My 2004 4X4 with an I5 and a manual transmission has 21K miles--it's
been in the shop for alignment problems, a brake light recall, a failed
sensor and a leaking front axle seal.
It has never failed to start.
In a 50 MPH collision with a pretty big deer the hood curled under to
the point it couldn't be opened, and all that was left of the grille was
one headlight hanging by the wire. The radiator ruptured and it had to
be towed to the body shop---but all things considered I think that was
actually a pretty admirable performance given how hard the impact was.
It's not back from the shop yet, and I doubt I'll keep it after such a
trauma--no matter how good the body shop I doubt it will ever be the
With the 100K warranty and with a heavy enough discount I would consider
buying another one.
I have nothing but good things to say about the 3.5 liter I5 engine.
Had an '04 Canyon regular cab 2WD I-4 Auto for 2 1/2 years and 75,000KM.
Traded it on an '06 ext cab Z71 4WD I-5 manual, 1 year and only 25,000KM's
Towed ~ 2,500 lbs for 1,500KM in hilly terrain with no effort with the I-4.
Latest models have upped towing capacity, but the power was never an issue.
And, of course, the I-5 is stronger.
Have had absolutely no problems other than the missing sealant / water in
the cab issue with the '04 that was common.
Mileage is only marginally better than full size, so that's not a reason to
Really happy and will get another when this lease is up.
Lots of opinions on various aspects of the truck here as well
Fair to say that there are people that have issues, but contrary to popular
belief even Lexus and BMW do too LOL.
Browse the board and you will get a better sampling of opinions. The
technical questions area is a good sampling of the types of problems people
do have, when they have them.
Well, based off the numbers I saw, I would be saving a bit on fuel,
but not a ton.
Is the Colo uncomfortable or is it just the size difference?
I really don't need the full size anymore, I ride my motorcycle 95% of
the year and right now the wife is using the truck, until we can get
her the little suv (Toyota RAV4 style) that she want.
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