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TruckLess
TruckLess

While disk vs. drum brakes' stopping ability is debatable, disk brakes are infinitely easier/cheaper to maintain than drum brakes - just pull the caliper bolt, swing the caliper away, pull & replace the pads, swing the caliper back down and replace the caliper bolt. Ever try to pull a drum off - after, say, 80,000 miles? ... get all the dirt out and get all the pieces back in the correct places? It's a nightmare!I applaud the upcoming cylinder-injection and 6-speed transmissions, though 8-speeds would be more current, rather than simply meeting what competition is forcing one to do. The gears and cylinder-injection along with flattening the bottom (to reduce air drag) should boost highway mileage a good 2 - 3 mpg.

artimusbill
artimusbill

While I agree rear drum brakes on anything is a buzzkill, overall they make some nice trucks. I have owned an 01 Tundra bought new in Aug of 01. Never any real issues (HVAC knobs and rear quarter window latche issues aside). Love it. I just wish the Tacoma's didn't cost quite so much, had a reasonably priced diesel option, and rear disc brakes. I know rear discs don't provide much if any benefit to actual stopping power. But if they want to charge a premium for their product (which they do), don't give me budget brakes.

LJC2011
LJC2011

@Sweers: Why no selectable eLocker? You know that every other manufacturer offers one in their 1/2, 3/4 and one ton trucks.

TruckLess
TruckLess

"Typically, we'll underpromise and overdeliver."Why not over-deliver with Tacoma rear-disk brakes? ... instead of drums (for over $20k)?... and, while you're at it, rear coil springs (a la Ram), rather than leaf-springs, would be SO nice on the mid-size Tacoma, too?

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