View Full Version : Tacoma Purchase Advice

09-27-2010, 09:47 PM
Hi All,
Got a friend who's looking at buying a tacoma (hopefully) soon. He's still torn between an early 2000's or one of the newer generation, but either way it will be a quad cab. Any advice or links to threads welcome, but I did have 2 questions:

Does anyone know of a guide like slee has on his website for purchasing cruisers, but for tacomas? Like what to watch out for, things to check, etc?
Any south-siders have a recommendation on a shop/mechanic/dealership that's familiar with tacoma's that could do a pre-purchase inspection? (After spending many thousands of dollars on my cruiser in the first year I have determined I am not sufficient for that task :rolleyes: )

09-27-2010, 10:29 PM
I was in the same boat last year before we bought our 2004 Double Cab. I didn't have my mind made up between the 2 styles. I liked the looks and size of the 2001-2004 Tacoma DCabs, but they don't come with a manual trans like the later models. The later models are bigger and have some extra power in addition to the manual trans option. I sacrificed the manual trans for the better looks of the 2001-2004 and the smaller size. I personally don't like the looks of the 2005-2010 and they seemed huge in comparison.

:twocents: :beer:

09-28-2010, 08:20 AM
Toy Car Care has been a good shop to me...you might call them about inspections

09-28-2010, 09:00 AM
How far south? Comprehensive at Evans and Washington (near Pearl, west of Broadway) is also good if nearer to south central.

10-01-2010, 12:29 PM
Cool thanks guys. Pretty far south side, so those may work well. Maybe he'll get a 5.7 tundra and can just throw a tow strap out the back for my cruiser to go up i70 :D

10-01-2010, 01:45 PM
TTORA has a decent FAQ for the older (Tacoma 1995.5 - 2004).


Not much of a FAQ the new models, but tons of data in the Late Model forum: