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Buying Opinions on 2004 Taco?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Tacos N Salsas, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. Jun 12, 2013 at 5:29 PM
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    Tacos N Salsas

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    So a guy at my office has a nice little 2004 Double Cab TRD pick-up and that has power locks/windows as well as an automatic transmission. He is the original owner and is only at ~96,000 miles. It has yet have the timting belt replaced but after looking at it the truck is almost near damn good condition. It's never been off-road or taken any hard abuse and only has a little rock chip on the front. So I asked him if he would be interested in selling it and he tells me yes? How much? He told me I can take it off his hands for $16,000. So my question is......is it worth it?

    Also, are there any issues these trucks have as the miles pile on? Especially being an automatic?
     
  2. Jun 12, 2013 at 7:42 PM
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    smuook

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    4x4 or prerunner?

    Good year (same as mine :D), low miles, no issues with my auto tranny @125k now. Change all belts, water pump, and regular maintenance and you'll be good for another 100k.

    As for price, that's just too much money. You can get a newer truck for that price. Try talking him down... Factor in the timing belt change in negotiation. I'd offer $12,000-ish.

    Biggest potential issue is frame rust, depending on where you live.
     
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  3. Jun 12, 2013 at 7:47 PM
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    You might be able to talk him down. I paid 16,000 for mine at a used dealer with 72,000 miles, power everything and in near pristine condition with a leer cap. 4x4 trd auto.
     
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    It's a 4x4 and the truck is located in Colorado. I had the hunch that he was over charging. I don't know why people try to become millionaires when selling cars.

    What year did you buy your truck in? Prices fluctuate from year to year to don't they?

    EDIT: The truck is extremely good condition though so does this play a factor in the value of the truck? No rust, no body damage, mechanically sound.
     
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  5. Jun 13, 2013 at 3:45 AM
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    Just got it 3 months ago
     
  6. Jun 13, 2013 at 6:09 AM
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    Rippin101

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    Sounds like a good truck ;)

    Ya, work with him on price. Should be probably around $14k for that...
     
  7. Jun 13, 2013 at 6:19 AM
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    According to KBB, that truck is worth $16,399 in excellent condition and $15,899 in very good condition.
     
  8. Jun 13, 2013 at 6:31 AM
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    Supply and demand. Is it worth it to YOU and what are your alternatives? Only you can answer that question. You didn't specify if it was a 4x4, etc.

    That being said, I purchased an 04 extra-cab with about 35K miles (about two years ago) for $16K (or $16.5K, can remember). It can also vary depending upon location/region.
     
  9. Jun 13, 2013 at 7:20 AM
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    There really isn't an alternative. I've had my sights on these trucks for a while now and the yes the truck is a4x4 quad cab. It's also located in Colorado.
     
  10. Jun 13, 2013 at 7:32 AM
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    love the four doors... I miss my last 4 door and and not happy with and access cab. the good news is, you get first dibs - so just tell him you want it and are serious and to not sell it to anyone else (give you first option). look around at what they are going for (market rate) and offer him that (or plus a little on top for giving you first option). in addition, you have access to better info on the purchase, meaning you know it's history (if you trust this guy to be telling you the truth) - versus buying off a lot or from someone you don't know.
     
  11. Jun 13, 2013 at 7:33 AM
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    Offer no more than 14.5, justify that with all of the regular maintenance you're going to need to do (belts, timing, water pump, filters, fluids, brakes, etc) which his truck will soon require due to mileage and age. If he bites, good for you!

    If you're really itching to own it you can go higher, but the goal here should be you getting a good price for a good product. Bargains are out there, you just have to find them.
     
  12. Jun 13, 2013 at 12:34 PM
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    He's WAY too high.


    I just recently paid $14460 for mine with 14500 miles on it
    V6 4WD TRD SR5 Auto
     
  13. Jun 13, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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    Do you think you just got a super good deal for yours that would be hard to come by? Keep in mind the truck is in Colorado so I would assume that they pull a premium there.
     
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