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#116 of 1138 Which Tacoma 4x4 to Buy???
Feb 05, 2005 (11:20 pm)
I'm in the market for a new used Toyota Tacoma. Right now I'm looking at 2 Tacomas.
One is a 2000 Tacoma 4x4 3.4L v6 extended cab with 143,000 miles and a nice fiberglass cap with a negotiated price of $9,500.
The other is a 1997 Tacom 4x4 3.4L v6 extended cab with 106,000 miles, no cap, but a bed cover with a price of $7,500.
Both are in excellent condition, however the 2000 Tacoma is the only one I have actually looked at and driven. I will look at and drive the 1997 Tacoma before purchasing, however that vehicle is in another state and a good road trip away.
The 2000 Tacoma really is in mint condition with one owner that the dealership knew well and who traded his 2000 in for a new Tacoma. It looks to be meticulously cared for. Drove great!
The question is: What's a better deal? The 3 year older truck, with 37,000 fewer miles and $2,000 cheaper? or the newer truck with more miles, one owner, right in town, and well cared for? Blue book shows the private party value of the '97 to be $7,930. Blue book on the 2000 for retail shows $11,000 private party and $13,700 retail. The asking price was $11,988.
I like the idea of paying $2000 less and getting a truck with less miles on the '97. What's more important - less miles or a new vehicle (2000 as opposed to a '97)? How big a difference really is 106k than 143k? Seems like the better deal actually based on Blue Book is the 2000 Tacoma.
Also, I'd ideally like to get a 2.7L I4 because of the better fuel economy. These have been harder to find than the v6's. From your experience, how much better really are the I4's than the V6's for fuel economy? A mile or two per gallon, or a lot better? If a lot better, I may hold off for an I4.
Lots of questions there, any help would be greatly appreciated!
Feb 06, 2005 (12:14 am)
Just for peoples info. Here in the Southwest it is common to get inital offers from dealers at 2,000 below MSRP on 4x4 trd off roads and sports packages. So don't be so ready to believe dealer hype about how hot these trucks are. It's not the Prius. so be calm stick it to them and be ready to walk away. Make an offer tell them they have 30 min and then you'll have to go because you've got better things to do than hang around a car lot all day. It's Ironic, but you have to not want the truck to get a good deal.
Better yet, tell them "Mabey I should wait for the new Honda Ridgeline that's coming out in March. That looks like a pretty hot truck. It has navigation, leather seats, inbed trunk etc. that Toyota isn't offering." Make them squirm. The Ridgeline is coming! The Ridgeline is coming! you better move these Tacos while you can. You must control the deal. I love messing with their little brains. Your apathy about the purchase is your strongest weapon to getting the best deal.
#118 of 1138 $ cylinder OR V6?...and Why?
Feb 06, 2005 (8:20 pm)
I'm looking to purchase a used Toyota Tacoma (1997-2000), and I'm looking for a 2.7 L 4 cylinder 4x4. The main reason I'm leaning towards the 4 cylinder over the V6, is because I'm looking for the best mileage possible in my 4x4, and I've heard that the I4 is basically bulletproof. It looks like the 4 cylinders are rated to pull 3,500 lbs. and the V6's 5,000 lbs. I don't think I'll be towing anything over 3,500 lbs, and don't think I need the extra power.
What would your arguments be for a 4 cylinder over a V6 or vice versa? Does the 4 cylinder really get that much better mileage? Is it generally more reliable than the V6, or is the V6 just as reliable? If you have a V6, what has been your best mileage? What about your best mileage in a 4 cylinder? Any other things you would recommend I look for in a used Tacoma?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
#119 of 1138 Re: $ cylinder OR V6?...and Why? [trailrunners]
Feb 07, 2005 (10:17 am)
I agree totally, I believe the L4 will be a better choice.
I believe the L4 cyc is what the Japanese car famous for.
My wife has the V6 on her Accord.
I am not too impressed by it.
I have the Mazda B2300 truck (4 cyc.)
I am very happy with this truck, the manufacture claim it has 29 mpg on highway.
#120 of 1138 2.7 liter 4 banger
Feb 07, 2005 (4:47 pm)
I am looking at the 4 cylinder but I'm a little
skeptical.The company I work for bought two T100
pickups with the earler generation 2.7 and one
blew a headgasket which would make it not as good
as the the old 2.4.As far as gas mileage it was a
pig and gutless too.
#121 of 1138 Bottom-line Price
Feb 07, 2005 (4:51 pm)
I am getting ready to purchase a 2005 Toyota Tacoma Double cab. I received a sales price for $20,393. However after taxes and fees the price I receive is $23,418.23. Is this price legitimate?
#122 of 1138 Re: Bottom-line Price [sp_martin]
Feb 08, 2005 (3:19 pm)
That doesn't sound right, over 3,000 for ttl? I think either the sales price is highter than what think or your state has the highest tax that I have heard of. Are you sure they didn't say someting like " invoice is 20,393 and your total drive out is 23,418.23"? Maybe you where never told what the sales price before taxes 20393sounds like to good of a deal for a double cab.
Feb 09, 2005 (1:21 pm)
I just got a new Tacoma and had to trade my old truck in. The dealer gave me $11200 for the trade and figured the negative equity into it thus paying off my old truck for for $13700. They added the negative equity to the purchase price of the Tacoma. I have the GAP coverage $ coming back so that soaks up some of the negative.
For those of you buying new did any of you get the 72/100k Platinum extended warranty with $0 deductable? If so, how much did that cost?
#124 of 1138 Re: Reasonable offer ?? [coastie1]
Feb 13, 2005 (12:40 pm)
I have been searching for a '05 Tacoma(double cab,PT package,black) for over 2 months now. There are none in the Cincy area. Every dealership wanted me to come in and talk, but I refused and decided to go through the web to inquire about pricing. I finally settled with a local dealership, and they have submitted to Toyota to make one for me. It's already been 1 month and should be here by the end of Feb. Anyways, I believe my MSRP is around 29,500, and I have negotiated a deal to pay only 1% over invoice. Not too bad.... I guess I could have negotiated more, but I was pretty of searching by that point.
#125 of 1138 Re: Reasonable offer ?? [brodeyo]
Feb 14, 2005 (8:59 am)
The dealer's in my area charge a markup over the MSRP...they claim $2000 more on the Tacoma's.
How much are dealers charging for the extended warranty's? That issue came up in the finance office for me. Dealers are allowed to charge what they want on those warranty's, so people could be getting ripped off by not knowing general prices.
I paid $1800 for the Platinum extended $0 deductable, it is the best one, so it makes since that the prices should go down for the other choices. Anyone else know what they paid?