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Old 06-03-2016, 04:41 PM   #131
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Search the Tacoma forums for the advocates of 4th gear towing.
But make sure you're reading about the same transmission. The current Tacoma has a 6-speed automatic; the previous one had a 5-speed. They are clearly different transmissions, with different ratios and likely significantly different control systems.
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Old 06-03-2016, 05:33 PM   #132
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Hence the thread title 2016
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Old 06-03-2016, 06:22 PM   #133
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Hence the thread title 2016

In almost every discussion of tow vehicles, many of the posts are relevant only to the wrong generation of the vehicle, or to different models entirely. It would be very easy for someone searching the forums to find information about earlier years and not realize that it is a different transmission.
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Old 06-03-2016, 06:39 PM   #134
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Sorry about the reversed letters. My excuse is that ETC is the manufacturer of the most popular theatrical lighting fixtures (one of our alumni ran the initial roll out of the product in the 70's). My fingers just couldn't help typing ETC in palace of ECT.

As to what it does, Toyota doesn't make it clear, at least in the manual.

I did discover that even if you are not in cruise control, as you head downhill with you foot off the gas, it will downshift to keep the speed constant.

As to "Crawl", yes, it is part of the "Off Road" package. So far all I've used it for is to drive into my back yard.

The top two gears are overdrives, and without a trailer it does a lot of shifting between 6 & 5. I suspect that with the trailer even with this transmission 4th may be necessary to prevent constant unlocking of the torque converter.
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Old 06-03-2016, 07:25 PM   #135
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on, for me, the only rule I try to follow is to listen to what the transmission is doing. I try to find a gear/speed combination that gives me a decent enough uphill speed while not constantly shifting up and down. I keep thinking the computers will get smart enough to do this for themselves, but so far, (at least in this area) I still seem to be ahead of it.
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Old 06-10-2016, 09:19 AM   #136
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Anyone have an opinion on the TRD OFF Road compared to the TRD Sport? I am thinking the suspension on the Off Road might help with the bottoming out concern, but the tires might not be the best for mostly highway driving.
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Jon Vermilye, how do the Off Road's All Terrain tires feel on the highway?
Why did you choose the Off Road rather than the Sport?
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When shopping for my rear sumo-springs the forums mentioned the 4x2 TRD sport has the same undercarriage as the 4x4 model. I did not have time to follow up and research it myself.
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The off road tires are a bit louder, but the Goodyear FuelMax tires I had on the RAV4 were pretty loud as well & the Tacoma seems to be better insulated. The end result is about the same, or even a bit quieter.

I drove in very windy conditions yesterday, and found the truck not quite as stable as the RAV4. Whether it was the extra height, the tires, or what ever, the difference was noticeable, but not a problem.

As to why I went with the Off Road, I wanted the Crawl option & the locking differential. Probably overkill, but I got tired of being concerned about running around in the desert in the RAV4.

I'll have a towing report next week - I'm hauling the trailer in for bearing & brake service.
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Old 06-10-2016, 02:09 PM   #140
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I have the crawl option on my 2005 Tundra and have only used it a couple of times, but what a delight to be able to lumber down a steep slope without using the brakes, and then back up again just as easy. Our change from passenger to good truck tires really reduced trailer sway on towing. And yes, the ride is rougher.

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