Hi Toyota Forum! I just bought a '98 Toyota Tacoma on Halloween, and I'm wondering if I just got a killer deal or a huge headache. The original owner took two Tacoma's (a '98 with a blown engine and an '03 that had been rolled) and merged them together Frankenstein-style. I've never owned a vehicle this new before, and this is my first Toyota (I have lots of friends and family who love their Yotas!). Here's the specs on the mobile:
-5-speed manual transmission and Xtra cab body from the '98 Tacoma, about 101k miles
-Ever other component, including the front end, all V6 engine parts, 4x4, TRD, and interior from the '03 Tacoma, about 52k miles
-Aftermarket exhaust, K&N air filter, aftermarket amp wired-in to the stock cd player, power locks (w/alarm) and windows, clutch changed 2k miles ago, 2" taller tires at 90% tread, 2.5" lift, a so-so paint job, A/C and catalytic converter removed
The original owner was a sort of backyard mechanic who assured me that all of the parts on the two trucks were identical, and so far I've only found one hose that strangely goes to nowhere (included in pics). He also said there are aftermarket TRD headers on the truck? I don't know the value on those, but I included a picture. He's driven the truck about 23k miles since he made the engine switch 4 years ago. The truck was originally from Maui, so there is some slight electrolysis on some of the parts, but it doesn't seem too bad.
All the 4x4 gears work without a single problem and the truck drives like a dream (one belt is a little squeaky). Exhaust burns no oil and all the fluids look pristine. My big questions are:
#1. Did I get a good deal? He posted it for 9k, had about 50 emails instantly, and I bought it at full price early the next day (he wouldn't budge on the price, and neither would I with that kind of response!).
#2. What should I be worried about with this truck?
I am only slightly mechanically inclined and would love to own this truck for 20 years (assuming we still use fossil fuels by then...), but should I sell it at the first sign of trouble? The engine's only got 52k miles! These things aren't even broken in until 150k right!? Thanks for reading and posting.