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First timer needs answers

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by rickyticky, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. Oct 7, 2009 at 6:28 PM
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    rickyticky

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    Hi everyone. I am looking to buy a 1997 toyota tacoma. It has the 2.7l 4 cyl.
    my questions are what should be major thing to look for? what breaks? trouble spots? the motor has 212,000 miles. clean outside and in. has new ac, and radiator. i need it as a dd. he is asking 3400.
     
  2. Oct 7, 2009 at 7:52 PM
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    Main thing to check would be to check the frame for rust. There's been a frame rust campaign in progress for some time now.
     
  3. Oct 7, 2009 at 7:55 PM
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    Look under for oil or tranny leak
     
  4. Oct 7, 2009 at 7:59 PM
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    I didnt seem to notice any big rust issues. Nor did i notice any kinds of leaks. It was a quick look though. I was more curious as to how the rear end, 5spd, head, piston rings and the overall motor and such last. I mean it has 212,000. thats alot of miles. im just kinda nervous about it
     
  5. Oct 8, 2009 at 7:43 AM
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    Haha that thing is just getting broken in. I would just look at it and if you can tell if has been treated good ( mud isnt caked underneath it, oil looks clean) And that the whole truck looks clean and doesn't look like it has been ragged out then you should be fine.
    I used to have a 93 4x4 v-6 bought it from my uncle with 230K on the clock and he used it with his oil field company so it had seen tons of dirt roads but never had any major problems with it except small things like tie rods and u-joints just simple things. So thats just my $.02 worth


    GOOD LUCK!
     
  6. Oct 8, 2009 at 8:08 AM
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    thanks for the info guys. I think it was all highway miles. the interior is too clean for a mud truck. the paint is too nice for squeezing through trails.

    but just in case are the 2.7 easy to rebuild? to get the oil pan off do i have to pull the motor? because i saw a bottom end rebuild kit for like $300.(just in case) oil pump, pistons, rings, bearings, the works
     
  7. Oct 8, 2009 at 3:36 PM
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    That is a few miles but we all know Toyota's rep for quality in the high mileage area, but it comes down to care & maintenance, the price is too high in my opinion, depending where you live check Craigs list or auto trader & do some comparisons I'm sure if you take a little time you can get a better truck (less mileage,more options) a better deal etc; I've attached a pic or 2 from craigslist here in San Diego... good luck...:cool:


    P.S. the one pictured is a 95' I think, anyway it was listed at $4200.00 w/ 132K miles, a/c,ex cab, 4x4 . just an example, the deals are out there if you seek them out

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  8. Oct 8, 2009 at 8:27 PM
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    dude... bought mine this last summer with 193,XXX and have 202,XXX now. That 2.7L will run forever as long as it has been taken care of and you continue it. Always check the front end out for loose tie rods, drag link, etc. Other than that...?
     
  9. Oct 8, 2009 at 9:56 PM
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    thanks guys.
    I went today and took a little bit of a better look. no rust really anywhere.
    the motor has no leaks it seems.

    although there is some old grunge around the pan, and a little farther back(from wind blowing it back) its all and dried up though. nothing new.

    He said I could take it home and degrease it, compression test, and drive it around to see if a leak does pop up(also if a check engine light comes on)
     
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