Hello all and thanks for looking at this thread! My name is Denny and I just recently purchased a 2002 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner SR5 during the month of January. During the time that I had purchased the truck from a local craigslist dealer, the truck seemed to be running fine like it was just brand new and was taken with great care.
However, as February came in, I started noticing that as I was driving the truck, it felt as if the acceleration on the freeway wasn't as great as my dad's old Toyota pick up that I used to drive. I finally took a in depth look at my truck about a few weeks later after the purchase and found out that it seemed like my truck I thought was new (the previous owner said it was a Clean title, I don't even know how DMV passed it) had been in a front end collision before. The weldings and some of the parts have been mixed and match around from what I'm seeing.
So I just drove it normally for the next few months. I drove it on the freeway at about ~70mph these past few weeks and when there was a small decline bump, as my truck went down it, I would hear a "CLANK". I'm not sure whether it's the suspension or something else but I would like to see if I can do anything with this truck or should I just resell it right now. It's currently at 101k miles (I bought it at 97k miles). If it's going to cost a huge chunk of change to fix this truck, I think I may as well resell it now.
But if anybody can give me some details on what I can do to fix the acceleration problem and that clank, it would be greatly appreciated!