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Is This a Good Deal? What Do You Think?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Tacoma206, Nov 22, 2011.

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Buy It?

Poll closed Dec 22, 2011.
  1. Yes - This is a good deal and good buy

    36.0%
  2. No - Keep looking

    32.0%
  3. Depends - See my post for details

    32.0%
  1. Nov 22, 2011 at 11:54 AM
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    Tacoma206

    Tacoma206 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So my brother needs a car with 4x4, so we were looking on craigslist and are going to meet this guy to look at this truck. Kelley Blue Book is between $5,500 and $6,000. This truck has 149,000 miles and expired tags (makes me wonder if it can pass emissions and the last time 4x4 was engaged). Please take a quick look and let me know what you think.

    http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/2679089327.html

    Send all thoughts, thanks.
     
  2. Nov 22, 2011 at 11:58 AM
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    Rusty 06 4x4

    Rusty 06 4x4 NBHNC

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    seems like its been wrecked in the front end the color under the hood near the fire wall is red no t the burgundy type color but he should drop it a few $100 for the radio. But I mean I would like to have it. would look nice lifted
     
  3. Nov 22, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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    Tacoma206

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    I didn't even notice the red under the hood. You thinking it used to be burgundy and was replaced after an accident?
     
  4. Nov 22, 2011 at 12:20 PM
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    Jo Dog

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    as long as it has a clear title seem like a good deal to me the truck would bring alot more here
     
  5. Nov 22, 2011 at 12:28 PM
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    Tacoma206

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  6. Nov 22, 2011 at 12:35 PM
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    I dont think it has been wrecked. I think the discoloration under the hood is from being on the road over 150,000 miles, paint gets oxidized. I am sure a carfax of the truck will give you a piece of mind (granted the owner didnt have to report it.) But all and all I think it looks like a good deal. When you get to it, check the oil for discoloration, look at the antifreeze and make sure it looks clean. Start it up and pop the hood and listen for odd sounds such as tapping and things. Let it run for a bit and if your happy then get it. worse comes to worse you can bring it to a mechanic and have them look at it.
     
  7. Nov 22, 2011 at 12:41 PM
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    youngblood1856

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    I would take i to a trust worthy mechanic if you know one and have him go through the whole truck to ensure that everything is in good running condition.
     
  8. Nov 22, 2011 at 12:47 PM
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    misterdmac

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    +1 on the title, and a Carfax is always worth whatever it costs for peace of mind. I paid $6000 for my 1997 2.7L, but not before I had the seller put in new brake pads and do a coolant flush, per the recommendations of my pre-sale inspection by a local mechanic. However mine still had a stereo, and no body damage. So a Carfax and pre-sale inspection is gonna run you like $100, more than worth it IMO.
     
  9. Nov 22, 2011 at 12:47 PM
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    sernaj64

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    I agree get it checked out and get a car fax its your purchas feel good with it if not well you know
     
  10. Nov 22, 2011 at 12:58 PM
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    Tacoma206

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    I have never used carfax. Is it pretty simple? Do you have do anything special or just go to the website and follow the instructions?
     
  11. Nov 22, 2011 at 12:59 PM
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    Ill sell you mine for 4500 :)
     
  12. Nov 22, 2011 at 1:09 PM
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    Carfax is a good start, but don't depend on it being all true. Only things on carfax are what's reported. You can see the passenger fender has been repainted. Minus the cost of paint and tailgate replacement, replacing radio and seatbelt. I'd offer closer +- 5k. Start around 4700.00 and come up or walk away.
     
  13. Nov 22, 2011 at 4:25 PM
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    looks pretty good. but you never know until you take a good look at it. also, LOL he calls the tail gate a trunk lid
     
  14. Nov 22, 2011 at 4:27 PM
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    the passenger side fender looks like a different color that the drivers side. the owner could have got a new fender
     
  15. Nov 22, 2011 at 4:33 PM
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    Greensystemsgo

    Greensystemsgo Clean 1 owner with low miles.

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    I to think wrecked.

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    if you look in the above picture the door/fender/hood are different colors. What also solidifys that belief is the below picture.

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    if you notice, battery box is missing as seen by the crooked battery, and the stock air box is gone, so it either broke in an accident, or they really wanted to do a k/n. Also, aftermarket grill (maybe its a cheapo clipped to the stocker), as well as new turn signals/headlights. again this might be a custom on prupose job, but still points to accident.



    Some things to check out also is to see if there is ripples in the metal under the hood.

    Next up is to see if it throws a cel, make sure when you turn the key one turn the cel lights up, then when the vehicle is on, the cel is off. there are obviously ways to trick it but yeah.

    Check the cv boots, engage 4lo and drive it around a hair. check ball joints/wheel bearings (jack up vehicle and spin/shake shit). seat belt looks gnawed which im cautious of.

    check lenght of brake lines in the rear, if they're extended its been lifted either suspension/block/body which could mean its been abused. Also look at the top pic in my post, the body lines, the trim, is a little jagged, signs that its been wrecked/tweaked.


    Finally look for the little things. its the sr5 so should have keyfobs. see if all the lights work, if dome light comes on when doors are opened, see if it dings while key is in ignition, vehicle off, door open or w.e. Check to see that all lights work, blinker doesnt blink fast etc etc. Also check suspension as well as leaf spring shackles. are the leaf springs bowed down, level, or bowed up? are the shackles stock? horn function?

    If you have a smart phone you can by a bluetooth scangauge tool to use with phone. tool is about 30 bucks, and program is like 5. definetly an affordable way to check engine problems. Here in arizona, auto zones are still permitted to check engine light for free, some states have banned this because of lawsuits.



    I bought a lemon, will admit it, still hate myself for it, its cost me as much to rebuild it as it was to buy it. I just hope my mistake has taught me enough to help others in tough decisions.

    20th edit: looks like aftermarket grill has nothing behind it like most billets. so fender/hood is different color, aftermarket air intake, aftermarket headlights/corner markers/turn signals, and grill.


    also, in all the outter pictures the front wheels appear straight, but the steering wheel looks turned. people park one of two ways when they pull up straight. First, they straighten the steering wheel, OR they straighten the front wheels but the wheel would be turned. so unless these pictures were taken at different times, the alignment is off.
     
  16. Nov 22, 2011 at 4:40 PM
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    ^^^^ picky bastard
     
  17. Nov 22, 2011 at 4:41 PM
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    Greensystemsgo

    Greensystemsgo Clean 1 owner with low miles.

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    can ya blame me? hahaha
     
  18. Nov 22, 2011 at 5:19 PM
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    Kuneff

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    Defiantly Wrecked. Look at the radiator core support. Its black. If i am not mistaken it should be body color like the inner fender rails.

    Also, as said before battery holder.

    Don't bank on Carfax showing anything. Most older vehicles don't get turned into insurance and show clean. My Black Beater was clean. :D Never checked yet on Bloody Hell. :D

    I think the price is a little high. Paint doesn't match, it has been hit in the front end.
     
  19. Nov 22, 2011 at 6:09 PM
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    Greensystemsgo

    Greensystemsgo Clean 1 owner with low miles.

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    id offer maybe 3500 provided everything else is in decent shape. i do not know about the core support as mines black, but my truck is also black.
     
  20. Nov 22, 2011 at 6:28 PM
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    I had a 2001 single cab prerunner 2.7. It wasnt 4X4, but I hated the engine. Could have just been my truck, but it had no power. I had to down shift on every hill. I guess it depends on what your using the 4X4 for. Just my opinion, but I love the V6's. My advice would be, just dont get pressured into buying something you dont want. I got excited as hell to get a new truck and barely test drove it, and had to wait 5 years to get the truck I wanted. Be patient
     
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