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Old 02-19-2019, 11:29 PM
 
Location: South Central Alaska
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I want a truck to haul random things around. Like gas cans, firewood, furniture, tools for work, mountain bikes, skis etc. I have the opportunity to get a 1996 Tacoma xtra cab 4X4 4cylinder 5 speed manual, with 139,000 miles. Im wondering if I should get a newer vehicle or you think this is a good choice. I need 4X4 and at least 20 mpgs
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:29 AM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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I want a truck to haul random things around. Like gas cans, firewood, furniture, tools for work, mountain bikes, skis etc. I have the opportunity to get a 1996 Tacoma xtra cab 4X4 4cylinder 5 speed manual, with 139,000 miles. Im wondering if I should get a newer vehicle or you think this is a good choice. I need 4X4 and at least 20 mpgs
For ....how much?

I went to Car Gurus, thirty seconds. Pulled up Tacomas (I have a Gen II '07, btw, thus of interest to me too). Filtered to 1996. This point in time, 21 results nationally, 2wd and 4x4. Four minutes, just out of curiosity.

Mileage from c. 50s- c. 300K. They bottom out in price at $4K, most closer to $5k w/beaucoup miles. Few if any lower, many higher. Therefore, the market has decided there is a floor for runners of that age, right?

Hope that helps. I do believe Car Gurus has price aggregators and such, too, though I'm a little too disinterested to look at the advanced research features. If they could break it down regionally, you'd have a bargaining baseline for "asking" in your region...that would be valuable for the consumer.

Personally, I'd buy a Gen II because the Gen I were crude ___t, though high quality and long-running crude __t. Your call. Gen II's were I believe 2005 onward. Would I buy one, a 4x4, for utility? Personally no, see previous, and I owned one (an '04, last of the Gen I, for three years). You, maybe, after a PPI, and you'll sleep well at night. The four cylinder is less crude than that damn V6. I traded the filthy V6 Gen I for a Gen II 2wd XRunner three years later, which I've now had for 12 years and zero intention of getting rid of it.
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Old 02-20-2019, 06:15 AM
 
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I want a truck to haul random things around. Like gas cans, firewood, furniture, tools for work, mountain bikes, skis etc. I have the opportunity to get a 1996 Tacoma xtra cab 4X4 4cylinder 5 speed manual, with 139,000 miles. Im wondering if I should get a newer vehicle or you think this is a good choice. I need 4X4 and at least 20 mpgs
You may be close to 20 mpg out of that combo. As long as you leave stock small tires on it. You add bigger tires you’ll lose mpg and power. Don’t expect blinding acceleration or luxury appointments. It’s gonna be a pretty crude vehicle c9mpared to what’s selling today

If the price was right I would snap up that truck in a heartbeat.
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Old 02-20-2019, 07:42 AM
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Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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We had a 2001 Tacoma for quite a few years. Five speed, 4 cylinder. It was a really nice vehicle that I enjoyed driving. Never had any mechanical issues with it and I believe it also got about 20 mpg.
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Old 02-20-2019, 07:49 AM
 
Location: San Ramon, Seattle, Anchorage, Reykjavik
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Those mid-90's Tacomas, especially with the 4 cylinder, are bulletproof. As long as you maintain it reasonably and it doesn't rust out, it most likely will be a good truck for a very long time. The only thing that kills these is rust or a bad crash, and even then the engine and transmission will most likely be just fine.
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Central Mass
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Tacos run forever. And then some more.

They can rust out though. If it's not rusty, it's a good buy.
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:45 AM
 
Location: South Central Alaska
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For ....how much?

I went to Car Gurus, thirty seconds. Pulled up Tacomas (I have a Gen II '07, btw, thus of interest to me too). Filtered to 1996. This point in time, 21 results nationally, 2wd and 4x4. Four minutes, just out of curiosity.

Mileage from c. 50s- c. 300K. They bottom out in price at $4K, most closer to $5k w/beaucoup miles. Few if any lower, many higher. Therefore, the market has decided there is a floor for runners of that age, right?

Hope that helps. I do believe Car Gurus has price aggregators and such, too, though I'm a little too disinterested to look at the advanced research features. If they could break it down regionally, you'd have a bargaining baseline for "asking" in your region...that would be valuable for the consumer.

Personally, I'd buy a Gen II because the Gen I were crude ___t, though high quality and long-running crude __t. Your call. Gen II's were I believe 2005 onward. Would I buy one, a 4x4, for utility? Personally no, see previous, and I owned one (an '04, last of the Gen I, for three years). You, maybe, after a PPI, and you'll sleep well at night. The four cylinder is less crude than that damn V6. I traded the filthy V6 Gen I for a Gen II 2wd XRunner three years later, which I've now had for 12 years and zero intention of getting rid of it.

Thanks for the info! The one I can get is $6000 with 139,000 miles and a matching topper. Perfect bill of health from a well known auto shop near me. Yeah I might be better off in a second gen.
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:46 AM
 
Location: South Central Alaska
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Itís $6000
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:59 AM
 
Location: San Ramon, Seattle, Anchorage, Reykjavik
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Personally, I'd buy a Gen II because the Gen I were crude ___t, though high quality and long-running crude __t. Your call. Gen II's were I believe 2005 onward. Would I buy one, a 4x4, for utility? Personally no, see previous, and I owned one (an '04, last of the Gen I, for three years). You, maybe, after a PPI, and you'll sleep well at night. The four cylinder is less crude than that damn V6. I traded the filthy V6 Gen I for a Gen II 2wd XRunner three years later, which I've now had for 12 years and zero intention of getting rid of it.
I'm surprised anyone would say the Tacomas (or 4Runners for that matter) from 1990 - 1997 are crude. In the 80s, call the tToyota Pickup? Maybe. But that doesn't apply to the 90s (the Tacoma-named models). Much different vehicles.
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Murrica
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Thanks for the info! The one I can get is $6000 with 139,000 miles and a matching topper. Perfect bill of health from a well known auto shop near me. Yeah I might be better off in a second gen.
I think that's a pretty good deal. My Taco was bullet proof.
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