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1st. Gen Tacoma Buyers Guide

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

  1. Feb 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM
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    scotrinaf

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    Try www.kbb.com sometimes they have more accurate information on their site.
     
  2. Feb 15, 2012 at 5:11 PM
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    01: OME 881s, Dakars, greasable shackles, Nitrocharger sports, extended exhaust hanger, BAMF BPV relocate, Wheeler's extended brake line, rear diff breather mod, swaybar removed, Pilot backup lights, Redline hood struts, 4Runner 5-stars, Hidden Hitch Class III, 7-pin marine-grade wiring
    In my experience (and the experience of others) KBB was way under market, usually about $2k, at least for a truck in my spec a couple years ago. So even if you can select more precise options, the price probably won't mean much.

    I assume "SR5 not TRD" would be as close as you can get to Limited. Without digging, I think the Limited had chrome mirrors in addition to the color-matched fender flares and bumpers. Not sure if it had more goodies inside.
     
  3. Feb 15, 2012 at 5:50 PM
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    Wonder if it has something to do with where you live? In my experience, NADA is always lower than KBB in Northeast TN and Central NC.
     
  4. Feb 15, 2012 at 7:04 PM
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    lucky73

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    check all (transmission,air,differential) filter and fluid
    pull up all bed mats and look for rust
    check for wear on spark wires
    check for correct spark plugs

    if buying from dealer assume no services were actually done before sale, like 100k
     
  5. Feb 15, 2012 at 11:56 PM
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    Anytime Fog light mod, Rack Mounted OffRoad Lights, Rear Mounted Bed/Reverse Lights, Painted Hood Cover, Painted Lower Front Bumper, Replaced Rear Bumper from chrome to black.

    Thanks for the Info.... and sorry to be dumb, but how do I know if the spark plugs are correct? Pull them out? looking for wrong look or will they say something on them?

    I hate to say it but I am vehicle dumb! :-/ I do have friends around that know cars / trucks, but not any that are Tacoma minded... lol
     
  6. Feb 16, 2012 at 12:01 AM
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    BigBro

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    Anytime Fog light mod, Rack Mounted OffRoad Lights, Rear Mounted Bed/Reverse Lights, Painted Hood Cover, Painted Lower Front Bumper, Replaced Rear Bumper from chrome to black.
    Oh yeah and incase anyone else wants to look up the info on their truck.... I found out that on the NADA website they have a VIN check, which if you enter your VIN number will tell you if the truck is/was any or all of the following PreRunner, TRD, SR5, Limited.

    I found out mine was an 03 SR5 not TRD Limited. And the reason I was looking more at NADA is because my insurance company is basing replacement value off the NADA value...... which for what ever in my case works in my favore, as I checked KBB and my truck is worth about $1500 more according to NADA than KBB in my area! :eek: :D


    If any of you are cool with praying, please pray that my wife and I find an awesom deal on an awesome 4 door Tacoma in the next week to replace the last one!!!! Thanks!
     
  7. Feb 16, 2012 at 5:50 AM
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    lucky73

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    Emotorswest in Sacramento has 4-8 gen1 doublecabs all the time

    See my other note about service items if you buy there
     
  8. Feb 16, 2012 at 8:27 AM
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    Pull one out and look at it... You'll need a Spark Plug Socket, a ratchet and a 6-8" extension...
     
  9. Feb 16, 2012 at 4:14 PM
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    Ok thanks!!!
     
  10. Feb 16, 2012 at 7:07 PM
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    Is this a v6? I strongly suggest using some electrical tape to secure the socket to the extension.
    This (K16TR11) is the stock Denso plug (attached), which should always be used. Note the double electrodes.

    DSC08566.jpg
     
  11. Jul 7, 2012 at 7:32 PM
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    I dont know about you guys, but I have had at least 10 people ask If I was interested in selling my truck. Thats how you know your vehicle is in high demand.
     
  12. Jul 8, 2012 at 4:55 AM
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    My neighbor came over yesterday and asked if I wanted to sell mine, I said, welllll, for the right price, maybe, but I don't think you could afford that price... LOL
     
  13. Jul 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM
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    I wasn't comparing KBB with NADA. I was responding to the other poster's recommendation to use KBB.
     
  14. Jul 24, 2012 at 8:23 PM
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    Great thread and info thanks! :)
     
  15. Aug 13, 2012 at 7:36 PM
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    Thx for the info!! Just used it to buy an 01 double cab. Now the fun begins
     
  16. Aug 14, 2012 at 4:58 AM
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    I'm glad it's been helpful. Enjoy your trucks!
     
  17. Nov 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM
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    FYI 2002 was the only year of the 1st Gen that a sunroof was an option and only on the limited edition
     
  18. Nov 14, 2012 at 4:31 AM
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    If you know then enlighten us with the truth. I'd like to know. What years and and models are a moon roof/sunroof available on first gens?
     
  19. Nov 14, 2012 at 11:43 AM
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    Awesome, That would be cool to see. I know what you mean about the weird Toyota stuff. I have a buddy that owned an 2002 extra cab V-6, 6 speed manual trans with a sunroof. When he traded the truck in a couple years back the dealer told him it was a demo and that each stealership got one of these and somehow he bought it:confused: Anyway he says they gave him 2k more for it than book on the trade in but I think he still got ripped off.

    I guess that I should have been a little bit more specific in my post. I was referring to the 01 to 04 Tacoma series when I made the comment about sunroof/moon roof option only being offered in 2002. I need to do a little more research to be sure. Thanks
     
  20. Nov 14, 2012 at 1:39 PM
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    I would never have believed it either but it's true.
     
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