1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

2004 TRD OR frame rust - opinions?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by MerlinMurph, Jun 29, 2020 at 1:38 PM.

  1. Jun 30, 2020 at 7:29 AM
    #21
    MerlinMurph

    MerlinMurph [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Sunday
    Member:
    #332801
    Messages:
    24
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Garret
    Indianapolis, IN
    Thanks. I mean, I like that truck, but I'm realistic. My own knowledge of auto repair: I know nothing. Beginner/novice is generous. With that in mind there's no shot I can do the repairs myself and I don't want to dump a ton of extra money into it right off the bat.

    I'm looking at a 2009 RWD with no visible rust, some nice extras and similar miles for a few thousand bucks more. By comparison, the 04 doesn't make much sense. I really appreciate y'all's help.
     
    Black DOG Lila and cruiserguy like this.
  2. Jun 30, 2020 at 10:35 AM
    #22
    Deeman

    Deeman Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2020
    Member:
    #332584
    Messages:
    14
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Vehicle:
    2004 Toyota Tacoma RWD Base Model 5 Lug
    Wow, $10,800 for an 2004? WOW!!! I'd pass on that one.
     
  3. Jun 30, 2020 at 10:44 AM
    #23
    3JOH22A

    3JOH22A Large Member

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2019
    Member:
    #288172
    Messages:
    2,039
    Gender:
    Male
    District 6ix
    Vehicle:
    3rd Gen TRD Off-Road
    Do you get snow in your region? Do you have experience driving a RWD pickup in the snow? It's precarious due to the front-heavy weight distribution. Grip and handling will be worse than a FWD sedan. That's why the RWD Tacoma's fatality rate is twice as high as 4x4, according to the IIHS.
     
    MerlinMurph [OP] likes this.
  4. Jun 30, 2020 at 11:20 AM
    #24
    Jguardino

    Jguardino Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2020
    Member:
    #326139
    Messages:
    41
    First Name:
    jacob
    Vehicle:
    01 Dbl Cab Red Taco
    I recently purchased an 01 dbl cab a few months ago also with little knowledge of Tacomas for 10k 160k miles in CA. This forum is amazing and has helped me so much to fix my own issues and know what I can & cant do. You'll love it here. Mine is rust free and well kept CA vehicle. I'm not the most knowledge however ill share some tips I learned.

    Things I repaired: ( I have little knowledge on mechanical work going into it )

    New all pro expo leaf springs + hardware (goodbye sagging springs and body roll)
    Replaced Body mount bushings to stock height, removing 3" body lift (Dangerous IMO to have + Pointless)
    Fluid flushes after purchasing

    > Rear axle diver side had an oil leak saturating drums and shoes leading to brake failure. (Anxiety when i couldn't stop) Had fixed with all OEM parts at specialist.
    ( YOTA1 Performance in riverbank, CA) Great group of people and badass shop.

    Also recommend asking if you can take it to a mechanic to do a general look around before purchasing. Cost me 120$ but that's how i found out about the axle oil seal leak. Ask them to check the ball joints, suspension components, Frame, brakes etc..
     
    cruiserguy likes this.
  5. Jun 30, 2020 at 11:28 AM
    #25
    eon_blue

    eon_blue 8" third member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2016
    Member:
    #180213
    Messages:
    37,995
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ryan
    Monrovia, CA
    Vehicle:
    Supercharged 2004 3.4l TRD 4x4 Tacoma XtraCab w/5 speed
    I didn't know jack squat about working on a car when I got my 04 about 4 years ago, couldn't even confidently install a new battery if you asked me to lol. These days I do pretty much all I can to my truck now maintenance wise, upgrade wise, repair wise, etc. You can find just about anything you need to know about doing repairs/maintenance here on this forum or on Youtube.
     
  6. Jun 30, 2020 at 3:21 PM
    #26
    MerlinMurph

    MerlinMurph [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Sunday
    Member:
    #332801
    Messages:
    24
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Garret
    Indianapolis, IN
    Guy at the dealership sent me some more photos. Thought y'all might be interested in seeing the extent of rust. Worse than I thought in some places and not as bad as I thought in others.

    IMG_20200630_181820_01.jpg
    IMG_20200630_181820_02.jpg
    IMG_20200630_181820_03.jpg
    IMG_20200630_181820_04.jpg
    IMG_20200630_181820_05.jpg
    IMG_20200630_181820_06.jpg
    IMG_20200630_181820_07.jpg
    IMG_20200630_181820_08.jpg
     
    Black DOG Lila and cruiserguy like this.
  7. Jun 30, 2020 at 3:35 PM
    #27
    Jguardino

    Jguardino Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2020
    Member:
    #326139
    Messages:
    41
    First Name:
    jacob
    Vehicle:
    01 Dbl Cab Red Taco
    Me no like it
     
    MerlinMurph [OP] likes this.
  8. Jun 30, 2020 at 3:35 PM
    #28
    cruiserguy

    cruiserguy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2016
    Member:
    #193416
    Messages:
    17,753
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Elijah
    SLC
    Vehicle:
    2000 ext cab, 2.7L, auto, 4x4
    Yeah, there will be different opinions on how bad it is or isn't. IMG_20200630_181820_04~2.jpg
    It's definitely one I'd pass on myself.

    Regardless, even if just skimming through pics, if I see the heavy rust color on most of the frame and on most of everything under there like this taco, it's a 'pass'.

    They may get some unlucky person to purchase it at that price, like they say 'there's a sucker born every minute', just be glad that it wasn't/isn't you. :D

    Edit: zooming in I can't tell what I actually circled in the pic :rofl:thought I was circling the worst of the frame rust... Mebbe not:laughing::D
     
    MerlinMurph [OP] and Jguardino like this.
  9. Jun 30, 2020 at 3:37 PM
    #29
    MerlinMurph

    MerlinMurph [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Sunday
    Member:
    #332801
    Messages:
    24
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Garret
    Indianapolis, IN
    Eek. Just texted the guy to say thanks and his reply was "Hey no problem man just don't wait to long to come down here idk how much long she will be here lol".

    I really appreciate you all's help and perspective.
     
    GQ7227 and cruiserguy like this.
  10. Jun 30, 2020 at 3:45 PM
    #30
    cruiserguy

    cruiserguy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2016
    Member:
    #193416
    Messages:
    17,753
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Elijah
    SLC
    Vehicle:
    2000 ext cab, 2.7L, auto, 4x4
    Decent salesman, actually went and got the pics and did what he said would do.... Certainly not a reflection of him or his work, just the nature of the beast with these Tacomas.

    Someone just posted a link to a very fairly priced tacoma but it's in Virginia. Just saying, that way you keep hope that you'll find your Taco :D
     
    MerlinMurph [OP] likes this.
  11. Jun 30, 2020 at 3:46 PM
    #31
    StevenP

    StevenP Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2019
    Member:
    #297659
    Messages:
    231
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steven
    South San Francisco
    Vehicle:
    2003 Tacoma DCSB TRD
    Build thread in Signature
    I’ll join with the masses here on price, I think for that price you can do better. You’ve already shown wisdom and patience reaching out for advice and moving on from this particular deal. You’ll find the right truck with that skill set.

    I think priced a bit differently that truck would be a whole lot more appealing, the frame really doesn’t appear too bad in the pictures.. but without getting to it in person it’s hard to know for sure. Barring any deeper frame issues, I’d say 6-7k and that trucks a dandy.
     
    MerlinMurph [OP] and cruiserguy like this.
  12. Jun 30, 2020 at 3:47 PM
    #32
    cruiserguy

    cruiserguy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2016
    Member:
    #193416
    Messages:
    17,753
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Elijah
    SLC
    Vehicle:
    2000 ext cab, 2.7L, auto, 4x4
    MerlinMurph [OP] likes this.
  13. Jun 30, 2020 at 3:51 PM
    #33
    cruiserguy

    cruiserguy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2016
    Member:
    #193416
    Messages:
    17,753
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Elijah
    SLC
    Vehicle:
    2000 ext cab, 2.7L, auto, 4x4
    6k? Maybe in Commiefornia dollars.... Which is equivalent to about 3500 freedom bucks anywhere else:rofl::D
    Just being funny man, you're located in same town as greatest football franchise in NFL history :cool:
     
    StevenP and MerlinMurph [OP] like this.
  14. Jun 30, 2020 at 3:56 PM
    #34
    MerlinMurph

    MerlinMurph [OP] Member

    Joined:
    Sunday
    Member:
    #332801
    Messages:
    24
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Garret
    Indianapolis, IN
    Well, now I've got my eye on 2010 trd OR in timberland mica, so I'm still hopeful. :)

    You guys are awesome. Thanks so much for the advice.
     
    cruiserguy likes this.
  15. Jun 30, 2020 at 3:57 PM
    #35
    StevenP

    StevenP Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2019
    Member:
    #297659
    Messages:
    231
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steven
    South San Francisco
    Vehicle:
    2003 Tacoma DCSB TRD
    Build thread in Signature
    @cruiserguy Hahaha, that’s probably why that number came to my head, I’ve been distorted my whole life! :rofl:

    And hell yes to the franchise, but some damn heartbreakers the past couple years!
     
    cruiserguy likes this.
  16. Jun 30, 2020 at 4:02 PM
    #36
    cruiserguy

    cruiserguy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2016
    Member:
    #193416
    Messages:
    17,753
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Elijah
    SLC
    Vehicle:
    2000 ext cab, 2.7L, auto, 4x4
    Oh dude..... Last year. Man, we had it in the bag.
    But what an awesome fun ride it was, especially since nobody was expecting us to make playoffs, let alone make a run at the Super Bowl!!
    Was one of the funnest seasons to be a fan in a few years ,that's for sure
    :fingerscrossed:keeping fingers crossed we can keep our foot on the gas this year

    Sorry MerlinMurph I way jacked this thread
    :stayontopic::D
     
    StevenP likes this.
  17. Jun 30, 2020 at 4:05 PM
    #37
    cruiserguy

    cruiserguy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2016
    Member:
    #193416
    Messages:
    17,753
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Elijah
    SLC
    Vehicle:
    2000 ext cab, 2.7L, auto, 4x4
    We just installed a lift on a good buddy's 2014, virtually same as that 2010, and boy did that thing ride nice.
    The 2nd gen tacos definitely got help in the comfort and conveniences department. They are nice trucks too.
     
  18. Jun 30, 2020 at 4:15 PM
    #38
    Black DOG Lila

    Black DOG Lila Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2019
    Member:
    #296344
    Messages:
    3,184
    Virginia
    Vehicle:
    2003 Tacoma SR5 2.7 5 speed 4WD
    Stock. EZ pass.Dump pass.Inspection sticker.Convict printed lic.plates.FG cap.
    cruiserguy likes this.
  19. Jun 30, 2020 at 4:22 PM
    #39
    cruiserguy

    cruiserguy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2016
    Member:
    #193416
    Messages:
    17,753
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Elijah
    SLC
    Vehicle:
    2000 ext cab, 2.7L, auto, 4x4
    Maybe that one wasn't the best to use for my example... :rofl:
    I'll correct it and say you can find beater tacos for cheap every now and then :D
     
    Black DOG Lila likes this.
  20. Jul 1, 2020 at 6:01 AM
    #40
    onakat

    onakat Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2016
    Member:
    #191075
    Messages:
    1,448
    Gender:
    Female
    Canada
    Vehicle:
    2000 indestructaco!
    Rusted through shock boot/cap
     
    cruiserguy likes this.

Products Discussed in

To Top