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Old 02-04-2009, 08:22 PM   #1
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4 CYL 4WD Experience

Doing a fair amount of research online, I have yet to come across very much info on experiences with 4 cylinder (2.7L), 4WD, 1st generation Tacoma's. Can anybody out there comment on these Tacoma's? How's performance/maintenance been? How's mileage in an auto vs. manual? Do the V6 Tacomas out last the I4s? I'm inclined to buy an I4 for better mileage and since I won't be pulling anything heavier than 1500 lbs. I ask because I'm close to buying my first Taco. I've recently found a 2004 4 cyl, 4WD, manual Taco with 35K miles. Asking price is 15K. Assuming everything checks out and I can talk the dealer down a grand or two, is this a decent deal?

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Old 02-05-2009, 10:32 AM   #3
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that $15K price tag is way out of line....

get that price way down... Times are tuff they need to make sales.
Push them...
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:54 AM   #4
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Thanks for the comments!

In my neck of the woods, just about any 1st gen. Tacoma with less than 100K on it is listed at 12-15k. Uber is right, I know several people who have been able to really work the price on used vehicles recently. I wouldn't purchase this particular Taco without a substantially reduced price. I assume I could knock off 1-2k off the dealer price...
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I just bought an 04 2.7l 4wd regular cab with 62000 miles for 11.5k, and I felt I was getting a good deal. 15k for an extended cab 4wd with such little mileage doesn't sound outrageous if it's in good condition, but if I were you I'd offer one or two thousand less and be prepared to walk. In my area there are lots of Tacomas on Craigslist right now. I can see why such a low mileage 04 would be attractive but even 50 or 75k is low mileage for a well maintained Taco.
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:44 PM   #6
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my 97 2.7 4wd was very reliable
replaced exhaust manifold cracked
replaced starter ( mud )
a few front brake pads
a/c repairs $600
never changed any diff fluids
injectors gave me a little trouble, but managed to clean them out
hardly ever changed the oil
197,000 miles

in other words, with good care it should last a long time.....
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this last summer i bought an '04 2.7L manual 4x4 xtra-cab with 60k miles for $10k. i checked it out the day i saw it on the online ad. the previous owner was a girl who babied it and traded it in at the mitsubishi dealer. i think it was a pretty good deal. and i agree, you should try to knock a couple grand off the price tag.
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I had a 98 2.7l 5 sp extra cab TRD. It had +150k on the clock. I had to get rid of it due to the frame rust buyback. I have never replaced any major component on the truck, just the usual wear and tear items (brakes, clutch, muffler, blah blah blah). The engine sounded like the day I bought it. It was even quieter after I switched to synthetics (Amsoil FTW). I rarely used the locker. The capabilities of the truck are just amazing. It had all kinds of get up and go. I love and miss that truck to death.

Sorry, I am getting all teary eyed...........
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The 2.7 engine is a Tank! Its just as reliable, or more so, than the old 22R motor.
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i just bought a '02 xtra cab TRD 2.7 with 64,000. i gave 9400. its a very clean tight truck. i was on the lookout for about 6 months when i found the truck.
the P.O. had a small white haired animal that reqired me removing the seats and console for a very detailed cleaning.

i talked the car dealer down from 11999. i used ebay, kbb, and autotrader to get an average for the price and presented an offer. if the dealer is in fact "hungry" for a sale, they will respond to a reasonable offer.

also get your financing in order, a check from your banking institution is cash in hand and will help speed a purchase up.

good luck take your time, the less you care about buying the truck the better deal you can make.
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i have a 99 taco 2.7 4 banger, 4X4, 5 spd! i bought it with 59k miles on it, ive had it for soon to be 5 years, the longest ive kept any vehicle! it now has 160k on it, & still feels as strong as it did when i bought it, the only thing mechanically thats happened was the starter went out on me, dont guess thats really mechanical, dunno, had it rebuilt costed me $25 & the truck is like brand new! i love the truck, wouldnt get rid of it! on milage with the 5 spd, around home i have 22-23 mpg, on the interstate in summer of 08, i drove from tn to md, & got 25 mpg, in 07 i drove to pa, about a week before i done a tune-up on it & got 27 mpg! so i think they r pretty good on gas, mine beat some 2wd's on fuel economy! hope that helps!
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i have a 99 taco 2.7 4 banger, 4X4, 5 spd! i bought it with 59k miles on it, ive had it for soon to be 5 years, the longest ive kept any vehicle! it now has 160k on it, & still feels as strong as it did when i bought it, the only thing mechanically thats happened was the starter went out on me, dont guess thats really mechanical, dunno, had it rebuilt costed me $25 & the truck is like brand new! i love the truck, wouldnt get rid of it! on milage with the 5 spd, around home i have 22-23 mpg, on the interstate in summer of 08, i drove from tn to md, & got 25 mpg, in 07 i drove to pa, about a week before i done a tune-up on it & got 27 mpg! so i think they r pretty good on gas, mine beat some 2wd's on fuel economy! hope that helps!
Those are some impressive MPG's!!!!
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Those are some impressive MPG's!!!!
y, whats every body else get with these trucks? im not driving the truck anymore as a daily driver, but when i was, i was getting 22-23 mpg, driving about 70-80 miles a day!
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y, whats every body else get with these trucks? im not driving the truck anymore as a daily driver, but when i was, i was getting 22-23 mpg, driving about 70-80 miles a day!

I was getting around 17-19 but I had a P0125 (Temp Sensor) code. I believe it was runnning rich all the time because I could smeel it in the exhaust. I was getting 22-23 before the code.
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Thanks everyone for the comments! Keep um coming! I'm feeling more confident about buying a 4 cylinder. Seems appropriate for my needs.

Now the hard part, convincing the wife that I need a new-used vehicle...
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I was getting around 17-19 but I had a P0125 (Temp Sensor) code. I believe it was runnning rich all the time because I could smeel it in the exhaust. I was getting 22-23 before the code.
did u get that fixed? did ur mpg go back up? i would fill mine up normally every 2 days, right around 1/2 tank, same when im traveling too, i think maybe thats y i would get better gas milage!
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Welcome to TW. I don't have any experience with the truck you speak of I had an 02,V6 prerunner, 4dr, automatic. My fuel mileage was bad but I found the cause after I sold her.
What did you find out was the cause?
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I have an 04 2.7l 5 speed. On the interstate I'm getting around 26mpg, if I set the cruise around 64 or so. Combo driving I'm getting around 20 +/-. Never had a problem, knock on wood. I change the oil every 4/5k miles, grease the drivetrain, and basic maintenance. That old addage pay me now or pay me later is something you can count on.
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