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Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by summerboy1958, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. Nov 25, 2009 at 12:42 PM
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    summerboy1958

    summerboy1958 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, Timbren Shock Assist System, Billy 5100's all around, Deck plate mod, AFE Pro Dry air filter, Amsoil 85W-90 Severe Gear Oil in the transmission/differentials/transfer case.
    On Friday, I'm driving up to New York to look at a '01 Tacoma. One owner, 70000 miles, SR5, V-6. I'm pumped.

    It had the ball joint replacement, but I'm getting conflicting stories on the frame rust "recall". One dealer said to bring it in for the free inspection (in New York, where the truck had been serviced regularly). Another said it didn't qualify, based on the VIN (my local dealer in Delaware)?!?

    Any comments?
     
  2. Nov 25, 2009 at 5:47 PM
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    tacomarustingaway

    tacomarustingaway Well-Known Member

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    I suggest you crawl under the thing and look at the frame. If you can pick pieces of rust/metal off of it with your fingers, it's JUNK. Pay special attention to welded connections where frame parts meet. The price of 2001 Tacomas has fallen HARD because of frame rust issues. Check out the Kelly Blue Book value and take another 25% off of that. I have a 2001 4x4 regular cab and it's a rot box (frame). I'd pass on a 2001 NY Tacoma. The reason the deal is so good is because they have no resale value.

    Contrary to what you hear on this forum, Toyota is dragging their feet in regards to the 2001 and later models when it comes to frame rot. I'm fighting them right now and it's no fun. The VIN number thing your dealer gave you sounds JUST LIKE the run-around I'm dealing with. Take a pass and buy something else. I was a huge Taco fan and still like them but this frame issue really sucks.
     
  3. Nov 25, 2009 at 5:59 PM
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    ColtsTRD

    ColtsTRD .....

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    Good for you bud! Hope all goes well. Happy Thanksgiving
     
  4. Nov 25, 2009 at 8:37 PM
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    HondaGM

    HondaGM Roll Tide

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    ol rusty?
     
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