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Improvements from 98 to 04

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by abbaschild, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. Nov 23, 2009 at 1:15 PM
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    abbaschild

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    I'm ready to put my ol 98 out to pasture and want to get an 03 or 04. Anyone know what improvements (or otherwise) Toyota has made to the Tacos in those six years?
     
  2. Nov 23, 2009 at 3:34 PM
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    I know the front of the 01-04's is much differnt and better looking imo from the older tacoma's.
     
  3. Nov 23, 2009 at 3:35 PM
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    98tacoma27

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    That's about it. Pretty much cosmetic and option enhancements. And the introduction of the DC.
     
  4. Nov 23, 2009 at 3:37 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    the only thing besides the clock that im not real happy about with my 04...is the location of the parking brake cable on the rear diff. other than that........its solid as hell.
     
  5. Nov 23, 2009 at 3:42 PM
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    Well, it is a first gen..............:D
     
  6. Nov 23, 2009 at 3:46 PM
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    well hell yeah! its why i went back to first gen in the first place....besides getting 4x4. im not too crazy about push button or turn dial 4x4 systems.
     
  7. Nov 23, 2009 at 4:06 PM
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  8. Nov 24, 2009 at 5:13 PM
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    Many thanks Summerboy. That consumer guide link is what I was lookiing for.

    When I was looking for my 98, I test drove a 97, both with V6's. I distinctly remember the 98 felt a lot stronger than the 97 -- and the 98 had a shell! Maybe a revised cam profile?
     
  9. Nov 25, 2009 at 1:13 PM
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    Nope, internals stayed the same. May have needed a timing belt change or some sensors cleaned though.
     
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