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What to look for when buying a Tacoma?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by SnowroxKT, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. Dec 15, 2011 at 9:24 AM
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    SnowroxKT

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    Hi everyone! Noob here trying to buy a Tacoma, looking for a reliable truck that I can have at college for up here in Alaska. What should I specifically look for that is a common problem? Engine recommendations? I like manual trannys but are the autos and manuals both good? I understand the head gasket issue was solved after 1995 so I am looking at 1996 and up.

    Any help appreciated or links to if this was brought up before. :)
     
  2. Dec 15, 2011 at 9:28 AM
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    Casey05Taco

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    Make sure it's 4x4, 4 door, extended cab, or regular cab.
     
  3. Dec 15, 2011 at 9:30 AM
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    Isn't that just like saying a 4x4 because the 4 door, ext. cab or regular cab are all the cab options?
     
  4. Dec 15, 2011 at 10:15 AM
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    Madjik_Man

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  5. Dec 15, 2011 at 10:18 AM
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    The way I read that is he's suggesting to just get a 4x4 regardless of what cab you choose
     
  6. Dec 15, 2011 at 12:08 PM
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    Look for the "Toyota" emblem...
     
  7. Dec 15, 2011 at 4:08 PM
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    Make sure the previous owner got the frame insured. If not, dont buy.
     
  8. Dec 15, 2011 at 6:28 PM
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    V6. 4 bangers are powerless, especially if you get a 4 door.
     
  9. Dec 15, 2011 at 6:29 PM
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    Get the 4x4 V6 and just check maintenance and the frame.
     
  10. Dec 15, 2011 at 6:40 PM
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    make sure its a 1st gen 01-04, extra cab, low miles, and doesn't have much rust on the frame.
     
  11. Dec 15, 2011 at 6:41 PM
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    check underneth for rust and visable oil leaks
     
  12. Dec 15, 2011 at 6:43 PM
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    Like others said check for frame rust. Other than that you can't really go wrong. Just note that all of the double cabs have an auto tranny
     
  13. Dec 16, 2011 at 8:17 AM
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    Frame insured? how does that work? Through Toyota???
     
  14. Dec 16, 2011 at 8:18 AM
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    Is that true with 1st and 2nd Gens?
     
  15. Dec 16, 2011 at 9:07 AM
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    ..stay tuned
    Check for leaks behind backing plate, axle seals up front, front and rear diff, transfer case and transmission, along drive shaft, rack and pinion/steering box. If you see grease or oil inspect closely.

    Look for any signs of n * g g e r rigging or backyard mechanic work.
     
  16. Dec 16, 2011 at 9:46 AM
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    Thanks for all the help guys! Way friendlier than some other forums...
     
  17. Dec 16, 2011 at 9:59 AM
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    Welcome...Check the frame for rust... mainly 1st gen. But second gens depending where your at rust from the salt too.
     
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