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Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by LBCdan, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Aug 16, 2011 at 3:06 PM
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    LBCdan

    LBCdan [OP] I got tiger blood.. WINNING

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    Well.. its more like a love/hate thing. :D

    I have an 09 Reg Cab and before I found TacomaWorld I was perfectly happy with my little truck. I have been checking out these 1st Gen's lately and I WANT ONE! I miss having more space and power windows/locks.

    I am looking at getting a 2000-2004 (prefer it not being toooo old) Double Cab 4x4 in the best condition I can find. I currently owe 10k on my current truck ( only purchased last Aug) and hoping to do a trade-in.. or sell privately and make a little more $$.

    What should I be checking for when I am buying? I know most likely I am looking at a 100k on the odometer but older Toyotas last even longer than the 2nd gens. Any help or input is appreciated! :thumbsup:
     
  2. Aug 16, 2011 at 3:08 PM
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    97yota4wd

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    caged, camburg long travel, 50t leafpack (soon to be installed) light rack over cab, 5pt harnesses etc
    only thing i can really think of is rust. welcome to the good side.. well not yet:D
     
  3. Aug 16, 2011 at 3:09 PM
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    Konaborne

    Konaborne Pineapples on pizza Hawaiian does not it make.

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    rust, suspension wear, engine problems...



    welcome to the dark side. we have cookies.
     
  4. Aug 16, 2011 at 3:13 PM
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    97yota4wd

    97yota4wd Well-Known Member

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    engine problems??? like what?

    and suspension wear is normal on all old vehicles?
     
  5. Aug 16, 2011 at 3:17 PM
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    Konaborne

    Konaborne Pineapples on pizza Hawaiian does not it make.

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    like if the prev owner tried to flush his engine with water :eek:

    and I guess that's true. I meant more like completely frowning leafs and leaking struts


    actually OP, nevermind. 1st gens are meteor proof, just buy one and you'll be good to go! :D
     
  6. Aug 16, 2011 at 3:18 PM
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    TnRedNeck721

    TnRedNeck721 GO VOLS!

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    No mud flaps, plasti dipped emblems, and rear bumper, Weather tech digital fit, Bed mat from tractor supply. Pioneer 4400BH head unit. B.A.M.F bed rail tie downs. AVS vent visors.
    you not the only 2nd gen guy that has been looking at them. i have to. same years too. but i just want an extended cab 4x4. and i’m not going to get read of my ’07.

    i had plained on building it up. for some trail riding. but i have changed my mind and want a 1st gen to just go ALL out on the mods. big lift,sliders,bumpers,bed rack,SAS. and keep the ’07 as my DD with light mods for better MPG.

    edit: i’m getting around 20mpg with mixed driving/ light and heavy foot driving. on a 4.0 4x4.
     
  7. Aug 16, 2011 at 3:18 PM
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    memario1214

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    Don't know if I COMPLETELY agree with this. The 3.4L is known as a bulletproof engine true, but I have over 100k on my 05 and have yet to have any real problems with it that could be associated to its age or the fact that it's a second gen.
     
  8. Aug 16, 2011 at 3:27 PM
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    LBCdan

    LBCdan [OP] I got tiger blood.. WINNING

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    Well.. maybe I jumped the gun on that statement. That was based on personal experiences.. My uncle has an 94 4Runner with 350K on original engine with only minor repairs...

    Side Note: My gf hates me right now. New truck= new mods and more of me talking about my truck. :D

    Thanks for the input everyone. I will be checking for rust!
     
  9. Aug 16, 2011 at 7:31 PM
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    if your'e aiming for ~100k, make sure the timing belts AND water pump was replaced at 90k... or that will be your first 'mod' - Otherwise, look for rust. Also, I'd bring an OBDII scanner with me if i were to do it again, may need o2 sensors and they may be showing as 'tenitive' but not lighting up the CEL. (happened to me...)

    I checked autotrader.com everyday for 4 months to find the one that was right for me.

    Good luck!
     
  10. Aug 19, 2011 at 7:53 AM
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    Due to recall on the frame and ever dealerships ignorance i replaced my frame and everything under the box myself
    My first gens frame rusted right out.:( Everyone kept saying sell it or junk it but after driving it I fell in love. I couldnt stand the thought of driving another vehicle.
     
  11. Aug 19, 2011 at 8:19 AM
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    LBCdan [OP] I got tiger blood.. WINNING

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    Dont the 1st Gens have a TSB to replace the frame for free? :confused: . I test drove an 03 DC TRD OFF ROAD 4x4 the other day and I am sold. Unfortunately, Gold is an ugly color to me. haha
     
  12. Aug 19, 2011 at 8:24 AM
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    It's not a TSB, it's a buyback. 95.5-00 were bought back. 01-04 had frames replaced.
     
  13. Aug 19, 2011 at 8:26 AM
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    LBCdan [OP] I got tiger blood.. WINNING

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    Ohhh.. Thanks for the clarification. I have spent the last year learning the ins and outs of the 2nd gens but I cant wait to get my 1st Gen and go to town on that Mother Fucker :D
     
  14. Aug 19, 2011 at 8:31 AM
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    I had a gold '99 ext cab. It was extremly easy to keep clean. It NEVER looked dirty.
     
  15. Aug 19, 2011 at 8:35 AM
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    LBCdan [OP] I got tiger blood.. WINNING

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    I am just not a fan of gold... or red too.. I saw a build thread on a gold tacoma that had a lift and black rims and it looked pretty good .. but its just not for me. I am looking for a white, black or silver. I am not in a rush so I dont want to settle for something I dont absolutely love. :D
     
  16. Aug 19, 2011 at 8:39 AM
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    VirginiaBound Whyareyoureadingthis?

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    The mileage isn't the enemy on a 1st gen, it's how the previous owner treated the truck during that mileage. I'm at 258,xxx on my truck and no problems yet other than a U-joint and manifold that were bad when I bought the truck.

    Ball joints and frame rust will get you everytime.
     
  17. Aug 19, 2011 at 8:49 AM
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    LBCdan [OP] I got tiger blood.. WINNING

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    I have heard horror stories about rust so I am keeping an eye outl How difficult are ball joints to replace?
     
  18. Aug 19, 2011 at 9:55 AM
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    jberry813 The Mad Scientist

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    Are you trying to poke fun at me?
    I wasn't intentionally trying to flush it! :eek:
     
  19. Aug 19, 2011 at 9:56 AM
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    jberry813 The Mad Scientist

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    Ball joints are a cake walk. 1 hour of work including driving to your local parts store to rent a pitman arm puller. Do yourself a favor and buy new LBJ -> Spindle bolts while your at it.
     
  20. Aug 19, 2011 at 10:26 AM
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    LBCdan [OP] I got tiger blood.. WINNING

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    Awesome. Thanks for the info. I didnt sleep last night because I was thinking about all the mods I am going to do ... to a truck I don't even have yet. :D
     
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