Originally Posted by T@co_Pr3runn3r
Don't buy one like that as it was probably a work truck if that abused looking. Look for a cleaner one that doesn't appear to have been someone's mule....or buy new.
I definitely won't be buying new. I'm pretty much a cash-only type of buyer. I might get a tiny portion of the overall cost financed, but not much at all. The only reason I even looked at those "abused" trucks is because I wanted to see the difference in the way the 1st and 2nd gens compared side by side.
There's a guy locally who has about 50 Tacomas of various years. They're not pretty, but they're all on the same lot and its easy to compare them literally side by side. I just wanted to clarify that his stock is very beat up and abused, and that I shouldn't expect cleaner ones to age/wear that quickly.
After sitting in a 2003 then going to a 2005, I can say that its probably time to move to the 2nd gen. I've driven my '86 for 7 or 8 years now (through college) and I'm ready to upgrade. The 2001-'04 don't seem much different from my '86, IMO. Mainly, I'm ready to NOT be crammed into that tiny cab, haha. The 2nd gens have so much more interior room that it makes the 1st gens feel like a go-cart. I think the 2nd gen will suit my needs really well.
Now it just goes back to the configuration - and I'm torn. I've narrowed my search to '05-'08 Access and Double Cabs (4x4 and cruise required!). Here's a list of the configurations I think
would suit me best.
1) 4-cyl MT Access Cab - not enough power, but fair mpg
2) V6 AT Double Cab - not a fan of AT and I'd rather have a longer bed, poor mpg
3) V6 MT Access Cab - still unsure about the 6-sp MT, probably not great mpg