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seeking advice on my new tacoma

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by trailmaker, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. Dec 30, 2008 at 7:44 PM
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    trailmaker

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    Hello everyone, I just bought my first Tacoma, an 04 regular cab 4wd with 62000 miles. I've been looking for just this setup for a while so I bought the car quickly without having my own inspection done. The dealer of course claims perfect condition but I'm thinking I should have someone give it a once over. What's the best way to do this? Take it to a local Toyota dealer? Can another mechanic do this for cheaper than the dealer? I've been lurking here for a while and have read about the frame rust issue and ball joints possibly being a problem. Anything else. This is the 2.7l manual transmission. If anyone has any tips on how I can protect my investment (spur buy) I would appreciate the feedback. thanks.:)
     
  2. Dec 30, 2008 at 7:46 PM
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    TRD4x4858

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    Any local mechanic can look it over for you for cheap
     
  3. Dec 30, 2008 at 8:49 PM
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    TengoTaco

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    I don't know if there is a point to spend money on an inspection if you all ready bought it.... :rolleyes:

    I would suggest fluid changes, transfer case, transmission, diff, Mobil 1 75 90 will do the trick
     
  4. Dec 30, 2008 at 9:19 PM
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    humanoid

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    I sure hoped you checked the frame for rust before you bought it. And yeah, kind of late for an inspection post-purchase.
     
  5. Dec 30, 2008 at 9:57 PM
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    trailmaker

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    Thanks for the replies. I'll just do the basic fluid changes. The frame seemed ok with a quick look but I hear they rust from the inside out anyway. I'll see if I can find someone who has a better idea of what to look for on the frame.
     
  6. Dec 30, 2008 at 10:00 PM
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    I would call your local Toyota dealer and have them do a once over on the frame for rust, it's your best bet.
     
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