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What to look for?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Swashbuckler, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. Jan 20, 2009 at 7:23 PM
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    Swashbuckler

    Swashbuckler [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey fellas, this is my first post here, so don't be too rough. :)


    I'm buying a 95ish Tacoma. I've always loved these trucks and I'm sick of my piece of fucking shit evo breaking all the time. my turbo went completley out on the way to the mountains today. looks like a new turbo before I can trade it in...woooh!

    Almost traded the evo in the other day for a 95 v6 4x4 ext cab 150k miles for 7,9. But they low balled me on the evo so I walked. I'm glad I did, because afterwards I realized I have no idea what to look for in a good taco. I've been cruising these forums...and I see some frame issue comming up? and the dealership gives you money if your truck is fucked up? If someone could clarify I'd appreciate it. any other info and things to watch out for are also greatly, greatly appreciated!


    oh, here's a couple of the ever breaking mistu.

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  2. Jan 20, 2009 at 7:55 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Welcome to Tacoma World! The 1995 and up Is a great truck! Only things I can think of off hand to look for would be frame rust. Its a tough truck, and built to last.
     
  3. Jan 21, 2009 at 6:29 AM
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    Ry1984

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    Only thing you need to watch out for is your bank account :(
     
  4. Jan 21, 2009 at 8:07 PM
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    Toy4Life

    Toy4Life 668: The Neighbor of the Beast

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    Glad you passed on that 95. Don't get me wrong, they are great trucks, but 7,9 seems a little steep for a 95 with 150K. As said, rust is the biggest factor. You can find good deals on newer trucks with less miles, just have a little patience.
     
  5. Jan 22, 2009 at 3:26 AM
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    Janster

    Janster Old & Forgetful

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    You can either sell your car and look for a tacoma. If anything - search those sites for pricing and use it for bargaining.

    Toyota has a 15 year frame rust warrantee. Before you buy anything - have it checked by a TOYOTA dealer for frame rust. This is internal frame rust and not necessarily something you can spot from the outside.

    I owned a 96 - very tough and durable trucks. But like anything else - it's fate is based on all previous owners. Do a complete 'go-over'. Look at engine compartment, look underneath, check fluids for 'off smells' and improper coloration, DRIVE IT. Drive it in 2wd, 4wd, and 4Lo! Take it on the highway up to speed and see how it feels. Listen for everything and anything. Do some research to make sure the head gasket recall has been performed (and any other recalls that havent' been performed).

    If you know of any friends who are mechanics, have them come along with you.

    Good Luck!
     
  6. Jan 22, 2009 at 12:46 PM
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    Swashbuckler

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    very helpful. Thanks!
     
  7. Jan 28, 2009 at 10:24 PM
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    Swashbuckler

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    Update:

    Got a 97 V6 4x4 ext cab 150 on the clock second owner! Truck is in awesome shape and runs strong. Will post pics soon :)
     
  8. Jan 29, 2009 at 6:51 AM
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    darkturtleninja

    darkturtleninja 9th level dungeon master

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    sweet looking lancer though i bet you had some fun!!!
     
  9. Jan 29, 2009 at 7:09 AM
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    oldtacomaguy

    oldtacomaguy four forty four

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    Excellent. My last one was a 97 X-cab V-6 4X4. Great truck. Still ran like new when I got rid of it. Unfortunately, it was a victim of frame rot. Ran it on salted roades for 11 winters. Here's a pic of mine:

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    Keep up the maint. and it should run forever!
     
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