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03-04 questions

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mag, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. Nov 24, 2010 at 9:42 AM
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    Hi all, I've been lurking for awhile, wanting to get back into a truck. I've had a Nissan Hardbody, Ford F-150, Jeep Xj, and have been driving my vw Jetta TDI for along time now. I need a 2nd vehicle, mainly backup while my tdi is on blocks for repairs, (236K) and I want a truck for hunting, stuff around the house, and just a spare/backup when one of the others is down. I prefer the 1st gen style over the 2nd, and was thinking of trying to find an 03/04 from down south with not salt. I'm hoping to find and ext cab 4x4 5sp 4cyl trd package. Is there anything that I need to lookout for? what are the typical issues? I know about the frame issue, is there anything in particular on the 03/04's that needs to be looked at on this?
    Thanks for any input.
     
  2. Nov 24, 2010 at 9:49 AM
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    01-04 is the same (minor changes) i think the only one being electric throttle on the 03/04

    i'd get the v6 rather than the 4cyl....mainly because you'll have a tough time finding a 4cyl trd and 4x4
     
  3. Nov 24, 2010 at 10:15 AM
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    no real reason to get a trd if you want a 4cyl. They dont have lockers in the 4cyl.
     
  4. Nov 24, 2010 at 10:47 AM
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    good info, thanks, I didn't know you couldn't get the locker on the 4cyl. When's the timing belt change interval? any issues over the long haul on the 6cyl? I drive 75miles/day for work, so the 4 would be better for that. any other long life info on these trucks? I'd be keeping it for a long time. Wish I could get the hilux 4cyl diesel for it. conversion time? :)
    Thanks
     
  5. Nov 24, 2010 at 10:57 AM
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    Timing belt interval is 90k on the V6. 4cyl has a chain
    Yes they do. They don't have lockers in the 4 cyl auto tranny
    http://www.customtacos.com/tech/index.php?article=89
     
  6. Nov 24, 2010 at 10:58 AM
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    uh? lol
     
  7. Nov 24, 2010 at 10:59 AM
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    /\ What? I know for sure they arent offered in the auto. Whether or not they are in the 5-speed is debated on here, but I have yet to see a factory e-locker in a 01-04 TRD manual. No one seems to have one.
     
  8. Nov 24, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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    Yeah............fixed..........:eek:
     
  9. Nov 24, 2010 at 11:13 AM
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    I still dont see it listed for a 4cyl. In the "specs" page a locking diff is only listed under the v6s (under Powertrain). Under "options" it says availble but 4cyl auto/manual arent specified.
     
  10. Nov 24, 2010 at 11:31 AM
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    I think you are right Snowman. It seems to have been an opition only in 01-04.

    I know you could get the TRD 4cyl 5-speed with a e-locker in 98, 99, and 00.
     
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