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Need 1st gen expertise!!!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by bt08231, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Apr 23, 2011 at 9:42 AM
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    Hey 1st-geners, i know very little about these trucks, i am a 2nd gen owner. However, i am moving out of the 2nd gen to something more affordable. I would love your opinions on this ebay truck..... http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Toyo...ksidZp5197Q2em7QQitemZ230611209793#vi-content

    Let me know what you think. One of my concerns would be the fact that it originated from NY and then moved down to PA, and rust issues. I am not so worried about body rust as I am frame. I called the owner and he said the frame was solid, however, theres no pics. Thanks for any input!
     
  2. Apr 23, 2011 at 9:45 AM
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    You might be ok with the frame. This truck is a Toyota Pick Up, not a Tacoma. The 1st gens were only 95.5-04 and were mainly the ones with the frame rust issue due to manufacture error. I'd still request pics of the frame, or if you are near by, ask to come check it out in person.
     
  3. Apr 23, 2011 at 9:47 AM
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    Very true, that hadn;t occurred to me. Thanks. auction is up in 11 hours and i am down in baltimore. Anyone near harrisburg? lol
     
  4. Apr 23, 2011 at 9:47 AM
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    steve o 77 braaap

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    First of all, the taco wasn't made untill 1995.5 so this is a pre taco.

    Second of all it has the 3.0 V6 which is possibly one of the worst engines Toyota has ever made due to it being severely under powered and blowing head gaskets.

    I would keep looking to be honest. If you want a pre taco, look for the 2.4L 22RE 4 cylinder motor.
     
  5. Apr 23, 2011 at 9:54 AM
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    do you have experience with that motor? Only reason i ask is becasue my bro is a factory toyota tech, he has told me from a design/engineering standpoint, it is extremely solid and very reliable, basically bullitproof, ive never driven one though....
     
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    cmack is right about frame rust only being a major issue on actual Tacoma's. Still, I've lived in the NE before, and I would be weary of frame rust on any 20 year old vehicle coming from there. So keep that in mind, OP.

    And isn't that 3.0L V6 a SOHC with a history of head gasket issues? I've heard replacement parts are tough to find for it, too.

    Edit: steve o beat me to it. Here's a link though: http://www.yotatech.com/f116/why-3vze-so-bad-some-96604/
     
  7. Apr 23, 2011 at 9:58 AM
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    awesome, you guys rock for all this info, its still so tempting, 19 years old with 105k miles....
     
  8. Apr 23, 2011 at 10:02 AM
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    only 105k miles on it cause it was waiting around for new head gaskets lol jk i dunno but id look into getting a tacoma or like steve-o said get one with a 22re those things rock, i had one back in the day and it never let me down
     
  9. Apr 23, 2011 at 10:05 AM
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    Yeah, those 22-RE motors don't die.
     
  10. Apr 23, 2011 at 10:11 AM
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    so what years did the 4cylinder tacomas come with the 22-re?
     
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    and they still werent tacomas at that time
     
  13. Apr 23, 2011 at 10:43 AM
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    thank ya sir
     
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    All toyota trucks have rust problems... I've looked at several older ones ('85 and older, trying to find a good one with a solid axle) they've all had some degree of rust. One in particular was horrible, you could see daylight through most of the frame and bed. It only had 58,000 miles too and was a 1985.
     
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