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My First Taco! also my first Toyota!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by IllinoisTaco, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. Dec 24, 2011 at 11:18 AM
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    IllinoisTaco

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    Well here she is. My first Taco ever. I looked for about 3 months and drove a ton of taco's before deciding on this on. She has 103,000 Miles on it. Let me know what you all think!

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  2. Dec 24, 2011 at 11:20 AM
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    sorry about the last picture being upside down. For some reason im having trouble getting them to look right. I have rotated them and saved and rotated and saved...lol They still dont seem to save correctly.
     
  3. Dec 24, 2011 at 11:21 AM
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    186000mps

    186000mps ..Slingin' up mud and we're scarying off bunnies..

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    Good looking truck
    looks clean and low miles...good find.
     
  4. Dec 24, 2011 at 11:22 AM
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    nice... but you made me do a handstand just to look at the 1st pic
     
  5. Dec 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM
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    Well, I have this posting all jacked up! rofl..sorry guys im a noob at this. :(
     
  6. Dec 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM
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    if you dont mind me asking how much did you pick it up for?
     
  7. Dec 24, 2011 at 11:29 AM
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    Well...im not sure if i have them upside down or not. They all look fine to me lol

    When i first started my journey on trying to find a good Taco i was willing to give around 8 to 9 grand. I ended up finding out they hold their value really well. lol After 3 months or so i finally found this one and gave 12K for her. I still thought i over paid but the last owner told me the truck has only had Full Synthetic Mobil One in it since day 1. He replaced a few normal thing but never replaced the Timing Belt...which scares me and i dont want to put more money in it. He also has had the frame coated since 30,000 miles.

    I was going to try and do it myself but im not much of a mechanic. lol Im sure i could do it though. Just scared
     
  8. Dec 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM
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    nice find. clean looking good. as everyone will say, keeping up with scheduled maintenance will be the key to that truck keeping its value.
     
  9. Dec 24, 2011 at 11:51 AM
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    Great looking truck, I think you got a winner. However you need to get the timing belt changed. They normally last about 90,000 miles. The 3.4L engine is a great engine. With regular service the Tacoma will last almost forever.
     
  10. Dec 24, 2011 at 11:56 AM
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    TMW, I am wanting to get it replaced soon but to get the timing belt and water pump changed with all the belts is going to cost me 750 bucks! that seems high. I want to try it myself but like i said im not the best mechanic. However im gonna have to learn sometime lol
     
  11. Dec 24, 2011 at 11:59 AM
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    Welcome to TW and congrats on your "new" truck.

    Keeping the maintenance up-to-date is the key to reliability and, as facemob said, retention of value. The timing belt should have been replaced at 90K miles. Recommend you take care of that, and anything else that's lacking, ASAP. Synthetic oil is great, but it won't overcome cutting corners in other areas...

    If you haven't already done so, head over to the Toyota Owner's Site where you can download manuals, a recommended maintenance schedule for your truck (attached here too), and check on recalls/TSBs. The Field Service Manual is also an invaluable reference.
     

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  12. Dec 24, 2011 at 12:02 PM
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    Norton, thank you very much. I have that exact thing in my glove box. Im going to look it over and see what did get done and didn't.
     
  13. Dec 24, 2011 at 12:02 PM
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    Clean trk don't worry about the belt right away if it breaks its a non interfering engine, how many miles on the trk, engine bay looks super I wish I could clean mine up to look that clean.
     
  14. Dec 24, 2011 at 12:06 PM
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    there is 103,000 miles on it. The engine bay is very clean. Looks very well kept. What do you mean by a Non interfering engine? if you don't mind me asking.

    Thank you all for your comments and suggestions... this is a great forum!
     
  15. Dec 24, 2011 at 12:10 PM
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    Non-interference means the engine won't destroy itself if the timing belt breaks. Make no mistake, though, a broken timing belt is NEVER a good thing.

    The best case is the truck simply won't run and must be towed from where the belt breaks to where it will be replaced. The worst case (for interference engines) is the vehicle won't run and must be towed from where the belt breaks, to where the engine will be rebuilt/replaced.
     
  16. Dec 24, 2011 at 12:13 PM
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    Thank you, I will most likely get it replaced. I think i might try it myself.


    I dont know why my pictures are all jacked up! lol I just got on my Iphone to see how it looks and they are all upside down.. Hmmm...
     
  17. Dec 24, 2011 at 12:14 PM
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    They all looked OK when I first hit the thread but, now, the first one is upside down. :confused:
     
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