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Questions from a Prospective Tacoma Owner

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Techsan, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. Nov 20, 2010 at 9:15 PM
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    Techsan

    Techsan [OP] New Member

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    I've been researching used Tacomas and ran across this site, seems like a great place for info on the Tacoma. I have a small family farm and I'm looking to buy a used Tacoma for a combination of work and play, everything from hauling feed to deer to just tooling around the pasture.

    I'm focusing on a 1995 - 2000 year model single cab 4 cyl 4x4 with a stick. High miles don't scare me, although I'd like to stay under 200K. I'll probably put, at most, a 1000 miles per year on the truck. I don't want to spend more than $6K. Today I ran across a 1999 model with 168K miles on autotrader for $5,995. Truck looks clean and supposedly had one owner, is exactly what I'm looking for, but seems a little high.

    Other than checking the frame for extreme rust, any other issues or conditions I should focus on or check for when looking at these used Tacomas? Thanks a lot folks.
     
  2. Nov 20, 2010 at 10:10 PM
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    Make sure when purchasing the truck if the owner claims it is a TRD that it has the E-Locker button to the left of the steering wheel.

    Good luck with your search, I recently (8 months ago) bought a 2001 Ext. Cab with 125k for $5800 so you should be able to find something more competitive than that 1999 you mentioned.

    General recommendation, 1st Generation Tacomas are from 1995-2004, I would stick within that bracket and as long as you avoid frame rust you should be good.
     
  3. Nov 21, 2010 at 8:39 AM
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    Hogzilla

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    I'm guessing you know about the frame rust recall in 95'-2000 models? Yeah you might want to check out the truck before you buy.
     
  4. Nov 21, 2010 at 10:20 AM
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    Techsan

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    Yes, I read through the thread detailing the rust problems with those year models. That will be the first thing I check for when looking at a used truck.
     
  5. Nov 29, 2010 at 12:57 PM
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    Billstein 5100's & AAL, 285/75R16 Toyo Open Country M/Ts on Black 16x8 Raceline Renegades, Pro-Tech Toolbox, Wet Okole covers, K&N air filter, Tow package, Alpine digital media receiver, Kenwood Amp, Rockford Fosgate 10" sub, Cobra 75 hand held CB, front differential drop
    most of the time you will not be able to check for this yourself as the rust on the frame starts in hidden places, between the gas tank and inside of the frame rails etc. take the truck in to toyota and have it checked. so glad i found my taco and SO thankful for TW for offering the info on frame rust recalls. my truck isn't even in the 95-2000 range (2002) but i still had it checked out. would not have wanted to drop my cash on a truck that's basically totaled.
     
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