Toyota Tacoma good truck?
Posted 17 July 2012 - 01:19 PM
Thanks for any input!
Posted 17 July 2012 - 01:35 PM
Thanks for any input!
You want an early 2000 model Tacoma for around $2,000?
Good luck with that!
Posted 17 July 2012 - 01:37 PM
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 06:05 PM
The one thing I have always noticed with the Taco's is they are typically easy to maintain. You can do most of the general maintenance with little knowledge when it comes to turning wrenches.
I have no idea what the value of used trucks is in your area, but $2000 is not a lot of cash to sink into a used truck, let alone a Taco. That is a good thing though. Its your first vehicle, depending on how you treat your things I would expect you are going to bag on it a little and you will find its weaknesses quickly. That is fine as long as you have the cash to fix it when you brake it.
I would search your local auction sites for vehicles that may have been reposessed, or insurance claims that still have valid titles and can be fixed up for your needs. Also, never pay retail for any parts. Find a buddy who gets a discount at your local part shops, heck get a part time job at one. The mark up on parts is stupid. Get to know where your local salvage yard is. Sometimes you can get good deals. Since the internet age though, it seems used parts have gone up and the reconditioned part prices have come down. So something at a salvage yard is not always a good deal.
Hold out and wait for the right truck. Don't just jump on a deal because its a deal. Make sure its the right deal. Find something that has decent tires on it. Rubber can set you back a bit of change early on. Don't be affraid of vehicles that have had a lot of recent items replaced on them. You are going to be looking at higher mileage trucks at that price point. Sometimes people sink cash into things because they are at that point where it needs the work then turn around and sell it. I just did that on my girlfriends car. We did the brakes, struts, shocks, sway bar end links, exhaust, and put tires and rims on it, then turned around and sold it a month later. Picked up a nice little 05 ZR2 Blazer for her with like 50,000KMs, (30,000miles) the thing is mint.
We had looked at an 01 S10 ZR2 with even less miles on it, perfect truck. The 4.3 is bullet proof, a little harder on fuel, but easy to wrench on, but it sold before we could jump on the deal. This is the type of truck you might be better off looking around for over the Taco. It is true, the 4x4 isn't as forgiving to abuse, but you really have to abuse them to get yourself into trouble. Stay away from trying to put extra large tires on things. Its hard on the running gear, puts more torque onto everything and leads to something braking.
And if you are set on the Taco, great, just wait, one will come along if you wait long enough.
Posted 17 July 2012 - 06:14 PM
Posted 17 July 2012 - 08:26 PM
You dont become the #1 seling compact truck in the US for no reason. This is coming from a guy who bought a brand new 1998 Tacoma TRD 4WD V6 5 spd and sold it less than 6 months ago for $13,500, it did only have 60K and always garaged. It was perfect with some dealer tech upgrades (lots). I paid 22K for it when it was new, MSRP was $25K. Nothing else would have that kind of resale value. They will go all day long for 5-6K OVER kelly blue book. If you sell it for KKB, you gave it away.
Posted 17 July 2012 - 08:48 PM
Posted 17 July 2012 - 08:59 PM
pic is worth 1000 words. has a few dents which aint the end of the world but whats the underneath look like. balljoints, cv axles or ujoints need replaced ? oil leaks ? as with most vehicles, theres mileage intervals where serviceable parts need replaced. seems like its every 90K miles on the 3.4 toyota recomends new timing belt, water pump and some other items on the front of the engine. has all that been done at the correct mileage limits ? pretty sure thats around $1000 to have that procedure done from a qaulified toyota dealer. $2500 seems pretty cheap for that truck. im seeing red flags of possible mechanical issues but hard to say without seeing it first hand. thats '95 tacoma for $2500, $2500 is about what you would pay for '95 dodge dakota. something seems fishy to me
Edited by harryhandshake, 17 July 2012 - 09:03 PM.
Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:54 PM
That seller was me. They sell all day long for 5K over blue book. Its the market and that is what they sell for. If you sell for KBB, it will be sold about 5 minutes after you post it with a bunch of people beating down your door. If you finance it, and the bank loans only KBB, better have a 5K down then.
Posted 17 July 2012 - 11:03 PM
why would someone in washington (assuming thats where you live according to your sig line) over pay by $5000 when they could drive a few hundred miles south and keep the $5000 in their pocket ? im not sure theres a rational answer but i would like to hear your response
Edited by harryhandshake, 17 July 2012 - 11:05 PM.
Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:17 AM
Heres a pic
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