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Buying '97 4x4 5speed

Discussion in 'New Members' started by AGumbus11, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. Oct 9, 2009 at 7:19 AM
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    AGumbus11

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    Hey all -

    I'm 99% sure i'll be picking up a '97 4x4 5sp Tacoma this weekend.

    Searched the site for some hot spots to check - seems the main issue here is frame rust and rot and the usual oil leaks.

    Are there any other 1997-specific hot spots to pay attention to?

    If anyone from the CT area has a 5sp 4x4 for under $7500 please hit me up!
     
  2. Oct 9, 2009 at 7:22 AM
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    gupster88

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  3. Oct 9, 2009 at 7:25 AM
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    Welcome to TW! The frame is the only "hot spot".
     
  4. Oct 9, 2009 at 7:27 AM
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    This is a uni-body truck, right?
     
  5. Oct 9, 2009 at 7:28 AM
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    No, the body sits on top of the frame.
     
  6. Oct 9, 2009 at 7:31 AM
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    Alright so i'll be able to check for a bent frame fairly easily...thats good news. Thanks for hitting me back so quick.
     
  7. Oct 9, 2009 at 7:34 AM
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  9. Oct 10, 2009 at 4:37 PM
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    Bought my truck today - really pumped to get it home tuesday.

    4x4 low and high work great...clutch is nice and firm but a little high...the only bad thing is that there is a little rust on the body. I read on the forum you can bring 95-00 Tacoma's to the dealership to inspect for excessive rust - how does that all work? Do I just bring the truck to the dealer and ask to check for rust?

    Anyway... I was going to either bring it to the dealer and have them check it, or just Rustoleum the shit out of it.

    What do you think?
     

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