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Old 03-10-2007, 04:42 PM   #15
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Another thing to think about is that a towing package is made up of much more than just the hitch such as larger radiator, alternator, bigger battery, supension tweaks, so be sure you know what you are getting. I always buy the factory towing package, even for my wife's SUV.

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Old 03-10-2007, 04:47 PM   #16
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Two great sentiments by one person in the same thread

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... I always buy the factory towing package, even for my wife's SUV.
Since I have already extended private karma for an earlier post in this thread, please allow me to say publicly that "great minds think alike"

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Old 03-10-2007, 04:51 PM   #17
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Now if I could get the wife to buy into that statment.

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Old 03-10-2007, 05:00 PM   #18
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Factory towing

Again, I agree with what everyone is saying. I too feel a factory installed tow package would be better than someone simply bolting on a hitch. Most of the used Tacomas (as opposed to the Tundras) have a V6 and they call out an additional oil and transmission cooler. I also believe they have larger aternators...?

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Old 03-10-2007, 05:05 PM   #19
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I'm looking at 2002-2005 Tundras. Most have the seven pin. However, the one vehicle that looked good has the four. I guess I could "make" the dealer install the class 4 hitch and harness....
Fair enough. My Toyota Highlander Hybrid came with a 4-pin stub that I needed to be converted into a 7-pin harness. I dropped off my HiHy, a Prodigy brake controller, a Draw-tire 4-pin stub to 4-pin harness adapter, a 4 to 7 pin harness adapter, and a Class III hitch off at a trailer shop and they put it all together for about $300. Your installation should be a little cheaper since I think the Tundra has a brake pigtail connector and the HiHy doesn't (they had to connect to my brake wires).

By the way, etrailer.com has three Class III receiver hitches for a 2004 Tundra and (with a weight distribution hitch) they range from 7,500-10,000lbs max tow capacity.

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All that said...I strongly agree with the other posters. Unless the dealer is offering you a truly amazing price, let the 4-pin truck go to someone who doesn't intend to do any towing.
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price differences, only money

I can get the 2002 Tundras (dealer certified/Warranty) for about $20K....I'm comparing that to a 2005 w/ only 8,000 miles for $27,999 which has the tow package.......auughh #!* dicisions.
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I can get the 2002 Tundras (dealer certified/Warranty) for about $20K....I'm comparing that to a 2005 w/ only 8,000 miles for $27,999 which has the tow package.......auughh #!* decisions.
For better or worse it sounds like you're at the point where you have to decide. Both prices sound a little high...make sure to look at Kelly Blue Book (kbb.com) and Edmunds (edmunds.com) to find out what they 'should' cost given their trim level and options. Also, make sure to check the tow capacity of each truck.

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KBB price is $28,365. Their asking price, keep in mind this is ata Toyota dealer and is still under warranty.

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KBB price is $28,365. Their asking price, keep in mind this is ata Toyota dealer and is still under warranty.
If you can swing it, the 2005 with 8,000mi does sound like the better deal - particularly since you plan to use the truck as a tow vehicle.
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Too bad you are not in the Phoenix area. I am going to trade mine in on a 2007 soon and would make you a deal based on what they offer me. My 2003 Tundra has a trade in value of around $18,000 acording to KBB.I am sure the dealer will try and low ball me, that's when the fun begins! Mine is a 4X4 with low milage (30,000) and factory tow package.
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