Originally Posted by eternus
That sounds like a great deal dud and probably the exception and not the rule, especially around here where a 4x4 Tacoma goes very fast, especially if there are less than 100k miles on the truck. That being said, I'm offering him $10,000 and we'll see where that goes.
The next question I have is, as I've not seen the truck yet... does anyone have a quick list of things to be sure to check on a 02 Tacoma that might not be obvious at a glance? He did just have the 50k mile checkup done at a Toyota dealership (noted in the CarFax) so I expect it to be running pretty good. Hoping to take a gearhead friend with me to make sure I'm not too green in this purchase.
i would sat take it for a test drive....
make sure there are no wierd sounds, clunks, or ticks
mash on the brakes a few times to make sure those are good
check under the hood and see if any of the rubber components (hoses/belts) are dry-rotted or cracking
check under the engine and see if you have any wet looking spots from oil that may be a sign of a gasket that needs replaced
check the frame for rust
take it to a local garage and have a x-point inspection done... they'll tell you if you need to have the brakes replaced soon...etc.
other than that these are really good trucks so i can't imagine there is something hidden that will make it a lemon
goodluck with your buy!