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Old 06-13-2013, 12:25 PM   #1
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Any Typical Problems After 200K Miles?

First-time post! I've always lurked on Tacoma World to find out more about my truck, and it's always been a super useful resource, so thanks, guys!

I have a 2002 Tacoma PreRunner with about 210K miles on it. I'm also about to move away to graduate school approximately 2000 miles away. I would love to take my truck with me considering that I will need a vehicle for where I'm going, but I'm not sure if I can rely on my truck to get me there with so many miles on it.

I have had no problems with performance, and recently had it checked out for basics (like brakes, fluids, belts, stuff like that) with everything checking out. My question for you guys is, is there anything "notorious" that happens to the first generation Tacomas after 200K miles? A friend mentioned to me that the 4Runners and Tacomas have a tendency to blow the head gasket around 200K, which would be super lame if that happened while I was driving in the middle of nowhere.

I understand that every truck is going to be different depending on how hard it's handled or whether it's had regular maintenance, but if there is anything that seems to happen a lot around that mileage, any advice would be great! It would help me make a decision as to whether I can drive my truck or just buy a car once I get there (but we all know Tacomas are better)
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:44 PM   #2
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^could put in some head gasket sealer beforehand just to help prevent the off chance it would blow. Can't think of any predictable thing failing, but there probably will be some random little things that fail like a tps sensor or whatever
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The old 3.0 before the Tacoma (95) head gaskets were flawed and known to blow, but I've never heard this of the 3.4, which is pretty bombproof.

Just keep up with timing belt (and h2o pump) replacement every 90k miles (you should be on number 3 by now), and keep up with fluid and spark plug changes.
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The old 3.0 before the Tacoma (95) head gaskets were flawed and known to blow, but I've never heard this of the 3.4, which is pretty bombproof.

Just keep up with timing belt (and h2o pump) replacement every 90k miles (you should be on number 3 by now), and keep up with fluid and spark plug changes.
+1, my '02 is currently at 246.5K miles and it's still running like a champ. don't forget to service the transmission too.
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+1, my '02 is currently at 246.5K miles and it's still running like a champ. don't forget to service the transmission too.
Oh yeah! Sometimes the factory transmission cooler in the radiate has been known to leak coolant into it, put an aftermarket tranny cooler on it! And have it flushed
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