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Checking out an 02 Taco next week... what to look for?

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

  1. Dec 18, 2009 at 10:05 AM
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    ywen

    ywen [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm in the salt belt. THis taco has under 120K miles and has new waterpump and timing belt. The seller isn't aware of the rust issue and said the only rust he saw was a little bit on the rear chrome bumper.(Is this type of rust easy to fix?)

    Obviously I'll be checking out the frame. What other items should I pay attention to for a truck of this age and milage?

    If the vehicles has rust issue presently, can I expect to buy it and somtime in the near future have a local dealer replace the frame?

    THanks!
     
  2. Dec 18, 2009 at 10:08 AM
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    i would make sure he has the free frame rot inspection done at the local toyota dealership first and foremost
     
  3. Dec 18, 2009 at 10:10 AM
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    I'm pretty sure he has not.. so what does that mean for me? As a non-original owner, can I take a recently acquired Tacoma to the dealership and have it checked out for frame rust?
     
  4. Dec 18, 2009 at 10:14 AM
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    i dont know the rules on that

    go check out the truck...if you like it...make a conditional offer on it pending a passing inspection at the dealership

    something of that nature
     
  5. Dec 18, 2009 at 10:15 AM
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    bring it to toyota for a pre-purchase inspection. ask that they check the frame like Tfan said, and then they will do the rest, it's a small price to pay when buying a vehicle
     
  6. Dec 18, 2009 at 10:15 AM
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    yes you can just as long as you have it registered in your name then thats all you need, as for the bumper, thats a common thing on the chrome one, and it's not so easy to fix shy of painting it. another thing to want to check is have them put it on the lift and have you check out the moving parts ie. tie rods, ball joints, etc. oh yeah and make sure it has a brand new inspection sticker on it.
     
  7. Dec 18, 2009 at 10:52 AM
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    Is there also a limitation to the number of frame tests one can do on a Tacoma?

    Say if I take the current owner with me to the local dealership on our test drive and get the exam done, I assume Toyota will record the test under his name? What do we get if the truck passes? a paper indicating a successful test was performed? What value does that paper have going forward?
     
  8. Dec 18, 2009 at 4:36 PM
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    You can bring it in once a year for 15 years from the day it originally left the lot. It doesn't matter if you just bought it, you can still take it in.
     
  9. Dec 18, 2009 at 4:54 PM
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    really? are you sure, cause i thought it was only once and they mark it down with the vin that it's been inspected, and if it passes they put their brand new under coating on it to keep it good
     
  10. Dec 19, 2009 at 8:52 AM
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    :eek: They told me I had to wait a year before I brought it in again and I can bring it in yearly for the full 15 years.
     
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