I decided to jump in and see what it is all about! I have been looking for any year 1st gen with an extended cab and 4WD and 5 speed. Little or no luck here in Houston, tons of them on Craigslist but all are automatics.
I did find one over the weekend at a local used car lot. it was a 95.5 fully loaded, exactly what I wanted, BUT.......
It had 304,412 miles.
Not the end of the world cause I am handy with tools, so I went to look at it. I took a drive on it and it actually drove pretty well. I was impressed and told dude what was his price. He said $5,000.00 and I said maybe if the boss approves.
So I get approval and head back the next day to close the deal. I was still a little nervous about the mileage but I don;t care anymore I am tired of looking.
So a little voice said to drive it one more time and at least red line it once to see if it smokes. I get it to 3500 RPM and it is like a rev limiter kicked in. I put in 5 bucks in gas to see if it is running out, but no dice. 3500 RPM rev limiter again. I head back to the lot and tell dude that no deal, can't buy it if it won;t go above 3500 RPM.
I have worked on many many cars, and I love a challenge. This one is probably a MAF sensor dirty or a bad ground, but you know, not my problem. I tell dude to fix it and call me if he wants to sell it.
So I call dude today and he tells me that Toyota installed a rev limiter on all Tacoma's that is set for 3500 RPM! And this is why they last so long.
Holy crap I almost fell over from laughing so hard. I have never heard a used car dealer use that one before!
He said that Toyota would have to reprogram it out in order for it to hit redline.
I asked him why they bothered to put a tachometer in and he basically said it was for LOOKS!
Wow, what a tool.
Soooo....bottom line is I am still on a quest for the right Taco!