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

Buying a used Tacoma, Few questions to ask...??

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Werloc, May 29, 2009.

  1. May 29, 2009 at 3:55 AM
    #1
    Werloc

    Werloc [OP] Large Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2009
    Member:
    #17604
    Messages:
    540
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bob
    Central, NJ
    Vehicle:
    2003 Double Cab 4X4 TRD 3.4 V6
    Just a few questions, as I'm looking to buy a used Tacoma. Don't know what I'll be buying yet, a 4cyl or 6. Also, is one engine better (last longer without issues) than the other? It will be an auto trans, and don't really need a 4x4, so it really doesn't matter (for me) about that. I've been looking at 1999's through 2002, with miles from 70K up to 150K. I'm just waiting to find "The Right One". Just need to know what known issues these may have around what mileage, so I know what to look for. Also, any other tips or advice would be helpfull.

    I've been lurking arond this forum, and have read about the frame rust issue, timming belt replacement around 90K, O2 sensor, water pump. What does it cost to replace the timming belt, and the water pump...(about)...?

    Thanks...:D
     
  2. May 29, 2009 at 4:11 AM
    #2
    Janster

    Janster Old & Forgetful

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2007
    Member:
    #1138
    Messages:
    14,255
    Gender:
    Female
    First Name:
    Jandy
    Lancaster, PA
    Vehicle:
    2016 GMC Canyon SLT w/ LineX and....
    Cost to replace all that depends on where you take it. Call your local dealership and ask them for a quote - it'll probably be the highest. Then call around and get quotes from garages. It'll probably be upwards of $500 or more.

    My husband and I changed the water pump on our 3.4L and its not that bad.

    Are you planning on buying a truck from a private sale or a dealer?
    If you buy it from the dealer - you could 'bargain' and have them replace the timing belt & water pump as part of the sale.

    I think the frame rust issue is probably your biggest concern when buying one of that age/mileage. To be honest, I'd recommend looking at 04 trucks and have it inspected by a dealer BEFORE you buy it. If an 04 truck fails the frame rust inspection, then they'll replace the frame and you get the truck back.
     
  3. May 30, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    #3
    Werloc

    Werloc [OP] Large Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2009
    Member:
    #17604
    Messages:
    540
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Bob
    Central, NJ
    Vehicle:
    2003 Double Cab 4X4 TRD 3.4 V6
    Janster Thanks. Yeah, don't know yet. What ever I can get for around $8,000.

    Anyone else have any thoughts..?:(
     
  4. May 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM
    #4
    caliKxracer

    caliKxracer Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Member:
    #8240
    Messages:
    244
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    kyle
    san diego
    Vehicle:
    2000 Tacoma Prerunner
    Supercharged, Linked and Caged
    check the tranny with whatever you buy, seen alot of auto tacomas with around 100k miles with burned trannys
     
To Top