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04 Double Cab $$ advice?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by TotesMagotes, May 30, 2013.

  1. May 30, 2013 at 8:33 PM
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    TotesMagotes

    TotesMagotes [OP] Too Drunk To Taste This Chicken

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    Hey Tacoma World, just joined this forum a few months ago.

    Long time lurker, first time poster here.

    Been in search of a 1st gen Tacoma for a good 4-5 months and I've been close to buying one a few times. However, i've been on the hunt for what seems to be the incredibly elusive(in my area anyways) Double Cab 4X4. I finally found one a few days ago, 230xxx kms, TRD Off Road. Looks to be completely stock, well taken care of etc.

    His asking price is $11000. Anyone have advice and or tips on buying a used Tacoma with this kinda mileage? Any noticeable differences between Xtra Cab and Double Cab? (besides cosmetic).

    I don't wanna buy the truck based on my love for double cabs, but feel free to help me make up my mind :D I know there a few of you double cab lovers on this forum. ;)

    Thanks!
     
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  2. May 30, 2013 at 8:37 PM
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    $11,000 seems kind of high. I paid $12,100 for my extended cab with 118,000 miles.

    Some days I wish I had a double cab, and some days I'm glad I have my extended cab. Just get a double cab if it's what you want, you'll regret it and be happy with it at different times.
     
  3. May 30, 2013 at 8:58 PM
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    Good point. I just can't help but think 4 doors would come in real handy for what i would use it for.

    Also remember it's Km's not Miles. 228000 Km's is about 140000 Miles.
     
  4. May 31, 2013 at 8:42 AM
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    If it is in good shape I don't think he is far off. I paid $10,400 for my '03 DC that I just recently bought (TRD Prerunner SR5). It was in good shape with 113k miles. I paid him exactly what the dealer offered for it as a trade in. Yours would have a couple more miles, but is a year newer.

    Only thing is mine is an AZ truck so there is ZERO rust. I know the frames of these trucks seem to be a little sensitive to rust.

    I can't live without 4 doors and haven't regreted the decision at all.
     
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  5. May 31, 2013 at 12:24 PM
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    Same truck in CA would likely go for $12K to $15K, no joke. Just to give you some perspective.

    BTW, I LOOOVVVEE my DC TRDOR 4x4. They are super rare (to buy) around here too. Best of luck.
     
  6. May 31, 2013 at 12:26 PM
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    Yup. Going by the dealers you will see trucks with 120k+ miles forup too 17k
     
  7. May 31, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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    in SoCal at least, they're pretty rare, sell rather quickly and are a bit ridiculously priced. Dealers charge around $14-$17K for a TRD DC 4x4 ~160K. I waited over 6 months without any luck finding one under $14K private party.

    Just do a compression check, leak down test & look over the exhaust system...the cats are prone to wear.
     
  9. May 31, 2013 at 1:47 PM
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    Just picked up a 04 DC TRD SR5 two days ago with 140,000 for $13k. Love he truck. Keep looking there out there.
     
  10. Jun 1, 2013 at 5:58 PM
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    Thanks for your help guys.

    I went to see the truck yesterday and it was in real rough shape, you can tell the owner abused the hell out of it, using it for work n such. Tons of rust on the frame, dirty inside, pretty much the opposite of what you would call a clean truck. Not to mention it wasn't insured so i couldn't take her for a test drive.

    So i passed on it, i don't even think it would've been worth the inspection cost.

    My search continues...
     
  11. Jun 1, 2013 at 6:13 PM
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    Intelligent choice. Its definitely not worth it with all the rust and all. I bought my truck for 15k with 77,000 miles.

    Without the rust and other damages, it might have been a good deal.

    Good luck!
     
  12. Jun 2, 2013 at 12:39 PM
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    It's the toughest thing to let one slip by, but you did the right thing. Especially since you could tell it hadn't been taken care of. I bought my '01 DC SR5 TRD FOR $7000. But mine is 2wheel drive, and had 163,000 miles. For some perspective, I'm a dealer and bought my truck from Craigslist. Dealers will pay top dollar for these trucks (especially DC and 4WD). A truck like the one you were describing would go for $10K easy, plus 145,000 miles is nothing for these trucks, if they are taken care of.

    Keep looking and good luck! From my experience... Buy from a private party, dealers will make you pay! Get records if you can. I was blessed to buy from an honest guy who took great care of the truck.

    Post pics when you find yours!
     
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