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Looking at a 97 Tacoma - your thoughts?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by HugePeep, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. Apr 26, 2011 at 1:57 PM
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    HugePeep

    HugePeep [OP] New Member

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    Hi, All, first post here.

    I'm looking at the following Tacoma later tonight. This would be a 3d vehicle for my girlfriend and myself. It would act as a utility vehicle for Home Depot runs, trips to the dump, dog transportation, snow, etc. So I'm not looking for a treasure. My goal was best bang for $6-$7k.

    97 Toyota Tacoma LX, V6, 4X4, extra cab, automatic, sunroof, CD player, 160K miles.
    Cloth interior, Michelin LTX radial tires with 10K miles.

    Owned the truck since 2003 and have kept it garaged, very clean.

    All maintenance records available.


    (http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/cto/2339931020.html)

    The owner sounds like a nice guy over the phone and seems emotionally attached to the truck. It sounds like he's tacked excellent care of it.

    What do you all think?

    How does it sound?
     
  2. Apr 26, 2011 at 2:35 PM
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    blue97taco

    blue97taco Well-Known Member

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    Looks like the owner took care of it....how much is he asking for it
     
  3. Apr 26, 2011 at 4:28 PM
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    Cvd2312

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    Thats very similar to my truck, which I bought back in November for $7,500.

    Mine had 140k and was a manual, and it was in awesome shape.

    Looks like yours is a good deal, I'd go for it!
     
  4. Apr 26, 2011 at 4:31 PM
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    97yota4wd

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    alot of metal, small engine, decent travel.
    caged, camburg long travel, 50t leafpack (soon to be installed) light rack over cab, 5pt harnesses etc
    i got mine a year ago, 1997. same color and everything with a camper shell. but its a 4 cylinder. it also had 160k miles. but the interor was dirty. have you jewed him down at all?
     
  5. Apr 26, 2011 at 6:30 PM
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    HugePeep

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    Asking $6500. I haven't negotiated price yet. I don't think I'll go after a lower price too aggressively. It seems like a good deal whe. Compared to comparable tacomas in the area.
     
  6. Apr 26, 2011 at 10:19 PM
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    Grey wire MOD, deck plate, diff breather MOD, 2nd gen. OME 883# on Tundra 5100's, OMD custom 3" leafsprings, rear shock relocation, Ivan Stewart TRD rims w/285/75/16's, '02 bumper MOD, Famous Fabrications sliders , LED interior/exterior lights, bed bar, Custom tube bumper, Old school KC day lighters,Red Ring 8" HID flood, Kenwood vhf 2M.. umm some other shit I'm forgetting right now
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    You haven't got it yet ??

    WTF !! are you waiting for ??

    seriously , if it is as souinds I'd jump on it...
     
  7. Apr 26, 2011 at 11:26 PM
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    We settled on $6k.

    It was in very good mechanical shape. He had immaculate service history records with hand written notes. Paint had lost its luster. Typical body dings and chips for a 14 year old truck. Interior was in good shape. Strange buzzing sound from dash at freeway speeds -- sounded like it was coming from the speedometer.

    I gave him a deposit while the remaining funds transfer to my acct for the balance. Should have it in the garage by the weekend or beginning of next week.
     
  8. Apr 26, 2011 at 11:59 PM
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    Grey wire MOD, deck plate, diff breather MOD, 2nd gen. OME 883# on Tundra 5100's, OMD custom 3" leafsprings, rear shock relocation, Ivan Stewart TRD rims w/285/75/16's, '02 bumper MOD, Famous Fabrications sliders , LED interior/exterior lights, bed bar, Custom tube bumper, Old school KC day lighters,Red Ring 8" HID flood, Kenwood vhf 2M.. umm some other shit I'm forgetting right now

    Welcome to TW
     
  9. Apr 27, 2011 at 4:50 AM
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    Rippin101

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    Nice! Pics when she's home! :D
     
  10. Apr 27, 2011 at 5:42 AM
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    Rear Leaf Spring TSB, Front Bilstein 5100's set to 1.75, Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac 265/75/R16 tires, Black WeatherTech Floor Liners, aFe Pro Dry S air filter, lighted 4x4 switch......
    Things to keep in mind and watch over while you own this truck:
    How is the frame? These rust from the inside out. It may look great like mine did but it wasn't. Hit small rust spots with a hammer to test. If the timing belt was changed out at 90K miles, it will need it again at 180K miles. The axle seals started leaking on my 95 Tacoma at 140k, on my 98 4Runner they started leaking at 192K. Good luck and have fun with your new truck.
     
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