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First time buyer 1997

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Jollins, Jul 11, 2020.

  1. Jul 11, 2020 at 7:22 AM
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    Jollins

    Jollins [OP] New Member

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    I’ve been looking at Tacoma’s for awhile now wanting to buy an older used one for my first one. Went and checked out a few already with a friend who showed me mostly what to look for. Still wanted to get some opinions on the forum, what to look out for and what not or if it’s a bad deal. Probably gonna check this one out next week. Here’s the link to the ad. (I’m Canadian btw price is in cad) Any help is super appreciated! Thanks. https://www.kijijiautos.ca/vip/1572...medium=social&utm_campaign=ios_social_buttons
     
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  2. Jul 11, 2020 at 8:15 AM
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    onakat

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    Guess your friend told you, but I'll say it again

    FRAME RUST
    FRAME RUST
    FRAME RUST
    FRAME RUST
    FRAME RUST

    this is the first thing you want to look for. If the frame checks out good, only then you look at the other regular stuff to check out for when buying a used car. Worst areas for rust are where the leaf springs attach to the frame, right behind the cab, inner frame rails by the gas tank and catalytic converter, frame section under the bed around the shock mounts. If you have doubts on a frame, ask if you can use a hammer to it. If you can't, just walk away

    oh yeah also, lower ball joint are a known weakness
    If you looking at a V6 engine, the timing belt

    Mileage is only an indication of how long a vehicle has been driven, not how it was maintained. Better to get a car that has higher mileage but well maintained than one with low mileage but abused or not maintained at all
     
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  3. Jul 11, 2020 at 10:25 AM
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    Black DOG Lila

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    Welcome aboard new member
     
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  4. Jul 11, 2020 at 10:26 AM
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    Taco critter

    Taco critter #mall crawler , patw and ,ttc#0247

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    welcome to tw ,and check the frame
     
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  5. Jul 11, 2020 at 11:54 AM
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    SkunkMan17

    SkunkMan17 Jerry-rigging everything

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    Frame. If the muffler is stock too looking at that can give you an idea of how bad the rust really is.
     
  6. Jul 11, 2020 at 1:18 PM
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    Wyoming09

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    Myself I would much rather buy a truck with a frame broken in 3 pieces which can be seen pretty easy .

    Then find out the drive train is ready for a major over haul once it is home.

    Frames are easy to repair or make from scratch
     

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