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Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 97Blk_one, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. Mar 26, 2009 at 9:17 AM
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    97Blk_one

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    I have 97 Tacoma Ext. Cab. One year ago it stalled(and it won't start)on me at a stop light. Towed it to the dealer here what the dealer said the problems,and I needs to replaced :

    1/ Coil.Ignition
    2/ Rotor Assy.Distributor
    3/ Cap Assy.Distributor

    It run great after all work were performed .All these cost me a whole month paycheck.

    Just another (aweek ago to be exact) it happen again ,it won't start.It's turned but won't start. I thought it was the battery,cause I bought it like 7 years ago, so i took it to Autozone let them test it out, they said it's bad.

    I went to Toyota dealer and bought a new one(TrueStart 84 month)When I installed the Parking light come on even though I didn't turn it on,and still won't start. I don't know what to do so towed it again to the dealer,and here what they done to it:

    1/ Replaced ECM (Electrical Control Module)
    2/ Igniter

    After that it started up fine,But it just cost me to damn much. I think i've been ripped off big time. This time it like 3 months of my paychecks. So as a fellows Toyota owner Do y'all think I need to get a new ride? Now I'm broke as hell....

    oh, if your ride don't come with the alarm,don't put one.It's mess up the ECM in along run....:mad:
     
  2. Mar 26, 2009 at 9:21 AM
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    I would start to think about it. When stuff started to go on my pathfinder I knew the end was near. May as well make monthly payments on something new with warranty than continuing to sink money into something that gives you problems.
     
  3. Mar 26, 2009 at 9:24 AM
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    I thought about that,But as you know my job may be gone tomorrow. Thanks for your input.
     
  4. Mar 26, 2009 at 9:58 AM
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    Did you remove the alarm?
     
  5. Mar 26, 2009 at 9:59 AM
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    Besides the the ECU, everything else are just wear and tear items. The reason it cost so much is cause you took it to the stealership.

    You already have all this money into it, you might as well keep it for a while now.
     
  6. Mar 26, 2009 at 10:23 AM
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    Yes, I did.I'm no longer need the alarm to protect this junk :D

    haha..that's good one!
     
  7. Mar 26, 2009 at 10:42 AM
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    Not much yet, got a pretty good sound system w/ my custom sub box. Plan on adding more lights & a tool box.
    I say keep it. Especially if you have job worries! Who knows, you might be trouble-free for another 11 years.
     
  8. Mar 26, 2009 at 10:44 AM
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    Thanks..11 more years? I needs all the help I could get:D
     
  9. Mar 26, 2009 at 10:51 AM
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    Not much yet, got a pretty good sound system w/ my custom sub box. Plan on adding more lights & a tool box.
    2009 - 1997 (model year) = ~11 years. Hey those are pretty good steps if they've been trouble-free!
    You might try hunting down a good mechanic, those "older" rigs are fairly easy to work on & you definitely DON'T need to hand-out more $ to the stealership. Bet you save 15-30% on parts & labor. Ask your buddies who they use.
     
  10. Mar 26, 2009 at 10:56 AM
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    Thanks Stu. That's a great Ideas. I hate the stealership,I think they took advantage of me,because I'm an idiot.:confused:
     
  11. Mar 26, 2009 at 12:30 PM
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    Your not an idiot. After all, you do own a tacoma. I would say that whoever installed the alarm set into motion your current troubles. Now that it is gone, you have atleast twenty years left on the truck. Have you had your frame inspected?
     
  12. Mar 26, 2009 at 12:47 PM
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    No, I haven't. I live down south. We hardly got much snow, If we did it don't stick around for long,the longest about two days. The frame is rust-free,the engine is clean,non of those grease,or dust. I kept it clean,and Armorall almost every week the last 12 years. Oil change every 3000 miles. I kept records of everything I added,even wax and washes. But it(the truck) did me wrong. Don't give me wrong I love the truck,But it just pissed me off when it broke down.
     
  13. Mar 26, 2009 at 12:55 PM
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    It sounds like you have done more than your fair share as far as mechanical and appearence upkeep. Electrical is another story. Your cap/rotor have a life expectancy, but to be honest most people don't change them until they fail. Your ECM "should" last forever. Electriacl components, in theory barring interference, should last longer than the truck. It is just on aspect of the vehicle that you will never have complete control over. You shouldn't get mad at the vehicle (or yourself for that matter), sometimes it is just "one of those things".
     
  14. Mar 26, 2009 at 1:01 PM
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    Thanks for the kind words,98tacoma27. I think the ECM messed up,because of the aftermarket alarm. My uncle got an old model Camary(90 something)happen the same thing,the ECM all wax out. Knowing what i knew now,I would have leave it alone, But like you said it's"one of those things":D
     
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