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Best year 1st Gen.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by cabsav214, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. Oct 18, 2009 at 5:24 PM
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    cabsav214

    cabsav214 [OP] Active Member

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    I have a friend Tacoma shopping right now. He is looking at 1st. Gens. I have an 06 and haven't looked much at pre 05. Which was the best year for first gens.? He wants one with 4x4, extended cab, full bed, v6 or 4 cyl. Is up for disscusion but MPG is a big factor. Any opinions?
     
  2. Oct 18, 2009 at 5:48 PM
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    Firefighter160

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    01-04 with the dependable 2.7, no timing belts and its good on gas....
     
  3. Oct 18, 2009 at 5:55 PM
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    Juggernaut

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    Agreed. Dad has an 02 and has had zero issues. I would try to get a manual as the auto feels sluggish IMO.
     
  4. Oct 18, 2009 at 6:29 PM
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    Tacoguy

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    I love my 03 V6 3.4. It may not be the best on gas, but I think that the 4 cylinder is a bit anemic. :D
     
  5. Oct 18, 2009 at 6:31 PM
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    Justin723

    Justin723 Dont judge me

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    01 V6 5 speed, may not be the best on gas but i wouldnt trade it for the world.
     
  6. Oct 18, 2009 at 6:33 PM
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    higherlux

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  7. Oct 18, 2009 at 6:33 PM
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    ChrisYoTaCoMa

    ChrisYoTaCoMa Chrome's for Harleys and old farts

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    New Pioneer stereo, and all 4 speakers with Infinity components. Sirius satellite radio. Deckplate mod done. Door buzzer silenced forever thank God, tinted windows, vent visors, hood protector(bug guard), ceramic pads and new rotors, dechromed EVERYTHING. 2" Lift front 3" rear. Skyjacker AAL's and replacement leafs(and front spacers) from Fatbobsgarage.com. Skyjacker 7000 Hydro rear shocks, those Bilstein 5100 fronts are coming soon!
    I like my 00 with the 2.7. great mileage, and enough power for me, as long as I have 4WD I am happy....
     
  8. Oct 18, 2009 at 9:31 PM
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    Robbsolid

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    i loved my 04 more than my 02..... even tho they are identical. No real way too explain
     
  9. Oct 19, 2009 at 3:21 AM
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    JimBeam

    JimBeam BECAUSE INTERNETS!! Moderator

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    there were some differences in the 01-04 styles...cant remember them all off the top of my head

    02 is typically (on online enthusiast forums) regarded as the single best year...however you cant go wrong with any of them
     
  10. Oct 19, 2009 at 5:15 AM
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    Afwrestler1986

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    Gray wire, Some lights in the bed area, and some character marks throughout.
    Yeah, like the 01's not having the oh shit handles on the drivers side and only have one on the pass. side.
     
  11. Oct 19, 2009 at 5:15 AM
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    JimBeam

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    i was thinking more about the placement of the ebrake cable on the rear axle and things like that...but yes that too
     
  12. Oct 19, 2009 at 5:19 AM
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    Afwrestler1986

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    Gray wire, Some lights in the bed area, and some character marks throughout.
    Thats the only thing I have found to bitch about.:D
     
  13. Oct 19, 2009 at 7:48 AM
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    jterango

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    im selling my ''96 taco, black,5 speed,4x4,lock outs,2.7 4 cyliner, in great condition!! im in the wash dc region.. where are you?
     
  14. Oct 19, 2009 at 8:32 AM
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    Robbsolid

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    his thing says Nor cal
     
  15. Oct 19, 2009 at 8:34 AM
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    NraFan

    NraFan Join the NRA! Protect your freedom!

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    2004, the last year they made them. What a good choice. J/K I love all Tacos. Im feeling crazy today. Sorry if it rubs off on you guys.
     
  16. Oct 19, 2009 at 11:34 AM
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    EddieNewYork

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    Does this also apply to regular cabs or just xtra cabs?
     
  17. Oct 19, 2009 at 1:52 PM
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    Gr8WhiteTaco

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    I've got an '02 v6 auto. Wish it had more power but its a fun truck to drive.
     
  18. Oct 19, 2009 at 2:05 PM
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    Foster9091

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    mine has almost 160000 and is still getting between 20 and 21 mpgs it is a completely stock 01 3.4L auto doublecab
     
  19. Oct 19, 2009 at 2:51 PM
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    Werloc

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    For real? Is this true? No timing belts on the 2.7 engine? Hmm, Yes, I just got my truck not to long ago, and Yes, I am an idiot...:D

    Is there a pill for this?...:p
     
  20. Oct 19, 2009 at 2:58 PM
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    ChrisYoTaCoMa

    ChrisYoTaCoMa Chrome's for Harleys and old farts

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    LOL.... Yes Bob, no timing belts we have chains in ours WAHOO!!!!

    There are no pills yet for idiotism...LOL!!!:laugh:
     
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