Best Toyota Tacoma year?

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Old 18 Mar 2014, 03:10 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Best Toyota Tacoma year?

Im planning on buying a 1st gen Tacoma. I dont want it to be the new big ones. It has to be 4x4, and it has to be an extended cab/ super cab. Any ideas? Im using it mostly to go outdoors, so it has to be reliable.

Thanks in advance!

P.S. Im planning to make it a convertible, but dont let this affect your answer!

By the way it has to be automatic..
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Old 18 Mar 2014, 03:25 pm   #2 (permalink)
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1995 Toyota Tacoma has the extremely reliable reputation and looks good to me.

About the convertible conversion...all the best. Making a car convertible is risky because it has to be specially designed for high speed and rollovers. You have to figure out how to make it so you won't get crushed on a rollover.
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Old 18 Mar 2014, 03:40 pm   #3 (permalink)
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A convertible? Alright then. Make sure to equip it with a roll cage for safety.

I don't think there's really a "best" year in the Tacoma 1st generation. There were a few changes in styling, configuration and equipment along the way. I would select based on these factors, and the particular used examples you're able to find.

The Xtra-Cab configuration was available through all of the 1st-generation.

The 1995-1997 4wd Tacomas had the recessed headlamps and the trapezoidal front grill which is my favorite look, personally.

1998 brought a facelift with larger, flush rectangular headlamps and differently-shaped turn signals in the front bumper. The TRD-off-road package was introduced, which includes and upgraded suspension and an electric rear locking differential. It's a great package if off-road capability is important to you. The differential locker was only available with the V6.

The next facelift came in 2001, with different headlights and grille, different taillights, a different steering wheel, different wheel styles and other, subtle styling changes. The 4-door Crew Cab was introduced in 2001 and came with the shorter, 5'5" bed.

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Old 18 Mar 2014, 03:55 pm   #4 (permalink)
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as always, very comprehensive. thumbs Eric.


snippit to add,

if it has to be an auto trans, IMHO, then don't lift it. lifting will, in most cases require bigger wheel/tire radius to support the lift and for safety reasons (going turtle). with the larger wheel/tire radius, likely controlling torque apps will be difficult. likely slip a lot under moderate to hard 4x4ing conditions.

addressing gear ratios would eleviate those concerns. as much as they can be with an auto trans.
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