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Rust in Cali?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by erik559, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. Feb 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    erik559 [OP] Member

    Feb 14, 2012
    Im lookin for a 1st gen and have about 11k to spend.Has anyone seen CA trucks having rust problems? Im sure rust is less of a problem out here but i know these trucks are prone to rust. Would a visual inspection by me be good enough or should i have a dealership look at it? Would they do it for free?

  2. Feb 14, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    PRBond Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2012
    First Name:
    Columbus, OH
    04 TRD PreRunner
    3" ToyTec suspension kit, AEM Air Intake, Uniden 510 CB, 265 X 75 X 16 BFG AT's
    Hey there, I'll answer your questions as best as I can.

    First- Any truck can have a rust problem regardless of what state it is in. You could probably make an argument that some CA trucks closer to the ocean and salt air are more exposed to it than others, but there's no guarentee that any truck spent its entire life in one geographic area to be safer than another one... Basically, you have to check each one out.

    Second- If you're thorough when you're looking, you can look for rust yourself. The biggest areas you want to check are on the frame, around the engine, the exhaust system, the cooling system, and obviously the body.

    Your budget is plenty to find a nice 1st generation Tacoma. If you take your time and don't rush into anything, I have no doubt that you can find a nice truck that you'll be happy with. Buying from a dealerships has it's advantages and disadvantages. The advantage of a dealer is that they have laws they have to obey when they sell a car. For instance, the brakes must be at a certain thickness, the safety equipment must all function, ect. Then again, you generally pay more from a dealership than from a private party.

    If I were you, I'd start looking in Auto Trader.com and see what you can find... Good luck man!
  3. Feb 14, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Cr250jumper Señor member

    Dec 2, 2010
    The moon
    50 shades of tan©
    Tacoma with some stuff melted to it
    Just as a heads up look around AZ and Nevada for used ones. Would be a drive but we seem to have a much lower price on used Tacomas and we have have virtually zero rust issues in AZ. Good excuse for a road trip in your new ride too :D

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