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Would you hesitate to buy a Taco with 100k+ miles???

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by x2468, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. Nov 17, 2009 at 4:24 PM
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    I've been looking through my local classifieds for a while and I can't find a Tacoma in my price range with less than 100K miles. most are 90-140k. It makes me nervous to buy a car with that many miles.... I know tacomas are dependable trucks and all, but would you buy a tacoma with mileage like that? assuming you didn't have one obviously...

    EDIT: Also, would the answer still be the same for the 4 cyl? the reason im asking is because i would think that a 4 cyl would be a little more worn, since they have to rev to a higher rpm to keep up with traffic or make a pass on the highway. thoughts?
     
  2. Nov 17, 2009 at 4:25 PM
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    yes
    toyotas are known to go 250k+
     
  3. Nov 17, 2009 at 4:26 PM
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    I'd be careful. If the seller is a boy racer or someone who's into wheeling, then no. But if it's an old guy who takes care of his stuff, then yes.
     
  4. Nov 17, 2009 at 4:34 PM
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    I bought my taco a few months ago with 149xxx on it. No problems as of yet. Hell the ford I was driving had 190xxx on it and was still going. It the ford can do it, I know the yota can! :D


    It all comes down to proper maintenance and just taking care of your vehicle. I believe there was a guy in another thread that had 427k on his taco... :eek:
     
  5. Nov 17, 2009 at 4:35 PM
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    LOL, yeah us old guys are notorious for taking care of our shit, I agree with the above statement about buying someone's beat to shit truck, but on the other hand, I bought my 2000 TRD with 94K on it, it now has 122K (I've only had it about 6 months & have had nothing but good times) I wouldn't hesitate about buying a higher mileage Toy, but just use your common sense & look for the signs of not so much abuse but NEGLECT, lack of maintenance, etc;......:cool:

    P.S. Am I the only one getting monthly flyers from AARP ??
     
  6. Nov 17, 2009 at 4:40 PM
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    All the trucks im looking at are city trucks. I always like to buy my stuff from 35 and up mechanically inclined owners. However most im finding are at these pre-owned dealership lots that don't seem to know anything about the previous owners. that bugs me.

    Also, would the answer still be the same for the 4 cyl? the reason im asking is because i would think that a 4 cyl would be a little more worn, since they have to rev to a higher rpm to keep up with traffic or make a pass on the highway. thoughts?
     
  7. Nov 17, 2009 at 4:41 PM
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    im young and dont have the money to buy new so my general rule is never buy anything with over 100k but thats just me
     
  8. Nov 17, 2009 at 4:41 PM
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    These trucks last forever, go for it!
     
  9. Nov 17, 2009 at 4:44 PM
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    same but im wondering if i should adjust my rule pretty much
     
  10. Nov 17, 2009 at 4:47 PM
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    I have done it.....twice. First one was totaled and the second one was bought at 121k and has over 160k now. So to answer your question...NO.
     
  11. Nov 17, 2009 at 4:48 PM
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    just noticed you are from Florida, no rust problems. DO IT.
     
  12. Nov 17, 2009 at 4:49 PM
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    You can not apply the 100k rule to 1st gen Tacomas. These trucks are tanks hopefully more will chime in to back that statement up.....they take miles and miles of abuse without issue. I own a 99 Tacoma with 230k and I know the prevous owner who got the truck new. The entire time of owning the truck its needed a new clutch and a front u joint. He changed the oil every 3k and did a tune up when needed. I am doing the same thing and after 15k since I bought the truck from him I still fail to run into any problems. I also pop the clutch and redline into second from time to time. Am I crazy for doing that on a truck with so many miles? Nope its a toyota. Its more important to look at condition on these trucks and primarily the rust on the frame (these trucks have some problems with frame rust) and unless it looks pretty rough I wouldnt count the odometer as nothing more than a number showing how much fun the last owner had getting to drive a beast. :)
     
  13. Nov 17, 2009 at 4:51 PM
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    I am young also, was 19 when I bought my current truck(see signature) it had 170k on the clock when I bought it, I was jobless, still am(in other words I am broke and I don't think about repairing my truck, why would I? It never messes up, that's why.). She runs like a top. I would not hesitate to buy a Toyota that had 200k if it was priced right. Matter of fact, the 1992 that I had about 3 years ago had 209k when I bought it and 26-k when I sold it. It still runs to this day. The guy that bought it from me wrecked it at 280-290k, put it in another truck, and it still runs. That was a 3.0 motor. These trucks are fucking bulletproof, don't hesitate.
     
  14. Nov 17, 2009 at 4:52 PM
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    To answer your question no. Actually Ive heard the 4cyl 1st generation engines are alot tougher than the 6cyl. Ive had about 3 friends of mine say that so thats one reason why I went with the 4cyl. I promise you if you can find a 4cyl 5 speed manual you will have all the power you want and get great mileage too!
     
  15. Nov 17, 2009 at 4:55 PM
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    1st gens 2004 & older would need a timing belt replaced somewhere around 120k miles(2nd gens 2005 & newer have timing chains, probably replace around 250k miles).

    Other than that I wouldn't have aproblem buying one. My 05 has 133,000 miles & all I have replaced is the factory battery a couple of months ago. And of course I do the routine maintenance.
     
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    i'd say it also depends on who your buying it from, like someone said before if its a young person that is rallying the piss out of it or street racing everywhere they go then no i wouldn't buy it if it were anywhere near 100k but if its an old guy who you know isn't driving it hard then i would maybe consider going up a bit
     
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    Yes I would if it was an 01-04. Earlier, it would depend on the price and a self-inspection of the frame, among the other components of course. But with a focus on the frame.
     
  18. Nov 17, 2009 at 6:08 PM
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    My 4cyl was the first vehicle I owned. Bought it with 220k for $2800 from a small used car dealership where the guy had just driven it on business trips on the highway. It now has 250k and still no problems except the O2 sensors and MAF sensor failed recently. Other than that it has been basic maintenance to keep it in top shape. It still pulls a loaded trailer and does all the farm work that is asked of it like a champ. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another tacoma especially a 4cyl with 100k they're bulletproof!
     
  19. Nov 17, 2009 at 6:37 PM
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    do you mean the cam timing belt or something else?
     
  20. Nov 17, 2009 at 6:41 PM
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    I got my 1998 2.7L in 2007 with 101K on it. It now has close to 150K and its running great. As long as the previous owner(s) took care of it, then buying a Toyota with over 100K on it is no problem. Go play on Kelly Blue Book and type in a 1st gen truck with high mileage. These Tacomas still pull a good price tag after all those miles. Tacomas are just flat out good trucks.
     
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