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What is the BEST of the 1st

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Changeling, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. Aug 18, 2013 at 1:14 PM
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    Changeling

    Changeling [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Considering only the 1st gen TRD Tacoma’s what year is considered the "BEST" and why?
     
  2. Aug 18, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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    tan4x4

    tan4x4 Well-Known Member

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    96-2004. Nine years, and each one has its charm.
    Its all a matter of preference, looks, and whether one offroads or not.

    I prefer the 98-00 models, and even though I have a '99, I think that there were a few technical improvements that make 2000 a bit better.
     
  3. Aug 18, 2013 at 1:57 PM
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    mcdowell

    mcdowell My name is Mudd

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    I usually go for the last model year of a run. Hence my 2011.
     
  4. Aug 18, 2013 at 1:58 PM
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    CelsisTaco

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    1999! It just looks good (i think)
     
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  5. Aug 18, 2013 at 2:56 PM
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    tacomataco2

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    I like my 02 :). It looks sexy, it's a doublecab, and it has throttle by cable. And only two computer systems. Engine/transmission, and airbags. Less to go wrong
     
  6. Aug 18, 2013 at 3:06 PM
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    Mainmoe02

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    2001 because I have one and its the first year of the DOuble Cabs
     
  7. Aug 18, 2013 at 3:17 PM
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    Konaborne

    Konaborne Pineapples on pizza Hawaiian does not it make.

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    somethinboutayota

    somethinboutayota Dorthy left Kansas for a reason

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    I like the 01-04 models but I own a 99 because I couldn't get my hands on a 01-04 :(
     
  9. Aug 18, 2013 at 3:51 PM
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    tacoma04

    tacoma04 Laissez les bons temps rouler

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    What year? The one you own!

    Why? Pride of ownership!

    But seriously, they are all great and it depends on what you are looking for in a Tacoma. I love my 04 dc for the room, but also love our 03 Xtracab with the standard and 4x4, so maybe it depends on the mood you are in and what you want to do with the truck...lol.
     
  10. Aug 18, 2013 at 3:53 PM
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    steve o 77

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    2002 because they are last of the purely mechanical throttle system.
     
  11. Aug 18, 2013 at 3:57 PM
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    manual j shifters ftmfw
     
  13. Aug 18, 2013 at 4:09 PM
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    Buckoma

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    They are all tough as nails. I personally like the front end of the '97, but the 2001-2004 are probably the most refined/advanced.
     
  14. Aug 19, 2013 at 11:33 AM
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    This was really interesting guys. I really loved my Black 1999 and it actually hurt when the dealer told me the frame was "Gone". I haven't had a vehicle to drive in just short of a month now and just can't bring myself to settle for anything less than a GEN 1!
    Really hoping to find one in black so I'll just keep on looking!

    I really liked seeing what you guys have in Gen 1's There are really some awesome ones.
     
  15. Aug 19, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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    Taylor Wants to learn all about his Taco.

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    I really don't understand. I have an 03, but I can still use the throttle even when my truck is off. I really think I have a regular throttle.
     
  16. Aug 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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    You have a cable up to the throttle body, but it's not physically attached to the butterfly.
     
  17. Aug 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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    steve o 77

    steve o 77 braaap

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    My '01 has a j shift t case, no lame push button.
     
  18. Aug 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM
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    Alderleet

    Alderleet Ace of Spades

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    agreed.

    2000-2002.

    Refined enough, very formidable, no abs (awesome, cause ABS is awful in snow), and still cable throttled (drive by wire sucks)
     
  19. Aug 19, 2013 at 4:59 PM
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    The one thing I don't like about my '03 is the ABS. Otherwise, love it.
     
  20. Aug 19, 2013 at 5:08 PM
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    2000
    Last year with manual hubs available :cool:
    Last year with a grill that actually looks like a truck :p
     
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