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Old 05-09-2009, 04:45 PM   #1
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Picking an 04 - what to look at

Hey guys, I need to get back in a truck and have been looking at 04's. There's one in particular that has my attention ...

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...standard=false

and Holy God the link was not supposed to be that long, anyways since you guys seem like the pros, does something like that seem like a good buy? (as long as everything works on it) I want the double cab, and it's gonna see a lot of highway miles, I can't seem to find anything with less than 50,000 miles, but from what I hear people say the 04's are bulletproof. I've never owned a tacoma so I wanted to ask. Thanks for your time.
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not a bad looking truck, but i wouldnt pay 17K for a 2wd truck. Maybe 15ish.
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The listing says it's got the TRD Off Road Package and the Towing Package. Because there are no TRD decals you need to double-check to see that it indeed has the TRD package (electric locking differential, etc.).

It would also be a good idea to double-check to see that it indeed has the Towing Package (higher-output alternator; tranny fluid cooler; etc.). If it's got the factory Towing Package the engine fan clutch / shaft should be green instead of orange.
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The listing says it's got the TRD Off Road Package and the Towing Package. Because there are no TRD decals you need to double-check to see that it indeed has the TRD package (electric locking differential, etc.).

It would also be a good idea to double-check to see that it indeed has the Towing Package (higher-output alternator; tranny fluid cooler; etc.). If it's got the factory Towing Package the engine fan clutch / shaft should be green instead of orange.

this is REALLY good advice
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ah, that's good stuff to know, thanks, also I've caught some posts here and there about a frame replacement for the 01-04's, what's that about? although I like that tacoma, the link was more of just what I'm thinking of getting. are there any bad things to consider with the 01-04's?
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nope. ive got an 04 and havent had any problems with it at all. im the one and only owner its had as well.
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ah, that's good stuff to know, thanks, also I've caught some posts here and there about a frame replacement for the 01-04's, what's that about? although I like that tacoma, the link was more of just what I'm thinking of getting. are there any bad things to consider with the 01-04's?

frame replacement concerns a handful of trucks that have been exposed (usually) to a lot of road salt...the frames werent properly coated right (from the Dana factory) and are rotting from the inside out...

i think the lower ball joints were recalled on the 01-04s but not sure if it was a batch or all of them...

timing belt and water pump will need to be changed around 90K
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Balljoint recall was only for a handful of them
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Balljoint recall was only for a handful of them

thats what i was thinking but i wasnt sure

i had to get mine done when i bought the truck
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that truck is WAY over priced for how many miles and how old it is.....
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Its a bit overpriced for a prerunner
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KBB lists that truck at around 15.5K for private party...16,999 aint THAT much more...thats a range he could easily talk down to i would think
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My 01 has had no frame rust problems. However at about 110K my water pump went out. My idler pulley went out, but that was from going to deep in water
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My 01 has had no frame rust problems. However at about 110K my water pump went out. My idler pulley went out, but that was from going to deep in water
you live in texas...shouldnt be a frame rust issue

110K is about right for the water pumps...toyota usually changes (or suggests it) when you have your timing belt done around 90K
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