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help me decide on the right taco...

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by ineedataco, Jul 9, 2014.

  1. Jul 9, 2014 at 6:15 PM
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    ineedataco

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    Intrested in a gen 1 taco. I dont have the extra income for a jk wrangler as much as I would love one.. I will be using it for fun mainly. My stupid 2010 6.0 2500 silverado gets stuck in anything and everything mud, sand, you name it ill get stuck in it. I love my silverado... anyways ever since I got pulled out of the marsh at the beach by a gen 1 tacoma when 2 silverados and a powerjoke could not pull me out... well I fuckin want one. The main uses for the truck will be taking it fishing beach lakes rivers ect. Will be lifted and it will be used for mudding occasionally. ive been told "4x4 4cyl 5 spd is indestructible!" But I see so many v6s im just not knowledgeable on the engines and drivetrains enough to pick the right setup for what it will be used for. I want it to be a 5 speed I know that for sure. Ive done a little research its mainly everyone saying how much they love there taco so appolgies if you think im not doing my reasearch before posting. Thank you anyone who provides helpfull information!!

    Current daily is a lexus sc300 love toyota!
     
  2. Jul 9, 2014 at 9:16 PM
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    oldblue1968chevy

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    Get the v6 if your lifting getting big tires the 3.4 is just as good as the 4cyl toyotas
     
  3. Jul 10, 2014 at 12:01 AM
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    ^^^^^^^
    Agree 3.4l SR5 4x4= Happy, Happy, Happy
    No need to go over the top, a solid 3" mid-travel with some 33s and you will be the guy that the next silverado is envious of LOL
     
  4. Jul 10, 2014 at 12:12 AM
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    you cant kill the 3.4l v6. seriously ive seen them used and abused and they just. dont. die.
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  5. Jul 10, 2014 at 8:38 AM
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    StAndrew

    StAndrew Wait for it...

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    Holy fire balls! :eek:
     
  6. Jul 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM
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    Agreed. A buddy of mine's 3.4 caught on fire 4 times and cranked right back up except the last time. So I pulled him off the mountain and loaded it on his trailer. He took it home, waited a few days, and the truck started up once again. You can't kill one, but I've heard they have a problem with blowing head gaskets. Correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  7. Jul 10, 2014 at 8:59 AM
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    m3bassman

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    The 3.0 in the pickups and 4runners had that issue. Head gasket issues in these 3.4l seem to be isolated rate occurances
     
  8. Jul 10, 2014 at 12:53 PM
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    Ive been scouring craigslist... noticed the shifters in some of the older ones (auto) look identical to the ones in the auto sc300/sc400s lol
     
  9. Jul 10, 2014 at 1:12 PM
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    I believe they use the same family trans (A340) but I think the Lexus's use the Supra trans (I think A340H; Tacoma 4WD is the A340E IIRC).
     
  10. Jul 10, 2014 at 1:13 PM
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    Shauncho

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    you can't go wrong with the pink taco...
     
  11. Jul 10, 2014 at 3:03 PM
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    Okay do any 4x4 3.4l 5 speeds come with single cabs? Which years have the 3.4L? Houston CL has 4 million no hablo engles posts with single cabs on 22s... pretty hard to accurately search for what I want :/ not to mention these damn things retain there value apparently.
     
  12. Jul 10, 2014 at 3:07 PM
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    Single cab 3.4l are extremely rare. You are likely to find 2.7l in the ref cabs. You'll need to get the extra cab to get the v6. More space and more power.
     
  13. Jul 10, 2014 at 3:17 PM
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    Im just not looking for so long of a wheelbase. But I can live with extd cab. The 3.4 only come in a few years?
     
  14. Jul 10, 2014 at 3:22 PM
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    96-04 which spans the time the first gens were built. Drive an extra cab. They have a great size and a very good turning radius.
     
  15. Jul 10, 2014 at 3:52 PM
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    You have been helpfull thank you! Ill keep looking through the millions of Craigslist ads
    Couple pics of my sc300 :p

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  16. Jul 10, 2014 at 4:17 PM
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    If you can navigate to the first gen forum, there is a helpful buyers guide stickeid at the top that has more info than me. Good luck.
     
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