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Need Help Looking for My First Tacoma

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by surf26, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. Mar 5, 2011 at 12:17 PM
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    surf26

    surf26 [OP] New Member

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    Wondering what tacoma to buy for my first truck. I have been doing a bit of research but still could use a lot of help. I've got about 4k to spend. Just looking for a regular cab base model tacoma that will last me. I read quite a bit about rotting frames on the first generation tacomas so that is something I will surely keep in mind, any other specifics to keep an eye on?
    P.S. I'm in Massachusetts.


    Thanks for the help,
    Tim
     
  2. Mar 5, 2011 at 1:37 PM
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    Phuket Well-Known Member

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    tacoam's are awesome trucks!:D and i'm not just sayin it cuz i own one. these trucks will last you forever! i'm the original owner of my truck with 100k miles on it and it runs just as good as the day I bought it!
     
  3. Mar 5, 2011 at 1:53 PM
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    That's what I like to hear! What year? and what year would you suggest I buy with the budget I have?
     
  4. Mar 5, 2011 at 4:27 PM
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    Westin Step Bars (Black), Snugtop XV Topper, UWS Truck Chest, Pyle PLM102 10.2" Active Matrix TFT LCD Car Display, Audiovox 130º Wide Angle Vehicle Rear Observation Camera
    I had my 1998 Tacoma Xtra cab for 9 1/2 years; the only problems I had with it were the starter going out (twice) and the sway bar bushings needing replaced - that was until I got into a wreck in January and totaled it. I bought a 2001 Tacoma Crew Cab TRD 4x4 about two weeks later for $10k that was in great shape with very little underbody rust; LOVE IT! I don't think you can go wrong with any model, you just have to decide what you want and look around.
     
  5. Mar 5, 2011 at 4:41 PM
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    Taco.Tim

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    Looking!
    I'd look for a southern truck, but be warned, the owners are generally really proud of them.

    Tim
     
  6. Mar 6, 2011 at 10:21 AM
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    fratermus

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    Subbed to see what kind of advice comes forth. I'm in my own research phase, and have started collecting my thoughts here.

    For me, the main decision is "1st gen + TrueTrac" vs 2009+ with the ABS-based limited slip. I've never had a new vehicle so I might pony up for one and drive it into the ground. But the Taco in my head is the smaller 1g; so tidy and rightsized. 2g technology in 1g size and build quality would be WINNING (to quote the modern philosopher Charlie Sheen).
     
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