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1997 Taco good deal?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by WestWA, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. Apr 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM
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    WestWA

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    There is a 1997 Toyota Tacoma for sell in my area it is a 5 speed manual, 2.7L 4cyl, 4x4, extended cab, black has new 31" tires on it and the engine was rebuilt from head up. However it has 260,000 miles on it. He is asking $4699.00 for it. I am a little concerned about the miles being so high but since the motor was partially rebuilt should I not worry? How much longer will the tranny/clutch last? Figure I can talk him down a bit since it has so many miles but figured I would ask you guys first. Thanks for any help
     
  2. Apr 13, 2012 at 8:00 PM
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    Bamahoyt

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    Really just need to look over it really good and verify his work but for 4k I don't think it would be too bad of a buy
     
  3. Apr 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM
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    STLharry

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    Check rust situation. Otherwise, if the truck has been even just minimally cared for you should be ok.

    Try for sub-4k price though.
     
  4. Apr 15, 2012 at 12:19 PM
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    I replaced the first clutch on my '94 at 180k, so if this one is on it's original clutch, it's probably due. If it's been replaced, it may have another 50-100k left in it depending on the driver.

    Engine? How much of a "partially" rebuilt?
    Mine was burning a fair amount of oil (1qt every 3k) by the time it was at 230k, and it was a little down on power, which could have been due to low compression or timing chain stretch.
    At 260k, I would say the timing chain should definitely have been replaced.
    My oil pressure was good, so that's an indication that the bearings were still in good shape.

    I do think $4700 is a bit steep for a truck with almost 300k on it.
    That's well beyond where we joke "it's just broken in" ;)
    For $3700, I'd jump on it. For $4k, I'd sleep on it but probably grab it.
     
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