Toyota Tacoma....good deal or not?
I found an 06 Toyota Tacoma with manual trans, AC, 4x4, std cab, and a 6' bed locally for $11k. It only has 65K miles and the price is about spot on for KBB. It looks like it's in really good shape in person and other than needing new tires (granted I haven't test drove it yet or had it checked out at a dealership) it looks to be good to go. Anything in particular to look for in these trucks? I looked up under it really good and there are no leaks. My only concern is that it's sat for about 4 months (owner is a student in a military school). Worst case scenario it'll need a new battery and maybe an oil change/fresh gas. I'm thinking of jumping on this soon so any info is appreciated.
I have an 06 tacoma 4x4 with auto trans and i love it. 11k is a pretty decent deal, bought mine last year from the toyota dealer i wrench at. I paid 13k as an employee
Some common issues i see in the shop are rear axles rusting through and leaking, requires replacement of the entire axle, no diff. cover.
They are very solid trucks, usually around 100k front wheel bearings will start to go out.(only front end part i have replaced on that year)
The front brake calipers are notorious for locking up. they are solid mounted 4 piston design. If your truck has the TRD package make sure the rear diff locker is working. I have replaced a number of shift motors do to lack of use. Everything else i see is maintenance, they are really great trucks.
I am showing 16k on NADA for base 4x4 with 65k
If it is white with an extended cab I would be willing to fly down and drive it back home. You cant touch one around here for that.
It's a regular cab but has a toolbox to offset the lack of storage space in the cab. I'm going to jump on it barring any issues with the seller or truck. I had a std cab short bed Ford Ranger and I love the short turn radius.
Sounds like one hell of a deal to me.
It's a 4-cyl. Not sure exactly what engine or if they even offered different 4-cyl engines for that year model. Going to try to find out more today.
2.7 Liter, I've got an 08 Prerunner with the same engine. Great running trucks, just check it over good but it sounds like you're getting a good deal!
I had that exact truck, except in white/no tool box.
It was a 2006 4cyl 4x4. and I paid around 19K new. It was a great truck.
The only issue I had was a piston under the clutch pedal started leaking at 45K. Other than that, all I replaced was tires.
Sitting 4 months isn't anything to worry about. I park cars all the time over winter and 5 months later they fire right up. If it was outside check for mice in the air cleaner or any mice damage. Other than that jump on it.
I ended up buying the truck. The owner disclosed a belt squeak issue and said a dealership told him he needed a new tensioner. I replaced the serpentine belt this evening and no more noise. The factory belt was stretched about 3" so I'd say that was the cause. If it comes back I'll put a new tensioner on the truck. Other than that its good to go. Ill run the current set of tires until just before monsoon season at the end of summer. I gave 10k for it but I feel that I got a good deal.
ETA: As for sitting for a few months... Some washboard took care of the flat spots and smoothed them back out nice.