Hey TW, It's been a rough coupe of weeks. So I bought an 07 SR5 with a 2.7 and rwd in March.. I got it for 16,500, and put 5k down.. Needless to say I have driven $800 beaters my whole life with no accidents, but I bought a truck I researched and fell in love with and wrecked it..
To explain the accident a little I was coming back from up north, taking a left hand turn on 4 4 lane highway, there was a speeding car in the slow lane blind to me by the guy in the fast lane who was going the speed limit, so I thought I had a window. I got hit behind the rear tire and spun around and hit a car coming out of the parking lot I was going into behind the back driver side wheel. So the cab is mint, the frame and rear axle are bent up.. All in all I am trying to dispute liability with the speeder, and someone who buys my taco off the auction lot is going to have a KILLER salvage.
I fell in love with my truck when I had it, and I want another taco, I dont care it its a 2.7, or a v6, but I want 4wd.. I am worried that if I can't prove the guy who hit me was speeding my insurance will go up to the point that I will not be able to get another $16k truck.. I have been trolling local taco sales and I am finding a lot of 100k+ mile 96-04 tacos in my price range. (I am only getting $2600 back after I pay the loan off, so I am going to have a smaller down payment.)
I guess my question is, how many miles is too many on an older v6 taco? What are some good years to go with that I would be able to get for around 13k? Any other advice you guys can give me? Any one wanna chew my ass for killing a taco? Any input is greatly appreciated as I need to make another buy asap.
So to recap.. I'll have about 3k for a down payment, trying to finance no more then 10k, and I am in Minnesota. Not worried about buying something with 100,000+ miles, as long as I dont have to start throwing parts at it for a few months. Hoping for a v6 4wd because that horse power would have avoided my last accident.