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Old 05-07-2012, 01:18 PM   #1
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Which of these two would YOU choose, and why?

'98 Tac, 4x4, V6, 200K--$4500

'99 Tac, 4x2, 2.4L, 138K--$5000

Use: Just getting around, no heavy wheeling, light and infrequent motorcycle towing, living out of, exploring. Mainly in central coast of California, and maybe a little Colorado here and there.

Would the 60K+ mileage difference sway you in one way or another? I bought an '84 FJ60 seven years ago with 200K on her and sold in October with no major probs. Does this gen have similar reliability?

For arguments sake, suppose that both trucks were well maintained with little or no modification made, 5spd, extended cab.

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I'd go for the '99 if I were you. Less total mileage, better fuel economy. You don't sound like you need the 4X4, or even the V6, and with Cali gas prices... Yeah...
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:41 PM   #4
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Does the '99 really have the 2.4L? Does it have 5 lug nuts on each wheel or is it a 6 lug? If its a 6-lug, its not a 2.4L.

Reliability is a non-issue. The 60K is a non-issue. I would go with the 4x4 and v6 every time. Also much more ground clearance over the 5-lug truck.

$4200 is a good price.

edit: BTW, Welcome to TW.
Yes, it's the 5 lug, 2.4 L. Owner doesn't want to budge on price. It's got a 6" Fabtech and Detroit Truetrac.

I think I could get the V6 for 4K or so.

Thanks for responses thusfar...
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:30 PM   #6
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98' for the V6
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:04 PM   #7
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Both engines are very reliable in this gen. I would take the v6 4wd if I were you.
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Putting another vote on the V6 4x4.

I had a 4cyl Taco before (granted, it was the 2.7L 4x4) and it is a DOG up steeper hills and on the interstates. If you plan to go around/through the Rockies exploring then the 4cyl may be a bit tough.

I also saw zero mileage change from the 4cyl to the 6. If anything, I get better MPGs with the V6.
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'98 Tac, 4x4, V6, 200K--$4500

'99 Tac, 4x2, 2.4L, 138K--$5000

Use: Just getting around, no heavy wheeling, light and infrequent motorcycle towing, living out of, exploring. Mainly in central coast of California, and maybe a little Colorado here and there.

Would the 60K+ mileage difference sway you in one way or another? I bought an '84 FJ60 seven years ago with 200K on her and sold in October with no major probs. Does this gen have similar reliability?

For arguments sake, suppose that both trucks were well maintained with little or no modification made, 5spd, extended cab.

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V6. I sold my 1995.5 for $6K with 265K miles on it in 3 hrs. People in my area go bat shit crazy for the 1st gens. It was the most reliable truck or car I have ever owned. All I ever changed in it was the timing belt at 100K and brake pads. Had original clutch, battery, etc. One time while at the dealer, one of the service guys asked if I had done with 60K mile service on it...I laughed and said I have 4.5 times that amount of miles on it...they were shocked.
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Hmm, is that the 3.0 V6? And is the other one a 22R-E 2.4L? I would go with the 22R-E all day long over an early 3.0. The 3.4, 4WD and cheaper price might sway me.
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Get the V6 if it isnt beat to hell. Hows the body? Check for rust.

For reference Ive owned 2 of the 3.4l trucks. A 96 T100 with 380k miles, had 3 timing belt jobs. Everything else aside from brakes was stock.

My current 02 Tacoma has 214k, still on oem clutch.
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The 98 would be a good choice. Mileage isn't too bad...my 99 has 230k+ and it's a V6. I prefer the V6 but some people like the better gas mileage and just cruising driving in the 4 bangers....depends on your style
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V6 4x4 for sure, plus you don't want a 6" lift on a 2.7L.
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which ever one is closer to stock
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Soooo....went and drove the '98 V6 yesterday. Sweet little old lady handed me the keys and let me loose; it had been her husbands who passed away last month. They were a retired couple from California, in the business of, wait for it....auto parts.

Wow, so much more fun to drive than the four banger! Gave it a thorough once over, and walked away with it for 4K. Clean, clean clean and driven gently. Oh, and 199,524 on the clock, so I get to take her over the magic mark.

Will post pics shortly

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Wow. awesome! It was meant to be . . .
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Soooo....went and drove the '98 V6 yesterday. Sweet little old lady handed me the keys and let me loose; it had been her husbands who passed away last month. They were a retired couple from California, in the business of, wait for it....auto parts.

Wow, so much more fun to drive than the four banger! Gave it a thorough once over, and walked away with it for 4K. Clean, clean clean and driven gently. Oh, and 199,524 on the clock, so I get to take her over the magic mark.

Will post pics shortly

Thanks for the responses!
Congrats on the Taco man!!! you made the "right" choice, and sounds like you got a great deal... fwiw I bought a '97 xtracab 2.7l auto w/ 235k in 2010 and paid 4k also...so you did good IMO. Do a search on recommended maitenance (ie changing fluids, plugs, wires, etc.) there are a ton of those kinda threads, and Get some pics up we need our Taco porn
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