2003 toyota Tacoma Prerunner

2003 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner: The Toyota Tacoma is a pickup produced in the United States by the Japanese auto maker Toyota considering that 1995. The very first generation Tacoma, model years 1995 1/2 through 2004, was categorized as a compact pick-up. The 2nd generation was classified as mid-size. The Tacoma was Motor Trend Magazine's Vehicle of the Year for 2005.

Since 2015, the Toyota Tacoma is marketed in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Bolivia, Chile, and the French territory of New Caledonia.


2003 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner


First generation (January 1995-August 2004)

The Tacoma was introduced in the United States in February 1995 (March 1995 market launch) as a substitute for the Hilux, which prior to this was marketed in the United States under the name Toyota Pickup. Compared to the Hilux, the Tacoma is engineered with a better top priority on trip top quality, dealing with, comfort, as well as security over ruggedness as well as payload capacity. The layout is intended to better fit the needs of the United States and also Canadian pickup market, where pickup, especially small and also mid-sized models, are often used as personal vehicles, as well as much less exclusively for industrial, agricultural, and off roadway use. The name was derived from the Shore Salish individuals' name for Mt. Rainier in Washington state.

Development started in 1989, adhering to launch of the 5th generation Toyota Pick-up in late 1988 and concluded in 1994. Layout job was done at Calty Layout Research in The Golden State from 1990 to 1992, when Kevin Hunter's outside design proposition was chosen in the autumn of 1991 and in final form, frozen for production in 1992. Patents for the manufacturing design were submitted in Japan in April 1993 and also October 28, 1993 in the United States.

There were a total amount of three engines offered for the Toyota Tacoma:.

-2.4 L four-cylinder rated at 142 hp (106 kW) and 160 pound · feet (217 N · m) of torque.
-2.7 L four-cylinder rated at 150 hp (112 kW) as well as 177 lb · feet (240 N · m) of torque.
-3.4 L V6 ranked at 190 hp (142 kW) and also 220 pound · ft (298 N · m) of torque. The 2.4 L gave 29 miles per US gallon (8.1 L/100 km; 35 mpg-imp) (freeway cycle), the 2.7 L gave 26 miles per United States gallon (9.0 L/100 kilometres; 31 mpg-imp) (freeway), as well as the 3.4 L supplied 22 miles per US gallon (11 L/100 kilometres; 26 mpg-imp) (freeway ).

Two-wheel drive Tacomas had 5-stud wheel lug patterns. The 2.4 L as well as 3.4 L engines were available in this car relying on alternatives. Automatic as well as manual transmissions were offered.

Four-wheel drive Tacomas (likewise 2WD crew taxicabs 2000-present) had six-stud wheel lug patterns, which had actually been made use of on the prior pick-ups (pre-Tacoma trucks). The vehicle's framework is fully boxed till right away after the back fallen leave spring mount bracket where it transitions into a c-frame section. The 3.4 V6's manual transmission was an R150F while the automatic transmission was an A340F (Aisin code is 30-40LE). From 95-97 Solitary taxi Tacomas had the choice of a manual transmission with the 3.4 V6 engine. The aftermarket TRD supercharged 3.4 L V6 produced 254 bhp (189 kW) as well as 270 pound · ft( 366 N · m ). From 1997 on, the single cabs only obtained a 2.7 L or a 2.4 L 4-cylinder from the factory. TRD bundles started in 1997 (if the V6 engine was selected, a differential locker in the rear featured it).

In its initial pair years of manufacturing the Tacoma marketed effectively, drawing in several young buyers. The very first generation Tacoma undertook a small front lights upgrade from recessed to purge fronts lights in October 1996 on 2WD models and a total amount of two aesthetic facelifts: the very first in July 1997, and also the 2nd in October 2000. The facelifts mainly entailed grilles (design year MY1998 as well as 2001) and tailgate badging and emblems (MY1998). Mechanical changes consisted of a button to distributorless ignitions (coil-on-plug) in 1996 and in 1997 longer back fallen leave springs. A passenger-side air bag was included July 1997, and the driver's side air bag (requirement from 1995 launch) was "depowered". The majority of 4x4 versions included Toyota's Automatic Differential Disconnect (ADD) system after the 2000 model year.

Created via 1998 (by Yusuke Fukushima) as part of the MY2001 renovation (patented on September 22, 1998 at Japan License Workplace under # 0890798) was a new staff cab (four-door) version included in the schedule in October 2000. The crew taxi included 4 doors and also Tokico gas shocks, while the expanded cabs still opened up with 2 doors and utilized Bilstein shocks. The extensive taxicab featured a 6 ft (1.8 m) bed while the staff cab featured a 5-foot-5-inch (1.65 m) bed. Numerous clients were disturbed with small team cab beds, yet a lot of rivals shared this imperfection.

In October 2000, together with the front facelift, Toyota had additionally revealed an S-Runner trim package that included the 3.4-liter V6 engine. It came with 16-inch (410 mm) alloy wheels, as well as a 5-speed manual transmission with Tokico gas shocks. There were just 800 produced every month from September 2000 to August 2004. By 2003 the Tacoma had actually gotten 16.5 percent sales from its previous years. The Tacoma's appeal just increased in the following few years. By 2004 it was ahead of the Nissan Frontier, as well as Dodge Dakota, but still 2.2 percent behind in sales to the Ford Ranger.

In 2008, Toyota proactively revealed a 15-year, endless mileage rust service warranty for 1995-2000 design years because of insufficient rustproofing as well as frame deterioration issues influencing over 800,000 Tacomas. Toyota will certainly either fix the structure or buyback the truck for 1.5 times its KBB retail worth. This was later on included include 2001-2004 model years, but in these cases when a framework was located to be corroded to the point of perforation, the structure is replaced with a brand-new one rather than a buy back.

On November 21, 2012, Toyota remembered regarding 150,000 Tacoma mid-size pickup trucks from the version years 2001 to 2004 that were marketed largely in 20 cold-weather U.S. states. The recall entails the spare tire and also how it might diminish.

Second generation (August 2004-August 2015)

In 2000, Toyota started advancement of the second generation Tacoma under chief designer Chikuo Kubota. Majority of development job was managed by Hino in Japan. Designers Shigeya Hattori as well as Hideo Karikomi of Hino, won the inner design competition in 2001. Last styles were frozen for production in 2002 and also patents filed on July 3, 2003, with test mules being examined from very early 2003. Prototypes were developed later on in 2003, with advancement ending in the 2nd quarter of 2004.

On February 4, 2004 at the Chicago Car Program, Toyota introduced a bigger as well as more powerful Tacoma. This brand-new Tacoma was offered in eighteen different configurations, that included three cab setups, four transmissions, 2 engines, and 2 bed sizes. The three taxicab arrangements include routine taxicab, gain access to cab, and also double taxicab. The transmissions can be found in 4-speed automated, 5-speed automatic, 5-speed handbook, and 6-speed manual. Beds are: 6 ft (1.8 m) lengthy bed, and 5 feet (1.5 m) brief bed. The Tacoma's 4.0-liter 1GR-FE V6 took the place of the initial 3.4-liter 5VZ-FE V6. The new V6 had several enhancements, such as a tow rating of 6,500 pound (2,948 kg), and also a haul capability of 1,650 pound (748 kg). It generates 236 horsepower (176 kW) as well as 266 lb · ft (361 N · m) of torque. The smaller sized, yet brand new 2.7-liter 2TR-FE 4-cylinder choice in more economical models is rated at 159 hp (119 kW) and also 180 lb · ft( 244 N · m ).

of torque. Toyota likewise introduced an X-Runner trim, which changes the slow selling S-Runner trim from the previous generation. The X-Runner showcases the 1GR-FE paired to a six-speed manual transmission, 18 in (457 mm) alloy wheels, decreased two inches from the manufacturing facility and also consisted of an X-Brace suspension plan. Toyota also consisted of a Down-Hill Assist Control (DAC) and Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), with designs that were furnished with the optional Toyota Racing Advancement (TRD) Off-Road package. DAC automatically applies stopping throughout downhill descents while HAC prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards on hills. A rear securing differential, or limited-slip differential were additionally some optional attributes. Every Tacoma was manufactured with a composite internal bed that consists of a deck rail system with four tie down cleats, hook-pins, storage boxes. TRD bundle furnished Tacomas likewise include an in-bed 115V/400W Air Conditioner power electrical outlet. The restrain cleats are ranked to stand up to 220 lb (100 kg).

The 2006 version Tacoma was a bit different from the 2005 version. The 2006 model made some choices criterion. Toyota also added 2 new indoor shades for the 2007 version year. 2008 models are carry-ons from 2007. For 2009 safety and security attributes were included and also the Tacoma no more provides a mechanical restricted slip differential instead an open differential which utilizes specific wheel stopping to replicate a mechanical LSD or "Auto-LSD". TRD off-road models remain to come equipped with a locking back differential. The second generation Tacomas were set up in Tijuana, Mexico as well as Fremont, The golden state while the plastic/composite beds were all constructed in Mexico. However, in August 2009 Toyota introduced that it would transfer Tacoma manufacturing from Fremont to San Antonio, Texas.

A minor renovation came for 2009, consisting of a somewhat modified grille on some versions, brand-new LED taillamps, and also on the X-Runner, TRD Offroad and also TRD Sporting activity versions consists of smoked headlamp trim. Complementary audio input currently comes criterion. The Access/Double Cab trucks have 2 brand-new ceiling placed audio speakers and also offered back-up display. Four new outside shades are also contributed to the Tacoma.

After the bankruptcy of GM, GM ended its joint venture with Toyota. Toyota, requiring added production quantity at its Texas and Mississippi plants, finished Corolla and Tacoma production at the Fremont plant. In 2010 all Tacoma production was relocated to Toyota's Texas plant in San Antonio. The Tacoma will be developed together with the Tundra. This brought a total amount of about 1,000 new work to San Antonio.

The 2012 model year rejuvenate included a restyled front bumper, fronts lights, grille, hood, brand-new inside as well as a shark fin antenna for the SiriusXM satellite radio. The 2013 design year comes with touch display stereo as well as eliminates the shark fin antenna and also SiriusXM radio ability unless the optional Entune bundle is set up. 2014 models had a new SR trim and for 2015 versions the routine cab model was ceased.

In November 2016, Toyota USA cleared up a class action match over frame rust, accepting inspect as well as if necessary replace rusted structures on 2005-2010 version year Tacomas, 2007-2008 MY Tundras, and also 2005-2008 MY Sequoias in the United States and also its territories.

SG Automotive manufactures a truck with a similar grille and also headlights called the Huanghai Major in China.

Third generation (September 2015-present)

The new Tacoma was formally revealed at the January 2015 Detroit Vehicle Show with USA sales adhering to in September 2015.

The vehicle has a brand-new exterior profile taking styling cues from the 2014 version year 4Runner SUV and the 2014 design year Tundra pick-up as well as showcases a much more aggressive and also manly appearance, with a bigger grill and new projector beam headlamps. The tailgate and also bed were revamped and included a debossed Tacoma logo design along with an infused spoiler. New personality lines were also observed on the truck as well as an air dam before the automobile - these new functions will likely assist in added fuel economic situation.

Under the hood Toyota offers a 2.7 Liter I4 paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission or the existing 5-speed guidebook and also a 3.5-liter V6 which runs Toyota's D-4S system switching from port to route injection based upon driving conditions and also works on the Atkinson cycle using VVT-iW variable shutoff timing. The 3.5-liter V6 provides 278 hp as well as 265 lb-ft of torque. This engine is offered in both a 6-speed automatic as well as manual transmissions. EPA-estimated city/highway/combined mpg for the 4x2 automatic is 19/24/21 and also 18/23/20 for the 4x4 automated. Based on the SAE J2807 tow standards the Tacoma can tow approximately 6,800 lb (3,100 kg) with the added tow package.

Along with this, Toyota upgraded the truck's structure by including more high stamina steel in order to enhance the vehicle's inflexibility and also to go down weight. The body is also built using ultra-high stamina steel that will be incorporated utilizing a brand-new hot stamping process that reduces weight. Toyota likewise updated the suspensions, rear differentials and rear axle to improve the vehicle's roadway good manners while still keeping it off-road qualified. The vehicle is available in 6 distinct trims, these are the base SR, mid-level SR5, TRD Off Road, TRD Sport, Limited, and also range covering TRD Pro. The truck is used in Access Taxicab and Dual Taxicab setups with the lengthy or brief bed sizes. The Normal Taxi design was not carried over for the brand-new generation pick-up. The inside of the pick-up gets a full overhaul too. Using a handle-bar motif, Toyota made the inside of the Tacoma much more luxurious and also included a bigger touchscreen display screen in addition to an all brand-new cockpit console. Soft-touch materials likewise changed the previous generations difficult plastics. A natural leather choice was included. Toyota has actually likewise used an acoustic windshield, better protected doors, in addition to even more climate stripping to decrease roadway and wind sound. For the first time Toyota will certainly offer twin climate control in the recently improved Tacoma.

Unlike the Second generation models, the guiding wheel controls (as of 2016-2017) have reduced performance, and therefore impaired comfort when trying to browse phone Calls/ Favorite Contacts. The guiding wheel D-pad controls are not linked to the Entune system for the functions of searching and also selecting calls. Instead, the vehicle driver needs to count on voice controls, or unsafely getting to over to earn adjustments to the Entune system to search and also pick the suitable call in order to put a call. Furthermore, D-pad manages no more use the ability to scroll through listings of tunes throughout USB or Bluetooth music playback. The chauffeur must utilize the touch screen to pick brand-new albums/artists/songs.

The TRD Off Road trim models features an all-new terrain choose setting which enables the motorist to choose in between various kinds of surface such as, loose rock, mud, and sand. Toyota likewise introduced a brand-new CRAWL mode that will certainly enable the vehicle driver to guide the vehicle in challenging terrain while the truck handles braking and acceleration by itself. In addition to this the truck also includes a moon-roof, key-less entry, Qi Wireless phone charging capability, simple lower tailgate, dead spot surveillance system, back-up camera (criterion) as well as a mounted GoPro owner (standard).

Toyota also presented a TRD Pro version in late 2016, which includes FOX-patented Interior Bypass shocks, TRD Pro catback exhaust, TRD Pro skid plate, Ridged Industries LED fog lights, and also heritage inspired 'TOYOTA' grille. The TRD Pro variation is only offered in the dual cab brief bed setup, with either a conventional or automated gear box in Barcelona Red Metallic, Super White, or Concrete all with black as well as red interior.

The Tacoma's change to its third generation occurred while the segment is growing. In 2014, the San Antonio plant constructed 105,796 Tacomas and also the Baja plant developed 71,399 for a total of 177,195. in 2015, the San Antonio plant constructed 110,911 and also Baja built 82,328 for a total of 193,239 built. In 2016, 191,673 Tacomas were offered in the United States and also Canada (in addition to 115,489 Tundras additionally integrated in San Antonio) and also, with the mid size sector up general, the San Antonio plant was running costlier added Saturday changes to keep up with need, running at 125% of forecasted plant capacity. The 2016 as well as 2017 version year double cab-short bed Tacomas are currently made in Tijuana (VINs beginning in 3) and all other Tacoma setups are made in San Antonio (VINs beginning in 5). Toyota USA introduced that they will enhance manufacturing at the Tijuana plant in 2018 from concerning 100,000 to 160,000 Tacomas.