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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 Just a Dude...

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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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    t4rKoopa

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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 mw survivor

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    black woolWax, green IFC, borlaCB, custom Line-X PC drums, skid, nuts, hooks, 1/4 silver frame...
    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 9:01 AM
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    Interior is as clean but not sure about the engine compartment just yet.
     
  9. May 2, 2019 at 11:12 AM
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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.
     
  10. Feb 22, 2020 at 3:33 AM
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    Picked up a 03' dcsb SR5 4x4 with locker and 128500 miles yesterday. New frame, springs, fuel lines etc... in 2017. Will need exhaust and a skid replaced tho. Inside was very clean, middle console is loose and needs work, but that was all I can find. Other wise in great shape. Timing belt, water pump etc... all done on schedule. Paid just under 10k.
     
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  11. Mar 22, 2021 at 9:30 AM
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    Quality Taco

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    This post was helpful when I picked up my 1st gen taco! 98k miles double cab, 4x4 auto.

    Also use the Toyota owners thing. It shows you more then carfax. Like I thought mine had a new frame but carfax didn't see it. Sure enough new frame back in 2013.
     
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  12. Mar 22, 2021 at 10:14 AM
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    I would also add that google the part number for oem parts and just keep looking. So far for me I'm in minnesota and I get my parts from eb Toyota who's in michigan? Anyways long story short they beat everyone in price and inventory level. That's just my experience with them.
     
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  13. May 4, 2021 at 9:31 PM
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    Really appreciate the thorough writeup. I'm looking for one and I think I've mostly figured out what I want. Does the xtracab have the same bed length as the regular cab or does the extra room come from the bed?

    Right now I really just need a small utility truck but I do have some near needs and then some more preferential leanings. A passenger airbag is almost a necessity and I'd feel safer with ABS. I'd prefer to have manual over automatic and I wouldn't mind 4x4. The last two especially seem to up the price tho so I'm wondering relatively how difficult adding ABS to a tacoma that doesn't have it would be vs swapping an auto to a manual when the automatic transmission breaks vs adding 4wd to a 2wd at some point in the future?
     
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  14. May 5, 2021 at 4:11 AM
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    Access and regular cab both have 6ft bed. The frame is shorter on the regular cab.

    I would not be to concerned with ABS it was overly sensitive in my truck and I ended up removing it. If you wanted to add it you would need new spindles, rear axle, abs module, wire harness, all the additional brake lines, sensors etc.

    I doubt you will have the auto trans fail but I'd rather do that swap than the abs one.
     
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  15. May 6, 2021 at 6:00 PM
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    tacoma_project.jpg

    Found this on fb marketplace. It's a 2000 extracab with a 2.7L 5 spd manual 4x4. When I look up parts tho, I can't find anything that seems to match. The roof panel (pt #63111) here seems to be continuous with the pillars but the parts I'm finding would have a crease at the top of the pillars.

    To fix this I'd need a new roof panel, new windshield & windshield seal, anything else?
     
  16. May 13, 2021 at 11:22 AM
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    Larietta

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    Excellent information and thank you! Trying to research this information on the web takes hours and still left me with too many questions! Greatly appreciated!
     
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  17. Sep 18, 2021 at 8:22 AM
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    Taco critter

    Taco critter #mall crawler , patw and ,ttc#0247

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    Ome 3inch ,rims ,cold air intake ,,4 crawler body lift ,cb in ashtray mod,leds, jet maf,Satoshi grille,led roof bar,yakama roof basket ,smittybilt parts,spare tire mount in hitch ,rago fabrication parts, winch bumper ,winch ,285s on wagon wheels ,traction boards ,hi lift jack,wet oaklies,smittybilt ,bamf bedrack,loads more,TOO MUCH SHIT TO LIST
    o_O
     
  18. Jan 26, 2022 at 12:07 PM
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    As others have said, I very much appreciate this write up. I think I'm finally going to be in a place to get my first 1st gen in the next few months. I looked through this thread but didn't see. Does anyone know which trims came with manual windows/locks vs power windows/locks?
     
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  19. Feb 9, 2022 at 12:21 PM
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    LOL this reminds me of a few years back I found out from CTV in my apt complex that some wasted kids did parkour on my roof and dented the shit out of it. Was able to pull all the dents out but I can't imagine having to replace that whole pillar,roof cab panel.. I assume you passed on it??
     

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