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New to Tacomas any advice?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by rockin302, Dec 25, 2006.

  1. Dec 25, 2006 at 1:45 AM
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    rockin302

    rockin302 [OP] Member

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    Hello all,

    Not an owner of a tacoma but I'm looking to get one and becoming one of the many posters on this board as well as a first time truck owner.

    I'm interested in the extra-cab versions of the 4x4 or 4x2 in an automatic from 1995-1999. Is there a particular year I should be weary of and is there anything specific that I should check (both the V6 and the 4 cylinder) before making a purchase. Stuff like transmission issues, engine problems (head gaskets etc.), electrical, etc..I plan on getting one from a private party.



    Thanks for any help in advance!!

    Frank
     
  2. Dec 26, 2006 at 8:01 PM
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    Jim Mann

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    I am by no means an expert, having just gotten my 96 Tacoma extended cab 4x4 5 speed about 3 months ago or so. The mechanics that I talked to all shared one opinion, do not get the V6 3 Liter. Get the 3.4L v6, or the 4cyl. Most seemed to think the 3.0L V6 was a dog.

    My truck had 160,000 miles that we know of, and a bent frame. The truck had never been wrecked, supposedly, but had hit something hard enough with the front right tire to knock it back 8 mm and up slightly. The frame had to be straightened out before I could get the front end aligned.

    Watch out for trucks with kift kits. Don't avoid them, just watch out. If the kit was installed without proper additional support, it can poke up through the bottom/back of the cab, as mine was beginning to do.

    Good luck with your search, JIm
     
  3. Dec 28, 2006 at 1:51 PM
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    twoarezee

    twoarezee Well-Known Member

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    the 3.0 isn't offered in tacomas, only the pre-tacoma trucks. they are known for having headgasket issues. anything from 95.5-00 should be fine.
     
  4. Dec 31, 2006 at 6:51 PM
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    rockin302

    rockin302 [OP] Member

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    How about the Automatic transmissions? How have they held up?

    Thanks!
     
  5. Jan 2, 2007 at 2:00 PM
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    jrallan26

    jrallan26 Well-Known Member

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    Autos hold up fine.

    If you are going to look at a 3.4L V-6 check the mileage and ask if and when the timing belt was replaced.
     
  6. Jan 2, 2007 at 6:24 PM
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    rockin302

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    Cool. Will do thanks!
     
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