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Looking for some 411 about Factory Service Manuals

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Tacomasaurus Rex, Apr 8, 2020.

  1. Apr 8, 2020 at 5:52 PM
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    Tacomasaurus Rex

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    I’m trying to buy a Factory Service Manual for the 2003 Tacoma that I intend to keep... Did some initial searching for one on EBay. Was cool with the price sort of but it said that it doesn’t include wiring diagrams and that transmission repair manuals are not included.
    Are they normally sold separately? How many manuals are there for a 2003? Want the complete set any idea what I should expect to pay for this? Want to get best deal possible!!! Thanks, Taco lovers!
     
  2. Apr 9, 2020 at 3:23 AM
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    Back some years ago Toyota sold the FSM rights to Helm Inc at the time I was told only the years below 2000 I don`t know if the the year has been updated . Looking now I see it has .When this happened prices went through the roof of used manuals.

    The bad thing is if Helm Inc does not see enough demand they obsolete that volume driving the price even higher for existing copies.

    Depending on the year some complete manuals can have 3 or 4 volumes plus the EWD.

    The OBII vehicles have one volume just for diagnostics

    Your best bet is looking for listings that say complete set even then be careful

    The early ones in the eighties had one volume and the EWD.

    Driving every one towards something like Tech Stream or along those lines.
     
  3. Apr 9, 2020 at 2:30 PM
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    This was what I found but would’ve liked the trans repair too.
     
  4. Apr 9, 2020 at 3:06 PM
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    Ive had lots of manuals over the years for different marquees. Fortunately for me, most were rarely referenced.

    Whatever book (out of a set) has the OBDIi system and diagnostics will likely be the most valuable.

    IMHO the transmission book would mostly be helpful if you had previous success inside a transmission and access to the specialty tools called for.
     
  5. Apr 9, 2020 at 3:16 PM
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    I know I’m probably going to be having a transmission issue sooner or later... thought maybe it’d be good to get it. Negatory on transmission experience. Open to the challenge but was mostly concerned about getting the most bang for my buck.
    The EBay books were $158 but I just found these for twice the price. Sounds like the real deal though.

    https://www.factoryrepairmanuals.co...MItvXt9arc6AIV7v_jBx0XDAgQEAQYBSABEgK4bPD_BwE

    Had no idea they were sooooo expensive... love the truck and it seems like a good idea to have them around.

    So should I go for these? And when I get a little extra cash buy the others from here.
     
  6. Apr 9, 2020 at 3:38 PM
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    To myself the most critical to me is the EWD as things seem to change in the harness every year and model
     
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  9. Apr 10, 2020 at 9:45 PM
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    Thanks again fellow Taco fans! I’ll order one when I can. I’ll get that wiring edition Too. Have a great weekend!
     

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