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Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mmiller2002, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. Dec 12, 2011 at 2:41 PM
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    mmiller2002

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    I just bought a 2004 Double Cab that came with no documentation. I've always liked the Tacomas, but they were out of my range until now. Of course, I have a few questions.

    Were they all PreRunners?

    How can I tell if it has keyless entry capability?

    How can I tell if it has Traction Control?

    It has no clock. Has anyone found a clock that can install into the blanking plate to the left of the center AC vents?

    It has cruise control, but I believe that it's the port-installed one because it has the awkward controller pod sticking up out of the left side of the steering wheel shroud. Is that a reliable unit?

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
  2. Dec 12, 2011 at 4:03 PM
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    And welcome to TW from Central Florida :broccoli:
     
  3. Dec 13, 2011 at 5:37 AM
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    Thanks for the responses!
    About the prerunner questions, were all Double Cabs prerunners? They all sit as high as prerunners I've seen. My tailgate has no badges or markings due to previous body work.

    I asked about traction control, there are with/without traction control options. I may have to buy both types and return the ones I don't use.

    I thought the same thing about the power locks/keyless entry capability, but I know there's factory keyless and port-installed keyless. I'm looking for any indicators, or something under the dash that would give me a clue.

    As for the clock, I'm looking for an aftermarket unit that is small enough to mount in that blanking plateat the top of the dash just left of the two center AC vents. The stock clock is expensive, and poorly placed, and I've read about reliability problems.

    Pic of cruise pod (not my pic). I think that this is the Gulf States Toyota port-installed system. I've read that Gulf States Toyotas didn't have factory cruise.
    [​IMG]

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
  4. Dec 13, 2011 at 6:22 AM
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  5. Dec 13, 2011 at 10:36 AM
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    "I asked about traction control, there are with/without traction control options. I may have to buy both types and return the ones I don't use.
    buy both?? I'm confused here"

    Oops, sorry. Front brake pads has the with/without option when I searched AutoZone.

    "About the prerunner questions, were all Double Cabs prerunners? They all sit as high as prerunners I've seen. My tailgate has no badges or markings due to previous body work.
    No. as stated Prerunners are 2wd, 6 lug w/ 4wd suspension. DC's also come in 4wd, 4wd TRD (rear locker) and Prerunner TRD"

    Ok, yeah. I guess I've never seen a 4WD Double Cab!

    Thanks again.
     
  6. Dec 13, 2011 at 10:40 AM
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    You probably haven't noticed it yet, but there is a factory clock behind the steering wheel on the dash. Look behind your right hand if it's on the steering wheel. Pretty horrible spot, but there is one there.
     
  7. Dec 13, 2011 at 10:48 AM
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    Not there. Blank, clean panel beside the key, no cutout or anything.
     
  8. Dec 13, 2011 at 10:51 AM
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    I will answer the question as I believe you want it answered:

    Yes, all double cab Tacomas have the Prerunner "lifted" look. There are no "low riding" double cabs.

    Now, While all double cabs are "lifted" they are not all Prerunners. Prerunners are 2WD, and you can get a 4WD double cab. I won't get into any other packaging differences other than those basics.

    As for the "low rider" Tacomas, they aren't really low riders, they just don't have the suspension height and tire size of the "Prerunner look" Tacomas.

    Those Tacomas are generally referred to as 5 lug trucks due to the number of lugs attaching wheel to axle. The Prerunner Tacomas are referred to as 6 lugs trucks because they have 6 lugs attaching wheel to axle.

    Howsaboutthat?
     
  10. Dec 13, 2011 at 10:56 AM
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    i have a factory clock for sale. it works great. one of the capacitor on the boards is what caused problems just add a little bit of solder and good to go id sell it for 20 plus shipping

    nevermind clock no work haha i checked it out sorry about that
     
  11. Dec 13, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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    that cruise is after market

    hahahaha, i see how op might be confused thinking he does not have a clock, where in reality it is just in a less than ideal spot. op, might to check to see if you have a clock and it is not just hidden behind the wheel:D:D

    yes, all dub cabs were EITHER 2wd PRERUNNER or 4wd
     
  12. Dec 13, 2011 at 7:09 PM
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    There is no confusion or a clock. There is a clean, blank spot to the right of the ignition switch...

    That cruise control was on many Tacomas I have looked at over the years here in TX. From my research I am nearly positive that its a Rostra brand that the Gulf States Toyota distributor port-installed.
     
  13. Dec 13, 2011 at 7:48 PM
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    haha thats just a joke. everyone absolutely hates the position of the clock, its so bad you might not even think its there cuz you cant see it
     
  14. Dec 13, 2011 at 8:10 PM
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    Yeah, Toyota has some quirky dumb stuff.
     
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