I'm brand new here. Have wanted a Tacoma forever but never really was in the market for one. I currently have a motorcycle only, and was planning to buy a beater so I could have 4 wheels until I save cash enough for a new Tacoma.
However my buddy just presented me with a deal. He just bought a new FJ for his wife, and the trade they offered on his Tacoma was apparently an insult. He said $3k and it's mine. The stats:
2000 Xtra Cab V6 2WD Automatic
260,000+ miles, mostly highway commuting
Bone stock otherwise
Took it to the local Toyota dealer (no reputable shops anywhere within an hour, I've tried and paid the price before. Valley Hi in Victorville, CA has always had a pretty good rep so that's where I took it). I had them do a pre-purchase inspection, here's what they came up with:
-cracked radiator $496
-Replace V Cover gasket due to major oil leak $651
-Recommended valve adjustment at that mileage since they were in there and it's never been done, I agree - $871 instead of the $651
-Fluids and Filters
-Leaking rear shock $290
-Timing belt and water pump inspection $556
-Replace spark plugs and wires 264
I know it doesn't NEED all of this, and some can be done at almost any shop cheaper, though the valve adjustment and timing belt I'd want done with certified Toyota mechanics with their warranty.
Also, I'm in CA and someone stole their catalytic converters. There are aftermarket ones on there for the last 4 years, so I doubt they'll pass smog. No CEL though. Will need to buy new aftermarket or OEM.
It's a dilemma. I've read a lot and know these trucks can go for more than 260k, though you don't hear of it super often. My buddy says he'll work with me on the price with some of the repairs. I've read a lot and this motor seems to approach legendary. I've checked out the buyers guide threads and all that, but I'd like your opinion because I don't know enough about these machines to make a qualified decision.
With the $3k plus over $2500 in repairs, not all necessary, would you buy this and how much life will I get from it? What's its worth? I'll likely keep it stock and use it on days I can't ride my motorcycle.