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Old 05-22-2017, 08:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2002 - 2010 Tacomas

Looking at buying a used one. I have never owned one so have no clue.

Are there any years or models to avoid?

What are the known weak spots to be checking on these?
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Old 05-22-2017, 01:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First would be to figure out what body style you want. If youre wanting a double cab, they first ones start at 01-04, then got a redesign in 2005-15. Engines in the 01-01 are the 3.4l v6 and 3rz. 3rz (4cyl) carried over in the 05+, but the v6 went to a 4.0l.

I like the look of the 01-04 stuff, but thats personal opinion. Frames are prone to rusting out (there was a recall on them) and are pretty weak up front, so be prepared to plate them if solid axle swapping. Some cut it out completely at the body mount and rebuild it with rectangular tube.

Prices are still holding strong for them in my area. $5k minimum for a high mileage DC, and close to $10k for a nicer one.
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Body style does not matter. Thanks for the info on the frame, since I am in a very rust prone area I will look closely at that.


Are the 4 cylinders under powered? Any problems with auto tranny?

I will not be swapping axles or anything under it, it will just be a daily driver.
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a 4cyl with a manual trans would be what would look for if i was going with a 4banger. As for the 3.4l with an auto, I had one and it was pretty good as a DD. Had 170k on it before i traded it in on a new Tundra. Wish I would have kept it. I wouldnt hesitate buying one. If getting a 3.4l check and make sure they are up to date on the timing belt maintenance. Should be done every 80-90k. Water pump at the same time since its in the way when doing the work.
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Good to know on the 4 banger.
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I am seeing info that indicates the 05-06 have head gasket issues. Anyone have any knowledge on that?
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I am seeing info that indicates the 05-06 have head gasket issues. Anyone have any knowledge on that?
Which engine? My pops has the 2.7l in his '05 with 238k miles on it and hasnt even changed the brake pads/clutch/etc. Only oil changes every 3k and tires and it runs like a top.
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I had a 04 single cab short bed 2.7 5 speed 4x4 SR5 that a regret trading in. I put 60k on it in 2 years, oil changes and tires were the only maintenance, got 25 mpg and would chirp 2nd with 31s. Was an excellent truck 2.7 had plenty of power, though it had 4.30 gears or something.
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First would be to figure out what body style you want. If youre wanting a double cab, they first ones start at 01-04, then got a redesign in 2005-15. Engines in the 01-01 are the 3.4l v6 and 3rz. 3rz (4cyl) carried over in the 05+, but the v6 went to a 4.0l.

I like the look of the 01-04 stuff, but thats personal opinion. Frames are prone to rusting out (there was a recall on them) and are pretty weak up front, so be prepared to plate them if solid axle swapping. Some cut it out completely at the body mount and rebuild it with rectangular tube.

Prices are still holding strong for them in my area. $5k minimum for a high mileage DC, and close to $10k for a nicer one.
Those prices are cheap compared to out here!
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I have seen an 02 for $9.3k and I have seen 2010s for low 10k's. Here the price is mainly driven by the condition of the vehicle, the year and mileage don't have much effect.
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If you're in the rust belt, you will want to be very thorough with inspecting the frame of a 1st gen (95 - 04). They especially tend to rust through around the leaf spring hanger and crossmembers, take a hammer and rap on those areas to see if they're rusting from the inside out.

There was a frame recall, if the previous owner had the undercoating done by toyota during the recall period, it might still be eligible for a new frame. Run the VIN past a dealership to see if there is any record of it.
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And frames on the 05' and up especially if they were under coated by a toyota dealer . Some of them wI'll undercoat right over dirt,sand ,and salt . It makes them rust faster .

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a 4cyl with a manual trans would be what would look for if i was going with a 4banger. As for the 3.4l with an auto, I had one and it was pretty good as a DD. Had 170k on it before i traded it in on a new Tundra. Wish I would have kept it. I wouldnt hesitate buying one. If getting a 3.4l check and make sure they are up to date on the timing belt maintenance. Should be done every 80-90k. Water pump at the same time since its in the way when doing the work.


I don't sweat buying a used one that didnt' have records of the timing belt being replaced. I've owned 5 3.4L trucks and 4runners, all with over 200K (2 w/ 300K) miles. They usually need spark plugs and the valve cover gasket bolts tightened up. And radiators. Had to put radiators in 3 of them (swapped to short 4cyl radiators then also)
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I don't sweat buying a used one that didnt' have records of the timing belt being replaced. I've owned 5 3.4L trucks and 4runners, all with over 200K (2 w/ 300K) miles. They usually need spark plugs and the valve cover gasket bolts tightened up. And radiators. Had to put radiators in 3 of them (swapped to short 4cyl radiators then also)
The 3.4l i used to drive skipped a tooth on the timing belt once. Thats why i make sure i know when they have been changed. Its about the only maintenance item i care about.
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The 3.4l i used to drive skipped a tooth on the timing belt once. Thats why i make sure i know when they have been changed. Its about the only maintenance item i care about.
hmm

wonder what made that happen? maybe the tensioner failed?


either way, the 3.4 is a decent engine that is not problem prone
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wonder what made that happen? maybe the tensioner failed?


either way, the 3.4 is a decent engine that is not problem prone
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No clue. It was my DD in college. 2wd prerunner that only saw the highway. I agree that its a nice engine. Just want to make sure its done because its a pain in the ass job to do.
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No info other than I have an 01 4 door 4wd that I have had for 8+ years. Put 80k on it and has over 214xxx. Still gets 20 mpg on the freeway. Just replaced rad about a month ago. Everything in good working order. I wouldn't get rid of this truck for anything.
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I have 445k on my 3.4 auto (96 4runner). Regular maintenance... I haven't done anything besides the usual; spark plugs/wires, alternator, battery, starter (four times...just get a decent one non-vatozone), valve cover gaskets, o2's, timing belt, radiator, fan clutch idler, water pump, etc. regular dumb shit. Put a 44/9 under it 5 years ago, currently putting a 60/14 with 42's under it now, and a supercharger... We'll see how much longer it will last before i swap in another 3.4.

Friend has an 06 taco 4.0 with over 250k no issues, regular maintenance.

Just find one with a good carfax and give it a tune up.

A340F's are hit or miss....usually fine...like i said, mine has 445k on it, but the gf bought an 01 dc taco 3.4 auto last summer that was immaculate with 190k miles and the torque converter went out two weeks later and friction welded itself to the housing, cost me $4k for a reman with oil pump, installed, 3yr warranty. Otherwise if you have problems find a craigslist A340F preferably scrapped from a new build for $300.





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Prices are still holding strong for them in my area. $5k minimum for a high mileage DC, and close to $10k for a nicer one.
Wow you could make a living driving them to the DC Metro area and flipping them. If people are actually getting anywhere close to there asking price I have no idea but on craigslist a 2nd gen double cab v6 4x4 is typically 15k minimum and if your lucky the clock is at 100k but its usually more like 200k and the same specs but 1st gen are not much less
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