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1st. Gen Tacoma Buyers Guide

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ERG80, May 14, 2011.

  1. Jan 5, 2019 at 6:11 PM
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    TNToyo79

    TNToyo79 Well-Known Member

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    Hello,

    This is not my first post, just my first post under this new account. I was here back in 2009-2010 when I owned a different Gen 1 (2000). Can't remember the username and I apparently abandoned the associated e-mail...so here I am. With that said, I wanted to add this bit of information I have been learning over the last week after purchasing a "new" 2004 Gen 1.

    I found and purchased a 2004 with 72K original miles on Jan 3rd, 2019, truck was garage kept and is pristine in every way with the exception of perforated rust holes in front of the rear shackles and the tail ends of the frame (where you would mount a class 3 hitch) are almost gone.

    I had the frame of my first Gen 1 treated with the CPC compound when the warranty extension came out, so when I was "investigating" the frame of this truck at the dealer I knew to check that the coating had already been applied, which it had. Also, the VIN history showed it had been applied in 2010.

    I only discovered the rust problem after the purchase, when the bumper was removed to install the class 3 hitch. My blood ran cold and I knew I was in for trouble. Literally sick to my stomach, I took the truck to the same dealer that did my 2000's frame treatment almost 10 years ago to see if this "new" truck was eligible for any kind of warranty and this is the verdict; AS IT APPLIES TO THE 2004 YEAR MODEL TACOMA:

    The 2004 Tacos ARE still covered under the extended warranty program IF they are within the 15 year period which began at the date of first use (located in your VIN history). Turns out this truck was first used in June of 2004. I'm lucky to say the very least.

    I did find the criteria here in the forum which outlines inspection techniques as well as qualifying factors for complete frame replacement. All of which this truck meets and or exceeds: Cold weather state recognized in the bulletin, prior CPC treatment performed by an authorized Toyota dealer, perforation holes greater than 10 mm in diameter. The truck will be officially inspected on Monday Jan 7th to determine if they will honor the replacement. My fingers are crossed.

    This forum has always been the holy grail of Taco information. I'm glad it exists and look forward to learning and sharing more info soon.

    ~ Josh
     
  2. Jan 7, 2019 at 1:45 PM
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    TNToyo79

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    Failed inspection today. I got lucky and a new frame is on order.
     
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  3. Jan 9, 2019 at 9:03 AM
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    firstgentacotuesday

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    good for u man thats my dreeaam lol
     
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  4. Apr 30, 2019 at 6:44 PM
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    So, last week some idiot spun out right in front of me and now my 3rd gen t4r is totaled. Now I’m determined to find a Taco to replace it. There’s a 2003 double cab Trd limited 4x4 available in my area. It’s got approx 169k miles, zero rust and clean interior. What do you guys think the value is?
     
  5. May 1, 2019 at 8:33 AM
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    GQ7227

    GQ7227 NYY 84-47

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    borla touring series custom Line-X PC drums, rope hooks dammit ... pending (dashCAM)
    some pics probably be most helpful
     
  6. May 1, 2019 at 8:38 AM
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    t4rKoopa

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    Guess that would be helpful huh. See photos.

    taco2.jpg
     

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  7. May 1, 2019 at 8:40 AM
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    t4rKoopa

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    Here's another

    taco3.jpg
     
  8. May 1, 2019 at 8:57 AM
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    GQ7227

    GQ7227 NYY 84-47

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    borla touring series custom Line-X PC drums, rope hooks dammit ... pending (dashCAM)
    interior and engine compartment look just as good as outside?
     
  9. May 1, 2019 at 9:01 AM
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    t4rKoopa

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    Interior is as clean but not sure about the engine compartment just yet.
     
  10. May 1, 2019 at 9:07 AM
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    GQ7227

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    borla touring series custom Line-X PC drums, rope hooks dammit ... pending (dashCAM)
    it would be wise to get all the pertinent maintenance onit as well, make sure its all up to snuff!
     
  11. May 2, 2019 at 11:12 AM
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    ClevSix

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    The value is what someone is willing to pay for it and very difficult for those of us on the internet to assess. So I'd say between $3k - 10k...

    Did you check the frame? As in crawl under there and band on it with a hammer? If not just search on here for frame rot issues, read up on it, then go check the frame before buying.
     
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