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#59 of 78 Re: Looking to buy a 94 Toyota Pickup, could use some advice [mnkyboy]
Jan 13, 2005 (4:57 pm)
Not much help on the cost factor mnkyboy, but I can tell you that my son owns my old '94 4cyl stick. When I ordered it new, I ordered it fully loaded AC/stereo/cassette/cruise, etc. The only problem I ever had with it was with the engine dieseling and spark knock at around 50K. The dealer checked it and we ended up running a cleaner through it and into the gas tank to clean out the carbon. He also retarded the timing. It worked. Over time we advanced the timing back one degree at a time until we returned it to the original setting. Toyota stated to the service manager that that condition was common with that engine. In the end the only repercussion is that we have to run it on premium gas. The octane causes a longer burn in the cylinder and that has rectified the problem. The truck now has 160,000+ miles on it. My son drives it back and forth from St. Louis to Cape Girardeau Mo. That is about a 3 hour drive down Interstate 55. The truck runs like a top and still purrs as it idles. That thing is bullet-proof and the only reason I got rid of it is because he needed something dependable. Believe me, if he wasn't in that fix, I'd still be driving it.
Hope that horn blowing helps some.
I will now descend my soapbox.
Jan 24, 2005 (2:18 pm)
Own 2001 Tacoma, TRD Double Cab, 4x2, 65,000 miles. Great Truck! Only area of concern is the front brakes are pulsating while braking. New rotors and pads installed at 53,000 miles, in the shop again for same problem after only 12,000 miles. Another owner (same model) told me Toyota was putting the same brake assembly on all Tacoma models regardless of weight. The extra weight of the double cab and larger tires are heating the rotors causing to warp. Anyone heard anything on this?
Jan 25, 2005 (9:26 am)
Sorry to hear about the problems! I see you found your way to the Tacoma problem board. Hopefully some other owners have information to share.
#62 of 78 Re: [toyfamily] Warping rotors..
Feb 11, 2005 (10:48 am)
I read not too long ago about how the WHEEL LUG NUTS need to all be properly torqued and if they were not, that rotor warping can happen. Maybe that helps a little. Also, sudden stopping can warp them, so try to stop smoothly rather than suddenly as much as you can.
#63 of 78 2005 Tacoma Access Cab TRD-Off Road Package #2
Feb 11, 2005 (12:22 pm)
I got my silver 05 Taco (Access TRD-Off Road) almost 3 weeks ago and it's just awesome!
The V-6 engine has a LOT of power. (I can't give it a lot of gas when stopped, even on dry pavement, or it'll spin the tires!)
I'm getting about 22 mpg in 2 Wheel High and haven't driven an entire tank on 4 Wheel High to get the mpg's.
It has 800 miles and I have, yet to find a single problem. (And the oil looks brand new, which is a good sign.)
(I'm a systems engineer for Northrop Grumman)
#64 of 78 BUYING A TACOMA SELF DEFENSE TECHNIQUES
Feb 11, 2005 (6:04 pm)
Whoever is looking at new Tacoma's good luck on buying it for the MSRP. The dealers in my area jack the price up with accessories and charge more for warranties on top of the MSRP. Refuse to pay "overhead costs..." that will show up on your papers in the finance office at the same time you are tired and ready to leave.
Don't let them pressure or rush you into a purchase the same day unless it's really a good deal and you know it without doubt. I've noticed through experience that they will take LOTS of TIME leaving you at the salesmen's desk waiting for replies about the price from some mystery man in the back. Tell them what you will pay and leave your number so they can think about it..not you.
DO NOT let them do a credit check unless you are ready to buy. Too many credit checks looks bad on you credit report.
If you like their price watch out later when signing papers for add ons you did not expect..almost guaranteed! You are not obligated to sign anything in the finance office even if you have spent some time up to that point with them. They will lead you to believe that you are! If you have any reservations in the finance office LEAVE and go think about it before signing anything in there. Stay in control.
Another thing...if you are trading a vehicle, don't let them run off with your keys! Stay in control.
If they pull out a blank piece of paper during negotiation for the price do not initial anything. It is a tactic and they use it to reel you in. Stay in control.
If the salesman promises anything MAKE SURE IT IS WRITTEN and get a COPY! If it's not documented it didn't happen. Stay in control, cover yourself!
If they control the whole process you will have uneasy feelings later after buying. It's your money and believe me, the dealer doesn't care about anything except getting your money!
Yes, I've learned, hopefully someone can from what I've been through!
#65 of 78 04 tacoma
Feb 11, 2005 (10:06 pm)
Hello, I am a owner of a 04 tacoma ext cab v6 at, and I love driving it its convertable to me and added a clarion stereo so i think this will be a truck i will be proud to drive for time to come, i also added the turnado fuel save and now i am averaging 18.5 mpg city driving, well after the first 10k miles no problems.
#68 of 78 Aftermarket Seats
Aug 25, 2005 (5:08 am)
I have a 1997 Toyota Tacoma Extended Cab. Does anyone have any good ideas for aftermarket seats? With 130,000 miles the drivers seat is begining to break down and get uncomfortable any ideas would be appriciated.