Re: Why I hate Toyotas
Out of the box, the taco toyotas have way better power and gas mileage. They also have the locker option and the pricey supercharger option.
Now, to get a taco's suspension to handle large tires, an extracab/V6 and a winch, you need to sell out 800 bucks for Downey's after market coil overs. The lift is gotten by spacer (another 80 bucks) and preloading the spring--not the ideal way. The body and framew has less clearance. A lot of early tacos had bolted cross members, vs. welded for the non-taco models.
Point is, the older models came stock better equipped for offroad, and were easier and/or cheaper to upgrade.
Anecdotal evidence is a friend who traded in his 85 for a 96 taco. We ran the same trail (me in my 88) and he went home with blown front stocks (the non-bilsteins) a grenaded front diff and a front end misalinged that could not be creccted w/o a frame straightening. I suffered no of that, not that we were pushing things.
He eventually traded in it for a dodge 1500.
The guy pre-running with a supercharger in the dirt is asking for problems.