I'm new to this forum and I have a dealer near me who has a 2010 regular cab 4x4 with 5 speed manual tranny, bench seats, manual windows, etc. Very few bells and whistles. I'm trying to haggle a good deal and wondering what you would be a target price?? The dealer lot is loaded with 2011 models so I assume they want the 2010 gone?? Sticker price is $20,075. I'm thinking $18,300 as my max price??
Also, I have a 2001 Tacoma with low mileage (65K) but I live in a road salt area. Depsite garage storage, oil undercoating, etc....the 01 Tacoma has serious rust on the frame with all the undercoating GONE and bare metal showing on the whole frame. I own another vehicle, a 2001 GM S-10 (yuk!) that has zero issues with frame rot and has been totally neglected when it comes to washing, etc. The S-10 runs like crap BUT the frame looks great compared to my Tacoma from the same year. Toyota says the frame rot is not to the point of frame replacement but it's getting close. The truck is otherwise rust free except the frame which is toast.
QUESTION: Has Toyota fixed the frame rot issues on the newer models? Is the undercoating better these days?? I noticed the frame on the 2010 is "C" channel shaped rather than the press brake formed box tube configuration on my '01 which trapped all the road salt and other crap inside it. Any opinions appreciated as I really want this truck but don't want another rust bucket.