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First Taco purchase, what should I check for?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by palmxp3, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. Oct 26, 2011 at 5:02 PM
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    palmxp3

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    Hi All,

    After over a month of searching, I finally located one with a clean history and a fair price. It's a 2002 Tacoma Extended Cab 4x4 V6 Automatic SR5 TRD. This will be my first Tacoma purchase so hopefully you guys can give me insight on what to look out for.

    I know that there is a frame rust issue and this truck shows it was inspected in 2010 with no perforations, but I will still bring my ball peen and do a manual check. I know I should check the 4WD system as well. Do I just need to press the 4WD button to activate it and make sure there's no mechanical issue? How about 4H/4L/2H mode, does the car need to be completely stopped and in car to switch those modes?

    Any help is appreciated, I plan to see it first thing in the morning.
     
  2. Oct 26, 2011 at 5:13 PM
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    I have not bought it yet, going to test drive it tomorrow morning and want to know what I should look for on a tacoma with 105k miles.
     
  3. Oct 26, 2011 at 5:14 PM
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    humanoid

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    Make sure the timing belt and water pump have been changed, they should have been done at 90K miles.
     
  4. Oct 26, 2011 at 5:26 PM
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    check the raid cap and oil cap and dip stick make shure theres no signs of oil mixed n with the coolant or milky lookn crap on the oil cap or dipstick. always pull back the carpet 2 c what shape the floors n check all electronics
     
  5. Oct 26, 2011 at 5:40 PM
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    look into the climate fan as mine squeaks like mad as do many others.
    the rear leaf springs sag and if the tsb was not done get that one in before you buy.
    the steering to make sure it feels tight and correct and true some trucks had issues with steering.
    also the throw out bearings when and if your looking into a manual trans. when your foot is depressing the clutch no noise when you lift up noise that sounds diesel esq or a clattering can be heard.

    these are some of the more annoying things i have either experienced myself or have heard others complain about i would start here and also check into the recall threads on tw a lot of good info to search for regarding issues.

    some trucks will experience none or all of these problems in this respect some get lucky and some times the issues have been corrected at the factory or dealership level as per pdi and tsb and recall notices.

    something to do if your really zeroing in on one particular truck is to obtain the trucks vin number and search out the recalls on that specific truck if any. there is a website for this but right now it skips my mind if i find it for you i will link it up.

    btw these are small things compared to what a lot of other guy's expereince with other brands lol so don't let it scare you away just being honest.

    edit: and like the other member said RUST check that out for sure.
     
  6. Oct 26, 2011 at 5:44 PM
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    ^^^These are 2nd gen problems. The 1st gens don't have these issues. 1st gen FTW!!
     
  7. Oct 26, 2011 at 6:01 PM
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    The truck is being sold by a used car deal and I obtained the VIN and check the toyota owners website. It does show 2 recalls were done by a toyota dealership (Ball Joint in 2005 and Frame inspection in 2010). I don't believe the timing belt/water pump has been replaced yet, but then the last 3 trucks I've inquired about with 125k miles weren't either. So at this point I have just accepted that I will get it done myself.

    It may seem like a silly question, but can someone explain how the 4H/4L/2H selector modes operate? I want to make sure to test all modes out and make sure they are working properly. Thanks!
     
  8. Oct 26, 2011 at 6:05 PM
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    lol sorry i didn't realize he was looking into a first gen :eek:

    the 2nd gens frames don't crack in half either :cool:
     
  9. Oct 26, 2011 at 6:13 PM
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    It's an automatic, so it has the push button "4WD" button on the 4H/4L/2H selector.
     
  10. Oct 26, 2011 at 8:59 PM
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    I would check the air-filter. dirty airfilter probably means irresponsible owner.
     
  11. Oct 26, 2011 at 9:01 PM
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    I didnt read through everything but check for rust. I had to back out of one because underneath was rusted pretty bad. If it shows any signs of rust I would pass.
     
  12. Oct 26, 2011 at 9:17 PM
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    keep in mind he lives in philly. any truck up there is gonna have a lot more rust than the trucks we would see.
     
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