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Old 05-10-2018, 08:39 AM   #1
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TOYOTA TACOMA as TOAD

Wanting a new toad. Currently have a 2012 CRV. Would like a Toyota Tacoma, but was told by the dealers that is not possible. Will have to be an automatic transmission and 4x4. Anyone using this combination with success. If so, how did you go about it?
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Domestic pickups, both full size and smaller, that are 4 X 4 can be towed.
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Toyota's require a driveshaft disconnect to flat tow. I believe it was going to be $1400 for my Tundra. Decided to just get the wife a new, towable car.
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Wanting a new toad. Currently have a 2012 CRV. Would like a Toyota Tacoma, but was told by the dealers that is not possible. Will have to be an automatic transmission and 4x4. Anyone using this combination with success. If so, how did you go about it?
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I agree that it would need to automatic and 4x4. But then ONLY if it has a neutral position on the Transfer case selector. Then you would put tranny in Park and the T-Case in neutral.
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I agree that it would need to automatic and 4x4. But then ONLY if it has a neutral position on the Transfer case selector. Then you would put tranny in Park and the T-Case in neutral.

They don't have a T-case N, you have to disconnect the driveshaft, either by unbolting it or installing a remote disconnect.
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They don't have a T-case N, you have to disconnect the driveshaft, either by unbolting it or installing a remote disconnect.
I had a 98 Tacoma 4x4 that I towed with a disconnect. Now have an Xterra 4WD also with a disconnect. Great setup. I looked into the Tacoma and with a disconnect it is towable. The issue is if it's one of the models with pushbutton start nobody seems to know how to unlock the steering wheel for towing or if it is even possible.
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As they say in multiple replies in this thread... a major downside to an electronic transfer case: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/...neutral.38941/
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That's a good point, you definitely need a keyed ignition!
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I have an '02 Tacoma automatic 2 WD that I've towed for 65,000 miles using a Remco driveline disconnect.
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That's a good point, you definitely need a keyed ignition!
Or at least someone needs to figure out how to unlock a pushbutton system. Frankly that's the one issue that steered me away from getting a Tacoma. I've had disconnects on 4 vehicles over the years. Works fine though you do need to stay on top of maintenance (clean\lube the shifting mechanism).
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We towed an 05 Tacoma for 4 years with a DS disconnect. Great vehicle. If you buy a new Tacoma there are 2 options. If you do not buy the fanciest model it can be towed without any monkeying of the steering wheel lock. The high end model can also be towed buy you need a battery disconnect to prevent the wheel from locking. In both instances you need the DS disconnect. Southwest Driveline in Yuma has installed a number of these on late model Tacomas.
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So get a GMC Canyon or Chevy Colorado 4WD instead of the Tacoma. I know, it's not a Toyota, but if you want to tow a 4WD automatic pick-up, that's the one that works without mods. Otherwise, pay the price for a driveline disconnect on the Tacoma.
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Or at least someone needs to figure out how to unlock a pushbutton system. Frankly that's the one issue that steered me away from getting a Tacoma. I've had disconnects on 4 vehicles over the years. Works fine though you do need to stay on top of maintenance (clean\lube the shifting mechanism).
The steering locks on push button start vehicles are electric. With my Nissan I was able to just remove the fuse with the lock disengaged and the steering wheel never locked again. Maybe Toyotas are similar?
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The steering locks on push button start vehicles are electric. With my Nissan I was able to just remove the fuse with the lock disengaged and the steering wheel never locked again. Maybe Toyotas are similar?
According to my service manager removing a fuse for the lock will trigger a check engine. I doubt the lock is on aseperate fuse.
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