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Old 08-18-2013, 01:14 PM   #1
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What is the BEST of the 1st

Considering only the 1st gen TRD Tacoma’s what year is considered the "BEST" and why?
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:50 PM   #2
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96-2004. Nine years, and each one has its charm.
Its all a matter of preference, looks, and whether one offroads or not.

I prefer the 98-00 models, and even though I have a '99, I think that there were a few technical improvements that make 2000 a bit better.
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I usually go for the last model year of a run. Hence my 2011.
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:58 PM   #4
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1999! It just looks good (i think)
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2001 because I have one and its the first year of the DOuble Cabs
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:17 PM   #8
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I like the 01-04 models but I own a 99 because I couldn't get my hands on a 01-04
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:51 PM   #9
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what year is considered the "BEST" and why?
What year? The one you own!

Why? Pride of ownership!

But seriously, they are all great and it depends on what you are looking for in a Tacoma. I love my 04 dc for the room, but also love our 03 Xtracab with the standard and 4x4, so maybe it depends on the mood you are in and what you want to do with the truck...lol.
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:53 PM   #10
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2002 because they are last of the purely mechanical throttle system.
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2002 because they are last of the purely mechanical throttle system.
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:09 PM   #13
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They are all tough as nails. I personally like the front end of the '97, but the 2001-2004 are probably the most refined/advanced.
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:33 AM   #14
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This was really interesting guys. I really loved my Black 1999 and it actually hurt when the dealer told me the frame was "Gone". I haven't had a vehicle to drive in just short of a month now and just can't bring myself to settle for anything less than a GEN 1!
Really hoping to find one in black so I'll just keep on looking!

I really liked seeing what you guys have in Gen 1's There are really some awesome ones.
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2002 because they are last of the purely mechanical throttle system.
I really don't understand. I have an 03, but I can still use the throttle even when my truck is off. I really think I have a regular throttle.
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I really don't understand. I have an 03, but I can still use the throttle even when my truck is off. I really think I have a regular throttle.
You have a cable up to the throttle body, but it's not physically attached to the butterfly.
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2002 because they are last of the purely mechanical throttle system.
agreed.

2000-2002.

Refined enough, very formidable, no abs (awesome, cause ABS is awful in snow), and still cable throttled (drive by wire sucks)
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The one thing I don't like about my '03 is the ABS. Otherwise, love it.
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2000
Last year with manual hubs available
Last year with a grill that actually looks like a truck
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