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Would you consider the 2nd gen Tacoma a good first-time car?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Cgiroux, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. Mar 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM
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    Cgiroux

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    Hey all.

    Just stopping by seeing that this is what looks like the most active Tacoma forum I could find within the first page of my Google result.

    Long story short, I'm 20 years old, reside in the suburbs of Chicago and am looking to buy my first vehicle.

    At first, I never given any thought about buying a truck, but the used car market is dried out in my opinion. I came across a 2007 Tacoma with 51,000 miles on it. Automatic 2.7 l4, RWD. One owner. Looks pretty clean inside and out. Asking price of $9,970, which is a little steep for my budget, but I would try asking him down if I really wanted this vehicle.

    I should mention that I have no intention on hauling or transporting anything really. For the most part, I just need a vehicle that will get me to school, work, and the gym on a regular basis. With that said, I know a truck might not be the most practical option, but the 2.7 L can't be too painful to fill up.

    What are your thoughts on this car? Would it make a good first car? Is it well documented? Anything I should know about?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Mar 10, 2013 at 12:44 PM
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    akhermit

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    Sounds more like you need a small car than a truck. That price actually sounds too good to be true.

    The Tacoma is a great truck, but based on your needs, I would recommend a small car.

    There is the want factor. If you want a truck, then needs go out the window, and you get want you want.

    I got the Tacoma because I do occasional hauling, it fits in my garage, has great longevity ratings, looks awesome, and I WANTED it.
     
  3. Mar 10, 2013 at 12:52 PM
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    TL;DR, but a tacoma is a great starter truck. My ex gf was driving mine for a few months, and she found it very easy to drive. She had spent a bit of time in a Titan, and she found the tacoma much more managable.

    Just don't put ricer shit on it.
     
  4. Mar 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM
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    they are good little trucks. at that price im guessing its a 5 lug 2wd. i see them all the time as commercial get-arounds for companies that have to haul small stuff so you know they rack up a ton of miles.

    it will never give you the comfort or fuel mileage of a mid size or compact car, but you will enjoy it. its nice to have the bed-space just in case. i moved a ton of times between the ages of 18-21 and having a truck was awesome for that. keep that in mind if your just starting out with renting/buying or whatever as it took me a bit to get "settled in" to a place.
     
  5. Mar 10, 2013 at 1:01 PM
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    edit - yea, it's 2WD 5 lug

    That's what I keep telling myself. I practically can get away with any small commuter car, but the last thing I want is a boring Corolla, Civic, Altima, etc. I guess wants trump needs in the end. The Tacoma looks like a fun car though

    As for pricing goes, I really have no idea. This is the only Tacoma I could find under $10,000 with a decent amount of millage.

    The used car market is very frustrating. I can't even find an Accord with less than 70,000 miles under $10,000.
     
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  6. Mar 10, 2013 at 1:16 PM
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    92dlxman drinking whats on sale

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    i feel your pain with the car thing. i've been looking for something similar to replace my focus. the pricing is crazy but they are all supposedly nice cars
     
  7. Mar 10, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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    I'm tempted to look into it now. I got my class M license a while back and still hope to buy a motorcycle in the future, so a little 4 cyl truck could be beneficial. I don't want to get ahead of myself.

    I like this look. :D

    [​IMG]

    can't be too far from stock? Lift it a tiny bit, some new wheels/tires and it already looks tasteful IMO.
     
  8. Mar 10, 2013 at 1:32 PM
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    OP, sounds like you have already made up your mind. I hope you get the truck you want, keep looking until you get a deal that you are comfortable with.
     
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    yea. . . . . .gears, control arms, springs, shocks, mounts, maybe a new clutch to turn it all. . . . they get expensive when you try and lift them. im finding this out right now lol
     
  10. Mar 10, 2013 at 1:33 PM
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    That has long travel up front and fiberglass fenders front and rear. However you can have a tough look without those things.
     
  11. Mar 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM
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    shhh
     
  12. Mar 10, 2013 at 1:40 PM
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    If I'm seeing what I think I see, it's very far from stock.
    It has flared fibreglass fenders for sure and if those are tie-rod extenders, then it has a front long travel kit. With what looks like tube lower control arms.
    Maybe flared bedsides too, it's hard to tell.
     
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    Beat me to it
     
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  14. Mar 10, 2013 at 1:42 PM
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    What?
     
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    9k for a 2007? There is either something really wrong with it or it really is too good to be true.
     
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    You beat me to saying it has LT. you posted while I was typing. I changed it to sound better :D
     
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    Hahaha I see, I was so confused there :|
     
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    Just remember OP that pickups don't handle like cars on slick roads. You're in Chicago so you'll want to have some weight over the rear axle and be used to the truck before driving on snow/ice.
     
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    I have no idea. Like I said, it looks clean. I've never seen it in person, though. Pictures don't do any justice.

    http://www.cars.com/go/search/detai...pp=50&feedSegId=28705&aff=national&listType=1


    Even KBB suggests $12,500. Guess I have the benefit of the doubt. If it's too good to be true, probably is. :/
     
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