So I'm looking at a 2008 Quad-Cab with the TRD package. It has 87k miles and is Certified (only good for 1 year 13k miles).
Truck is $21k.
While looking at the truck a few things concerned me -
First it's motor was loud, sounded like very loud lifter tick. Is this normal? Do Tacoma have lifter, valve or injector issues?
I read the TSBs and didn't see anything about engine oil gelling, is that still a problem with the V6s?
Lastly while checking the underside for rust I was mortified to see the frames are C-type and not boxed. What gives? I thought the Tacoma was on a 4runner chassis. My '98 4runner is completely boxed.
I live in the Salt Belt as well as off road my trucks regularly - should I be planning to have the frames boxed in?
$21,000 while under blue book is a lot of coin, I'm just wondering if a 4th Runner would be a better value if I'll be able to get a 5th gen for that price in a year.
I'd also hate to be upside down on the Tacoma in 2 years.