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Undecided on what drivetrain to get

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by Geolb, Mar 6, 2018.

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4x4 or 4x2

  1. 4x4

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  1. Mar 6, 2018 at 9:49 AM
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    Geolb

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    So I know people ask this question on whether they should get 4x4 or 4x2 but I want to see what people recommend in my situation. So this is my first ever pick up truck that I will be buying and I live in California. I plan on taking it to the snow maybe 2 times a year And I sometimes do go out to the country but the roads aren’t bad and maybe plan on going to pismo beach Once in a while I don’t plan on going into the sand just taking it there. And I probably won’t daily drive the truck because I will still have a secondary car so the truck is mostly for road trips and the extra room and weekends. One of my main concerns is the price and reliability of 4x4 and I also heard gas mileage drops a bit so that pretty much sums up my situation.
     
  2. Mar 6, 2018 at 9:51 AM
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    PRO BLANCO

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    Welcome! Definitely 4x4!
     
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  3. Mar 6, 2018 at 9:53 AM
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    I had a 4x2 Tundra for 10 years and never once needed 4x4, though I live in Texas. The most offroading I ever did was dirt roads and light trails. The extra cost of a 4x4 would be mostly recovered upon trade in / resale, and I lost less than 1 mpg going from 4x2 Double Cab to 4x4 Crewmax.
     
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  4. Mar 6, 2018 at 9:57 AM
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    4x4. You might not need it, but would be great to have if you ever did, like during the zombie apocalypse. Trade in/resale would be better too.
     
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  5. Mar 6, 2018 at 9:58 AM
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    So I don’t mind paying extra for 4x4 when I buy the truck but my main concern is the reliability of 4x4 because I hear people say it’s expensive to fix if that wasn’t much of an issue I would definitely prefer 4x4
     
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  6. Mar 6, 2018 at 10:10 AM
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    I have not seen many posts on this forum with people having issues with 4x4 drivetrain. As long as you do recommended maintenance you should be fine. Not a concern on Yotas.
     
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  7. Mar 6, 2018 at 10:15 AM
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    I’m from California too. I’ve owned trucks before but this is my first 4 x 4. I was always able to get by with my 2X trucks. Always tried to never put myself in situations where I couldn’t get out. I also go to the snow a couple of times a year as well as travel down fire roads. I used to go to Pismo in my old trucks and never got stuck. Airing down the tires was always key as well as driving style. And I typically had a small motorcycle trailer attached and still didn’t get stuck.

    But I will say this. I love knowing that I have 4 x 4 when I need it. Now when I drive down somewhat technical fire roads and trails I put it in 4hi because I can. I could get by in 2X but I like to use my 4 x 4. It paid for itself once when I was towing a boat home from the river. We got a flat on the trailer and I stupidly pulled onto the soft shoulder. When I went to leave on the crowned soft shoulder my truck started to drift into the bank. I promptly put it in 4hi and drove right out.
    I’m sure I could’ve figured a way out by either unhooking the trailer and readjusting my position of the truck. Or had one of my buddies yank me out. But that little knob on the dash had me out in five seconds.

    I say get the 4 x 4. Make sure you stay up on maintenance. It’s really not much that more maintenance than a 2X vehicle. Although if something does break it can cost more. Just make sure you use it now and then. It doesn’t sound like you would be doing anything real hard-core to worry about breaking much. But having 4 x 4 really opens up opportunities to go places that you would have shied away from before. Now when I go sightseeing with my family down a dirt road, if I see a path or an obstacle I feel like having fun on or exploring. I can!
     
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  8. Mar 6, 2018 at 10:23 AM
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    Well when you put it that was it doesn’t sound so bad and I would like to off road once in a while but if I had 4x2 I wouldn’t mind not being able to but it is something that I would prefer to try out thanks for the info it does help a lot
     
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  9. Mar 6, 2018 at 10:24 AM
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    Well as far as mpg that’s not bad so then that’s not an issue I assumed from what I heard it was a bigger difference but I guess not.
     
  10. Mar 6, 2018 at 10:29 AM
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    A 2wd would be sick if you had a single cab short bed and lowered it. If I still lived in CA I’d totally go for that.

    But I can’t get out of my driveway in the winter without 4x4 here and I go camping in the woods a lot and end up using 4 wheel drive often.
     
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  11. Mar 6, 2018 at 10:29 AM
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    It definitely opens up some opportunities and places. It was also nice not having to put tire chains on when required in the San Bernardino Mountains. Driving by all those people who were forced to put on chains or cables felt really good. I used to be one of them.
    I still carry a set of cables just in case they ever required 4 x 4‘s to put them on. But as goes with 4 x 4, better to have and not need then need and not have.
     
  12. Mar 6, 2018 at 10:30 AM
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    One of these would be awesome. But it couldn’t be my only truck here.

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  13. Mar 6, 2018 at 10:32 AM
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    I love RCSB trucks in any configuration. 2x sport truck or 4x off roader.

    Stupid kid and dogs needing a place to sit.
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  14. Mar 6, 2018 at 10:35 AM
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    I’ve seen trucks like that not many Toyota’s mostly other makes and they’re nice but for me they’d be impractical to have it lowered but like I said I have seen some lowered that do look good
     
  15. Mar 6, 2018 at 10:38 AM
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    Yea that’s true because being able to do more with my truck is definitely a nice upside to 4x4 and I wouldn’t want to miss out on doing things because I only have 4x2 but wasn’t sure if it was worth paying more for 4x4 if they had issues
     
  16. Mar 6, 2018 at 10:39 AM
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    Well that’s definitely good to hear I’ll look through the forum and see what issues people have had with 4x4
     
  17. Mar 6, 2018 at 10:41 AM
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    Even be more fun with a six speed manual.
     
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    I have a 2 dr short bed!!!! Not lowered though so I guess I’m the jacked up one...:anonymous::anonymous::anonymous:

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    I was a little nervous myself about the cost of fixing any of the 4 x 4 system. So for a peace of mind I negotiated 100,000 mile 10 year platinum warranty. Most suggest against this. But I wanted it and I got it for around a $1000.
     
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    BA!!! I want it! This would be something that would have to be a second car or when I’m an old man. I’ll just make sure the wife has the grandkid car.
     
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    That’s a nice truck I was debating of getting one like this just so I could buy it quicker but decided to wait and just save more money and get a 4door
     
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    That’s a good deal and I’m not familiar with the warranty plans never actually thought of that so I will definitely look into that and why would people suggest against it?
     
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    Best advice I was given - Better to have it and not need it then need it and not have it. I have used mine surprisingly more than I would have thought. Once you get a 4x4 you will find reasons to use it...
     
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    They will try to get it you to pay way more. But it is possible to get them down. The finance manager and I have done business before so he hooked me up. People suggest against it because, with Toyota they feel you’re throwing your money away because Toyota’s are so reliable.
     
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    I actually have a family member that is a finance manager so that could help
     
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    Yes def not family friendly, but it is a good excuse to go wheelin
     
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    I wanted a pickup truck ASAP so I was pretty close to buying a single cab but sometimes my current 4 passenger(fits 5 but it’ll be tight 4 fit comfortable) car is not enough so if I would have gone to a 3 passenger I definitely would have regretted it in the long run but I would want one as a secondary truck because I know they have some that are stick shift with a trd supercharger that would be a fun truck!
     
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    HMMM. A situatuon it is. The snow and country roads you say? Beaches in the future they are. Stuck in snow on a cold night and 2WD is no fun I think for you :help: 4X4 is only used when needed and will get you back to your dinner date on time and everyone ends up :yay:instead of :smack:
     
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    4x4...last time in Mammoth we got hit by a snow storm and my buddies and I were like " that guy wished he would have bought the 4x4 option for his truck" as we drove by...
     
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