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Seeking Advice on 1st Purchase

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ss226, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. Dec 18, 2011 at 9:13 PM
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    ss226

    ss226 [OP] New Member

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    Hello Forum Members,

    I am about to commence my search for a 1st Gen Tacoma. My budget is 10-15K. It will be a weekend/hiking/camping/logging road truck, not a commuter vehicle. I have no preference on what engine size. I was hoping I could seek some advice on buying tips. Mainly, are there any model years/engine types that are desirable? Conversely, are there any model years/enging types I should be wary of? I am in the Seattle, WA area. Thank you all in advance!

    ss226
     
  2. Dec 18, 2011 at 9:28 PM
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    misterdmac

    misterdmac Well-Known Member

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    One thing to be wary of is frame rust. IF the truck has been driven in salted winter road conditions for most of its life, I'd stay away. Or at least take it in for a pre-sale inspection and make sure they check the frame. If it's newer than 15 years old though and frame is still in good shape, dealership will put on an anti-corrosion coating for free. At least that was the case for me.

    I drive a 1997 2.7 liter 4 banger (cylinder). I love it. It's my every day vehicle, so I like having the smaller engine to save a little gas. It's cheaper to maintain a 4cyl, too. Not by much, but if you're a miser like me, the 2.7L works out great. But if you're carrying loads and just going on excursions, you might want the 3.4 liter V6. I bought my truck two years ago for $6000 at 179,000 miles. You will be able to afford a lot more.

    I'd be looking for a 2001-2004 V6, and you will likely be able to find one where the previous owner has re-done the suspension/lifted, which would be desirable for your purposes. One cross that we Tacoma owners have to bear is a crappy stock (mostly rear) suspension. So the other option, if you're inclined, is to set aside around $1400 to put in new suspension after you purchase. There are LOADS of threads on the subject. Read up on that, then head to wheelersoffroad.com and check some of it out.

    Mostly, welcome to TW. I'm pretty new myself and have learned a LOT. Good people all around.
     
  3. Dec 18, 2011 at 9:31 PM
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  4. Dec 19, 2011 at 9:46 AM
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    ss226

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    Thanks for all the input. Great forum here!
     
  5. Dec 19, 2011 at 1:01 PM
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    Madjik_Man

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    I just called Boulder Toyota and they do not apply the anti-corrosion coating.

    Interesting.
     
  6. Dec 19, 2011 at 1:59 PM
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    I just bought mine in Colorado Springs, ZERO rust. I bet that's probably why!
     
  7. Dec 19, 2011 at 2:10 PM
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    Dble cab with the door if you plan to put anything in cab--extra cab is not easy to put stuff in back. 4x4 of course. Going to haul anything? I like the manual tranny.
    If engine size is not an issue-four banger will save a little fuel.
    Off road 4x4 low gear-w/a 4cyl had pulled trees in the past-no prob w/ power.
    Going in tight areas? regular cab is going to be smaller.
    YOUR preference--
    Least amount of purchase price should be
    4cly,regular cab-
    YOU NEED 4x4 DEFINATELY-if off roading
    See the truck on my avatar? That truck would go ANYWHERE--it is a 91--GREAT TRUCK!!!!
     
  8. Dec 19, 2011 at 2:28 PM
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  9. Dec 19, 2011 at 4:12 PM
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    That IS a GOOD DEAL=WOW
     
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