I know this topic has probably been beat to death, but I did a search and couldn't get a good answer, so apologies in advance.
Does anyone have any statistics on how many Tacomas were actually bought back due to rust issues? Or the percentage that were affected? Wild guesses? (I know 800000+ were in the running). Reading forums like these would lead one to believe that you were lucky to not have one with problems.
I ask because I'm looking at buying a '96 that has an extremely clean body, but has spent its life in the midwest. I have not had a chance to inspect the frame yet, but I'm reluctant to even consider buying it now whether the frame is clean or not due to the horror stories I've seen and the potential for rot in the future.
Would someone with a 1st gen that lives in a salt heavy region chime in and give me some reassurance?