First my intro - new member first post. I have a 1999 Tacoma 2.7 liter, 4x4 regular cab, 5 speed manual. Purchased the truck new and now has 159,000 miles. Small mods done by my son - brush guard, off road tires (drives me nuts), CIBI lights, air horn and some sort of cool audio system. Other then that the truck is bare bones except for A/C.
As I noted I purchased new and have used it for daily transport until it had about 50,000 miles. I also towed a landscape trailer with off road motorcycles. When my son graduated high school I passed it to him to use in college. He added the mods noted above and used it fairly regularly off road. Truck has been driven hard but always maintained. The truck now has 159,000 miles and he is purchasing his grandfathers 2004 Yukon now that he is out of school and I have the truck back. My question is what to do with the Tacoma. It has been a great truck with very little maintenance. Just had a major tune up with wires and plugs replaced. It still has original clutch. I thought about selling it but just can't seem to part with it. Other then some scratches from bushes off road and an interior that is starting to wear it is in really good shape.
If I sold it I would buy an economy car of some sorts - i.e. Honda Civic or Fit to use as a run about as my other car is expensive to operate. I don't want to throw a lot of money at it. So here are my questions:
1. How robust are the 2.7 liter engines and the 5 speed manual tranny?
2. Same for the drive trains - i.e. what kind of miles have people seen from their clutches (I know it depends a great deal on how ou drive them). Same for axles and differentials.
3. What big expenses should I expect in the future?
4. What is a good recommendation for tires that are not so agressive for off road use so they don't rattle your brains out when drive on the street? The ones that are on there are BF Goodrich Mud Terrain TA.
If the truck will be cheap to keep I will keep her as she is a great truck. The A/C is great. Off road she is a mountain goat. I am surpised at some of the inclines she can climb without engaging the 4 wheel drive. However if I need to look at major engine work (i.e. rebuild) or tranny work in the next 100,000 miles or so I will sell her. Again I know a lot depends on maintenance (very well maintained) and how she was driven.
One last question where can I find a cross reference of engine references to sizes. I noted when I was seaching on this forum each of the different engines (2.4, 2.7, 3.0) all have different codes and noted commonly in posts.
Any thoughts, input or experiences would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.