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My taco is turning into a money pit

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by homer96, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. Jul 24, 2010 at 9:48 AM
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    homer96

    homer96 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Recently i have got a new job and i wanted to fix up my truck. I wanted a 15% tint all around, a new radio, and my seats redone. Well I needed brakes so i went ahead and did that but then, a week later on my first date with this girl i met, my radiator cracked and started spewing coolant. This was really embarrassing btw. Now, my power steering pump went out and its like driving a model T. I know that it has 216K miles on it but its still pretty damn discouraging. Hopefully i can spend money on the fun stuff next paycheck. I get to drive dad's 08 taco until it gets fixed Monday so i guess thats a plus. ;) Has anyone else had a bombardment of repair bills lately?
     
  2. Jul 24, 2010 at 9:51 AM
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    Duck760

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    Well Ihave an 07 taco so ima have to say no. Last year I picked up a 97 accord and had all that happen but now she runs perfect.Once the repairs are done you will be good to go. Sorry about it all happeningall at once but after you fix it up she will be ready to play again for another 216k miles
     
  3. Jul 24, 2010 at 10:10 AM
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    TanSR5x4

    TanSR5x4 Hold my beer and watch this

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    that sucks. but now you look like the rugged handyman who can fix anything right? what lovely lady wouldnt want that? but i know what you mean its a lot harder to do the work that has to be done than the things you want to work on
     
  4. Jul 24, 2010 at 10:41 AM
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    joes06tacoma

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    I've been there. I had one truck I was lucky to get through an oil change interval without something going wrong. Wheel bearing, water pump, starter, etc.

    If she offered to help push the truck home, she's a keeper! :D
     
  5. Jul 24, 2010 at 10:44 AM
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    Tacorunner87

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    To much to list!
    It happens from time to time on my truck. Right now its the maintenance on the suspension that kicks my ass.
     
  6. Jul 24, 2010 at 6:27 PM
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    STLharry

    STLharry Lube: It's the key to penetration.

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    Yup...throw out bearing (and clutch since I'll be down there), wheel stud, tailgate cable, tie rod end (and alignment), steering rack bushings. Haha they're all pretty small, except the clutch.
     
  7. Jul 25, 2010 at 3:46 AM
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    Manlaan

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    I'm afraid that a lot of it comes down to maintenance and routine replacement of wear items. Its getting up there in age so it needs to be taken care of and have its parts checked more frequently, and plan to replace some of the components before they break. You're either going to be spending a lot of money on repairs, or pick up a repair manual and start doing a lot of it yourself. I hate to ask, but how long has your PS pump been squealing and/or the last time you checked the fluid before it died?

    For example, at 216k, if you have any original ball joints, tie rod ends, axles, etc on the front end, it wouldn't surprise me if some of those were to go next, if they aren't already past due. I wouldn't be surprised to find your struts and springs at that point as well. When was the last time you checked the age on your battery? How about your belts and hoses? Driveshaft greased? Air filter? Diff fluid? Spark plugs? Air in tires? transmission fluid/oil?

    Most of that stuff is stuff you should check at least every oil change, or at least know how much longer until the item should be replaced. Of course you'll still have the surprises of an alternator or starter failure, but with regular checking of everything else, you'll be more prepared.

    You're at the point in the trucks life that you are slowly rebuilding it, one piece at a time. Some times it will be months before something braeks and sometimes days. Thats just the way it is with an older vehicle.

    My gauge on vehicles is they need to go when you're spending as much on repairs as you would on a monthly car payment. Having someone else do repairs drastically increases the replacement time.
     
  8. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:25 PM
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    mauibuilt41

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    Well I bought my truck in June and I need to replace my brakes, rotors, tints, belts, tires and now I need new leafs to fix my axle wrap. Other than that its been great!
     
  9. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:37 PM
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    fireturk41

    fireturk41 I like to break shit!

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    ever since i got in a head on collision in january my truck has been a money pit, but i need to replace my rear wheel bearing cause its getting wobbly
     
  10. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:38 PM
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    MowTaco

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    *Knock on wood* Mine needed a water pump 2 days after i got it... other than that nothing. But I don't even have 100k and I'm sure those times are coming. But hey, now your radiator and PS pump are good till 432K miles...
     
  11. Jul 26, 2010 at 1:23 AM
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    steve o 77

    steve o 77 braaap

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    Nothing so far in the 2 years I've had it. 160,000 miles on it now. All I've done is the t belt and water pump, and all new suspension. Its never left me stranded though.
     
  12. Jul 26, 2010 at 4:35 AM
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    sctrdtaco03

    sctrdtaco03 Ah yeah that guy

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    I need to get a clutch in mine it went after 54k but I think the owner before me was really hard on it loaded it up to much and tired to take it out wheeling, etc. :confused:

    idk doesnt help that I have a S/C on it either
     
  13. Jul 26, 2010 at 4:58 PM
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    Fortech

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    Last month my 2005 needed new lower ball joints that can only be purchased with the entire lower control arm assembly. Add the alignment cams, a wheel alignment, a new wheel bearing, three new idler pulleys and a new drive belt.

    It was a very expensive month. Control arms were worth around $1600, wheel bearing $300, idler pulleys and belt $350 - do the math!:(
     
  14. Jul 26, 2010 at 5:00 PM
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    steve o 77

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    should have just gone LT! lol
     
  15. Jul 26, 2010 at 8:53 PM
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