Seems as if we have the same taste in trucks. I love my "mini truck" The 1st gen Dcab is the holy grail of trucks to me. It is an awesome all around vehicle and I like it quite a bit better than my 4runner. At first I did kind of miss the "pass through" but after adding the softopper it almost feels like I have a more utility type of 4runner. Same seating but I have a bed for all the muddy/wet gear. Plus its always nice just to have that truck bed. The cargo area can stay nice and dry while the rest of the stuff is in the back.
Originally Posted by 4Rescue
I know you would not be disappointed with a dcab taco great all around platform. I do have the 3.4 but it is an auto. They never made the 1st gen dcab with a manual. There have been a few people that have done a swap and its pretty straight forward. I have owned a single cab taco, the 4runner and the dcab taco and I think I upgraded everytime but the 4runner was a close 2nd. It really was a great rig but when I bought it I settled for it. I was really after a dcab tacoma at that time but the 4runner was very clean so I chose it and I had always been a fan of 4runners. I sometimes miss it but I wouldnt go back to a 4runner from this dcab. The 4door taco has everything the 4runner had plus a few more things. Holy grail isn't possible straight from factory as I said they only came in auto but you could get the locker, 3.4 and lever tcase. Thats what this one has! Oh yeah mileage wise I am seeing about 21 mixed driving now before the softopper I could get 24+ with mostly highway.
Dont let the auto scare you away. Its an awesome all around truck and if it bothers you enough you could always swap in the 5 spd.
07 FJ Cruiser-255/85/16 KM2, black steelies, stock sliders