Well, I finally picked up a nice looking Tacoma after nearly a year of stressing and searching daily. It's exactly what I want, an 01-04 extra cab V6 with 4x4, the TRD package and even Sr5 and hitch aswell. I drove 6 hours one way to get it and picked it up for 8500 not including tax and title fee. I'm so excited. The previous owner was a former mechanic and really kept the thing in shape. It practically looks showroom. Not a hint of rust in the underbelly, perfectly clean engine bay, clean interior. Only one little blemish on the exterior and thats on the top of the tailgate. It has 122,000 miles. Timing belt wasn't done, which kinda erked me a little but I plan on doing it before 130k. Hopefully it doesn't snap on me, but my research tells me it's a non-interference motor so I guess it wouldn't be the complete end of the world.
I just wanted to thank everyone on this forum for their time and help in my multiple threads and posts over the past few months. Their will probably be a lot more coming in the next few years since I plan on owning this truck for a while.
My first question is this now. On the 6 hour drive home i had a lot of time to drive the truck and get a feel for it. It's not a super fast accelerator by any means but it's decent and it holds its speed well. 80mph felt like 60. The automatic tranny certainly let's me know when it's shifting. There sure is a lot of vibration and buzzing through the gas pedal, floor boards and steering wheel during each shift, along with , at times, what feels like a little drive line lash. A little less when ECT is Off. Is it normal for the truck to be giving so much audible feedback while shifting through the gears? I hope it's not a sign of an issue with the tranny. I've never driven a tacoma other than this one so I don't know exactly what is normal.
Anyway I have to run to work but I'll post pictures later tonight.