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Old 10-21-2012, 07:19 AM   #1
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Looking at a 05 Tacoma

I'm new here, thanks to those who run the place!

I'm looking at my first Tacoma, a 2005 regular cab 4wd 5 speed 107,000 miles. It looks very clean. I can tell it has new front & rear springs & shocks, as well as what looks like a 1-2" spacer on the front springs.

Are there any particular trouble areas I should look for on this truck, considering the mileage?? What can I expect to need replacement in the next 75,000 miles?? Thanks!!!
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:36 AM   #2
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Welcome,

Make sure you get underneath and check the frame for rust. Some surface rust is normal, holes and porous spots should be taken very seriously.

Good luck with the truck.
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:25 PM   #3
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OK, the Tacoma I was looking at was at a local Toyota dealer. It was just traded in, not cleaned up or checked out. I took it for a 10+ mile drive, seemed OK. The salesman said they won't sell it until they go over it completely. The truck has a new Pennsylvania state inspection, done a few weeks ago, & they are pretty strict.

Anyways, the salesman calls me this afternoon & says they won't sell the truck, their mechanic found a problem with the rear differential, & they won't fix it or sell it to the public, they will wholesale it thru an auction only.

I'm glad they were honest about it, I couldn't hear any unusual noises from the rear, & there was no leakage.

So, are rear differential problems common on Tacoma???
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:26 PM   #4
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OK, the Tacoma I was looking at was at a local Toyota dealer. It was just traded in, not cleaned up or checked out. I took it for a 10+ mile drive, seemed OK. The salesman said they won't sell it until they go over it completely. The truck has a new Pennsylvania state inspection, done a few weeks ago, & they are pretty strict.

Anyways, the salesman calls me this afternoon & says they won't sell the truck, their mechanic found a problem with the rear differential, & they won't fix it or sell it to the public, they will wholesale it thru an auction only.

I'm glad they were honest about it, I couldn't hear any unusual noises from the rear, & there was no leakage.

So, are rear differential problems common on Tacoma???
Seems like more then a rear differential if its going to auction but at least they were good about it...as far as i know there are not problems with the rear differential on this site but im sure there are a few incidents just not common occurences
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