2003 Toyota Tacoma User Reviews

2003 Toyota Tacoma Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 23 reviews

  • Performance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"reliable car" 8 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"storage" 2 reviews
"interior" 2 reviews

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Sabbas writes:
2003 Toyota Tacoma 2 Dr V6 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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awesome

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economy

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Noce — good car, great feel on the pedal and clutch and rugged body but it's a rough ride when it's empty, fill it with 1000 lbs of stuff and it rides like a Lexus. Arm rests are brutal but seat is comfortable.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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alexdiego writes:
2003 Toyota Tacoma 2 Dr V6 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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5

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Compact size, fair amount of power for fuel economy. Reliability

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No suicide doors for ext cab like the Ford Ranger of the same era.

alexdiego
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Great For A Second Vehicle If You Have A Family. Very Dependable. — Truck is a good compromise of size and power. A 6 foot bed which totes everything I need along with a 5K lb towing capacity. It will handle 95% of what you will probably throw at it and come back for more. With a newer set of BFGs or Firestone Destination AT tires, I have been very successful in snow, mud, ice, rain etc. Great truck for just about anything.

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mdep writes:
2003 Toyota Tacoma 2 Dr STD 4WD Standard Cab SB Review
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5

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the off road capability but recently injured my back permenately  

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only fits 2 people and a bit of a sled

mdep
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Great Little Truck Very Unique And Nice Lookin — used it for off roading and commuting to work for the first 2 yrs then after injury just for running errands and transportation. Its not fast but very capable off road and in snow (unstoppable)great build quality duh its a toyota. 17/21 mpg average maintenance. very fun to drive unless you're looking for speed

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Brian writes:
2003 Toyota Tacoma 2 Dr STD Standard Cab SB Review
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Quality package, everything you need but nothing you don't, durable vehicle

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Slightly underpowered, could get better gas mileage, 4-wheel drive on standard cab short-bed would be sick

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Tough Lil' Go-getter — Like the looks both inside and out. Nothing flashy or overly exciting but elegant in its simplicity. Cabin is a little cramped for taller people and defintely isn't a carpooling vehicle but is good for hauling reasonable loads good distances with one or two passengers. Engine is fairly powerful for its small size but is definitely not as strong as some larger engines. Gas mileage could be better for the size of the vehicle. Has off-roading capabilities even with only rear-wheel drive (especially rally-style tracks, not so much in mud) with good ground clearance and a capable stock suspension package in pre-runner trim. Vehicle is now 5 years old and still runs and looks brand new.

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ecc9 writes:
2003 Toyota Tacoma 4 Dr Prerunner V6 Crew Cab SB Review
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This midsize truck has met all the demands I have put on it  and has never let me down. The Michelin tires were good for 105k miles before needing replacement. Shocks were swapped at 145k. Exterior paint still looks good eventhough parked outside garage since 2004. Regular maintenance is very minor.

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The big exhaust pipe (10 inch diameter) growl was overbearing on long trips. Dashboard clock is poorly positioned. The cargo rings in corners of truck bed have rusted but still will function as new.

ecc9
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Outstanding Purchase — Can't really find anything of significance. It has been a reliable truck that has fulfilled my needs. It always receives compliments on how good it looks. I like the round wheel wells as they aren't angled like the models are today.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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thunderhorn25 writes:
2003 Toyota Tacoma 2 Dr STD 4WD Standard Cab SB Review
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This truck takes me everywhere I go and I do a lot of huninting. I have pulled out 3 full sized vehicles that have been stuck with my lil' taco in 4wheel low. Had full sized elk whole in the bed on two occassions, plus it looks great!

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Think they could do a little better with the mpg on these trucks. This has the 2.7l and it does have oversized tires...the good news is I'm going nowhere fast so I don't get tickets! Seriously, I love the truck!

thunderhorn25
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Ever Hear Of Synyrd's "nuthin' Fancy"? — Great looking truck with no frills. Has old fashion roll up windows, 5 speed manual and a rear slider, 4wd and 2.7l engine. Love the truck but am thinking of selling to obtain a Tacoma double cab with manual transmission for wen my pup like to travel along with me and my wife.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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crusadersr14 writes:
2003 Toyota Tacoma 4 Dr Prerunner V6 Crew Cab SB Review
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An amazing and reliable car, never had a problem with it even with so many miles on it.

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Small bed

crusadersr14
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An Amazing Reliable Vehicle — I give this car out of a 9/10. This truck is very reliable, has good mpg and I never had to worry about it breaking down. It has a smaller bed space then I wanted, but it had still had enough room to fit a toolbox and a four wheeler.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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tmphillips2001 writes:
2003 Toyota Tacoma 2 Dr STD Extended Cab SB Review
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Reliable

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Can't think of any

tmphillips2001
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Best Little Truck You Will Ever Buy — Reliable--but what else would you expect from Toyota. New tires. Less than 6k on the tires. I wouldn't two a big boat behind this truck, but I've moved a trailer full of heavy funiture a couple hundred miles with no issues.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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tmphillips2001 writes:
2003 Toyota Tacoma 2 Dr STD Extended Cab SB Review
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5

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Very dependable--and powerfull for a 4-cy

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small back seat--

tmphillips2001
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Great Little Truck — One of the best Cars/Trucks I've owned. Good gas milage--very zippy. More power than you would expect from a 4cy. Gas milage is decent--somewhere between 20-23. Little rust on the bumper, seems to be a common problem

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2003 Toyota Tacoma 4 Dr V6 4WD Crew Cab SB Review
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4

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Good Strong Tacoma Pickup with Trailer hitch.  There is also a "Remote Starter" installed which comes in handy on those cold mornings !  Good Tires all around ...

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The Bed has had it share of scratches, but I was going to get a bedliner or have it rubber coated and then this wouldn't be an issue.

gilfev
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Very Good Practical Vehicle — Very good looking Tacoma with Forest Green paint ! This truck has new front brake rotors & pads along with new timing chain and water pump. There has also been a brand new Emergency Brake installed with all Toyota parts. This is a 6 cylander engine with a lot of power over the road or in 4 Wheel drive !

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2011 Toyota Tacoma Reviews

Attention Grabber By AndreCalpestri

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