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What should i buy / look for. $12k for an offload vehicle...

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by flashsplat, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. Feb 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM
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    flashsplat

    flashsplat [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Okay, so after my recent Off Roading experience with my 09 PreRunner, i've decided to give my truck to my wife and buy me a used truck that i won't mind getting banged up a little.

    What would you guys suggest as my best bet? Just look for a used 4x4 Tacoma w/ TRD package or ... ?

    Would i be better off with a 2nd gen or a 1st gen? I know the 2nd gen would be harder to find, but i'm patient (sometimes!)...

    I've got a 12k budget.

    Thanks!
    -Flashy
     
  2. Feb 21, 2011 at 12:01 PM
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    flashsplat

    flashsplat [OP] Well-Known Member

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  3. Feb 21, 2011 at 12:21 PM
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    01Tac0ma

    01Tac0ma Bash Fabriction & Off-Road

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  4. Feb 21, 2011 at 12:30 PM
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    113tac

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    so this is gonna be your DD?
     
  5. Feb 21, 2011 at 1:09 PM
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    flashsplat

    flashsplat [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Nice finds. I do like that jeep! I planted a money tree in my back yard but... darn thing won't grow. Where's the Money tree forum?

    113, My bad.. what's DD? I will use this vehicle to and from work also, but i only live 1 mile from work.
     
  6. Feb 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM
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    navysealboy93

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    DD= Daily Driver
     
  7. Feb 21, 2011 at 1:14 PM
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    01tacoprerunner

    01tacoprerunner Lifted 'n Locked 4WD Prerunner

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    1st gen access cab taco with V6 5 speed 4x4 TRD offroad
     
  8. Feb 21, 2011 at 1:20 PM
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    jgwheeler17

    jgwheeler17 I'm a zit. Get it?

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    a $12K tacoma :der:

    though on a more serious note i would love to get a wrangler (didn't see your links, but im guessing thats what you found). another great vehicle for a DD, off-roader and reliability is the regular cherokee. my brother had a 99' with the straight 6 and i loved it. had a lift and some 285's on it. good in the mud, not a bad DD (got a little shaky and stiff after all the mods lol) but very reliable and not too too bad on gas. that 4.0 is one of the best motors ever made if you ask me.
     
  9. Feb 21, 2011 at 1:21 PM
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    what he said^

    i was wondering since you might be worried about gas mileage, but if your not, maybe find a decent priced jeep and lift it, my friend lifted his jeep and put 33's on for about 2200 i believe and that included installation. or maybe even a used 1st gen tacoma if you dont want to go the jeep route since it is your DD
     
  10. Feb 21, 2011 at 1:26 PM
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    Firefighter160

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    Get a 1st gen reg cab 4x4, they are awesome off-road and are good on gas.
     
  11. Feb 21, 2011 at 1:32 PM
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    SiRMarlon

    SiRMarlon The Photo Ninja!

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    If it's not going to be your Daily Driver you should get yourself a nice Solid Axle Toyota dude!! If you want to do some good wheeling stay away from the IFS. Just my $0.02 :D
     
  12. Feb 21, 2011 at 1:32 PM
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    x2 id go this route or jeep
     
  13. Feb 21, 2011 at 1:38 PM
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    Found this joker:
    Truncated Crazy Link

    It's already got some mud tires and a lift i think. Is the regular cab better because it's shorter? I noticed a lot of you guys had Quad Cabs..

    Are jeeps as reliable as the tacomas?
     
  14. Feb 21, 2011 at 1:40 PM
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    Have you consulted the wife on this? :D
     
  16. Feb 21, 2011 at 2:07 PM
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    She'll find out eventually :p

    What is IFS?

    How many miles on a Tacoma should scare me lol?

    Found this guy. But i'd have to drive a long ways to get him!
     
  17. Feb 21, 2011 at 2:21 PM
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    jgwheeler17

    jgwheeler17 I'm a zit. Get it?

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    its a toyota, so irrelevant question . . . though seriously for 12K i wouldnt buy anything with over 150K. then again if you know it's been taken care of, so on, so on. revert back to my original answer.
     
  18. Feb 21, 2011 at 2:35 PM
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  19. Feb 22, 2011 at 8:17 AM
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  20. Feb 22, 2011 at 8:45 AM
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    01tacoprerunner

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    That truck looks a little overpriced.
     
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