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What is the BEST of the 1st

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

  1. Aug 22, 2013 at 4:20 AM
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    ARB1977

    ARB1977 Don't be a dick

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    Love my 2002. No ABS, no egr although its a Cali model.
     
  2. Aug 22, 2013 at 5:42 AM
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    I've got a 95.5 and my friend has an 04 that I frequently drive
    I wouldn't consider trading him for second, even if he threw a little on top

    not a fan of the push-button 4-Low
    not a fan of the electric windows
    not a fan of the digital odometer/tripometer
    (never heard of any of these things failing from people on here; just my preference)
    HATE ABS
    the fabric in my interior seems like it's better quality
    and the 95.5 - 97's are the best looking :cool: don't let anyone tell you otherwise

    Don't get me wrong, his 04 is still freaking sweet and I'd take it over any similiar domestic option in the same era

    EDIT:
    One thing i'll give newer years is the TRD option.
    There's a couple 95.5 - 97's out there with Factory-equipped E-Lockers; but, they don't pop up often
    I. want. a. locker. ... bad
     
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  3. Aug 23, 2013 at 4:26 AM
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    Ritchie

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    Hmm, so you're saying the throttle by wire set up, is actually on the butterfly itself?
    Both my kick down & throttle cables are connected to the throttle body wheel mechanism, which is bolted to the shaft that the butterfly pivots on.

    I replaced both when I installed the LCE unit, which is awesome by the way.
     
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  4. Aug 23, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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    From my 03 I see a cable for half open butterfly and then a wire for the other half to open. So I guess it's sorta drive by wire.
     
  5. Aug 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM
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    mmcmahan2206

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    6" FabTech suspension 3" body lift, 35x12.50R15 BFG AT T/A KO tires, Mickey Thompson Sidebiter wheels, 4:88 front and rear gears, e-locker, "grey wire mod," Hella driving lights retroed to 55w 8000K HIDs, custom grill, Downey chrome air intake w/ AEM filter, AirAid throttle body spacer, Flowmaster exhaust, Alpine audio w/ 12" RF sub, racing bucket seats, black powdercoated toolbox, smoked out black taillights, black headlamps and corners, red LED interior lights, sway bar removed, rear shock relocation, u-bolt flip mod, 01 center console, Relentless Fab front plate bumper, LED fog lights.
    I love the 98-00 looks the best! The only thing I'd like different is having a double cab... I feel so mean putting friends in the back seat of my truck... it's so small back there! :eek:

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  6. Aug 24, 2013 at 10:22 AM
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    steve o 77

    steve o 77 braaap

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    Yeah I'm not entirely sure how it works, and I don't quite understand why they changed the TB in '03, all I know is the 2002 was the last of the fully mechanical throttle system.

    I will agree with most of you, the 1995.5-1997 are by far the best looking from the front. I do prefer the '01-'04 tail lights and fender flares though.
     
  7. Aug 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM
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    I'm still learning a lot about the small mechanical/functional differences of the various years, as I just bought mine about a month ago. With that said, I really like the looks of the 01-04 specifically the double cab with that small bed, just really flows well and VERY utilitarian for someone like me.

    Reading some of these posts, am I to believe the 04 tacos have push button 4 wheel drive? Maybe I just misread...
     
  8. Aug 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM
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    steve o 77

    steve o 77 braaap

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    Absolutely not. It was simply a factory option that some customers chose. There are lots of '01-'04's with the fully manual J-shift t-case.

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1s...what-year-type-transfer-case-do-you-have.html
     
  9. Aug 24, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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  10. Aug 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM
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    steve o 77

    steve o 77 braaap

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    And the fact that shifting to 4lo is instant and reliable.
     
  11. Aug 24, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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    Yup, I owned a push button (granted it was a GM not Toyota) and it failed me, told myself never again!
     
  12. Aug 24, 2013 at 11:33 AM
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    I was always the opposite; the short bed on the double cabs look a bit off to me.
     
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