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Toyota Tacoma (2004 and earlier)



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  • kbtoyskbtoys Posts: 62
    Just to show I am not all aganist the Liberty. I did see one with a factory light bar on it. I reallly liked how it looked with the light bar.
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  • tacovivatacoviva Posts: 116

    I have a 95 Taco and have a chirping sound that is coming from near the Clutch Slave cylinder. I read in the archive that you had a similar problem. What was the fix?

  • plutoniousplutonious Posts: 799

    A Toyota dealer said they could fix the problem simply by lubricating part of the assemby with lithium grease. This actually makes sense, because mine only squeaks during certain weather conditions. This should fix the problem if the squeak isn't in the pedal assembly itself due to a worn out bushing. The dealer said the part that needs to be lubricated is accessed in the engine compartment near the firewall where the clutch assembly comes out.

    You may find this helpful - it describes how to fix the problem IF a specific bushing in the pedal assembly needs to be replaced. I had this done under warranty but it really didn't help anything. I would think if this bushing was the culprit, the noise would come from the pedal assembly itself. My noise seems to come from deeper inside the firewall somewhere. ng.htm

    You will have to isolate where the problem is coming from. If it's the bushing in the pedal assembly, replace it. If it's coming from somewhere else, I would try to lubricate it.

    Hope this helps.

  • tacovivatacoviva Posts: 116

    Thanks for the response. I'll try and see if this fixes it. Just a note...when the engine is running, if I grab the slave cylinder, it stops. I sprayed it with grease and it didn't help, but I'll check the bushings too. Hopefully, it's not the throw out bearing.

    I'm a Toyota fan too. I have owned them for a while and just bought my wife an 03 4Runner. I've been reading this post for a while and appreciate your help.

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  • steveb84steveb84 Posts: 187
    2005....can't say much more
  • jozimotojozimoto Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Tacoma std cab, 2.4 4cyl, 5 sp.It has 14500 miles on it. I must say I am somewhat disapointed that the dash rattles, the paint is peeling off the bumper and and a torn door seal ( due to a bad design) Toyota went cheap on the std equipment. What happened to Toyota Quality. Some little conviences that do not come on the std Tacoma but are standard on basic Rangers are tripmeter, tachometer, split bench seat,and even prewired for towing. I had a 1993 truck and it was better than this one. Also the assy. plugs do not stay on when the key is off. At least have one that stays on to charge a cell phone.The Ranger has considerably more cab room. Don't get me wrong, its an ok truck, but I think the Ranger is more for your money.FYI I was considering a V6, Toyota's V6 only comes with the automatic trans. I like the 5 speed. Also the Ford twin cam 2.3 ltr is as powerful as the Toyota 2.4. I did drive one
  • rlafaverrlafaver Posts: 70
    There is no question Toyota has become a GM clone in many ways. The idea is, I think, use a half-priced, poorly made piece. If you replace 20% of them under warranty you have still made a nice profit.
    But I believe the engines are still tops, although they outright lie about the mileage on their trucks. I do not believe the 4 cylinder Ford will hang with a 4 cylinder Tacoma.
    I also believe that Toyota still uses better alternators, AC's, water pumps, etc.
    No doubt they are using some cheesy interior pieces, but so does Ford, Chevy, Chrysler, and everybody else.
    What ever you choose these days, you pays your money and you takes your chances. I like the Fords and Chevys, but I like my Tacoma better. I just wish Toyota offered better deals, because if you get a bad Tacoma you are doubly screwed.
  • smgillessmgilles Posts: 252
    You are incorrect about the v6 only coming in an automatic. The PreRunner and Double Cab only come with an automatic. I drive a 2001 v6 4x4 5spd.
  • rlafaverrlafaver Posts: 70
    I think I know the combination you have in mind. I have an xtracab, but not a Pre-Runner. This configuration with a V6 is ONLY available with a 5 speed, so I think you have it backwards. To get a V6 xtracab WITH automatic trans you have to go to the Pre-Runner (this, by the way, is the dumbest thing I have ever encountered when buying a vehicle). I sorta wanted a V6, but I did not want to use a step ladder to get in the truck, I didn't want the enhanced "flip over" possibility, and I wanted an automatic. I wanted good mileage, as well, so the 2.4L is what I got. I am not disappointed with the performance. I use synthetic oil, 89 octane gas, and I just put in a K&N filter. The filter made a HUGE difference in power. This thing now runs like a scalded ape.
  • steveb84steveb84 Posts: 187
    are available in the following combinations:

    S-Runner 4x2 5 speed manual (7153)
    Pre-Runner 4x2 Automatic (7164)
    4x4 - 5 speed manual (7553)
    4x4 - Automatic (7554) our best selling Tacoma
  • rlafaverrlafaver Posts: 70
    I guess I was counting the 4x4 as a Pre-Runner when I said that the V6 with auto trans is only available in Pre-Runner. Is the 4x4 considered a Pre-Runner? I think the entry height and ground clearance are the same.
  • steveb84steveb84 Posts: 187
    is a 4x2 that looks like a 4x4.

    Based off desert racers that "pre-run" their courses.
  • ac6000cwac6000cw Posts: 18
    Hi, not much action on this board but I thought I would try posting. I bought a new Tacoma last week, Xtra Cab, 4WD, auto, SR5, TRD off road package, etc. No problems so far, ride is pretty good and I don't have enough miles to see how the gas mileage is going to be.

    I noticed that the clock is pretty useless, I can't see it at all through the wiper stalk and the radio is a bit of a reach.

    Has anyone ordered the service manual? Is it worth it? Looks like there are two of them.

    Is there a good mail order source for Toyota parts? I had a Nissan Pathfinder and there were a few dealers on the web that sold factory parts for much less than my local dealer so I could order filters and stuff. I've been to several dealer web sites but the prices don't seem to be any less than the local dealer wants.

    Also, I am looking at some kind of running board or side step. Not so much as a step but to protect the sides from junk thrown up by the tires. Any good suggestions? TIA.
  • dry_flydry_fly Posts: 12

    just wanted to know if either the tacoma or the tundra come as a cab and chassis option. i want to put a flatbed on it with a couple of side boxes for tools.

  • sutrocksutrock Posts: 4
    I'm looking at a 03 4dr, probably Limited (also looking at the color-keyed SR5). I do not want or need the TRD option nor the "Toyota Protection Package", however, the local dealers will have at least one of the 2 on all their models I am looking at. If I have to get one of these options (I would rather not have to order a unit), what would you recommend in getting. It seems maybe the TRD would be better because this would factor in the resale value and the TPP would not? Does that make sense? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  • sc0rpi0sc0rpi0 Posts: 897
    TRD is at least some extra equipment....TPP sounds like some dealer markup :)
    I ordered my truck, it took 1 week instead of 3.
  • saddaddysaddaddy Posts: 566
    who wish they had gotten the TRD package, not a single one who wishes he had gotten the TPP. The truck is awesome without either one, though. My advice -- look around for one exactly like you want, but if you can afford it, get the TRD -- you will have a VERY capable vehicle.
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