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New guy looking at a 4cyl taco

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by RSC17, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. Sep 17, 2012 at 7:44 AM
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    RSC17

    RSC17 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Looking for a first gen Taco that will suit my needs. My 10mpg Wrangler is not cutting it anymore. I have heard great things about the Toyota motors that come in these trucks. I have found an 01 on Craigslist that seems to be pretty well taken care of and is in awesome shape for being 11 years old.The only thing I'm slightly worried about is the 218,000 miles on the truck. It has the 2.7 4 cylinder. Now I've read of many trucks hitting this mark and going above it with absolutely no problems. Oil changes have been right on the mark at 3,000 miles with conventional and 4-5k with synthetic. Ad says the frame was replaced via their warranty campaign so that's another thing taken care of. I have an email into the seller and I'm going to try and go look at it.

    My main question here is what should I look for and what should I ask to seller. I know the normal things to inspect but I was wondering if there is any special things to look at and consider when checking this truck out.

    Here's a link to the ad: http://cleveland.craigslist.org/cto/3193389101.html

    Thanks for the help everyone!
     
  2. Sep 17, 2012 at 7:46 AM
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    Also, the ad is old so the truck might be gone. I'm still on the hunt for a good 4cyl truck (possibly lower mileage than the above truck) and would still like to hear of any issues with this generation truck.
     
  3. Sep 17, 2012 at 7:50 AM
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    Thanks --- so frame rust, weak leafs and steering bushings.
     
  4. Sep 17, 2012 at 7:51 AM
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    speedydave A-TRAC Equipped

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    In Ohio I would check the frame for rust. They were recalled, and could have a new frame.
     
  5. Sep 17, 2012 at 9:35 AM
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    Writing his life story in there like that makes it sound a little fishy. I'd be concerned that he's trying to cover up for the fact that the frame replacement may have resulted in a lot of problems with the vehicle. I'm not sure how unloading a truck for $6000 or less can make a huge difference with respect to "life changes". That is, unless he has become a quadruple amputee....
     
  6. Sep 17, 2012 at 9:37 AM
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    stunt man hans displaced viking living in New Hampshire

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    for an additional 20k you can buy mine its dam near brand new and loaded to the gills just saying lol
     
  7. Sep 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM
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    RSC17

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  8. Sep 17, 2012 at 2:18 PM
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    Wish I could :):) I'm actually looking to do a swap from my Jeep to a Taco with very little to no money outside of what my Jeep brings in. Being a college student sucks
     
  9. Sep 18, 2012 at 7:23 AM
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    "fresh paint job".... RUN!!!!!
    It was either in a collision, or had MAJOR rust cancer, which will come back quickly.
     
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