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Looking for 1st Tacoma

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by BigJimHouse, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. Jan 23, 2010 at 9:34 AM
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    BigJimHouse

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    Hi, new to the forum, looks great!
    I live in Hawaii and am looking for my first Tacoma; 1st generation.
    Any pros/cons throughout the years?

    Seemingly, these things run forever (most around here have 90-200k miles on them, both 4 cyl & v-6) and I've yet to see one with any body rust (bumpers 'nother story).

    I'd like to get an automatic, but considering the high mileage of the use trucks, concerned about that. What's typical life span of these autos before a rebuild?

    Also, seems like ALL used Tacomas must be made of gold dust cause they are typically 2-4 grand over blue book. If I wasn't so infatuated with these early tacomas (new ones don't look as good IMO) I'd just go for a Nissan or Ranger/Mazda, but dang it, I wanna Tacoma!

    Any help, opinions, recommendations on these early trucks would be great; leaning towards xtra cab, 4x4.

    Thanks, Jim
     
  2. Jan 23, 2010 at 9:44 AM
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    well if this helps which it probly wont, I just bought my first tacoma 4 days ago. 2004 double cab prerunner sr5 4cyl. from what i hear very rare. and its an automatic also. but I to was worried about buying one because 1st gens ofcourse have mileage on them and they still want 15grand for these trucks?? why?? but IMO that can only mean good things.

    last forever, and very reliable. plus a great looking truck.I have heard nothing but good things obout these trucks, hence why i spent the amount of money i did on my new tacoma. I hope i can easily hit 250k miles no problem. just chang oil ond other basics. hope you find one
     
  3. Jan 23, 2010 at 9:49 AM
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    steve o 77

    steve o 77 braaap

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    I paid $8,000 for my 01 v6 5 speed sr5. It also had 146,000 miles on it (157,000 now). I have not had a single problem except that the original owner had never changed the timing belt:eek: and the water pump was leaking ALL over the place. The truck runs absolutely perfect and I couldn't be happier. Just check for frame rust and maintenance records/receipts when you go to look at a truck. Also check out the frame rust sticky thread in the 1st gen section. Good luck!
     
  4. Jan 23, 2010 at 9:52 AM
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    98_Mud_bug

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    check craigslist. and all the dealerships.. thats about all you can do.. i love mine.. it has 162,xxx miles on it.. not exactly sure and it still runs perfectly.. (knock on wood) i have a 98 4x4 v6, unfortunately mine is only a sr5 it has open differentials front and rear.. but its great. And btw. welcome to the place.. its an addiction..
     
  5. Jan 23, 2010 at 6:21 PM
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    tacomaprerunner

    tacomaprerunner Dang liberals.

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    I've got an 01 PreRunner double cab TRD Off Road with 136,000 + on it...great truck.

    You did mention you were leaning towards 4x4 - I don't blame you. I haven't done any off roading, but I haven't been stuck in the snow yet either. For a 2wd truck, the PreRunner with the rear locker is the best out there, in my opinion.

    So basically what I'm getting at is that if you have the option, shoot for both the double cab and TRD off road.
     
  6. Jan 23, 2010 at 11:57 PM
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    Thanks guys! You know what's hard to find is a 1st gen double cab with the longer bed; did they even make them then? I see new ones around all the time (crew cab w/6' bed).
    What's up with the frame rust??? Kind of shocking to hear this. My Ford F250 ('87) has a rusted thru frame; I MacGyvered it all back together. Kinda surprising to hear this on a domestic truck but Toyota???
    Jim
     
  7. Jan 24, 2010 at 12:15 AM
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    The frame rust can be a good thing if it's a 2001-2004.
    Any hole through the frame will fail the truck and Toyota will do a frame rebuild.

    My 2001 AC 4X4 failed the frame test.
    I took it in and they put a new frame w/springs, brake lines, ebrake, lower control arms, new hardware, anti-freeze, brake fluid, front end alignment & free labor.

    I had them install new shocks on all 4 wheels. Had to pay for that (discounted price) but labor was free.
    While the engine/tranny was out, they put a new clutch assembly in. Saved $300 labor fee.
    New hoses also.

    Already had a new muffler put on last year. If the dealership replaces a muffler and/or shocks, anytime you need them again, it will be free. Parts and labor.

    New tires in Nov.

    The box and cab were rust-free. I was able to inspect them while on the hoist.
    Took the truck to Ziebart and they shot the entire truck.

    Truck rides like new.
    I think I have a new 2001.
    Toyota has treated me fine.
     
  8. Jan 29, 2010 at 4:40 PM
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    how much did the timing belt and leaky waterpump cost to fix?
     
  9. Jan 30, 2010 at 1:16 PM
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    STLharry

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    No, 1st gen double cabs all have the 5 foot bed. Real pointless IMO. You need a longer bed in order to be able to actually do anything with the pickup.
     
  10. Jan 30, 2010 at 2:56 PM
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    Blumpkinson

    Blumpkinson Fuelled by plutonium and wild animals

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    Having a bed that small defeats the purpose of owning a truck IMO
     
  11. Jan 30, 2010 at 3:17 PM
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    just buy a new one toyota is hurting on sales right now and I bet they will cut a deal
     
  12. Jan 31, 2010 at 10:16 PM
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    Well, went to Oahu to look for a Tacoma and on the third try, found a decent one. First truck was a 4 cyl and way over priced, 2nd truck way overpriced and 175,000 miles, plus it had a bad throwout bearing and owner was not expressing any desire to fix it or decrease the price.
    3rd truck also overpriced, but within/less of what the market is going for. 2000 TRD, v-6, auto, A/C, 91k miles, no rust whatsoever (body or frame). Gotta work out the details but think that's the one!

    P.S. One thing I gotta point out: There is a BIG difference in power/torque when going with a v-6 as compared to a 4 cyl. Definitely glad I got to drive both!
    Jim
     
  13. Feb 4, 2010 at 3:00 AM
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    NOT pointless! You can tell all your friend who want you to help them move that your truck bed is too small! lol I usually still get conned into helping someone move their stuff though...
     
  14. Feb 4, 2010 at 3:17 AM
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    Yeah, because everyone has 20 grand plus to burn.... :cool:
     
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