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Possible Odometer Tampering

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Jsw1, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. Apr 4, 2011 at 5:56 PM
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    Jsw1

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    Hello,

    I hope this is posted in the right sub-section, but let me know if it should be moved.

    I test drove a 1998 Tacoma the other day. It was a pretty basic model (5 speed, 2.4 L, manual controls, A/c, Power steering, no cruise control, etc) Carfax says one owner, no record of tampering, 101,000 original miles.

    The vehicle does look like it has been well cared for, however; there are some things that indicate that it may have been more used than said. The rubber on the top area of the steering wheel, where your hands are placed the most, is very soft. Also the seats are quite faded. I not seen an oil change sticker on the windshield to check mileage against, or anything like that.

    I am wondering if things like the ones i listed are common issues with the Tacoma or if they should be taken as a sign of high mileage. I am okay with these "quirks", just wondering if they could signal something else. I put over 40,000 miles a year on my vehicle, so I am not looking for something with high mileage, regardless of the fact that Tacomas may outlast other trucks within their range.
     
  2. Apr 4, 2011 at 5:58 PM
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    BradleyScottETC

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    101,000 isn't considered "high mileage"?
     
  3. Apr 4, 2011 at 6:00 PM
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    David K

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    Not for a Tacoma... I have put that much on in 4-5 years in my other two Tacos! Oh, what a feeling!
     
  4. Apr 4, 2011 at 6:00 PM
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    The sun can do all of those things (fading and soft rubber)
     
  5. Apr 4, 2011 at 6:03 PM
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    tinker_troy

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    X2 on what Super-Ben said

    My dad has an 83 ford that sits in the sun all day. The truck doesn't even have 100K on it yet and we've replaced the door panels once, seat cover probably five times and steering wheel cover at least twice.

    Oh and WELCOME!
     
  6. Apr 4, 2011 at 6:03 PM
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    Woodsy211

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    it probably hasnt been tampered with,but u never know. my father says an 01 simlar to the one u described,which he bought new. by the time it hit 100k it was pretty rough,but thats because he never takes care of it. Theres alot of people out there that trash vehicles,interiors especially .
     
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    Why is this in the for sale section????
     
  8. Apr 4, 2011 at 6:23 PM
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    98tacoma27

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  9. Apr 4, 2011 at 6:26 PM
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    Pope953

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    The interior having fatigue should not have an affect, nor does that mean that the truck has been "tampered" with as far as mileage goes. Its a 13 year old truck, of course its going to have fading.
     
  10. Apr 5, 2011 at 2:17 PM
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    Firestone Airbags ARE Camper Shell
    Well,I had to replace the clutch and brake foot pedals (rubber parts)
    as they wore almost through at 175 K
    My seat started to wear, were my butt hits it getting in and out of the seat. Stick shift knob was worn and real shinny and the steering wheel was getting worn. I sold at 200K to the first buyer at high book with no haggling.

    I like to look were the rubber gasket on the door hits the cab or vice versa.

    Is there wear there? paint coming off? down to primer? That usually indicates 200K plus.miles.

    Good luck..
     
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