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Old 02-08-2012, 01:48 PM   #1
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Buying a first Gen, random questions before I take the plunge!

Hey all! new to TW, but I am intent on getting my first official truck and am set on a first Gen taco. just had a couple of random-esq questions, as I'm hunting right now but second guessing on everything.

right now I'm on a budget and looking in the 8-10k range for a 4x4. I don't know what the markets like everywhere else, but up here in the Northwest (seattle area), Tacoma's are like gold and being held onto like such. so far the only trucks i'm seeing are in that high mileage range (180-230k) which is about what I expected. I've heard raves about how good the 2.7 and 3.4's are, but is there anything drasticly wrong with buying high mileage on these?

as far as the 2.7 and 3.4, I'm not entirley set on one or the other. the 2.7 would be nice for that extra couple MPG's, but the 3.4 sounds better in the long run as I haul dirtbikes (and in the near future maybe a small pop up trailer) on decent size roadtrips. as of now, it's more of me waiting on one clean and having most of what I want as far as options (CC, AC, Power). any imput on preferances of motor size? concerns?

and as far as the TRD package goes, is that just an E-locker in the rear and different gearing? do the non TRD equipped first gens come with anything of that nature from the factory? (such as manual locking hubs) Sorry if all these questions seem silly, just my first vehicle that I intend to make last for atleast 10 years, want to make sure I do it right and get all my research done beforehand!

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Hey all! new to TW, but I am intent on getting my first official truck and am set on a first Gen taco. just had a couple of random-esq questions, as I'm hunting right now but second guessing on everything.

Nice choice, 1st Gen FTW!

right now I'm on a budget and looking in the 8-10k range for a 4x4. I don't know what the markets like everywhere else, but up here in the Northwest (seattle area), Tacoma's are like gold and being held onto like such. so far the only trucks i'm seeing are in that high mileage range (180-230k) which is about what I expected. I've heard raves about how good the 2.7 and 3.4's are, but is there anything drasticly wrong with buying high mileage on these?

Thats not a bad budget and you should be able to find something for around that price even if you have to go out of state to find one...High mileage shouldnt be too much of an issue as long as you take time and be thorough about it and all the maintenance (timing belt, oil changes on time and so forth), check the frame for rust and be sure to ask about any issues that might be taking place and what has all been done and repllaced ont he truck!

as far as the 2.7 and 3.4, I'm not entirley set on one or the other. the 2.7 would be nice for that extra couple MPG's, but the 3.4 sounds better in the long run as I haul dirtbikes (and in the near future maybe a small pop up trailer) on decent size roadtrips. as of now, it's more of me waiting on one clean and having most of what I want as far as options (CC, AC, Power). any imput on preferances of motor size? concerns?

I have the 3.4 and like it power wise compared to the 2.7 and i average around 18 mpg (17.8) with sliders, front bumper, front skid and about 200lbs of stuff in my toolbox and bed, havent had any issues as of yet with mine. Replace a steering rack and normal maintenance and thats about it.

and as far as the TRD package goes, is that just an E-locker in the rear and different gearing? do the non TRD equipped first gens come with anything of that nature from the factory? (such as manual locking hubs) Sorry if all these questions seem silly, just my first vehicle that I intend to make last for atleast 10 years, want to make sure I do it right and get all my research done beforehand!

I also have the TRD 4x4 and mine has 4:10 gears front and rear, thats the big difference from TRD and non TRD the only other difference is that there will be blue and yellow bilstein shocks on a TRD truck but thats easily replacable so not much of a big deal, if a truck has a TRD sticker on it look for the RR Diff Lock button right behind the steering wheel to the left and for the actuator on the driver side of the 3rd member at the axle.

-Ron
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:53 PM   #3
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Sorry but the above poster is wrong. I too initially had a budget of about $10K.


It took $14K and change to get there, and I'm far from being alone. The fact that Yahoo news decided in Dec 2011 to name 1st gen tacos on their "vehicles that do not depreciate" list sure hasn't helped, nor the fact that a lot of this trucks have been bought back and remove from circulation.


Here is a link that you need to read:

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st...ng-prices.html


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Sorry but the above poster is wrong. I too initially had a budget of about $10K.


It took $14K and change to get there, and I'm far from being alone. The fact that Yahoo news decided in Dec 2011 to name 1st gen tacos on their "vehicles that do not depreciate" list sure hasn't helped, nor the fact that a lot of this trucks have been bought back and remove from circulation.


Here is a link that you need to read:

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st...ng-prices.html


Good luck!
It's not that he's wrong, you just have to get lucky and jump on one when the opportunity arises. I had a budget of 11k and was able to get an 01 DC 4x4 with 80k miles for 10.5k.
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1st gen ftw. i have a 97 2.7 4x4 with lock outs in the front. i love it. its manuel so i have enough torque to haul my honda atv on a trailer. I'd love to have a v6 but my 2.7 is great with gas prices so high. i've seen 1st gens with 300k miles on them, just keep up with maintance. best of luck in w/e you choose.
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Sorry but the above poster is wrong. I too initially had a budget of about $10K.


It took $14K and change to get there, and I'm far from being alone. The fact that Yahoo news decided in Dec 2011 to name 1st gen tacos on their "vehicles that do not depreciate" list sure hasn't helped, nor the fact that a lot of this trucks have been bought back and remove from circulation.


Here is a link that you need to read:

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st...ng-prices.html


Good luck!
I said it was do-able if he went out of state possibly, i paid 3k for mine so i know they can be found for good prices... I find them all over for 8k or so it will just take time and be worth it in the end to wait for the right one but jump on it asap when you do find it!
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TRD also has a factory metal gas tank skid plate.

IIRC manual locking hubs are only available on the early first gens (pre-2000) with manaul transmission.
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TRD also has a factory metal gas tank skid plate.

IIRC manual locking hubs are only available on the early first gens (pre-2000) with manaul transmission.
Didnt know that till now!
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Didnt know that till now!
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^ Oh i knew mine had it as well as my moms prerunner just didnt realize the metal skid was a TRD thing
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My 96 has a metal gas tank skid, and it's a non-TRD?
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My 96 has a metal gas tank skid, and it's a non-TRD?
Something I read on TW at one point or another. My bro's 03 non-trd has a plastic skid so I assumed what I read here was true.
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just saw this on CL:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/cto/2841715251.html
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Probably just another example of the 96-97 truck superiority
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not to fond of the color but thats a pretty good deal for the mileage...all it takes is some looking around
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Probably just another example of the 96-97 truck superiority
^So true
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