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made in japan?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mwtaco, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. Aug 12, 2011 at 6:29 AM
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    mwtaco

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    were the 1st gen tacomas made in japan?
     
  2. Aug 12, 2011 at 6:40 AM
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    No, Tacomas don't even exist in Japan. The toyota truck over there is the Hilux. Different body style and motor, etc.
     
  3. Aug 12, 2011 at 6:41 AM
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    I don't think there are any. I think they make the Hilux.
     
  4. Aug 12, 2011 at 10:39 AM
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    I'm pretty sure some were made in Japan, but mostly were made in the U.S.
     
  5. Aug 12, 2011 at 11:53 AM
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    All the 1st gen Tacomas were made in Fremont, Cali
     
  6. Aug 12, 2011 at 11:58 AM
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    Maybe I'm thinking of the 2nd gens, I remember a thread a while back where people were talking about the vins on their trucks and some were made in Japan. I thought some were first gens too.
     
  7. Aug 12, 2011 at 12:06 PM
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    This was true of 4runners. If the vin starts with a "J", they were assembled in japan.
     
  8. Aug 12, 2011 at 12:12 PM
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    Yes, some of the tacomas came from Japan, the vin number started with J...I've found two source that say some of the tacomas were built in Japan.
     
  9. Aug 12, 2011 at 12:18 PM
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    jk:p was there any differents from the two?
     
  10. Aug 12, 2011 at 2:05 PM
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    what if your vin starts with a 5
     
  11. Aug 12, 2011 at 2:09 PM
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    Its from Jupiter, the 5th planet from the sun.
     
  12. Aug 12, 2011 at 2:43 PM
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    You are going to have to provide some supporting evidence to convince me.

    All of them start with a 5.
     
  13. Aug 12, 2011 at 6:06 PM
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    Digiratus is right...tacomas were built in killakali, 4runners of the same year (3rd gens) were built in japan.
     
  14. Aug 12, 2011 at 6:48 PM
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    The 5 means it was built in a toyota plant. Yes some are not made in a toyota plant. ( maybe over seas some where?)

    Im glad mine was made right here in the USA. Nummi is long gone.

    I know some are built in mexico (TMMBC). The first 4 doors where made there.
     
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    VIN Codes Explained


    Here's a quick guide to what your VIN code means:

    vinfo.jpg

    1 - Manufacturing country
    4 * USA
    5 * USA

    2 - Manufacturer
    T * Toyota

    3 - Vehicle Type
    A * Truck
    E * Truck

    4 - Body and drive type
    G * Prerunner Tacoma Double Cab
    H * 4x4 Tacoma Double Cab
    N * Prerunner & 4x2 Tacoma Regular Cab
    P * 4x4 Tacoma Regular Cab
    S * Prerunner Tacoma Xtra-Cab
    V * 4x2 Tacoma Xtra-Cab
    W * 4x4 Tacoma Xtra-Cab

    5 - Engine
    L * 2.4L 4 - Cylinder EFI
    M * 2.7L 4 - Cylinder EFI
    N * 3.4L V6 EFI
    6 - Series
    4 * 4x2 Regular Cab
    5 * 4x2 Xtra-Cab
    6 * 4x4 Regular Cab
    7 * 4x4 Xtra-Cab & Double Cab
    9 * Prerunner Regular Cab, Xtra-Cab & Double Cab

    7 - Restraint System
    2 * Dual air bags

    8 - Line
    N * Tacoma

    9 - VIN Check Digit
    2 * Manufactuer's internal code

    10 - Vehicle Model Year
    V * 1997
    W * 1998
    X * 1999
    Y * 2000
    1 * 2001
    2 * 2002
    3 * 2003
    4 * 2004

    11 - Assembly Plant
    0-9 * Japan
    Z * Freemont, CA

    12-17 - Serial number
    * Sequential production number
     
  16. Aug 13, 2011 at 7:39 AM
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  17. Aug 13, 2011 at 7:48 AM
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    Also, if you look in your door jam on the 1st gen. models, it says "MANF. TOYOTA MOTOR COMPANY, CALIFORNIA INC."

    The 2nd gen. models are made in California as well and San Antonio, Texas.
     
  18. Aug 13, 2011 at 9:56 AM
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    I misread the article, I read this part, "The compact trucks (2 and 4WD) are built at the New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc (NUMMI) in Fremont, California, the Honsha Plant in Toyota City, Japan, and all truck beds are produced at TABC in Long Beach, California. 4WD trucks are also built in the Tahara Plant in Tahara, Japan." and missed this part,"All Tacomas are produced at NUMMI."

    So I was wrong and all 1st gen Tacomas were assembled in the U.S. :anonymous:

    Here's the link to the article it has some pretty good information.
     
  19. Aug 13, 2011 at 7:25 PM
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    Great article. Lots of good tidbits of info about our trucks.
     
  20. Aug 13, 2011 at 7:28 PM
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    That VIN info is sweet, thanks!
     
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