well I found a deal on a 95 tacoma 4x4 2.7L 5 speed manual with 194,000 miles for $1000 that I could not pass up. The motor seems to run pretty smooth but it seems like it lacks power in acceleration slightly. I am sure it still has stock gears and the tire size is 31x10.5r15. I have a 2011 v6 4x4 and its too nice to lift/wheel for me yet so I plan to use the 95 for this and to keep the miles on my 2011 low. Anyways, on the 95 the price was so low because both cv axle boots had been blown for about 15k-20k miles and the previous owner did pretty much no maintenance on the truck other than oil changes since she had bought it with about 100,000 miles on it. The truck also has a small 2-3in spacer lift in the front and aal in the rear which will be replaced with a full ome setup when funds are available. So what other things should I look into replacing other than listed below? I plan to do all of the work myself and might need a little help on cv axles and hubs( I tried searching for a write up and could only find one for a truck w/out manual hubs). one more thing, what fluids should I put in the drivetrain and is it to late to switch to synthetic?
bad things I have noticed so far:
-the suspension creaks pretty bad while turning and hitting pot holes.
-the gear shifter feels extremely sloppy and wiggles back and forth while in gear(probably a worn out joint or bushing?)
-the seat belts dont retract very well
-the 4x4 works but the t case seems to be emmiting a burning smell while engaged.(I immediately stopped and disengaged 4x4)
-while driving at low speeds 10-30mph I can hear a clicking sound that sounds like a nail in my tire, the sound seems to be coming from the front axle area(I am assuming its from the blown cv's but not 100% sure)
shit I plan to replace this weekend:
-clean/ regrease hubs and everything else
-headlights and bulbs (one housing is cracked slighty, other is extremely glazed)
-air filter/cabin air filter
-diff oil, t case oil, tranny oil, coolant, power steering, brake fluid, motor oil and filter (and flush)
-tie rod bushings
Sorry for the long ass post I was just wanting a second opinion before I get balls deep in this truck tomorrow. any replies or tips will be much appreciated. one last thing, is there any special tools I need to buy? I hate making 50 million trips to the store to buy stuff while in the middle of a projecthttp://i.cdn2.tacomaworld.com/forum/images/smilies/redface.gif