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Need opinions on possible purchase - '04 Tacoma

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by TL697, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. Sep 18, 2008 at 8:11 PM
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    TL697

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    Please, Give me the rundown...

    I'm looking at a 2004 Tacoma Extended Cab, V6, 5-Speed, 4x4 SR5 TRD... 44,000 miles, looks to be in great condition. I haven't driven it, yet.

    How do these trucks do w/ a 6'8" or a 7'4" lightweight plow? What kind of mileage are you guys getting? Is the electronic rear locker effective? I haven't checked out the interior or test driven it, yet... Anything to look for? or pay close attention to?

    My main snow removal jobs are: my 1 mile gravel drive, a few small commercial lots, and some residentials... Will this truck get those done w/o too much damage or premature wear?

    During the summer months, the truck would be used for my construction company...

    Give me the skinny... Any info greatly appreciated

    Thanks in advance,
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    Loftus Construction, Inc.
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    2005 Dodge 2500 Quadcab Longbed 4x4 w/ 8' Northman w/ Pro Wings
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    2008 Kawasaki BruteForce 750 4x4i (no plow, yet...)
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  2. Sep 18, 2008 at 8:13 PM
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    derekabraham

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    The locker is certainly effective. :D
     
  3. Sep 18, 2008 at 8:14 PM
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    getting there....
    that truck should do pretty well for you, but you will definitely need to beef up the suspension for a snow plow. and yeah, the locker is awesome!!
     
  4. Sep 18, 2008 at 8:19 PM
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    Welcome to TW, Troy. Sounds like a nice truck....low miles for sure. I would imagine the truck would handle light plowing ok. The electronic rear locker has never given me any problems. I average 18/19 mpg in the summer and 16/17 in the winter with 33" tires and a lift. With only 44k miles there shouldn't be too many issues. Check for any rust and get underneath makesure it wasn't thrashed offroad.
     
  5. Sep 18, 2008 at 8:22 PM
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    Maybe some stiffer coils? What do those normally run? I would do it myself...
     
  6. Sep 18, 2008 at 8:31 PM
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    Thanks...

    The body and paint is near perfect, so I assume it wasn't offroad very often...

    Living in the mountains, I would keep the stock tire size... You can't afford to give up any gearing up here...

    I would be replacing my 2005 Dodge 2500 quadcab longbed 4x4 diesel, so it is definitely a huge decision... I need all the info... good and bad...

    ~Troy
     
  7. Sep 18, 2008 at 8:35 PM
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    We're all a little biased, but they really are great trucks.
     
  8. Sep 18, 2008 at 8:42 PM
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    That's cool...

    Since moving to the mountains, I actually want a more compact truck than my fullsize dodge... I have a 1 mile gravel drive that goes up 600' in elevation... I can't make the (2) 180 degree switchbacks w/o a 3 point turn... The only thing I'm worried about is that I would miss the power both towing and unloaded, and the cab & bed space...

    Tough decision... I own a tandem dump truck that will pull my 9500lb compact track loader, so that is not a huge concern, but I also plow snow for a living in the winter... Hard to substitute a 3/4 ton for plowing...

    I appreciate all the info. I haven't driven the truck, yet... I'm afraid that I might like it...
     
  9. Sep 18, 2008 at 8:46 PM
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    There's nothing wrong with liking a Taco. :D
     
  10. Sep 18, 2008 at 9:03 PM
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    getting there....
    definitely stiffer coils....and a good set of shocks too man. check wheelersoffroad.com.......they have some really good ome coils that will work perfectly for what you want to do at a good price no less.........and a set of bilstein 5100's from downsouthmotorsports on ebay will be a great addition for a shock!!:)
     
  11. Sep 18, 2008 at 9:07 PM
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    Thanks for the info.

    How do these truck tow? I know they are rated for 5000lbs... Can you push that at all, or is that it?

    Honest opinion: Are these trucks as fun to drive as I think they are?
     
  12. Sep 18, 2008 at 9:16 PM
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    getting there....
    if the truck has a towing package, you may be able to tow 6500#'s...just dont hold me to it for sure. they tow decently, but braking kinda suffers a bit. to remedy that....you can get a good set of aftermarket rotors and good pads, and also a set of braided stainless front and rear lines, and the braking should be real firm and precise then(and you can get the lines at whelers also).

    as for the last question......oh hellyeah man!!! they are a blast!!!:D
     
  13. Sep 18, 2008 at 9:19 PM
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    The salesman claims that it is equipped w/ the towing package even though it does not have a receiver hitch... He says it has a tranny cooler, but is that correct w/ it being a 5-speed?
     
  14. Sep 18, 2008 at 9:25 PM
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    getting there....
    well now, that im not too sure of. i do think however that all the first gen tacomas with a "towing package" have small coolers built into the radiator. if your truck doesnt have a hitch......i doubt it has a towing package. but then, with a 5 speed.............i dont think you'd need one really. send our good buddy chris4x4 a pm........he knows alot more than i do, and he'd be able to tell you for sure..........i dont wanna lead you in the wrong direction man.:)
     
  15. Sep 18, 2008 at 9:29 PM
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    Yeah, I would definitely have to look a little deeper into the towing thing...

    How's the extended cab and rear seats? Obviously, it would be nice if they had 4 doors even on the extended cab...
     
  16. Sep 18, 2008 at 9:32 PM
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    getting there....
    well, on the extended cab....there is a little room back there, but im honestly not too sure about the seats, but they may be ok for kids, adults would have a hard sitting back there.
     
  17. Sep 18, 2008 at 9:43 PM
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    Are there any mods that I should do if I purchase?

    What's the deal with the "grey wire" mod? I'm assuming it let's you use the locker anytime you want... They aren't made that way from the factory?
     
  18. Sep 18, 2008 at 11:28 PM
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    The gray-wire mod allows you to use the locker in any mode of drive you choose. From the factory it only works when you select 4 Low.

    As for the back seats, I have to tell you that the only point of the space behind the front seats is to be able to recline your backrest and catch a nap. I've had both my 6'2" brothers in the back before, but I had my knees in the steering wheel and the ride was unpleasant (especially since that trip ended when a Dodge Ram ate the back half of my truck but that's another story). If you want room for more than one passenger, you have to go with the four-door, but Gen 1s of that type are automatic only.

    Other than that, welcome to Tacoma Word!
     
  19. Sep 19, 2008 at 12:24 AM
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    IMO the four door would be a better choice for many reasons, but yeah I think you would have to sacrifice the 5-speed.

    Decisions.
     
  20. Sep 19, 2008 at 2:57 AM
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    getting there....
    yeah....gray wire mod is a must, and also, the deck plate airbox mod is a cheap one also, but effective. dyno results show a constant 5 hp gain with it.:)
     
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