull it out, by having the boat help push the truck up the ramp! It braked OK, except the one time when the surge brakes failed. That was a long stop . . .

BrianS
01-23-2007, 04:13 PM
I have a 2003, Pre-runner 4-door tacoma with auto transmissionand V-6 engine it pulls my 1993 Prostar fine. I dont pull it in overdrive. Gets about 10 MPG while pulling. You can tell the boat is back there. I dont have trailer breaks, and coming up to stop signs has to be done easy.

I towed one time with overdrive off and also got about 10-11 MPG. I've added an extra transmission fluid cooler and have no problems towing in overdrive. If it starts to hunt on a long uphill I'll go ahead and turn O/D off. I've had no problems and it increased my towing mileage to 15-16 MPG.