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Thought's on buying a new Tacoma

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by kanxrus, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Aug 22, 2011 at 11:04 AM
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    kanxrus

    kanxrus [OP] Member

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    Well my 1996 Tacoma finally went down. Toasted the motor after a $4.00 freeze plug cracked. Wife was driving the truck and didn't realize what was going on before the motor seized. It's been a flawless truck, and has well over 200k on it.

    My question is, has Toyota cheapend up the Tacoma since 96? Is there a 2nd generation Tacoma year that was better than another? Looking to buy used, maybe 2005-2006 based on what I can afford.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Aug 22, 2011 at 12:39 PM
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    hetkind

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    bilstein set at 1.75, Racho 5000 rear with 4 leaf kit, floor mats, high lift jack, pull hook in hitch, bed rail corner braces, severe duty brake pads and devil horns on the grill....
    I went from a 94 Toy pickup (217k on the clock when sold) to a Dodge Ram for 50 months and 50k miles and now a '11 Taco Access.

    This is a MUCH nicer, more powerful and comfortable truck than the 94 was. I will let you know in 100k miles how reliable it is, but the 94 was pretty good for 12 years.

    Howard
     
  3. Aug 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM
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    chadderkdawg

    chadderkdawg Don't ask questions you don't want the answer to..

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    Shouldnt have any trouble lookin at a 05 or 06, look for one that has the rear spring tsb done, should have 3(?) leafs instead of 2, somebody correct me if I'm wrong on that...
     
  4. Aug 22, 2011 at 1:02 PM
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    2nd gens are great. Everyone I've driven/rode in has gotten same mpg as mine while giving more power, rides great and more room
     
  5. Aug 22, 2011 at 1:03 PM
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    I think 4 instead of 3!
     
  6. Aug 22, 2011 at 1:06 PM
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    chadderkdawg

    chadderkdawg Don't ask questions you don't want the answer to..

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    The tsb is 3 leafs with an overload leaf (another metal bar that doesn't conform to the rest of the leaf pack)
     
  7. Aug 23, 2011 at 4:56 AM
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    If you can afford it get a 2009 or newer. The improvements on stability and traction control are worth it. Plus they added side curtain air bags.
     
  8. Aug 23, 2011 at 5:07 AM
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    Endurozw

    Endurozw War Damn Eagle!

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    and the back up camera :D I can't live without it now. I believe only 09+ have the camera.
     
  9. Sep 6, 2011 at 11:22 AM
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    kanxrus

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    Well it looks like I may just throw a new engine in my 96 Tacoma instead of buying a newer model. Any thought's on that? Found used motors on ebay in the 1k range, anyone know if they are worth it?
     
  10. Sep 6, 2011 at 11:34 AM
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    05RedTaco

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    www.car-parts.com should be cheaper than ebay and you might find motor locally. If you find motor with 100k miles or less and do labor yourself you can save a lot of money and have reliable pickup for years to come!
     
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